Jon Scieszka is making us laugh once again, this time in partnership with the talented Brian Biggs. Frank Einstein, a kid, an inventor, and a genius, sets out to win Midville’s science prize in Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Amulet, $13.95). However, there’s a lot standing between Frank and first place, including his mischievous robots Klink and Klank and a nemesis named T. Edison. The book is filled with Scieszka’s contagious humor, which is amplified by Biggs’ cartoonish illustrations. Kids will love the story and parents will love the way in which science is made fun and accessible.  Ages 8-12.  KLP

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By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419712180
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 19th, 2014

Meg Wolitzer’s first young adult novel, Belzhar (Dutton, $17.99), is inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. tenth-grader Jam Gallahue has lost the love of her life and fallen into an overwhelming depression. In desperation, her parents have sent her to a boarding school for those deeply affected by personal losses. Wolitzer’s tale is grounded in reality, with an element of the fantastic. At the school, Jam is selected for a special course which requires journal-keeping in a unique diary, provided by the teacher. Jam and her fellow students forge friendships and share the strange experiences they have while writing in their journals, which ultimately reveal much about the tragedies they have suffered.  Ages 14-18. KLP

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ISBN: 9780525423058
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 2014

The Secret Sky (Philomel, $17.99) is a tale of forbidden love set in author Atia Abawi’s native Afghanistan. Fatima, a Hazara, is a questioning, ambitious, yet still obedient young woman. When her childhood friend, Samiullah, a Pashtun, returns home from his religious studies a romance kindles between the two. However, tremendous religious, tribal, and cultural barriers threaten to keep the two apart. Violence is sparked by the response of the insecure, jealous and bitter Rashid, Samiullah’s cousin, who uncovers their illicit relationship. Abawi sprinkles the text with Dari and Pashto words included in a glossary and has added a note on the complexities of life in modern Afghanistan.  Ages 14-18. KLP

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399160783
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Philomel Books - September 2nd, 2014

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