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Kids Events in May

May 2012
Aprilynne Pike Sean Connolly Jon Lewis
5/1 | Aprilynne Pike: Destined, the final novel in the Wings series
5/4 | Tween & Kids Event | Sean Connolly visits with new book
5/5 | Club Read: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Jon Lewis Chris Gall Tony DiTerlizzi
5/8 | Jon Lewis with The Grey Griffins: Clockwork Chronicles #3: The Paragon Prison
5/12 | Chris Gall, award-winning illustrator, shares Revenge of the Dinotrux
5/14 | Tween Event | Spiderwick Chronicles author Tony DiTerlizzi: A Hero for WondLa
Barry Lyga and Lisa McMann Matt de la Pena Alyson Noel
5/25 | Bestselling teen authors Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers) and Lisa McMann (Dead To You)
5/27 | Matt de la Peña with Mexican Whiteboy (which was banned in Tucson high schools)
5/31 | Alyson Noël (The Immortals) kicks off new teen paranormal series with Fated
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7pm | TEEN EVENT | APRILYNNE PIKE | DESTINED | #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike visits with Destined, the fourth and final book in her Wings series for teens. More »

4:30pm | CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK EVENT | SEAN CONNOLLY | THE BOOK OF PERFECTLY PERILOUS MATH | Children's author Sean Connolly visits with The Book of Perfectly Perilious Math, the follow-up to his Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science. More »

10am | CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME WITH LLAMA LLAMA | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories by Anna Dewdney and pictures with Llama Llama!
Club Read members meet to discuss the Newbery Award-winning A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (in honor of its 50th anniversary) and eat free pizza from Clockwork Pizza. More »

Monday, May 7 through Sunday, May 13 is Children's Book Week—the national celebration of books and reading for youth and the longest-running literary intiative in the country. Changing Hands is an official Children's Book Week host. More »
7pm | KIDS' BOOK WEEK EVENT | SHELLEY CORIELL, JANETTE RALLISON, AND AMY FELLNER DOMINY | Three teen authors in one night! Shelley Coriell (Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe), Janette Rallison (My Unfair Godmother), and Amy Fellner Dominy (OyMG) visit with their newest comedic teen novels. This event is co-sponsored by South Mountain High School KJAG Radio Station. More »

7pm | CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK EVENT | JON LEWIS | THE PARAGON PRISON | Jon Lewis, the author of the Invasion series, visits with the third and final book in The Grey Griffins: Clockwork Chronicles series, The Paragon Prison. More »

10am | CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK EVENT | CHRIS GALL | REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX | Join us for a special storytime with award-winning picturebook author and illustrator Chris Gall, who shares his new book Revenge of the Dinotrux. More »
2pm | FAMILY EVENT | JENNIFER LEON | THE PENGUIN (EL PINGÜINO) | Join educator Jennifer Leon for an interactive bilingual reading of her new book The Penguin (El Pingüino). More »


7pm | CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK EVENT | TONY DITERLIZZI | A HERO FOR WONDLA | Toni DiTerlizzi, co-author of the Spiderwick Chronicles, visits with A Hero for WondLa, the sequel to his New York Times bestselling The Search for WondLa. More »

10am | FAMILY EVENT | PHOENIX ZOO ANIMAL TAILS | The zoo is full of zookeepers to take care of the animals, but zookeeper isn't the only job at the zoo. As we read Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell, we'll explore all the different ways you can work with animals at the zoo. More »

7pm | TEEN EVENT | BARRY LYGA: I HUNT KILLERS | LISA MCMANN: DEAD TO YOU | Bestselling teen authors Barry Lyga and Lisa McMann visit to discuss their newest novels, I Hunt Killers and Dead to You. More »

3pm | TEEN EVENT | MATT DE LA PEÑA | MEXICAN WHITEBOY | Award-winning author Matt de la Peña visits with his teen novel Mexican Whiteboy, which was banned at Tucson High School for containing "critical race theory." More »

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7pm | TEEN EVENT | ALYSON NOËL | FATED | Allison Noël, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, presents Fated, the first book in her new Soul Seekers series. More »

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Blood Red RoadDust Lands #1: Blood Red Road
by Moira Young | $9.99 paperback or ebook
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If you're looking for the next book to satisfy the post-apocalyptic craze sparked by The Hunger Games, look no further than Moira Young's action-packed Blood Red Road. The first book in the Dust Land series, the story follows young Saba, who sees her beloved twin brother, Lugh, kidnapped by mysterious riders right before her eyes. Motivated by a blind passion to save her twin, Saba blazes a bright path through a desolate, desert world. Faced with gladiator-style cage fight matches and Dune-esque giant worms, Saba is a memorable heroine that would give Katniss Everdeen the fight of her life. Don't let the unique dialect of the writing scare you off—fans of strong female characters, survival stories, and beautifully yet bleakly rendered dystopian worlds will devour this promising beginning to a powerful new trilogy. —Camilla

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new releases
Bitterblue Insurgent The Serpents Shadow The Invaders
TEEN | Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore | $19.99 hardcover, $10.99 ebook | Cashore returns with the long-awaited companions to the New York Times bestselling Graceling and Fire. In this direct sequel to Graceling, eight years have passed and Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Buy now: print » or ebook »

TEEN | Insurgent by Veronica Roth | $17.99 hardcover, $9.99 ebook | New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature. Buy now: print » or ebook »

TWEEN | The Kane Chronicles, Book Three: Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan | $19.99 hardcover, $11.99 ebook | Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can't seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Their only hope: find an ancient spell that might turn the serpent's own shadow into a weapon. The conclusion to the Kane Chronicles trilogy. Buy now: print » or ebook »

TEEN | The Invaders: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 2 by John Flanagan | $18.99 hardcover, $10.99 ebook | The adventure continues in the Ranger's Apprentice companion trilogy! Hal and the other Herons face many perils as they track down the pirates who stole Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. Buy now: print » or ebook »
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