Posted in Children's/YA Books, General Books

New Titles in General Books

Spirit Animals: Tales of the Great Beasts by Brandon Mull

Dive, run, and soar through this exhilarating special edition in the New York Times bestselling series, with a story by Wild Born author, Brandon Mull.

In the world of Erdas, there’s a story of four noble animals who sacrificed everything to protect their homes from the ambitions of a mad king.

Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda, and Essix the Falcon. Long before they were spirit animals, the four were still legends–Great Beasts, the most powerful beings to roam the wilds of Erdas.

Aided by a brave resistance of humans and animals, they gave their lives to protect the world from a threat more dangerous than any it had seen before: their own kind. Wise and cunning, gentle and ruthless, these are tales of the true heroes and villains in the war that started it all.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

“What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.”

Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy From Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind  by Donald McCaig

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange’s daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O’Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.

Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell’s unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

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Posted in Books, Children's/YA Books

New from Brandon Mull: The Five Kindoms

Five Kingdoms Book 1: Sky Raiders

COMING MARCH 11, 2014

Adventure awaits in the Five Kingdoms—come and claim it in this start to a new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.

Posted in Books, Children's/YA Books

Children’s/YA New Fiction

Cragbridge Hall Inventors SecretThe Inventor’s Secret
By Chad Morris

Abby and Derick have been accepted to the most prestigious secondary school in the world: Cragbridge Hall. Due to the inventions of their grandfather, Oscar Cragbridge, they will be able to experience history in 3D, use their minds to literally project visual interpretations of classic literature, and become animal avatars for zoology. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, Abby and Derick must follow clues Oscar left for them that will reveal a dangerous secret. Along the way, they discover there is much more to one of their grandfather s inventions than anyone has ever dreamed. Saving their family will take all of Derick’s mind and Abby’s heart as they come face to face with a crazed scientist who desperately seeks to change the past. If they fail, the world past and future will never be the same. This book is a page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing your history.

Beyonders 3 Chasing the ProphecyBeyonders 3: Chasing the Prophecy
By Brandon Mull

Jason and Rachel were not born in Lyrian. They did not grow up in Lyrian. But after all of the battles and losses, the triumphs and adventures, and most of all, the friendships forged in this fantastical world, Lyrian has become home to them in a way they never could have imagined.

And so, armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests—each surrounded by brave and powerful allies—knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.

Farworld 3 Air KeepFarworld 3: Air Keep
By Scott Savage

The adventure continues… It’s been six months since Marcus and Kyja obtained the help of the land and water elementals. But before they can get help from the mysterious air elementals they have to figure out how to open a box with no key. Together, Marcus and Kyja travel into the Is, the Was, the Will Be, and the Never Was as they try to open the box, save their city, free Land Keep and Water Keep from water and land elementals who have joined the Dark Circle. Marcus still has to find a way to change the future, and save Kyja s life, but there’s a catch; any changes they make in the Abyss of Time may destroy the doorway, trapping them forever….

Young Adult

Prodigy Legend LuProdigy: A Legend Novel
By Marie Lu

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

Requiem DeliriumRequiem (Delirium)
By Lauren Oliver

This exciting finale to Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels. As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Witch Wizard KissWitch & Wizard: The Kiss
By James Patterson

Whit and Wisty Allgood, a witch and wizard with extraordinary abilities, have defeated the ruthless dictator who long overshadowed their world. But for the first time in their lives, the powerful brother and sister find themselves at odds as Wisty is drawn to a mysterious and magical stranger named Heath.
Wisty has never felt as free as she does with Heath, especially when the two of them share and test their magic together. But when a merciless Wizard King from the mountains suddenly threatens war, Wisty must make an excruciating choice. Will she unite with Whit to fight the mounting dangers that could return their world to a tyrant’s domain? Or will she trust the beautiful boy who has captured her heart?

James Patterson’s epic dystopian saga continues as the witch and wizard who have inspired countless imaginations must rally together before the world they fought to save collapses.

Posted in Books, Children's/YA Books, LDS

‘Beyonders’ Sequel is Here!

The sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling Beyonders is now out and on the shelf. Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion is sure to please just as much – if not more than – the first book. Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven series, knows his genre well, and is quickly becoming a master of storytelling.

Lis’ take on Beyonders: When I read the first book in the series, I was a little skeptical. I love youth fantasy fiction, and the book started out slow. However, as I read on, I was drawn further and further into a tale of a kid who unwittingly enters a magical world through the mouth of a hippo and is set on the path of becoming a hero.

– Book summary: In Seeds of Rebellion, Jason Walker, hero of the first book, needs to find a way back to Lyrian. His friend Rachel remains stranded there, and Jason has precious information that the friends he left behind must learn in order to have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor Maldor.
–     When he finally succeeds in returning to the strange and imperiled world, Jason immediately finds himself in more danger than ever as the most wanted fugitive on the continent. Meanwhile, Rachel has begun to discover new abilities of her own that may prove vital against Maldor’s tyranny.
–     In the aftermath of a failed quest, a new mission arises – to assemble the remaining heroes of Lyrian. Can the necessary allies be convinced before the emperor crushes the young uprising? Jason, Rachel, and their band of battered heroes will face new enemies and demanding obstacles as they strive to launch a desperate rebellion.

Posted in Events

PICTURES Mother & Me and 4/22 Book Signing

New pictures are up on Flickr from today’s Mother & Me party and the HUGE author book signing on April 22. Here are just a few… go to the Flickr link on the left side of the page  and click where it says to view more. We’d like to thank all of you who made these events possible! Thanks for participating and helping get it all together. We have a lot more events coming up where the store camera will be present… so stay tuned.

Mother and Me- April 30

HUGE Author Signing with

Jessica Day George, Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, and James Dashner

April 22 at Mt. Logan Middle School

The Authors. From left- Jessica Day George, Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, and James Dashner. They’re a lively bunch.

This is our friend Hannah. We’d like to give a special shout out to her. Out of all the people who traveled a great distance to meet some of their favorite authors, we think she’s the one who came from furthest away- California. Thanks, Hannah!

Go to our Flickr page (link to it is on the left) to see more!

Posted in Books, Events

They’re Coming!!!

HUGE book signing April 22

@ Mt. Logan Middle School

Come meet authors Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, James Dashner, & Jessica Day George.

Friday, April 22 @ 6pm

The authors will be speaking first, and a book signing will follow.

This is HUGE! It was originally planned at the Logan City Library and the planners had to move it to Mt. Logan Middle School because of the amazing response. Be sure to arrive early. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own copy- we will be selling books there.

Here is just a little bit about these talented authors. Click on their names to go to their website/blog. Most of them still say that the book signing is at the Logan Library, but it’s actually now at Mt. Logan Middle School.

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the author of Fablehaven, a series of books about the fascinating world of two siblings and their adventures on a magical reserve. His latest book, Beyonders: A World Without Heroes, is the first of another great series we are proud to sell at the BookTable.

SHANNON HALE

Brief Bio from her blog: Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, two award-winning books for adults, and the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012). She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge and its sequel with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah.


James Dashner

Author of the 13th Reality Series and the Maze Runner

About his latest addition to the 13th Reality Series: The Blade of Shattered Hope: Things have changed for Atticus Higginbottom. After the near catastrophe in the Fourth Reality, Tick’s being homeschooled in the fields of science, trying to master the mysterious Chi’karda. But just as he begins to make progress, Mistress Jane reappears, now hideously scarred and much more powerful.

Ally Condie

From her blog: I’m Ally Condie, author of the MATCHED trilogy. MATCHED was released in November 2010, its sequel, CROSSED, will be released on November 1, 2011, and the third book will be released in November 2012. In my former life, I was a high school English teacher (and I still keep my license current, just in case!). In my current life, I write, read, run, and hang out with my three boys. I post on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and other days if the mood strikes me) and I’m on Twitter (@allycondie).

Jessica Day George

Author of Princess of the Midnight Ball and Dragonskin Slippers

As her website declares, for Jessica “It’s all about the books.” After going through an assortment of jobs that have taken her across the United States (One of which was at a wedding invitation activity- I’ll bet she has some great stories from that.), she is now the author of seven published novels. She has a way cute blog that we linked to on her name (click on any of the authors’ names to see their website).