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KidsReadingUABIndestructible Books and board books for your youngest book lovers, books for reading aloud to children, books for beginning readers and beyond — there’s something for every young reader at Union Ave Books!

We have a special section for older children and young adult readers that includes both popular series and timeless classics as well as graphic books

 

KidStuffUABWe also have a great selection of gifts for children of all ages, including games, puzzles, stuffed animals, art supplies for young artists, and magnetic story sets. We wrap gifts, too!

 


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Sky in the Deep
Adrienne Young
Wednesday Books; $17.99
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Raised to be a warrior, 17-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — he brother she watched die 5 years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.


The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Stacy McAnulty
Random House; $16.99
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Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn’t remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she’s technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school.

Lucy’s grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make one friend. Join one activity. And read one book that’s not a math textbook. Lucy’s not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy’s life has already been solved. Unless there’s been a miscalculation?

A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty’s smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different.


Bob
Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Felwel & Friends; $16.99
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It’s been 5 years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.

It turns out she’s right.

Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting 5 years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who — or what — he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But 5 years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.

Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever. 

Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, two masterminds of classic, middle-grade fiction come together to craft this magical story about the enduring power of friendship.


For Ages 4–8

 

All Are Welcome
Alexandra Penfield and Suzanne Kaufman (illustrator)
Alfred A. Knopf; $17.99
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Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.


Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur
Cirocco Dunlap and Greg Pizzoli (illustrator)
Random House; $17.99
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Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you If you are patient and encouraging, you will find yourself with a new friend.

This picture book is a warm, funny example of how to engage with someone new who is perhaps a bit different from you. Lessons in friend-making (such as minding personal space and demonstrating interest in another’s hobbies) are delivered so subtly that children will absorb them unconsciously as they delight in Crunch’s silly hat and dance moves.


Drawn Together
Minh Le and Dan Santat (illustrator)
Disney-Hyperion; $17.99
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When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens. With a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.


For Ages 9–12

 

 

The Cardboard Kingdom
Camille DeAngelis
Amberjack Publishing; $15.99
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Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when 16 kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters — and their own inner demons — on one last quest before school starts again.

In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be — imagine that!

The Cardboard Kingdom was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from 10 other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Cardboard Kingdom affirms the power of imagination and play during the most important years of adolescent identity-searching and emotional growth.


Nightbooks
J. A. White
Katherine Tegen Books; $16.99
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Alex’s original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he’ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He’s loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don’t have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he’s desperate for a different ending — and a way out of this twisted place.

This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm. With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer’s block, this is the ideal book for budding writers and all readers of delightfully just-dark-enough tales.


The Penderwicks at Last
Jeanne Birdsall
Alfred A. Knopf; $16.99
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Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures — these are the things that have shaped Lydia’s journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring.

Now it’s summertime, and 11-year-old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college.

This is a very important dance and a very important wait because the two youngest sisters are about to arrive home to find out that the Penderwicks will all be returning to Arundel this summer, the place where it all began. And better still is the occasion: a good old-fashioned, homemade-by-Penderwicks wedding.

Bursting with heart and brimming with charm, this is a joyful, hilarious ode to the family we love best. And oh my MOPS — Meeting of Penderwick Siblings — does Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Last crescendo to one perfect Penderwick finale.


For Teens

 

Anger Is a Gift
Mark Oshiro
Tor Teen; $17.99
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Moss Jeffries is many things — considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. 

But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else — someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night.

And most of all, he wishes he didn’t feel so stuck.

Moss can’t even escape at school — he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. That was even before the new regulations. It seems sometimes that the students are treated more like criminals. 

Something will have to change, but who will listen to a group of teens?

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.


Legendary: A Caravel Novel
Stephanie Garber
Flatiron Books; $18.99
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After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more — and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets … including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about — maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval … the games have only just begun.


Monday’s Not Coming
Tiffany D. Jackson
Katherine Tegen Books; $17.99
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Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable — more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.

When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best — and only — friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?


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