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Angels Ride Bikes/Los Angeles Andan En Bicicleta
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)

In this bilingual poetry book, Francisco X. Alarcón invites young readers to experience fall in Los Angeles — the City of the Angels — where dreams can come true. In the poet's whimsical imagination, mariachis play like angels, angels ride bikes, and the earth dances the cha-cha-cha. Alarcón celebrates the simple joys and trials of everyday life: a visit to the outdoor market, the arrival of the ice cream vendor, the first day of school. He honors his family and pays tribute to his mother, who taught him that with hard work and education he could realize his dreams.

Maya Christina Gonzalez's spirited images perfectly complement each poem, bringing to life the people and places in Alarcón's childhood.

Pub. Date: April 2005 Publisher: Pgw Format: Paperback, 32pp
089239198

Price: $7.95
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From the Bellybutton of the Moon/Del Ombligo de la Luna
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)

With a poet's magical vision, Francisco X. Alarcón takes young readers back to his childhood when he traveled with his family to Mexico to visit his grandmother and other relatives. Readers ride with him in the family station wagon across the misty mountain range to the little town of Atoyac, the beloved town of his ancestors. There he listens his grandma's colorful stories, samples Auntie Reginalda's tasty breakfasts, learns about the keys to the universe, and take playful dips in the warm sea.

Maya Christina Gonzalez's lighthearted illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of a summer in Alarcón's Mexico where "colors are more colorful, tastes are tastier, and even time seems to slow down."

Pub. Date: April 2005 Publisher: Children's Book Press Format: Paperback, 32pp
089239201

Price: $7.95
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Getaway Day

Mikey Wright is a normal 13-year-old. With normal problems. Until the day he finds out his dad has cancer. Getaway Day chronicles Mikey's journey to save his father's life and learn the meaning of his own. His journey to help his father takes him from the safety and security of his home town to Anaheim, Chicago, and back down Route 66. Along the way, he's helped by some ordinary and extraordinary folks. Each one has something to teach Mikey about fathers and sons, growing up, family, and home.

His efforts are thwarted at every turn, until Mother Nature steps up to the plate. When a freak storm deluges the Bay Area and forces postponement of the 1962 World Series and makes it impossible to practice in nearby San Francisco, the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants make arrangements to work out in nearby Modesto. Mikey is inches from making his father's dream come true when an encounter with his high school arch-nemesis threatens to ruin all of his work. Join Mikey as he learns selflessness and the power of believing. He discovers that expectations aren't real, loneliness is absolute, change is inevitable, and laughter is essential. Ultimately, he learns that growing up means letting go.

Product Details:
  • ISBN-13: 9781629949154
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 400

162994915
Price: $27.99
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Granny Annie Lives at the Airport!
by Annie J. King

Isn't it funny what little children think based purely on what they see? In Annie J. King's Granny Annie Lives at the Airport, Ava is sure she knows something her sister Sarah does not. This charming tale is a great discussion-starter that will have the whole family remembering the hilarious things they imagined when they were young. Annie J. King is a very proud grandmother who works hard to keep up with her grandchildren across the country. Annie is a professor in the UC Davis Department of Animal Science. She enjoys playing her harp and hosting gatherings in her gardens. This is an eLIVE book, meaning each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for the free download of the audio version of the book.

Pub. Date: October 2009 Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C. Format: Paperback, 28pp
160799040

Price: $2.98
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Iguanas in the Snow/ guanas En la Nieve
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)

In the final installment in the series, Francisco X. Alarcón shows children a city where people are bridges to each other and children sing poetry in two languages. A family frolic in the snow reminds the poet of the iguanas playing by his grandmother's house in Mexico. Readers are dazzled by the promise of the seedling redwoods — like all children — destined to be the ancestors of tomorrow.

Maya Christina Gonzalez creates a spirited family of children and adults who swing their way through colorful pages. Collages of old maps of Mexico and California provide intriguing backgrounds, and fun-loving iguanas peek out from the most surprising places.

Pub. Date: April 2005 Publisher: Children's Book Press Format: Paperback, 32pp
089239202

Price: $7.95
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Sacred

Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."

Production Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780385742122
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 368

038574212
Price: $10.99
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Splendor

Splendor, the stunning sequel to Sacred, is a story about changing friendships, family, romance, passion, the study of Kabbalah, and self-discovery. Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t ours to find. . . . Scarlett loves her boyfriend, the dashing, mysterious Will Cohen. But now he’s gone east for college, and Scarlett is stuck home on Catalina Island. Senior year should be a breeze, but between dealing with her parents’ separation and her wild best friend, Lily, things are off to a rocky start. And then there’s Gunner. Dangerous, dark, ferociously attractive Gunner. Lily’s potential boyfriend, Gunner . . .

Production Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780385742139
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 352

038574213
Price: $17.99
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