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1. Top Self published Books

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This high flying chick was sent in by illustrator Barbara DiLorenzo. Barbara was featured on Illustrator Saturday April 14th 2012. Click here to see her artwork and interview.

Publishers Marketplace Reveals the Top 35 Self-Published Books

1. The Fixed Trilogy, by Laurelin Paige  (Laurelin Paige; ISBN: 9780991379644)

2. The Will, by Kristen Ashley  (BNID: 2940045582384)

3. Reasonable Doubt, by Whitney G. Williams  (ISBN: 9780990317005)

4. Mud Vein, by Tarryn Fisher  (BNID: 2940149516117)

5. Ask More, Get More, by Michael Alden  (ISBN: 9781937110611)

6. 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, by JJ Smith  (Adiva Publishing; ISBN: 9780982301821)

7. Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mysteries (Books 1-3), by Madison Johns  (BNID: 2940148574064)

8. Dangerous Dozen, by Charity Pineiro, Tina Wainscott, Maureen Child, Paige Tyler, Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Virna DePaul, Karen Fenech, Kristin Miller, Gennita Low, Joyce Lamb, Maureen A Miller  (ISBN: 9780615971216)

9. Chances, by Jackie Collins  (BNID: 2940014780711)

10. Tempting Fate, by Vi Keeland, S.E. Lund, Penelope Ward, J.L. Mac, Julie Richman, Kahlen Aymes  (BNID: 2940149456109)

11. Rebelonging, by Sabrina Stark  (BNID: 2940149195107)

12. Unbelonging, by Sabrina Stark  (BNID: 2940148275213)

13. Lost In Me, by Lexi Ryan  (ISBN: 9781940832920)

14. Obsessed, by Deborah Bladon  (ISBN: 9780993721601)

15. Obsessed: Part Three, by Deborah Bladon  (ISBN: 9780993721625)

16. Obsessed: Part Two, by Deborah Bladon  (ISBN: 9780993721618)

17. All Roar and No Bite, by Celia Kyle  (ISBN: 9781311031419)

18. After the Ex Games, by J. S. Cooper, Helen Cooper  (ISBN: 9781940218175)

19. 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, by JJ Smith  (ASIN: B00I6W7O5S)

20. Rook and Ronin, by JA Huss (ISBN: 9781936413393)

21. Out of the Shallows, by Samantha Young  (BNID: 2940149401222)

22. The Billionaire’s Obsession, by J. S. Scott  (J.S. Scott; ISBN: 9781939962010)

23. When I Break, by Kendall Ryan  (BNID: 2940148290902)

24. Lucky 7 Bad Boys, by Charity Pineiro, Sophia Knightly, Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Susan Hatler, Virna DePaul, Kristin Miller  (Lucky Romance Authors; ISBN: 9780615955032)

25. The Nelson Touch, by Christopher G. Nuttall  (ASIN: B00J6DKWSM)

26. Plain Jane, by Carolyn McCray  (CreateSpace; ISBN: 9781452854342)

27. Fated Mates, by Adriana Hunter, Liliana Rhodes, Lynn Red, A.T. Mitchell, Michelle Fox, Eve Langlais, Skye Eagleday, Tabitha Conall, Alexis Dare, Molly Prince, Georgette St. Clair, A.E. Grace  (Excessica; ISBN: 9781609827885)

28. Mystery Spring Fling, by Gemma Halliday, Sibel Hodge, Kathleen Bacus, Christina A. Burke, Leslie Langtry, Aimee Gilchrist, Jennifer Fischetto, T. Sue VerSteeg, Maria Grazia Swan, Traci Andrighetti  (BNID: 2940045768450)

29. Ultimate SEAL Collection, by Sharon Hamilton  (BNID: 2940149309016)

30. Love and Danger, by Amy Gamet  (ISBN: 9780988218253)

31. Dare to Desire, by Carly Phillips  (BNID: 2940149343454)

32. The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife, by Darlene Schacht  (ASIN: B00HZFSVLI)

33. Knox: Volume 1, by Cassia Leo  (BNID: 2940149395767)

34. Hardwired, by Meredith Wild  (ISBN: 9780989768429)

35. Alphas After Dark, by Vivian Arend, Deanna Chase, Marie Hall, Crista McHugh, M. Malone, SM Reine, Roxie Rivera, Kit Rocha, Mimi Strong  (Bayou Moon; ISBN: 9781940299136)

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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2. Reading Bingo Book Clue 16

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 4!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a Z-shape on your Reading Bingo card

like this:Bingo Z shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures

. Book clues 123456789, 10111213, 14, and 15 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 16 is . . .Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by J. K. Rowling

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26, the Message Boards, and your Profile shout-outs all day for more book clues. When you get the Z-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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3. Mankato Area High School Cycling

Just have to say....
I had a BLAST tonight at Franklin School. I met some excited young cyclists who will join the local cycling team.
Singletrack High is so much fun. I made me want to just get out and ride right now, but it's late and dark and cold and windy. I'm hoping that it will be nicer in the morning, and maybe I can sneak in a ride before school.
Thanks Mike Busch and Matt Busch and Jenna and Justin Reinhardt from Nicollet Bike for all making this happen!

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4. Marvel’s July Books: Spiderman 2099 and Rocket Raccoon

If you want to know what Marvel is shipping in July, the answer is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! Also, James Stokoe on The Avengers! And 10 classified listings seen below.

LEGENDARY STAR LORD #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Sam Humphries (A) Paco Medina (CA) Steve McNiven
CLASSIFIED

100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 GOTG
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Andy Lanning (A) Gustavo Duarte (CA) David Lopez
CLASSIFIED

100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 SPIDER-MAN
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Sean Ryan (A/CA) In-Hyuk Lee
CLASSIFIED

100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 X-MEN
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jen Van (A/CA) In-Hyuk Lee
CLASSIFIED

100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 AVENGERS
MARVEL COMICS
(W/A/CA) James Stokoe
CLASSIFIED

100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 FANTASTIC FOUR
MARVEL COMICS
(W) James Stokoe (A/CA) Joanna Estep
CLASSIFIED

STORM #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Victor Ibanez
CLASSIFIED

DEADPOOL VS X-FORCE #1 (OF 4)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Duane Swierczynski (A) Pepe Larraz (CA) Shane Davis
CLASSIFIED

DEADPOOL DRACULAS GAUNTLET #1 (OF 7)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn (A/CA) Reilly Brown
CLASSIFIED

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FANTASTIC FOUR #7
JAMES ROBINSON (w) • LEONARD KIRK (a/C)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
ORIGINAL SIN: THE FATEFUL FOUR PART II
• The FANTASTIC FOUR are being torn apart at their very foundation!
• Will Ben be able to cope with the Original Sin he’s learned about Johnny?
• Will Sue and Reed lose FRANKLIN and the rest of the FUTURE FOUNDATION?
• Will what’s left of the team be able stop their headquarters from being shut down by…THE AVENGERS?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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AVENGERS #32-33
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A/C)
Issue #32 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
Issue #32 – ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!
• 5000 years into the future. Rogue Planet redux: The mysterious origin of the rogue planet revealed.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Issue #33 – ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!
• 50,000 years into the future. Holoworld: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes captured in conceptual space. How do you defeat an idea?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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DEADPOOL #31-32
BRIAN POSEHN & GERRY DUGGAN (W) • JOHN LUCAS (A)
CoverS by MARK BROOKS
Issue # 31 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
ORIGINAL SIN tie-ins!
• Preston uncovers a secret from Deadpool’s past that needs immediate attention!
• But Deadpool and Dazzler are still fighting off Dracula’s forces!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

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NOVA #19
GERRY DUGGAN (W) • PACO MEDINA (A/C)
ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!
• Original Sin presents a pair of mysteries:
• Was Nova’s father a murderer? What is the secret origin of the Black Novas?
• As Sam grieves for The Watcher, he turns to a friend for help — Rocket Raccoon!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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MIGHTY AVENGERS #12
AL EWING (W) • GREG LAND (A/C)
ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!
• Election Night, 1972. Under a moonless sky, unspeakable evil slouched towards Manhattan to be born…
• …and the only people who could hold it back were the original Mighty Avengers.
• Meanwhile, in the present day – history repeats itself! But this time, have the Mighty Avengers already failed?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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DISNEY KINGDOMS: FIGMENT #2 (OF 5)
JIM ZUB (W) • FILIPE ANDRADE (A)
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
REVEALING THE ORIGINS OF ONE OF DISNEY’S MOST IMAGINATIVE CHARACTERS!
• An all-new steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed first adventure of the inventor known as Dreamfinder and his famous dragon Figment!
• Chomped…by Chimera!
• Acclaimed creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL) give a Marvel spin to the mind-expanding attraction Journey Into Imagination!
32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99
Elements based on Figment © Disney

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ROCKET RACCOON #1
SKOTTIE YOUNG (W) • SKOTTIE YOUNG (A/C)
Variant by DAVID PETERSEN
Variant by Skottie Young
STAN LEE LEGO VARIANT BY Leonel Castellani
movie variant ALSO available
Blank VARIANT ALSO available
ALL-NEW, IN-CONTINUITY SERIES!
As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He’s been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now–a raccoon on the run?! ( I’m sorry, I’m sorry, a “formidable-and-expert-Guardian” on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket’s high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man—and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We’ll definitely be overusing that pun!)
Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we’ve been waiting decades for. Because let’s be real, this is the only Guardian of the Galaxy you actually care about. Am I right?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1
PETER DAVID (W) • WILLIAM SLINEY (A)
Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
VARIANT COVER BY RICK LEONARDI
VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
INTERLOCKING VARIANT “C” BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
ALL-NEW SERIES FROM THE PAGES OF AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
The book you have been demanding for months finally hits the stands! Miguel O’Hara is Spider-Man in the year 2099 but he’s currently stuck in the year 2014. He was stranded here by his father who is the head of an evil corporation called Alchemax in 2099. But in 2014, Alechmax has just been formed and Miguel has a chance to stop its corruption before it starts! You’d think being a man out of time would make you a man without enemies, but Spider-Man 2099 is about to discover that he’s not the only one hoping for a better tomorrow, one that might be ensured by The Adjustor eliminating Miguel from the time stream altogether! Join comics legend (and Spider-Man 2099 creator) Peter David and breakthrough artist Will Sliney (Superior Spider-Man Team-up) for the most adventure you’ll find in a book this side of the twenty second century!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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UNCANNY AVENGERS #22
RICK REMENDER (W) • DANIEL ACUNA (A/C)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
This is it! The final chapter of the story that began in Dimension Z!
• Complete unity is established, but is it too late?
• The fate of the seven prime timelines decided!
• Kang’s ultimate revenge on the Uncanny Avengers revealed.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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SECRET AVENGERS #5 & 6
ALES KOT (W)
MICHAEL WALSH (A)
CoverS by TRADD MOORE
Issue 5 – “THE DROP”
• Death on the Helicarrier. The killer is at large. Hill leads the investigation.
• Another incident on board. No-one expects a proper acid bath.
• Coulson goes rogue. Hawkeye wonders. Spider-Woman talks with a new friend.
Issue 6 – “ACT TWO/THE SPEEDING REIGN OF COLLAPSE”
• Black Widow, Spider-Woman and Hawkeye go after Lady Bullseye and Artaud Derrida.
• What does S.H.I.E.L.D. want with the Fury? M.O.D.O.K. will show you!
• Coulson’s investigation takes him to Peru.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

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AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #7
DENNIS HOPELESS (W)
KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
“GONE NATIVE” PART 1 OF 4!
• Runaways fans alert: This issue focuses on Nico…and her newly resurrected evil ex-boyfriend, Alex!
• Oh, and something really bad has happened to fellow Runaway Chase! Why are we so mean?
• Plus: What happened to Cammi? Only Baron Zemo knows…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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NEW AVENGERS #21
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• A world must die! But which New Avenger will find the strength to press the button? And what will come in the aftermath?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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AVENGERS WORLD #9-10
NICK SPENCER (W) • Issue #9 – Stefano Casseli (A)
Issue #10 – MARCO CHECCHETTO (A)
Issue #9 Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
Issue #10 Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Issue #9 -
• Cannonball and Sunspot have twenty-four hours in the future to find the help the Avengers need.
• They’re just gonna stop for a drink first.
Issue #10 -
• AIM Empire makes its stand.
• In one catastrophic moment, a world erupts in flames.
• The Uprising begins!
32 PGS.(each)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (each)

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MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #3
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • DAVE MARQUEZ (A/C)
Variant Cover by SARA PICHELLI
• PART THREE OF “REVIVAL” THE MOST SHOCKING SPIDER-MAN STORY OF THE YEAR
• MILES MORALES comes face-to-face with the worst nightmare of the Ultimate SPIDER-MAN Legacy… • NORMAN OSBORN…the GREEN GOBLIN…the man who killed PETER PARKER… or did he?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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ULTIMATE FF #4 & 5
JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (W) ANDRÉ ARAÚJO (A)
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
SUE STORM. IRON MAN. FALCON. TOGETHER WITH XXXXXXXX
MAKE THE STRANGEST TEAM OF ALL!
• Trapped outside the Universe, an old friend returns to help.
• The Secret Origin of XXXXXXXXX REVEALED!
• Something unimaginable comes through the rift.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

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ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #5
MICHEL FIFFE (W)
AMILCAR PINNA (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
FROM THE CREATOR OF THE HIT COMIC “COPRA”
• It’s a battle royale when the new superteens on the block go up against the most dangerous supergangs on the street!
• Will the bloodthirsty vigilante, SCOURGE, take everyone in a costume down, be it street punk or good guy?
• Will SPIDER-MAN, BLACK WIDOW, KITTY PRYDE, BOMBSHELL, CLOAK & DAGGER survive a second wave of violence when the deadly CROSSBONES joins the fray?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #13
NICK SPENCER (W) • STEVE LIEBER (A/C)
• The world’s most dangerous villains are up against the world’s most dangerous thing – THE TRUTH!
• The sleeper hit of the year continues, by Spencer, Lieber & Rosenberg!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
ORDER USING THIS CODE: MAR140695

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ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #5
FELIPE SMITH (W) • TRADD MOORE (A/C)
“ENGINES OF VENGEANCE”
• It’s the fight you’ve been waiting for: GHOST RIDER VS. a modified MR. HYDE
• ROBBIE REYES’ violent neighborhood has become a full-blown urban battlefield. Can he save it? Will he want to?
• All-out action and a twist that will hit you at a 100mph!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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CAPTAIN AMERICA #22
RICK REMENDER (W) • CARLOS PACHECO (A/C)
75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX ROSS
75th Anniversary SKETCH Variant by ALEX ROSS
The Tomorrow Soldier part 1
• This is it! The final chapter of the story that begin in Dimension Z!
• After the Earth shattering events of last issue how can Steve Rogers survive his new situation?
• Two of his oldest foes move forward their plot! Enter Arnim Zola and The Red Skull!
• A face from the past hunts Steve. Can even The Avengers keep him safe?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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BLACK WIDOW #8
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C)
• On a snowy night in Prague, Natasha must fight her way out of disaster alongside the WINTER SOLDIER!
• Meanwhile, Isaiah has business of his own in London, but a simple plan gets complicated.
• Nathan Edmonson and Phil Noto continue their uninterrupted run on one of the most acclaimed books of the year.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #5
KELLY SUE DECONNICK (W) • DAVID LOPEZ (A/C)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• Ever since she set off on her latest “adventure,” Carol Danvers has had her butt handed to her at every turn.
• She’s done with that nonsense. Let’s start flipping some tables, shall we?
• Tic, the Rocket Girl, and Jackie, the Warlord, are getting in on the “Oh no you di’n’t!” action too!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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DAREDEVIL #0.1
Mark Waid (W) • Peter Krause (A)
COVER BY Chris Samnee
For the first time in print, the story that bridges the gap between the last Daredevil series and the all-new ongoing!
• A cross country flight pits The Man Without Fear against a man without a heartbeat!
• Plus, TWO DAREDEVILS (for the price of one)!
• Mark Waid (Daredevil, Insufferable) and Peter Krause (Insufferable) bring you the first leg in Daredevil’s journey to a new life!
48 PGS./One Shot/Rated T+ …$4.99

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: GALAXY’S MOST WANTED #1
WILL CORONA PILGRIM (W) • ANDREA DI VITO (A)
Cover by JEE-HYUNG LEE
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
Rocket Raccoon and Groot—your favorite cosmic bounty hunters (and soon to be world-famous movie stars)—leap into action in an all-new adventure! Could it possibly happen? Is Groot attempting to arrest…his best bud Rocket? Plus: Reprinting THOR #314, featuring the Thunder God in cosmic combat with the mean, green Guardian known as Drax!
40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T…$3.99

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DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #3 (of 4)
MIKE BENSON (W)
TAN ENG HUAT (A)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
• SHANG-CHI versus THE WHITE DRAGON!
• Misty Knight and Colleen Wing discover the danger is greater than any of them had feared!
• Deadly secrets revealed! Kung Fu action unleashed!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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IRON PATRIOT #5
ALES KOT (W)
GARRY BROWN (A/C)
“UNBREAKABLE” PART 5
• The conclusion of “UNBREAKABLE” arrives — and nothing will ever be the same!
• He could have fallen alone. But instead they ran to his rescue
• Losses on both sides multiply as the country spirals towards a new future
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #17
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • Ed McGuinness (A/C)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• With some new faces on the team, it might be time for the Guardians to have a little team-building vacation.
• Or, you know, they could keep fighting alien warlords and galactic empires.
• Guess they’ll have to plan that team-building retreat for next month.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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ELEKTRA #4
HADEN BLACKMAN (W) • MICHAEL DEL MUNDO (A/C)
• After escaping the ruins of Shicheng, Elektra corners the elusive Cape Crow at the edge of the world where she must finally decide his fate.
• Will the deadliest assassin in the Marvel Universe defeat Cape Crow and collect the biggest bounty of her career, or help the hardened killer and his son escape the psychotic assassin Bloody Lips?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #4
KAARE ANDREWS (W) • KAARE ANDREWS (A/C)
• When the Iron Fist opens his heart to someone, is it inevitable blood will follow?
• Are the wolves literally at the door?
• There is no place to hide, there is nowhere that is safe from the ghosts of Danny Rand’s past.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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IRON MAN SPECIAL #1

SEAN RYAN (W) • RAHMAT HANDOKO (A)
Cover by GARY CHOO
Artist Interlocking variant ALSO AVAILABLE
CONTINUING THE STORY FROM JUNE’S UNCANNY X-MEN SPECIAL #1
• Iron Man returns to space to settle a score, but ends up embroiled with the fugitive UNCANNY X-MEN!
• Their paths cross in pursuit of Cyclops, who’s been kidnapped by mysterious n’er do wells.
• All this and guest-starring NOVA, THE HUMAN ROCKET!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #28
Adapted by Joe Caramagna
• Heroing is hard work, so the team sneaks off to a desert island for an impromptu vacation!
• But it’s hard to relax when the beach beneath your feet is the villainous Sandman!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

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MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #10
Adapted by Joe Caramagna
• The fiendish Attuma send monsters and a giant tidal waves to sink the island of Manhattan!
• Hulk must prove that he is the strongest one there is…or perish!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

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MOON KNIGHT #5
WARREN ELLIS (W) • DECLAN SHALVEY (A/C)
• An abandoned hotel in New York contains a single abductee and upwards of twenty armed mob enforcers. Moon Knight is going to go inside and rescue the abductee. Alone.
• Every issue has sold out! Go ahead and up your orders so your readers don’t miss out!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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THUNDERBOLTS #28
BEN ACKER & BEN BLACKER (W)
CARLO BARBERI (A)
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
• THE PUNISHER vs. THE THUNDERBOLTS, PART TWO
• As Frank moves in to take out his former allies…
• …Another former Thunderbolt closes in on them both!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

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MS. MARVEL #6
G. WILLOW WILSON (W) • Jacob Wyatt (A)
Cover by Jamie McKelvie
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• On the run from the Inventor, Kamala needs all the help she can get. Did someone say Wolverine?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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NEW WARRIORS #7
CHRISTOPHER YOST (W) • MARCUS TO (A)
Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa
• The New Warriors are pulled into INHUMANITY as their own resident Inhuman, Haechi, is targeted by two different tribes of Inhumans.
• Who are Mister Whiskers and Jake Waffles? Whose side are they on, good or evil? What does Jake Waffles possess that Speedball wants so badly?
• And who is hunting NOVA?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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SAVAGE HULK #2
ALAN DAVIS (W) • ALAN DAVIS (A/C)
Variant by RYAN STEGMAN
AN ALL-NEW SERIES BY SUPERSTAR ALAN DAVIS!!!
• While HULK and ABOMINATION have the clash of the century…
• …the X-MEN do the Monster Mash!
• And PROFESSOR X plans to…terminate the Hulk?!?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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SHE-HULK #6
CHARLES SOULE (W) • RON WEMBERLY (A)
Cover by KEVIN P. WADA
• Last issue, someone important to She-Hulk was killed – and she won’t let it stand.
• But the mysterious blue file turns friend into foe, who can she trust?
• Charles Soule and Ron Wemberly continue the All New Marvel Now hit everyone’s talking about!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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SILVER SURFER #5
DAN SLOTT (W) • MICHAEL ALLRED (A/C)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• The demon, Shuma Gorath, is ready to cast the Earth into Eternal Chaos!
The problem is, if the Silver Surfer, the Hulk, and Dr. Strange CAN find a way to stop him…
• …it’s Dawn Greenwood who will have to pay the price… with her life.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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THE PUNISHER #8
NATHAN EDMONDSON
& KEVIN MAURER (W)
CARMEN CARNERO (A)
Cover by MITCH GERADS
NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR KEVIN MAURER (NO EASY DAY) JOINS NATHAN EDMONDSON FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THEIR HARD-HITTING TALE OF JUNGLE WARFARE!
• A wounded Frank Castle and a Special Forces medic hazard dangerous terrain and merciless mercenaries to make their escape
• Crossbones and his crew won’t stop until the Punisher is in their custody.
• It’s a race for survival not to be missed as Frank’s adventure south of the border comes to its blood-soaked end!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

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THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #24
JASON AARON (W) • AGUSTIN ALESSIO (A/C)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD Aftermath
• Thor’s battle against ROXXON has colossal ramifications for all of Asgard. And also for… Jane Foster?
• While in the far future, what dark fate has befallen Galactus at the hands of the King Thor?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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MIRACLEMAN #8
THE ORIGINAL WRITER & CAT YRONWODE (W) • CHUCK AUSTEN (A)
COVER BY JOHN ROMITA JR.
VARIANT COVER BY DALE KEOWN
VARIANT COVER BY ADAM KUBERT
VARIANT COVER BY DAVE GIBBONS
• Miracleman vs. Miracledog!
• Miracleman and Gargunza. Their dreams have been intertwined since 1954. Tonight, one will realize his dream, and the other…
• Including stories originally presented in MIRACLEMAN #7-8, plus bonus material.
48 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99

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ALL-NEW X-MEN #29 & 30
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • STUART IMMONEN (A/C)
ISSUE #29 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• Past, present and future collide as the Future Brotherhood exacts their final judgment on the All-New X-Men.
• Plus, Angel takes control!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T …$3.99 (EACH)

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WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #6
JASON LATOUR (W) • Mahmud Asrar (A/C)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
TOMORROW NEVER LEARNS FINALE!
• The Phoenix Corporation vs. the X-Men and their very future hangs in the balance!
• Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar conclude chapter one of the smash hit of All New Marvel Now!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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AMAZING X-MEN #9
CRAIG KYLE AND CHRIS YOST (W) • Carlo Barberi (A)
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
Part 2 of World War Wendigo!
• The X-Men and members of Alpha Flight join battle to stop the growing tide of Wendigos from consuming everything and everyone in its path!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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X-MEN #16 & 17
BRIAN WOOD (W) • MATTEO BUFFAGNI (A)
Cover by TERRY DODSON
ISSUE #16 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• The Future has come calling…and he wants his son Shogo back!
• But will Jubilee and the X-Men let their bouncing baby boy go without a fight?
• Spoiler alert: HELL NO!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

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CYCLOPS #3
GREG RUCKA (W) • RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (A)
Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
Variant by PHIL JIMENEZ
• Q: What’s the problem with stealing a Badoon ship?
• A: It’s a Badoon ship.
• Corsair and Cyclops experience engine trouble, shipwreck, and have the nice father-son chat they’ve both been avoiding, as Rucka & Dauterman continue the smash hit of 2014!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MAGNETO #6 & #7
CULLEN BUNN (W) • JAVI FERNANDEZ (A)
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
ISSUE #6 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
• Magneto is on a one-man mission to safeguard the future of mutantkind by any means necessary. So far, he’s done so by eliminating human threats…
• But what happens when it’s MUTANTS who pose a threat to their own species?
• Will Magneto cross a line and raise his hand to his own kind? And if so, just how far will he go?
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

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NIGHTCRAWLER #4
CHRIS CLAREMONT (W) • TODD NAUCK (A)
Cover by JAMIE McKELVIE
• The mastermind behind the attacks on Nightcrawler’s loved ones is revealed…
• And when Nightcrawler calls upon his friends for backup, the fight comes to the Jean Grey School!
• But torn between two worlds—his family and the X-Men—who will Nightcrawler stand by?
• One thing’s for sure: When the dust settles, one of his worlds will be changed forever…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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SAVAGE WOLVERINE #21
JOHN ARCUDI (W) • JOE QUINONES (A)
Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
MAN OF WAR – Part One!
• In the midst of World War I, Logan leads a daring mission…and discovers he isn’t the only mutant at war!
• B.P.R.D.’s John Arcudi returns to Marvel with Joe Quinones (FF) for an epic that uncovers more of Logan’s tortured past!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #10-11
PETER DAVID (W) • CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO (A)
CoverS by KRIS ANKA & JARED FLETCHER
• X-Factor brings big trouble to Serval Industries…heavily-armed trouble.
• Gambit’s indiscretion is found out.
• Nobody is happy.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

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ALL-NEW DOOP #4 (of 5)
PETER MILLIGAN (W)
DAVID LAFUENTE GARCIA (A)
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
• The true horror of Doop rears its ugly head!
• Kitty Pryde and Doop find themselves in the middle the scariest moment of their lives with no one to turn to!
• Will Kitty finally accept Doop’s proposal of marriage?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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X-FORCE #7
SIMON SPURRIER (W)
ROCK-HE KIM (A/C)
• X-Force has barely survived an encounter with their newest foe—the swaggering superhuman arms dealer VOLGA…
• …and with their secrets brought to light, they’re barely surviving EACH OTHER. How will Cable’s team keep it together to carry out their mission?
• Well I can tell you part of the answer: DOMINO is back! But she could just be in over her head already…
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

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PAINKILLER JANE: THE 22 BRIDES #2 (OF 3)
JIMMY PALMIOTTI (W) • JUAN SANTACRUZ (A)
Cover by JIMMY PALMIOTTI & VICTORIA PAL
Variant Cover by JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER
Jane and the 22 BRIDES get wind of the next target in NYS by an underground terrorist group and race against time to stop it before hundreds are killed. This issue also features guest pin-ups.
32 PGS./Mature …$3.99

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THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC. #3
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • MICHAEL AVON OEMING (A/C)
Variant Cover by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK
Valentine is a made guy, and Jagger is a hit-woman working for the most powerful family in the world. Now, they’ve been tasked with finding out who has violently betrayed their entire way of life. But Valentine is carrying a massive secret, one that would send the entire country into a civil war. All this, and we’re introducing new characters on almost every page! From the creators of the Eisner Award-winning Powers comes a brand-new, creator-owned blockbuster in the making.
32 PGS./Mature …$3.99
© 2013 Jinxworld Inc.

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KICK-ASS 3 PREMIERE HC
MARK MILLAR (W) • JOHN ROMITA JR. (A/C)
The grand finale of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s blockbuster! With Hit-Girl in jail, it falls to Kick-Ass to lead the super-hero team Justice Forever. But super heroes have been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass and to dodge both cops and some terrifying new foes! For the first time, Kick-Ass begins to doubt. Is he in too deep to get out? Meanwhile, Hit-Girl starts running all the gangs in the joint, and a broken Red Mist gets an education from a terrifying crime boss. Soon every costumed superhero is not only running from the law…they’re running for their lives. As the bodycount rises, Kick-Ass must decide if bringing justice to the city is truly worth the ultimate price. Plus: The flashback you’ve all been waiting for — the secret origin of Hit-Girl! How does little Mindy McCready earn her assassin stripes? Find out as KICK-ASS comes to its epic conclusion! Collecting KICK-ASS 3 #1-8.
184 PGS./Mature …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8488-1
Trim size: standard

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ALIAS OMNIBUS HC
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MICHAEL GAYDOS
Cover by DAVID MACK
Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero. But not a very good one. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic, Jessica is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations — a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. This deluxe hardcover collects all 28 issues of super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis’ ALIAS — plus all-new, behind-the-scenes bonus material compiled in conjunction with the writer himself! In her inaugural arc, Jessica’s life immediately becomes expendable when she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero’s true identity. But her wit, charm and intelligence just may help her survive through another day. Thrust into the midst of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels, has Jessica burned too many bridges to turn to old friends for help? Plus: Jessica travels to upstate New York to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl rumored to be a mutant in a prejudiced small town; goes on a date with the Astonishing Ant-Man; teams up with Jessica Drew; the original Spider-Woman; and confronts the demons of her past! Collects ALIAS #1-28 and WHAT IF JESSICA JONES HAD JOINED THE AVENGERS?
720 PGS./Explicit Content …$99.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9091-2
Trim size: oversized

MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY:
THE ART OF THE MOVIE SLIPCASE HC
Written by MARIE JAVINS
Continuing their popular ART OF series of movie tie-in books, Marvel presents its latest blockbuster achievement! Featuring exclusive concept artwork, behind-the-scenes photographs, production stills, and in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE ART OF THE MOVIE is a deluxe keepsake volume that provides an insider’s look into the making of the highly anticipated film directed by James Gunn; starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista; and featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket — with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio Del Toro as the Collector!
304 PGS./All Ages …$49.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8553-6
Trim size: landscape

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DEXTER DOWN UNDER PREMIERE HC
Written by JEFF LINDSAY
Penciled by DALIBOR TALAJIC
Cover by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
Dexter returns in an all-new, all-Australian, blood-soaked adventure written by his creator, Jeff Lindsay! Dexter Morgan isn’t just Miami’s No. 1 forensic blood-splatter expert — he’s also a serial killer who targets other serial killers! But when Dexter travels Down Under on the trail of a new murderer, he quickly discovers that sharks aren’t Australia’s only deadly predator! Who is setting up illegal hunting safaris in the Outback, and are they targeting more than big game? Dexter investigates as only he can, but soon discovers that he isn’t the hunter — he’s the prey! Now Dexter is trapped in a private preserve where humans are in the crosshairs! Will this one end with a bang? Under the hot Australian sun, Dexter’s Dark Passenger is given free reign, blood will flow, and the guilty will not go unpunished! Collecting DEXTER DOWN UNDER #1-5.
112 PGS./Parental Advisory …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5450-1
Trim size: standard

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REVENGE: THE SECRET ORIGIN OF EMILY THORNE PREMIERE HC
Written by ERICA SCHULTZ
Plot by TED SULLIVAN
Art by VINCENZO BALZANO
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
A new graphic novel inspired by ABC’s popular television series REVENGE, co-written by series writer Ted Sullivan! Emily Thorne is a wealthy and good-natured philanthropist who recently befriended the powerful Grayson family. But Emily’s real name is Amanda Clarke. Twenty years ago, the Graysons’ elite social circle framed Amanda’s father for a horrific crime — and Amanda plans to destroy the lives of those who stole her childhood and betrayed her father. Now, experience Amanda’s first mission of revenge! After training in Japan, the untested heroine finds herself infiltrating high society in Geneva. There, she uncovers secrets about her past — but her future will be short-lived unless Amanda can defeat a surprising enemy with ties to the people who destroyed her life! Prepare for a thrilling ride into the previously unexplored past of television’s most dynamic — and dangerous — girl next door!
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9039-4
Trim size: standard
© 2014 ABC Studios

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 8 TPB
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JOHN ROMITA SR. with JOHN BUSCEMA, JIM MOONEY & ROSS ANDRU
Cover by JOHN ROMITA SR. & RICHARD ISANOVE
It’s time for another round of web-slinging wonderment from two of the men who put the “master” in Masterworks — Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.! Their classic “Saga of the Stone Tablet” kicks off with the Kingpin’s quest to decipher an ancient clay tablet whose secrets promise great power. But Spidey soon gets caught in the mix and finds himself branded Public Enemy No. 1! With the Kingpin on one side and J. Jonah Jameson on the other, turning up the heat in the Daily Bugle, things go from bad to horrible when the mob gets involved. It’s a Peter Parker pressure cooker! Also featuring battles with Quicksilver, the Shocker and the Lizard, along with a rare Stan Lee/Ross Andru Spidey story from MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #14! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #68-77 and MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1967) #14.
248 PGS./All Ages …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8807-0
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 8 TPB — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 67 (DM ONLY)
248 PGS./All Ages …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8808-7

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MS. MARVEL VOL. 1 HC
Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT with GERRY CONWAY, ARCHIE GOODWIN & JIM SHOOTER
Penciled by JIM MOONEY with JOHN BUSCEMA,
SAL BUSCEMA, KEITH POLLARD & CARMINE INFANTINO
Cover by JOHN ROMITA SR.
The year was 1977, and Marvel was set to debut its latest and greatest new super heroine. NASA Security Chief Carol Danvers’ life had long been intertwined with the alien Kree’s interventions on Earth. But now it was time for this new woman in a new era to take on a new persona all her own: Ms. Marvel! As editor of Woman magazine, Danvers must contend with the Marvel Universe’s biggest blowhard, J. Jonah Jameson, while discovering her identity and origins as a super hero. Chris Claremont, continuing the series begun by Gerry Conway, brings to bear all the craft and character development of his renowned X-MEN run — while Jim Mooney, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott supply some of the most stunning art of the era! Collecting MS. MARVEL (1977) #1-14.
272 PGS./Rated T …$69.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8811-7
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MS. MARVEL VOL. 1 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 211 (DM ONLY)
272 PGS./Rated T …$69.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8812-4

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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 4: THE IRON NAIL PREMIERE HC
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by PASCAL ALIXE & NIC KLEIN
Cover by NIC KLEIN
The Weapon Minus Program has been reopened, and Captain America has become unhinged thanks to the mad machinations of the twisted Dr. Mindbubble! Jet Black, daughter of criminal mastermind Arnim Zola, allies with the Falcon — but when the mysterious and powerful Iron Nail begins assassinating the heads of the world’s five largest corporations, they must make a terrible choice! Meanwhile, can Captain America put a lid on Dr. Mindbubble, or will the villain shatter Cap’s already-fragile psyche? And what happens when S.H.I.E.L.D.’s greatest secrets are revealed to the world’s most dangerous man? Captain America lays a final sacrifice on the altar of freedom as he takes on the Iron Nail — and is broken! This is the day when it all changes; this is the beginning of the end for Steve Rogers. Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #16-21.
136 PGS./Rated T …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8953-4
Trim size: standard

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THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 4 —
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD PREMIERE HC
Written by JASON AARON
Penciled by ESAD RIBIC
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
Thor battles to save Earth, but who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Roz Solomon has a suggestion: the world’s most nefarious energy company, Roxxon, and its ruthless new CEO known as “the Minotaur!” Has Thor met his match in the form of a multinational super-corporation? Meanwhile, many millennia from now, a future Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the earth — from Galactus! King Thor and the Goddesses of Thunder are all that stand between Galactus and the planet he’s been dying to eat for a very long time. But even if Thor wins, is the Earth still doomed? And in the present, Thor makes a final stand against the Minotaur, Ulik the Troll and Roxxon’s forces — but not even a god can save everyone. Collecting THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #19-24.
136 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5488-4
Trim size: standard

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ALL-NEW INVADERS VOL. 1: GODS AND SOLDIERS TPB
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Penciled by STEVE PUGH
Cover by MUKESH SINGH
The Kree Empire intends to conquer the universe using an army of Norse Gods! Now, four heroes united by their past — Captain America, Namor, the original Human Torch and the Winter Soldier — must wage an alien war to save Earth! The Invaders face the Kree’s ultimate hunter, Tanalth the Pursuer, and take the fight straight to the Kree homeworld and the Supreme Intelligence — but can even they stand against the relentless assault of Kree-controlled gods? Plus: How does Aarkus, the original Vision, figure in? And how does the Kree threat relate to a secret Invaders mission from decades ago? Eisner Award winner James Robinson (Starman, Earth 2) unites with Steve Pugh (GENERATION X, Animal Man) to create a unique, modern-day take on the Invaders! Collecting ALL-NEW INVADERS #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.
120 PGS./Rated T+ …$17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8914-5

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HAWKEYE VOL. 3: L.A. WOMAN TPB
Written by MATT FRACTION
Penciled by JAVIER PULIDO & ANNIE WU
Cover by DAVID AJA
Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York, life and Clint Barton — but she can’t escape trouble! Because Madame Masque is hanging out poolside with the rich and famous, as well! As Kate helps a reclusive and sixties-damaged pop-music genius find his lost masterpiece, Madame Masque finds Kate. By which we mean starts trying to kill her again. This one has it all! Characters! Plot! Story! Dialogue! Theme! Meaning! Message! Action! A little exposition! Fire! Arrows! Criminals! Neighbors! Large bodies of water! Clients! Cops who don’t care! A system that victimizes the victims! The dog! In a broken town where cynicism and apathy has its claws around the throat of the good and decent, Lady Hawkguy is the only hero you can trust! Collecting HAWKEYE (2012) #14, #16, 18, #20 and ANNUAL #1.
120 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8390-7

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X-FORCE VOL. 1: DIRTY/TRICKS TPB
Written by SI SPURRIER
Penciled by ROCK-HE KIM & JORGE MOLINA
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
Almost every sovereign state in the Marvel Universe uses superhumans to covertly protect national interests. The United States has the Secret Avengers. The United Kingdom has MI13. And mutantkind has X-Force! Cable. Psylocke. Fantomex. Marrow. Mutantkind’s protectors, spies, assassins and torturers — but what drove them to join this new, deadly incarnation of X-Force? How has Marrow regained her powers — and how is it connected to X-Force’s first target, ruthless arms dealer Volga? X-Force races Volga through the Brazilian jungle and battles France’s superhuman black-ops team. But when they finally face Volga directly, one member of the team may meet an untimely end! In this dirty, deadly, no-holds-barred game of superhuman black ops, X-Force will spy, torture and kill to ensure that mutantkind not only has a place in the world — but also a stake in it! Collecting X-FORCE (2014) #1-6.
136 PGS./Parental Advisory …$17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9026-4

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DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE TPB
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Penciled by SALVA ESPIN & KIM JACINTO
Cover by GLENN FABRY
Come one, come all, for the bloodiest showdown the Marvel Universe has ever seen! It’s two red-suited madmen for the price of one when Deadpool takes on Carnage in the ultimate battle of good-crazy vs. bad-crazy! Will Carnage spread Deadpool all over the landscape? Or will Deadpool talk the scarlet sociopath’s ear off? Find out in this blood-soaked brouhaha for the ages! Plus: Cletus Kasady is behind bars, and the Carnage symbiote is in quarantine! But we all know that’s never going to last, right? Cletus has been evaluated, imprisoned and even lobotomized. Carnage has been sampled, cloned, poked and prodded. But they’ve had enough! It’s time to get the band back together! It’s a return to bloody, murderous form for the deadliest killer in the Marvel Universe! Collecting DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE #1-4 and SUPERIOR CARNAGE ANNUAL #1.
112 PGS./Parental Advisory …$16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9015-8

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THE PUNISHER VOL. 1: BLACK AND WHITE TPB
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Penciled by MITCHELL THOMAS GERADS
Cover by MITCHELL THOMAS GERADS
For years the Punisher waged war on crime in New York — but a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons and more has set his sights due west! Frank Castle is in the City of Angels, taking on the powerful Dos Sols gang — but when he discovers their newest weapon, it’s bad news…for him! Now the Punisher must duke it out with A.I.M., even as the Dos Sols’ takeover of Los Angeles begins and war breaks out in the streets! Will the city burn, or can Frank fight fire with fire? And even if Frank can overcome A.I.M. and the Dos Sols, can he escape the tightening noose of the Howling Commandos? Caught between a posse of Punisher predators and the targets of his own one-man war, Frank’s manifest destiny may be a shallow grave! Collecting PUNISHER (2014) #1-6.
136 PGS./Parental Advisory …$17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5443-3

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WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH TPB
Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by ROLAND BOSCHI
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
The year is 1966. S.H.I.E.L.D. sends secret agent Ran Shen to collect two Nazi scientists with the key to winning the Cold War. But the Soviets want the scientists, as well, and they’ve unleashed their most dangerous operative: the Winter Soldier, aka the brainwashed and presumed-dead partner of Captain America — Bucky Barnes! His mission: acquire the scientists by any means necessary — or kill them. The only obstacles in the Winter Soldier’s way are an elite Hydra squad run by Chancellor Cassandra and Madam Worm — and his own returning memories! It’s a classic ’60s-style, high-octane spy pulp told at the Cold War’s peak, filled with intrigue, adventure, romance and murder — with ramifications that will shatter relationships in the modern-day Marvel Universe! Witness the birth of the man who will one day destroy Captain America: the Iron Nail! Collecting WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1-5.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5473-0

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5. Guest Post: Karly Lane, author of Poppy’s Dilemma, on Anzac Day

9781743311615Anzac day has always been special for most Australian’s. We’ve grown up hearing the stories of our ANZACs. We’ve watched movies and read books about it; it makes up part of our DNA, but it wasn’t until I read a small article from 1920 about an incident that happened in my home town around this time, that I discovered there was so much more to World War one, and the legacy those men left behind.

I was given an article about a returned war hero and a young local girl who had been involved in a terrible incident while at a dance one late November night in 1920 and my life was never going to be the same again. Why? I hear you ask? Well, for one thing, I discovered things about my town, my family and two complete strangers that would spark a passion for local history in me that has only increased since writing Poppy’s Dilemma. Secondly, developing an obsession for a man who has been dead for 94 years, well, one never quite recovers from something like that!

Things happened while writing this book, strange things… and if I believed in strange things, I’d be thinking it was almost as though Alick wanted this story to be told.

While researching for Poppy’s Dilemma, based on the years following the First World War, I stumbled upon a series of scanned letters on a website. It wasn’t until I dug deeper that I was astonished to discover these letters were written by the man I was basing my story on, Alexander McLean. I now have these letters, letters that are almost 100 years old, some written from trenches in France during the war, and I feel a connection to this man that spans over a century.

Alick joined the army in August of 1915. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery in the field. He was well respected by his senior officers and men, even being promoted in the field by showing excellent leadership skills during battle.

After a wound to the head which resulted in Alick losing an eye, he was returned home to Australia in late 1918. He returned to work with his bullock team and went on with his life, however after a dance in November, 1920 for reasons unknown, Alexander Mclean approached a young woman named Gertie Trisley on a bridge just outside the hall they’d been dancing in earlier, and shot her in the head, before turning the gun and mortally wounding himself, dying a few hours later.

So how did a much loved and respected, hero end up committing such an out of characteristic crime? Parts of the inquest held after his death often referred to his head injury received during the war, and given as the only real explanation.

These boys who had grown up in the community were farmers, timber getters, shop clerks, delivery boys. They played football, they sang or played instruments for weekend dances. They were normal, everyday young Australians and their families proudly waved them off from the train station but when they came home, a large part of those same boys would not return.

The coroner, Mr Hodge summed the general feeling of the time rather eloquently referring to Alexander Mclean;

“We remember how he went forth voluntarily to fight for his country and his King; and we know how valiantly he carried out the trust. He fought with such distinction that he gained that very coveted honor, the Distinguished Conduct Medal, and I think that at this very critical time he had been recommended for a lieutenancy. We all remember how he returned covered with honor; we hailed him back; we loved him, God only knows the great thing that caused him to do what he did; we feel that there must have been something that impelled him to commit such an awful crime. Our sympathies must go out towards those gallant men who fought for the Empire and came back with head wounds, or are suffering from the effects of gas; they went through a hell, and we have to make every allowance for them.”

It was while reading this article, which can be read in its entirety along with the Coroner’s report via my web page, that I felt a need to write this story, not to solve any great mysteries, but to give Alick a voice; a glimpse into what life was like for these men who went off on what they all thought would be a huge adventure only to return home broken shells of their former selves.

I also wanted to explore what my town had been like during and after the war, once men like Alick returned. These men were returned home and expected to fit back into a world they’d left behind. How did anyone think a person could go from living in a muddy trench and fighting on a bloody battle field one day  to walking down the main street and chatting to their neighbour’s about the weather, within the space of a few months?

This year is the 100th anniversary of WW1 and to commemorate it, there’s a variety of upcoming events and projects underway that will extend into the following 4 years throughout communities all around Australia, so keep your eye out for things happening and let’s help remember our ANZAC’s.

You can buy Karly Lane’s latest book, Poppy’s Dilemma, here…

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6. Rebellious reading and other audiacious acts

If you were trying to support and encourage a young environmentalist, feminist or …anarchist (!) what books would you suggest for them?

I might give the newly re-issued Barbapapa’s Ark, or the simple but very effective What are you playing at?

Or if you were simply looking for a great read for your kids about making the world more peaceful and fairer where would you turn?

I might suggest The Arrival or The Island.

And if I were looking for more thought provoking books (as indeed I always am), I’d turn to the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. Now in its second year, this is an award for radical fiction for children aged 0-12. Last year’s winner was the marvellous and moving Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland (my review can be found here), and this year’s winner will be announced in just a couple of week’s time.

The books shortlisted for this year's award

The books shortlisted for this year’s award

The books, authors and illustrators in the running of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2014 are:

  • The Promise by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin
  • After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross
  • The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Moon Bear by Gill Lewis
  • Real Lives: Harriet Tubman by Deborah Chancellor
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
  • Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne
  • I recently put a pretty tricky question to those authors who made it onto the shortlist:

    If it were possible with a wave of a wand what would you change about the way the world works, to make it either more inclusive, less discriminatory, or a place which was more just and equitable?

    Here’s how they replied…

    Nicola Davies
    Tricky. I have one practical thing and one that you really would need a magic wand for. The practical one is to make sure that every girl on the planet gets and education; women with confidence, education and power are the single biggest force for change.

    And the magic wand one is to give all bankers, politicians, drug lords…all those in positrons of power over others to see the consequences of each of their actions on the wider world, as clearly as a movie and to feel them, as physical pain. I think that might be really helpful.

    Deborah Chancellor
    This one’s easy. I’d make sure half the people in every single profession were women. With my magic wand, fifty percent of all politicians, judges, business chiefs, religious leaders, generals (etc) would be female. Without a doubt, the world would be a fairer, more inclusive and generally more harmonious place. Perhaps one day we’ll make this utopia happen, but we’re still a long way off.

    Andrea Beaty
    I would create shoes that would transport people into the lives of others to show how their actions and attitudes affect other people. Many of the world’s problems would quickly straighten out if people who take advantage of others or inflict suffering upon others would have to walk a mile in the shoes of the people they disrespect, harm, or disregard. Perhaps Rosie Revere could invent the walk-a-mile shoes. She is very clever! Until we have walk-a-mile shoes, though, we have literature. It lets us each see the world through other people’s eyes. To walk a mile in their shoes. It gives us empathy. And that is more powerful than any magic wand.

    An interior spread from Rosie Revere Engineer

    An interior spread from Rosie Revere Engineer. Click for larger image.

    Gillian Cross
    If I could take one action to make the world fairer and more equal I would make education available and affordable for all children across the world, especially girls.

    Gill Lewis
    I would wave wand to enable us to be able to change our skin with people and animals…to walk a mile in their shoes…or hooves!

    In Harper Lee’s story, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus gives Scout a piece of moral advice;
    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

    Most prejudice or discrimination is born of ignorance, indifference and fear of the unknown. To truly understand another’s situation is to live their life, to see the world from their point of view. I would extend this to animals too, for us to live an animal’s life; to live as elephant, an eagle or a honeybee and to be able to see the adverse effects we humans have on the natural world and to understand the consequences of our actions.

    Unfortunately we don’t have magic wands, but we have the next best thing…books!

    Books transport us into other worlds and give us some insight and understanding of others’ lives.

    Until I find that magic wand, I’ll keep reading and writing books!

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    Unfortunately Geraldine McCaughrean and John Boyne were not able to take part; I would have been very interested to hear what they might have chosen to do with a wave of a wand.

    And as for me? What would I magic up? I found myself nodding wildly at all the responses above, but if I were to offer something different here’s what I might conjure up: If looking just at the bookworld, I’d get rid of gendered marketing and watch with great interest to see how it shakes up (or otherwise) book sales. On a bigger scale, I’d ban private car ownership, and invest massively in public transport. It would do wonders for not only environmental health, but also personal well being I believe. And if I could move mountains, I’d change how economies work so they don’t have to be predicated on consumption.

    What would you do with a wave of your wand to make the world a better place?

    If you are after further interesting reading matter to foster your own little rebels, you might enjoy looking through this list of books for children and young people as compiled on the Marxist Internet Archive. “Some of these books were written to be expressly radical, and others need a stretch to find political implications.” Thanks go to Betsy Bird for alerting me to this bibliography.

    Little Rebels Children’s Book Award
    is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and administered by Letterbox Library and the winner will be announced at the London Radical Bookfair on May 10th 2014.

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    7. Doctor Who fun (link)

    Here are some Doctor Who items available from the BBC.  I really like the Doctor Who TARDIS expandable tent; that would be so much fun: https://www.bbcdoctorwhoshop.com/en/doctor-who-risk?q=&utm_source=BBCAmerica&utm_medium=doctorwhorisk&utm_campaign=doctorwhorisk&utm_source=bbcamerica?utm_medium=bbcacom&utm_campaign=newsletter/&cm_mmc=ExactTarget-_-email-_-BBC+America+Newsletter_2014-04-23-_-email&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=BBC+America+Newsletter_2014-04-23#.U1h9WIL0DsM

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    8. Support Robison Wells, Author of YA nove, VARIANT with ALTERED PERCEPTIONS

    People who follow my personal blog may remember that in 2011 I shared some truths about myself when I posted about YA author Robison Wells, author of VARIANT. (That blog post is reposted below.) He had just shared publicly about his mental... Read the rest of this post

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    9. Free excerpt: The Chance You Won't Return, by Annie Cardi

    The Chance You Won't Return by Annie Cardi Chapter Sampler by Candlewick Press

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    10. The story of pizza - really!

    I have a deep appreciation for family food traditions. From my mother's side (Irish American) we don't have many. (The most enduring is easting Entenmann's Coffee Cake which I don't think really counts but we love it.) On my father's side (French Canadian) there are many because he was a great cook and my memere was as well (especially baking). But in terms of ethnic food, I don't know that anyone really sees something and yells "Oh, look! French Canadian food!" (If you can name any French Canadian food other than syrup right now, you deserve an award.)

    About now you probably understand that I spent a large part of my childhood wishing I was Chinese, Mexican or Italian solely for the food.

    All of this explains why when I received a copy of the picture book Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion, I was delighted by each and every page. It's a very simple story about a girl in Pienza, Italy, who takes readers through her day and across her town. Along the way she shares her love of pizza, ("Even while I'm eating spaghetti, I'm dreaming about the next pizza pie."), and her research into the history of pizza which, as we know it, comes from Naples, Italy. The story comes around to America, where the first pizzeria opened in NYC in 1905 and the final spreads show people enjoying pizza both in the U.S. and Italy which is all kinds of wonderful.

    Everyone would like to be a member of the ethnic group that invented pizza, don't you think?

    Fillion both wrote and illustrated Pizza in Pienza and the illustrations are large and colorful, with a folk art feel. The story reads as a picture book travel essay and the dual text, with a single line on each page in both English and Italian, fits well in this narrative design. In the final pages the author includes a pronunciation page, a history of pizza and a recipe for Pizza Margherita (including the dough).

    This is a decidedly quiet book but it provides a nice lesson about a well known topic while introducing a foreign country in a very accessible way. (That's the part that will appeal to folks looking for educational reads.) For me, it was quite reminiscent of all those delightful Italian memoirs for adults (paging Frances Mayes). It's one of the better ways to bring Italy home to kids and it will likely also spur them to appreciate their pizza even more which is always a good thing. Call this one a nice delightful and tasty trip for younger readers. :)

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    11. On BookExpo and diversity.

    At Book Riot:

    This utter lack of diversity is gross. It is inexcusable. And it is really, really embarrassing. Book Expo America is the industry’s flagship event, and the statement it is making on the industry’s behalf is that we believe that what readers–the kind of devoted, passionate readers who fork over thirty dollars to spend a summer Saturday in a convention center–want out of a book event is an all-white, heavily celebrity line-up.

    Blerg.

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    12. Cullman Center fellows

           The New York Public Library has announced the 2014-2015 Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellows -- a sweet deal offering: " a stipend of up to $65,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources". They were selected: "from a pool of 288 applicants from 24 countries" and include Keith Gessen (for work on a novel, Russia) and Jordi Puntí (for work on a novel, The Century of Mr. Cugat, "inspired by the life of the musician Xavier Cugat").

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    13. What is Theme?

    Question: I've read that theme can be an opinionated message or a one-word concept that the story explores. Which one is it? For example, is revenge a

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    14. Österreichischer Staatspreis für europäische Literatur

           The Austrian State Prize for European Literature, which they've been handing out since 1965, has a pretty solid list of winners -- pretty much an all-star roster of Eurtopean writers --, and they've announced that the 2014 prize will go to Ljudmila Ulitzkaja (i.e. Людмила Улицкая, i.e. Ludmila Oulitskaïa, i.e. Liudmila Ulítskaya, i.e. Ludmila Ulitskaya ... oh, for god's sake ...).
           The only Ulitskaya title under review at the complete review is Daniel Stein, Interpreter; The Big Green Tent ("An absorbing novel of dissident life in the Soviet Union" -- sigh ?) is due out late this year from Farrar, Straus & Giroux; pre-order your copy from Amazon.com.

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    15. #544 – There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book! by Benjamin Bird

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    There’s a Mouse Hiding In This Book! (Tom and Jerry)

    by Benjamin Bird

    Capstone Young Readers             8/01/2014

    978-1-62370-125-3

    Age 4 to 7          32  pages

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    “This Tom and Jerry interactive picture book holds a surprise on each page! Where is Jerry hiding? On the title page, on the back cover, or somewhere in between? Little readers will howl with delight each time they open the covers and try helping Tom find the mischievous mouse. Perfect for story time. A light, quirky “meta-fictional” picture book series using the well-known, timeless characters of Tom and Jerry. Young readers will whoop with delight at the story and artwork, but parents and caregivers will also appreciate the humorous and gentle introduction to the process of reading and the parts of a book.”

    Opening

    “LOOK. That no-good mouse Jerry is ruining my book! Come on, help me catch him.”

    The Story

    Tom, the cat from Tom and Jerry™ is trying to write a book. Problem is Jerry, the little grey mouse from the cartoon duo, is wreaking havoc on every page. Tom is out to catch the little villain—wait, Jerry the villain. Well it seems Jerry is the troublemaker and Tom is only trying to write a book. Your role, should you choose to accept it, is to assist Tom in capturing Jerry. Your job: just do what Tom tells you to do and be very fast. That’s it!

    Review

    I laughed aloud when reading There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book! First, there is the history of Tom and Jerry going after each other, every Saturday morning, and poor cat Tom never getting one over on Jerry, the resourceful mouse who loves tormenting Tom. As hard as Tom tries, whatever he tries, it returns to him twice his intended result. For example. Tom has Jerry cornered immediately after you join in the chase. Entering the dark mouse hole, you cannot see a thing, but you know Jerry is in there. Listening closely, you can hear him breathing. The light pops on. Run! Run! Run! It’s not Jerry . . . it’s that big bulldog, and he has huge canines. Quickly, quickly, turn the page!

    That might have been too close for comfort, but Tom is not discouraged. Stick with him and you’ll find a surprise inside every spread, but will you ever find Jerry? There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book reminds me of Press Here, the picture book with colored dots on every page, the number of which changed depending upon what you did in the previous spread. Shake the page and the dots fall out. Slide the book to the right and the dots on the left move to the right. There is a review of Press Here here.

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    Instead of moving around dots, Tom is trying to catch Jerry by setting up traps. Tom carefully sets mousetraps then you turn the page to see Jerry trapped, but instead, something goes wrong, terribly wrong. Tom needs you to do something quickly to get him out of this mess. The surprises are hilarious. Kids of all ages will laugh aloud until their stomachs ache. I know, because I did. To further tickle your funny bone, There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book is one book from a series of, currently, 4 books.

    If your child likes the Elmo series, Please Do Not Open this Book, by Jon Stone or Press Here by Herve Tullet, your child will like There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book! I also think parents who grew up with this Saturday morning comic duo will also love this book. Just seeing these characters was a delight. For the best experience, buy or borrow the physical copy of There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book rather than an eBook.

    There is nothing better than actually turning those pages, slowly lifting until colors appear and then, even slower, looking for Jerry, but he is not on the page. Tom is there and he is yelling for your help. Laughing you take your time, looking at the mess Tom created by not thinking things through, and then you comply. Will there be another surprise? Will Tom be building another mouse-catching trap? Can Tom draw Jerry out from his hiding place?  Will Jerry finally appear in the book, ready to goad Tom as only Jerry knows how to do? There is only one way to find out. Get your hands on a copy of There’s a Mouse Hiding in this Book, and be prepared to laugh yourself silly.

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    THERE IS A MOUSE HIDING IN THIS BOOK. Text and illustrations copyright © 2014 by Turner Entertainment Company. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Capstone Young Readers, an imprint of Capstone, North Mankato, MN.

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    The series (L to R) A Cat Is Chasing Me Through This Book! — Don’t Give This Book a Bowl of Milk! — This Book Is Not a Piece of Cheese!

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    Learn more about this Tom and Jerry™ series HERE.

    Pre-Order any of the series at AmazonB&NBookDepositoryCapstoneyour local bookstore.

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    Turner Entertainment Company website:    http://www.turner.com/

    Capstone Young Readers website:    http://www.capstoneyoungreaders.com/

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    16. Helicopter in the Sky

    Helicopter in the sky,
    Looking like a dragonfly,
    Skims along through cloud and air
    In search of landing who knows where.

    Whirring blades are all a’blur;
    From below, we’d all concur
    How it resembles, in its flight,
    An insect waiting to alight.

    Yet instead of seeking nectar,
    It’s an accident detector
    Or a taxi for commuters
    On their iPhones or computers.

    Helicopter in the sky,
    Seeing you, I wonder why
    With all that space that you must cover,
    Sometimes you just sit and hover.

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    17. Petition Process Update

    Petition candidates will now find the process to have their name added to a YALSA election ballot a little easier, thanks to action taken recently by the YALSA Board.  What’s the change? Instead of obtaining signatures by means of a paper ballot, the petition will be electronic beginning with the 2015 election process. The second change is one that needs to be approved by the membership via a vote to change the bylaws.  In the bylaws the number of signatures required for a petition candidate is currently 25; however, the board is asking the membership to vote to change that to 1% of the personal membership.  A percentage, rather than a number that is unchanged from year to year, ensures that regardless of membership size, the number of required signatures remains proportionate to the membership.  It will also eliminate the need for future adjustments to the bylaws as YALSA’s membership size changes.  The number 25 was chosen many years when YALSA had only about 2,000 members. Since then, YALSA’s membership has grown to over 5,100.  So, what’s 1% of the personal members?  Right now that’s 48 people.  Be sure to look for this proposal on next year’s ballot, and, if you’re interested in running on the 2015 slate, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/workingwithyalsa/election to learn more.

     

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    18. Chance portrait



    In need of a motivational boost I was going back over my old sketchbooks to see how much (if) my drawings have improved. The sketchbook my hand landed on happened to contain some cafe sketching from three years ago to the day. Here's a spontaneous portrait I found of a gentleman from Rockhampton who I got chatting with. I remember not liking this drawing very much at the time. But funnily, when I stumbled upon it a second time I felt it was one of the more inspired pieces amongst a lot of pretty bad drawings.

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    19. Science/Social Studies Poetry Pairings - Geography

    I have been teaching a course on integrating science and social studies for several years now. While I often get puzzled looks from folks when I try to explain the rationale behind this, the elementary teachers I work with recognize that this makes perfect sense. There is tremendous overlap between the science and social studies curriculum, particularly with respect to the topic of geography. 

    Today's book pairing will help readers look at the world through the eyes of both scientists and geographers.

    Poetry Book
    A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme, written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Alison Jay, is a collection of poems about explorers, places on the map (Sandwich Islands, Italy, Angel Falls, Mount Everest etc.), the globe itself (latitude v. longitude, equator and the poles), earth science topics (aurora borealis, San Andreas fault, stalactites v. stalagmites), and many other things. It opens with a poem entitled Places and Names: A Traveler's Guide, in which a number of cities and sites with interesting names are named. The poem concludes in this way.
    Thousands of spaces are places to be--
    Discover the World of GE-OG-RA-PHY!

    Travel by boat or by car or by plane
    To visit East Africa, Singapore, Spain.
    Go by yourself or invite a good friend,
    But traveling by poem is what I recommend.
    This is a wonderful book for introducing a mix of geography topics, as well as science topics like biomes, ecology and natural resources. Here's an example of a science-oriented geography poem.
    How a Cave Will Behave 
    Take a look at these cone-like formations,
    And remember, wherever they're found,
    A stalactite drips down from the ceiling.
    A stalagmite grows up from the ground.
    Poems ©J. Patrick Lewis. All rights reserved.

    There are also a few poems that encourage readers to think about their impact on the earth. The last poem entitled Walk Lightly asks that we make the Earth our companion.

    Nonfiction Picture Book
    Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins, is a book that examines extremes in the natural world, such as the highest mountain (based on elevation), longest river, place with the most extreme tides, the driest place on earth, and more. Here's how it begins.
    If you could visit any spot on earth, where would you go? What if you wanted to see some of the most amazing natural wonders in the world? 
    There are deserts that haven't seen rain in hundreds of years, and jungles where it pours almost every day. There are places so cold that even in the summer it's below freezing and spots where it's often hot enough to cook an egg on the ground. There are mountains many miles high and ocean trenches that are even deeper. You can find rivers thousands of miles long and waterfalls thousands of feet high.
    Jenkins grabs readers from the first page and makes them want to know about them. On every double-page spread that follows is a statement of fact, an inset map showing location, a bit of informational text, and some other graphic to help readers visualize and better understand the information. Here's an example.
    The world's highest waterfall is Angel Falls, in Venezuela. It is 3,212 feet high.
    This text is accompanied by a small map and globe with a red dot highlighting the falls. The facing page contains this statement.
    Angel Falls is more than seventeen times higher than Niagara Falls (180 feet), in New York State. Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, Africa, carries ore water than any other waterfall. It is 355 feet high.
    Text ©Steve Jenkins. All rights reserved.

    That's a lot of information packed into a few sentences. What ties all these ideas together is the final graphic that shows a height comparison of Angel Falls, Victoria Falls, Niagara Falls, and the Empire State Building. Placing these side-by-side shows just how high Angel Falls really is.

    Okay, time for a little quiz. Do you know...?
    • the name of the world’s most active volcano?
    • the height of the tides in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada?
    • the depth of the deepest spot in the ocean?
    • the location of the hottest spot in the world?
    • the location of the oldest and deepest lake in the world?
    The answers to these questions and more can be found in Jenkins' handsomely illustrated book. There is no back matter in this volume, but the final page does include a world map that pinpoints the 12 locations described. 

    Perfect Together
    Both Lewis' poems and Jenkins' pages on extremes lend themselves to mapping activities. I highly recommend a permanent board (or a trifold if you lack space) with a world map in which students can place push pins or "markers" to identify locations studied. This works not only for these books, but also for places identified in current events and others books students read.

    I also recommend laminating the map or placing a layer of plastic over it so that students can label and color areas of the map. For example, Jenkins writes about the hottest spot on the planet. Lewis has a poem entitled 136ºF in the Shade that describes the hottest day ever recorded in history. Lewis also offers up a rhyming couplet describing the size of the Sahara Desert and a poem on the Mohave Desert. While reading these poems, students can research other deserts of the world and color all of them on the laminated map. From here they'll be able to draw some conclusions about the characteristics of deserts and the geographic features they share.

    Both of these books offer up a wealth of information that can and will keep students occupied over the course of the year. Just imagine what you can do if you devote one day a week to these kinds of geography/science activities.

    For additional resources, consider these sites.

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    20. Book Review:

    • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
    • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
    • Series: Quincy the Horse Books
    • Hardcover: 40 pages
    • Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications (March 15, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0981924042
    • ISBN-13: 978-0981924045

    Description:

    In Quincy’s third adventure, Quincy and Buck, Quincy tries to overcome his fears about “surprises waiting for horses out on the trail” by going on his first trail ride. Quincy’s main concern is the wild animals he might meet but the real challenge turns out to be another horse. Buck, the horse he hopes will be his trail buddy and guide him, turns out to be a bully who is dangerous! Quincy learns some important things about dealing with a bully.

    My Thoughts...

    Quincy and Buck is a children's picture book that will be enjoyed by horse lovers, young and old alike. In this book in the series, Quincy has been sheltered inside his corral and is afraid to venture into the desert trail rides. He's anxious and fearful of the unknown, and of what could happen 'out there' with wild animals. Then one day his owner, Cam, takes him out to ride in the company of Cathy and her horse, Buck. Quincy is hopeful, thinking that Buck might guide him and become his mentor. Instead, Buck is a bully. Quincy not only ends up learning how to deal with bullies, but he also realizes that everybody is afraid at one point or another, and that he can be just as brave as anybody else.

    This is a book with a lovely and important message. The prose is 'quiet' in tone, and beautiful, and the earthly, western-like illustrations complement the story well. Besides issues of bullying, it deals with themes of overcoming fear. I enjoyed reading this book and can whole-heartedly recommend it, especially for children who love horses. 

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    21. Come celebrate with me!!

    I hope you will celebrate with me as today, April 24th marks a very special day for me, indeed.

    Why am I celebrating? I am celebrating because 5 years ago today, on April 24th, 2009 I had a life saving surgery and I praise God that I have been cancer free ever since. 5 years cancer free!! Hallelujah!!

    I am so grateful for every single day that I have been blessed with especially since my battle with breast cancer. When I think back on everything that has happened over these past 5 years, I am so very grateful that I got to witness my sweet daughter get married as well as getting to be there when my precious grand daughter was born. I am so very blessed to be married to my wonderful and amazing soul mate and best friend for these past 32 years who was with me every step of the way throughout my battle.

    And to top it all off…I get to do what I love and love what I do every single day at Phyllis Harris Designs! How could I ever ask for more?


    To help celebrate this wonderful day I am going to offer FREE SHIPPING in both my shops. In my own shop as well as in my Etsy shop but this offer is only good for ONE DAY ONLY(4-24-14) so hurry. Just use the special code CELEBRATELIFE at checkout and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order.

    Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful journey!

    Phyllis

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    22. Improving My Good Book Average

    At last, I have made it through the Slough of Despond and have landed myself in a couple books that really caught my interest. Okay, Slough of Despond is a bit extreme. The set aside Prose book and the disappointing Cantor book were more like a slightly squishy ground that got my shoes muddy. But the ground has firmed up and I am happily striding along first enjoying Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and now embarking on The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner. I just started it a couple days ago and have been reading a little every night which means I’m at page 45. But it has been a good 45 pages! I like the style and the story is going somewhere even if I don’t know where that somewhere is.

    Have you read the book? So far there are two narratives. It begins with WWI in 1917. A man named Valera is cutting a motorcycle headlamp off the bike of his dead friend who had just slammed into a tree in the woods because he was going too fast and lost control. The headlamp was salvageable, the bike, not so much. The pair are in the cycle battalion and had fallen a bit behind their squadron. Up comes a German soldier and Valera beans him in the head with the motorcycle lamp.

    And then we get a chapter in 1975 and we meet Reno, a young woman and artist riding her Valera motorcycle to the Salt Flats in Nevada to participate in time trials there and at the same time create what she hopes will be some interesting Land Art. It is an exhilarating chapter, first as she speeds down the highway and then later as she speeds across the salt flats at 148 miles and hour. On a motorcycle. But before we know exactly what happens we are back to Valera in 1917 who then flashes us back to his childhood in Alexandria, Egypt and a bit later to 1912 Rome where he is about to finish his university degree and where he rides his first motorcycle.

    Kushner is thus far showing herself to be skilled at pacing and character development, letting Reno and Valera reveal who they are through their actions and thoughts. No paragraphs long info-dumps telling the reader about them or having some other character tell us. Nope, it is character development as it should be, a gradual getting-to-know-you.

    I have no idea what the book is about. I have read good things about it without managing to retain any sort of plot summary and I have avoided reading the synopsis on the dust jacket. All I know is that I am a happy camper at the moment. Amazing what a couple good book can do for a person.


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    23. Concursos literarios- ensayo, narrativa, poesía



    Duodécimo Concurso Internacional de ENSAYO UAS – Colsin – Siglo XXI Editores
    30 de junio de 2014

    1.        Podrán participar todos los escritores de habla hispana o portuguesa, sin importar el país en el que residan.
    2.       Los escritores que hayan resultado ganadores en certámenes anteriores no podrán participar en la presente convocatoria.
    3.       Este año los interesados podrán participar con un ensayo de tema libre, en lenguas española o portuguesa, que deberá tener como máximo una extensión de 250 cuartillas y un mínimo de 150 (cada una de las cuales constará de 1.800 caracteres).
    4.       Los trabajos deberán ser inéditos y enviarse impresos por triplicado, a doble espacio, con letra Times de 12 puntos, en hojas tamaño carta (28 x 21,5 cm) y, asimismo, se deberá enviar el archivo electrónico en Word y en un disco compacto.
    5.        Los trabajos deberán aparecer suscritos con un seudónimo, enviándose junto con ellos, en sobre aparte, una ficha que contenga el nombre, la dirección, el teléfono y el correo electrónico del autor. El sobre vendrá rotulado con el seudónimo elegido. Las plicas de identificación quedarán bajo custodia de un notario público en la ciudad de México y solamente se abrirá la correspondiente al ganador; las demás serán destruidas.
    6.       Los trabajos podrán ser dirigidos, con el título Duodécimo Premio Internacional de Ensayo UAS – Colsin – Siglo XXI Editores, a las siguientes direcciones:

    ·         Siglo XXI Editores
    Avenida Cerro del Agua 248,
    Col. Romero de Terreros,
    Del. Coyoacán, AP 20-626
    México, DF, CP 04310
    (0155) 5658 7999.

    ·         Coordinación General
    de Extensión
    de la Cultura
    y los Servicios de la UAS
    Casa de la Cultura
    Teófilo Noris 517 Norte,
    Culiacán, Sinaloa,
    CP 80000.

    ·         El Colegio de Sinaloa
    Antonio Rosales 435 Pte.,
    Culiacán, Sinaloa, CP 80000
    (01667) 716 1046.

    7.        La recepción de los trabajos queda abierta a partir de la presente convocatoria (1 de marzo de 2014), cerrándose el día 30 de junio de 2014. Se respetará un periodo de seis días como máximo para recibir material que se haya depositado en el correo en la fecha límite, comprobada con el matasellos.
    8.       No podrán participar los trabajos que hayan sido premiados en otros concursos, ni los que se encuentren comprometidos para su edición, hayan sido publicados, parcial o totalmente, o estén participando en convocatorias similares.
    9.       El ganador del concurso obtendrá un premio por la cantidad de 20.000 dólares, la edición de la obra bajo el sello de las tres instituciones convocantes y un diploma de reconocimiento. Del importe del premio se deducirán los impuestos correspondientes.
    10.     Los derechos patrimoniales de la obra ganadora pertenecerán a las tres instituciones convocantes y, por lo tanto, la obra no podrá participar en otros premios, salvo con la autorización expresa del editor.
    11.      La edición completa de la obra queda a cargo exclusivamente del editor. Por lo que cualquier cambio en el título o contenido de la obra queda a cargo del mismo.
    12.     El premio será único e indivisible; en caso de que fuera declarado desierto no se otorgarán menciones honoríficas.
    13.     El jurado calificador estará integrado por tres connotados intelectuales de prestigio internacional, designados por el comité organizador, cuyos nombres serán dados a conocer después de emitido el fallo.
    14.     El fallo del jurado será inapelable.
    15.     El nombre del ganador será dado a conocer a los medios de comunicación el día martes 10 de febrero de 2015 y en las páginas de Internet de la Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (www.uasnet.mx), El Colegio de Sinaloa (www.elcolegiodesinaloa.gob.mx) y Siglo XXI Editores (www.sigloxxieditores.com.mx).
    16.     La entrega del Duodécimo Premio Internacional de Ensayo UAS – Colsin – Siglo XXI Editores se llevará a cabo en el marco de la Feria Internacional del Libro del Palacio de Minería durante 2014, en la ciudad de México, presidida por las autoridades de las instituciones convocantes.
    17.     Los gastos de traslado, hospedaje y alimentación del ganador, serán cubiertos por el comité organizador del presente certamen.
    18.     Los trabajos que no resulten ganadores no serán devueltos y junto con las plicas serán destruidos en presencia de notario público.
    19.     Cualquier imprevisto relacionado con la presente convocatoria será resuelto a criterio del jurado calificador y el comité organizador del certamen.


    Duodécimo Concurso Internacional de NARRATIVA Unam – Colsin – Siglo XXI Editores
    30 de junio de 2014
    1.        Podrán participar todos los escritores de habla hispana, sin importar el país en el que residan.
    2.       Los escritores que hayan resultado ganadores en certámenes anteriores no podrán participar en la presente convocatoria.
    3.       Este año los interesados podrán participar con una novela escrita en lengua española, que deberá tener como máximo una extensión de 250 cuartillas y un mínimo de 120 (cada una de las cuales constará de 1.800 caracteres).
    4.       Los trabajos deberán ser inéditos y enviarse impresos por triplicado, a doble espacio, con letra Times de 12 puntos, en hojas tamaño carta (28 x 21,5 cm) y, asimismo, se deberá enviar el archivo electrónico en Word y en un disco compacto.
    5.        Los trabajos deberán aparecer suscritos con un seudónimo, enviándose junto con ellos, en sobre aparte, una ficha que contenga el nombre, la dirección, el teléfono y el correo electrónico del autor. El sobre vendrá rotulado con el seudónimo elegido. Las plicas de identificación quedarán bajo custodia de un notario público en la ciudad de México y solamente se abrirá la correspondiente al ganador; las demás serán destruidas.
    6.       Los trabajos podrán ser dirigidos, con el título Duodécimo Premio Internacional de Narrativa Unam – Colsin – Siglo XXI Editores, a las siguientes direcciones:

    ·         Siglo XXI Editores
    Avenida Cerro del Agua 248,
    Col. Romero de Terreros,
    Del. Coyoacán,
    AP 20-626, CP 04310,
    México, DF,
    (0155) 5658 7999

    ·         Dirección de Literatura
    de la Coordinación
    de Difusión Cultural
    de la UNAM,
    Zona administrativa exterior, núm. 2, edif. C, piso 3, C. U.,
    Coyoacán, CP. 04510, DF,
    (0155) 5622 6240, 5665 0419

    ·         El Colegio de Sinaloa
    Antonio Rosales 435 Pte., CP 80000,
    Culiacán, Sinaloa
    (01667) 716 1046

    7.        La recepción de los trabajos queda abierta a partir de la presente convocatoria (1 de marzo de 2014), cerrándose el día 30 de junio de 2014. Se respetará un periodo de seis días como máximo para recibir material que se haya depositado en la fecha límite, comprobada con el matasellos.
    8.       No podrán participar los trabajos similares que hayan sido premiados en otros concursos, ni los que se encuentren comprometidos para su edición, hayan sido publicados, parcial o totalmente, o estén participando en convocatorias similares.
    9.       El ganador del concurso obtendrá un premio por la cantidad de 20.000 dólares, la edición de la obra bajo el sello de las tres instituciones convocantes y un diploma de reconocimiento. Del importe del premio se deducirán los impuestos correspondientes.
    10.     Los derechos patrimoniales de la obra ganadora pertenecerán a las tres instituciones convocantes y, por lo tanto, la obra no podrá participar en otros premios, salvo con la autorización expresa del editor.
    11.      La edición completa de la obra queda a cargo exclusivamente del editor. Por lo que cualquier cambio en el título o contenido de la obra queda a cargo del mismo.
    12.     El premio será único e indivisible; en caso de que fuera declarado desierto no se otorgarán menciones honoríficas.
    13.     El jurado calificador estará integrado por tres connotados intelectuales de prestigio internacional, designados por el comité organizador, cuyos nombres serán dados a conocer después de emitido el fallo.
    14.     El fallo del jurado será inapelable.
    15.     El nombre del ganador será dado a conocer a los medios de comunicación el día martes 10 de febrero de 2015 y en las páginas de Internet de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (www.literatura.unam.mx), El Colegio de Sinaloa (www.elcolegiodesinaloa.gob.mx) y Siglo XXI Editores (www.sigloxxieditores.com.mx).
    16.     La entrega del Duodécimo Premio Internacional de Narrativa Unam – Colsin – Siglo XXI Editores se llevará a cabo en el marco de la Feria Internacional del Libro del Palacio de Minería durante 2015, en la ciudad de México, presidida por las autoridades de las instituciones convocantes.
    17.     Los gastos de traslado, hospedaje y alimentación del ganador, serán cubiertos por el comité organizador del presente certamen.
    18.     Los trabajos que no resulten ganadores no serán devueltos y junto con las plicas serán destruidos en presencia de notario público.
    19.     Cualquier imprevisto relacionado con la presente convocatoria será resuelto a criterio del jurado calificador y el comité organizador del certamen.


    II Premio de POESÍA “Andrés Mirón”
    30 de abril de 2014
    1.        Podrán participar todos los poetas que presenten un solo poema por autor escrito en castellano, de tema libre, inédito y no premiado en otros concursos.
    2.       La dotación establecida para este premio se cifra en 1.000 euros, cantidad a la que se aplicará el porcentaje de deducción del IRPF vigente en cada momento.
    3.       El autor premiado conservará la propiedad intelectual de su obra, percibiendo los derechos correspondientes con el abono del premio y deberá personarse en Guadalcanal el día de la entrega para leer su poema en el acto. Los gastos de viajes y estancia corren por cuenta del ganador.
    4.       El plazo de admisión de los trabajos participantes se cerrará el día 30 de abril de 2014, admitiéndose posteriormente aquellos envíos cuyo matasellos señale igual o anterior fecha.
    5.        Los poemas tendrán un mínimo de 14 versos y un máximo de 60, presentándose figurando únicamente el título en la portada de los mismos y siendo firmados con lema o seudónimo. Dichas obras se acompañarán de un sobre cerrado donde deben aparecer, en su exterior, idénticos título y lema o seudónimo, y en su interior los datos personales del autor, domicilio, teléfono y número de D.N.I., así como un breve currículum.
    6.       Los originales habrán de enviarse a la siguiente dirección:

    AYUNTAMIENTO DE GUADALCANAL
    Concejalía de Cultura
    C/ Plaza de España, 1
    41390 GUADALCANAL (Sevilla, España)

    Indicando expresamente en el sobre: “Para el II PREMIO DE POESÍA ANDRÉS MIRÓN”.Asimismo se admitirán envíos por correo electrónico al e-mail clotisanchez@guadalcanal.escuyas plicas se remitirán en el mismo correo en un archivo aparte.
    7.        Los trabajos no premiados no serán devueltos, destruyéndose todos a los diez días de producirse el fallo del premio. Tampoco se mantendrá correspondencia con los autores de los mismos.
    8.       Los sobres o correos que se envíen sin la correspondiente plica no serán admitidos en el concurso.
    9.       El jurado estará compuesto por poetas o escritores de reconocido prestigio y por la concejal de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Guadalcanal, actuando ésta última como secretaria con voz y sin voto para dar fe de las decisiones del jurado, cuyos nombres se harán públicos en el momento del fallo. Dicho jurado resolverá cuantas incidencias pudieran surgir en el curso de sus deliberaciones, y su fallo, que será inapelable, así como la entrega del premio, tendrán lugar en el mes de julio de 2014.
    10.     La presentación de los trabajos al II Premio de Poesía “Andrés Mirón” implica la total aceptación de las presentes bases.
    Mayor información: E-mail: clotisanchez@guadalcanal.es • Web: Clic aquí


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    24. sketch dailies Loch ness monster

    A selfie at the Loch... Timing is everything.




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    25. A Future That Is Not Dystopian

    Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel by K. A. Holt is a nominee this year for Connecticut's Nutmeg Award, which is how I found out about it. It was on the Nutmeg Shelf at my local library.

    Nerves of Steel is a mystery in a science fiction setting that is more Jetsons than Hunger Games. Mike Stellar is suddenly hauled off on a space mission by his parents who were accused of being responsible for the failure of an earlier trip into the great unknown. Right away Mike thinks there's something odd going on. In traditional kid story fashion, he is all over it.

    I found Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel slow getting going. And slow in other places. I hate to admit it, but I found the plot confusing in places, too. But there came a point when I did think that child Gail would have bought into a kid being able to save the day, no matter how improbable.

    As Charlotte of Charlotte's Library said of this book when it was published, "This probably isn't a book that will appeal to grown-up fans of science-fiction, for whom the plot and its concomitant technology might seem simplistic. But, since they aren't the target audience, so what." Well, maybe I shouldn't say "As Charlotte...said" because I didn't find the plot simplistic. But you get what I'm going for here. This book isn't for people like me.

    A big plus: Civilization hasn't fallen in this book. Oh, my gosh, I am so tired of post-apocalyptic misery.

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