Get Your Summer Reading On!

Kids??? Kids??? Get your summer reading on with these cool new reads!

 A sly and hilarious mystery by debut author Denis Markell, CLICK HERE TO START (A NOVEL) (Delacorte Press | On sale July 19, 2016 | Ages 10 and up | $16.99) is the perfect read for kids who want only one thing: video games. With shocking twists and turns and fiercely independent characters, this stand-alone novel is filled with puzzles inspired by video games and keeps readers guessing until the very end. All twelve-year-old Ted is good at is video games—especially escape-the-room puzzles. When he inherits his great-uncle’s apartment and all the quirky treasures inside, he can’t help looking at it like a real-life puzzle. Suddely, he discovers that it actually is one, and that his uncle has hidden treasure from his days in the Nisai brigade in World War II. The apartment is just the start, and this tricky game takes Ted all across his neighborhood. But someone else is on the hunt for the treasure, too, and Ted’s search becomes more than just a game. Can he and his friends solve his great-uncle’s puzzles to make sure the treasure gets into the right hands? CLICK HERE TO START (A NOVEL) is bursting with energy and a fresh, spellbinding new voice sure to captivate reluctant readers and gaming addicts.

DENIS MARKELL has written an award-winning Off-Broadway musical revue; a few musical comedies for the stage; various and sundry sitcoms; a play with Joan Rivers; an episode of Thundercats; and two picture books illustrated by his wife, Melissa Iwai: The Great Stroller Adventure and Hush, Little Monster. CLICK HERE TO START (A NOVEL) is his debut novel. Markell lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. You can find him on Twitter at @DenisMarkell.

 From New York Times bestselling author Daniel O’Brien and illustrator Winston Rowntree comes YOUR PRESIDENTIAL FANTASY DREAM TEAM (Crown Books for Young Readers | On sale June 28, 2016 | Ages 10 and up | $13.99), a book where readers create their own presidential dream team to save the country from a (made-up) national crisis, based on humorous fact-based profiles of former leaders. Just in time for the 2016 presidential election, this nonfiction middle-grade book features illustrations throughout and is a fresh, fun take on learning about U.S. presidents. Armed with the essential facts, readers draft their own dream team of presidents to face any dangers, real or imagined. By studying the most successful squads in history, O’Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team. Which presidents should you choose for your team the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt? Choose wisely—the fate of the country is in your hands! Combining presidential history with fantasy football tactics, this laugh-out-loud book is a fresh, fun take on nonfiction—history made fun for reluctant readers!
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DANIEL O’BRIEN is the head writer for His work has been featured on Comedy Central, Splitsider, Forbes, USA Today, and the Huffington Post. Daniel is the co-editor of the New York Times bestselling You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He is also the pop culture expert on History Channel’s Your BLEEPED Up Brain. Follow him on Twitter at @DOB_INC. 

WINSTON ROWNTREE is a columnist at and the author of the webcomic Subnormality. He recently won the Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year for Watching

GIVEAWAY: Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows. Girl in the Shadows is a companion novel to Girl on a Wire, and will be out on July 5, 2016.


Gwenda Bond writes for children and young adults. Her novels include Lois Lane: Fallout and Double Down, which bring the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novel series, and Girl on a Wire, about a daredevil heroine who discovers magic and mystery lurking at the Cirque American. Next up in 2016 are Girl in the Shadows and the comic book miniseries/graphic novel Girl Over Paris (with Kate Leth and Ming Doyle), companions to Girl on a Wire. She has also written for Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at or @gwenda on twitter.

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