LOCAL AUTHORS

We talk a lot about shopping local, but we think it is equally important to read local. Here in the South Bay, we are blessed with amazing local authors, and we'd love to share their books with you. Here are just a few of the new releases of the authors in our neighborhood.

Whispering Pines Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534460485
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 14th, 2021

Pop Flies, Robo-Pets, and Other Disasters Cover Image
$9.99
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ISBN: 9781947159372
Published: One ELM Books - August 1st, 2021

Fantastic You Cover Image
By Danielle Dufayet, Jennifer Zivoin (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433830280
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Published: Magination Press - September 3rd, 2019

Fantastic You shows readers how to develop and nurture a loving and positive relationship with themselves. Kids will learn that self-care includes positive self-talk and self-compassion for a happy, self-empowered life.

To view more of Danielle Dufayet's books, click here.


Snow Day in May, 1 Cover Image
By Christine Evans, Patrick Corrigan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780807587416
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2021

Helen and the Masters: A Portrait of a California Mystic Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9798657247671
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Published: Independently Published - July 9th, 2020

Hicks Road: Jacob's Story Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780998135113
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Published: Silent Eye Productions - April 8th, 2017

When We Were Infinite Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534468214
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781681062853
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Published: Reedy Press - September 15th, 2020

Whether you are a life-long San Jose resident, new transplant, or first-time visitor, local writer Cassie Kifer will introduce you to quirky and beautiful places and share stories about the city that never get told. Part tour and part scavenger hunt, this guide will take you to some of the weirdest and most wonderful places in Northern California's biggest and most misunderstood city.


How to Wear a Sari Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328635204
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Published: Versify - June 22nd, 2021

Darshana Khiani is a second-generation Indian American who grew up in rural Pennsylvania and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Her skills include writing picture books, debugging network routers, and solving jigsaw puzzles. However, wearing a sari is not one of them.


Operation Sock Drawer: The Guide to Building Your Stash of Hand-Knit Socks Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781632506962
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Published: Interweave - October 20th, 2020

THE KNITMORE GIRLS, Gigi and Jasmin Knitmore, have over 80 years of shared knitting experience. They currently podcast together, and live across the street from each other in sunny San Jose, CA. Any reason is a good reason to knit socks, and eat cake!


All the Impossible Things Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250202864
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 3rd, 2019

A bit of magic, a sprinkling of adventure, and a whole lot of heart collide in All the Impossible Things, Lindsay Lackey's extraordinary middle-grade novel about a young girl navigating the foster care system in search of where she belongs.

"Wise and wondrous, this is truly a novel to cherish.” —Katherine Applegate, New York Times–bestselling author of Wishtree

To view more of Lindsay Lackey's books, click here.


Luck of the Titanic Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524740986
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

Dinosong Cover Image
By Tim McCanna, Richard Smythe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534430020
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 4th, 2020

“A rousingly rumbly ramble.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Land Before Time meets Eric Carle in this delightful read-aloud featuring “melodious and spare” (USA TODAY) language by master storyteller Tim McCanna.

To view more of Tim McCanna's books, click here.


Letters from My Tooth Fairy Cover Image
By Brooke Hecker, Deborah Melmon (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534110557
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - August 15th, 2020

In Letters From My Tooth Fairy, Natalie and her devoted tooth fairy exchange letters, asking and answering questions about some of childhood's most important moments. 

To view more of Deborah Melmon's books, click here.


Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates Cover Image
By Tim J. Myers, Bonnie Pang (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781513261447
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Published: West Margin Press - April 9th, 2019

2020 Storytelling World Resource Award Honoree

Inspired by the 1863 Egg War and the mad rush for murre eggs on the Farallon Islands near San Francisco, Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates is a high-seas adventure story celebrating the courage and history of Chinese immigrants in America through a fascinating yet little-known event during the California Gold Rush era.

To view more of Tim J. Myers' books, click here.


Mindful Day Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9781683642794
Published: Sounds True - January 7th, 2020

"Rather than instructing mindfulness to readers...[Mindful Day] exemplifies how a day may be experienced when mindfulness is organically embedded within it." —Kirkus Reviews

To view more of Shirley Ng-Benitez's books, click here.


Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780399556142
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

“There is lots of intertextual cleverness going on that results in this book being both an homage to and spoof of the traditional fantasy hero’s quest, both in the illustrations and in the narration.” —Bulletin, Starred Review

“Dazzling, inventive and fun. Ben Costa and James Parks manage to both spoof and pay homage to the fantasy tradition, while creating characters we care about. A tour de force.” —Jason Shiga, author of Meanwhile and Demon

To view more of James Parks' and Ben Costa's books, click here.


Strange Exit Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780765399434
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Published: Tor Teen - April 27th, 2021

There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250619853
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Published: Square Fish - September 1st, 2020

Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows meets Kristin Cashore's Graceling, with a dash of Winter is Coming, in this showstopping debut YA fantasy--and recipient of FOUR starred reviews! 
A Morris Award Finalist for best debut young adult novel! 
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year!
A Tor.com Best YA SFF/Horror Book of the Year! 
"One of the most stunning debuts of the year." —Seventeen

To view Katy Rose Pool's other books, click here.


The Endless Skies Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250302014
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Published: Tor Teen - August 17th, 2021

Something to Say Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062836724
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 4th, 2021

High Water Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9798585476891
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Published: Independently Published - January 14th, 2021

Patron Saints of Nothing Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525554929
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Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020

A National Book Award Finalist 
An NPR Best Book of the Year
An NBC News Best Asian American Young Adult Book of the Year
A Paste Best Young Adult Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Top 10 Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A USA Today Best Book of the Year So Far
A Raleigh News & Observer Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild audio selection 
National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Freeman Book Award Winner 
An L.A. Times Book Award Nominee 

To view more of Randy Ribay's books, click here.


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A Door Between Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781665088046
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - September 28th, 2021

In My Life Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534465855
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Published: Little Simon - February 2nd, 2021

With three generations of one family, we share moments that are meant to be savored in this special book that beautifully illustrates the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s world-renowned song “In My Life.”

There are places I’ll remember, in my life, though some have changed...

One gift with a bright bow starts a young girl on a path…one her mother follows with her as she explores, grows, and rides off on her own, only to return again with her own daughter in tow. This hauntingly beautiful book shares the small moments of that journey that are meant to be remembered and savored in the lyrics of this classic song.

Genevieve Santos is an illustrator born, raised, and living in San Jose, California, and sole proprietor of a small stationery company, Le Petit Elefant. 

To view more of Genevieve Santos' books, click here.


Silicon Alleys: Selected Metro Silicon Valley Columns, 2005-2020 Cover Image
By Gary Singh, Rudy Rucker (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781735068800
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Published: Anti Man about Town Press - November 16th, 2020

Gary Singh knows San Jose. I have been reading him in Metro for many years, sometimes agreeing, occasionally not, yet always entertained—even sometimes amazed. The successes, the mistakes, the dreams that sometimes happened and often failed, are the essence of this book. Each agony here often leads to some ecstasy. It is all on full display here as you go down the illuminated streets and duck into the dark alleys that compose this most amazing city.
TOM McENERY, Mayor of San Jose, 1983-1991


Serious Fun Ballet: A DanceKidsFun book Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781734157109
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Published: Standalone Press LLC - October 17th, 2019

Dancekidsfun is an interactive, fun, educational and inspiring ballet book that your child will love. Miss Leslie will encourage and teach her students in a positive and fun way! The perfect ballet book to introduce your child to basic positions and steps in ballet. 


Indi-Alphabet Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781684015832
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Published: Mascot Books - February 6th, 2018

Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan takes readers on a fun journey from Ahmedabad to Zirakpur. We'll sample yummy biryani, search for wild orange tigers in animal reserves, learn about bejeweled Maharajas, and encounter the mighty Mughals. With whimsical verses and vibrant images, Indi-Alphabet brings to life an India both familiar and unfamiliar. All aboard.


The story of a child learning to nurture positive thoughts and self image by planting the seeds like flowers in a garden. As they watch the flowers grow into a beautiful garden, they build the confidence in themselves to share the seeds with the people around them.


The Peculiar Pig Cover Image
By Joy Steuerwald, Joy Steuerwald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399548871
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - June 18th, 2019

* “Steuerwald’s debut as both author and illustrator is an excellent, gently told addition to anti-bullying, adoption, and individuality storytimes. The adorable piglets (and dachshund pup) . . . are expressive and distinct, with a look that strikes the right balance between cartoon and realism. The bullying never rises beyond giggles at Penny’s differences, making this a good conversation starter even for the youngest audiences. Look forward to more from Steuerwald; Penny the puppy piglet is perfection.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

To view more of Joy Steurwald's books, click here.


The Last Shadow Warrior Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338636079
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 4th, 2021

 

Percy Jackson meets Thor in a laugh-out-loud, action-packed adventure inspired by Norse mythology.
Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She's spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known as Grendels-the ancient foe of the Aesir-just like her mother did before she died. But there's just one, small problem: No one has seen a Grendel in centuries, and the Viking Council wants to disband the Aesir . . . forever.


Love & Other Natural Disasters Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062991232
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Published: HarperTeen - June 8th, 2021

Home Is Wherever I Go Cover Image
By Marian Tiemann, Yawen Chien (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781643438306
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Published: Beaver's Pond Press - February 22nd, 2021

Join a young child as she collects her simple treasures and, using her imagination, turns moving to a new place into a magical and comforting adventure. This compassionate book captures the essence of what truly makes a home.


Rupert's Big Move Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780692282267
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Published: Louree Publishing - April 27th, 2016

When writing her children’s stories, Pamela Tremain describes her creative process as getting the puzzle pieces in her head out and onto paper. “Rupert’s Big Move” is the first book in the Rupert the Little Green Frog series; he has many more adventures to share with his readers.


Impostor Syndrome: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062855282
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Published: Custom House - May 25th, 2021

A sharp and prescient novel about women in the workplace, the power of Big Tech, and the looming threat of foreign espionage from Kathy Wang, “a skilled satirist of the northern California dream” (Harper’s Bazaar)

Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

To view more of Kathy Wang's books, click here.


A Map of the World (With All Faults) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781946005328
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Published: Hawkeye Publishers - October 1st, 2019

A bloodstained map (1570) comes up for auction. Follow Ortelius’ map from the Dutch Revolt, Antwerp, through WWII and its impact on all owners to the adult daughter of a little girl who was hidden i1943-44. An unlikely 16th C engraver’s apprentice illuminates the 20th and 21st Century action.


Loveboat, Taipei Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062957283
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Published: HarperTeen - August 24th, 2021

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Dragon Hoops Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

While the action on the court is absolutely transfixing (with page layouts often using trapezoid-shaped panels whose diagonal lines amp up the dynamism), the story shines just as brightly off the court when Yang’s focus shifts to his own dilemmas and profound insights regarding art and storytelling. ...here [Dragon Hoops] is a perfect entryway into this form [single-season reportage] for teen readers."—Horn Book, starred review

To view more of Gene Luen Yang's books, click here.


Baby Moses in a Basket Cover Image
By Caryn Yacowitz, Julie Downing (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536206098
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Published: Candlewick - March 2nd, 2021

. . .As Moses floats toward yet-unknown safety, Yacowitz’s gently rolling rhymes and Downing’s inventively framed watercolors—rendered in washes of emerald, citrine, and lapis—he enters a world far more benevolent than what he faced on shore. . .By the time Pharaoh’s daughter lifts Moses from the water in this quietly beautiful story, it seems that all of nature has determined to protect the infant.
—Publishers Weekly


Wallace and Grace Take the Case Cover Image
By Heather Alexander, Laura Zarrin (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781619639898
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - November 6th, 2018

“Zarrin's cozy color artwork and Alexander's chirpy narrative energize a story that highlights the rewards of mutual respect, collaboration, and friendship.” —Publishers Weekly

To view more of Laura Zarrin's books, click here.