Author Alley 2019

Live and Let Chai

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$7.99

The first book in a delightful new beachside cozy mystery series!

Trouble is brewing in Everly's new café. Can she bag the culprit?

Life hasn't been so sweet for Everly Swan over the past couple of years, but now that she is back in her seaside hometown and the proud owner of a little iced tea shop and café right on the beach, things are finally starting to look up--until a curmudgeonly customer turns up dead on the boardwalk. With one of her hallmark glass tea jars lying right next to him and an autopsy that reports poison in his system, it doesn't look good for Everly or her brand new business.

As the townspeople of Charm, formerly so welcoming and homey, turn their back on Everly, she fights to dig up clues about who could have had it in for the former town councilman. With a maddeningly handsome detective discouraging her from uncovering leads and a series of anonymous attacks on Everly and her business, it will take everything she's got to keep this mystery from boiling over.

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9781492664758
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July 10, 2018
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BC

Memento Mortale A Novel

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$16.00
Mildred Mortale, aged 13 1/2, is the youngest of three siblings, and decidedly the most average. Until her parents transform her home into a funeral parlor in the midst of a yellow fever epidemic, and she discovers she can communicate with the restless spirits of their deceased patrons. Not to mention, the ghost of her cat won't leave, and her estranged aunt on an extended visit is boarding in her bedroom.
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9781098639105
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May 20, 2019
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Paperback

MRS. MORHARD AND THE BOYS: ONE

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$27.00
As the Great Depression brought America to the brink of disaster, a devoted single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, wrestled triumph out of adversity by creating a community activity that would inspire the nation.

Josephine Morhard never waited for something to happen. At twelve years old, fiercely independent Josephine left her family's Pennsylvania farm to start a new life. Coming of age during one of the most devastating times in America, and weathering two bad marriages, Josephine put her personal problems aside to insure a productive future for her daughter and son. But Junior was a volatile boy of eight--until his mother came upon a novel sports idea to encourage discipline, guidance, and self-worth in her son. Out of a dream, an empty lot, and the enthusiasm of other neighborhood kids, Josephine established the first boys' baseball league in America. Her city--and the country--was watching.

Beyond all expectations, the Cleveland Indians rallied behind her project. Indians legends Bob Feller, Jeff Heath, and Roy Weatherly helped hone the boys' skills; renowned sports reporter Hal Lebovitz became an umpire; and they were given permission to play in historic League Park. All the while, as Josephine's Little Indians graduated into the Junior American and Junior National Leagues, and finally a Little World Series, she instilled in her boys strong values, good sportsmanship, and an unprecedented sense of accomplishment. Some of them, like Ray Lindquist and Jack Heinen, would become Minor League players. Not one of Mrs. Morhard's boys would ever forget her.

In this stirring biography of an unsung American heroine, Josephine Morhard's daughter-in-law recounts the extraordinary life and accomplishments of a resilient, selfless, and determined woman. Her inspiring true story--a long time coming--is something to cheer for.

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9780806538877
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February 26, 2019
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Hardcover

No Good Tea Goes Unpunished

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$7.99

Don't marry into murder...

Catering her childhood friend's beachfront wedding was a dream come true for Everly Swan--and, with hundreds of guests in attendance, great exposure for her new iced tea shop and café. But when the well-to-do groom is found floating facedown in the surf, the locals of Charm, North Carolina, turn their suspicions to his new bride. Could she have been so desperate to lay her hands on his fortune that she arranged for his murder before they even set off on their honeymoon?

Everly knows her love-struck friend couldn't be behind the murder, but with clues pointing in several directions, she can't decide which wedding guest is the most likely culprit. Meanwhile, the frustratingly handsome Detective Hays has made it clear that Everly should stay out of the investigation altogether. But with a killer on the loose and a feeling that someone is watching her café very closely, Everly knows that if she can't solve this murder soon, her cake might be iced for good.

The second book in Bree Baker's popular Seaside Café Mystery series, No Good Tea Goes Unpunished is a delightfully deadly cozy mystery perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke and Kate Carlisle.

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9781492664789
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February 26, 2019
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BC

Pen Dive, Issue Four

Pen Dive, Issue Four
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377035
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May 1, 2019
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Pamphlet

Pen Dive, Issue Three

Pen Dive, Issue Three
$10.00
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377034
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January 1, 2019
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Pamphlet

Pen Dive, Issue Two

Pen Dive, Issue Two
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377033
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August 25, 2018

READING BEHIND BARS: A TRUE ST

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$25.99
In December 2008, twentysomething Jill Grunenwald graduated with her master's degree in library science, ready to start living her dream of becoming a librarian. But the economy had a different idea. As the Great Recession reared its ugly head, jobs were scarce. After some searching, however, Jill was lucky enough to snag one of the few librarian gigs left in her home state of Ohio. The catch? The job was behind bars as the prison librarian at a men's minimum-security prison. Talk about baptism by fire.

As an untested twentysomething woman, to say that the job was out of Jill's comfort zone was an understatement. She was forced to adapt on the spot, speedily learning to take the metal detectors, hulking security guards, and colorful inmates in stride. Over the course of a little less than two years, Jill came to see past the bleak surroundings and the orange jumpsuits and recognize the humanity of the men stuck behind bars. They were just like every other library patron--persons who simply wanted to read, to be educated and entertained through the written word. By helping these inmates, Jill simultaneously began to recognize the humanity in everyone and to discover inner strength that she never knew she had.

At turns poignant and hilarious, Reading behind Bars is a perfect read for fans of Orange is the New Black and Shakespeare Saved My Life.

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9781510737068
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Publication Date: 
July 2, 2019
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Hardcover

Resurrection of the Wild : Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape

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$24.95

An impassioned call for recognizing and preserving the ecological wonders of the Allegheny Plateau

Yosemite National Park, Louisiana's bayou, the rocky coasts of New England, the desert Southwest--America's more dramatic locations are frequently celebrated for their natural beauty, but far less has been written about Ohio's unique and beautiful environment. Author Deborah Fleming, who has lived in rural Ohio and cared for its land for decades, shares fourteen interrelated essays, blending her own experiences with both scientific and literary research. Resurrection of the Wild discusses both natural and human histories as it focuses on the Allegheny Plateau and hill country in Ohio's eastern counties.

These lyrical meditations delve into life on Fleming's farm, the impacts of the mining and drilling industries, fox hunting, homesteading families, the lives of agriculturalist Louis Bromfield and John Chapman (better known as Johnny Appleseed), and Ohio's Amish community. Fleming finds that our very concept of freedom must be redefined to include preservation and respect for the natural world. Ultimately, Resurrection of the Wild becomes a compelling argument for the importance of ecological preservation in Ohio, and Fleming's perspective will resonate with readers both within and beyond this "forgotten" state's borders.

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9781606353752
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April 14, 2019
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DJ Hardcover

Rust Belt Burlesque: The Softer Side of a Heavy Metal Town

Rust Belt Burlesque: The Softer Side of a Heavy Metal Town
$24.95

The performance art of burlesque, once a faded form, has made a comeback in the twenty-first century, and it has shimmied back to life with a vengeance in Cleveland. Thanks to fans and entrepreneurs, neo-burlesque has taken the stage--and it's more inclusive, less seedy, and emphatically fun.

Rust Belt Burlesque traces the history of burlesque in Cleveland from the mid-1800s to the present day, while also telling the story of Bella Sin, a Mexican immigrant who largely drove Northeast Ohio's neo-burlesque comeback. The historical center of Cleveland burlesque was the iconic Roxy Theater on East Ninth Street. Here, in its twentieth-century heyday, famed dancers like Blaze Starr and comics like Red Skelton and Abbott and Costello entertained both regulars and celebrity guests.

Erin O'Brien's lively storytelling and Bob Perkoski's color photos give readers a peek into the raucous Ohio Burlesque Festival that packs the house at the Beachland Ballroom every year. Today's burlies come in all shapes, ethnicities, and orientations, drawing a legion of adoring fans. This is a show you won't want to miss.

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9780804012195
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Publication Date: 
July 10, 2019
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Paperback

Rust Belt Love Song

Rust Belt Love Song
$11.99
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9781732498648
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January 1, 2019
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Paperback

Secret Promise

Secret Promise
$13.99
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9781509203277
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Publication Date: 
January 1, 2015
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Paperback

Stirring Up the Viscount

Stirring Up the Viscount
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9781628307290
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January 1, 2015
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Paperback

Suburbanites on Safari: Chasing Lions and Giraffes in South Africa and Zimbabwe

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$21.99

"An amazing real life perspective on African safari that has been delightfully shared. Funny and witty. Footsteps well worth following." -Philip Coetzee, South Africa, Advanced Nature Guide, author of Birds for Beginners.

Four friends, all big-city dwellers, embark on their first African safari. An internationally published travel writer and her husband, an award-winning travel photographer, are joined by their life-long friends on a journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Previously, their exploration of over 60 countries took them to big cities and historical monuments around the globe. But this trip is different.

Traveling around Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls, they crisscross the bush and meet African wildlife in its natural habitat. Which predators, grass eaters, branch nibblers, and birds of prey did they find? What did the animals do in the presence of people? How did it feel to be only a few feet away from a pride of lions devouring their kill, a herd of suspicious elephants, an intimidating Cape buffalo, or an unpredictable rhinoceros?

In an easy to read, conversational style, the author, Alex Shaland, delivers a fair mix of wildlife photography, animal and bird factual data, and practical information. Shaland shares his experiences as a first-time safari explorer and sprinkles the narrative with a good dose of humor and personal stories.

If a trip to Africa is in your plans, this entertaining and informative book, jam-packed with photos of animals and birds, will help you make the first step on the way to your dream. If you are interested in wildlife, nature, and animal protection, the story will enrich your knowledge of the animal kingdom. At the very least, it is just fun to read.

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9781733624503
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April 1, 2019
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Paperback

Super Ladies

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$15.95
For three middle-aged women in the suburbs of Cleveland, the issues seemed compelling but relatively conventional: sending a child off to college, dealing with a marriage gone stale, feeling "invisible." But changes were coming . . . and not the predictable ones. Because Margie, Katherine, and Abra are feeling a new kind of power inside of them - literally. Of all the things they thought they might have to contend with as they got older, not one of them considered they'd be exploding a few gender roles by becoming superheroes.At once a delightful and surprising adventure and a thoughtful examination of a woman's changing role through life's passages, THE SUPER LADIES is larger-than-life fiction at its very best. PRAISE FOR SUSAN PETRONE'S THROW LIKE A WOMAN: "While, on the surface, this is a novel about a woman battling to make her way in the man's world of professional baseball, debut author Petrone presents a stirring and humorous story of a woman doing considerably more than that--trying to rediscover herself, provide for her family, and perhaps find a little love along the way." - Booklist "Throw Like a Woman is that rare baseball novel, both a paean to the game and a deeper exploration of character. Susan Petrone has a fan's heart and a scout's eye. Read it now. Don't wait for the movie." - Stewart O'Nan, co-author of Faithful and A Face in the Crowd "For baseball fans who yearn for a female Jackie Robinson, reading Susan Petrone's fun and absorbing novel Throw Like a Woman becomes a kind of prayer. 'Please, Lord! Give talent a chance. Let this dream come true!'" - Mary Doria Russell, author of The Sparrow "Someday there will be a woman who plays Major League Baseball. And when it happens, I suspect it will be an awful lot like Susan Petrone's fun Throw Like a Woman. Susan knows baseball and so the novel - and her hero Brenda Haversham - crackles with authenticity. You can hear the pop of the ball hitting the catcher's mitt." - Joe Posnanski, author of The Soul of Baseball, NBC Sports National Columnist "Petrone's storytelling is first-rate, and she weaves a credible baseball tale with well-defined characters throughout." - The Wave
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9781611882582
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Publication Date: 
August 14, 2018
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Paperback

Swirlees

Swirlees
$12.99
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9781517236090
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November 24, 2017
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Paperback

Tales of Lydia Lymkin and America's Remarkable Declaration of Independence

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Lydia Lymkin is inspired to learn about the Declaration of Independence while watching an Independence Day parade in her hometown. Lydia's father explains the reasons for and the importance of this historic document that launched the founding of the United States of America.
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9781642584684
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July 27, 2018
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Paperback

Tempting Mr. Jordon

Tempting Mr. Jordon
$14.99
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9781509211234
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January 1, 2016
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Paperback

The Anniversary

The Anniversary
$21.99
What do you do when life has you in check? This is the question that Grandville, one of the fictional characters of the fictional novel The Anniversary, ponders as he struggles to come to terms with his mental health disorder and its impact on his family. Like Grandville, there are many Americans who feel like they are in check, in respect to getting assistance for a potential behavioral health disorder, while dealing with the fear of being labeled or stereotyped. The Anniversary Guide to Behavioral Health and Workbook is designed to be a supplement to the fictional novel The Anniversary, but even those who have not read the novel can benefit from the information contained within this valuable resource. This guide explores several topics related to mental health and substance abuse disorder, which include: warning signs, diagnoses, treatment options, advocacy and self-care options. The exercises provide real-world examples and allow the reader to demonstrate their knowledge of the material. This workbook also contains discussion questions for the novel The Anniversary, and is a valuable resource for the individual who wants to gain a basic understanding of behavioral health and its related topics.
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9781681210957
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April 15, 2018
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Paperback

The Big Apple Coloring Book

The Big Apple Coloring Book
$12.99
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9781723348921
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Publication Date: 
January 1, 2018
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Paperback

The Death Run

The Death Run
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9781976940200
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Publication Date: 
January 1, 2018
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Paperback

The Escapentures of Esperanza Mae Windborne: I Want a Dog

The Escapentures of Esperanza Mae Windborne: I Want a Dog
$14.99

"I Want a Dog!"

Esperanza is a curious, imaginative eight-year-old, growing up in 1980s Cleveland in a town called Summerville. In the midst of trying to outwit school and neighborhood bullies, staying three steps ahead of her annoying brothers, fanatically idolizing her teen sister, and constantly straddling the line between (almost) right and (not so) wrong, Esperanza has a problem--a BIG one, and it has something to do with the Laura Ashley dress-wearing snob Tiffany Wheatley! Esperanza has come to the conclusion that only owning a dog will help her solve her "Tiffany" problem.

Come join Esperanza and the Summerville crew on an adventure to see whether Esperanza will earn the "Snoopy" dog of her dreams!

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ISBN: 
9781733917803
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Publication Date: 
May 31, 2019
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Paperback

The Gulch Jumpers

The Gulch Jumpers
$18.99
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9781633200579
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Publication Date: 
July 1, 2018
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Paperback

The Maskless Raccoon

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$9.95
Phillip is a friendly little raccoon who wants nothing more than to be part of the group. There's just one problem: Phillip doesn't have a mask, and the rest of the pack is not interested in hanging out with a maskless raccoon. Join Phillip on this rhyming tale through the trials of loneliness, friendship, and embracing what makes you "weird."
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9781983491689
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March 16, 2018
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Paperback

The Thief

The Thief
$9.99

Discover the world of the Queen's Thief

New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner's entrancing and award-winning Queen's Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin.

Eugenides, the queen's thief, can steal anything--or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king's magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he's in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own. The Queen's Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans, and have been honored with glowing reviews, "best of" citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Discover and rediscover the stand-alone companions, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, all epic novels set in the world of the Queen's Thief.

This edition of The Thief includes an exclusive piece by Megan Whalen Turner about her inspiration for the setting of the story, an introduction to the characters from the world of the Queen's Thief, a map of the world of the Queen's Thief, and an exclusive teaser to Thick as Thieves.

A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A Horn Book Fanfare Book
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection



"The Queen's Thief books awe and inspire me. They have the feel of a secret, discovered history of real but forgotten lands. The plot-craft is peerless, the revelations stunning, and the characters flawed, cunning, heartbreaking, exceptional. Megan Whalen Turner's books have a permanent spot on my favorites shelf, with space waiting for more books to come."--Laini Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone novels and Strange the Dreamer

"Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail--you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again."--Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times--bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

"Trust me. Just read it. Then read it again, because it will not be the same river twice."--Lois McMaster Bujold, acclaimed and Hugo Award-winning author of the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife series

"In addition to its charismatic hero, this story possesses one of the most valuable treasures of all--a twinkling jewel of a surprise ending." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"To miss this thief's story would be a crime."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"A literary journey that enriches both its characters and readers before it is over."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A tantalizing, suspenseful, exceptionally clever novel."--The Horn Book (starred review)

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ISBN: 
9780062642967
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Publication Date: 
February 28, 2017
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Paperback