Book Busters Book Club

The Book Busters Book Club (Ages 8-12)

Calling all kids (and all those who are kids at heart)! Books Inc. Palo Alto is excited to invite you to its Middle Reader Book Club: Book Busters!

Launched in March, 2009,  this is the readers' club we've all been waiting for!  Featuring some of our most prominent titles such as Fablehaven by Brandon Mull & 39 Clues by Rick Riordan, we'll be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month for snacks, giveaways & a fascinating discussion of each featured title. So please don't be shy & join our children's host, Steven, as he jumps head first into the intriguing world of children's literature. Adult readers welcome too!

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By Mike Jung, Mike Maihack (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545335485
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 30th, 2012

August 2014 Selection: A SUPER funny, SUPER fast-paced, SUPER debut! Vincent Wu is Captain
Stupendous's No. 1 Fan, but even he has to admit that Captain Stupendous
has been a little off lately. During Professor Mayhem's latest attack,
Captain Stupendous barely made it out alive - although he did manage to
save Vincent from a giant monster robot. It's Vincent's dream come
true... until he finds out Captain Stupendous's secret identity: It's
Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent happens to have a crush on. Captain
Stupendous's powers were recently transferred to Polly in a fluke
accident, and so while she has all of his super strength and super
speed, she doesn't know how to use them, and she definitely doesn't know
all the strengths and weaknesses of his many nemeses. But Vincent and
his friends are just the right fan club to train up their favorite
superhero before he (she?) has to face Professor Mayhem again. And if
they make it through this battle for the safety of Copperplate City,
Vincent might just get up the courage to ask Polly on a date.

ISBN: 9780545552707
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2014

July 2014 Selection: Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make
your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing. Midnight
Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up
thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a
curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about
things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart. But
when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to
change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining
above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's
floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the
word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired
do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words
that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster. Felicity wants to
stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to
figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been
cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart.

By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442490581
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 23rd, 2013

June 2014 Selection: Embrace possibility in this luminous novel about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret rooftop world in Paris. Everyone
thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded
female survivors from the shipwreck that left baby Sophie floating in
the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her
mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible
that her mother is still alive--but "almost impossible" means "still
possible." And you should never ignore a possible. So when the
Welfare Agency writes to her guardian, threatening to send Sophie to an
orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to
look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has-- the address
of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo
and his network of rooftoppers--urchins who live in the hidden spaces
above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophie's
mother--but can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to
London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope? Phillip
Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series, calls "Rooftoppers
""the work of a writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild

ISBN: 9780375868955
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 7th, 2013

May 2014 Selection: This reimagining of the Robin Hood legend tells the story of the young boy behind the bandit hero's rise to fame.
Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and though just thirteen, he's led a
charmed, protected life and is the heir to Shackley House, while his
father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart.
But with King Richard's absence, the winds of treason are blowing
across England, and soon Shackley House becomes caught up in a dangerous
power struggle that drives Will out of the only home he's ever known.
Alone, he flees into the dangerous Sherwood Forest, where he joins an
elusive gang of bandits readers will immediately recognize. How
Will helps a drunkard named Rob become one of the most feared and
revered criminals in history is a swashbuckling ride perfect for anyone
who loves heroes, villains, and adventure.

By Tony Abbott, Bill Perkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062194473
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 6th, 2014

April 2014 Selection: A secret past can destroy the futureIt all begins when Wade
Kaplan receives a strange, coded email from his uncle Henry, shortly
before the old man's sudden and suspicious death. He sets off for
Germany to attend the funeral with his father, Roald, and his three
friends Darrell, Lily, and Becca, only to discover that Uncle Henry left
them yet another baffling message that they suspect is the key to
figuring out how and why he died.The message leads to a clue,
which sends them to a dark and creepy family tomb. The more clues they
discover, the farther they travel down a treacherous path toward an
ancient, guarded secret. Soon, they are in a breathless race across the
globe, running for their lives as a ruthless shadow organization chases
them around every corner. Their only hope of saving themselves--and the
world that they know--is to find twelve magical relics from a hidden
past that will unlock the Copernicus Legacy.The Forbidden Stone
is the beginning of Tony Abbott's epic new series, a thrilling adventure
packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action.

ISBN: 9781250039040
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Published: Griffin - September 23rd, 2013

March 2014 Selection: In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle,
Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San
Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The
previous pastor has died, and now the young priest must say all of the
masses himself. In addition, he is tasked with shepherding the war's
many orphans taken in by the San Domenico rectory. The children are a
joy, but his attempts to teach them the catechism are in vain until he
finds an ornate box of puppets in the basement. By day the puppets are
teaching tools, but after dark... they emerge from their box, without
their strings. And the children's lives will never be the same again.

ISBN: 9780312563714
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Published: Square Fish - October 24th, 2011

February 2014 Selection: It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from
boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers--his uncle and
aunt--in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from
symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what
really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus
Crowe. So begins Sherlock's true education in detection, as he discovers
the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely
malign intent.

ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 26th, 1995

January 2014 Selection: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic
freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford
Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an
out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through
space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about
the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have")
and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the
two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of
the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan),
whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone;
Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet
Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the
disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where
are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much
time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your
thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

ISBN: 9780385346764
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Published: Broadway Books - April 1st, 2013

November 2013 Selection: A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smithin the spectacular hit series from BBC Television. "'They like the Shadows. You know them as Plague Warriors...'"When
the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he
discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague - a 'wasting
disease'. The victims face a horrible death - but what's worse, the dead
seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned... The
Doctor is confident he knows what's really happening; he understands
where the dead go, and he's sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth.
But as some of the Doctor's oldest and most terrible enemies start to
awaken he realises that maybe - just maybe - he's misjudged the

ISBN: 9780061054891
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Published: HarperTorch - May 26th, 2003

October 2013 Selection: When her dear old Granddad -- the Grim Reaperhimself -- goes missing,
Susan takes over the family business. The progeny of Death's adopted
daughter and his apprentice, she shows real talent for the trade. That
is until a little string in her heart goes "twang."With a head
full of dreams and a pocketful of lint, Imp the Bard lands in
Ankh-Morpork, yearning to become a rock star. Determined to devote his
life to music, the unlucky fellow soon finds that all his dreams are
coming true. Well almost.In this finger-snapping, toe-tapping
tale of youth, Death, and rocks that roll, Terry Pratchett once again
demonstrates the wit and genius that have propelled him to the highest
echelons of parody next to Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and
Carl Hiaasen.

ISBN: 9780553561937
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Published: Bantam - April 28th, 2008

August 2013 Selection: Indiana Jones is persuaded by an American missionary
to search for her missing father, Professor Angus Starbuck, in Mongolia.
Starbuck has discovered a dinosaur bone in the Gobi Desert--but unlike
other such discoveries, this bone isn't ancient. Pursued all the way by a
fierce band of warlocks, Indy finally comes upon a Stone Age tribe
poised on the brink of destruction.

ISBN: 9780142416426
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Published: Firebird - April 11th, 2012

June 2013 Selection: Alison Goodman's first novel - in a very special new edition!
Seventeen-year-old Joss is a rebel, and a student of time travel at the
prestigious Centre for Neo-Historical Studies. This year, for the first
time, the Centre has an alien student: Mavkel, from the planet Choria.
And Mavkel has chosen Joss, of all people, as his roommate and study
partner. Then Mavkel gets sick. Joss quickly realizes that his will to
live is draining away. The only way she can help Mavkel is by breaking
the Centre's strictest rules - and that means going back in time to
change history. This new Firebird edition of Alison Goodman's acclaimed
first genre-bending adventure features a short story about Joss and
Mav's after-book adventures, originally published in "Firebirds Rising."

ISBN: 9781459705340
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Published: Dundurn Group (CA) - January 7th, 2013

May 2013 Selection: In 1847, after a confrontation with British soldiers, Jamie Galway
awakens from a coma to find his brother, Ryan, and the ancient Irish
text they had sworn to protect are missing. Jamie learns that his
brother has been forced onto a ship bound for Canada. The ancient
script, one of the keys to the secret location of a priceless treasure,
has gone with him. On the advice of a secretive band of priests called
the Brotherhood, Jamie crosses the Atlantic to find his brother and the
lost key. Unaware that Jonathon Wilkes, a ruthless treasure
hunter is also on the trail, Jamie must find Ryan first, before Wilkes,
in his desperation to find the elusive treasure, resorts to murder.
Jamie, followed by Wilkes, must race across an ocean and throughout
Canada to see who will be the one to claim the Emerald Key.

ISBN: 9780060557812
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 2003

April 2013 Selection: Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife,
which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding
on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world
he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks,
and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in
this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and
angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

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ISBN: 9781849904773
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Published: BBC Books - May 9th, 2012

February 2013 Selection: The world is in the grip of a second Ice Age. Despite a coordinated
global effort, the glaciers still advance. But they are not the only
threat to the planet. Buried deep in the ice, scientists at Britannicus
Base have discovered an ancient warrior. But this is no simple
archaeological find. What they have found is the commander of a
spaceship that crashed into the glacier thousands of years ago. Thawed
from the ice, and knowing their home planet Mars is now a dead world,
the Ice Warriors decide to make Earth their own. Can the Doctor and his
friends overcome the warlike Martians and halt the advance of the

ISBN: 9781402780424
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Published: Sterling - February 6th, 2012

January 2013 Selection: "I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow
my advice without knowing why." H.P. Lovecraft's terrifying horror
story gets an illustrated interpretation by one of today's finest
graphic novel artists. Geologist William Dyer--the narrator of this
novella--is desperate to stop a research team planning a journey to
Antarctica. He himself led a disastrous mission there, only to discover
evidence of blood-chilling evil from beyond Earth. Will the new
expedition continue its plans? And what will happen if they go? Once
again, as he did in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Hound of the
Baskervilles," Ian N. J. Culbard has created an unforgettably powerful
retelling of a classic tale.

ISBN: 9780805094596
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 4th, 2012

November 2012 Selection: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn
in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness
crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest
on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never
been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and
her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that
saves his life--a power that could be the key to setting her
war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is
whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha,
the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in
this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire
kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the
secrets of the Grisha...and the secrets of her heart.

ISBN: 9780375866562
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2012

October 2012 Selection: Four decades of peace have done
little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of
Goredd. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually
gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal
family is murderedNin suspiciously draconian fashion.

ISBN: 9780385742375
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 12th, 2012

September 2012 Selection: "Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne
Collins' "The Hunger Games" will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its
best, "Starters "is a terrific series kickoff with a
didn't-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges
of their seats . . ." raves the "Los Angeles Times. "In the future,
teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl
discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit
murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her
parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were
vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to
claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as
squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a
cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure
known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to
seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip
malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in
her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a
senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body
Bank's horrible plan. . . .

ISBN: 9780545222112
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 31st, 2012

August 2012 Pick: Welcome to the astounding world of Mortal Engines! London is hunting
again. Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction
City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon,
London will feed.In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the
speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their
lives through the wreckage--and face a terrifying new weapon that
threatens the future of the world.

ISBN: 9780545224901
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 17th, 2011

July 2012 Selection: Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start
of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of
their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At
age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young
man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep,
where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She
never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much
of a choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do
so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. As she
did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us
to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest
obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races
is an unforgettable reading experience.

ISBN: 9780375846311
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2012

June 2012 Selection: Not so very long ago, Eragon--Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider--was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.
Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.
The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaesia? And if so, at what cost?

ISBN: 9780142419809
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Published: Speak - June 13th, 2011

May 2012 Pick:

ISBN: 9780385736008
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Published: Delacorte Press - June 23rd, 2008

April 2012 Pick: Scott's "New York Times" bestseller--the first in his riveting fantasy series

ISBN: 9780316134026
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2011

March 2012 Pick: Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

ISBN: 9780689829833
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - September 30th, 1999

February 2012 Pick: On his 11th birthday, Will Stanton
learns that he is the last born of the Old Ones. At once, he is plunged
into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid in the
final battle between the Dark and Light.