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I have a 15 year old daughter. Reading your comment was heart breaking. From the perspective of a mother with teens…I see you moms with your little ones and I have not forgotten how stressful those days were. I cried a lot.

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I felt even more isolated because of that I think. Now that my kids are teenagers, I look back at home videos and pictures and see those cute little people and I miss them. I am so thankful I have those videos and pictures to remind me that there were many good and cherished moments mixed in there. Your perspective changes as you get further down the parenting-road.

Now that I have a daughter on the brink of leaving home, I am soaking in every moment more than ever before. Where did the time go?


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Well, it was spent living life the best we could. Pouring every ounce of energy we had into these little lives that are now getting ready to fly out on their own. They are ready because we did our job. Not perfectly, but the love outweighs the mistakes…good thing there is lots of love! I am still in the thick of parenting as the challenges of teens are a whole new ball game. It is helpful though, to know how quickly the time does go now, and that I just have to live day by day, doing the best I can, as God carries and guides me through it.

So, do I want to be the mother of toddlers again…. Do I miss those little people…. Each stage has it stresses and joys. Depending on your personality, you will enjoy certain stages more than others. I am loving the stage of life I am in with my kids. I can imagine, though, how much fun it is to be a grandparent.

You get to do it this time in shorter intervals, well rested and with a clean house. I have memories of feeling stressed and overwhelmed. And then I go sorting through my old photos and I long for those days again so I can cherish the time in ways I never did. I too am trying to savor each moment before my oldest leaves the nest in two years. That post just made my day! So good to hear someone with a rational view on parenting. Everything you say is SO true. I know just what you mean. And they were. And are. Thank you!!!! I have three children, 10, 8 and almost 3. My first two were perfect I tell you.

I am so sharing this with everyone and please, stop saying they grow up so fast. Some days I really wish they would!!! As a mom of three little ones under 7, I feel this blog post hit everything I feel and I know a lot of parents feel but wont say. I co-run a fan page called Supportive Mamas. Looks like it is time for all parents to want to sock someone.

Seriously, the moment you let go of the pressure to be the ideal parent, the world becomes a better place. You took the thoughts and words right out of my mouth on some things. Beautifully written on both blogs- parenting and infertility. I am also a parent of 3 boys under the age of 5 and also had infertility issues. Inspiring and refreshing. Great work! I think those of us who have 3 boys under the age of five need to give each other some sort of secret awards.

Dude… I can totally empathize with life. God bless. I was a stay at home mom and my husband worked 2 jobs to keep us afloat. The only problem is that he was never home. Our 2 young children and I spent many hours together in our small home. Some days the kids would be immersed in pretend play but many days they were whining, fighting and just making me a crazy woman. Everybody knows how to change your parenting and have perfect children. There is no such thing as a perfect child. And then they become teens. We had to have collision work on the cars after they became drivers.

Think about things you did when you were a teen! This world is very scary and we all know anything can happen. More kids are facing bullies, emotional and mental health issues and so much stress. These are the times you wish they were young again. At least you had control and could keep them safe. There is so much pressure on kids now that the day mat come when one of your precious children decides things are too overwhelming and removes himself from our world.

In an instant you yearn for those chaotic days when they were toddlers when you could keep them safe. Peanut butter on the sofa and constant noise turn into cherished memories. Believe me one day you will laugh at these things although you may not see it now. Teach your children respect, good morals and how to make good decisions. Hopefully that will get them through life. But you should know that even the best parents may find themselves yearning to have just one more day to love them. My children are five and seven. Things are better now. When they were 1 and 3 I was massively depressed, desperate and even began to cut myself like a teenager.

I am never going to cherish those memories. The past looks better to us because we only think about the good parts and not the bad. So well said! But of course, I know that one, six or any amount of children is a challenge. That shock when you bring the second one into the world and start to get situated at home is, well, truly eye opening. Anyway, thanks for this amazingly well written article. Us parents need these reminders sometimes. It is only in this past few years that I have grandchildren and know that my children know that there is no such thing as a perfect parent, and they have it much easier than I ever did, do I allow myself to work on ridding myself from the burden of guilt that plagued me for so many years.

Nothing was easy, but we made it and we even managed to make some good memories along the way. We were never meant to be. Three children under six. All fostered and then adopted. Too tired to write, but just wanted to thank you. I read this post every couple of days just to encourage myself. From parents everywhere…thank you. As the parent of teenager AND toddlers especially my toddlers! I can also relate to how quickly time passes and how important it is to treasure the moments.

Because, even the bad ones are precious eventually. It is motivated by the realization that as exhausting and unpleasant the early years of parenting can be, they really are very precious. Not all stories have happy endings. Every moment is so precious; tears, tantrums, and unfinished tasks included. I agree completely. I posted a comment from the perspective of a mother with teenagers.

Parents of toddlers will see it someday too just like we do. Great article, thank you for writing what so many think, and for doing it in a very humorous way. Amen, brother. When my boy was born, everybody bombarded me with that little gem of a saying, and I felt like ever moment that I was not admiring him was a moment wasted. I finally had a mini breakdown and told everybody to STOP saying that to me. Now, I really can enjoy the good moments and am ok with not enjoying the screaming tantrums.

Thanks for a great article. No offense. This piece is so touching. Again, no offense. You can make it, I did. Sounds like some advice that I could have used when I was raising my twins girls who are now Well meaning people put us through all kinds of guilt trips. People can relate to this. People need to hear this. So thank you! Thanks Brea — and I agree — we all need the permission to be imperfect. Thanks so much for the encouragement! This was honest and real. Which is what parenting should be. We should stop telling everyone that our marriage is great, our kids are amazing and perfect, and life is wonderful all the time.

It is nice to hear someone be real. Give yourself a break. Not always true on this, sad to say! Sometimes, people are just evil or make very very poor choices. You cannot judge parents by whether their kids are in jail! Look at the Boston Bombings. Two suspects in their twenties… Parents and siblings could be the sweetest people on earth who taught their children how to be responsible growing up, have morals, believe in themselves, share god etc….

Thank you for this reminder. I know it in my head, but it makes my heart feel better to hear it from someone else too. I need that. My husband and I also endured years of infertility, and have now found ourselves with four boys: a 5 year old, twin 3 year olds, and an 11 month old. Some days — many days — are tough. I am grateful every day to have them, but like you said, I am a person and I have limits. When people tell you to enjoy your children while they are young, please accept that admonition in the spirit it is given.

Give some grace! I have said that to young parents many times myself, although I will hesitate in the future!! By no means does saying that imply that I did everything perfectly, nor did I literally enjoy every second of raising my 4 children, who were born in a span of 6 years. What you cannot possibly know is what lies in the future in regard to child rearing. At this point in time, you are physically exhausted.

The issues you face are of such greater consequence as your children grow older, and the pain of watching your teens or older suffer consequences of their poor choices can be unimaginable to you at the stage you are in now. It stems from precious memories of years gone by; gone by way too fast! VJLindsey, I think your comment is spot on.

The only addendum I think it needs is that everyone expects teenagers to be a giant hassle. That they will not only make huge mistakes, massively poor decisions, harm themselves — seemingly through intention, and generally cause you to approach clinical insanity. All the while, they may not much care for your presence and let you know this on a regular basis as they push for more independence.

It is not that those of us like myself with a 5 and 3 year old believe that we will have it easier later, in fact, I think the opposite, especially considering I am still in a phase that my kids believe I am still somewhat awesome. The only difference is most people know that the teenage years are difficult and believe that the young years are always great.

Perhaps I will think the same way when both I and my kids are older. Steve, your story made me feel human for having such occasions. The holding underwater just to the point of panic comment is hilarious. I appreciate this article more than you know. I am so tired of people telling me to enjoy them now — I DO — but can I please also enjoy a moment in the bathroom without demands for my cell phone games?

For the record…. My two kids are teens now. I remember not too long ago when they were toddlers and doing what little kids are good at—-driving their parents crazy sometimes. What I found very important is to establish rules early and be tough. Whenever they fell of course not really hurting and cried looking pitiful and expecting help to get up.

I enjoyed your piece. I am a grandmother now of 3 and 1 more on the way but I was a mother who left a 6 figure salary and a job I loved to raise my 3 children who are adopted. I became a mother of 3 within 5 months. My son is the oldest and my girls were 15 months apart I had 3 children under the age of 3. You just have to get a little creative at times and think like a child what things that they would like.

We had been married 10 years before these children came and I have never regretted leaving my job to stay home and raise my children. I am over whelmed now when my children are all home at the same time and talk about all the things we did when they were younger. I am so proud of my daughter when I watch her with her child do the same things I did with her my other two children.

The laundry, housework and other chores will always be there waiting but my children were only little once and I did not want to miss out on anything. I think alot of young parents today read too many of the parenting books — children do not come with instructions or guides they need to take a deep breath and breathe and remember how their parents raised them. I feel so validated after reading this. Not only do I have the challenge of my own girls ages 2 and 5, but add in my nephew at 4.

There are other women who do this with such apparent ease. I should be able to do this. I feed them nutritious food, allow them to watch a minimum of TV, play with them outside, take them on outings, and teach them good manners. Logically I know it will get better; but emotionally I want to slap that thought straight out of my own head.

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I have evolved into something I never would have imagined. It has taken me a month to read this blog that someone shared with me. As I finished it while the girls were eating breakfast at the table behind me , my five year old climbed into my lap for some snuggle time. I asked her if she had any idea how much I loved her. They know they are loved and are happy little cherubs. Six months ago I left a promising career and six-figure income to be a stay at home mom — to do both the meaningful and the mundane of raising kids.

Life of a working mom was crazy. The decision was made — I loved my job, but I loved my girls more. Many days I question if I made the right decision. In my heart, I know it was — my kids are happier, my husband is happier, even our dog is happier. I work hard to ensure my girls are happy, well-mannered, disciplined as much toddlers can be , exposed to new situations and healthful meals, etc. I feel resentful, unfulfilled and even bored at times. My girls are 1 and 3, just 19 months apart. I missed my job for so long 4 years! This year I was looking for a part time paid something or another and my boys fell apart, and even the husband looked worried.

I had forgotten that I was literally the most important person in the lives of the 3 people I love the most. That will get me through the next tough times. Hang in there everyone. Just the kind of humor and encouragement I needed today. After scooping poop out of the armpits of a one month old for the 4th time in the last 12 hrs, then finding my 19 month old had helped himself to the chocolate in my baking drawer while I was cleaning up that diaper blow out, all while my hubby was loudly hammering out a wall upstairs as we renovate, I needed a good laugh!

And I remember… When my nephew was born, I lived with him and his mom to help out while she was in school… He did that one night. And one day you look back and laugh… maybe. Steve, thanks for writing this. Not enough people admit to these feelings. When my husband and I were new parents, the one piece of advice we would give our friends who were expecting was that there would come a time when they would be at their wits end and shaking a baby no long seemed like such an unthinkable thing. We would assure them in advance that eveyone has these moments but no one admits to them.

When that time came, they needed to just put the baby in their crib and walk away for a while. Let them cry, it would be ok. If they had a partner, this was the point where they needed to tag out of the ring and let them take over for a bit. Now that our boys are 7 and 5, we routinely ignore them and just pour a glass of wine. I think I need to read this post once a week every week until my son graduates college.

I think I need to read this post at least once a week every week until my son graduates college. Wow, this all rings true. We all have that inner voice screaming inside while we parent through the tough moments yet we feel guilty as hell listening to that voice! As a parent of teenagers and one college-aged kid, they are more grown-up than your kids but now I deal with other angst! In reality though, I love them to bits, they are giving me and my husband grey hair and teenagers have a way of mentally beating your brain where your self esteem is constantly taking a beating. We are just not that cool anymore.

But watching our college aged daughter take flight with her own set of wings, after enduring those years, is such a joy. Parenting is a roller coaster, you have moments of excitement and moments of dread. But it made me a better person. I remember those eyes-hurting-from-exhaustion times, and it was at that time that I understood why sleep deprivation was used as a form of torture. I remember feeling jealous of people who got to go home and go to bed, knowing they could sleep all night.

You will make it, and your kids will too. Someday you will sleep again. I promise. I have been having a morning where I would like to tie my two small boys up. This made my morning and helped me breathe. Thank you for the great blog!!!! Boy, did reading this piece bring me back! We had no family within miles and no friends.

I used to fantasize about sleep. But it just IS. And no one can prepare you for those endless, demoralizing days. Thank you for the encouragement! As a Dad to twin 5 year old girls, I needed to read this, and just read it out loud to my wife. More please [big smile].

I agree- we put too much pressure on ourselves to have perfect children and to be perfect parents. Is this a statement said by someone who has never been there, or someone who has years of experience? But if you constantly want to be away, want them to be asleep, and consider injuring them because you are so frustrated…. Our society hates children. Look at the news- look at what a terrible parent really is, and forgive yourself your wekanesses…. Sometimes the only peace that you can find in a house full of children is the Peace the passes understanding.

Reading it actually made me cry with relief. Thank you for saying it all. I am actually crying after reading this post. Thanks so much for putting it into words. Well mine are girls but it all rings true. My life is chaos. Loved reading this, great post. Well, mine are girls but it all rings true. My sentiments exactly. Which leads me to believe how ignorant and uniformed these people are. At the very least, misinformed because of media and the internet.

It was a different time back then. It was actually more dangerous. Crime rate was much higher then than it is now. It only seems more prevalent now because we have technology. Back then all we had was newspaper, tv, and radio. Information was slow. Just the important ones. Now we have the internet, mobiles, computers. And most people stopped thinking for themselves.

Common sense is pretty much an after thought, if at that. Paranoia sets in. Insecurities rise. Confidence falls. Children get lazy, they take on their parents fears and illogical notions. And when parents like you voice out the obvious. The logical. And the common sense. We are chastised. Told we are bad parents. Up until this new fiasco, ten thousand years of civilization not including our ancestors long before that , have been raising children the same way.

Teach them independence. Self preservation. Self sufficient. Children were taught to dust themselves off when they fell. That failure is ok. Eric, thanks for taking the time to so thoughtfully comment about your own experiences. I love what you write about us needing failure to teach us what we need for life.

So, so funny! My husband is Brian Hodson and he was reading this out loud to me last night. I told him to definitely share with me so I could be sure to follow your blog. I also laughed until I cried reading this today. I think your message might be that thing for a LOT of people. Needed to hear this 10 yrs ago. My kids are now 15 and It would have been viewed as SO wrong to tell the truth like this back then.

One point I wanted to make is about the exhaustion. I am 48, single, work FT, and I am tired. I commend those of you who started their family at a later age than myself, which i know has become more common. Given the level of energy needed, to be MY age with little ones? Must require even more vitamins, chocolate, and wine. Loved this post! So much encouragement! I forwarded it to my fellow weary parent friends. This post touched a lot of people. And I am grateful for it. Another blogger wrote a post to say how wrong you were and I had to respond to her.

I also, in that comment, linked back here so her readership could read for themselves before judging the author a terrible father and Christian. Wasted effort, I suppose. I remember those days so well…we had three children in just under four years. I swear there are months of my life when things were so hectic that I have just blacked them out. You are right, just because it becomes too much at times does not make you a bad parent. What I do say is hang in there, it does get easier. My youngest is 16 years old, and while we still have teenage angst to deal with, there is a semblance of normalcy to our lives.

So very sorry, Lauren, that you lost out on the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful daughter all the rest of your life. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with others. There will be horrible times. Please hang in there and keep doing the best you can. This world needs more parents just like all you wonderful people who have written about your joys and frustrations. We do need to support one another!

Reason to despair 2? I love it. Crawl under that bed! I always think back about my childhood, I lived under the communist times and I instantly feel better! At 7 we were going to school all alone, doing our homework alone, heating up our food and then playing outside with the other kids, always unsupervised! On top of that father was an alcoholic and violent and mother too tired, worried all the time about paying the bills and providing food for us that she could barely talk to us or take care of us.

Father used to beat us up for the wrong doings, that was his disciplinary method. Despite all these, I am a successful lawyer and my brother is a chemical engineer, we have survived, we r normal, we are happy! So do u still think u r not enough or that u r a bad parent? Please think twice before u answer! At the end of the day u r enough, your children need affection, love, praise, encouragement! Have fun while being a parent and do not identify yourself so much with the role!

Be your own person and accept your limitations and embrace the time u get to be alone, u deserve it! Thank you!! Thank you!!! You are writing about MY life!! This is exactly what God is trying to teach me right now. Let go of unrealistic expectations. Our kids are alive and they know they are loved. I work in a high school and have since before my children were born.

I am so bombarded by the potential negative endings that I live my life as a father in fear. Fear of failure, fear of creating a monster like ones I see at work. Do I ever get to be the proactive parent who helps build a child? Or am I fated to be the one who just plays defense and knocks down undesirable alternatives?

They grow up at the same rate that Space Invaders progresses and it gets harder and harder to keep up with them. I worry about her friends, about strangers on the street, about political intrigue thousands of miles away. I am constantly worrying. I want to be the parent who can provide without a second thought, who can be the exact balance of friend and guiding hand, whose words carry the weight of measured experience and wisdom.

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I write the entire first draft, and then send it to Kristin for her to go through. It makes me feel like I can relax and write, knowing she has my back. Believe me, she'll let me know if I've messed up and made Zoey sound something! I guess the down side would be that she's the only person in the world who can tell me and has , "No, Mom. You have to change it 'cause that sucks. I serve mainly as her teen voice editor. During the first couple books, we tried to split up the chapters but realized very quickly that it wasn't working. So, she will write the first draft of the whole book and then I go through and fill in gaps she's left for me, edit, and I also cut parts out—but don't tell her I said that.

It's hard for me. I want to call her and talk to her about it sometimes, but she hasn't read up to where I am. I used to send her pieces of it, but I revise constantly. So what I will have sent her before might have completely changed. So that didn't work. When I get done, I'll send it to her. I'll talk to her in the manuscript sometimes. Then she goes through it and fills in the blanks and answers the questions. She makes sure I'm being succinct enough because I tend to do too much description. So she'll write these little bubbles to me. Then she sends the manuscript to me and I see what changes she's made.

I re-read it carefully to make sure she's not messing up any of my dominoes, because I have a much better idea of where I'm going than she does. When I'm done, we send it off. I kept stumbling over silly little things, like specific slang that I thought I knew, but found out once I started writing about teenagers that MY deeply buried inner teen from the 70s kept trying to resurface and butt in with her slang!

Kristin keeps me straight about that. She also says she keeps Zoey from "sounding like a something disgruntled school teacher. The "House of Night" series is incredibly prolific, how did you stay inspired? Did you know ahead of time that you'd end up writing twelve titles in this series? When I began writing Marked I envisioned a trilogy, but by the time I was in the middle of Betrayed book 2 of the series I knew I had something much larger.

Thankfully, book 3, Chosen , debuted 2 on the New York Times best seller list, and at that time my publisher gave me the go-ahead to expand the world and follow the plot wherever it might lead me. Your books have a really unique premise when it comes to vampyre literature; how do you view your series alongside or in comparison to the other books in this genre? The message of empowering young women really resonates with teenagers.

Also, I try hard to keep the kids real, which means that quite often I push the envelope with the themes I tackle in the books, and while that can be difficult it also reaches my audience and means a lot to them. When I decided to write a vampire series I focused on creating a new mythos for my world. Right away I knew I would make it matriarchal, and that automatically was a shift in the traditional vamp lore. I'm from a family of teachers and they are mostly science teachers. My father is one of the most knowledgeable biologists I know.

In my fantasy books he has always kept my ecosystems in check and made sure I didn't create a world that wouldn't really work ecologically. So I turned to him for brainstorming help with my vamps. As the daughter of a biologist, I was always strong in the sciences myself, and took lots of biology electives in college where I was a literature major. I already had an idea about using what science slang calls junk DNA—Dad loved the idea—and we brainstormed from there!

The red vampyres developed naturally. Dad and I talked about what would happen if someone tried to bring back a kid who had died when his body rejected the Change. Of course dying and then un-dying would cause a large amount of physiological injury, and many of the more bestial characteristics of the red vamps grew out of that. I then add the paranormal element of Nyx's influence, as well as the earth magic that is alive and well in the HoN world, and I have a whole new depth to my vampyre mythos! I like to think of it as a fairy tale because it's written as poetry rather than prose. Hopefully, I will have news about dates, etc.

Mom and I have been discussing a new series. I'm not going to say anything too specific, but we should have more info within the next year or so. Who do you write your books for? Is there anyone you would not recommend your books to? We know the impact words can have on young adults. Yes, there is bad language in the books. Yes, there is sex in the books. Yes, hard things happen to teens—some even die—in the books. All of those things are going on today with teens, minus the vampyre element.

Kristin and I feel it is essential that Zoey and the other characters deal with real issues. Zoey has an excellent sense of honor and integrity, but she's a teenager and she messes up. Vampyre literature comes with its fair share of controversy, how do you deal with that? PC: I've never been of the mind that I must please everyone, so I don't read reviews and pay little attention to genre-based controversies.

I focus on writing the story I would most want to read and keep moving ahead in a positive manner. Comments 0 Tags: books fantasy fiction guest interview house of night kristen cast p. Sebastian Robertson, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, lives in Los Angeles where he works as a composer. He has written music for major television series and is the head writer for a music library, We the People, which he owns and operates.

His new title, released today, is a heartwarming tribute to his father, Robbie Robertson, the famed songwriter and guitarist who discovered his love of music and storytelling on a First Nations reservation in southern Ontario. Dedicated, talented and driven to succeed, Robertson rose quickly through the ranks to perform alongside rock-and-roll legends as a teenager. Written for children ages 6 to 11, Rock and Roll Highway is a story that will inspire young and old alike. In an e-mail interview yesterday, Sebastian shared his thoughts on music, reading, and his relationship with a Canadian legend.

Your close relationship with your father is evident in the telling of his life story. As a successful composer and musician in your own right, how have you been able to carve out your own identity, separate yet complementary to his own? By the time I was born he had ceased touring and he really kept his work life and home life separate.

I just thought it was really cool when people would ask for his autograph. That gave me a sense of pride. As far as my own work is concerned I forged a new path in an area of music that is separate from my dad. Not on purpose, but because I was pulled in another direction and found it to be the most fulfilling for me. His sense of mission, and at such a young age, is unusual but I am intrigued by the amount of synchronicity, almost destiny, that plays out in the book. He was bitten by the music bug and immediately knew he was going to completely give himself to the process.

At the age of nine, he got his first guitar and after a few lessons, he taught himself the rest. This clearly is an unusual amount of commitment and discipline for a young boy but it speaks to his talent and success. The book, aimed at pre-teens, was recently nominated for a Red Maple Non-Fiction award. With the publication of Rock and Roll Legend , you appear to be carving a path for yourself as a writer of music history books for young people.

Where does your desire to preserve—and celebrate — musical history originate from? And why young people as opposed to an adult audience? When I play music for my son, Donovan who is nine, he approaches it with no judgment or baggage, just curiosity. This is what I consider a perfect audience. In the book, you describe the incredible support and love Robbie received from his relatives.

At a young age, he and his mother would often visit the Six Nations Indian Reservation located two hours north of Toronto, his hometown. And as a musician and writer, and most importantly, as a father, what do you hope your legacy will be to your own son?


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  4. For me, his most important legacy will always be as a loving, kind, generous and devoted father. My goal and my legacy are simple: To be the best friend, son, father and husband I can be. When I started out playing in bands, reading was an integral part of the writing process. I have always felt that you needed to read in order to write. I suppose these books stay with you forever and impact any creative endeavor you give yourself to. Comments 3 Tags: books canada interview music robbie robertson rock and roll.

    Mix It Up! Comments 0 Tags: art chronicle books events herve tullet kids books toronto. Here's a quick look at a few of our new books available in October :. In the breathtaking conclusion to the Crewel World trilogy, the threads of rule and order start to unravel. Things have changed behind the walls of the Coventry, and new threats lurk in its twisted corridors. When Adelice returns to Arras, she quickly learns that something rotten has taken hold of the world, and now Cormac Patton needs her to help him reestablish order. However, peace comes at a terrible price.

    As the Guild manipulates the citizens of Arras, Adelice discovers that she's not alone, and she must let go of her past to fight for mankind's future. She will have to choose between an unimaginable alliance and a deadly war that could destroy everyone she loves. The Spiritglass Charade. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave.

    What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic," using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences. The final electrifying installment in the 1 New York Time s bestselling vampyre series.

    Zoey Redbird is in trouble. Having released the Seer Stone to Aphrodite, and surrendered herself to the Tulsa Police, she has isolated herself from her friends and mentors, determined to face the punishment she deserves—even if that means her body will reject the change, and begin to die. Only the love of those closest to her can save her from the Darkness in her spirit; but a terrible evil has emerged from the shadows, more powerful than ever…. Mortal Gods. As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the second Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

    As horrific afflictions bring the ancient immortals to their knees, a thoroughly modern Athena and Hermes travel the world searching for answers. This second installment of the series that started with Antigoddess takes the developing war of the gods and goddesses to a whole new level. The Accidental Highway Man. In Real Life. From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, the story of a girl who gets into gaming—and ends up on a globe-spanning crusade to stop exploitation online. Anda loves Coarsegold Online. The massively-multiplayer role playing game is a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, and a hero.

    But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer—a poor Chinese kid whose job is to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake Little Humans. Street photographer and storyteller extraordinaire Brandon Stanton is the creator of the wildly popular blog " Humans of New York.

    To create Little Humans , he's combined an original narrative with some of his favorite children's photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits. The result is a hip, heartwarming ode to little humans everywhere. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads. Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin', hootin' and hollerin', steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem.

    Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping. But he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits. Canadian guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson is known mainly for his central role in the musical group the Band.

    But how did he become one of Rolling Stone 's top guitarists of all time? Written by his son, Sebastian, this is the story of a rock-and-roll legend's journey through music, beginning when he was taught to play guitar at nine years old on a Native American reservation. Rock and Roll Highway is the story of a young person's passion, drive, and determination to follow his dream. Comments 0 Tags: books fantasy kids new releases picture books reading steampunk teen ya.

    Good grief! It's September already! Back to school! Time to wrap up in a nice scarf, and read books with hot drinks! Here we are again with another look at a few of our new releases for Kids , Middle Grade , and Teen :. A fiery, action-packed installment in Mari Mancusi's heart-pounding Scorched trilogy. Trinity, Connor, and Caleb are trying to stay under the radar, holed up in an abandoned West Texas farmhouse.

    Their only problem is Emmy: a baby dragon that's growing like crazy. When Emmy is caught on tape and the video goes viral, they find themselves on the run again. Their only hope comes from an old map leading to a man who has come from the future to help them. But with the government hot on their heels and Caleb's growing addiction to spending time in the Nether world, will they be able to reach him in time? Party Games. Stine's hugely successful young adult horror series Fear Street is back with the first new book in almost two decades.

    With more than 80 million copies sold around the world, Fear Street is one of the bestselling young adult series of all time. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside, a town of nightmares, shadows, and genuine terror, and to the bestselling series that began his career writing horror for the juvenile market, in the new Fear Street book Party Games.

    Being Audrey Hepburn. Clarissa Explains It All creator Mitchell Kriegman tells the story of a year-old girl who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn's dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Rise of Aurora West. The extraordinary world introduced in Paul Pope's Battling Boy is rife with monsters and short on heroes… but in this action-driven extension of the Battling Boy universe, we see it through a new pair of eyes: Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis's last great hero, Haggard West.

    A prequel to Battling Boy , The Rise of Aurora West follows the young hero as she seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother's death, and to find her place in a world overrun with supernatural monsters and all-too-human corruption. Who Built That? Nothing in the built world captures the imagination like the skyscraper. Behind every soaring tower stands a designer with courageous vision and enough engineering know-how to pull off incredible feats of architectural derring-do. Skyscrapers is a colourful tour of the world's tallest buildings and the larger-than-life personalities who built them.

    Beginning with a brief biographical sketch of each architect, illustrator Didier Cornille imaginatively depicts the construction of eight of the world's most impressive skyscrapers. In this imaginative new activity book, Marion Deuchars makes learning about art fun. Young readers are introduced to more than thirty great artists, then encouraged to try out the techniques that lie behind their greatest works. Short and accessible facts about each artist's life and works are followed by creative projects that Marion has devised based on the artist's particular techniques.

    Goodnight Mr Darcy. The adored children's classic Goodnight Moon gets a classic lit makeover in this charming parody of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice novel. All of Austen's much-loved characters are at the Netherfield Ball. Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart. The plucky, mischievous toddler Edgar the Raven Edgar Gets Ready for Bed is at it again in this spirited story with some important lessons.

    What will Edgar do when he accidentally breaks a statue sitting on a dresser? Will his sister, Lenore, tattle on him? Will Edgar tell his mother the truth? Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart , little lit lovers will delight in this new adventure with characters illustrated in a most "poe-etic" way. You Are My Baby: Woodland. A new title in this series of charming and inventive board books! Readers will find a little book nestled inside a bigger one.

    Turn the pages to match the baby animals to their parents, and learn early concepts along the way. In this new entry to the series, young ones will discover animal habits in the forest. Mix it Up! Follow the artist's simple instructions, and suddenly colours appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader's imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.

    Press Here Game. Players take turns completing color sequences by placing red, blue, and yellow playing pieces on one of twenty-five fabulously designed game boards. What seems like a simple choice is likely to lead to animated discussion as players come to understand the visual logic at the heart of the game. Flora and the Penguin. Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo , Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice.

    But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.

    Comments 0 Tags: arts fiction games kids new releases nonfiction reading ya. Is it really almost August? Oh my, summer is really flying by! Fortunately we still have lots of great books for you to read before school starts again. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the books we have coming out next month for Kids , Middle Grade , and Teen :. Some Boys. A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send. When Grace meets Ian, she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family.

    After she accuses Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn't be the first to call her a slut and a liar. Except Ian doesn't reject her. He's the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He's the one who gives her the courage to fight back. A Little Something Different. Swoon Reads proudly presents its first novel—an irresistible and original romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.


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    The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it.

    The Island of Excess Love. Pen has lost her parents. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. When a foreboding ship appears in the harbour across from their home, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence.

    In a trance, they head for the ship, and their new battles begin—battles that will test their love for one another. The League of Seven. The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop , Alan Gratz. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn.

    Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten-but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener. Doodle Lit. Now kids can celebrate classic literature in doodle form!

    Sprinkled throughout are also designs with perforated edges, perfect for popping out and crafting! Illustrated in the same colourful and playful style as the acclaimed BabyLit board book series. The Bear's Sea Escape. When the bears seek warmth from their chilly perch atop the Paris Opera House, Little Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and whisked away Papa Bear sets out on a frenzied journey to find Little Bear, travelling to a bustling wharf, beneath a sea brimming with coral and mermaids, onto a busy beach, and all the way to a sun-drenched island.

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    Will Papa Bear—and the reader—find him? Children and parents alike will savor Chaud's lush, detail-rich illustrations and the sweet story as well as the book's bonus seek-and-find elements. Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem-like the flashlight beam itself-reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.

    Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum. With a nose for adventure and an eye on history, Homer Henry Hudson travels the world for pieces to add to his exhibits at the Curio Museum. Author and illustrator Zack Rock crafts a tale brimming with curiosities, not the least of which is the true identity of the museum's canine caretaker, who, as he reflects on the exotic collection at his paws, becomes inspired to venture out into the unknown once again. Comments 0 Tags: babylit benjamin chaud fantasy fiction francesca lia block kids picture books steampunk teen ya.

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    School's nearly out and what better excuse do you need to grab a new book? Here's a look at some of the new books we're particularly excited about Breathe, Annie, Breathe. From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a brand new contemporary YA you won't forget. Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can't escape the guilt that if she hadn't broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive.

    So to honour his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. But the training is even more gruelling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she's at war with her body, her mind-and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted.

    Kiss of Deception.