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Bikes for Sale

Maurice rides his bike to his shop every day. Lotta rides her bike to collect sticks every day. Both go about their separate routines, unaware of the friendship that awaits them just a few blocks away. But what happens when a branch and a lemon peel get in the way? Bikes for Sale is a delightful falling-in-like story that celebrates the power of coincidence to lead us to the friends we’re meant to meet all along.

Published by Chronicle Books 

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“What do you get when you smash your bike? A new friend.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“This quirky anticonsumerist fable imagines a town in which uses can be found for the things most people abandon, small enterprises flourish, and communal kindness makes life rich.” —Publishers Weekly 

An Amazon Book Box Selection

 

 

Everything You Need for a Treehouse

Treehouses are for wonder.

Treehouses are for snacks.

Treehouses are for whispers and snickers and echoes.

Treehouses are for everyone.

This magical work of art celebrates the universal wonder of treehouses and all the adventure that live among branches.

Published by Chronicle Books

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“One magical, impossible treehouse after another.” —The Wall Street Journal

“This fantastical picture book begins with an invitation to pause and dream: ‘Everything you need for a treehouse/ starts with time/ and looking up.’” —Publishers Weekly 

“A suggested first purchase for young and old readers alike.” —School Library Journal 

KidArtLit Selection

An NPR Best Book of the Year

 

 

This Is Not a Valentine

This book is not a valentine. It doesn’t have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn’t that exactly what love is about? Maybe this book is sort of a valentine after all.

A testament to handmade, wacky, bashful, honest love—sure to win over the hearts of all readers—this book is the perfect gift to celebrate every relationship, from parent to child, sibling to sibling, partner to partner, crush to crush.

Published by Chronicle Books

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“An enduring message of friendship.” —School Library Journal 

“What makes the book so poignant, is that the boy pays real attention to his crush and is doing his best to deliver gifts that will be truly meaningful to her.” —Publishers Weekly 

“This book swears it’s not a Valentine because it trades hearts and flowers for drippy glue, paper planes and the jelly half of a peanut butter sandwich (which makes it that much more special).” —/Today.com/

“Recognizes that you can don’t need sugary hearts and mushy sentiment to show you care.” —Newsday

“Heartwarmingly funny.” —Entertainment Weekly

Kids’ Indie Next List  Selection

 

 

A Rambler Steals Home

Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland’s Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium. Derby’s summer traditions bring her closer than she’s ever been to a real home that isn’t on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.

Told in Derby’s unforgettable voice, this warm-hearted debut novel is about taking risks, planting roots, and discovering the true definition of home.

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

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“This story is about as feel-good as they come, with new friendships grounded on old ones, poignant adolescent growth, and insights into family stories.” —Bulletin

“Vibrant, engaging Derby and her descriptive first person narrative, full of lively and poignant touches, are compelling and affecting. A heartfelt, immersive debut, perfect for sports fans.” —Booklist

“Readers will easily connect with the story’s reflections on belonging, hope, family, and the meaning of home.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Fans of quiet, nostalgic stories about team spirit should enjoy this debut effort.” —Kirkus Reviews 

 Featured on the All the Wonders podcast with Matthew Winner