Saturday, April 24, 2010

Book Reading at Dragonwings with the Humane Society of Waupaca County

May 6th

Join us at Dragonwings Bookstore for book reading with the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

May 2-8 is Be Kind to Animals Week. Meet kittens, read a few good books, and learn about taking care of pets. Stop by and join Dragonwings in showing your support for our furry friends. Twenty percent of the Dragonwing's sales during the event will be donated to the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

Radiant Shadows and the Wicked Lovely series

Radiant Shadows
by Melissa Marr

The newest release in the Wicked Lovely series, Radiant Shadows is the fourth book set in the world of the faeries. The Wicked Lovely books are filled with shifting romances, danger, and the magic of the courts of the fey people. In Radiant Shadows Ani, half-human - half faery, deals with her longing to belong and lead the Wild Hunt. She attracts the attention of the beautiful and dangerous Delvin, a faery who was created by the powerful High Queen and her chaotic twin sister, Bananach. These young adult books are the perfect read for those readers who enjoy losing themselves in a magical world that is filled with wonderfully complicated relationships.

I Knew You Could - a great gift for graduates

I Knew You Could!
by Craig Dorfman

In the style of the traditional "I think I can" train, Dorfman writes a new story about a train setting out on life's journey. This book gives advice perfect to new graduates or anyone setting out on a new adventure of life. Advice includes sticking to the track you choose, enjoying your travels, and seeking the help of good friends when you need it.


by Ned Young

His brothers, Hooper and Cooper, may be getting ready for a day at school but Zoomer has other plans for the day. Ned Young tells a fun family story with bright, cheerful illustrations and great details. While the puppies play a game of baseball in their father's bedroom, the birds have started an early morning bowling game. While Zoomer builds the world's biggest sand brontosaurus, the birds play croquet. This funny book with its humorous ending and great illustrations would be just perfect for shared reading time.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
by Francisco X. Stork

Pancho's life has been filled with death: his mother died when he was five, his father died in an all too recent accident, and his older sister, Rosa, was recently murdered. The police try to claim that Rosa died of natural causes, but Pancho disagrees and makes plans for revenge. Without any family, Pancho is sent to the orphanage St. Anthony where he meets, D.Q., who is dying from brain cancer. As their friendship grows, Pancho remains focused on death while D.Q. holds on to life.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Frankie Works the Night Shift

Frankie Works the Night Shift
by Lisa Westberg Peters
Illustrated by Jennifer Taylor

What do you mean Frankie is a naughty kitty? He's just doing his job and doing his best. The hardware store may be closed for the night, but Frankie has a lot to get done: emptying the waste basket, cleaning the counters, and keeping out intruders! Don't worry, Frankie gets it all done, and just in time to start the day. In a combination of digital photography and illustrations, the pictures for this book have a wonderful realistic feel mixed with the fun of collage and found art pieces.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fever Crumb

Fever Crumb
by Philip Reeve

Fever is no ordinary girl; she never has been. As a baby, she was found by Dr. Crumb, a man of rational thought and reason, as are all members of the Order of the Engineers. The only thing Dr. Crumb knows for certain about Fever is her name from the note tied around her wrist when she was found: "Her name is Fever". While in this time and place girls are viewed as highly irrational, Dr. Crumb believes that perhaps if raised by the Order, she could become a useful Engineer after all. After fourteen years in Dr. Crumb's care and as apprentice in the Order, Fever's assistance has been requested. Fever must venture away from the place she has known and into a world that views her eyes of different colors and shaved head as things to be feared. This book is instantly engaging with its imperfect characters and eerily familiar yet strange setting. Fever's world is a mix of futuristic problems and bits of technology only partially remembered in a harsh society. Fever Crumb received deserved starred reviews in both School Library Journal and Booklist. More on Fever Crumb here:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Positively Pooh

Positively Pooh:
Timeless Wisdom from Pooh

by A. A. Milne
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

An endearing book filled with classic Pooh wisdom of how best to live a happy life. Four sweet chapters: "For your inner bear", "For those bothersome days", "For when you're in a tight place", and "For those hummy sort of days" give lessons that can only be learned from Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. This book would make a great give idea for a dear friend, a friend in need of a pick-me-up, or for the new graduate. As the inscription from Pooh reads, "For someone spechal, with hums from a dear friend."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dying to Meet You

Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road
by Kate Klise

In this uniquely written book by Kate Klise is the story of writer I. B. Grumply who m0ves into the old mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road for the summer. He's looking for some peace and quiet so he can finally overcome his case of writer's block and finish his book. Instead he finds an 11-year old boy named Seymour Hope, his cat Shadow, and ghost Olive C. Spence. Their story is told through a series of letter, drawings, newspaper clippings, and private investigator reports. Enjoyable story for mid-level readers (or older ones, too, who want a fun book!)

Saturday, April 10, 2010


by Leslie Connor

Connor has created a world where the oil has finally diminished to such a low supply that it must be carefully rationed to those who need it most. Dewey Mariss’s father is a truck driver so he gets ration tickets in order to make deliveries. Even ration tickets won’t help, however, when there is a gas crunch and no one is going anywhere, at least not under gas power. Just so happens when the crunch hits, Dewey’s father and mother are away on vacation. Dewey and his four siblings must make it on their own while they wait for their parents return. Dewey’s part: running his dad’s bike shop, which is suddenly busy with business, while also keeping an eye on the two young twins and dealing with a rash of small robberies. Crunch provides an interesting summer story for younger readers who have advanced reading skills but are not yet ready for the material covered in some young adult books.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Another Great Dragonwings Deal!

Select Sarah Dessen titles are currently buy 2 get, 1 Free!

Dragonswings is offering buy two get, get one free deal for several select Sarah Dessen titles including Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Dreamland, and several others. Dessen's books target the young female adult audience and feature topics of friendship, family, romance, and learning about oneself.

To learn about all of Dessen's books visit her website here. The site includes information about each of her books; Dessen writes about where she gets her ideas and how she developed each story. If they sound like something you might enjoy, you can even sample the books by downloading the first chapter with just a single click.

Big Nate (for Wimpy Kid fans)

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

By Lincoln Peirce

Let’s face it, middle school can be rough at times, just ask Big Nate. You could get yelled at by a teacher for no reason, roughed up by the bully, or get nailed with a test. (Wait: Do we have a test today?!) But Nate’s not worried because today in his fortune cookie he got the best fortune ever: “Today you will surpass all others.” So, Nate sets out to do just that. Peirce uses a blend of humorous writing, illustrations, and Nate-drawn comics to navigate the sixth grade world. Big Nate is sure to please fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid who are looking for more humor from a kid who just can get it right!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Welcome to April!

Welcome to April!

At Dragonwings we have been enjoying the wonderful spring weather and enjoying the new books that have been blossoming in the store.

My Garden
by Kevin Henkes

What would you grow in your garden? The girl in this book would grow color changing flowers, chocolate rabbits, seashells, jelly beans, tomatoes the size of beach balls, and morning glories that stayed open all night. (And by the way, there are no weeds in this garden!)

by Elisha Cooper

With pencil and watercolor illustrations, Cooper follows farm life with the changing seasons from March to November. He tells of the animals, the land, and the farmers. For more Elisha Cooper visit him here.

April banner (C) 2010 by Elisha Cooper