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Cynthia Kadohata
Friday, October 24*
Grades 5-8
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details

A troubled kid discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in the moving middle-grade novel, Half a World Away. In this brilliant new offering from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, twelve-year-old Jaden, who was adopted from Romania when he was eight, knows he's an "epic fail.' He's sure that is why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby-to replace him. And he gets it. He is incapable of stopping his stealing, hoarding, lighting fires, aggressive running, and obsession with electricity. He knows his parents love him, but he feels...nothing. But when they get to Kazakhstan, it turns out the infant they've travelled for has already been adopted, and his parents agonize when faced with having to choose from six other babies. Jaden is more interested in the toddlers. One, a little guy named Dimash, spies Jaden and barrels over to him every time he sees him. Jaden finds himself increasingly intrigued by and worried about Dimash. For the first time in his life, Jaden actually feels something that isn't pure blinding fury, and there's no way to control it, or its power.

Available for signing:

  • Half a World Away  $16.99
  • Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam  $18.99, $7.99p
  • Kira-Kira  $16.95, $6.99p
  • Thing About Luck  $16.99, $7.99p
  • Weedflower  $19.99, $6.99p

Cynthia Kadohata

Half a World Away

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Only Books Purchased at Children's Book World can be signed by authors during their visits, due to time constraints. We happily take advance phone and website orders for autographed books up until the day before the signing for those who can't attend.

Class invitations to
author visits:
Any teachers, grades K-8th, who would like to be added to our list of potential classes to invite to Children's Book World's Author Events, please call or email Sharon at (310) 559-BOOK/2665,

Eleanor Glewwe
Saturday, October 25, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up

Join UCLA linguistics graduate student Eleanor Glewwe for a signing in celebration of her captivating first book, Sparkers. Marah Levi is a promising violinist who excels at school and can read more languages than most librarians. Even so, she has little hope of a bright future: she is a sparker, a member of the oppressed lower class in a society run by magicians. Then a mysterious disease hits the city of Ashara, turning its victims' eyes dark before ultimately killing them. As Marah watches those whom she loves most fall ill, she finds an unlikely friend in Azariah, a wealthy magician boy. Together they pursue a cure in secret, but more people are dying every day, and time is running out. Then Marah and Azariah make a shocking discovery that turns inside-out everything they thought they knew about magic and about Ashara, their home. Set in an imaginative world rich with language, lore, and music, this gripping adventure plunges the reader into the heart of a magical government where sparks of dissent may be even more deadly than the dark eyes. From Kirkus Reviews' starred review: "Social injustice is a rare theme in middle-grade fantasy, but Glewwe conveys the insidious poison of prejudice by grounding the narrative in evocative details...A compelling story on a difficult topic, addressed with maturity and grace."

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  • Sparkers  $16.99

Eleanor Glewwe


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Marie Lu & Robin LaFevers
Saturday, November 1, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 12 & up

Join in celebrating the book releases of The Young Elites, a new series from Marie Lu, author of the bestselling Legend series, and Mortal Heart, the newest title in Robin LaFevers' popular His Fair Assassin trilogy.

In the gripping Young Elites, Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina's black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family's good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever's survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars--they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

In Mortal Heart, the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFevers' bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

Available for signing:

Marie Lu:

  • The Young Elites  $18.99
  • Legend (Legend #1)  $17.99, $9.99p
  • Prodigy (Legend #2)  $17.99, $9.99p
  • Champion (Legend #3)  $18.99, $9.99p

Robin LaFevers:

  • Mortal Heart  $17.99
  • Grave Mercy  $16.99, $9.99p
  • Dark Triumph  $17.99, $9.99

Marie Lu

The Young Elites

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Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart

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Betty Birney
Friday, November 7*
Ages 5-10
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details

Betty Birney, author of the wildly popular Humphrey series, has a new series of books for younger readers. Everyone's favorite classroom pet is now starring in a series of short chapter books, Humphrey's Tiny Tales. With charming illustrations, less pages, and an easier reading level than the original Humphrey books, Humphrey's Tiny Tales are just right for emergent readers making the transition from beginning readers to chapter books. In Humphrey's Really Wheely Racing Day, when Humphrey goes to Mandy's house one weekend, he learns that her hamster has something Humphrey has never seen before--a hamster car! In Humphrey's Playful Puppy Problem, Humphrey finds a surprise at Richie's house, Poppy the bouncy and barky puppy.

Available for signing:

  • Humphrey's Really Wheely Racing Day  $14.99, 4.99p
  • Humphrey's Playful Puppy Problem  $14.99, $4.99p
  • Adventure According to Humphrey  $15.99, $5.99p
  • Friendship According to Humphrey  $15.99, $5.99p
  • Humphrey's Book of Fun Fun Fun  $6.99p
  • Mysteries According to Humphrey  $14.99, $5.99p
  • School Days According to Humphrey  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Secrets According to Humphrey  $15.99
  • Summer According to Humphrey  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Surprises According to Humphrey  $14.99, $5.99p
  • Trouble According to Humphrey  $15.99, $5.99p
  • Winter According to Humphrey  $14.99, $5.99p
  • World According to Humphrey  $15.99, $5.99p
  • Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs  $16.95, $6.99p

Betty Birney

Humphrey's Really Wheely Racing Day

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Humphrey's Playful Puppy Problem

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Elisabeth Wolf
Saturday, November 8, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12

Join Elisabeth Wolf for a reading in celebration of the latest entry in her delight Lulu series, Lulu in Honolulu. If only real life were like the movies. Instead, the Harrison family's fabulous Hawaiian vacation has fallen apart, thanks to Lulu's parents' massive blockbuster film shoot. Their tightly-scheduled family time has been taken over by extra time on the set-and they're totally missing out on the real Hawaii. Lulu decides to teach her family the meaning of ohana, but her genius plans are seriously backfiring. (She didn't mean to unleash a rampaging pug onto her parents' movie set. Oops!)

Available for signing:

  • Lulu in Honolulu  $6.99p
  • Lulu in La La Land  $6.99p

Elisabeth Wolf

Lulu in Honolulu

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John Rocco
Saturday, November 15, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4-8

Join award-winning author/illustrator John Rocco for stories, a drawing demonstration, and craft in celebration of his wonderful new book, Blizzard. Based on his childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, this beautifully illustrated companion to his Caldecott Honor book Blackout is told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations. The book opens with a boy's excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood's immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street. In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first.

Available for signing:

Picture Books:

  • Blizzard  $17.99
  • Blackout  $16.99
  • Wolf! Wolf!  $16.99
  • Super Hair-O & the Barber of Doom  $16.99


  • Swim That Rock (with Jay Primiano)  $16.99

Illustrated by John Rocco:

  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (by Rick Riordan)  $24.99
  • Boy Were We Wrong about the Solar System (by Kathleen Kudlinski)  $16.99
  • How to Train a Train (by Jason Carter Eason)  $16.99

John Rocco


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Doda Mollie
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 4:00 p.m.
All ages

Get your jammies on and join children's performer and music educator Doda Mollie for a "Mini-Pajamikah" concert! We're going to sing some of our favorite Chanukah songs from her best-selling CD, Chanukah Pajamikah!, share a story or two, spin like dreidels and leap like hot latkes in a pan. Let's get ready for Chanukah and have big fun together! Visit Doda Mollie at

Available for signing:

  • Chanukah Pajamikah CD  $15
  • Passover Party CD  $15
  • Shabbat CD  $15

Doda Mollie

Chanukah Pajamikah

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