Winner Bake Allby Carrie & Sheryl Berk

Includes recipes and tips to try at home!

"Kids and cupcakes are the perfect recipe!" - Sophie and Katerine, stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes

Meet Sadie.

When she's not mixing it up on the basketball court, she's mixing the perfect batter with her friends in the cupcake club. Sadie's definitely no stranger to competition, but the oven mitts are off when the club is chosen to appear on Battle of the Bakers, the ultimate cupcake competition on TV.

But the real battle happens off camera when the club's baking business starts losing money.

With the clock ticking and the cameras rolling, will the club and their cupcakes rise to the occasion?

Recipe for Troubleby Carrie & Sheryl Berk

"Kids and cupcakes are the perfect recipe."—Sophie and Katherine, stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes

Meet Lexi Poole.

To Lexi, a new school year means back to baking with her BFFs in the cupcake club. But the club president, Kylie, is mixing things up by inviting new members. And Lexi is in for a no-so-sweet surprise when she is cast in the school's production of Romeo and Juliet. If only she could be as confident onstage as she is in the kitchen. The icing on the cake: her secret crush is playing Romeo. Sounds like a recipe for trouble.

Can the girls' friendship stand the heat, or will the cupcake club go up in smoke?

Includes recipes and tips to try at home!

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Off Courseby Georgina Bloomberg with Cathy Hapka

Life on the A Circuit comes with major pressure. Equestrians Tommi, Kate, and Zara are expected to perform at every horse show, large or small. So with the biggest show of the season just weeks away, they should be in prep mode. Should be.

Tommi’s friends convince her to take a road trip to drop off an older friend at school . . . where she can’t help but get distracted by college boys. Kate is dealing with the aftermath of her boyfriend Fitz’s latest grand gesture: buying a horse for the two of them to train together. And Zara? Well, trouble follows her everywhere! Then there’s the issue of a new blog on the circuit—is someone from Pelham Lane feeding gossip to the press? Forget prep mode for the big horse show, these girls are in crisis mode.

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by Michael Scott

The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And Danu Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance—how will the legend end?

Strongerby Michael Carroll

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” —Nietzsche

All Gethin Rao wants is to break through the prison’s stone walls, to flee the armed guards, to return to his old life. But he knows that even if he can find a way to escape, he cannot escape what he is.

He is thirteen feet tall. Hairless. Blue-skinned.

His captors see him only as a monster, a rampaging supervillain with inhuman strength and a temper to match. They call him Brawn. They don’t care about truth. They don’t care about the person he is inside.

He is twelve years old—and very, very scared.

His captors don’t understand that his fear will not last forever. In time, it will be replaced with anger and determination.

He is certain that one day he will escape. And then . . . And then they’ll understand.

Michael Carroll’s critically acclaimed Super Human trilogy comes to an earth-shattering climax with a decades-spanning adventure that ties directly into the Quantum Prophecy trilogy and will leave readers clamoring for more.

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The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love & Cupcakesby Carrie & Sheryl Berk

Quiet fourth-grader Kylie Carson is sort of an outsider--she's constantly bullied by popular girl Meredith and has no friends, until her new drama teacher encourages her to start a cupcake club at school: Cupcakes for a Cause will raise money for the new EcoCenter. Soon, Kylie and other misfits are baking up a storm. When the club is commissioned for Meredith's birthday, Kylie gets a chance to take sweet revenge.

The Cupcake Club is the first book in the Peace, Love and Cupcakes series, and each book will feature yummy, original cupcake recipes from the story. This fabulous new friendship series is slated to be a sweet success!

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by Chudney Ross

Meet Bean Gibson. She’s energetic. She’s fun. She’s utterly lovable. Only problem is she has no friends.

Bean Gibson is so excited about the first day of third grade, not even her m-e-a-n MEAN older sisters Rose and Gardenia, can bring her down.

But then Bean’s Best friend has a new best friend and Bean’s dad tells her she has to learn a musical instrument, her year gets off to a bad start. Turns out she h-a-t-e-s HATES third grade! Can Bean make new friends, conquer the violin, and get her mom to stop spending so much time at work?

In a debut novel that is at once hilarious and heartwarming, spunky Bean Gibson will join the ranks of popular characters such as Judy Moody and Ramona the Pest.

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My Favorite Mistake: An A Circuit Novelby Georgina Bloomberg with Cathy Hapka

Tommi, Zara, and Kate are all elite riders on the A Circuit. Tommi, the billionaire heiress, is training a young horse to prove she can make horses a real career. But when her new beau, Alex, convinces her to skip a horse show to party in the Hamptons, the results could be disastrous. Zara, the celebutante wild child, is finally taking her riding seriously. Until the new "nanny" her dad hires threatens to upstage Zara's party girl status. Then there's Kate. She doesn't have money to burn like the others, but she does have Fitz, the barn's resident hot guy. But when the pressure of being a working student builds, Kate's perfectionist tendencies threaten to get in the way of her relationship and her riding.

Readers who are growing out of the Canterwood Crest series or searching for an A-list fix have found just what they're looking for in the A Circuit series.

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By Michael Scott

In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.

With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.

by Michael Scott

Book Three in the New York Times bestselling series.

Di Bonaventura Pictures will produce film versions of Michael Scott’s six-part fantasy series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, with Scott and Barry Krost serving as executive producers.

Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.

But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent - the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.

If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic - Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.

By Michael Scott

The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series The Secrets of the Nicholas Flamel.
San Francisco:
After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?
Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel's power. Alcatraz could not hold her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn't the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison's bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters-an army for Dee to use in the final battle. And now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose those monsters on San Francisco.
Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.
Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw-and the new prey of all the creatures formerly sent to hunt down Flamel.

But Dee has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he'll have to train a necromancer. And the twins of legend will make the perfect pupils. . . .

by Michael Scott

A New York Times Bestseller

After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Paris is home to Nicholas Flamel, but this is not a cheerful return, as Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and the city is swarming with enemies. Nicollo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenell. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year, as their magic becomes weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophesy is becoming increasingly clear.

It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic. And there’s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain - alchemist, magician and rock star. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope, if they don’t turn on each other first...

by Michael Scott

A New York Times Bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, with thirty-eight international sales, soon to be a major motion picture from New Line Cinema!

He holds the secret that can end the world.

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. As history has it, he was a poorly paid bookseller who became amazingly wealthy almost overnight. He founded hospitals, funded churches, and built houses for the poor. Nearly 700 years later he is also acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret to eternal life. The records show him dying in 1418. But his tomb is empty.

Sometimes legends are real.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophesy is right, the twins are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Nicholas Flammel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for nearly 700 years. The secret to eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book to ever exist. And in the wrong hands it will destroy the world completely.

It’s this book that was snatched out of Josh’s hands by Dr. John Dee. The same Dr. John Dee who was the court magician to Queen Elizabeth the first 400 year ago. And he plans on using it to restore the Dark Elders to power once more.

The twins have 30 days to find the book. The barrier between myth and reality is beginning to blur and Sophie and Josh must fight some of the most powerful magic in history to prevent our world from ripping at the seams.

The Ascension: A Super Human Clashby Michael Caroll

They'd done it. Not only had Roz, Abby, Lance, and Thunder survived their first battle with a super villain, they'd defeated him. Krodin was dead, and they had saved the world. Now everything could go back to normal-good old, boring normal. School. Parents. Friends.

But three weeks later, the world suddenly changes. The United States is under martial law, the people are little more than drones, and where Central Park should be there now stands a massive glass-and-steel building, home to the all-powerful Chancellor.

In Michael Carroll's follow-up to the acclaimed Super Human, the world has been remade in the Chancellor's image, and it's about to get much much worse. Only this young band of heroes has a chance of stopping him, but can they return the world to what it was, or will they be stranded in this alternate world forever?

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by Michael Carroll

Four thousand years ago the world’s first super human walked the earth. Possessing the strength of one hundred men, skin impervious to attack, and the ability to read minds, this immortal being used his power to conquer and enslave nations. Now plans are in motion that will transport this super human to the present, where he’ll usher in a new age of tyranny unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Determined to stand against them, using powers they’ve only just begun to master, is a ragtag group of young heroes. For them this first test may be their greatest . . . and last.

The Rules According to JWOWWby Georgina Bloomberg with Cathy Hapka

The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse shows. It's a world with its own rules and super-privileged lifestyles. Teens travel the circuit all year, showing horses that cost as much as some homes.

Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has been paid for with hours of cleaning stalls. She's used to the grueling schedule, but Fitz, the barn's resident hot guy, is about to become a major distraction. And then there's Zara. She's the wild child of a famous rockstar, but she's ready to take riding seriously. Can a party girl really change her ways?

Readers who enjoy peeking into the elite world of Gossip Girl or The A-List will feel right at home in this new series with its friendships, drama, and privilege set against the backdrop of competitive horseback riding.

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by Chudney Ross

Diana Ross’ youngest daughter, Chudney, is breaking new ground with her hip and thought provoking new children’s series, Bean’s Books.

In A Lone Bean, the first book in this exciting new series, we meet Ross’ engaging characters and their dialogue rings true.  Tanya is Bean’s new best friend, but with the summer ending, it’s time for her to go home.  As an assertive 7 ¾ year old, Bean decides that nothing will keep her from spending time with Tanya, even if it means sneaking out to the park all by herself!  From tormenting sisters and best friends’ secret jokes to emails and catch phrases, Ross has a firm grasp on the minds of her readers, and she’s not letting go.

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2004 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine Best Book, 2003
* Kirkus Choices 2004
* CCBC Choices 2004
* Today Show Best Books for Gift Giving 2003
* New York Public Library Best Books for Giving and Sharing 2003

Here is a fresh and imaginative way to look at the alphabet. Turn to the first page of the book and you'll be greeted by a picture of an arrowhead, surrounded by a simple black frame. Once you lift the frame you'll find the arrowhead is magically transformed into the letter A. And so it goes, from Balloons, Cloud, and Door through Leaf and Mice to Yolk and Zipper. Bold distinctive images and a simple yet ingenious format make this an alphabet book to treasure.

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* Sesame Street Magazine’s Best Book of the Year
* 2005 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine’s Best Book of the Year
* New York Public Library Best Books of 2004

Lemons are not Red. Apples are red. Lemons are yellow. . . .

Clever cutouts in the pages make a simple, original and utterly beguiling introduction to color.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger, whose The Hidden Alphabet dazzled critics and readers alike, introduces young children to color in this unique concept book with die cuts. The opening spread features a big, bright red lemon and the simple text, "Lemons are not RED." When the spread is turned an equally bright yellow lemon appears ("Lemons are YELLOW") across from a luscious red apple ("Apples are RED").

And so it goes, from carrots that are not purple through reindeer that are not white, et al. The book ends with "The moon is not BLACK / The moon is SILVER / The night is BLACK / Good night! And the reader sees a tranquil night landscape and a house with the lights turned out.

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2006 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine Best Book, 2005
* IRA Children's Choice Best Book, 2006

With the originality and verve that marked The Hidden Alphabet and Lemons Are Not Red, Laura Vaccaro Seeger once again creates a distinctive concept book for young children and their parents. On the first page, the reader is greeted by the title sequence. Opposite the text is a portrait of a very worried Walter… but wait! The very letters that spell worried form his facial features, as well as his expression! Gradually a simple story unfolds as other characters are introduced, and the sky grows dark, the fog rolls in, lightning strikes and thunder shakes the trees; Priscilla was puzzled, Shirley was shocked, Frederick was frightened - and eventually (when the sun came out) Henry was hopeful and Elliot ecstatic.

by Camy Baker

Help is on the way with Camy Baker's advice books! Camy's fresh, down to earth guidance speaks directly to girls about issues that concern them the most, and she does it without being patronizing.

Girls everywhere will relate to Camy's witty, fun approach to life and all of the challenges of becoming your own person.

In How to Be Popular in the Sixth Grade, Camy has the winning formula for ruling the school! Twelve-year-old Camy and her family have moved to Illinois from Beverly Hills, and she has had enough experiences to tell readers what they need to know about fitting in, wanting to be liked, and trying to be popular. Camy's advice for being popular is about being yourself and being good to others -- words of wisdom for readers of any age!

by Camy Baker

30 Cool Rules for Making & Being a Better Best Friend

* Rule #1: Always and forever cherish your true friends
* Rule #12: Show your friend you care.
* Rule #20: If a friend bothers you, it's okay to tell them

Having good friends is one of the most important things for a kid. I should know, because I, Camy Baker, once started at a new school in a new town, and I had absolutely no friends! And believe me, even if you're as outgoing as I am, making friends can be tough. Sometimes you just don't know how to make them. Other times a problem comes up between you and a friend and you're not sure what to do. Well, I have come up with a list of rules to help you make and be a better friend. Because having friends is great. Go, girls, go!

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2007 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine Best Book, 2006
* Nick Jr./Family Magazine Best Book, 2006
* Booklist Editor's Choice, 2007
* Kirkus Best Book, 2006

Having explored the alphabet (The Hidden Alphabet), colors (Lemons Are Not Red) and emotions (Walter Was Worried), Laura Vaccaro Seeger turns her extraordinary talents to opposites in this bright, colorful and imaginative book. Through a series of ingenious die-cut pages, the reader discovers things that are the opposite of what they seem: A black bat transformed into a white ghost, a sunny day that becomes a starry night. Posed as a series of 18 questions and answers, Black? White! Day? Night! is sure to be a big success with small children everywhere.

by David Schmidt (screenwriter/creator)

When a baby zebra is abandoned by his traveling circus, he finds himself lost and alone in the Kentucky heartland. But a kind farmer and his daughter rescue him and bring him home to their barn. There he lives among the farm animals, believing he's a horse like any other. His name? Stripes, of course! Stripes grows up believing he's born to run. But he is teased about his unusual appearance by the snooty thoroughbreds at the horse farm next door. Determined to prove himself, Stripes begins to train for the greatest race in the world... the Kentucky Derby.

Racing Stripes is based on the Warner Bros. movie of the same name.

Written and Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* Caldecott Honor Book
* Recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor
* 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Bestseller
* Starred review Kirkus Reviews
* Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2007
* Oppenheim Platinum Award, 2008
* 2008 ALA Notable Book

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Die-cuts enhance clever metamorphoses from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, and caterpillar to butterfly. Acclaimed author Laura Vaccaro Seeger offers a fresh presentation to creativity and transformation, making the commonplace extraordinary as one turns the pages of this appealing book.

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2007 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature
* Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year, 2007
* Kirkus Best Book, 2007
* New York Public Library Best Book, 2007
* 2008 ALA Notable Book

What do a frisky dachshund and a slightly timid stuffed bear have in common? They're best friends. Award-winning author Laura Vaccaro Seeger shares three funny, beguiling and meltingly tender stories about the ups and downs of friendship, ideal for emergent readers to read all by themselves, or better yet, to share with a friend.

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Dog and Bear are back in three more fresh and funny stories that will delight their growing legion of fans: Ice Cream, Happy Birthday Bear! and Sweet Dreams. These uplifting stories of friendship, selflessness and patience are accompanied by the heartwarming illustrations that readers fell in love with in Dog and Bear. Readers are sure to agree that the only thing better than one book about this winsome duo is two!

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2009 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
* 2009 ALA Notable Book
* Booklist Editor's Choice, 2008
* Publisher's Weekly Best Book, 2008
* New York Public Library Best Book, 2008

This innovative counting book about a lonely boy introduces the concept of words within words using die-cuts and endearing imagery. Laura Vaccaro Seeger further demonstrates her ability to chart unknown territory in her mesmerizing concept books for children.