Best of Books Summer Reading!

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At Best of Books, we believe books are powerful. They enable you to experience new things without even leaving home. They teach you, they make you laugh, they open your mind. That is why we are announcing our first ever BOB Summer Reading, a two-month program designed to encourage reading for pleasure in the summer months. Join us and discover new adventures!

How to participate:

  • Pick up a Reading Log at the store and let the fun begin!

  • Based on your reading level, read any 8 books you want (must be purchased at Best of Books)*

    • Need ideas for what to read? See our Recommended Reading Lists on our website or in the store!

  • Fill out one section of the Reading Log per book.

  • Turn in the completed Reading Log to the store by July 31st and receive your $5 gift certificate PLUS free entry into our special drawing (the winner of which will be announced on August 1st)!

Special offer: Buy four (4) books (per child) up front from Best of Books for the Reading Log and receive 20% off those four (4) books AND 20% off subsequent purchases of the remaining four (4) Reading Log books!*

See below the cut for information about our photo and art contests*, and Recommended Reading Lists!


*Books for Summer Reading must be purchased at Best of Books. May receive one (1) $5 gift certificate and one (1) entry for grand prize for each completed and verified Reading Log. Books read for Summer Reading must be at or above participant’s reading level, and we reserve the right not to accept certain books or Reading Logs that do not fit these criteria.
Must present Reading Log at time of purchase to redeem 20% discount off books.
By submitting picture(s) to the photo and/or art contests, the participant understands and accepts that their submission may be used, shared, or reposted onto Best of Books’ social media and/or website. Must be participant in Summer Reading to enter photo and/or art contests.

Illustrator Derek Anderson signing - July 9th!

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Help us welcome illustrator Derek Anderson for a book signing on Sunday, July 9th from 2-4pm! He will be here as part of the Scholastic Summer Road Trip RV Visit and will be signing copies of his books!

Derek Anderson is the award-winning illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Little Quack books written by Lauren Thompson, and Hot Rod Hamster written by Cynthia Lord. He is also the author and illustrator of Romeo and Lou Blast Off, which was named a Parent and Child magazine Best Book of the Year. He lives in Minnesota with his wife.

About Happy Birthday Hamster: Hamster and Dog are back to celebrate Hamster's birthday! Pink cake, blue cake, chocolate through-and-through cake. Short cake, tall cake, cannot-eat-it-all cake. WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson return with a tale chock-full of fun rhymes and hilarious artwork about Hamster's favorite day: his birthday! But is it possible that Dog and his friends have forgotten all about it? Not a chance. Join them as they plan the best surprise birthday party ever!

About Hot Rod Hamster: Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car. Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Newbery Honor-author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the metal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip-roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends and YOU!

About Ten Hungry Pigs: One pig sets out to make a perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Ten more pigs soon come along, adding all kinds of food -- from pancakes and peas to macaroni and cheese. But wait! There aren't eleven pigs -- are there? Ten Hungry Pigs is a fun counting book with a twist.

About Story Country: Here We Come!: Welcome to Story County! More than anything, Farmer wants a farm. His friends Dog, Pig, Chicken, and Miss Cow are eager to help. Together they build the barn, spread the fields, plant the crops, and more until voilà!-the farm is complete. Or is it? Silliness abounds as Derek Anderson takes readers from white page to colorful farm in this charming tale of friendship (and teamwork) as five friends come together to create Story County-a special new home for young readers where anything can happen.

About Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania: It's Fair Day, and Fearless Franco's famous Monster Truck Mania has come to town. Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are geared up for a roaring, soaring great time, so they set out to find the best ride at the fair. The water boats, spinning teacups, and bumper cars are great, but Hamster can't seem to find the BEST ride. That is, of course, until Fearless Franco needs a last-minute back-up driver for his monster truck. Can Hot Rod Hamster help him out, and still find the best ride of all? In this rollicking new adventure, Hot Rod Hamster proves once again that being small doesn't mean you can't think BIG!

Jennifer Nielsen signing - Sunday July 9th!

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On Sunday July 9th from 2-4pm, come hang out with Best of Books and author Jennifer Nielsen! She will here as part of the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV Visit be signing copies of her books!
 
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; and Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.
 
About The Scourge: As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge -- and quarantine colony -- for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so?
 
About A Night Divided: From NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west. With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can't help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.
 
About The False Prince (Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy): In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
 
About Mark of the Thief (Book 1 of the Mark of the Thief series): When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for. Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes. In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.
 
About Behind Enemy Lines (Infinity Ring Book 6): Fix the past. Save the future. Dak, Sera, and Riq involve themselves in one of the most bizarre spy missions in history... and the outcome of World War II hangs in the balance.
 
If you are unable to attend this event, please call 405-340-9202 to reserve signed copies!
The Scourge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545682459
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 30th, 2016

A Night Divided Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545682428
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

The False Prince Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545284141
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 2013

Behind Enemy Lines Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545387019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic - December 3rd, 2013

Mark of the Thief Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545561556
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - December 29th, 2015

Ru Xu signing - Sunday July 9th!

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Join Best of Books for a book signing with author Ru Xu on Sunday, July 9th from 2-4pm! She will be here as part of the Scholastic Summer Road Trip RV Visit and will be signing copies of her book, NewsPrints!
 
About NewsPrints: Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what's printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever. But Blue struggles with her secret, and worries that if her friends and adopted family at the Bugle find out that she's a girl, she'll lose everything and everyone she cares about. And when she meets and befriends Crow, a boy who is also not what he seems, together they seek the freedom to be their true selves... and to save each other.
 
Ru Xu grew up in Indianapolis and received a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the creator of the popular webcomic Saint for Rent, and NewsPrints is her first graphic novel. Her favorite things include historical fiction, fat birds, and coffee-flavored ice cream.
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By Ru Xu
$24.99
ISBN: 9780545803113
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - January 31st, 2017

2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV visits - July 9th!

On July 9th from 2:00-4:00pm, join Best of Books when the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV comes to visit! You will be able to participate in a "pop-up" reading festival and engage in some fun reading activities, including:
  • An author visit and book signing from Jennifer A. Nielsen and Ru Xu and illustrator Derek Anderson!
  • An activity tent filled with reading activities!
  • Giveaway tables and a prize wheel!
  • Costume characters including: Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Geronimo Stilton!
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; and Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.
 
Ru Xu grew up in Indianapolis and received a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the creator of the popular webcomic Saint for Rent, and NewsPrints is her first graphic novel. Her favorite things include historical fiction, fat birds, and coffee-flavored ice cream.
 
Derek Anderson is the award-winning illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Little Quack books written by Lauren Thompson, and Hot Rod Hamster written by Cynthia Lord. He is also the author and illustrator of Romeo and Lou Blast Off, which was named a Parent & Child magazine Best Book of the Year. He lives in Minnesota with his wife.
 
Throughout the summer, the RVs will visit 50 U.S. cities and towns nationwide, traveling more than 10,000 miles to spread the message about the importance of summer reading to kids. Families and communities can track the RVs, find local events, visit the tour schedule here: http://scholastic.com/summerroadtrip. Follow the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip live on social media via @Scholastic and #SummerReading.

Author Paula McDade signing - July 8th!

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Join Best of Books in welcoming author Paula McDade to the store on Saturday July 8th from 1:00-2:30pm! She will be signing copies of her book The Brilliant Awakening: 20 Stories of Hope and Healing from the Mouths of Everyday Sheros!

The Brilliant Awakening: 20 Stories of Hope and Healing from the Mouths of Everyday Sheros is an emotional and gripping collection of narratives. Hear from women who have gone from tragedy to triumph by overcoming abuse, mental illness, and various life challenges. You will be moved to laughter, tears, and wonder as you read each tale of victory through adversity. There is something in this anthology for every woman and you will be inspired and empowered from page to page!

Paula McDade is the owner of Stellar Creative, LLC and the Creative Director behind The Brilliant Awakening. She is the founder and visionary of the Not on My Watch Women’s Initiative, a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund. The mission of NOMWWI is the provide a gateway of advocacy, awareness, support and resources for women and girls affected by domestic violence, sexual abuse & assault, and mental illness. A sought after national speaker, author, and creative social entrepreneur, Paula McDade inspires women to shake off the limits of the past, while breaking through the walls of doubt and fear by sharing her personal testimony.

Also attending are some of the co-authors of The Brilliant Awakening: Christina Kirk, Jen Cromling, Joan Curtis, and Shannon Nealy!

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If you are unable to attend this event, call 405-340-9202 to reserve a signed copy!

The Brilliant Awakening: Stories of Hope & Healing from the Mouths of Everyday Sheros Cover Image
$14.94
ISBN: 9781545101223
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - May 4th, 2017