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Clifford V. Johnson signs at the Roth Auditorium (UCSD)

Clifford V. Johnson

The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780262037235
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Published: Mit Press - November 24th, 2017

A series of conversations about science in graphic form, on subjects that range from the science of cooking to the multiverse.

Physicist Clifford Johnson thinks that we should have more conversations about science. Science should be on our daily conversation menu, along with topics like politics, books, sports, or the latest prestige cable drama. Conversations about science, he tells us, shouldn't be left to the experts. In The Dialogues, Johnson invites us to eavesdrop on a series of nine conversations, in graphic-novel form--written and drawn by Johnson--about "the nature of the universe." The conversations take place all over the world, in museums, on trains, in restaurants, in what may or may not be Freud's favorite coffeehouse. The conversationalists are men, women, children, experts, and amateur science buffs. The topics of their conversations range from the science of cooking to the multiverse and string theory. The graphic form is especially suited for physics; one drawing can show what it would take many words to explain.

In the first conversation, a couple meets at a costume party; they speculate about a scientist with superhero powers who doesn't use them to fight crime but to do more science, and they discuss what it means to have a "beautiful equation" in science. Their conversation spills into another chapter ("Hold on, you haven't told me about light yet"), and in a third chapter they exchange phone numbers. Another couple meets on a train and discusses immortality, time, black holes, and religion. A brother and sister experiment with a grain of rice. Two women sit in a sunny courtyard and discuss the multiverse, quantum gravity, and the anthropic principle. After reading these conversations, we are ready to start our own.


Oceanside Big Read with Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel will join KPBS North County reporter Alison St. John  for a conversation about Mandel's bestselling novel, which she calls "a love letter to this extraordinary world in which we live."

Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production. Jeevan Chaudhary, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside as life disintegrates outside. This novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.


LA Times Festival of Books - Sunday

LA Times Festival of Books

On Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April  22, Mysterious Galaxy will be hosting dozens of authors in our booth on the grounds of USC University Park Campus as part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Mysterious Galaxy’s booth location is Booth #368.

Stay tuned to this web calendar page for the most up to date information on our LATFB activities and spotlight authors. 

The Dogs Were Rescued (and So Was I) Cover Image
$16.49
ISBN: 9781492603382
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Published: Sourcebooks - October 1st, 2014

Signing Booth #368 noon. 


The Lairdbalor Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683365884
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Published: Turner - October 10th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 noon. 


Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781945053252
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Published: Duet - October 5th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 noon. 


The Forgetting Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781492603566
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - February 3rd, 2015

Signing Booth #368 1:00 PM. 


Fire and Bone Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781503946750
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Published: Skyscape - February 20th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 1:00 PM. 


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Don't Cosplay with My Heart Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338125498
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 2nd, 2018

Signing Booth #368 1:00 PM. 


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Head on: A Novel of the Near Future Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765388919
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Published: Tor Books - April 17th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 2:00 PM. 


What You Left Me Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492655510
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - June 1st, 2018

Signing Booth #368 2:00 PM. 
LATFB Special Early On Sale!


The Changeling Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

Taste of Wrath: A Sin Du Jour Affair Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765393258
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Published: Tom Doherty Associates Book - April 10th, 2018

LA Times Festival of Books - Saturday

LA Times Festival of Books

On Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April  22, Mysterious Galaxy will be hosting dozens of authors in our booth on the grounds of USC University Park Campus as part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Mysterious Galaxy’s booth location is Booth #368.

Stay tuned to this web calendar page for the most up to date information on our LATFB activities and spotlight authors. 

Victor Lavalle's Destroyer Cover Image
By Victor Lavalle, Dietrich Smith (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684150557
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Published: Boom! Studios - March 6th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 10:30 AM. 


Rosie Colored Glasses Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330691
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Published: Mira Books - February 20th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 11:00 AM. 


Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter Novels #8) Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250155498
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 28th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 noon. 


The Simi's ABCs: Adventures with Dark-Hunters Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781682615805
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Published: Permuted Press - December 19th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 noon. 


Impostor Syndrome (Arcadia Project #3) Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781481480185
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Published: Saga Press - March 13th, 2018

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Autonomous Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765392077
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Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2017

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Unicorn of Many Hats (Phoebe and Her Unicorn #7) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781449489663
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 20th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 noon. 


The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City's Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250121349
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 6th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 1:00 PM. 


Warrior Genius (Rebel Geniuses #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723375
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 2nd, 2018

Signing Booth #368 1:00 PM. 


The Secrets She Kept (Fairham Island #2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780778330820
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Published: Mira Books - March 27th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 1:00 PM. 


Hello Again (Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076571
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 3rd, 2017

Signing Booth #368 1:00 PM. 


Super Happy Party Bears: Cruising for a Snoozing Cover Image
By Marcie Colleen, Steve James (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781250124166
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Published: Imprint - March 13th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 2:00 PM. 


Blood Truth (Rick Cahill #4) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781608092390
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - December 5th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 2:00 PM. 


True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781503949188
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - April 1st, 2018

Signing Booth #368 2:00 PM. 


Say My Name Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778330714
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Published: Mira Books - January 9th, 2018

Signing Booth #368 2:30 PM. 


Murder in Saint-Germain (Aimee Leduc Investigation #17) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616957704
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Published: Soho Crime - June 6th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 3:00 PM. 


The Night of the Flood Cover Image
By E. a. Aymar (Editor), Sarah M. Chen (Editor), Hank Phillippi Ryan (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781946502513
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Published: Down & Out Books II, LLC - March 5th, 2018

Sarah Chen Signing Booth #368 3:00 PM. 


Tales of Falling and Flying Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143130109
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

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Hiroshima Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945551086
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Published: Prospect Park Books - March 13th, 2018

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Best Day Ever: A Riveting Psychological Thriller about the Perfect Marriage Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781525811401
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Published: Graydon House - September 19th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 4:00 PM. 


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Wonder Valley: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062656353
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Published: Ecco - November 7th, 2017

Signing Booth #368 4:00 PM. 


San Diego Comics Fest

If Tomorrow Comes: Book 2 of the Yesterday's Kin Trilogy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780765390325
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Published: Tor Books - March 6th, 2018

Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity succeeds in building a ship, Friendship, to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arrives, they find nothing they expected. No interplanetary culture, no industrial base--and no cure for the spore disease.

A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred and far more than ten years have passed.

Once again scientists find themselves in a race against time to save humanity and their kind from a deadly virus while a clock of a different sort runs down on a military solution no less deadly to all. Amid devastation and plague come stories of heroism and sacrifice and of genetic destiny and free choice, with its implicit promise of conscious change.


The War Dogs Trilogy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316513333
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Published: Orbit - September 12th, 2017

The Gurus made their presence on Earth known thirteen years ago. Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of, they became indispensable advisors and promised even more gifts that we just couldn't pass up. 
But they were followed by mortal enemies -- the Antagonists -- from sun to sun, planet to planet, and now the Gurus are stretched thin -- and they need humanity's help. 
Our first bill has come due. 
Skyrines like Michael Venn have been volunteered to pay the price. They face insidious enemies who were already inside the solar system, establishing a beachhead on Mars. 
Venn and his comrades will be lucky to make it out alive -- let alone preserve the future of all of mankind. 


Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World Cover Image
By David Brin (Editor), Stephen W. Potts (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765382597
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Published: Tor Books - March 13th, 2018

David Brin, Hugo award-winning author of The Uplift War, presents Chasing Shadows, a collection of short stories and essays by other science fiction luminaries. As we debate Internet privacy, revenge porn, the NSA, and Edward Snowden, cameras get smaller, faster, and more numerous. Has Orwell's Big Brother finally come to pass? Or have we become a global society of thousands of Little Brothers--watching, judging, and reporting on one another?

Partnering with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, and inspired by Brin's nonfiction book The Transparent Society, noted author and futurist David Brin and scholar Stephen Potts have compiled essays and short stories from writers such as Robert J. Sawyer, James Morrow, William Gibson, Damon Knight, Jack McDevitt, and many others to examine the benefits and pitfalls of technologic transparency in all its permutations.


Watchmen: The Annotated Edition Cover Image
$49.99
ISBN: 9781401265564
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Published: DC Comics - December 12th, 2017

 

DC Comics is proud to present an all-new retrospective edition of one of the greatest graphic novels ever in WATCHMEN: THE ANNOTATED EDITION. This book examines each of the series' twelve issues in unprecedented detail, moving page by page and panel by panel to reveal the hidden foundations of this milestone in modern storytelling.

 

Edited with notes by Leslie S. Klinger, this new edition draws upon critical and scholastic commentary, in-depth interviews with Dave Gibbons, and previously unseen original source material, all printed in black and white. Klinger provides the reader with a unique and comprehensive view of WATCHMEN as both a singular artistic achievement and a transformative event in the history of comics as a medium.

 

Set in a world in which history has been forever altered by the existence of superheroes, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' monumental graphic novel WATCHMEN is one of the most influential comic book series of all time. Following two generations of masked crime-fighters from the end of World War II to the height of the Cold War, this compelling tale unfolds from a simple murder mystery into an epic saga of power, corruption and the ultimate meaning of humanity.

 

More than 30 years after it was first published, Moore and Gibbons' masterpiece continues to inspire and entertain readers around the world. Named one of Time magazine's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, WATCHMEN has won countless critical accolades and honors, including the Eisner Award and the Hugo Award. 


Jen Wang signs at Comikaze Liberty Station

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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

Prince Sebastian has a secret. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. Sebastian's secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances. But how long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?


In Real Life Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250144287
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Published: Square Fish - February 13th, 2018

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.

In Real Life is a touching and morally complex tale for young adults.


AnaCon in Anaheim

The Anaheim Central Library will showcase the second annual AnaCon event on Saturday, February 10. The FREE event will feature science fiction authors, comic book illustrators, book giveaways, and many more surprises!


 

 

Never Insult a Killer Zucchini Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580896184
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 9th, 2016

This is one science fair you ll never forget! 
When Mr. Farnsworth, the science-fair judge, declares that he loves zucchinis, the Killer Zucchini is smitten. As the judge makes his way through the exhibits alphabetically A (antimatter), B (bionic limb), C (cloning) the Killer Zucchini tries to show his affection. But when Mr. F gets to K and admits he likes to "eat" zucchini with ranch dressing, the Killer Zucchini gets steamed and attempts to exact his revenge on the snack-loving judge using the other science-fair projects as his means to an end. 
Hilarious havoc ensues as the entire science fair is destroyed by his wrath. 
Engaging backmatter provides the science behind the science fair entries created by the characters in the story.


Future Threat (Future Shock #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807526866
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2017

Six months after returning from their first time-travel mission, Elena and her companions are drafted into a rescue effort to find a missing team of time-travelers. When they reach the future they realize that it has been altered, and now they must find the timeline that will allow them to survive.


The United Continuums: The Continuum Trilogy, Book 3 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681622620
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Published: Turner - July 11th, 2017

In the epic conclusion to the award-winning Continuum Trilogy, Aero leads a group insurgents from the Second Continuum to overthrow his rival, Supreme General Vinick, and unite his space colony's military forces while Seeker embarks on a secret mission back to her home colony to reinforce Earth's defenses and protect the First Continuum against an even greater threat. Meanwhile, Myra's nightmares have become a reality as the Dark Thing hurtles toward Earth with designs on eradicating the planet's fledgling populace. The only thing standing in the way are the three Carriers and those who would join them to fight against a second coming of the Doom.


Extraction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250041173
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 22nd, 2014

"Welcome to extraction testing"

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her 16th birthday when she'll be tested for Extraction, in the hopes of being sent from Kiel's toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be "extracted," she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she finds initially at the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface--it's free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid--but life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers--and that means Logan, too. Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet's leaders don't want her running--they want her subdued.

With great writing, fluid dialogue, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Stephanie Diaz's Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read--sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender's Game--and leave them breathless for more.


Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go!: A Space-Age Version of
By Susan Lendroth, Bob Kolar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897440
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 6th, 2018

This musical mission to Mars will have young astronauts talking--and singing--about the science of space travel.

 

Explore the science behind a trip to Mars, from launch to landing on the Red Planet. Set to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell," this jaunty journey follows five adorable, bobble-headed astronauts as they learn how to bathe in zero gravity, grow veggies in space, and entertain themselves on the six-month trip. Even the design of the book defies gravity, as text and art float free on the page, encouraging readers to turn the book sideways and upside-down. An interactive, innovative approach to interstellar fun.


Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Cover Image
By Sally J. Pla, Steve Wolfhard (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062445797
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Published: HarperCollins - February 6th, 2018

This funny and moving second novel from the author of "The Someday Birds" features comic trivia, a safety superhero, and a super-cool scavenger hunt all over downtown San Diego, as young hero Stanley Fortinbras grapples with his anxiety and learns what, exactly, it means to be brave.


Thirteen Rising (Zodiac #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448493558
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Published: Razorbill - August 29th, 2017

 

The master has been unmasked. Rho's world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?


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