Doesn’t it feel like you just finished eating  that July 4th hot dog? Now it’s already August and you—or your kids—are getting ready to go back to school. From Kindergarten to college, our NOOK Back to School Collection has books, magazines, videos  and apps that will make the transition for students easier than ever this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross one thing off your to-do list by shopping our NOOK Back to School Collection.


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O’Hara’s book is a playful, hilarious take on the current zombie fad. Tom’s big brother is always stirring up trouble, and his latest plan is to become a mad scientist. His first victim is the family’s pet goldfish Frankie, whom he dunks into toxic green gunk.

 

Tom acts fast and jolts the goldfish back to life with a battery, but his plan has an unanticipated consequence: Frankie is now a Big Fat Zombie Goldfish with hypnotic powers. Turns out that zombie goldfish carry a vengeance streak as well, so now Tom has to defend his brother from this aquatic Frankenstein’s monster.

 

What’s even cooler—and will probably get the young NOOK reader in your life even more excited about this book—is that Mo O’Hara and her brother once brought their own pet goldfish back from the brink of death. This woman knows of what she writes.

 


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The Cuckoo's Calling is a gripping  mystery that should appeal to Harry Potter fans and mystery fans alike (and if you happen to be both, this is surely a slam dunk). The book takes its inspiration from the classic hardboiled mystery genre, introducing a down-on-his-luck P.I. , Cormoran Strike. Just as his money’s about to run out, Strike is approached by supermodel Lula ‘Cuckoo’ Landry’s brother to investigate his sister’s alleged suicide. The brother is convinced that his sister was a murder victim, and now Strike must infiltrate the world of multimillionaire beauties and their assorted hangers-on, to prove Cuckoo’s brother right.

 

You can read a sample here  right now using NOOK for Web, and decide if Rowling’s post-Potter offering is right for you.

 


 

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When the Hunger Games trilogy ignited a passionate fan base for Young Adult dystopian fiction, who would have thought this new trend would still be going strong this summer? If you or a young reader you know is one of the millions of dystopian lit fans out there, you won’t want to miss these new summer releases.

 

Lord of the Flies meets The Walking Dead

 

This fourth book in Charlie Higson’s Enemy series finds Small Sam and The Kid hiding out at the Tower of London. While they find safety and friendship there, they’re still drawn to the dangerous world outside—where a devastating disease is killing anyone over the age of 16 —and Sam won’t rest until he’s reunited with his sister Ella. As they venture into the battle zone, Sam and The Kid gain some insight into exactly what the disease is and if it has a cure, but must fend off enemies at almost every turn.

 

 

 

A Complex Morality Tale

 

Knox was born into one of the City's wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

 

What happens when you can buy your freedom at the cost of another’s life?

 

 

One  Boy Fights Back

 

 

They came from the sky, parachuting out of military helicopters to invade Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine.

They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO’s commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world, and Tucker doesn’t believe the official story. What happens next will have you on the edge of your seat.

 

 

Star-crossed Love in a Crumbling World

 

 

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents, and now she has good reason to believe that she was the intended target. Now she’s having visions of a boy she’s never spoken to in real life, and sets out to find out where he is, and what these visions mean. As Tavia and Benson, her best friend and longtime crush, seek out the mysterious boy, the world around them is literally falling apart. To save mankind, Tavia may have to hurt the one person she cares about most, her constant companion, Benson.

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There’s something about balmy summer days that make a reader yearn for a big blockbuster of a book. Just like superheroes dominate the Cineplex during the summer, readers grab the latest bestseller as they head to the beach, cabin, or pool. A quite, understated novel may be the perfect fireside companion on a cold winter night, but a big, brash book is a better fit for July.

 

Here are some recent blockbusters I think you’ll love:

 

For a Crime Fiction Fix:

 

Unseen by Karin Slaughter

 

The eighth book in Karin Slaughter’s bestselling Will Trent series finds Detective Trent going undercover as a tough motorcycle-riding ex-con. But when the woman he loves, Sara, unwittingly becomes part of the case that Trent’s pursuing, both of their lives, and their love, are at risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Globe-trotting Thrill Ride:

 

The English Girl by Daniel Silva

 

Daniel Silva’s newest thriller featuring art-restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon has him investigating the disappearance of a beautiful young British woman on the island of Corsica. A prime minister’s career is threatened by the conspicuous disappearance, and as Allon digs deeper, he finds that the truth he’s uncovering might be more dangerous than any enemy he’s faced yet.

 

 

 

 

 

For Domestic Thrills:

 

Hidden Order  by Brad Thor

 

Scott Harvath’s twelfth outing plants him squarely in the midst of hysteria. A kidnapper or kidnappers unknown are running rampant in Washington, DC., capturing and then killing prominent men and women. Things escalate even more frighteningly when ransom demands are made in yet another bold thriller by bestseller Brad Thor.

 

 

 

 

 

Uncover Long-buried Secrets:

 

 

This time it’s personal. Steve Berry’s fearless former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone becomes part of a dangerous international incident when his teenage son is kidnapped on their European trip. One man holds a centuries-old secret that, if revealed, could mean the end of British rule in Northern Ireland. Now Cotton’s son is a pawn in a high-stakes round of political gamesmanship, and it’s up to Malone to save him. 

 

 

 

 


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Sports serve many different purposes. They can be a diversion from everyday stress, a way to bond with fellow fans, and sometimes even a chance for a nation to come together in the darkest times. Today I’m highlighting three books about athletes who faced down one of history’s darkest periods—the years during and leading up to World War Two—and gave the world true heroes to believe in.

 

 

 

 


The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. His reminds the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

 

 

Gino Bartali—a scrawny cyclist from impoverished Tuscany—shocked the world when he won the Tour de France at age 24. But that was only the beginning of his story. As Mussolini’s Fascists tried to hijack his win for propaganda purposes, Bartali risked his own life by sheltering a family of Jews, and by smuggling counterfeit identity documents hidden in his bicycle past Fascist and Nazi checkpoints because the soldiers recognize him as a national hero in training. 

 

Then, after the war, Bartali once again stunned the world by winning the Tour de France—ten years after his first win. Bartali’s life story is one of perseverance, courage, and unmatched athletic prowess.


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If your dad has a NOOK, or is getting one for Father’s Day, why not send him some NOOK Books and NOOK Apps to enjoy on his big day? With NOOK Instant Gifting, you can buy the gift now, and schedule it for delivery via email on Father’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad works hard all year, so give him a chance to relax with some great NOOK Books and NOOK Apps this Father’s Day.

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While Mad Men explores the changing tide on the east coast, Mosley’s detective Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of an L.A. party fixture, Evander “Little Green” Noon. It’s 1967, and Little Green disappears after a drug-fueled night on the Sunset Strip. Rawlins’ investigation leads him on a trip that offers a revealing roadmap of a simultaneously hopeful and foreboding moment in American history.

 

Mosley hinted that his previous Easy Rawlins’ mystery, Blonde Faith, would be his last, but I’m glad to see the always-insightful detective back and in fine form once again.

 


 

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With NOOK Instant Gifting, you can order NOOK Books or NOOK Apps now, and have them delivered whenever you choose. Learn more about NOOK Instant Gifting here. We’ve chosen some wonderful books and apps that we know the moms in our lives would love and put them all in one collection. We hope you’ll explore our full Mother’s Day Collection here and find a great gift for your mom, too.

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So to prepare, I’ve already pre-ordered To My Assistant: Things I'll Never Do to You, But Many Other Crazy Bosses Will by Lydia Whitlock. The author’s an Ivy League grad who found out the hard way that life as a Hollywood assistant was light on glitz and heavy on abuse. Instead of wallowing in her sorrows, she created the popular blog ToMyAssistant.com, where she’s compiled a list of things that she promises never to do her assistant—based on the horrific things that real bosses have been known to do.

 

Sort my M&Ms by color! Play Rock Paper Scissors with the other assistants to decide who goes on a lunch run! These are the sorts of soul-crushing requests that Lydia has vowed never to make. So if you’re having a bad day at work, reading a few pages of this book will have you feeling better in no time—at least your boss isn’t that bad. Plus there’s plenty of great advice for managing-up, that rare skill of encouraging your boss to bend a little, before you finally break. Anyone who’s had a boss, or even been a boss, will find a lot to laugh (and cringe) about in To My Assistant.


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