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The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 01 September 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: Super-smart Julian Calendar thinks starting junior high at a new school will mean he can shed his nerdy imageĖbut then he meets Ben and Greta, two secret scientists like himself! The three form a secret club, complete with a high-tech lair. There, they can work to their hearts content on projects like the Stink-O-Meter, the Kablovsky Copter, and the Nightsneak Goggles.

All that tinkering comes in handy when the trio discovers an evil scientist's dastardly plan to rob a museum. Can three inventors, armed with their wacky creations, hope to defeat this criminal mastermind?

(see review)

Ball Peen Hammer by Adam Rapp (First Second 29 September 2009 / $17.99) - Product Description:

The world is dying.  After most of the city succumbed to the plague, Welton's staying inside -- permanently.  But hiding in his claustrophobic basement room -- the only place he knows is safe -- exacts a gruesome price, and he becomes part of a collective that's killing children.  Infected with the plague himself, with no way to find the woman he loves, Welton takes refuge in apathy -- until someone knocks on his door. 
Ball Peen Hammer gives us a window into life in a half-deserted apartment building in a time of raw love, sacrifice, fear, and death. 
(see review)

The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, Book 2) by Kazu Kibuishi (GRAPHIX 01 September 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description:

Emily and Navin's mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod's poison, and there's only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble.

The Elf King's son, Trellis, is still after them, but this time he's accompanied by a mysterious and dangerous guard, Luger. Then an equally mysterious fox, Leon Redbeard, steps in to help. This new fox friend offers to take Em on the perilous trip up Demon's Head Mountain to find the antidote she needs. Miskit is suspicious, Navin is worried about being left behind, and Emily is in the toughest spot of all. She's got to let loose the power of the amuletówithout losing herself!

.hack//G.U.+ Volume 5 by Tatsuya Hamazaki (TokyoPop 01 September 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: The climacic and final volume of .hack//G.U.+ has finally arrived. Haseo and the rest of the team manage to escape the now-ascended false god, Kazumi. However, shortly after his rise, Kazumi falls victim to The World's greatest threat yet: Cubia. Now absorbed into Cubia, Kazumi merely seeks power as he begins the worst network crisis the planet has ever faced. Even with Aina speaking as Aura's oracle and guiding our heroes ot the final showdown, they seem to be running out of hope...unless they get help from a familiar face. (Source: TokyoPop)

Animal Academy: Hakobune Hakusho Volume 2 by Moyamu Fujino (TokyoPop 08 September 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: Can you pledge secrecy when you are...a human being?

The fun never stops at Morimori High School. Fune and friends are settling in to their classes and dorm life, but there are plenty of surprises in store as Fune learns more about the strange school rules, as well as some of its more mysterious students. And when it comes time to pick extra-curriculars, what will Fune do? (Source: TokyoPop)

Domo by Creator: Tsuneo Goda; Writer: Clint Bickham (TokyoPop 01 September 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: International celebrity Domo makes his English language manga debut in this full-color collection of stories. First popularized in Japan as the mascot for the national television station, Domo has won the hearts of people the world over with his hilarious and unpredictable antics. In these stories, Domo wreaks havoc on his friend Tashanna's Wii, wins a box car race by being the car, and decides to be whatever he sees on TV, including Tarzan, a samurai, and finally, a chef. (Source: TokyoPop)

takeru: OPERA SUSANOH SWORD OF THE DEVIL Volume 2 by Nakashima Kazuki (TokyoPop 08 September 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: There is a legend that speaks of a powerful sword hidden and sealed in 'Jagara-Mogara'. It is said that when the spirits of Light, Water, and Earth come together, the seal of this sword will be broken, and the sword will be immortalized. This is the sword of Susanoh. Upon pursuing the sword, Izumo, Kumaso and Oguna arrive at the nation of Jagara, where they confront a darkness that envelops anyone seeking the sword of Susanoh, including these three who are destined to find it. (Source: TokyoPop)

Vassalord Volume 3 by Nanae Chrono (TokyoPop 01 September 2009 / $10.99) - From back of book: Charley, a cyborg vampire who does the Vatican's dirty work, is the thrall of the local vampire playboy Johnny Rayflo. As the two fight crime -- and each other -- hilarity, violence and sacrilege ensue.

Rayflo gets mixed up with a devious incubus who nearly tears him to shreds. Meanwhile, Charley heads to Italy to uncover the secret behind the mysterious drug known as Vassalord. There, he infiltrates a mafia prison, where he finds a most disturbing scene. Will Charley get out with his body -- and mind -- intact? (Source: TokyoPop)

Warcraft: Legends Volume 5 by Christie Golden (TokyoPop 08 September 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: Some of the world's best manga creators join together to bring the world of Warcraft to life as never before! Between these covers lie tales of adventure, treachery, humor and bravery. Told from both Alliance and Horde point of view, these stories have entertained the likes of travelers, soldiers and thieves in taverns, inns and camps all throughout Azeroth. They have endured the trials of time and have earned the title of legend. Whether this is your first journey into Azeroth, or merely the latest in a long line of visits, this collection will not soon be forgotten! (Source: TokyoPop)

Inukami! Vol 4 by Mamizu Arisawa (Tor/Seven Seas 29 September 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: It's my party and I'll cry if I want to!
Kawahira Keita and his plucky Inukami, Yoko, have settled into an uneasy partnership when they are approached by the butler for the fabulously wealthy Shindo family. He offers them anything they desire...if they will take on a simple job for the Shindo family.

Keita's head whirls, especially when he meets the beautiful heiress, Shindo Kei. Kei is about to celebrate her twentieth birthday, a day which should be joyful but which marks the end of her life! This is the Shindo family curse: to be visited by the Grim Reaper on her twentieth birthday.

It's also Keita's jobóto face down Death himself! Even with the help of the irrepressible Yoko, can Keita defeat Death and save a young woman's life?

Includes a special Inukami bonus story, "Inukami Girls' Academy!" (Source: Tor/Seven Seas)

World of Warcraft Vol. 1 SC by Walter Simonson (WildStorm 01 September 2009 / $14.99) - Product Description: The first graphic novel based on the world's most popular massively multiplayer online game, with over 9 million players online!

This softcover edition of the best-selling collection of the first arc includes the first six issues of the hit comic book series introduces our main characters, tracking Lo'Gosh, Broll Bearmantle and Valeera Sanguinar as they trek across Kalimor on their quest to uncover Lo'Gosh's hidden past. (Source: WildStorm)

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