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Does a Sea Cow Say Moo? by Terry Webb Harshman (Bloomsbury 27 May 2008 / $16.95) - Product Description: The curiosities of the sea come to life in this playful romp at the beach. Flash is a visitor to our world who is learning about the creatures of the ocean, but he has some big questions. Can you wish on a starfish? And saddle a sea horse? Flash's computer shows him pictures to explain the possibilities, but something about them is a bit fishy. So his new friend Jack offers to help, and happily paints a clear picture of each confusing creature for Flash in his trusty notebook. Funny rhymes and even sillier illustrations make this a perfect read for families all year long! (Children's Picture Book) (see review)

In the Small by Michael Hague (Little, Brown Young Readers 01 May 2008 / $19.99) - Product Description: When a mysterious cataclysmic event, "the blue flash," causes the population of the earth to shrink in size to six inches tall, suddenly humanity has the tables turned on itself: The very civilization it has created becomes its greatest obstacle to survival. Animals and the environment, which have long suffered under the rule and/or destruction of humans, are now some of their most feared enemies.

Amid the confusion and turmoil, two strong teenagers, 18-year-old Mouse and his younger sister Beat, emerge as the most promising leaders, eventually setting out on a quest to discover the secret that could redeem this strange new world. (Source: Little, Brown Young Readers)

Archlord Volume 5 by Jin-Hwan Park (TokyoPop 01 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: An unlikely champion armed with a remarkable sword will restore honor and balance to the land! In their search for the prophet Berouze, Arin and Ugdrasil arrive at Elka, a strange city where Elves, Gnomes, Kobalt and even Orcs freely roam the streets. Their search seems hopeless until they defend an old man from a band of thugs in knight's armor. What secrets of the city does this mysterious old man hold? Looks are more than deceiving in this volume of Archlord! (Source: TokyoPop)

Aria Volume 2 by Kozue Amano (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Akari is about to experience her first winter on Aqua with a new friend--a snow bug--and a trip to a hot spring. She also learns about Aqua's underground inhabitants and discovers the crucial role they play in maintaining the planet's gravity. And before she knows it, it's time for the Venetian New Year's festival, a celebration of magic, sparkle--and a carnival! (Source: TokyoPop)

Brave Story Volume 4 by Miyuki Miyabe (TokyoPop 10 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Wataru and Ki-Kiima make their way through the Northern continent to rescue Kaori Daimatsu from the clutches of the fanatical "Church of the Elder God." But their plans are put on hold when they are met by the dangerous and mighty fifth leg of Shigdra. Will they survive this battle and make it to Kaori in time? (Source: TokyoPop)

Chibi Vampire Volume 8 by Yuna Kagesaki (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: After months of little romantic development, are Karin and Kenta ready to take the plunge? The young couple has finally started holding hands in public, so Maki forces the issue by setting up a zoo date. But crazy monkeys aren't their only obstacle as a romantic rival suddenly comes out of the woodwork! Will our favorite little vampire who couldn't have what it takes to keep her boyfriend from straying? (Source: TokyoPop)

Chronicles of the Cursed Sword Volume 21 by Beop-Ryong Yeo (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The Heavenly Realm plans to seal the Human Realm using eight towers, which will end all life on Earth! To keep that from happening, Rey Yan's group continues their assault on King Wansun's tower. When Shyao, attacking another tower with Jukwol, comes face to face with her sisters and her former teacher, the Holy Mother, will she be able to do what is necessary to save the world? (Source: TokyoPop)

Demon Flowers: Kuruizaki no Hana Volume 3 by Mizuki Hakase (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The fearsome Chimera stands before Ushitora and Masato, ready to give its spectators a real bloodbath of a performance. Meanwhile, turmoil and a coup threaten to shake Gold from his post, but Gold never gives in so easily... (Source: TokyoPop)

Fantamir Volume 3 by Eun-jin Seo (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Hae-Rang confesses to Mir that he loves her, but Mir refuses to believe him! An illuminating flashback reveals how Mir and Hae-Rang met as children as well as the shocking circumstances behind the death of Hae-Rang's sister Ba-Ri. Could Ba-Ri's death be linked to Mir's terrible nightmares? The past is only a heartbeat away in this revealing volume of Fantamir! (Source: TokyoPop)

Foxy Lady Volume 1 (Foxy Lady) by Ayun Tachibana (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Jin Mikasa is heir to the Mikasa shrine, training to become a shrine priest one day. But like normal high-school boys, he about the opposite sex. One day, a cute girl--no, a cute demon fox girl--rolls into his place. She is Kogane, a half-demon, half-human fox girl who came to the human world to fulfill her dream, which is to become a full human. In order to do that, she must be united with an heir to a shrine. Is Kogane the dream girl Jin wished for? Until he can find out, Kogane will stay with Jin in the human world. Thus begin Jin's funny adventures with the fox girl Kogane. (Source: TokyoPop)

Get Backers 24 by Yuya AOki (TokyoPop 08 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The GetBackers have made their way to Insect Palace where their ultimate foe, Kabuto, resides. Will they be able to stop Kabuto's dark ambition? Or will a surprise traitor spell their doom? (Source: TokyoPop)

Good Witch of the West V. 6 by Noriko Ogiwara (TokyoPop 01 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: In an uncharacteristic display of clumsiness, our brash heroine Firiel manages to fall through the Wall, the massive dragon-impeding barrier at the end of the world. Magically transported thousands of miles away to the land of Brigion, Firiel stumbles upon a restless army that will storm through Graal--unless Firiel can warn them first! (Source: TokyoPop)

Heavenshield Volume 1 by Ryu Blackman (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $10.99) - Book Description: In the post-meteor age, humans and human-like reptile descendants have struck a delicate peace accord based on a dark new religion called Sacrosanct. So when a psychotic general escapes prison and plots a military coup, the government hires saucy racer girl Sepulveda Ramos and her dysfunctional crew of mercenaries to do everything it takes to prevent global scale carnage. But first, Sepulveda needs a drink! From global manga-ka Ryu Blackman comes a far-out space odyssey that gives the battle between good and evil a whole new sense of style! (Source: TokyoPop)

Kannazuki No Miko: Destiny of Shrine Maiden Volume 1 by Kaishaku (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $10.99) - Product Description: In the timeless battle of good and evil, can love triumph? Shy Himeko adores Chikane, the gorgeous and cool "princess" of their exclusive boarding school. She's been looking forward to their joint 16th birthday party for weeks. But on that fateful day a shrine appears in the sky, giant robots ravage the school, and Himeko discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Solar Priestess--and Chikane is the reincarnated Lunar Priestess. As dark secrets unravel, one thing is clear: their life will never be the same... (Source: TokyoPop)

King of Thorn Volume 4 by Yuji Iwahara (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The horror deepens as the diminishing band of survivors struggles to keep sane--and alive. When a secret video reveals the truth behind the Medusa virus to Kasumi and the other survivors, will the revelation give them hope…or more despair? Also, why does Marco seem to know so much more about the situation than the others? The answers could rest in the very reason he was chosen to infiltrate "Level 4." (Source: TokyoPop)

Kingdom Hearts II Volume 2 by Shiro Amano (TOKYOPOP 09 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Stunned by the cryptic words spoken by Namine, Roxas desperately tries to uncover the true connection to his dream-self, Sora. For her part, Namine wants to help Roxas in his quest, but she'll have to act quickly before DiZ succeeds in his plan to "dispose" of her. And then there is the question of Axel--and just whose side he is really on...The fantastic adventure of Kingdom Hearts continues! (Source: TOKYOPOP)

Little Queen 6 by Yeon Joo Kim (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: June tries to convince Sejuru to stay, but instead he goes to the Demon Castle where he hears the story of the Demon King. He learns that the Queen of Light contained the Demon King's powers by cutting him up and sealing his energy. And as if that wasn't enough, it's revealed that June's grandmother ran away with June because of Yuri's prophecy that if June becomes queen, she will have the shortest term in history! (Source: TokyoPop)

Monochrome Factor Volume 2 by Kaili Sorano (TOKYOPOP 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The fact that Kengo, Aya and many other ordinary people are gaining the ability to see shins proves that the serious disruption between the worlds is getting worse. And now a serial killer is on the loose! As Shirogane and Akira pursue him, they not only discover that he may be a shin, but also that a sinister power from the shadow world is about to make its move... (Source: TOKYOPOP)

Rave Master 28 by Hiro Mashima (TokyoPop 10 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The epic battle continues as Haru fights the seemingly invincible Hardner. However, every foe has a weakness...but can Haru find Hardner's before it's too late? Meanwhile, Elie finds the courage to take on the monster named Endless, hoping that the Time-Space Staff can banish the beast. Will her gamble pay off...or do they all have a losing hand? (Source: TokyoPop)

Rozen Maiden 8 by Peach-Pit (TokyoPop 01 May 2008 / $5.99) - Book Description: Jun Sakurada is a reclusive middle school student that's found himself master to several Rozen Maidens--mysterious living dolls that are in a battle for survival. Jun has finally started coming out of his shell and is almost ready to go back to school, but as a result, he has turned a blind eye to those who need him most. Meanwhile, the battle for the Rozen Maiden reaches a new high as they cross their youngest sister, the seventh doll Kirakisho. Kirakisho catches Shinku in her deadly web, and only Jun has the ability to save her! Will he do what must be done? Everything comes to a close in this final volume of Rozen Maiden! (Source: TokyoPop)

Samurai Deeper Kyo 28 by Akimine Kamijyo (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Shihodo, guardian of the Onmyo Palace's labyrinth, allows Kyo and Sasuke to leave on one condition: they retrieve the fourth cursed blade of Muramasa, believed to be held by the famed blacksmith Julian, once mentor to Muramasa himself! Later, the reunited group of Kyo, Sasuke, Yuya and Akari run into Yuya's "dead" brother Nozomu again. But this time, what they discover about him has the potential to disrupt the balance of the entire world... (Source: TokyoPop)

Sgt. Frog 15 by Mine Yoshizaki (TokyoPop 10 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: She looks like a mere human to you and me...And she might be one of Keroro's dear, childhood friends....But she has exactly what the Keroro platoon needs... (Source: TokyoPop)

The Queen's Knight, 11 by Kim Kang Won (TokyoPop 10 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Disaster and destruction strike Phantasma as Yuna embraces her feelings for Rieno. Torn between her longing for Rieno and her duty as Queen, Yuna spends each day in agony. Meanwhile, Libera is also struggling with a secret love, an unspeakable love that leaves her horrified and humiliated. As thunder and lightning fall from the sky, chaos reigns throughout the land. Will the people ever trust their queen again? And will the knights stray when they learn of Yuna's love for Rieno and not Ehren? (Source: TokyoPop)

Trinity Blood 6 by Kyujyo Kiyo (TokyoPop 10 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: In the dark and distant future, Armageddon has given rise to an eternal war between the humans, led by the Vatican, and the Methuselah Empire, the domain of the vampires!Sister Esther and Abel finally reconcile in the aftermath of Radu's devastating attack. As Ion slowly recovers and copes with his best friend's betrayal, the party finally reaches the capital of the Methuselah Empire... only to discover that even within the glorious city, they are anything by safe! Deception, intrigue, and bloodshed lurk around every corner, and many secrets and mysteries are about to be revealed in this next thrilling volume of Trinity Blood. (Source: TokyoPop)

White Night Melody 1 by Selina Lin (TokyoPop 13 May 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Ke Lim, Qiang Shu and their son Gao Ji seem like a normal family, but they also have to live with two interesting "family" members! Colleen and Jing Ping are both dolls that have been returned to their human forms by magic glass marbles. The two were turned into dolls more than 100 years ago, when Colleen was a princess of an unknown kingdom and Jing Ping was the son of an important government official. The two must now deal with being teenagers in a modern world and go to high school, but that won't be easy when their pasts are coming back to haunt them... (Source: TokyoPop)

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