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Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 01 August 2008 / $14.99) - Product Description:

Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you've never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

(see review)

On A Scary Scary Night (Can You See What I See?) by Walter Wick (Cartwheel Books 01 August 2008 / $13.99) - Product Description: Co-creator of the popular I SPY series,Walter Wick is at it again. Mr. Wick dazzles the senses with spooky scenes that achieve new levels of aesthetic excellence! This book offers readers lots of search and find fun as they peer through pages and pages of brilliant photographic compositions looking for fascinating toys and objects.

This highly collectible book is a must. (see review)

Spooky Hayride (Scholastic Reader Level 1) by Brian James (Cartwheel Books 01 August 2008 / $3.99) - Product Description: In this fun fall tale, a young girl eagerly anticipates her first hayride. But her brother tells her there will be ghosts and monsters. Will she be scared?

As the hayride starts into the woods, the girl realizes there is nothing to be afraid of. The spooky ghost is just a sheet in the wind. The scary shadow is just a scarecrow. If anyone is afraid, it is her older brother! Hayrides are so much fun!

This easy reader chapter book has simple, patterned text to give children the satisfaction of reading on their own. (see review)

Graphic Classics Volume 6: Ambrose Bierce - 2nd Edition by Ambrose Bierce (Eureka Productions 15 August 2008 / $11.95) - Product Description: Graphic Classics: Ambrose Bierce is revised, with 70 new pages, including new comics adaptations of "Moxon's Master", "The Damned Thing" and "The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter". Returning from the first edition are "The Stranger" and four other tales, plus a collection of 20 short fables illustrated by Dan O'Neill, Shary Flenniken, Florence Cestac, Johnny Ryan and more great artists. With a stunning cover illustration by Steven Cerio (front cover) and Carlo Vergara (back cover). (see review)

Archlord Volume 6 by Jin-Hwan Park (TokyoPop 01 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Ewan wakes the great wizard Cyripus, only to be slain before he's even had a chance to fight. Cyripus then takes over Ernan's body in order to confront Gracia, who claims she summoned him back to life in order to destroy him once and for all. But when her arrows seem to have no effect, Cyripus reveals the vast breadth of his power: an army of humans planted with magical archon seeds that will now come and serve him faithfully. But this battle isn't over until the swordsman sings and the unlikely hero reveals where her true strength lies... (Source: TokyoPop)

Aspirin Volume 1 by Eun-jeong Kim (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: When King Dan-Goon accidentally unleashes powerful demons onto the land, he orders the fool Ondar to recapture them. Unable to fulfill the task on his own, Ondar is accompanied by Haemosoo--a legendary, foul-mouthed warrior who helped to trap the demons in the first place. Along the way, they come across quite an interesting array of characters: a gang of armed nuns, the mysterious Samson with singing powers, the twins Pei and Pai, and so many more. (Source: TokyoPop)

Avatar Volume 8 (Avatar (Graphic Novels)) by Bryan Kanietzko (TokyoPop 01 August 2008 / $7.99) - From back of book: The late avatar Roku holds a message of great importance for Aang, but Aang will need to dive into the heart of the fire nation to reach it. Fire sages, Prince Zuko and even commander Zhao are eager to stop Aang and his friends' progress. But can Aang escape their clutches ... and learn the secret that will shake the balance of the world? (Source: TokyoPop)

Chronicles of the Cursed Sword Volume 22 by Beop-Ryong Yeo (TokyoPop 09 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: The fight to keep the Heavely Realm from ending all life on Earth continues...and it's only getting tougher. The next seal standing in the way is Jade City, defended by General Jejun and General Yeh. The plan is for Jukwol, Shouren and Rey to distract Yeh while Hyacia subdues Jejun. But their grand idea crumbles in the face of Jade City's mysterious defenses, leaving it up to Jukwol, army-less and alone, to face the legendary bowman Yeh... (Source: TokyoPop)

Dark Metro Volume 2 by Tokyo Calen (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Terror awaits the people of Tokyo, with gruesome lessons only the dead can teach. In this second collection, a waitress at a maid café sparks jealousy. A mother who can't handle the responsibility of raising her child commits a horrible crime. An ancient sword awakens a psychotic samurai. And finally, the solemn guide Seiya reveals his own tragic past and the nature of his gifts--that are his curse. (Source: TokyoPop)

Doors of Chaos Volume 2 by Ryoko Mitsuki (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: When all the doors open, the world will slip into chaos...
After the tragedy at Altrzard, Mizeria and Zelfa travel north to the city of Zazaatz in pursuit of Rikhter and his captive Clarissa. There, a festive carnival tempts our heroine to forget her worries, but danger lurks in the crowd... (Source: TokyoPop)

Element Line Volume 2 by Mamiya Takizaki (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Kam's first trip outside the Shield ends in a catastrophic Rizom attack. And though some of the guild members are saved by a mysterious red light, in their escape, the sword that is not a sword goes undelivered. When Batsun returns to search the site, all he finds is the monstrous transformation of a former guard and Kam. Kam was not bitten, but he too, has been a secret that could herald the salvatin or destruction of all mankind. (Source: TokyoPop)

Genju no Seiza Volume 7 by Matsuri Akino (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Kamishina is the reinarnated ruler of Dhalashar. He can hear voices form beyond the grave, see visions and soothe ghosts... When Ohko tries to awaken a spirit known as the true king, he ends up causing a huge explosion, after which a mysterious boy appears from thin air... (Source: TokyoPop)

Grenadier Volume 7 by Sousuke Kaise (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: The Juttensen and loyalist factions parepared well for the final battle, but they weren't ready for the onslaught the rebels had prepared for them. Traitorous nobles welcome them into the Imperial Capital where the Iron-Masked Baron reveals a weapon capable of harnessing raw energy for the ultimate destructive power. Can the hot gunslinger gang possibly stand against a pwoer great and terrible enough to destroy an entire land? (Source: TokyoPop)

iD_eNTITY Volume 12 by Hee-joon Son (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: "A round steel door with thick chains draped around it. Pretty underwhelming, honestly," said Roto. But that was before he opened the door. As soon as it's unsealed, the door that supposedly led to the regenerator of Kast unleashes a monster so powerful that even the Monster King himself is taken aback. (Source: TokyoPop)

Jade of Bango Volume 1 (Mong Hwan Baek Seo) by Lim Ae-joo (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $12.99) - From back of book: Meet Lin, a teen who's a bit ditzy but is basically your average high school student--util she discovers on her sixteenth birthday that she can see and communicate with spirits. When Lin is attacked by an evil being, she is saved in the nick of time by a man she's seen only in her dreams...until now.

He is Mu, the Guardian of the Saint bearing the power of the Jade of Bango--who happens to be Lin. And not only is he her guardian, but he's also destined to be her husband. This is shaping up to be quite the eventful sweet sixteen for our newly discovered saint. (Source: TokyoPop)

JYU-OH-SEI Volume 1 by Natsumi Itsuki (TokyoPop 01 August 2008 / $14.99) - From back of book: In 2436 AD, young twins Thor and Rai are living on the space colony Juno. Their entire lives are turned upside down when one day they discover their parents are murdered, and then they are kidnapped and ushered to the forsaken "planet of the beast king" by unknown masked men. The twins must fight for their very survival in this bizarre, harsh world, infested with giant carnivorous plants and populated with criminal outcasts from across the galaxy, and they must confront the "beast king" if they ever want to even hope of leaving the planet. (Source: TokyoPop)

King of Thorn Volume 5 by Iwahara Yuji (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Kasumi is one of a handful of survivors afflicted with the deadly Medusa virus. However, a drastic attempt to find a cure leads to her awakening in a frightening new world full of monsters and thorns.

With horrible creatures in pursuit, Kasumi and the survivors try their best to escape and rejoin Marco. But when all hope seems lost, one member will make a sacrifice that could save them all. (Source: TokyoPop)

Little Queen Volume 7 by Yeon Joo Kim (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: The ongoing battle to be crowned the new Queen of Light and protector of Rohini Academy continues. Rumors of demons roaming the countryside and mounting fears of an attack on the school, and even the palace, have the student body in turmoil. But general anxiety is nothing compared to the heartfelt angst of former friends and soon to be sovereigns Sejuru and June--as he engages in a life or death battle with his inner demons and she comes to a final decision regarding the fate of her once dear friend. (Source: TokyoPop)

Mamotte Shugogetten Volume 2 (Mamotte Shugogetten) by Minene Sakurano (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $12.99) - From back of book: Ever since a beautiful goddess named Shao materialized from an old ring, life has been topsy-turvy for high school student Tasuke. But just when Tasuke is getting used to his host of magical house guests, someone new arrives--his older sister Nana. Never mind magic and divinity--how is Tasuke going to explain two unchaperoned girls living in his house? He'd better think of a way fast before Nana and Ruuan, the fake visiting teacher, catch him in a closet cuddle. (Source: TokyoPop)

Mysterians, The Volume 1 by Chuck Russell & Michael Uslan (Creators)
Jay Antani (Writer) (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: My name is Vox. I am the last surviving member of an underground resistance. Our mission: Expose and destroy a vast and sinister plot to take over planet Earth. Aliens have infiltrated the Earth's entire political, industrial, military, and socio-industrial complex. They are determined to extinguish life on our planet. Since birth, the five of you were fated to receive this message. You are possessed of extraordinary abilities.

Logan, you have superior strength and superhuman intuition. Leelee, no Olympian has ever had your level of agility. Jenna and Jamie, your parents kenew of your telekinesis and ESP when you were still children. Tony, you intellect is off the charts. The entire world needs you. You must use your talents to join together and stop this invasion...And in doing so, the five of you will become...The Mysterians. (Source: TokyoPop)

Samurai Champloo -- The Complete Two-Volume Series by Masaru Gotsubo (TokyoPop 01 August 2008 / $14.99) - From back of book: In a world filled with evil, three strangers find themselves on the run from the law. A hardworking waitress, an arrogant mercenary and a mysterious samurai from an uneasy alliance. They are searching for the enigmatic Sunflower Samurai, but along the way they come across a collection of deceptive and insidious characters: ninjas, assassins and even a prince in disguise. The journey proves to be a roller coaster ride of battles, danger, desperation, and companionship. (Complete series in one volume.) (Source: TokyoPop)

StarCraft: Frontline Volume 1 by Joshua Elder (TokyoPop 01 August 2008 / $10.99) - From back of book: The brutal, dark and fascinating world of StarCraft comes alive in this collection of never-before-seen thrilling adventures: Why We Fight, Thundergod, Weapon of War, and Heavy Armor - Part 1. (Source: TokyoPop)

Trinity Blood Volume 7 by Sunao Yoshida (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: 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.

Astharoshe and Abel prepare to present their case to the Diwan, but the royal court is full of backstabbing intrigue, conspiracy and unpleasant surprises. Meanwhile, Ion and Esther get lost in the Methuselah capital, meet a strange young tea-seller and learn the horrifying truth that Radu may not be dead after all... (Source: TokyoPop)

Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase, Volume 11 by Keitaro Arima (TokyoPop 08 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: After everything they've been through, Kouhei and Hazuki are happy to find themselves on a secluded island with nothing around but calm seas, azure skies, sacred ruins and ... Freya?! The troublesome vampire is back and up to her old bloodsucking, slave-making tricks. But the battle to save Kaoru from demonic possession will reveal a controlling force more powerful and evil than any they've faced.

If Kouhei can't fight and Hazuki can't escape, can love survive the sins of the father in this volume of Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase? (Source: TokyoPop)

Vampire Doll: Guilt-na-Zan Volume 5 by Erika Kari (TokyoPop 08 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: When trouble once again brewing at Tonae's school, it's up to Guilt-na to again go undercover and solve the mystery. But who is the devilish god of death who has appeared at Mitsuhachi Academy to hunt down souls? And waht business does he have with guilt-na-Zan? (Source: TokyoPop)

Vidia and the Fairy Crown by Haruhi Katou (TokyoPop 12 August 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: When Queen Clarion's crown goes missing on the night of Pixie Hollow's biggest bash, all fingers point to one thief--the rude and standoffish fairy Vidia. To keep from bing banished from Pixie Hollow forever, Vidia goes on an outrageous hunt for the crown that takes her from one end of the Never Land to the other. Can she find the crown in time to save Vidia's reputation? (Source: TokyoPop)

Warcraft: Legends Volume 1 by (TokyoPop 01 August 2008 / $10.99) - From back of book: Contains four stories:

    Fallen: From Richard Knaak and jae-Hwan Kim comes an intriguing follow-up to Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy. Trag Highmountain, the courageous tauren who first made an appearance in Warcraft: Shadows of Ice, finds himself one of the undead.
    The Journey: The arrival of a group of adventurers with promises of gold and excitement will disrupt a simple farmer's life in ways unimaginable as he takes a nightmarish ride into Scourge-ridden Andorhal.
    How to Win Friends: Lazlo Grindwidget is a gnome engineer with a house full of seemingly useless inventions and a knack for saying the wrong things at the right time. But when a troll goes on a rampage in town, Lazlo may be the only one who can soothe the savage beast.
    An Honest Trade: Nori Blackfinger is known from Thorium Point to Booty Bay as a master weaponsmith who will sell his fine blades to anyone with enough coin. But when he sells a sword to Havoc, the infamous bandit and murderer, the result is an adventure that begins in tragedy and ends in blood.
(Source: TokyoPop)

Dororo, Volume 3 by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 26 August 2008 / $13.95) - Product Description: Dororo is Tezuka's classic thriller manga featuring a youth who has been robbed of 48 body parts by devils, and his epic struggle against a host of demons to get them back.

Daigo Kagemitsu, who works for a samurai general in Japan's Warring States period, promises to offer body parts of his unborn baby to 48 devils in exchange for complete domination of the country. Knowing the child to be deficient, Kagemitsu orders the newborn thrown into the river.

The baby survives. Callling himself Hyakkimaru, ge searches the world for the 48 demons. Each time he eliminates one, he retrieves one of his missing parts. Hyakkimaru meets a boy thief named Dororo, and together they travel the countryside, confronting mosters and ghosts again and again. This the last in a 3 - volume series.

Tezuka's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of Japanese comics, transforming it into an art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating "story comics." (Source: Vertical)

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