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Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wick (Cartwheel Books 01 October 2008 / $14.99) - Product Description: You may have seen drawings of impossible objects, but have you ever seen them photographed? Wick's book of optical illusions leaves readers of all ages wondering just how the I Spy photographer does it!

This book combines fascinating optical illusions with simple explanations of how the visual tricks work. Photos of "Stairs to Nowhere," "The Phantom of the Forest," and more seemingly improbable images are a delightful treat for the eye and mind. Beautiful, challenging, and just really fun, this book has to be seen to be believed. And once you see it, you won't be able to put it down! (Source: Cartwheel Books)

The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher (Del Rey 14 October 2008 / $19.95) - From Author's website: In the city of Chicago, wizard for hire Harry Dresden switches from hunter to hunted as he continues following the trail of a supernatural killer haunting the Lincoln Park Zoo. The stakes increase and the tension ratchets higher as monstrous assassins and dark magic claim more innocent lives. Dresden must survive the killer's onslaught and turn the tables, and fast, before the body count rises -- and before the killer can reach her ultimate goal. Written exclusively for comics by Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle is a brand new story set in the world of the bestselling series of novels, The Dresden Files, that's sure to enchant readers with a blend of gripping mystery and fantastic adventure! (see review)

The Good Neighbors: Kin by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh (GRAPHIX 01 October 2008 / $16.99) - Product Description: Rue Silver's mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her. But it's not as straightforward as that. Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was. And her father didn't kill her mother -- instead, he broke a promise to Rue's faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue's mother to be flung back to the faerie world. Now Rue must go to save her -- and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world. (see review)

What A Trip! by Arthur Yorinks (Michael di Capua Books 01 October 2008 / $16.95) - From book flap: Mel, an ordinary kid from New Jersey, is walking down the street one day when he trips and falls into another dimension. Wow! Look! There are pointy dogs, pointy clouds, pointy cars. It'a a pointy dimension.

When Mel finds his way home and reports his amazing discovery, his parents don't take him seriously. Even his friends don't believe him. But Mel's next journey to the other dimension leads to a surprising, topsy-turvy climax and toatl vindication for our hero. (see review)

Into The Volcano by Don A. Wood (The Blue Sky Press 01 October 2008 / $18.99) - Product Description: Sumno and Duffy Pugg (brothers) are told they must travel to a volcanic island to help an aunt they have never met. When they arrive on the island, they soon discover that their mysterious auntie is up to no good. They are sent on an expedition that take them on a wild boat ride straight into an errupting volcano. Facing extreme danger, they hike inside the volcano and eventually escape--after Sumno saves Duffy's life. Here is an action adventure that will immidately hook young readers.

(Source: The Blue Sky Press)

Demon Flowers: Kuruizaki no Hana Volume 4 by Mizuki Hakase (TokyoPop 01 October 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Long ago, when Japanese gods descended upon humans, their mixed offspring inherited supernatural powers...and the name "kuruizaki no hana."

With Ushitora felled by Inugami's wrath, Masato and Nao find refuge and safety among new allies. But who are they and what devastating secrets will be revealed? And just when all seems lost with the reappearance of Gold, something lurches inside Ushitora's grave.... (Source: TokyoPop)

I Luv Halloween--Ultimate Twisted Edition by Keith Giffen (TokyoPop 01 October 2008 / $24.99) - From back of book: The crew: Finch--the leader. Mr. Kitty--resident pervert. Pig pig--a few slices short of a ham sandwich. Devil Lad--smells like sulfur. Hmmm. And Finch's kid sister, Moochie--she collects teeth.

It began with a horrible Halloween omen: An apple for a treat. But it ended in murder, mayhem and madness. From zombie hordes to alien invasion, this book's got it all: What more could you want? (Source: TokyoPop)

Hayate X Blade Vol 1 by Shizuru Hayashiya (Tor/Seven Seas 28 October 2008 / $9.99) - Product Description: The all-girls boarding school Tenchi Academy isn't just known for its quality academics—it's also known for training the top sword fighters in the country. Students in the special "Sword Bearer" program compete in a school-wide battle known as the Star Stealing, striving to win both money and fame.

Enter Kurogane Hayate. While her sister, Nagi, recovers from a lingering injury, the spunky and cheerful Hayate offers to take her sister's place at the Academy until she is well enough to return. When Hayate learns of the mountain of debt her old orphanage, the Dandelion Garden, owes to Yakuza loan sharks, she decides to become a Sword Bearer and win the Star Stealing.

There's just one problem . . . she needs a partner to compete—and the one girl Hayate has her eye on wants nothing to do with her! (Source: Tor/Seven Seas)

Inukami! Vol 1 by Mamizu Arisawa (Tor/Seven Seas 28 October 2008 / $9.99) - Product Description: Inukami: a sacred being with a dog-like appearance that forges a contract with a powerful human tamer to help them eliminate evil monsters and demons.

Though Kawahira Keita is the descendant of a long line of Inukami-tamers, he seems to lack the necessary ability and has been forsaken by his family. One day, he meets a cute Inukami named Yoko, who, at first glance, looks graceful, obedient, and beautiful...but upon forging a contract with her, Keita discovers that Yoko is a wild and mischievous Inukami that no one has ever been able to control. (Source: Tor/Seven Seas)

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