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The Magic Tree Bookstore...

...Sparking readers' imaginations since 1984

NEW AND IMPROVED regular hours:

By popular demand, we will now open Sunday morning at 11am.

Mon-Wed 10 am- 6 pm, Th-Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 11am - 4pm.

The Magic Tree Bookstore has been named

the Best Children's Bookstore in the Universe!!!! (almost)

Thank you for your support, in our 31st year

of sharing stories and friendships.


Lisa Graff Author Visit


Lisa has this to say about herself: "One day when I was eight years old, I was whining to my mother that I was bored and she told me to go write a story...An hour later I produced a five-page picture book entitled The Strangest Flower, chock-full of spelling mistakes and truly terrible crayon drawings of flowers floating in midair." Decades later, Lisa has become one of the most beloved and successful award-winning writers for children. When Lisa isn't writing, she's teaching, wearing brightly colored socks, and playing board games. Sometimes all at once.


Trent knows nothing about middle school could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident left one kid dead, and Trent with a head full of terrible thoughts. It isn't until he gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little -- a new friend with a mysterious scar -- that Trent begins to figure out how to find a fresh start.

Reviewers say Lost in the Sun is "stunning," "ambitious," and "deftly handled with humor and grace."

Once Upon a Chapter Author Tour

Three of our favorite authors bring us their latest middle grade tales, all of which offer a modern twist on the classics.


Ursula Vernon is the creator of the hilarious series, Dragonbreath, and the author of the middle-grade novel, Castle Hangnail. Her new series, Hamster Princess, starts with Harriet the Invincible, an illustrated spin on the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Ursula has won a Hugo award and been nominated for an Eisner,


Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you'll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather dull. One day Harriet's parents tell her of the curse that a rat placed on her at birth, dooming her to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she's twelve and fall into a deep sleep. For Harriet, this is wonderful news: It means she's invincible until she's twelve! And so begins a grand life of adventure with her trusty riding quail, Mumfrey...until her twelfth birthday arrives and the curse manifests in a most unexpected way.
Perfect for fans of Babymouse and Chris Colfer's Land of Stories, this laugh-out-loud new comic hybrid series will turn everything you thought you knew about princesses on its head.


M.A. Larson is a film and television writer who has written for Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney UK, Discovery Kids Channel, The Hub, and Nickelodeon, notably as a writer on the cult sensation “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." Pennyroyal Academy, his critically-acclaimed debut novel, is set in the same world as Grimms’ Fairytales, and has already been optioned for film with Reese Witherspoon attached to produce. Ms. Witherspoon said, "M.A. Larson has created a magical world of adventure -- a world that shows who princesses truly are: people of character and courage and strength."


Set in Grimm's fairytale world, M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief.

A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war. She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name "Evie", she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating a new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.


Rob Harrell writes and draws the long-running daily comic strip Adam@Home, which appears in more than 140 papers worldwide. He also created and drew the internationally syndicated comic strip Big Top until 2007. In addition to cartooning and illustration, Harrell is an accomplished fine artist. His figurative paintings have been shown around the country. Life of Zarf: The Troll Who Cried Wolf is the second in a new comic hybrid series that Booklist called “A Wimpy Kid format with a fairy-tale twist…Bound to be a hit.”


Even after rescuing the king from deadly Snuffweasels, Zarf is scum on the bottom rung of the middle school social ladder. After all, he is still a troll. But at least he still has his two best friends . . . until Kevin disappears, that is. Now Zarf is at an all-time low. It seems a band of wolves are seeking revenge for the constant disgrace they've suffered over the years, and Little Red Ridinghood's kid might be next on their list. Now it's up to Zarf to find a solution in that troll brain of his, and save his best friend before it's too late.
Award-winning comic creator Rob Harrell has middle-grade humor mastered. This second book in his Life of Zarf series is packed with even more witty one-liners and clever twists on classic folk and fairytales.

Food Drive

Fresh New Books at the Magic Tree

Day the Crayons Came Home Book CoverGeorge Book CoverAuggie and Me Book CoverSophmores and Other Oxymorons Book Cover

The Day the Crayons Came Home - Drew Daywalt

George - Alex Gino

Auggie and Me - R. J. Palacio

Sophmores and Other Oxymorons - David Lubar

Awards and Top Lists for Kids
Caldecott Medal Children's Choice Book Award
Coretta Scott King Award E.B. White Read Aloud Award
Ezra Jack Keats Award Giverny Award
Golden Kite Award Horn Book Award
Mildred L. Batchelder Award Newbery Medal
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
Schneider Family Book Award Scott O'Dell Award
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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