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By Rick Riordan

It's the handbook no half-blood should be without: a fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy! This novelty companion to the best-selling series comes complete with trading cards, full-colour diagrams and maps, all packaged in a handy, "manual-size" book with a crisp, magnetic flap enclosure.

Hardcover containing 148 pages.

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By National Geographic Kids

The world's best-selling almanac for kids is packed with amazing animals, cool inventions, dinosaurs, robots, maps, games, activities, and more all in one "fun-tastic" volume. In true National Geographic style, this book excites young people about their world and everything in it, so it's no surprise that the 2012 edition landed at #3 on the New York Times best seller list! The 2014 almanac features fun information, browsable features, and helpful reference on subjects including technology, countries, presidents, animals, weather, funny roadside attractions, outer space, green tips, and natural disasters, just for starters. Chapters include Amazing Animals, Going Green, Geography Rocks, Super Science, Wonders of Nature, Awesome Adventure, Culture Connection, History Happens, and an interactive Fun and Games chapter.

Exciting changes for 2014 include:

  • Forty percent NEW content, including photos and articles
  • Mobile media features in every chapter that readers can download to an iPod Touch® or smartphone, including National Geographic animal videos, photo galleries, and interactive games
  • A brand new special section on cute animals
  • A fully revamped continents of the world section
  • A special Fun and Games chapter featuring all-new jokes, games, and comics, featuring funny animal photos and colorful illustrations
  • A fully updated "Your World" section, which opens the Almanac, will include all-new, up-to-the-moment content
  • All-new fun facts, activities, games, and crafts
  • More than 500 photographs, including incredible gorgeous new photo spreads featuring animals, adventure, nature, and more
  • Eight Homework Help sections

Softcover includes 352 pages.

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By the Editors of Time for Kids Magazine

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous answers the questions that kids commonly ask and adults can rarely answer. Why are our eyes different colors? Why do we put candles on a birthday cake? Why do we high five our friends? Why do elephants have big ears?

Packed with hundreds of new brain busting questions with easy to understand answers that made the first Big Book of Why a best seller. The book is divided by subject area - humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space - and written in an upbeat manner, each answer is accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to show the reasons why.

TIME For Kids The NEW BIG Book of Why Crazy, Cool & Outrageous is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids. Kids will be desperate to share what they've learned with their parents, teachers, and friends...and anyone else who will listen!

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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By Mojang

The possibilities are endless in Minecraft. This handbook will teach players how they too can cultivate a creative style to rival those of the experts!

Packed with step-by-step instructions and countless pointers from the renowned master build team, FyreUK, readers will learn how to construct houses, bridges, ships, floating islands, and rollercoasters of the highest quality.

Along with the tools to become master builders themselves, players will also be inspired to fuel their own creative genius through the inclusion of some of the most astounding and influential community builds ever!

Hardcover book contains 80 pages.

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By Dan Kainen, Text by Carol Kaufmann

If you liked Gallop! A Scanimation Book, you'll love the magical journey that is Safari. Readers, as if on safari, encounter 8 wild animals that come alive! Using an innovative lenticular-based technology, precision sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. Mesmerizing!

Accompanying the images is Safari, the guide: It begins with an evocative journal of a safari along the Mara River in Kenya and interweaves the history of safaris. Then for each animal there is a lively, informative essay and an at-a-glance list of important facts. It's the romance of being on safari - and the almost visceral thrill of seeing the animals in motion - in a book unlike any other.

Hardcover containing 16 pages.

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Destined to be toted in school backpacks everywhere, DK's new encyclopedia series for young readers contains on-the-spot information in children's favorite subject areas. Kids love facts: they want to know about the biggest, fastest, tallest, and oldest everything. Full of instant information, these books feature a fresh and striking design that is sure to appeal to the middle-grade audience. These single-subject guides offer a unique catalog-style presentation, which clearly lays out individual subcategories with concise and punchy text covering all of the essential information on whatever topic is at hand.

Featuring more than 125 individual breeds of horses, ponies and their cousins — zebras, mules and donkeys — Pocket Genius: Horses looks at the anatomy and behavior of horses at work and at play.

Hardcover reference book containing 160 pages.

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National Geographic brings you 1000 wild and wacky facts and photos that prove truth really is stranger than fiction! With a colourful, metallic cover, a kid-friendly design, and a wacky sense of humor, this stunning book will give kids a winning combination of smarts and fun!

Enjoy hundreds of snack-size stories about weird animals, space vacations, wacky inventions, freaky weather, amazing feats, wild extreme sports, and more. Plus, "Ultimate Secrets Revealed", explaining the strange truth behind the most mind-bending facts, like how it's possible to convert peanut butter into a diamond and how frogs can fall from the sky!

You'll discover:

  • A dog that can read
  • A mouse that hitched a ride on a frog's back
  • Tornadoes of fire
  • A motorcycle shaped like hamburger
  • A 13-foot-tall pink poodle
  • ...And much, much more!

Hardcover containing 192 pages.

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By Ron Davidson, Foreword by Ron MacLean

At last! A book that focuses on the development of individual hockey skills and promotes a mastery of body positioning, skating and stick work. Learning these skills gives players a strong fundamental understanding of how to move effectively on the ice in any gameplay situation.

The skills are organized in 4 sections: Fundamentals, Skating Techniques, Stick Work, and Dekeing and Deception. As the reader progresses through a chapter, the level of difficulty of each skill increases, ultimately covering every fundamental move and technique needed for an outstanding and total comprehension of the play. Davidson's progressive-learning approach teaches beginners the proper techniques, hones the skills of intermediate-level players and challenges elite players with the additional skills they need!

Some of the 50 critical skills presented in this eye-opening collection include:

  • Forward stride
  • Backward crossunder
  • Drive and delay
  • Heel-to-heel turns
  • Tight turns
  • Extending your reach
  • Receiving off-target shooting
  • The Forsberg deke
  • The Datsyuk deke

Ron Davidson played on Canada's national team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. He has directed hockey camps, schools and clinics in Canada, the U.S. and throughout Europe, and he has directed schools and clinics for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators. His hockey-skill philosophies and teachings are seen on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in a segment called "Think Hockey."

Softcover containing 144 pages.

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Building on the success of wildly popular The LEGO® Ideas Book, LEGO® Play Book has all-new ways to encourage kids to think, build, and play creatively.

Featuring more than 200 different LEGO® builds, this fun guide encourages readers to use their imagination and play in new ways, creating amazing LEGO® models of their very own. Featuring a mixture of simple, medium, and complex models, LEGO® Play Book will teach builders tips and tricks to get the most out of their blocks. All-new models along with all-new photography bring LEGO® bricks to life.

There are "ten-minute builds" for quick play sessions, a "cool brick" feature with ideas for using key LEGO® bricks, and a "handful of bricks" section exploring what can be done with a limited collection of LEGO® bricks. This book is fantastic for any LEGO® builder looking to be inspired to build and create.

Hardcover containing 200 pages.

LEGO® and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the ©2013 LEGO® Group.

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By Daniel Lipkowitz

You have what it takes! Did you ever wonder what you can do with all of those LEGO bricks after you have created the project they came with? Unlock your imagination with over 500 ideas from LEGO fans like you!

Now with The LEGO Ideas Book from DK, you can take what you already have and make something new! The book is divided into 6 themed chapters - transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure, and useful makes - each with basic templates of key models and spreads to inspire you to create your own.

Hints and tips from Master Builders can help you turn your classic car into a race car or add a bridge to your castle! Don't be concerned if you haven't got all the bricks you need: this book also shows how to simplify details, making this a great user-friendly guide for any building ability.

Featuring all-new LEGO building projects, tips to supplement and enhance your LEGO creations, inspirational builds, and expert advice from LEGO Master Builders, The LEGO Ideas Book will keep kids of all ages creating for hours!

Hardcover containing 200 pages.

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By National Geographic

Presenting the next must-have, fun-filled gift book from the team that createdUltimate Weird But True, 5,000 Cool Facts About Everything treats kids to brain candy and eye candy all rolled into one treasure trove of high-interest fascinating facts!

A visual feast of 1200 colourful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.

Hardcover containing 224 pages.

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Were all dinosaurs fierce? How Fast Could they Run?

By: Elizabeth MacLeod

Inside you can discover what Tyrannosaurus liked to eat? How baby dinosaurs were born? Why Stegosaurus had plates on it’s back?…and much more!

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By Daniel Lipkowitz

Enter the world of your favorite LEGO® super hero in the first ever guide to LEGO® Batman™! LEGO® Batman™: The Visual Dictionary combines DK's famous Visual Dictionary format with the adventurous world of the LEGO® Caped Crusader. Every set and minifigure from the LEGO® Batman™ universe will now be at your fingertips.

Explore each LEGO® Batman™ set according to its location, key themes, events, and characters, including the cunning Catwoman, the daredevil Robin, and the villainous Joker.

Go beyond the bricks to look at the wider world of LEGO® Batman™ — including video games, merchandise, and the intense fan community. As an extra bonus, the bottom corners of each page create two great flip-books!

Includes book and LEGO® Batman™ minifigure!

Hardcover book containing 96 pages.

LEGO® and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the ©2014 LEGO® Group.

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By Erin Phillips and Korey Kealey

Hockey families across Canada face a familiar dilemma: How do you cook for kids who are on the ice six nights a week and eat dinner at different times each evening? The Ultimate Cookbook for Hockey Families provides the answer: simple, easy, nutritious meals that kids will eat. This book is filled with tips and tricks to relieve the stress on busy hockey parents, whether they’re juggling meals at home or trying to come up with something nutritious on the road.

In this book, hockey stars like Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant captain Jay McClement, and Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell offer their recipes and their secrets for how they prepare for the big game and how they feed their muscles afterwards. With hockey embedded in the design and in every recipe, tip, and trick, this book aims to delight and inform aspiring hockey players, figure skaters, and the whole family support team.

Softcover containing 288 pages.

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By Chris Cerasi

New and classic Star Wars facts, photos and trivia at your fingertips! This "book" actually consists of die-cut cards filled with facts about Star Wars characters, vehicles, weapons and more. Test your knowledge with this Fandex Deluxe!

Deck containing 75 cards.

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By Gail MacColl

National Bestseller - over 1 million copies in print! A complete introduction for kids and a refresher for adults, this set includes an everything-you-need-to-know guide to 35 great card games and an oversized, durably laminated 52-card playing deck with 2 jokers included! Symbols and numbers are extra large, plus each suit's background colour is different.

Book includes:

  • Objectives, rules, score-keeping, favourite variations
  • How to shuffle, cut and deal
  • Strategy (even the art of bluffing!)
  • Glossary of card terms

Softcover containing 128 pages.

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By Lia Foa

This stunning box is an ideal introduction to crystals and gemstones! Open the lid to reveal a 6-compartment display case, each compartment holding an assortment of polished gemstones. Kids will learn how to sort and identify each of the stones in their collection. Beneath the display case, they’ll find the Little Book of Crystals and Gemstones, filled with fascinating facts about more than 50 crystals and gemstones. It identifies each stone by name and describes some of the stone's unique properties. Also included are tweezers for examining stones, and a miniature geode - a stone with tiny crystals that are naturally embedded on its surface.

Included softcover book contains 48 pages.

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By Mark Shulman and James Buckley Jr.

Do you know what makes something a robot? Can you name the six types of robots? Can robots really fly? What kinds of robots are being designed by spy agencies, the military, and our first responders? And best of all, what's next?

Rich with photos, facts, and fun, Robots will cover the world of robots as it exists today - and will exist tomorrow.

Hardcover containing 96 pages.

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By Julie Montalbano

Starting middle school can be scary. But knowing what to expect will make girls feel more confident. Packed with tips and fun quizzes, she will get the inside scoop on topics like classes, lockers, homework, and getting involved in after-school activities.

She will get help deciding the best way to introduce herself to those new classmates.

Plus, there are letters from girls who were just as worried about starting middle school, and advice from girls who have already been there.

Paperback book containing 96 pages.

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By Dorling Kindersley

After ten years of study and consultation, UNICEF, the premier organization devoted to the care and welfare of the world's children, published the results of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using these tenets as a base, A Life Like Mine profiles children from all over the globe leading their lives in different and fascinating ways. The challenges of nations both developed and developing are revealed in the stories and photographs in this special volume. DK and UNICEF have combined their inspirational forces to provide remarkable insight into children's lives.

Softcover, contains 128 pages filled with full-colour photographs.

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