New Release Books by James Howe

James Howe is the author of Bunnicula (2022), Houndsley and Catina (2021), Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk (2021), Tyrone O'Saurus Dreams (2021) and other 174 books.

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Bunnicula

release date: Aug 30, 2022
Bunnicula
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Houndsley and Catina

release date: Apr 06, 2021
Houndsley and Catina
"Fully suits newly independent readers." — Kirkus Reviews Catina wants to be a famous writer. Houndsley is an excellent cook. Catina thinks Houndsley is a wonder. Houndsley thinks Catina is a very good friend. So what should Houndsley say about Catina’s seventy-four-chapter memoir? And can Catina find the right words of comfort for Houndsley after the big cooking contest fiasco? James Howe’s funny and endearing world of ginger tea, no-bean chili, and firefly watching is brought to life in cozy watercolors by Marie-Louise Gay in this tender chapter book about what it means to be friends.

Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk

release date: Apr 06, 2021
Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk
A charming tale about paddling past fears with the help of true friends. Houndsley loves to canoe. Catina loves to ride bikes. But when Houndsley takes Catina out canoeing, she chatters the whole time, drowning out the sounds Houndsley loves, like the call of birds or the plink and plunk of the paddles. And when Catina wants to go biking, Houndsley balks at going, even though Bert says he wants to come along. What is wrong with Catina? And what is wrong with Houndsley? Luckily, with Bert’s help, they discover that the things you’re afraid of are easier to do with a good friend or two at your side.

Tyrone O'Saurus Dreams

release date: Mar 30, 2021
Tyrone O'Saurus Dreams
In a follow-up to the beloved Brontorina, a young dinosaur finds unexpected support for his secret dream: to defy expectations and become a dancer. Tyrone has a dream. But it seems like everyone else has their own dream for Tyrone. Should he be a dentist? A lawyer? A football player like his brother Johnny? None of these things make Tyrone happy. But then he meets the strongest dinosaur he''s ever seen, who inspires him to follow his own heart and become a dancer--like her. The creators of Brontorina reunite for a captivating companion story about a young dinosaur who, with a little love and encouragement, finds the courage to dance his way into his dreams.

Brontorina

release date: Feb 23, 2021
Brontorina
"A hugely sympathetic heroine." — Booklist (starred review) Brontorina knows, deep in her heart, that she is meant to be a ballerina. James Howe’s lovable dinosaur is of a size outmatched only by her determination, and has talent outmatched only by her charm. Accompanied by Randy Cecil’s beguiling illustrations, here is an irresistible story that proves that no problem is too big when the heart and imagination know no bounds.

Behind the Song

release date: Sep 05, 2017
Behind the Song
A song to match everyone''s heartbeat. A soaring melody, a pulse-pounding beat, a touching lyric: Music takes a moment and makes it a memory. It''s a universal language that can capture love, heartbreak, loss, soul searching, and wing spreading-all in the span of a few notes. In Behind the Song, fourteen acclaimed young adult authors and musicians share short stories and personal essays inspired by the songs, the albums, the musicians who move them. So cue up the playlist and crank the volume. This is an anthology you''ll want to experience on repeat.

Big Bob, Little Bob

release date: Oct 11, 2016
Big Bob, Little Bob
Big Bob likes trucks and throwing balls, and Little Bob likes dolls and jingling bracelets, so they try to make their friendship last.

Pinky and Rex and the School Play

release date: Jun 28, 2016
Pinky and Rex and the School Play
Pinky and Rex is the perfect series for early readers learning to read and navigate friendships! Pinky really wants to be an actor and is sure he''ll get the lead in the school play. Rex, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with being on stage. She''s afraid she''ll forget her lines—or worse. Everything changes when Pinky convinces Rex to go with him to the tryouts. Will Pinky and Rex still be best friends when the show is over?

Pinky and Rex and the Bully

release date: Jun 21, 2016
Pinky and Rex and the Bully
Pinky''s favorite color is pink, and his best friend, Rex, is a girl. Kevin, the third-grade bully, says that makes Pinky a sissy. Deep down, Pinky thinks Kevin is wrong, but he''s still worried. Does Pinky have to give up his favorite things, and worse, does he have to give up his best friend?

Pinky and Rex and the New Neighbors

release date: Jun 21, 2016
Pinky and Rex and the New Neighbors
Pinky and Rex learn to say goodbye to their close neighbor and welcome a new one! Pinky''s neighbor, Mrs. Morgan, is going to move. Sure, she used to be a mean old witch, but now she''s a special friend to Pinky and Rex. They know they''ll visit Mrs. Morgan often at her new apartment, but who will be Rex''s new neighbors? And what will they be like?

Also Known as Elvis

release date: Apr 14, 2015
Also Known as Elvis
Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices in this conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed quartet that began with The Misfits. Skeezie Tookis, also known as Elvis, isn''t looking forward to this summer in Paintbrush Falls. While his best friends Bobby, Joe, and Addie are off on exciting adventures, he''s stuck at home, taking care of his sisters and working five days a week to help out his mom. True, he gets to hang out at the Candy Kitchen with the awesome HellomynameisSteffi, but he also has to contend with Kevin Hennessey''s never-ending bullying. And then there''s the confusing world of girls, especially hot-and-cold Becca, his maybe-crush. And the dog that he misses terribly. And the dad who left two years before, whom Skeezie is convinced is the cause of all his troubles. In the words of the King, Skeezie Tookis is All Shook Up. Skeezie''s got the leather jacket of a tough guy, but a heart of gold--and his story, the fourth and final chapter of the beloved Misfits series, is brimming with life''s tough choices, love in all directions, and enough sweet potato fries to go around.

Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time

release date: Sep 24, 2013
Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time
When the first snow of winter falls, Catina worries about all her plans for the day being ruined, so her friend Houndsley tries to help Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the quiet time of a snowy day.

There's a Monster Under My Bed

release date: Mar 12, 2013
There's a Monster Under My Bed
Something is under Simon’s bed. He can hear it breathing. Is it a monster? Simon has to find out. He shines a flashlight under the bed, to discover that something is hiding there—but what? This warm and humorous story will delight any child who has ever envisioned monsters lurking in the bedtime darkness.

There's a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag

release date: Mar 12, 2013
There's a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag
This wry tale of two brothers who amiably try to outdo each other by creating jumbo-size imaginary friends makes a great read-aloud and is a follow-up to There’s a Monster Under My Bed.

It Came from Beneath the Bed!

release date: Jan 15, 2013
It Came from Beneath the Bed!
Dear possible reader of this book, I want to be a writer, just like my uncle Harold, who wrote a bunch of books about our friend Bunnicula. So I wrote this story. And boy! Did I ever get into trouble! My friend Delilah stopped speaking to me because I put her in my book. Uncle Harold stopped speaking to me because I didn’t put him in my book. A writer’s life isn’t easy! But back to my story: It’s about how a talented and lovable (not to mention smart) wirehaired dachshund puppy named Howie saves the world from a disgusting, evil menace named...oops, that would give away the story. But trust me, this menace is disgusting and evil, all right!!! Your friend, Howie

Howie Monroe and the Doghouse of Doom

release date: Jan 15, 2013
Howie Monroe and the Doghouse of Doom
Dear possible reader of this book, My editor asked me to write a third book in my series, Tales from the House of Bunnicula. And did I have trouble getting started! I was afraid I used up all my ideas. But faster than a writer can say “What if?” I came up with a story! It’s about a lovable and smart (not to mention cute) orphan wirehaired dachshund puppy named Howie, who has a mysterious pain in his leg and is mysteriously invited to attend the Dogwiz Academy for Canine Conjurers. Together, Howie and his best friend, the very, very, very smart Delilah, who speaks in a British accent in this book for some reason, discover they must fight a sinister foe…The-Evil-Force-Whose-Nam-C’not-Be-Spoke!!! Your friend, Howie

Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!

release date: Jan 15, 2013
Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!
Dear possible reader of this book, After I wrote my first book, It Came from Beneath the Bed!, my editor asked me to write another one. (Another one! This is hard work! I''d like to see him write another one!) So anyway...in this book the lovable and smart (not to mention talented) wirehaired dachshund puppy named Howie and his friend, the beautiful and brilliant Delilah, face their biggest challenge yet: the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!™ Along the way Delilah gets turned into a squirrel and has to beg for acorns. (Hey, don’t ask me! Read the book!) Your friend, Howie

Bud Barkin, Private Eye

release date: Jan 15, 2013
Bud Barkin, Private Eye
Dear Reader, The guy who usually writes these letters asked me to do it instead. Maybe he was having a bad writing day. Maybe he wanted me to play the sap for him. Or maybe he ran into Trouble with a capital T. Well, Trouble’s in my business. I’m a dog. I’m a detective. The name’s Bud Barkin. And this book is about the case I had involving a dame named Delilah Gorbish, whom I would call Trouble with a capital T except I’ve used that metaphor already, and the clown named Crusty Carmady whose calling card is a teakettle that he heaves through windows. Nice pair of birds. The mystery deepens with another character called the Big Fish, who isn’t really a fish and who’s addicted to the Home Shopping Network. Hey, I don’t write ’em—I just solve ’em. Yours truly, Bud Barkin, P.E.

The Odorous Adventures of Stinky Dog

release date: Jan 15, 2013
The Odorous Adventures of Stinky Dog
Dear possible reader of this book, What’s faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a pound of Gorgonzola cheese? It’s Stinky Dog, the hero of my new book. By a stroke of fate (or is it destiny?) the lovable (not to mention cute) Howie Monroe is transformed into Stinky Dog, protector of the innocent. (Don’t worry, he’s still lovable.) (Not to mention cute.) The secret of Stinky Dog’s power is Super Stench—an odor so strong it can bend steel! (Am I good or what?) Joined by a smart-mouthed sidekick, a sparrow named Little D, Stinky Dog tries to save Center City from villainous, low-life, miserable, rotten, wicked, kindergarten-scissors-stealing gangs who roam the streets, knocking down little old ladies and running off with their handbags! Your friend, Howie

Transmission Electron Microscopy and Diffractometry of Materials

release date: Oct 13, 2012
Transmission Electron Microscopy and Diffractometry of Materials
This book explains concepts of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray diffractometry (XRD) that are important for the characterization of materials. The fourth edition adds important new techniques of TEM such as electron tomography, nanobeam diffraction, and geometric phase analysis. A new chapter on neutron scattering completes the trio of x-ray, electron and neutron diffraction. All chapters were updated and revised for clarity. The book explains the fundamentals of how waves and wavefunctions interact with atoms in solids, and the similarities and differences of using x-rays, electrons, or neutrons for diffraction measurements. Diffraction effects of crystalline order, defects, and disorder in materials are explained in detail. Both practical and theoretical issues are covered. The book can be used in an introductory-level or advanced-level course, since sections are identified by difficulty. Each chapter includes a set of problems to illustrate principles, and the extensive Appendix includes laboratory exercises.

Otter and Odder

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Otter and Odder
When Otter falls in love with his food source, a fish named Myrtle, he must decide whether to follow the way of the otter or the way of his heart.

The Watcher

release date: Jan 24, 2012
The Watcher
A mysterious girl, dubbed The Watcher, spins tales of rescue from her lonely perch above the beach. She closely observes the actions of two people she has never met: a fourteen-year-old boy whose family seems perfect and a handsome eighteen-year-old lifeguard. Their lives become intertwined -- and their troubling truths are revealed.

Return to Howliday Inn

release date: Jan 24, 2012
Return to Howliday Inn
First there is the omen: A relentless rain stops suddenly at 3:00 am and Chester shows Harold and Howie a cat carrier, open and waiting, by the front door. Chester, who has been reading avidly about the paranormal, predicts that they will soon be traveling someplace, and chances are they are not going to like it. Indeed they are not, as the very next day, with the sun shining bright and clear, the Monroes finally leave for their vacation, dropping Chester, Harold, and Howie off at the scene of some previous harrowing experiences -- Chateau Bow-Wow, the boarding kennel that Chester so aptly had dubbed "Howliday Inn." And this visit promises to be no less harrowing than the last one. The three are greeted by a whole new group of temporary residents. There''s Hamlet, the Great Dane, whose sadness grows deeper with his certainty that his beloved master Archie will never return to pick him up. And Bob and Linda, a pair of yuppie puppies from fashionable Upper Centerville who have been left at Chateau Bow-Wow with a more than adequate supply of gourmet treats, also seem to have been left with a more than adequate supply of worries. Then there are Felony and Miss Demeanor, sinister sisters in crime who pride themselves as cat burglars, and The Weasel who tries almost too hard to make a good impression. Chester is certain that nothing bodes well and he is right. Unexplained voices, buried bones, a collar with the name Rosebud on it, and a secret code all make for a paranormal experience that none of the guests at Chateau Bow-Wow will ever forget.

Nighty-Nightmare

release date: Jan 24, 2012
Nighty-Nightmare
An overnight camping trip! Not Harold''s idea of fun. Too many mosquitoes, ticks and cockleburs. But when the Monroe family set out, their faithful dog Harold was with them, mostly because he remembered that camping could also bring s''mores and toasted marshmallows. Howie, the other family dog, and Chester the cat were also included in the trip. Only Chester thought the idea was completely insane. The woods, he informed Harold, were not only full of cockleburs and ticks, but of spirits, evil spirits who prey on the innocent. And on this, the worst night of the year -- St. George''s Eve, when all spirits are set loose -- who knew what could happen. What Harold knew was that Chester was a well read, over-stimulated cat, full of weird ideas. He did not take Chester''s worries too seriously. He had s''more to think about. But then, the Monroes set up camp near two strange men and their even stranger dog, and things began to happen that made even Harold wonder. Could Chester be right? This begins a long night, full of terrors and alarms, full of Chester''s horrifying tale of how Bunnicula, the vampire bunny, was born and came to America, full of storms and a total sense of danger; and at the end came surprises that even Chester could not have predicted. Once again, the Monroe family may be the victims of evil forces or only of Chester''s strange imagination. But whichever, the result is suspenseful and very, very funny.

Dew Drop Dead

release date: Jan 24, 2012
Dew Drop Dead
Snooping around the mysteriously abandoned Dew Drop Inn, Sebastian Barth and his best friends, David Lepinsky and Corrie Wingate, are startled to come upon what they are certain is a dead body. Sebastian is the first to put into words what they all believe: A murder has been committed. When they return with the police, however, the body is gone! "A homeless man sleeping off a drink," is the police chief''s explanation. But Sebastian and his friends are not ready to believe that. They are sure the body they saw was dead, not unconscious. As the three undertake their own further investigation, more and more questions arise: Who was the man? Was he alone? And most important of all, is there a connection between the man they saw and one or more of the homeless people Corrie''s father, a minister, is trying to help? The answers to the questions do not come until the three have made a number of discoveries, some of them more horrifying than they had expected. Dew Drop Dead is the fourth mystery in the Sebastian Barth series. Using rural Connecticut as a background, this tension-filled story is told with a unique blend of humor and seriousness, as it unravels a challenging puzzle and explores a difficult social problem.

Boxing Training

release date: Dec 30, 2019
Boxing Training
What They Won''t Tell You! More than anything else, professional boxing was inspired by sheer love for manly fights and the price. Thus, the term "prizefighting". If you expect to walk away out of the ring without getting hit you are either the round girl waving a big placard in between rounds or your nickname is "Pretty Boy." But even the undefeated Mayweather receives a lot of punches when he fights and you as a round girl is out of the question. It may be a term that is rarely used. Foxy boxing is the name that is used to refer to the boxing match that is conducted between two women as the participants. This is entirely different from that of the match that is participated in by the men. In this book you''ll discover: Boxing Training Myths How to Become a Better Fighter Boxing a Taller Fighter How to Keep Your Stamina And Much More Grab a Copy of Boxing Training Today!

Bunnicula Strikes Again!

release date: Dec 20, 2011
Bunnicula Strikes Again!
"Let''s just say the matter is under control," Chester slyly tells his pals Harold and Howie. But what on earth does he mean? It seems that Bunnicula, the vampire rabbit, is back to his old ways -- or so Chester thinks, having found pale vegetables drained of their juices scattered about the Monroe family kitchen. And now, once and for all, Chester is determined to save the world from this threat. But why has Bunnicula -- so frisky just a short time ago -- been so listless and tired of late? Is this part of Chester''s scheme? Can Harold let Chester get away with hurting an innocent bunny, no matter what his harebrained suspicions are? It is not long before the Monroes notice Bunnicula''s condition and rush him to the vet, and then the chase is on, ending up with a dramatic confrontation in a most unusual (and dangerous!) location.

I Will Not Grow Downward - Memoir Of An Eritrean Refugee

release date: Oct 25, 2018
I Will Not Grow Downward - Memoir Of An Eritrean Refugee
I WILL NOT GROW DOWNWARD: MEMOIR OF AN ERITREAN REFUGEE ONE MAN''S LONG AND PERILOUS FLIGHT FROM AFRICA''S HERMIT KINGDOM Thirty years of bloody conflict with a vicious enemy never broke the spirit of the Eritrean people. After winning their freedom, a young man dreams of starting a new life, building a home, and teaching his children what it means to be the masters of their own fate. But all-too soon, the fighting resumes, sending his plans crashing to the ground. Separated from his family by conscription into an army fighting a new war nobody wants, he will sacrifice everything for a chance to get himself back to them, even if it means abandoning his birthright for another dark and dangerous identity. "I Will Not Grow Downward" offers an exceedingly rare glimpse inside the highly secretive and brutally repressive regime known as Africa''s North Korea. ******************************************************** THE DREAMS OF FREEDOM STORIES One family, two powerful accounts of love, heartbreak, and determination from one of the world''s most isolated and abusive governments in modern history. It''s 1991, and a bloody thirty-year conflict with Ethiopia has ended, earning Eritrea its first taste of freedom in over a century. But peace is a fickle friend, and power is all-too easily corrupting. Soon, the small Horn-of-African nation finds itself back in the familiar stranglehold of despotism, this time at the hands of its own beloved leader and war hero, Isaias Afewerki. Families are torn apart, suspicion and desperation grow. In the midst of worsening oppression, one man and one woman will risk everything to save their children from this life of violence and give them the future they once imagined for themselves. ~ "Relentless: An Immigrant Story" by Wudasi Nayzgi and Kenneth James Howe ~ "I Will Not Grow Downward: Memoir Of An Eritrean Refugee" by Yikealo Neab and Kenneth James Howe ******************************************************** RELENTLESS: AN IMMIGRANT STORY ONE WOMAN''S UNYIELDING FIGHT TO REUNITE A FAMILY TORN APART BY WAR, LIES, AND TYRANNY After returning from exile to help rebuild her war-torn homeland, a young Eritrean mother receives devastating news when her daughter is diagnosed with a dangerous heart condition. Desperate to secure life-saving medical treatment unavailable inside their newly-liberated country, her search elsewhere is thwarted when violence suddenly resumes, closing the border with Ethiopia. With time running out and her husband taken away to serve an unending military conscription, she is left to make a terrible on her own - stay where she is and jeopardize the health of one child, or flee the worsening nightmare and leave her husband and second daughter behind, possibly forever. "Relentless" is the powerful and inspiring story of an Eritrean woman who faced incredible obstacles, defied a ruthless regime, and never gave up fighting for the only thing that matters: family. "There is a proverb in my native Tigrinya language, both warning and admonishment. It goes like this: Haki tseraba mot keraba. It means, if you speak the truth, you will gather many enemies."

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow

release date: Dec 20, 2011
Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow
The Monroe house is going mad with excitement. Pete has just won a contest, and the prize is a school visit from none other than M. T. Graves, Pete''s idol and the bestselling author of the FleshCrawlers series. He''s even going to stay with the Monroes while he''s visiting! Harold and Howie are thrilled, but Chester the cat is suspicious. Why does Graves dress all in black? Why doesn''t the beady-eyed crow perched on his shoulder say anything? Why has a threatening flock of crows invaded the backyard? And most worrisome of all: In each of the FleshCrawlers books, why does something bad always happen to the pets? Suddenly, Graves''s interest in all of the animals -- especially Bunnicula -- looks far from innocent. It''s up to Chester, Harold, and Howie to find out if M. T. Graves and Edgar Allan Crow are really devising a plot to make their beloved bunny. . . NEVERMORE.

Totally Joe

release date: Nov 01, 2011
Totally Joe
Joe Bunch breaks down his life—and his secrets—for a school assignment in this second book of the funny, heartfelt, and beloved Misfits series by Bunnicula author James Howe. What can I say? I’m a total original. Joe may only be twelve-going-on-thirteen, but he’s known who he is from the time he was a little kid tottering around in his mother’s high heels. Now in the seventh grade, he wears green high tops with pink trim, has a (secret) boyfriend, and tells it all from A to Z in the alphabiography assigned by his favorite teacher. The thing is, some of it is seriously private. It’s one thing for Mr. Daly to read it, but what if it falls into the wrong hands? Will he be teased forever about those high heels…and even worse, what will happen if his secret boyfriend is no longer a secret?

The Misfits

release date: Nov 01, 2011
The Misfits
Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That''s how it was with us. Skeezie Tookis and Addie Carle and Joe Bunch and me. We call ourselves the Gang of Five, but there are only four of us. We do it to keep people on their toes. Make ''em wonder. Or maybe we do it because we figure that there''s one more kid out there who''s going to need a gang to be a part of. A misfit, like us. Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby -- they''ve been friends forever. They laugh together, have lunch together, and get together once a week at the Candy Kitchen to eat ice cream and talk about important issues. Life isn''t always fair, but at least they have each other -- and all they really want to do is survive the seventh grade. That turns out to be more of a challenge than any of them had anticipated. Starting with Addie''s refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance and her insistence on creating a new political party to run for student council, the Gang of Five is in for the ride of their lives. Along the way they will learn about politics and popularity, love and loss, and what it means to be a misfit. After years of getting by, they are given the chance to stand up and be seen -- not as the one-word jokes their classmates have tried to reduce them to, but as the full, complicated human beings they are just beginning to discover they truly are.

Addie on the Inside

release date: Jul 26, 2011
Addie on the Inside
Outspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.
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