New Release Books by Lane Smith

Lane Smith is the author of A Gift for Nana (2022), League of Titans (2021), Twisted Piccolo (2021), Level Up Or Die (2021), Reaper's Lament (2019) and other 83 books.

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A Gift for Nana

release date: May 10, 2022
A Gift for Nana
Two-time Caldecott Honor author/illustrator Lane Smith tells a whimsical story about a little rabbit searching for the best gift for someone very special. A thoughtful little Rabbit sets out to find the perfect gift for his Nana. He knows she will love anything he brings her but Rabbit wants this gift to be extra special. As he travels on his quest, Rabbit encounters an assortment of creatures-a crow, a smiling full moon, a stickler (whatever that is), a big fish, and a volcano. Each is certain they offer the best advice but nothing they suggest seems right for his Nana. It''s not until Rabbit reaches the highest peak, that he finds exactly what he''s been searching for. The award -winning illustrator of bestsellers including Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems, brings originality and gentle humor to a story that parents and grandparents will be sharing with their children for years to come.

League of Titans

release date: Jan 22, 2021
League of Titans
Jaycen Alan Ford was an ordinary rich teenager living an ordinary rich teenager''s life... until he wrecked his brand new Corvette. Not only did he total his car, but he escaped the vehicle as it was in mid-air and watched the rest of the devastating crash take place in slow motion. As it turned out, Jaycen was fast. Really fast. And he wasn''t the only one. Soon afterwards, his parents, along with many other people, were killed in a mass murder by another speedster. On a quest to take down his parents'' killer, Jaycen learns of an entire secret society of people with special abilities, and through thick and thin, has to work with them and the U.S. government to bring down a man who moves twice as fast as he does, and somehow knows twice as much about his life - past, present, and even future - than he should.

Twisted Piccolo

release date: Oct 21, 2021
Twisted Piccolo
Daniel "Stitch" Cromwell attempts to salvage his life after an airplane crash disfigures him and kills his wife. Despite his success as an elite Air Force fighter pilot, his efforts to fulfill his life''s ambitions are frustrated by a relentless series of impediments-prejudice, blackmail, kidnapping, and cynical manipulation. He secretly flies for the CIA and smuggles $40 million worth of cocaine for a Mexican drug cartel in desperate pursuit of his elusive goal.

Level Up Or Die

release date: May 24, 2021
Level Up Or Die
"...blunt, fast-moving, entertaining..." - Kirkus ReviewsTo tear down the system . . .. . . He''s got to level upCondemned by the media circus of a People''s Republic of California court, Donny is plugged into a deadly game as entertainment for the brutalized masses.Tormented over failing his father, Donny realizes honor hangs in the balance. His family''s fate lies in his hands.Donny must battle through a cutthroat digital world to free thousands of political prisoners and bring down the corrupt system. But the future''s most ruthless killers stand in his way.Can Donny''s wits and unbreakable spirit get him out alive?Fans of Ready Player One and Sword Art Online will love Level Up or Die, the new first-person LitRPG adventure from #1 bestselling authors Joshua Lisec and Adam Lane Smith. Read it today!

Reaper's Lament

release date: Mar 07, 2019
Reaper's Lament
AVIATION STORIES BY PILOTS WHO SHOULD BE DEAD This collection of near-death stories by private pilots, fighter pilots, airline pilots, bush pilots, air traffic controllers, and combat crews shines a spotlight on the bravery and ingenuity of men and women in aviation who stood up to the Grim Reaper when he came a''knocking at death''s door. You''ll be transported right into the middle of these forthright accounts, some deadly serious, some amusing, but always true.

A Perfect Day

release date: Feb 14, 2017
A Perfect Day
Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his very own corncob. Today is a perfect day in Bert''s backyard. Until Bear comes along, that is. Bear crushes the daffodils, drinks the pool water, and happily gobbles up the birdseed and corncob. Today was a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Now, it''s just a perfect day for Bear. Lane Smith uses perfect pacing and vibrant illustrations to emphasize the power of perspective in this hilarious picture book about the goings-on in Bert''s backyard. This book has Common Core connections. An NPR Best Book of 2017 A 2018 ALSC Notable Children''s Book

It's a Book!

release date: Feb 01, 2018
It's a Book!
A wry exchange between an IT-savvy donkey, a book-loving ape and a mouse forms this very funny picture book that''s perfect for both digital natives and book lovers. With a subversive and signature Lane Smith twist, this satisfying and perfectly executed picture book has something to say to children and adults alike about the importance and joy of reading.It''s a Book is another bold and funny story from the creator of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning There Is a Tribe of Kids, Lane Smith.

Return to Augie Hobble

release date: May 05, 2015
Return to Augie Hobble
Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale—or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he''s failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won''t acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won''t leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he''s turning into a werewolf. At least Augie has his notebook and his best friend Britt to confide in—until the unthinkable happens and Augie''s life is turned upside down, and those mysterious, possibly paranormal, events take on a different meaning.

There Is a Tribe of Kids

release date: May 03, 2016
There Is a Tribe of Kids
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal When a young boy embarks on a journey alone . . . he trails a colony of penguins, undulates in a smack of jellyfish, clasps hands with a constellation of stars, naps for a night in a bed of clams, and follows a trail of shells, home to his tribe of friends. If Lane Smith''s Caldecott Honor Book Grandpa Green was an homage to aging and the end of life, There Is a Tribe of Kids is a meditation on childhood and life''s beginning. Smith''s vibrant sponge-paint illustrations and use of unusual collective nouns such as smack and unkindness bring the book to life. Whimsical, expressive, and perfectly paced, this story plays with language as much as it embodies imagination, and was awarded the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal. This title has Common Core connections.

Four Fantastic Middle-Grade Reads in One Awesome Sampler!

release date: May 12, 2015
Four Fantastic Middle-Grade Reads in One Awesome Sampler!
Download the first chapters of FOUR fantastic middle-grade books! This free chapter sampler includes excerpts from Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O''Dowd and Nick Murphy; From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot; Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith; and The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman.Visit MacKids.com to find out more about these great new middle-grade reads!

Abe Lincoln's Dream

release date: Oct 16, 2012
Abe Lincoln's Dream
From the bestselling author of It''s a Book comes a funny, touching tale about the legacy of America''s greatest president. When a schoolgirl gets separated from her tour of the White House and finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, she also discovers the ghost of the great man himself. Together they embark on a journey across the country to answer Lincoln''s questions and quiet his concerns about the nation for which he gave his life. This wholly original tale is signature Lane Smith; Abe Lincoln''s Dream is funny, touching, and surprising in a way only possible from this master picture book creator. This title has Common Core connections.

La vera storia dei 3 porcellini! Ediz. a colori

release date: Jan 01, 2018

A Dolphin and a Pilot

release date: Jul 31, 2017
A Dolphin and a Pilot
At critical moments in the lives of two of the world''s premier acrobats, each has to decide the other''s fate. Time will tell whether the risk is worth the reward. Flash is a Pacific bottlenose dolphin with a passion for acrobatics. Aspiring to be a world-wide sensation, he undertakes a 15,000-mile journey to reach the venue of his dreams - Aqua World. Captain Jon "Skip" Roper is an Air Force fighter pilot flying in a formation of four F-16s from Korea to Peru. At the pinnacle of his career, Skip is the master of his universe until a cockpit warning light illuminates in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The drama that unfolds propels the two proud acrobats onto intersecting courses. Each is confronted with a vital decision that will alter the life of the other. The consequences of their decisions signify triumph for the interdependence of Earth''s species.

Grandpa Green

release date: Aug 30, 2011
Grandpa Green
From the creator of the national bestseller It''s a Book comes this Caldecott Honor Book, a timeless story of family history, legacy, and love. Grandpa Green wasn''t always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green''s great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it''s a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come. This title has Common Core connections. Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children''s Picture Books title for 2011. One of School Library Journal''s Best Picture Books of 2011.

The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country!

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country!
When the Hocky family moves to a big old house in the country, it takes them some time to adjust to a new way of life.

Fair Share

release date: Jul 23, 2016
Fair Share
WHAT DOES "FAIR" HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? Tormented by guilt and fear, naive pet salesman Dan Downey runs away to his deadbeat dad in Oregon in search of forgiveness and asylum. Dan partners up for the journey with his polar opposite, Codwell Gutterman, a rich, selfish womanizer bound for Oregon to stalk lawyer Connie Flynn. Bound together by a common destination, Dan and Codwell are trapped in a purgatory of conflicting world views. The friction between them reaches a flash point when they fall in love with the same fantasy girl. At the end of the bickering, bucking, biting, slamming, philandering, and shooting, only one contender can win Connie''s hand. This fast-paced story chronicles a comedy of misfortunes visited on Dan-the-innocent by Codwell-the-hustler on the turbulent path to latching on to their fair share.

Pinocchio the Boy

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Pinocchio the Boy
The Blue Fairy turns Pinocchio from a wooden puppet to a real boy while he is sleeping, but forgets to tell him. So begins an unforgettable adventure from picture book genius Lane Smith, best known The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man.

Salvation at Rio Feo

release date: Aug 20, 2015
Salvation at Rio Feo
LYING, CHEATING, AND STEALING WON''T CURE MARCH MADNESS. . . In Kentucky, where basketball is oxygen, Tommy Gunn plays his way into the NCAA title game. Despite the warnings of his sweetheart Lori, Tommy takes a big bribe to lose the game and then a bigger bribe to injure an opponent and win the game. Consumed by greed, he reneges on all deals, steals all the money, and escapes into troubled exile hounded by Russian and Italian bookies. Adopting a stolen identity, he builds a team using lies, rules violations, and sheer audacity to claw his way back to the top. Tommy will fake, take, and forsake anything to win games, but he can''t regain Lori''s love unless he turns his back on greed and finds salvation in a hope-starved place called Rio Feo.

It's a Little Book

release date: Jan 01, 2013
It's a Little Book
The companion title to It''s a Book, now in nappies! A playful exchange between an uninformed young donkey and a book-loving young ape brings Lane Smith''s bestselling It''s a Book to an even younger audience. This fun and satisfying board book is perfect for small hands, so now the message about the joy of reading can be shared with toddlers too.

Flying Jake

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Flying Jake
In pursuing his escaping bird, Jake discovers he has acquired the power of flight, which leads him to amazing experiences amid the birds outside.

Slaying Your Fear

release date: Jan 01, 2019
Slaying Your Fear
Insecurity is a deadly threat. It eats away at you and turns every social engagement into a chance to make a mistake and lose everything. Insecurity runs you down until you''re too exhausted to leave your house and the joy is sucked from your life. Psychotherapist Adam Lane Smith lays out a comprehensive plan to help individuals combat the effects of insecurity, attacking this personal anxiety at the root. Armed with a host of new tools and perspectives, seize control of your life and finally slay the monster of destructive insecurity.
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