Giving Tuesday 2019

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020

Give the joy of reading

Love Hope Peace Books over an open book with sparkles coming from the center

Pick a child on our Angel Tree and get 15% off donated book

30% of our Holiday Staff Picks sales will be donated to local charity

Once Upon A Time's Holiday Staff Picks for 2019

For the Littlest Reader:

Who says Ho, Ho, Ho | Long Ago on a Silent Night | You are Light | One to Ten L.A.

For Middle Readers:

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation | Words on Fire | Cog | Mac. B Kid Spy #1: Mac Undercover

For Young Adults:

Lovely War | Slay | Frankly in Love | Sorcery of Thorns

For the Young at Heart:

This Tender Land | The Starless Sea | Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? | Rough Magic

For the Whole Family:

50 California Hikes with Kids | Mog Time | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition | Through the Water Curtain

For the Audiobook Listener:

The Golden Compass | The Fifth Season | Heart of Thorns | The Thief

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Who Says Ho Ho Ho?: A Highlights First Christmas Book (Highlights(TM) Baby Mirror Board Books) Cover Image
By Highlights (Created by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781684376469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Highlights Press - October 1st, 2019

For the littlest reader

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Long Ago, On a Silent Night Cover Image
By Julie Berry, Annie Won (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338277722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - September 3rd, 2019

For the littlest reader

Signed copies available!

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You Are Light Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781536201154
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Studio - March 26th, 2019

For the littlest reader

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One to Ten L.A. Cover Image
By Puck, Paige Garrison (By (artist))
$9.95
ISBN: 9781938093494
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: duopress - April 12th, 2016

For the littlest reader

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Penny and Her Sled Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062934536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - October 29th, 2019

For readers ages 4 to 8

Signed copies available! 

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Snail and Worm All Day: Three Stories About Two Friends Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358063643
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

For readers ages 4 to 8

Signed copies available! 

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Home in the Woods Cover Image
By Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator), Eliza Wheeler
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399162909
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 1st, 2019

For readers ages 4 to 8

Signed copies available! 

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The Great Santa Stakeout Cover Image
By Betsy Bird, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338169980
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 3rd, 2019

For readers ages 4 to 8

Signed copies available! 

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Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534424760
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

For middle readers

Signed copies available! 

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Words on Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338275476
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

For middle readers

Signed copies available! 

Nielsen's always first-rate historical fiction, this one about the early 20th century Lithuanian struggle against the Cossack occupation and censorship of Lithuanian culture, traditions and banning of books, hums along at a pace which will endear action/adventure fans into turning pages. Some scary situations -- beatings, villages set on fire and constant surveillance -- make the book a better fit for at least ages 9 and up.

— From Staff Picks by Maureen

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Cog Cover Image
By Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062686077
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

For middle readers

Signed copies available! 

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Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143591
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - September 11th, 2018

For middle readers

Signed copies available! 

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Lovely War Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451469939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

For young adults

Signed copies available! 

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SLAY Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445420
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

For young adults

Gamers get ready! Kiera is your normal student dealing with friends, boyfriend, and school, except she is also the game developer behind a secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. But when the game is exposed to the media, people want to tear down the safe space she has created. I loved the game play, energy, family dynamics and the few chapters told from different players perspectives. A great action packed book that can be given to so many people. For ages 13 and up. I want to SLAY! 

— From Staff Picks by Jessica

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Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

For young adults

Signed copies available! 

Funny, nerdy, relatable, and honest, Frankly in Love is about a high school boy who begins a fake relationship in order to deceive his strict Korean parents about the fact he is not dating a Korean girl. With a strong sense of SoCal life, this is great for readers ages 14 and up. 

- From Staff Picks by Jessica

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Sorcery of Thorns Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481497619
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 4th, 2019

For young adults

This is the book you have been craving for! How can you go wrong with librarian warriors? Strong-willed orphan, Elizabeth Scrivener, lives for her job as an apprentice librarian at Summershall, home of a Great Library in the kingdom of Austermeer. Her knack of getting into wee troubles has brought her to the attention of Magister Thorn, who, with the help of his demon, Silas, enter unwittingly as a team investigating murders, prized grimoire disappearances and an otherworldly plot to sabotage the kingdom. With deft characters, clever plotting, fast action, plus a hint of romance, hand this terrific, high fantasy to fans of Leigh Bardugo. Sorcery of Thorns is an outstanding follow up to Rogerson’s star debut, An Enchantment of Ravens.

— From Staff Picks by Maureen

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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476749297
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

For the young at heart

Signed copies available! 

Once upon a time there was a storyteller, whose stories existed in the land of many lakes – that boundless region called Minnesota, where hardy souls have made their living on the water, fertile land and in cities. This storyteller, William Kent Krueger, weaves his stories with characters so rich, so real and so human, the tale leaps off the page and buries deep into your soul. “This Tender Land” is simply a magnificent example of Krueger’s extraordinary gift as a writer. You will find it hard to put down, or even after finishing, hard to stop thinking of Odie, Albert, Mose and Emmy – your guides down the winding rivers in this book. Truly, a masterpiece. 

— From Staff Picks by Maureen

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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

For the young at heart

If you haven't heard Jessica talk about The Starless Sea yet, you will soon. This is her new favorite adult book of the year! From the author who brought us The Night Circus comes a wonderful new story disguised as a game wrapped in a puzzle secured with a bee, a key, and a sword.

Will you open the door?

- From Staff Picks by Jessica

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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Dianné Ruz (Illustrator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393652703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 10th, 2019

For the young at heart

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Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948226196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

For the young at heart

In this season of strong, brave women, Maureen's absolute favorite memoir - Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer - is not to be missed. It's about Lara's naiveté in trying to win the grueling, soul-wrenching World's Loneliest Horse Race in Mongolia, with nary a thought of preparation. This is for fans of Cherly Strayand's Wild and MacDonald's H is for Hawk and is writing at it's finest! 

— From Staff Picks by Maureen

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50 Hikes with Kids California Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604698701
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - October 29th, 2019

For the whole family

Signed copies available! 

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Mog Time Treasury: Six Stories about Mog the Forgetful Cat Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780008336981
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - October 15th, 2019

For the whole family

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$47.99
ISBN: 9780545791427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 8th, 2019

For the whole family

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Through the Water Curtain Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke (Editor), Various (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781782692003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pushkin Children's Books - October 8th, 2019

For the whole family

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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440418320
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - May 22nd, 2001

For the audiobook listener

The Golden Compass audiobook from Libro.fm

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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

For the audiobook listener

The Fifth Season audiobook from Libro.fm

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Heart of Thorns Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062447692
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 23rd, 2019

For the audiobook listener

Heart of Thorns audiobook from Libro.fm

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The Thief (Queen's Thief #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062642967
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 28th, 2017

For the audiobook listener

I remembered reading The Thief as a kid and being blown away by the story. With my Libro.fm membership I decided to experience the story again by listening to it and I will say it is now one of my go to audiobook recommendations. A rich mix of fantasy, intrigue, character, and unforgettable moments all expertly narrated by Steve West. This whole series is perfect for readers who want a more sophisticated fantasy.

The Thief as an audiobook from Libro.fm

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