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Pre-order select titles from your family bookstore (either online or in-person) and you can receive exclusive goodies (while supplies last)! Pre-orders must be prepaid to reserve swag, goodies, signed copies, etc. You can pre-order any forthcoming title from us not shown on this list. Below is the current list of offerings. We update this list frequently, and generally if you see a title here the promotion is still available. For swag that our bookstore will be distributing, we will contact you if you place an order for which the exclusive editions or gifts are out of stock. Questions can be directed to Jessica@onceupona.com

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Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534410633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse - March 26th, 2019

Pre-order Sky Without Stars to get an exclusive swag pack!

Sky Without Stars Pre-order swag pack for indie bookstores

Pre-order Sky Without Stars by Jessica Bordy and Joanne Rendell before March 26, 2019 and you'll receive an exclusive Sky Without Stars Gift Pack, including the following:

  • A limited edition two-sided 12”x16” poster featuring the ONLY available colored version of the book’s world map (the book contains a black and white version of this map), autographed by both authors
  • A Sky Without Stars branded bookplate, signed by both authors
  • A Sky Without Stars branded postcard, signed by both authors
  • A Sky Without Stars branded bookmark, signed by both authors
  • FREE shipping, reflected in checkout


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The Mueller Report Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781982129736
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - April 30th, 2019

Reserve your copy today!

For better or for worse, most of us have been focused on the political news that has been breaking out of Washington, D. C. recently. If you were interested in Fear by Bob Woodward or Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff you will probably want to be the first to read The Mueller Report from The Washington Post that is scheduled for publication on March 26th. Order yours today and we will reserve a copy for you, while stock lasts.


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Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062676399
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperCollins - April 2nd, 2019

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Shatter Me Pre-order give away eyeliner pencil setPeople seldome realize that they tell lies with their lips and thruths with thier eyes...

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$8.99
SKU: 9781524767013a
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$16.99
SKU: 9781524767020a
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$17.99
SKU: 9781534424708a
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$6.99
SKU: 9780062048455a
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There's Something about Sweetie Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534416789
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon Pulse - May 14th, 2019

Signed copies and swag available!

I am unable to put into words how much I loved this book. Each of Sandhya's pervious books are wonderful (When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle, With Love). I read this book all in one night and was so happy with it that I sat down the next morning to write down my thoughts but I felt so intimidated by how much joy this book brought me. Strange to belive, but I just don't think my words would be able to describe to you the sweet happiness, quiet power, and gentle love in this story. All I can tell you is that this book will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear. - Jessica

Pre-order There's Something About Sweetie and submit the receipt to receive awesome Sweetie Swag!

Swag includes: a signed bookplate, print, and keychain

If you pre-order this book, don't forget to enter your proof to get swag from the author! 

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Bunnicula: 40th Anniversary Edition (Bunnicula and Friends) Cover Image
By James Howe, Deborah Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781534435933
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Signed copies available!


$17.99
SKU: 9781250187796a
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For a signed and personalized copy to ship after the tour and book signing on June 1st, 2019:

Please place your order here before Sunday, May 26th and indicate if you would like a copy signed and/or personalized with a name. 

For an unsigned copy to ship on release date May 14th, 2019:

Please place your order below before Friday, May 10th

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$17.99
SKU: 9781338277722a
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$17.99
SKU: 9781947440043a
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The Institute: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982110567
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

The Testaments: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

$17.99
SKU: 9781534424760a
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Wayward Son: A novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250146076
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Wednesday Books - September 24th, 2019

If you haven't read Isabel's review of Rainbow Rowell's Carry On, go do that first... we can wait... Now you know how excited the world is to see this new book.


$17.95
SKU: 9781683643524a
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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: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 8th, 2019

Preview the magic and wonder that is Jim Kay's vision of the wizarding world!

"It is my very great pleasure to inform you that the Triwizard Tournament will be taking place at Hogwarts this year"


The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250170996
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 3rd, 2019

Spring into a new story!

Croc & Turtle Cover Image
Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
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Like a Lizard Cover Image
Young Captain Nemo Cover Image
Garden Day! (Step into Reading) Cover Image
Flora Forager ABC Cover Image

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Staff Picks

A perfect book for young girls that are starting middle school. Amina is trying to figure out who she is and what she stands for as she learns about friends, bullying, and what it truly means to stand up for what you believe in. Lovely coming of age story. It also has such a stunning cover. - Jessica