Johannes Herwig

Shattered Heroes

Scherbenhelden
Leipzig, 1995: The city is in an upheaval. Nino lives alone with his father and has the usual headaches of a fifteen-year-old: stress in school, a first love. One day he and his best friend Max are caught shoplifting, then he’s beaten up by a group of punks that one day will claim him as their own. Then comes more aggravation: conflict with his father, feelings for a girl who carries a dark secret, and daily threats from neo-Nazis that seem to be everywhere. What’s more, Nino is determined to find out why his mother left him and his father behind just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Johannes Herwig (“Until the Stars Tremble”) has set against the background of German unification this raw and emotional portrait of youth in the grip of change and aimlessness. This is a story of hope.
Sabine Lohf: Komm, lass uns spielen!
Sabine Lohf

Come On, Let's Play!

Komm, lass uns spielen!
Here’s how to invent games using common materials that everyone has at home. Buttons turn into colorful pictures, corks become colorful play figures, and an egg carton transforms – presto! – into the rolling sea! We roll the dice hoping for good luck, fly to Mars in our homemade spaceship, and test our agility with a caterpillar crawl.

Sabine Lohf shows how much fun we can have not just playing, but even creating some of our own toys.
Whether we are playing inside or outside, by ourselves or in a group, these game ideas will keep us entertained!

Sample contents:
•Dice games
•Puzzle games
•Painting and coloring games
•Tossing games
•Agility games
Thomas Müller: Ein Jahr mit den Kranichen
Thomas Müller

A Year With the Cranes

Ein Jahr mit den Kranichen
What’s making that loud noise in the sky above? It’s the cranes migrating to their winter home. How thrilling it is when thousands of these birds pass through in the fall, and we have a chance to study them while they gather the strength to fly further south.

In this book we take a close look at the “good luck” birds, and we follow a family of cranes throughout the year – their elaborate courtship dances, how they raise their young, and their first journey together as a family: the great Crane Migration.

An appendix offers further information about the life cycle of the Common Crane (Grus grus). The meticulous illustrations in the books of Thomas Müller make birdwatchers out of even young readers!
Ilka Sokolowski, Janine Czichy

Discovering the Wadden Sea

Wildes Leben im Watt
With a seemingly endless horizon, the
rhythmic roar of breaking waves, fresh sea breezes and tangy salt air, it’s no wonder that the Wadden Sea -- part of the North Sea –
is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. On shore and under water, on the tidal wash, on
the dunes and in the air, there is a teeming diversity of life everywhere.
With vivid and lifelike illustrations this nature book introduces readers to the wide variety of Wadden Sea lifeforms and their respective habitats: the tiny North Sea shrimp, the swift Arctic tern, the nimble harbor seal, and countless others.

Many of these creatures can be spotted during a shore hike or while wading in the Wadden. The book tells where and how to look for them
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk: Der kleine Seehund und das Meer
Bärbel Oftring, Jana Walczyk

The Worls of Seals

Der kleine Seehund und das Meer
It is spring and a tiny seal is born on a deserted sandbar in the shallows. Shortly after its birth, it enters the water and joins the other seals. Everything is so new and exciting! It meets all the different sea creatures from the starfish to the porpoise and learns how to dive and catch delicious herring. The baby seal soon becomes an elegant swimmer and skillful hunter, ready for new adventures.

In the appendix, readers great and small can learn about where to watch seals, how to behave around them, and what can be done to protect these precious animals.
Kristina Dunker, Julie Völk

The Curtain Rises for Flip!

Vorhang auf für Flip!
Flip and Toothy the Crocodile can hardly sleep. Tomorrow the tiny puppets will go on stage in front of real children! Grandmother thinks they’re not ready yet, and Flip is afraid he’ll forget his lines! Even the drive to school is an adventure. Then, just before the show, the puppeteer gets sick. Flip and Toothy have to decide whether to go ahead on their own without her. Curses!! What should they do?

A warmhearted, expressive and pun-filled read-alone book, vividly illustrated by Julie Völk.
Stepha Quitterer

A Beginner's Guide to Improving the World

Weltverbessern für Anfänger
Mina’s school announces an essay competition: A Beginner’s Guide to Improving the World. Really!?
First prize – a trip to Tallinn, Estonia
– goes to the class with the most enthusiasm for the subject. That leaves Mina cold at first. But then her grandma goes into a nursing home and all of a sudden it’s clear where a person could have a clear impact on someone’s
daily life.

So Mina organizes a nursing home visiting service – not an easy assignment for a class that even the school psychologist avoids.
What’s more, she has to deal with toxic classmates, a failed romance, boring teachers and her parents’ split-up.
After a rough start, what follows is a total surprise, not just for Mina . . . !
This bold and pitch-perfect debut novel by Stephanie Quitterer sets off ideas like fireworks.
Silke Lambeck, Karsten Teich

Mr. Flowers

Herr Röslein
Ever since Mo moved to the new city with his family, things have been pretty messed up at home and at school. Then Mo meets Mr. Flowers in the apartment stairway. Right away Mo senses something different about the friendly older man with the gray ponytail. It turns out that he bakes awesome cookies, knows where to find tucked-away umbrellas, tames tigers at the zoo – and can make the most unbelievable things come true . . .

This charming story is told with compassion and good humor, and will warm the hearts of children – of all ages!

Rights sold to Russia, France, Turkey and Korea

Bärbel Oftring, Theresa Schwietzer: Wölfe
Bärbel Oftring, Theresa Schwietzer

Tracking Wolves

Wölfe
While this is cause for delight among many nature lovers, it's cause for concern and fear for others. The wolf has grown unfamiliar: this beautiful native animal was forced out of our forests for many years. How can we rethink our relationship to wolves now that the number of wolf packs in Germany and neighboring countries is increasing?
Following the belief that understanding is the
way to conquer fear, this atmospherically illustrated fact-based book introduces the reader to the life of a family of wolves.

We trace the footsteps—or paw prints—of a young wolf, see how a wolf pack is initially formed, learn about life within the pack, and experience how the next generation of wolves leaves the pack and sets out on its own. Inside the large-format flaps there are attractive infographics and texts that explain facts about wolves' biology and how to interact with them.

With 10 large flaps that open in all directions
Contains many facts about the biology, life, and behavior of wolves, as well as maps that show its habitats in Germany and Europe.
Thilo Krapp

The lights of Paris - Émile at the World Fair

Die Lichter von Paris
Émile just wanted to enjoy a nice day at the World Fair with his mother and visit his father in the Electricity Pavilion that provides the power supply for the massive fairgrounds. But then they get separated in the crowd and Émile has to make his way to his father alone. Thus begins an adventurous odyssey through the famous Parisian exhibition with its miraculous inventions and majestic structures. Along the way, Émile makes some unexpected friends and even takes a thrilling ride in the sky. When the lights suddenly go out across the Fair, Émile has to think quickly and find out what's happened in the Electricity Pavilion.