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David is a kid who is more concerned with eating junk food, sitting in front of his TV, and “leveling up” in his Bunnybots 3000 videogame than playing outdoors with his friends. When he beats one game he just starts up a new one. It looks like David will never put down the candy bars, chips, and controller, until one day his video game isn’t working anymore. With colorful illustrations by Pablo Torrecilla, Gwendolyn Zepeda’s Level Up/Paso De Nivel is a bilingual story about learning how to drop the bad habits and instead “level up” in life. This book is perfect for ages six and up. Zepeda also has a new adult novel out this year, Better With You Here. If you ask her, Natasha Davila will tell you there's nothing more important to her than her kids. She'll do anything for her son and daughter – even play nice with her ex-husband. Only now she's facing a problem she never expected: her ex is re-marrying and suing for full custody. She could fall to pieces … or she could call on her friends. Zepeda’s Better With You Here: A Novel explores what true friendship is really all about. Her blog GwenWorld.com and her first book To The Last Man I Slept With and All the Jerks Like Him have been mentioned in the NY Post and Seattle Post. She is also the author of three children’s books,Growing Up With Tamales/Los tamales de Ana (a Tejas Star Book Award recipient), Sunflowers/Girasols, and I Kick the Ball/Pateo el balón.