BOOK NEWS: February 13, 2018

Happy Valentine’s week! If your Valentine’s plans and your Lenten plans are in conflict this week making a chocolate celebration difficult, consider a nice new book to celebrate LOVE. This week’s books left me pushing the requesting limits of my local library. Here are a few books releasing this week.

Books for Kids

The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention – The history of the band-aid! I love nonfiction picture books like this. Can’t wait to check this one out.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults

The 11:11 Wish – A girl trying to re-invent herself at a new school makes a wish at 11:11. This sounds like All the Answers and similar stories – which I adore! This is on my list for this week.
The Ambrose Deception – Three kids compete for a scholarship by solving puzzles, but they start to wonder if the competition is even real. This is at the top of my list for the week. It sounds exactly like the sort of book I enjoy. I’ve already requested it form my local library.
The Art of the Swap – Two girls switch places Freaky-Friday-style as they try to solve a 100+ year old art theft. I really enjoyed this one! I’ll be reviewing it in March, but I’ll say right now it was a lot of fun.
Arts and Thefts – Sequel to (the fabulous) Under Locker and Key. I’ll be reviewing this one next week, but I will tell you right now if you know a mystery/suspense fan, get these two books asap. They are terrific.
Detective Nosegoode and the Music Box Mystery – First in a new mystery series (reissue of an older series) about an older gentlemen and his talking dog who solve mysteries.
Granted – The latest book from the author of the outstanding Ms. Bixby’s Last Day is about a wish-granting fairy. I will be checking this one out because I think the author is terrific. I heard him speak at a local event last year, and I enjoyed his sense of humor and his passion for his readers.
The Not-So-Boring Letters of Private Nobody – During a school assignment on the Civil War,  three 7th graders become friends and learn something unexpected. I am so excited to read this one! I’ve requested this from my library, too.
Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans – I’m scheduled to review this one at the end of the month. I am so looking forward to reading this story about a girl whose favorite uncle goes missing.
The Heat Is On – Book 2 in the Junior Chef series that takes place during a kids cooking competition. Books include cooking tips for kids.
Anthology of Amazing Women: Trailblazers Who Dared to Be Different – Releasing a few weeks before Women’s History month, this anthology highlights women in history. Full page illustration facing a page of biographical information. It looks to have a similar format to Little Leaders with a different art style. Great for classroom, home, and library use.
#PrettyBoyMustDie – A teen CIA operative’s cover is blown when a classmate posts a picture of him online and his enemies decide to drop into his 6th period chem class – literally. My library only lets me request three e-books a day. This is the third for me today. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.
Honor Among Thieves – First in a new science fiction series where a teen is selected for an elite team of humans chosen to explore the outer edges of space. This book makes me wish the library would let me request four books a day. This is on my list.
Precious Dreadful – A teen who joins a writing group at the library starts to remember some things from her past. This is on my list, too.
The Traitor Prince – Book 3 in the Ravenspire series. I have the whole series on my TBR list on Goodreads. Magic and royals and betrayal, oh my!

Books for Adults

The Cat of the Baskervilles  – Book 3 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series. I have this series on my list, too. I love anything that ties to a bookshop!
Death by a Whisker – Book 2 in the Cat Rescue series about the murder of a shopping channel personality.
A Grave Issue – First book in a new Funeral Parlor mystery series. I loved this book; I’ll be reviewing it here next week. I already have book two on my list, too.
Marvel’s Black Panther: The Art of the Movie – Our family loves these Art of books for Marvel movies. I’m sure there is a better cover image than this one, but this is all I could find in advance. We already have our movie tickets for later this week. I think this movie will be outstanding!
I Can Only Imagine – A memoir by Bart Millard (of the Christian music group Mercy Me) about his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God. This promises to be a powerful book.

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