BOOK NEWS: February 21, 2017

Here are some of the new releases for this week. I hope you find something that would be perfect for you or the readers in your life!


Grand Canyon – If you are a classroom teacher or a parent looking for a great nonfiction author for kids, Jason Chin should be at the top of your list. I loved his coral reef and redwoods books. I am eager to see this one in person.
Great Big Boom – I adore this graphic novel series for kids. This one was at the top of my “to buy” list when I was a librarian. This is book three in the series. If you haven’t read one before, I suggest you start with book one, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth.
Sci-Fi Junior High – From James Patterson’s new publishing imprint, this is a new-kid-at-school story, set in outer space. This looks fun!
Saturdays at Sea – The fifth and final book in the Tuesdays at the Castle/Castle Glower series about a princess and a magical castle that can change its own shape and interior. This is one of those series that I have been wanting to read, but never started. With the series wrapping up, now is the time to dive in because I will be able to read the whole stack from start to finish!
Son of Neptune Graphic Novel – If I had to pick just one favorite Percy Jackson book, this would be the one. I can’t wait to see how they have adapted the story for a graphic novel format!
Twelve Angry Librarians – If I could only read one mystery series for the rest of my life, the Cat in the Stacks series would be a top contender. I love that the main character is a librarian (and a male librarian at that) and that his Maine Coon cat is an integral part of each story. I can’t wait to read this new book, 8th in the series.
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End – Final book in the Aftermath trilogy. Reviews of the series online have been mixed, but I am intrigued anyway. I read that this particular book in the series includes the birth of Ben Solo, which could be interesting. If you have read these, I would love to know what you think of them!
Why I Left/Why I Stayed – Tony and Bart Campolo tell the stories of their experiences with the Christian faith, how they find themselves on different sides of the faith question, and how that impacted their relationship. This sounds fascinating to me. I’m eager to read this one.
You Are Free – While Christians know they are free in Christ, it can be hard to live like it. This book looks at how we can let the head knowledge take root in our hearts and help us to truly live in freedom.

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