Claws for Concern

BOOK NEWS: February 20, 2018

This is a small week for new releases, but there are still some fantastic choices for this week!

Books for Kids


Anywhere Artist – A celebration of creativity and imagination. I can’t wait to see this one in person. The illustration style is exactly what I love.
Florette – A girl who is moving longs to take her garden with her to the city. This looks lovely.
The Lost Penguin (Feb 22) – Kate Hindley’s art work is what stopped me in my tracks on this one. Her work always catches my eye. This is the second Oliver and Patch story. This time, Oliver and friends try to find a lost penguin. This looks too precious to miss! Right now, I can only find this book listed as an e-book.
The Rabbit Listened – When something terrible happens, all the animals want to do something to help, but the rabbit just listens. This looks like a tender-hearted story.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


Sticky Notes – A dad’s forgetfulness becomes something more serious. I want to cry just from reading the description. This will be an emotional one, but I still want to read it.
R Is for Rebel – A girl in reform school plans to follow in her parents’ footsteps to resist the government that wants to silence them. I am fascinated by the description of this story for teens. This is on my list.

Books for Adults


Claws for Concern – In the 9th book in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series, Charlie and Diesel are investigating mysteries close to Charlie’s own family. I’ll be reviewing this one next week!
The Bible Book – I love this series of informational books by the folks at DK. I have several in my personal collection. This one focuses on the Bible – history, personalities and major events recorded in its pages.

#PrettyBoyMustDie

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.

Aliens Abroad

BOOK NEWS: February 6, 2018

Happy February! As thoughts turn to love, let’s look at some of the books releasing this week that you might love!

Books for Kids


 

Be Kind – A sweet-looking book exploring ways to be kind. I adored one of the author’s previous books, Sophie’s Squash. I can’t wait to check this one out!
The Big Bed – A girl offers her dad his own bed – a camping cot – so she can take over his spot in the big bed. Adorable!
Bloom – Picture book biography of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Picture book biographies are fantastic ways to introduce kids to nonfiction and also to historic figures they might not already know.
I Walk with Vanessa – Another book on kindness, a timely topic. Looking forward to reading this one, too.
Idea Jar – A teacher has students fill a jar with story ideas. When the ideas escape the jar, hijinks ensue! This looks fantastic! This is a great week for exploring new picture books.
Nobody’s Duck – An alligator finds a mysterious duck left on his lawn. What a hoot!
Rabbit & Possum – A best friends story where one friend is adventurous and the other is cautious. I love stories like this that value different personality qualities.
The Tiptoeing Tiger – Clumsy Little Tiger looks for someone to scare. This looks cute.
Wordy Birdy – Can a group of friends save their pal who talks far more than she listens? The cover illustration for this caught my attention. I can’t wait to read this one.
Better Together – Book 3 in the precious Heartwood Hotel early chapter book series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series. I highly recommend this series for lower and middle elementary classrooms (1st-4th grade).
Cardinal’s Caper – Now that football season is wrapping up, thoughts turn to baseball. This is book 14 in the Ballpark Mysteries early chapter book series.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


 

Action Presidents: George Washington AND Abraham Lincoln – The first two books in the new Action Presidents series described as Wimpy Kid meets Who Was
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire – First book in a new fantasy adventure series about a boy in a mountain scouting group facing dark and ancient forces
Bringing Me Back – A boy who is shunned at school and whose mom is in jail discovers a bear with her head stuck in a pail but who flees from anyone trying to help her. He is determined to help the bear even though the rest of the town has written her off. This is on my library list!
Checked – A boy gives up his favorite pastime – hockey – to pay for his dog’s chemo. The full description of this book almost had me in tears. This is on my library list, too.
Dark Side of the Moon – Book 2 in the Space Runners series about a boy who wins a trip to the moon but discovers a lot more than he bargained for. This sounds like something our family would enjoy, in the same vein as Randoms.
Date with Disaster – The latest graphic novel starring the kids at DC Super Hero High focuses on some dating disasters. I’ll be reviewing this one next week (hint – I enjoyed it!)
Dragon Bones – Book 2 in the Unwanteds Quest series, a second series after the original Unwanteds series. I read the very first Unwanted books and the rest are on my TBR list. If you or your kids enjoy fantasy, check out these series.
Geeked Out: A Lame New World – A spoofy dystopian middle grade story. Sign me up!
Marabel and the Book of Fate – A princess ignores her kingdom’s low expectations of her to go in search of her kidnapped twin brother. I will be reviewing this tomorrow (hint – I enjoyed this one, too!).
Payback on Poplar Lane – Competing middle-schoolers try to start businesses in their neighborhood. This sounds like The Lemonade War for older kids. This is on my library list, too! (This actually released last week)
Who Was Booker T Washington?
Who Was Henry VIII?
All We Can Do Is Wait – After a bridge collapse, a group of teens meet in the hospital waiting room as they wait for word about their loved ones. This sounds like an emotional book for teens/young adults.
Banished – Book 3 in the storymakers series. I have had this fairy tale series on my TBR since the first book released. I need to get caught up soon!
The Belles – The Belles control beauty and Camellia longs to be the best of the Belles, but that role comes with a cost. The book world has been buzzing about this book for months. I am scheduled to review it next week.
Down and Across – A teen who is struggling with big life decisions sneaks off to Washington DC for answers and finds adventure. This is at the top of my list for this week.
The Queen’s Rising – A renaissance story of a young woman whose financial savior has secret motives. The full description of this one left me thinking about The False Prince, but for an older audience. This is on my list, too.
Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion and Purpose – This nonfiction book for teens challenges teens to set aside fear and focus on their God-given gifts.

Books for Adults


Aliens Abroad – Book 16 in my all-time favorite science fiction/romance series for adults. I pre-ordered this book a year ago, and I have the next book pre-ordered as well. I don’t play around when it comes to this series. I’ll be reviewing this one later this week. (Hint – I’m loving it)
The Fast and the Furriest – Book 5 in the Second Chance Cat mystery series. These are in my TBR pile.
How to Stop Time – A man who has been alive for centuries is forbidden to fall in love. But that might be just what he needs to save him. I’ve enjoyed some of the author’s work for kids. I’m looking forward to trying this one out.
Masterpiece – The latest from Christian fiction darling Francine Rivers. An artist and his new assistant struggle with their secrets. I’m looking forward to reading this one.
Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved – This memoir looks at the “prosperity gospel” thought pattern in light of the author’s stage IV cancer diagnosis. I expect this will be a tough read, but I am committed to reading more nonfiction this year, and this is on my list.
Girl Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be – I am generally a fan of any Christian self-help book that looks at identity. This is on my list.
An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together – Just read that title! Sign me up for this one, too.
Jesus Calling – Peace – If you are looking for a devotional, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything from Sarah Young.
Make a List: How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts – I am crazy about lists, so I have to read this one!
A Prairie Girl’s Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder – I am not personally a Wilder fan, but I know this will hit the spot with her fans!
Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye And Let Your Natural Light Shine – A Handbook – Since I stopped fighting my grey hair, I’ve become more interested in reading about celebrating that “sparkle.” I pre-ordered this months ago. Looking forward to its arrival this week.

Smart Cookie

BOOK NEWS: January 30, 2018

It’s the final week of January already! Here are some of the new books releasing this week:

Books for Kids


Apatosaurus Would Not Make a Good Spy (Feb 1) – Artie the Apatosaurus wants to be a secret agent. I am so excited to see this book in person!
The Word Collector – The latest from Peter H. Reynolds, The Word Collector is a celebration of words. I am looking forward to this one, too!
Chill of the Ice Dragon – Book 9 in the Dragon Masters series from Branches
D-Day: Battle on the Beach – Ranger in Time book 7. I describe this series as Magic Tree House with a dog. This is a great series!
Super Rabbit Boy vs Super Rabbit Boss – Book 4 in the Press Start series from Branches
Two’s a Crowd – Book one in the new Pug Pals series. In this book it’s two pugs but one toy. This looks like a sweet sibling story.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


 

A Girl Named Hillary AND A Girl Named Rosa – New biographies from the folks at American Girl.
Bitsy – Book 48 in this long-running animal series
Dark Wyng – Book 2 in the Erth Dragons series. I still haven’t gotten to book one, but it is on my list! I love a good dragon story.
The Journey of Little Charlie – A boy cuts a deal to cover his dead father’s debt, but it forces him to decide what actions his conscience can abide.
The Problim Children – First in a trilogy. Seven strange siblings move into their grandfather’s old mansion where the neighbors are trying to uncover secrets and treasures. The premise of this reminds me a little of the Sisters Eight series. I am eager to try this one out.
Smart Cookie – A girl posts a secret profile of her dad on a dating site, hoping to find him a wife so they can have the sort of family they did before her mom died. Twitter has been talking about this book for a year. This is on the top of my list for the week.
Upside Down Magic: Dragon Overnight – Book 4 in this fun fantasy series for kids. I will be reviewing this one tomorrow.
Marley Dias Gets It Done – Explores how kids can get involved in activism in their own communities
American Heart – In a world where America registers and detains Muslim-Americans, a southern teen who never questioned the way things are finds herself helping a Muslim fugitive trying to escape to Canada. Interesting premise.
Losing Brave – A teen haunted by the disappearance of her twin battles to unlock her memories of what happened. Sounds like a great suspense story.
Purple Hearts – The final book in the Front Lines alternate history series. I have this whole series on my TBR list.
Say You’ll Remember Me – A teen wrongly accused of a crime enters a rehab program which is the governor’s pet project so he can try to get his life back on track. The governor’s daughter longs for the freedom to chart her own course. Together maybe they can both find what they are looking for. This sounds great. Looking forward to reading this one.
S.T.A.G.S. – A weekend retreat at an exclusive school turns deadly. I’ll be reviewing this one later this week.
Winner Take All – Academic rivals want to win at all cost. Is their love real or just another game to win? This is on my TBR for this week.
Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue – Book 2 in the graphic novel series set in the world of the Lunar Chronicles. I’d love to check this series out.

Books for Adults



Arrow: Fatal Legacies – This original story is set between season 5 and 6 of this great show based on the DC Comics universe. This is the third Arrow novel in the series. Great for fans of the show.
Biscuits and Slashed Browns – Book 4 in the Country Store mystery series, this book focuses on a death at a breakfast-themed cook off. This sounds like a series I would enjoy.
Class Reunions Are Murder – Book 1 in the new Poppy McAllister mystery series centered around a class reunion. I can never pass up a class reunion story! This is on my list.
Curses, Boiled Again – Book 1 in the new Lobster Shack mystery series starring an injured dancer who comes home to help her aunt launch her business. I love checking out a new mystery series.
Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake – First book in the Death by Chocolate Mystery series. That title is promising!
Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue – Book 3 in the Wedding Planner mystery series.
Survival of the Fritters – Book 1 in the Deputy Donut mystery series. This series stars a 911 operator and her retired police chief father-in-law. The premise sounds great!
The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life – An issue on many parents’ hearts and minds. Includes research as well as advice of parents putting ideas into practice with their own kids.
No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, Compassionate Girls – Psychotherapist offers advice for combating “mean girl” behaviors, which are no longer primarily a high school phenomenon. I hear so many stories from friends with daughters about the social pressures and issues their girls face every day. A timely book.
Set Free to Choose Right: Equipping Today’s Kids to Make Right Moral Choices for Life – A guide for parents in helping kids see that God has standards and that “right” and “wrong” are not arbitrary distinctions.

Hidden Figures

BOOK NEWS: January 23, 2018

It’s Monday again and that means it is time to look at some of the books that are releasing this week!

Books for Kids


Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird – Picture book biography of Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery – Picture book biography of Ernie Barnes, athlete and artist.
Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala – Picture book biography of Malala Yousafzai focusing on Malala’s relationship with her father.
The Great Dictionary Caper – From the author of Wild About Books comes this tale of words escaping the dictionary and Noah Webster putting things right again.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Race for Space – Picture book biography of the three women highlighted in the movie Hidden Figures as well as a fourth woman, Christine Darden.
Ordinary Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl – Picture book biography of Jane Austen
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World – Picture book collection of biographies of women such as Mary Anning, Ruby Bridges and Maya Lin. Of all the picture book biographies out this week, this one would be at the top of my list because it covers so many young women, several of whom I have not heard of before. Looking forward to this one.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


A Problematic Paradox – Described as Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this is the story of a brilliant girl whose adventures in space kick off when her father is kidnapped by aliens. This one had me at “Hitchhiker’s Guide.”
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle – The story of a boy with social and learning issues who is also grieving the loss of his best friend. Since the friend died on the Buttle property, Mason has been questioned about that day a lot. When Mason’s new friend goes missing, Mason is desperate to find out what has happened to his friends. The middle grade community online has been buzzing about this book for months. I’m looking forward to reading this one.
Where Is Machu Picchu?
Where Is Our Solar System?
Whiskerella – Book 5 in the fun Hamster Princess series. This book takes a twisted view of the Cinderella story. I love this whole series of fractured fairy tales. This is on my list for certain.

Books for Adults


Scone Cold Killer – Book 1 in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery series. I’ll be reviewing this one later this week.
View from Rainshadow Bay – The latest from Christian author, Colleen Coble, this story is the first in a new Lavender Tides series about a woman who loses her husband and then her business partner. She fears she is also in danger.
Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For – I have loved Jo Saxton’s work since I first saw her speak as part of an IF: Gathering experience. I’ve said before that identity is one of my favorite themes in books, both fiction and nonfiction. I have an early copy of this book  in my TBR pile already.
Still Evangelical?: Insiders Reconsider Political, Social and Theological Meaning – In the past couple years the word “evangelical” has taken on new meaning and connotations. And many of them are negative. I am curious to read what these authors have to say about the matter.

I Am Harriet Tubman

BOOK NEWS: January 16, 2017

Today we celebrate and remember the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One way to honor his work is by reading his words as well as those of others who have worked for or who are currently working for justice, civil rights, and freedom not only in the US but around the world.

Here are some of the new books releasing this week:

Books for Kids


 

I Am Harriet Tubman – The latest picture book biography from Brad Meltzer. These are spectacular!
Love – A beautiful celebration of LOVE. I will not be surprised when this one wins a boatload of awards!
My Pillow Keeps Moving – Look at that cover! The cover alone would make me buy this book. This sounds like a sweet story – a dog tries to endear herself to the man who owns her by being everything he needs.
Princess Pulverizer Grilled Cheese and Dragons AND Worse, Worser and Wurst – Nancy Krulik is the author of the outstanding Magic Bone series which I loved sharing with my students who were branching out into chapter books. She has a new series out called Princess Pulverizer, and it looks fantastic! Princess Serena would rather be a knight than a princess. Check out this series for your fans of The Princess in Black.
Twin Trouble – Book 7 in the Ella and Owen series. Twin dragons, Ella and Owen, meet twin unicorns who do not get along.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


Ellie, Engineer – Ellie’s plans for her best friend’s birthday get so big, she has to recruit rival groups in the neighborhood to help her. This looks like a fun story with STEAM features.
Sing Like Nobody’s Listening – Pitch Perfect for the middle grade set. Two friends compete against one another in an acapella competition. This is the latest book in the MIX line from Aladdin.
Waking the Monsters – Hilo Book 4. My students and I were crazy for this graphic novel series. I’m so glad it is still going strong. I highly recommend this series.
Knock Knock! Who Was There? – Joke book from the folks at the Who Was/What Was/Where Is nonfiction series.
Love, Hate and Other Filters – An American-born Muslim teen looks for balance between parental expectations and her own dreams while also facing backlash for being Muslim after a horrific event that happens in another part of the country. If you have a goal of reading more diverse books this year – either diversity in characters or diversity in authors, consider checking this book out. It is on my library list.
Truly Devious – A new student at an elite academy plans to solve a cold case attached to the school, but the past won’t stay in the past. I have already  requested this from the library, and the early reviews are positive.

Books for Adults


Carnegie’s Maid – A poor farmer’s daughter assumes the identity of a missing woman for a chance to serve as a maid to the Carnegie family.
Isaiah’s Daughter – Fictionalized story of the adopted daughter of the Biblical prophet, Isaiah, who captures the attention of Prince Hezekiah. I am doing a study of the book of Isaiah right now, and I am intrigued by this story.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Guidebook: It’s All Connected – I believe this is the third volume in this guidebook series exploring the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This book looks at Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD and how they fit into the larger Marvel Universe.

Harley Quinn at Super Hero High

BOOK NEWS: January 9, 2018

I don’t know about where you live, but where I live it has been brutally cold. Perfect weather for staying in and reading. Here are some of the new books releasing this week:

Books for Kids


   

Grandma’s Purse – Adorable-looking book celebrating the magic of grandmothers and the treasures they keep in their purses.
Klondike, Do not Eat Those Cupcakes – Klondike the seal can’t stop thinking about the cupcakes for his sister’s birthday party. No matter how hard the narrator tries to distract him, Klondike gives in to temptation. What will happen now that there are no cupcakes for the party? This also looks adorable! Covers like this get my attention every time.
Mae Among the Stars – Picture book biography of Mae Jemison, astronaut.
The New LiBEARian – Story time at the library takes a fun twist when there’s a bear at the librarian’s desk. This sounds terrific!
Write to Me: Letters from Japanese-American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind – Children sent to internment camps after Pearl Harbor send letters to their librarian while they are gone. This looks like a great way to introduce this part of American History to children. I’d love to read this one!
Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean – Book 2 in the Mixed-Up History series where historical characters take a break from their lives to try a new adventure. These sound fantastic! Targeted to readers in the lower elementary grades who are starting to explore chapter books.
Dog Diaries: Susan – Book 12 in this series looks at Queen Elizabeth II’s corgi, Susan. I haven’t read the books in this series, but this particular one sounds fascinating!

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


All Three Stooges – The friendship between two comedy-loving boys is threatened when one loses his father and starts to withdraw.
The Case of the Perilous Palace – Book 4 in the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series. I read the first book in this mystery/history/science fiction series and loved it. I would like to catch up on it some time. This final book in the series has the girls breaking into Kensington Palace to find the princess’ missing sketch book/diary. This one sounds terrific!
Harley Quinn at Super Hero High – Book 5 in the Super Hero High series, Harley investigates a carnival that comes to town where things aren’t quite what they seem. I’m looking forward to this addition to a fun middle grade series.
The Terrible Two Go Wild – Book 3 in this fantastic series about two pranksters. In this book, the boys are targeted by a group of bullies. My students and I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two books in the series. I’m eager to read this next installation.
Nice Try, Jane Sinner – A struggling girl who gets expelled from high school enrolls in a completion program at the local community college and goes on a student-run reality show so she can move out of her house. This has been getting a LOT of positive buzz already. I’ve already requested it from the library.
A Taxonomy of Love – This covers the ups and downs of friendship between a boy with Tourette’s and the girl who moves into the neighborhood and becomes his best friend. I’ll be reviewing this one later this week.
Unearthed – Two teens stow away to an ancient planet to pursue their own goals and discover alien secrets. Dystopian science fiction fans should check this one out. I know I will be!

Books for Adults


Deadly Summer – Book 1 in the Darling Investigations series about a former TV child-star who tries to revive her career with a reality TV show where she tries to solve local crimes. When she stumbles across a very real murder, things change quickly. This sounds terrific!
A Meddle of Wizards – Book 1 in the Fledgling Magic series about a sick young woman who is whisked away to a mysterious land to fight a wizard. This sounds completely quirky – and right up my alley!
The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss – Book 3 in the Dahlia Moss Mystery series. Talk about quirky! I’m not even sure how to summarize the stories in this geeky mystery series, but I do know that I have book one high on my library list! I hope to dig into this series soon.
Star Trek Boldly Go Vol 2 – I adore this comic book series. If you are a fan of Star Trek, especially the new cast, consider checking out this graphic novel series. I never miss an issue! This particular collection focuses on a diplomatic murder and a group of Starfleet cadets.
Girl Positive: How Girls Are Shaping a New World – Stories of young women making a difference! Both a celebration of what is happening today as well as advice and information for readers as they consider their own place in the world.
Trade Your Cares for Calm – The latest from Max Lucado in his series of materials about anxiety.

Batman Nightwalker

BOOK NEWS: January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! Hope your New Year’s holiday was restful for you and your family! Today we are kicking off a new year of Book News. Here are some of the new books coming out this week:

Books for Kids


  

The Easter Story – The Easter story, told in Lego bricks.
Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens – A new full-sized hardcover story from Fancy Nancy. Nancy and Bree find oodles of kittens. But Nancy isn’t sure the one she keeps will be able to get along with her dog, Frenchy.
Let the Children March – A book about the 1963 Children’s March for Civil Rights.
The Littlest Viking – The smallest viking (with the loudest voice) meets his match in a smaller, louder warrior princess.
Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe – A science-minded kid doesn’t think she wants anything to do with being a flower girl in her favorite uncle’s wedding. I’m excited about this one, just because Magnolia sounds like a great kid!
Batgirl on the Case – Batgirl relives a night of crime finding to backtrack in order to find her father’s birthday gift. I love Batgirl! This would be fun to read.
Fast as the Flash – An early reader for Flash fans
Leia Chronicles – Part of the Forces of Destiny series of early readers
Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar – Pete’s new caterpillar friend goes missing. Pete the Cat books are great fun for kids.
Bad Kitty Camp Daze – After an accident, Kitty starts to think she is a dog. This stresses out Puppy, so he goes away to dog camp. And Kitty sneaks off with him. These early chapter books are a lot of fun!
The Major Eights: Battle of the Bands AND Scarlet’s Big Break – This new early chapter book series kicks off with two new books, one about a Battle of the Bands and another is about one of the kids going solo.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


   

Betty Before X – Explores the childhood of civil rights activist Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X. I’m eager to read this one. I don’t know anything about the life of Betty Shabazz.
Black Panther: The Young Prince – Our whole family is looking forward to the Black Panther movie next month. In this book, T’Challa is a boy in Wakanda. He and his best friend are sent to school in Chicago where T’Challa starts on his path to becoming the Black Panther.
Bodyguard: Target AND Traitor – Books 7 and 8 in the Bodyguard series. I enjoyed books 1 and 2 (originally one whole novel); there’s tons of action. These two books focus on a different bodyguard, this time guarding a young rock star.
Escape from Aleppo – This story centers on a girl turning 12 just as Syria enters a civil war and bombs fall on her home city of Aleppo. A timely story.
Eternity Elixir – First in the new Potion Masters trilogy. Gordy has been training to be a potion master, but now a dangerous potion has fallen into his hands. Can Gordy and his family and friends keep it safe? This sounds like a story I will love!
Just Like Jackie – A girl is struggling with her caretaker’s failing memory and a bully at school. This one sounds fantastic!
Snow Lane – The youngest of 9 children, Annie longs to make her mark but plenty of things, including family secrets, are stacked against her. Looking forward to this one too!
Super Gifted – Sequel to the book Ungifted.  I love Gordon Korman’s books, and I have added both of these books to my library wish list!
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel – The Dragonet Prophecy – Graphic Novel version of the first Wings of Fire book. I really enjoyed this. The artwork is beautiful (although if you don’t know the story, it can be hard to know which dragon is which when they are all from the same tribe). This streamlines the first book nicely. I’m eager to see what they do with the other books in the series.
Winterhouse – First book in a new urban fantasy series about an orphan, an old hotel with an amazing library, and a magical book. I’ll be reviewing this one later today. Be sure you come back and check out my review.
As You Wish – A teen lives in a town that grants each kid one wish on their 18th birthday. I reviewed this one last week. You can read it here.
Batman: Nightwalker – This is the top book on my list for this week! I have already pre-ordered this one. This is an original story of Bruce Wayne as a teen. I can’t wait to get my eyes on this one!
Don’t Cosplay with my Heart – A struggling teen finds strength in her cosplay character and community. I’m really looking forward to reading this one.
The Forgotten Book – A teen who finds everything going her way in life stumbles onto a magic book. Everything she writes comes true. But someone else knows about this book and is determined to take it away from her. Looking forward to this one, too.
Love & Other Train Wrecks – A stalled train in a snowstorm puts two teens together and sets them on a course to change their thoughts about love.
Turn it Up – The co-captains of an a cappella group are at odds over a guy – the guy who leads a rival group. How can the girls’ group hope to compete if their leaders are at odds? Their only hope is the new girl who has an amazing voice – and unbelievable stage fright. This sounds like a YA version of the Pitch Perfect movies. I am so excited to read this one. I have enjoyed the author’s other work, and I am looking forward to this one.
You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone – A set of ambitious twins at odds take another hit when one tests positive for Huntington’s while the other does not.

Books for Adults


Another One Bites the Crust – Book 7 in the Bakeshop mystery series. I’ll be reviewing this one here next week.
Death Below Stairs – The first book in the Below Stairs mystery series. A cook in a mansion tries to figure out who killed the kitchen maid. This sounds SO fun! I’m requesting this one from the library for certain.
Dial M For Mousse – Book 3 in the Emergency Dessert Squad. I am a book behind on this series, but I hope to catch up soon. I really enjoyed book one.
Every Dog Has His Day – Book 3 in the Bluff Point Romance series. I enjoyed the first book, and I thought the second was even better! I’ll be reviewing this one here tomorrow.
Black Panther Ultimate Guide – This looks like a gorgeous collection of history on the character of Black Panther. Our family will be checking this book out for sure.
Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America –  This nonfiction book looks at the daughters of Thomas Jefferson – white and black – and their lives in America. One of my goals in 2018 is to read more nonfiction. This could be on my list!
Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals – Michael Hyatt is known for his organizational tips both for your personal life and also for building your business and your platform. Here he compiles his best information on goal setting and productivity.

Young Queens novella

BOOK NEWS: December 26, 2017

Hope you had a terrific Christmas if you celebrate the holiday!! This is our last “Book News” of 2017.

Here are the new books releasing this week – a great way to use any of those gift cards you might have found in your Christmas stocking! Come back later this morning for a new review for kids, too.

Books for Kids


Be Brave, Little Penguin – Pip Pip wants to join his friends, but he is afraid of water.
Dear Girl – A love letter to the special girl in your life
Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas – Book 5 in the Bad Guys series for new chapter book readers.
Battle of the Boss-Monster – Book 13 in the Notebook of Doom series. Part of the Branches line of early chapter books.
Dog Man and Cat Kid – Book 4 in the Dog Man series. This time, Dog Man gets a sidekick.
Fire, Fire – Book 3 in the Hilde Cracks the Case series about a real kid-reporter. Part of the Branches line of early chapter books
Magic School Bus Rides Again: Monster Power and Sink or Swim – New Magic School Bus books from the folks at Branches
Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required – Toys learn to play at the Toy Academy. You can imagine what happens at the Evil Toy Academy…. And the Evil Academy has Toy Academy in their sights.
Lego Nonfiction: Science – Latest in the Lego Nonfiction series.

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


American Girl Real Stories from My Time: The Titanic and The Underground Railroad – Two nonfiction books in a new line from the folks at American Girl.
Detention of Doom – Book 3 in the DC Secret Hero Society series. Great for fans of the DC Super Hero Girls or other DC properties. Similar in style to the Jedi Academy series (although I prefer the art style in the two Jedi series over the art in book one of this series).
Houses of Hogwarts Creativity Journal – A guided journal for Harry Potter fans
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily – A girl off her ADHD meds meets a brilliant boy in detention, and they connect over ancient love letters.
Love, Life and the List – A young woman with an unrequited crush on her best friend turns to her art as a distraction from love. She sets 10 challenges for herself to conquer in the hopes that it will add the emotion and heart to her art that is missing.
Young Queens (novella) – E-book prequel to Three Dark Crowns. This is the story of the three queens – after they were born, but before they were separated. This is my top pick for this week!  I’ve already requested this from my local library.

Books for Adults


Crust No One – Book 2 in the Bread Shop mystery series about a struggling photographer who tries her hand at bread baking. I enjoyed book one, and I’m looking forward to reading this!
Escape Claws – Book one in the new Cat Lady mystery series about a young woman who goes to care for her estranged aunt who has a houseful of cats. I really liked this mystery. You can read my review of this one here tomorrow.
Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes – Book 1 in the new Daisy’s Tea Garden mystery series. This series takes place in Pennsylvania Amish Country, and the Tea Garden becomes the scene of a murder. Sounds like a great new series. I’ll be checking this one out.
Now that You Mention It – A woman returns to her home after heartbreak to heal. But her old hometown holds a grudge. Her family is falling apart, and she might not have what it takes to hold things together. This sounds excellent! I’ve already requested this from my local library.
Stowed Away – Book 6 in the Maine Clambake series about a woman who returns home to help out the family’s struggling business. In this book, the main character is called on to help an old rival who is suspected of killing her fiancé.
The Good, the Bad, the Guardians – A handbook for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Covers the Winter Soldier through the introduction of Doctor Strange. This seems to be the second book in the line.

Prince in Disguise

BOOK NEWS: December 19, 2017

This week kicks off my favorite time of the year. And in the new releases is a book that may be my favorite book of the whole year. Let’s take a look:

Books for Kids


I Love Pete the Kitty – First in a new series of board books introducing even younger readers to Pete the Cat. In this series, Pete is just a kitten.
Valensteins – Instead of scaring, Fran K Stein is making… A Valentine! Is Fran in love?

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults



Here, There, Everywhere – A guy feeling alone in a new town meets a girl who changes everything. Except she is counting down the minutes until she can leave.
Prince in Disguise – Dylan’s older sister won the heart of a “prince” on the reality show, Prince in Disguise. Now Dylan is in Europe, at a castle, for her sister’s wedding. The cameras are still rolling, and Dylan wants no part of it. Only Jamie is making any part of this tolerable. THIS BOOK! Oh my goodness. I ADORED this book! I’ll be reviewing this on Thursday – you’ll have to come back then. This could be my favorite book of the year.

Books for Adults


Barna Trends 2018: What’s New and What’s Next at the Intersection of Faith and Culture – The latest research findings from the Barna Group. I know it sounds geeky, but I love information like this. This would be cool to read!
Create Your Life Book: Mixed Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth – This would be a cool project to kick of the new year.