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BOOK NEWS: February 28, 2017

The last Tuesday of the month means LOTS of great books releasing this week. Take a look:

Books for Kids


Lego Big Book of Animals – Part of the Lego Nonfiction line of books. Can’t go wrong with animal books AND Lego!
Agatha Christie – Picture book biography of author Agatha Christie (releases March 2)
Becoming Bach – Picture book biography of my favorite composer!
Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression – Picture book biography of Depression-era photographer, Dorothea Lange
Little Fox in the Forest – Two kids have a forest adventure when a real life fox runs off with the girl’s stuffed one.
You Can Read – Picture Book celebrating the adventure of reading!
I’m Batgirl – New Early Reader from the Lego Batman Movie, focusing on my favorite DC character, Batgirl
Dragon Masters: Search for the Lightning Dragon – I am a huge fan of the Branches line of books from Scholastic. They are PERFECT first chapter books for new readers. This is book 7 in this series about dragons with magic powers and the kids who care for them.
Nancy Clancy, Late Breaking News – Fancy Nancy chapter books are terrific for kids who loved the picture books, but are ready for something meatier/longer. This is book 8 in the series.
Bad Guys: Mission Unpluckable – Bad Guys, Book 2
Elle the Thumbelina Fairy – I loved these fairy stories when I was teaching. They are short, making them a quick read for young readers. The language in them, though, is pretty strong, making this a perfect recommendation for young readers who are also strong readers but may not yet be old enough for middle grade stories.
Mariana the Goldilocks Fairy
Rosalie the Rapunzel Fairy
Ruth the Red Riding Hood Fairy

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


Backstories: Darth Vadar – This is a fantastic series (started with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) that gives the foundational stories of major pop culture figures.
Family Game Night and other Catastrophes – Annabelle struggles to keep people at a distance so no one finds out how out of control her mother’s hoarding has gotten. Can’t wait to read this!
Frogkisser – A princess who can break curses with a kiss ventures out with some interesting friends to try to save her kingdom from her evil stepfather. Sounds like my kind of book!
Goldfish Boy – A boy with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) may be a witness in the case of a missing toddler in his neighborhood. I so want to read this one (oh, who am I kidding?! I want to read all of them)!
See You in the Cosmos – A boy keeps a running commentary on his iPod about his life and the people he meets, hoping to someday launch it into space to tell other life forms about Earth. Looking forward to reading this one!
Well That Was Awkward – Middle school story of what to do when your best friend likes your secret crush. Top of my wish list for this week!
Science Comics: Bats – This is a cool graphic novel non-fiction series. I’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series.
Tornado Terror – As a librarian I sometimes had trouble convincing kids to willingly read nonfiction. When Lauren Tarshis started publishing non-fiction books with the same accessible style as her I Survived fiction books, I didn’t have trouble any more!
What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs? – The latest book in this fantastic non-fiction series for kids. Can’t go wrong with dinosaurs!
Stranger than FanFiction – I’m looking forward to reading this Teen/YA book by actor/author Chris Colfer about a TV star and a few of his fans going on a road trip.
The Hate U Give – Sort of a “ripped from the headlines” story of a girl who witnesses her best friend get shot and killed by a police officer. The buzz for this book is tremendous! Everyone I know who got an early copy has said this is a must read.
Width of the World – Book 3 in the Vega Jane series by David Baldacchi

Books for Adults


Banana Cream Pie Murder – Book 21 in the Hannah Swendson Bakeshop series (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries have turned some of these into fun movies!)
Death by Chocolate Lab – Book one in the new Lucky Paws Petsitting mystery series!
Fatality by Firelight – Book two in the Cat Latimer mystery series. You can read my review of book one here.
Kneaded to Death – Book one in the new Bread Shop mystery series!
The Long Mirage – The latest book in the Star Trek Deep Space Nine saga
Brave Is the New Beautiful – “Finding the Courage to be the Real You.” Sounds like this would be a great small group or Sunday school resource to study.
Divided We Stand – Historic exploration of the facets of the Women’s Movement  – from both sides of the aisle, liberal and conservative.
Grace is Greater – This looks like a great discussion of God’s grace that is available to each of us!
The Modern Enneagram – I have been studying the Enneagram personality system this year. I am curious to see how this book lines up with the other things I have been reading.
Portraits of Courage – A book of paintings and stories of American military veterans by former President George W. Bush

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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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BOOK NEWS: February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day week! Whether you are celebrating with the love of your life, or you think of Valentine’s Day as “Black Tuesday,” here are some new books that you might fall in love with!

Books for Kids


 

Obi-123 – I’m reviewing book one in this series tomorrow. I loved ABC-3PO and I hope the new book is just as awesome.
A Perfect Day – A perfect day for bear becomes a not-so-perfect day for other animals. The cover of this one really grabs my attention
Animal Ark – You can hardly go wrong with an animal book for kids. This one combines pictures and poetry (by Kwame Alexander!). Looks like a winner!
Bob Not Bob – This may be the top book on my (LONG) wish list of books coming out this week. The book trailer is darling and the premise – a boy with a cold calls for his mom and gets his dog, Bob, instead – is brilliant.
Not Quite Narwhal – Frankly, it’s the cover that makes me want to read this book! It’s beautiful! And the core story is about identity – one of my favorite themes. I am looking forward to reading this one.
You Don’t Want a Unicorn – A boy who wishes for a unicorn learns to be careful what you wish for.
Get a Hit, Mo! – About a small boy who loves sports. I love Early Readers for kids who are growing as new readers. This one looks cute.
Ms. Joni Is a Phony! – Book 7 in the My Weirdest School series by Dan Gutman
Lego Batman: The Making of the Movie – A behind the scenes look at the new Lego Batman movie, including concept art.
Before Ever After (Junior Novel) – Junior Novel for the Tangled TV series coming to Disney Channel

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


  

Calico Girl – The story of a young slave girl and her family in the Civil War. I’m curious to read where this story fits in the larger historical story of the Civil War.
One Amazing Elephant – A girl and a circus elephant mourn their loss. This is recommended for fans of The One and Only Ivan. This sounds like a lovely story.
Last Day on Mars – The human race, living on Mars after the destruction of Earth, is moving to another new home as Mars is about to be destroyed as well. Two teens among the last to leave Mars make startling discoveries. This sounds fantastic!
The Playbook – Illustrated book of inspiration by the author of The Crossover, Kwame Alexander
Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up – Twelve-year-old Addie Bell gets her wish to be 16. I can’t wait to read this one!
Last of August – Book 2 in the Charlotte Holmes mystery series, after A Study in Charlotte. I enjoyed book 1 and I am looking forward to reading this one!
X Files Originals – Graphic Novel about Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as teens investigating two separate mysteries that may have a common thread
Civil War II – Hardcover graphic novel of comics 0-7 of this series that asks if it is right to arrest people based on what they MIGHT do in the future. I have enjoyed this series of comics. There are also several sideline series that take place in this timeline in some of the other Marvel universes (X-Men, Spiderman, etc.).

Books for Adults


Death in the Dales – Book 7 in the Kate Shackleton mystery series
Redeeming Grace – Based on the Biblical story of Ruth
This Life I Live – The story of Joey and Rory Feek. This will be a moving and inspiring read, I’m sure!

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BOOK NEWS: February 7, 2017

February is here! I choose to believe Staton Island Chuck who said spring is  right around the corner rather than Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter! So, my fingers are crossed for spring, spring, spring!

Here are some books to help you fill the time until the temperatures rise and the sun makes a more regular appearance.

Books for Kids


Bunny’s Book Club – A bunny who misses outdoor storytime when the weather gets cold, decides to go into the library through the book drop. I have been looking forward to reading this book for months! I hope it is as fun as it looks.
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night – A dinosaur and his two duck friends hear a scary noise in the night. This looks adorable. I can’t wait to see it in person.
Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny – Nibbles the bunny goes missing in this new story with stickers starring Fancy Nancy.
Little House Book of Wisdom – An illustrated collection of thoughts from the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mr. Lincoln’s Way – The latest book by Patrica Polacco about school principal, Mr. Lincoln and a student struggling with racism.
Samson the Piranha Who Went to Dinner – Samson longs to try out the three new fancy restaurants in his neighborhood, but piranha can be kind of scary….
Alexander Hamilton – With the popularity of the musical Hamilton, I expect we will be seeing lots of new books about this Founding Father this year. Our family loves the musical, and I am eager to see what parts of Hamilton’s life are covered in this early reader.
What’s Your Favorite Favorite? – Book 3  in this hilarious series staring Ballet Cat. I can’t wait to read this one!! Book 1, The Totally Secret Secret, is one of my all time favorite books for kids.
Light in the Lion’s Den – Book 19 of this Christian series that is a lot like Magic Tree House. In this book the kids head back in time to the Biblical events of Daniel being thrown in the lion’s den.
Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel – Early chapter book about new friends and the adventures they have each day based on the spin of their Wonder Wheel. This looks darling!

Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults


  

Blueberry Pancakes Forever – Book 3 in the Tuesday McGillycuddy series (Finding Serendipity). I loved the first two books in this series about a girl who can enter the world of written stories.
Castle in the Mist – A magical fantasy set in the English countryside
Dragon Captives – A new story arc begins in the world of The Unwanteds. I started the original series but never finished it. I might have to go back and take another run at it!
Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine – Two brothers set off for Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush
Pinch of Powder – Book one in the new “Pulvology” series. This book sounds fun – two kids helping out a neighbor who is a “pulvologist” and makes special powders in her lab. I can only imagine the trouble that can start with some of those special powders!
Squirrel Meets World – This new Squirrel Girl book from the fabulous Shannon Hale is at the TOP of my wish list this week!
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? – Biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Who Was Cesar Chavez? – Biography of activist Cesar Chavez
Who Was Lucille Ball? – Biography of entertainer Lucille Ball
King’s Cage – Book 3 in the Red Queen series. This is one of the most highly anticipated books of 2017.
Romeo and What’s Her Name – The unprepared understudy has to go on stage – with her crush – in Romeo and Juliet
Wanted – Book 2 in the fairy tale Spelled series. The description of this one makes me want to dig book one off my shelves and start reading right away!

Books for Adults


Blown Away – First in the new Kite Shop Mystery series
Bookman Dead Style – Book 2 in the Dangerous Type Mystery series
A Measure of Murder – Book 2 in the Sally Solari Mystery series
Mission Impawsible – Book 4 in the Paws and Claws Mystery series
Snowed in with Murder – Book 3 in the Otter Lake Mystery series
War and Peach – Book 3 in the Georgia Peach Mystery series
Wee Homicice in the Hotel – Book 3 in the ScotShop Mystery series
Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits that Bind You –  Christian Living book about pushing beyond the habits you use to keep you comfortable and finding true comfort in Christ.