The fall publishing season is fast approaching. We'll soon see an avalanche of books vying for children's/teen literature awards, best books of 2010 lists, and space on holiday gift-giving and wish lists. August brings us some great titles:
Three Black Swans
Caroline Cooney has made a stellar career in YA mystery/suspense stories. Her latest involves a prank that goes very wrong.
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
The latest in the very popular Bad Kitty series. The books appeal to both girls and boys, and are hilarious.
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring
Ballet for Martha has already received many superlatives, so I'm very anxious to read it. The illustrations look stunning.
The author of the popular Mortal Instruments series starts her new series with Clockwork Angel, centered around an orphan, demonkillers, and Victorian London. Creeeepy.
Don't Slam the Door!
This looks fun; a slammed door results in an over-the-top chain of events.
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary
This is several years old, but the sequel sounded so appealing that I had to order both books. The fourth grade class at Aesop Elementary is out of control until an unusual teacher takes over. Each chapter is centered around a contemporary moral which must be solved by the students. Candace Fleming is a fantastic author, so I am sure that this is a funny and excellent series for both boys and girls.
Tonya Bolden (briefly) talked about this book at last year's Jefferson Cup luncheon, and I've been waiting to read it ever since. We need historical fiction books featuring African-American characters that are set in time periods other than the Civil War and the Civil Rights era, which I briefly discussed with her at the luncheon. Finding Family features a 12 year old African-American girl growing up in Charleston, West Virginia, at the turn of the (last) century. Cannot wait.
A Ghost Tale For Christmas Time
A new Magic Tree House! I don't know why this wasn't released a little closer to Christmas, but no matter. This will be popular, regardless. Jack and Annie help Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol. The nonfiction companion book will be be out in September.
This illustrates a common occurrence; a parent attempts to read aloud a book while the child interrupts the story. Looks very cute.
Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan
I'm reading Peter Pan for the first time. Oh, it's twee, but it's definitely compelling and curious. Jane Yolen is a masterful storyteller, so I'm eagerly awaiting her latest endeavor.
Monsters Eat Whiny Children
Two siblings are captured by monsters when they whine too much, but while the monsters argue over how to cook them, they begin to play nicely. Can't wait to see how this goes over with our patrons!
No and Me
This sounds intriguing; a thirteen year old girl meets a homeless eighteen year old and is forever changed. Not only is it set in Paris, but it's translated from the French. Perhaps one to watch for the Batchelder, if it doesn't "read" too old?