Saturday, November 17, 2012

New for November

Even though the 2012 publishing year is winding down, there are still plenty of new books to find on our shelves.

Twelve Kinds of Ice

I've read a ton of superlatives about Twelve Kinds of Ice.  For the past several months, I've read any number of excited reviews in both the blog world and the printed review world.  It's not just a book about ice; it's about *twelve* kinds of ice, from the first glaze at the beginning of the season to the black ice on the lake. 

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

100th anniversaries of important dates and birthdays tends to encourage an outpouring of books, articles, and media specials.  The 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birthday was no exception.  Told through in a cartoon/scrapbook style, this hits the highlights of Child's life, including her stint as a spy during World War II.

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty

I enjoyed Jane Yolen's retelling of the Snow White tale (set in West Virginia during the 1940s), so I definitely have Curse of the Thirteenth Fey on my list.  This backstory of the evil fairy who cursed the infant princess has received terrific reviews. 

Dead Cat Bounce

School Library Journal recommends this thriller centered around espionage and the financial industry for Alex Rider fans.

Don't Turn Around

I'm happy to see more YA thrillers; this is definitely a trend to explore.  This computer hacking thriller is getting amazing reviews: "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for preteens and teens; a surefire hit (Kirkus Reviews)"; "a tight, well-written thriller (School Library Journal)"; "This fast-paced thriller will keep all readers, including adults, on the edge of their seats. This is a must-purchase title..." (VOYA Reviews)."  Wow!

Lonely Planet Not For Parents Australia/China/Extreme Planet/Great Britain/How to be a World Explorer/USA

Travel guides for children are an untapped market.  While there are plenty of books on travel with children, those books are written for adults. Lonely Planet, one of the most popular travel guidebook publishers, has created a rather unique series.  This is not your standard guidebook series with restaurant and attraction recommendations; instead, it showcases a country's unique history (sometimes gross and creepy!) and historical attractions.  We also have the London and New York guides.  Now, if only National Geographic would publish more kid-friendly travel books; their national parks guide is terrific and was extremely popular with our patrons this summer.

The No Dogs Allowed Rule

Yay! Yes! A beginning chapter book featuring a great boy character! Ishan, a third grade boy, wants nothing more than a dog. His parents say no; family life is just too busy right now to add a dog to the mix.  Ishan's attempts to convince his parents otherwise land him in some pretty awkward and hilarious consequences.  Ishan's Indian-American heritage is represented through descriptions of food favorites and definitions of Hindi words. 

Rabbit's Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story

I am so looking forward to reading this during a winter theme story time.  Rabbits, snow, and a repeating refrain ("I will make it snow, AZIKANAPO!)--what more do you need? 

Wild Horse Scientists

I'm a fan of the Scientists in the Field series.  Beautiful pictures and evocative descriptions make them ideal reading for young naturalists and scientists.  I am doubly excited that the newest entry features the horses of Assateague Island.

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