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Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Booklist says that Speed of Life by Carol Weston, "This novel is jam-packed with important, dramatic, and inevitable aspects of adolescence, from pimples to periods to popularityWeston draws heavily on her years as “Dear Carol” at Girls’ Life magazine, creating a solid, affecting tale of maturing and coming to grips with one’s reality."

The full review will be in Booklist's April 15th print edition!

 

Book Info

speed of lifeSpeed of Life by Carol Weston

Pub. Date: April 4th, 2017

Imprint: Jabberwocky

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Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on.

Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.

SPEED OF LIFE is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it's just beginning. It's a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Publishers Weekly says, "The exciting plot, rich setting, and superb writing will delight fans of historical romances."

The full review will be in this week's issue of Publishers Weekly!

 

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9781492630203-mThe Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend #2) by Linda Broday 

Pub. Date: May 2nd, 2017

Imprint: Casablanca

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Three Brothers. One Oath.
No Compromises.
The MEN of LEGEND

The Cowboy
One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend's world. He swore he'd never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he's never met-a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband-or any man-after the heartache she's endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride...and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shelf Awareness says "The Bone Witch is fantasy world-building at its best, and Rin Chupeco (The Girl from the Well; The Suffering) has created a strong and colorful cast of characters to inhabit that realm."

The full review will be shared in Shelf Awareness for Readers e-newsletter.

 

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9781492635826-mThe Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Imprint: Fire

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Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha―one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles...and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BookPage says, "The Yellow Envelope is an uplifting memoir of bravery and self-discovery.”

Check out the full review in BookPage's April Issue!

Book Info 

9781492635383-mThe Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

Imprint: Sourcebooks

Pub. Date: April 4th, 2017

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What Would You Do with a Yellow Envelope?

After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don't overthink it; share your experiences; don't feel pressured to give it all away.

Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As she distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving―of ourselves―is transformational.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is included in Buzzfeed feature, "18 Books You Need to Add to Your Must-Read List

 

Book Info

9781492635826-mThe Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Imprint: Fire

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Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha―one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles...and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Library Journal says that Girl in Disguise is, "a sure crowd-pleaser for lovers of historical fiction and chilling plotlines."

You can read the full review from Library Journal HERE!

 

Book Info

9781492635222-mGirl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

Pub. Date: March 21st, 2017

Imprint: Landmark

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Inspired by the real story of investigator Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective's rise during one of the nation's times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.

With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin--unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective.

Battling criminals and coworkers alike, Kate immerses herself in the dangerous life of an operative, winning the right to tackle some of the agency's toughest investigations. But is the woman she's becoming--capable of any and all lies, swapping identities like dresses--the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was?

 

Check out this interview with Greer on Publisher's Weekly!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

What Booklist has to say about By Her Touch by Adriana Anders:

“Anders has created wonderful variations on the beauty and the beast theme and the damsel-in-distress trope, a greatly tormented hero, and a powerful mix of menace and romance.”

The full review will be posted in their March 15th issue, so don't miss it! 

 

Book Info

 

9781492633877-MBy Her Touch (Blank Canvas #2) by Adriana Anders

Pub. Date: April 4, 2017

Imprint: Casablanca

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He Will Always Bear the Scars

Undercover cop Clay Navarro left the Sultans biker gang a changed man. Its ringleaders may be awaiting trial, but he wears the memory of every brutal act he was forced to commit tattooed across his skin. He doesn't have space in his messed-up life for anything gentle―not now, maybe not ever.

Dr. Georgette Hadley is drawn to the damaged stranger's pain, intimidated but intrigued by the warmth that lies beneath Clay's frightening exterior. But when the Sultans return looking for revenge, she finds herself drawn into the dirty underbelly of a life forged in violence...that not even her touch may be able to heal.

 

 

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Booklist calls Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott a "fast-paced, Jason Bourne-esque story."

The full review will be published in the Booklist's March 15th issue, be on the look on it! 

 

Other Reviews of Pretty Fierce

“A fast-paced page-turner that combines elements of a thriller with romance.” –School Library Journal

“Scott delivers a zippy narrative that downplays romance. The result is a story with all the driving suspense of a spy thriller. She divides the narrative between Kaia and Oliver in alternating first-person chapters, creating interesting, well-rounded characters.” –Kirkus

“A pulse-pounding climax.” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

 

Book Info

9781492637981-mPretty Fierce by Kieran Scott 

Pub. Date: April 4th, 2017

Imprint: Sourebooks Fire

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An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger-and she'll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia's spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there's no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver. But when she's jumped by a hit man and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia's secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees her small town, taking Oliver with her. With hit men stalking their every move, can Kaia and Oliver protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?

 

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Kirkus calls Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons (May 2017), "a fun introduction to a paranormal series that combines the familiar with the new to bring a fresh spin on the vampire romance." 

The full review will appear in Kirkus' March 15th issue and will appear online on March 7th, so be sure to check that out!

Book Info

9781492645306-MDating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Pub. Date: May 2, 2017

Imprint: Casablanca

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For mortals wanting to get up close and personal with the beautiful undead, there's...

V-DATE, THE UNDEAD DATING SERVICE

Silver Harris is over clingy men―maybe men altogether. But when she shares a toe-curling kiss with a sexy Irish vampire on New Year's Eve, she wonders if maybe it's human men she's done with. Silver turns to the popular vampire dating site, V-Date, but soon she's in over her head and her mysterious hottie is nowhere to be found...

Logan Byrne can't get that sassy redhead out of his head―or that kiss! When his boss assigns him to spy on V-Date members, he meets Silver again. Turns out, the police are recruiting humans to snitch on vampires through the dating site. As the snark and sparks fly, feelings between Silver and Logan grow deep and suddenly Logan isn't so sure he can betray her, no matter how dangerous the consequences might be.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Shelf Awareness for Readers says that A Country Between: Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide is:  “Thoughtful, candid and achingly lovely, A Country Between celebrates the moments of beauty and truth that appear even--or especially--in broken and hard places, bringing light and healing in unexpected ways.”

Book Info 

9781492639053-mA Country Between: Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide by Stephanie Saldana

Pub. Date: February 7th, 2017

Imprint: Sourcebooks

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"Behind every dark moment, there is another hidden world. The trick is to hold out long enough to make it there."

When American writer Stephanie Saldana finds herself in an empty house at the beginning of Nablus Road, the dividing line between East and West Jerusalem, she is a new wife trying to navigate a fragile terrain, both within her marriage and throughout the country in which she has chosen to live.

Pregnant with her first child, Stephanie struggles to protect her family, their faith, and herself from the cracks of Middle Eastern conflict that threaten to shatter the world around her. But as her due date approaches, she must reconcile herself with her choice to bring a child into a dangerous world. Determined to piece together life from the brokenness, she sets out to uncover small instances of beauty to balance the delicate coexistence between love, motherhood, and a country so often at war.

In an urban valley in Jerusalem, A Country Between captures the fragile ecosystem of the Middle East and the difficult first years of motherhood in the midst of a conflict-torn city. What unfolds is a celebration of faith, language, family, and love that fills the space between what was shattered, leaving us whole once more.

 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Booklist calls The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (Feb 2017): "An absorbing novel, marking Mazzola as a name to watch in historical mystery."

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9781492635475-mThe Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Pub. Date: February 7th, 2017

Imprint: Landmark

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A thrilling debut based based on the real case of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother sentenced to hang for her alleged role in a shocking murder, bringing together the accused with an idealistic young lawyer assigned to investigate whether she is a guilty murderer or an unfortunate victim.

Something is keeping Sarah Gale silent despite the risk of a death sentence. Is it guilt? Fear? Love?

Sentenced to hang for her alleged role in a shocking murder, Sarah confronts the young lawyer asked to examine her guilty verdict. She says she is innocent, but she refuses to explain the evidence given in court -- the evidence that convicted her. Battling his own demons, Edmund Fleetwood is determined to find the truth -- and to uncover why Sarah won't talk.

Darkness hides in Sarah's past, Edmund is certain, but surviving on the streets of London often means that one has to make difficult choices. Does it matter what else she's done, if she's innocent of murder? As the day of execution draws closer, Edmund struggles to discover whether she is the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice, or a dangerous and devious criminal.

Bringing 1837 London alive in the most visceral way, The Unseeing is a tense novel of human frailty and fear -- and of the terrible consequences of jealousy and misunderstanding.

 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

School Library Journal has reviewed both Tricked by Jen Calonita and Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton!

What SLJ says about Tricked“Calonita tackles bullying, selfishness, trust, friendship, loyalty, responsibility, and courage while delivering an entertaining and often humorous fantasy flight.

Book Info

 

9781492637950-mTricked by Jen Calonita

Pub. Date: March 7th, 2017

Imprint: Jabberwocky

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Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School.

At least, that's what Gilly's heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he's locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper's pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She's been released from FTRS and is now suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff.

But when Gilly's little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her troublemaking new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she's got to get Anna out of there. There's only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS.

It's time to out-trick a trickster.

 

And what SLJ has to say about Love and Vandalism

“Rory is a strong character with fierce convictions… The nuanced character development stands out in this sensitive exploration of the healing power of art. This book will resonate with artists and art lovers alike."

 

Book Info

 

9781492636052-mLove and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Pub. Date: March 2st, 2017

Imprint: Fire

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Rory has a secret: she’s the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he’d probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory’s sure she’s busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won’t turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot. As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice.

 

 

Full reviews for both of these titles from School Library Journal will appear in the March 2017, be sure to check them out!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ultimatium by K.M. Walton has received a wonderful review from Booklist

“There are plenty of teen novels in which parents die; however, this is a cut above as its main characters must struggle through loss twice and navigate decisions normally consigned to adults.”

The full review is available online here and will be included in Booklist's March newsletter!

 

Book Info

9781492635079-mUltimatium by K.M. Walton

Pub. Date: March 7th, 2017

Imprint: Sourcebooks Fire

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It's not Oscar's fault he's misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he's been disrespected by his father and bullied by his self-absorbed older brother, so he withdraws from his fractured family, seeking refuge in his art.

Vance wishes his younger brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother's death without Oscar getting all emotional. At least when Vance pushes himself in lacrosse and parties, he feels alive.

But when their father's alcoholism sends him into liver failure, the two brothers must come face-to-face with their demons--and each other--if they are going to survive a very uncertain future.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Carol Weston's fantastic book, Speed of Life (April 2017) gets another starred review! For those of you who have been keeping up, this is the third starred review this wonderful book has received! 

This time, the review is from School Library Journal

"This refreshing work tackles a lot of themes"

"Weston isn’t afraid to tackle the squirm-inducing questions common to high school freshmen too embarrassed to seek sound information from reliable sources."

Check out the full review in School Library Journal's March issue!

 

Book Info

speed of lifeSpeed of Life by Carol Weston

Pub. Date: April 4th, 2017

Imprint: Jabberwocky

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Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on.

Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.

SPEED OF LIFE is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it's just beginning. It's a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up.

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

What Booklist has to say about Radium Girls (May 2017):

“Written in a highly readable, narrative style, Moore’s chronicle of these inspirational women’s lives is sure to provoke discussion—and outrage—in book groups.”

Check out the full review in the March 15th issue of Booklist!

Book Info

9781492649359-mRadium Girls by Kate Moore

Pub. Date: May 2nd, 2017

Imprint: Sourcebooks

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The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger

The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kirkus has reviewed Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman:

“Anise's reluctance to leave, rooted in worries of forgetting home and being forgotten, will resonate with readers who've ever been homesick… A quick summer read to reassure teens who worry about college or blooming where they're planted.”

You can read the full review online now and see it in their March 1st print edition!

 

Book Info

9781492646860-mGirl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Pub. Date: May , 2017

Imprint: Sourcebooks Fire

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Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can't wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it's her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it's hard to put her past behind her when she's living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.

Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

Friday, February 24, 2017

What Publisher's Weekly says about The Girl Between by Lisa Stromme (April 2017):

“Stromme expertly weaves real historical figures into this well-crafted novel which explores the nature of obsessive love and the possible inspiration for The Scream.”

Read the full review on Publisher's Weekly HERE!

 

Book Info

The Girl Between9781492649212-m by Lisa Stromme

Pub. Date: April 11th, 2017

Imprint: Sourcebooks Landmark

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The story of the love affair that inspired Edvard Munch to paint The Scream

Now that she's working as a maid for an admiral's family, Johanne thinks her carefree summers are over. She doesn't yet know that an infamous artist will lead her down a path of scorching chaos.

The admiral's daughter has become obsessed with the painter, a man years older with a dark reputation. When a forbidden affair beings, and Johanne is asked to hide more than just secrets, she must decide whether to take the risk...

Seen through the eyes of a young maid who finds herself drawn ever deeper into the intense relationship between her mistress and the painter, The Girl Between explores how one of the most famous paintings of all time may have been inspired by an intoxicating love affiar.

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

What Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books says about The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (March 2017):

“In this sweeping high fantasy, Chupeco concocts a grim world of magic, both light and dark.”

"the author’s keen eye for exploring the afterlife is consistent, and there are plenty of chilling scenes that prove this novel fits within both genres effectively."

 

9781492635826-mThe Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Pub. Date: March 7th, 2017

Imprint: Sourcebooks Fire

Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles...and make a powerful choice.

 

And about Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott (April 2017):

“Pulse-pounding… Kaia’s happy ending, including the promise of a future with Oliver, is well earned.”

9781492637981-mPretty Fierce by Kieran Scott 

Pub. Date: April 4th, 2017

Imprint: Sourebooks Fire

Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger-and she'll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia's spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there's no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver. But when she's jumped by a hit man and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia's secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees her small town, taking Oliver with her. With hit men stalking their every move, can Kaia and Oliver protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?

 

Look out for the full reviews of these awesome books in the March 2017 print issue of Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books!

Friday, February 24, 2017

We are thrilled to share that Stranger Things Have Happened (April 2017) by the awesome Jeff Strand has received a starred review from Booklist: 

"As he did in The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever (2016), Strand flings a visionary, if impulsive, protagonist into encounters that simultaneously test his mettle and leave readers weak with laughter. The card-trick strategy may meet with mixed success, but Marcus is enough of a winner to earn both admiration and enthusiastic applause."

Don't miss the full review in Booklist's March 1st issue!

 

Book Info 

9781492645399-m★Stranger Things Have Happened by Jeff Strand

Pub. Date: April 4th, 2017

Imprint: Sourcebooks Fire

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At 15, Marcus Millian III, the great-grandson of the famous Zachary the Stupendous, is already a talented illusionist. But when Marcus chokes during a card trick and leaves the audience unimpressed, prideful Zachary promises that he and Marcus are working on an illusion that will shock, stun, and astonish. That night, Zachary dies in his sleep.

To uphold the honor of Marcus's beloved great-grandfather, the show must go on, and Marcus will need to make a shark disappear in front of everybody. It would take a sorcerer to pull this off, but, hey, Marcus is the next best thing…right?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

We are so pleased to share this glowing review of How to Make a French Family from Booklist:

“Verant’s memoir touches on universal, real-life themes, like love, loss, and family, while mixing in plenty of delicious French flavors (and actual recipes) that make for a tasty read that’s true to the heart.” 

The full review will appear in the March 1st issue of Booklist, don't miss it! 

 

Book Info

9781492638490-sHow to Make a French Family by Samantha Verant

Pub. Date: April 4th, 2017

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The heartwarming, hilarious story of the culture clashes and faux pas that add up to one happy French family 

When Samantha is given a second chance at love at the age of forty, she moves to southwestern France, thinking she's prepared for her new role in life as an instant American wife and stepmom. It turns out, though, that making a French family takes more than just good intentions and a quick lesson in croissant-baking.

Even while suffering from culture shock and struggling to communicate with and parent her ten-year-old stepson and thirteen-year-old stepdaughter in a culture drastically different from her own, Samantha is determined to adapt to her adopted homeland—because when love and a new life is on the line, giving up isn't an option.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kim Dinan's The Yellow Envelope (April 2017) received a wonderful review from Booklist:

"This is a capably narrated, decidedly introspective, soul-searching travel memoir of the Eat, Pray, Love variety and will likely draw the same audience."

The full Booklist review will be in their March 1st issue. So be on the look out for it!

 

Book Info:

9781492635383 sThe Yellow Envelope (April 2017)

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What Would You Do with a Yellow Envelope?

After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don't overthink it; share your experiences; don't feel pressured to give it all away.

Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As she distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving―of ourselves―is transformational. 

 

 Other Reviews for The Yellow Envelope:

Kirkus: “a memorable adventure...” 

Publishers Weekly: ”many readers will enjoy the uplifting moments Dinan experiences during her quest.”

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