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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

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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.


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

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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?


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.”

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

9781492623441-mMore good news for The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend this week: Katarina Bivald’s debut is on not one, but TWO indie regional bestseller lists!

#11, Mountains & Plains Indie Bestseller List

#12, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller List

You can click on the links to check out the complete lists:

MPIBA: http://www.bookweb.org/sites/default/files/regional_bestseller/161207mp.txt

MIBA: http://www.bookweb.org/sites/default/files/regional_bestseller/161207mw.txt

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

9781492620945-mLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is a Bustle Best YA Book of 2016 selection!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

We are pleased to share our first blurb for THE LAKE AND THE LOST GIRL by Jacquelyn Vincenta (June 2017)!

9781492642466-mThe Lake and the Lost Girl is a compelling tale, a web of life’s interruptions deftly woven to mirror our gifts and frailties. With insight and care, Vincenta braids secret after secret into a tapestry of truth that reveals the stubbornness of our dreams, the ache of our losses, and the fiber of what helps us through. I couldn’t put it down.”—Mark Nepo, author of The One Life We’re Given and The Way Under the Way

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

We had three finalists in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards!

9781492622468-sThis Is Where It Ends got the 6th most votes in Best Young Adult Fiction.






9781492626015-sA Promise of Fire got the 10th most votes in the Debut Goodreads Author category.






9781492613565-sThe Moon in the Palace came in 12th in the Best Historical Fiction category.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

9781492628613-mTHE DARKNESS KNOWS by Cheryl Honigford was mentioned on WBUR’s nationally syndicated NPR show “On Point” as a favorite book of 2016!

 Jill Grunenwald, host of the Professional Book Nerds podcast and staff librarian at Overdrive has it on her list. You can see her picks here:  http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2016/12/05/best-books-2016-list

Cheryl also appeared on the popular old-time radio podcast Nostalgia Digest for a long form interview; which you can download here for a listen: http://www.nostalgiadigest.com/podcasts.html. It's the Fifth Anniversary show at the top, and Cheryl’s interview starts around the 36 minute mark.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti has been reviewed in BookPage’s January 2017 issue! This follows great reviews from Justine Magazine, Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal.

9781492636083-m“Hawthorn is one of the most re­latable characters in recent young adult literature.”

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

9781492626015-mA Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet is also an NPR Best Book of 2016!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

9781492620945-mLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (ISBN 9781492620945; September 2016) is an NPR Best YA Book of 2016! You can view the list at NPR.org

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet has been reviewed in BookPage’s January issue! This follows three amazing starred trade reviews (Kirkus, Booklist, PW), and an RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

9781492626046-M"Fantasy intertwines with romance in the exciting Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, the second book in her Kingmaker Chronicles."

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

We're pleased to share the Publishers Weekly review of I’ll Hug You More by Laura Duksta (ISBN 9781492626183;January 2017). You can read the full review online.

9781492626183-M“Cheery, multi-textured illustrations highlight the sheer versatility of hugs one can give: a small hippo offers a one-handed, behind-the-back number as it eats cereal at the breakfast table, a ladybug uses all six limbs to cling to its parent, and two snakes entwine in a cozy, circular embrace…[Duksta’s] reassuring message comes through loud and clear.”

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

We're delighted to share another blurb for THE PANTS PROJECT (Jabberwocky/March 2017), this time from M.G. Hennessey, author of critically acclaimed The Other Boy and of this recent ShelfTalker blog post:

9781492638094-m“I loved this book! Liv is the perfect hero—smart, likable, and brave. Through “The Pants Project,” Liv learns important lessons about friendship and the importance of staying true to yourself—takeaways every kid can relate to.”

Friday, December 02, 2016

Lord Sebastian’s Secret by Jane Ashford has received a wonderful review from Booklist!

9781492621621-MThey called it “marvelously inventive.”

The review will appear in the December 15th issue.

Friday, December 02, 2016

9781492620945-mZoraida Cordova’s LABYRINTH LOST has been named to New York Public Library’s prestigious 2016 Best Books for Teens list!

The NYPL Best Books for Teens list is highly regarded by librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country.

You can view the full list online: https://www.nypl.org/books-music-dvds/recommendations/award-winners/ya-2

Friday, December 02, 2016

9781492623441-mThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald has been named the #4 title on the 2016 LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites list, which features the top ten favorite books of librarians from THE ENTIRE YEAR!  

Friday, December 02, 2016

We're thrilled to share a STARRED Kirkus review for A Country Between: Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide by Stephanie Saldana (978-1-4926-3905-3; Feb. 2017)!

9781492639053-m“Saldaña builds an impressive sense of genuine emotion, and she vividly explores the array of life in that seething section of Jerusalem…a serene memoir in which the author takes valuable time to regard the character of the Palestinian people and their way of life.”

This follows a positive review from Publishers Weekly:

“This candid, tenderly rendered love story begins in a Syrian monastery, where Saldaña (Bread of Angels), a Texas-born journalist, falls for Frédéric, a French novice monk...Saldaña describes in wonderful detail how, as their family expands, they stay in a place where so little makes sense, guided solely by their hope in the future.”

The STARRED Kirkus review will appear in the December 15 edition.

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