You all know how I feel about the IndieNext lists...and for those of you who don't, allow me to explain.
When you're looking for your next great book, and you're not finding it here, go to http://www.indiebound.org/ and look at their IndieNext lists. This is where you will find all the hot new titles.
While you are there, find YOUR local Independently-Owned book shop. Once the owner or manager knows you and your book tastes, you'll NEVER be without a great read!
Last week, I stopped by my favorite indie book store - Clinton Book Shop (also known as my book-whisperers)- and pre-ordered my copies of Mockingjay and The Scorch Trials. While I was there, I picked up a copy of the Kids Next list.
Here is a sampling of what I found!
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Young Adult). I loved this book so much, which is actually an older book of Zafon's, finally translated to English and published in the US this year from Little, Brown. It's a great thriller and story of friendship all wrapped into one. If you loved The Shadow of the Wind, your savvy middle grade or young teen will love The Prince of Mist!
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. (ages 8 - 12) My soon-to-be 8 year old and I read this book, taking turns begging each other for "One more chapter?" each night. I picked this book up at Book Expo (BEA) and knew as soon as I flipped through the pages that this was going to be a new favorite. If you have a middle grade reader in your house, especially one who likes Star Wars, this is a winner!
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jon J. Muth. (ages 4-8) We love Mo Willems in our house, but the watercolor illustrations are what really bring this story to life. The feel of it is so different than that of Willems's Pigeon books, or Knuffle Bunny. This story is so sweet. If your child is ready for the next step in read-aloud picture books, pick this one up.
Countdown by Deborah Wiles. (Grades 5-7) The first in a trilogy of books set in the 1960s, Countdown comes alive with real pictures, newspaper clippings and quotes interspersed throughout the novel. Franny is a typical 12 year old girl, who worries about her first boy-girl party one day, while listening to JFK speak to the nation on the Cuban Missile Crisis the next. It's a history lesson disguised as a coming of age story. Amazing.
Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka.(ages 7 to10) The first in a series, this book includes references to websites for kids to visit while they are reading the book, enhancing the experience! Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn't hard enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren't kids at all. They are aliens on a mission: to convince 3,400,001 kids to BE SPHDZ. But with a hamster as their leader, "kids" who talk like walking advertisements, and Michael K as their first convert, will the SPHDZ be able to keep their cover and pull off their assignment? We haven't read this one yet, but it's on our list! I may have to hide this one from my son so I can get a chance to read it first.
My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day (Young Adult). This is a light, fun read, perfect for your teen's summer reading list (after she's finished reading Jane Eyre or Emma). What happens when a girl who doesn't like to be the 3rd (or 5th or 7th) wheel gets caught up in a little white lie about her imaginary boyfriend?
Here are some others that caught my eye....
The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere by Jaqueline West (Ages 9-12)
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzales (Ages 10-12)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Leviathan (Young Adult)
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