Saturday, May 11, 2013

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

STS is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Pop on over there to share your new books and ogle what other bloggers got. 

Some pre-ordered books arrived this week.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald. Illustrated by J.P. Coovert. 231 p. Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan, May 7, 2013. 9781596437579.

Publisher synopsis: Despite all attempts to avoid reading and extra work, Charlie Joe Jackson finds himself in a terrible dream he can’t wake up from: Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced “read-a-bookie”)—a place filled with grammar workshops, Read-a-Ramas, and kids who actually like reading. But Charlie Joe is determined to convince the entire camp to hate reading and writing—one genius at a time.

La! My favorite reluctant reader is back and I can't wait to see what hijinks he's up to at summer camp!

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. 432 p. Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House Children's Books, April, 2012. 978037586764.

Publisher synopsis: One night. One body, broken in a pool of blood.
One killer, lost in the shadows.
One girl, left behind.
Left alone, to face the consequences.
To find the truth.
To avenge the dead.
One night is all it takes to change Nora Kane's life forever. Her best friend is dead; her boyfriend has vanished. And the trail of blood leads straight back to her: The person who might be responsible. The person who might be next.  
Desperate to save the people she loves and determined to find justice for the ones she's lost, Nora unearths a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. Something to which Nora herself might hold the key. It turns out her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries—and solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Adorkable by Sarra Manning. 387 p. Atom/ Little, Brown Book Group, April 1, 2013. 9781907411007.
Publisher synopsis: Welcome to the dorkside. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand, and has half a million followers on Twitter. Michael Lee's a star of school, stage, and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie. They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop making out? This novel is about an unlikely relationship, but it's also about roller derby, dogs on skateboards, dogs on surfboards, dogs doing any form of extreme sport, old skool hip hop, riding your bike downhill really fast, riot grrrl, those boys you want to kiss but punch in the face at the same time, dyeing your hair ridiculous colors just because you can, stitch 'n' bitch, the songs that make you dance, the songs that make you cry, being a bad ass, cake, love, death, and everything in between.

That's what's new with me. What's new with you?

Happy reading!