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Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers.452 p. His Fair Assassin series #3. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2, 2014. 9780547628400.
Publisher synopsis: In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.
Oh how I adored books 1 & 2 of this trilogy. I cannot wait to get into this.
Tomboy: a graphic memoir by Liz Prince. 256 p. Zest. September, 2014. 9781936976553.
Publisher synopsis: Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher's mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged.
I'm participating in blog tour for this one. Look for my review in early November.
I went to the Little Brown preview on October 1 and, sadly, have not gotten around to writing about the exciting list that is due this spring. Great middle grade stuff in the pipes and some superb picture books due as well. They very nicely provide a checklist and mail the arcs instead of having to lug them home. These arrived this week:
Wonder at the Edge of the World: a novel by Nicole Helget. 369 p. Little, Brown and Company, April 14, 2015. 9780316245104.
Publisher synopsis: In this captivating quest that spans the globe, a young girl must challenge her assumptions about family, slavery, and friendship as she fights to save her father's legacy...and to begin creating her own.
In the wake of tragedy, siblings Connor and Cordelia and their pet capybara are sent to the precariously perched town of Woundabout to live with their eccentric aunt. Woundabout is a place where the mayor has declared that routine rules above all, and no one is allowed to as questions--because they should already know the answers.
But Connor and Cordelia can't help their curiosity when they discover a mysterious crank that fits into certain parts of the town, and by winding the crank, places are transformed into something beautiful. When the townspeople see this transformation, they don't see beauty--they only see change. And change, the mayor says, is something to fear. With the mayor hot on their trail, can Connor and Cordelia find a way to wind Woundabout back to life?
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The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens by Henry Clark. 400 p. Little, Brown and Company, April 14, 2015. 9780316406178.
Publisher synopsis: This never-before-seen twist on time travel adventure explores the theme of accepting those who are different--and having the courage to join them. The moment Ambrose Brody steps into a fortune-teller's tent, he is whisked into a quest that spans millennia with his best friend, an enigmatic carnival girl, and an unusual family heirloom that drops them into the middle of the nineteenth century!
The year 1852 is a dangerous time for three non-white children, and they must work together to dodge slave-catchers and save ancestors from certain death--all while figuring out how to get back to the future. Fortunately, they have a guide in the helpful hints embedded in an ancient Chinese text called the I-Ching, which they interpret using Morse Code. But how can a three-thousand-year-old book be sending messages into the future through a code developed in the 1830s? Find out in this mind-bending, time-bending adventure!
Purchased: I bought these books on my own to add to my school library collection so that a couple of my students would not have to wait. I probably spend way too much of my own money to subsidize my library collection but it tickles me when students get so psyched about books or a series.
The Uprising by Lisa Stasse. The Forsaken book #2. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, July, 2014.
Publisher synopsis: In this dystopian sequel to The Forsaken, Alenna has survived the brutality of life on the wheel—and now she’s going back for more.