Sunday, November 30, 2014
What's New? Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Hop on over there to ogle what other bloggers got this week.
I attended NCTE and the ALAN workshop last weekend through Monday and Tuesday. I didn't take many arcs on the display floor at NCTE partly because I knew there'd be a box to contend with from ALAN. There was quite a big box and I'm still sorting through and sort of contending with this embarrassment of riches. I packed a bag filled with titles that were decidedly high school up for my librarian sister. I put a few that I am particularly interested in reading for my tbr pile and may feature some of the others during dry weeks or as I get to them.
I attended the Scholastic Brunch and enjoyed six authors performing readers' theaters of selections from their newest work. I am so looking forward to reading these:
The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood. 192 p. Scholastic Inc., January 6, 2015. 9780545538244.
Publisher synopsis: From the author of the acclaimed GLORY BE, a novel that celebrates baseball, fast piano, and small-town living in the wake of the Vietnam War.
When Theo gets off a bus in Destiny, Florida, he's left behind the only life he's ever known. Now he's got to live with Uncle Raymond, a Vietnam War vet and a loner who wants nothing to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for Miss Sister Grandersole's Boarding House and Dance School. The piano that sits in Miss Sister's dance hall calls to Theo. He can't wait to play those ivory keys. When Anabel arrives things get even more enticing. This feisty girl, a baseball fanatic, invites Theo on her quest to uncover the town's connection to old-time ball players rumored to have lived there years before. A mystery, an adventure, and a musical exploration unfold as this town called Destiny lives up to its name.
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. 224 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc. January 27, 2015. 9780545665766.
Publisher synopsis: The debut of a phenomenal new middle-grade talent.
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen. 339 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., February 24, 2015. 9780545561549.
Publisher synopsis: When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.
Honey by Saray Weeks. 152 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., January 27, 2015. 9780545465571.
Publisher synopsis: For a girl like Melody and a dog like Mo, life can be both sticky and sweet.
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. 315 p. HarperCollins Publishers, April 21,2015. 9780061134111.
Publisher synopsis: Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Hit Count by Chris Lynch. 362 p. Algonquin Young Readers, May 19, 2015. 9781616202507.
Publisher synopsis: “I hit him so hard, the clash of helmets and pads sounded like a gunshot across the field. I crushed him with the hit, held on to him, and crushed him again when I slammed him into the ground . . . I had arrived.”
Arlo Brodie loves being on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becoming “Starlo” on his way to the top. Arlo’s dad cheers him on, but his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch. Arlo’s girlfriend tries to make him see the danger; when that doesn’t work, she calls time-out on their relationship. Even Arlo’s coaches begin to track his hit count, almost ready to pull him off the field. But Arlo’s not worried about collisions. The cheering crowds and the adrenaline rush convince Arlo that everything is OK--in spite of the pain, pounding, dizziness, and confusion.
In Hit Count, Chris Lynch explores the American love affair with contact sports and our attempts to come to terms with clear evidence of real danger.:
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