Saturday, May 28, 2016

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.

For review:

Home Sweet Motel Welcome to Wonderland series by Chris Grabenstein. 304 p. Random House Children's Books, October 4, 2016. 9780553536027.

Publisher synopsis: Eleven-year-old P. T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There’s only one thing the Wonderland doesn’t have, though—customers. And if the Wonderland doesn’t get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever. 

They need to think BIG. They need to think BOLD. They need an OUTRAGEOUS plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business GENIUS, and OUTRAGEOUS is practically P.T.’s middle name. With Gloria’s smarts and P.T.’s world-famous stories and schemes, there’s got to be a way to save the Wonderland!

BONUS: Includes fun extras like P. T. Wilkie’s outrageous (and sometimes useful) things you learn living in a motel. Installment 1: How to say “Help! The toilet is clogged!” in over twenty languages!

Explore Forces and Motion! by Jennifer Swanson. Illustrated by Bryan Stone. Nomad Press Explore Your World series. 96 p. Nomad Press, June 14, 2016. 9781619303553.

Publisher synopsis: Everything moves! Kids run around the playground, cars drive on the road, and balls fly through the air. What causes all this motion? Physics! Forces and motion rule the way everything moves through space.

In Explore Forces and Motion! With 25 Great Projects, readers ages 7 through 10 discover that the push and pull of every object on the planet and in space depends on how a force acts upon it. Things float because of a force called buoyancy, we stick to the ground because of a force called gravity, and we make footprints in sand because of a force called pressure.

Physics becomes accessible and interactive through activities such as a experimenting with a water cup drop, building a bridge, and spotting magnetic field lines. Simple machines such as levers, pulleys, and wedges are used as vehicles for discovery and comprehension of the foundational concepts of physical science. Using a theme familiar to everyone—motion—this book captures the imagination and encourages young readers to push, pull, twist, turn, and spin their way to learning about forces and motion.

The Curse of the Were-hyena by Bruce Hale. 204 p. Monstertown Mysteries #1. Disney/ Hyperion, July 5, 2016. 9781484713259.
Publisher synopsis: What do you do when your favorite teacher starts turning into a were-hyena?
a) Flee in terror? 
b) Try to cure him? 
c) Bring him carrion snacks?

Mr. Chu, the coolest teacher ever, has developed some very unusual habits, like laughing hysterically for no reason, sniffing people's homework, and chasing chickens. When best friends Carlos and Benny decide to find out what's happening to him, they get caught up in some moonlight madness. And it looks like just the beginning of the weirdness that has arrived in the town of Monterrosa. . . . This first entry in a silly, sassy, and suspenseful new series will leave readers howling with laughter.


Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. Unabridged audiobook on 4 compact discs. Read by Alison McGhee. Simon & Schuster Audio, March, 2016. 9781442394353.

Publisher synopsis: Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends, they’d be identical twins if only they’d been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn’t such a fast—faster than fast—runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they’re not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens…and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that—like their mother—her sister is gone forever.

At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born—half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast—faster than fast—and she senses danger. She’s too young to know exactly what she senses, but she knows something is very wrong. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide.
Told in alternate voices—one Jules’s, the other the fox’s—Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family’s moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.

Those familiar with my blog my recall that I read and raved about this book. I loved it so much that when I heard it had been produced as an audiobook, I will reread it with my ears. 

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. Raven Cycle series #4. Unabridged audiobook on 11 compact discs. 11 hours, 53 minutes. Read by Will Patton. Scholastic Audiobooks, May, 2016. 9780545649087.

Publisher synopsis: All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

I adore this series. I read the first but listened to the second and Will Patton does such a spectacular job narrating that I am happy to wait for the audiobook.

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


  1. The only book that I know is the Raven King. The rest of your books are new to me, but the covers do look like fun ones.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. I love Maggie Stiefvater but I still haven't read Raven Cycle series! I hope you enjoy all of the books you got :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

  3. I so badly want to read The Raven Cycle series it looks so good!

    Enjoy your new books! :)

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My Book Haul!