Saturday, May 19, 2018
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: Bonanza this week! A box arrived from Penguin Random House and a package arrived from Candlewick! All the Penguin titles intrigue, but these two made me do a happy dance!
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson. 192 p. Penguin Young Readers Group, August 28, 2018. 9780399252525.
Publisher synopsis: It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, which no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling ad Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feeling and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.
The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage. 352 p. Mo & Dale series #4. Penguin Young Readers Group, September 11, 2018. 9780803739628.
Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan. 288 p. Candlewick Press, September 11, 2018. 978076369963.
Publisher synopsis: When witches kidnap her dad, Mup is swept up in a wild tide of magic that carries her to another world. Can she reunite her family and find her way back?
Other Wood by Pete Hautman. 320 p. September 11, 2018. 9780763690717.
Publisher Synopsis: What happened in the woods that day? Pete Hautman’s riveting middle-grade novel touches on secrets and mysteries — and the power of connections with family and friends.
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina. 368 p. Candlewick Press, September 11, 2018. 9780763690496.
Publisher synopsis: Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo. 240 p. Candlewick Press, October 2, 2018. 9780763694630.
Publisher synopsis: When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)
Called “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale — and now, with humor and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.
Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt. 304 p. Candlewick Press, November 6, 2018. 9781536200928.
Publisher synopsis: How do you give a eulogy when you can’t think of one good thing to say? A poignant, funny, and candid look at grief, family secrets, difficult people, and learning to look behind the facade.
The Icarus Show by Sally Christie. Unabridged audiobook on one MP3-CD. 5 hours : 11 minutes. Read by Joe Jameson. Scholastic on Brilliance Audio, March, 2017. 9781536681611.
Publisher synopsis: Alex has worked out a foolproof plan to avoid being picked on. Don’t React. It’s so simple, it just might work.
David, a boy in his class, Does React. He’s branded a weirdo, becomes an outcast, and is given a terrible nickname. Alex is determined not to suffer the same fate.
But one day, Alex gets a note in his bag that forces him out of his safe little world.
Who sent the note? And is what it promises true—will a boy really fly?
The Icarus Show is a powerful story about friendship, loneliness, and a strange kind of genius.
That's what's new with me. What's new with you? Leave a comment with a link to your stack and I'll stop by.