Saturday, April 13, 2013

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

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

For review:

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland. 372 p. EgmontUSA, July 9, 2013. 9781606840306.

Publisher synopsis:

Fans of The Mother Daughter Book Club (Heather Vogel Fredericks) and The Wedding Planner's Daughter (Coleen Paratore) series will fall in love with the humor, classic charm, and very determined heronine of Lindsay Eland's sophomore novel.
When you're the third of six kids, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle, but Sunday Fowler is determined that this summer she'll find the one thing that makes her stand out from her siblings.
And when she discovers a silver box in the basement of the library her parents are renovating, she might just have found something to gain her the attention she so craves. Inside is a series of letters addressed to "The Librarian" and a manuscript. But who wrote them? With the help of annoying neighbor-turned-new-friend Jude, Sunday is determined to track down the author. And when she unveils this novel to the world, she'll be famous!

As a matter of fact, I did enjoy the one Mother Daughter Book Club that I read as well as the one Wedding Planner's Daughter book. I'm reading this to review for SLJ. 

I was lucky enough to snag an invite to the Little Brown Fall Preview and even luckier not to have to take a personal day to attend as I was off for spring break. There are lots of cool titles in the pipeline. I really wanted to blog about it by now, but I've been busy with chores. I snagged these two to take home with me. Cover art is not yet available online:

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi. 292 p. Little, Brown and Company, September, 2013. 978316220781.

Publisher synopsis: 

In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes--from food safety to racism and immigration--and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from.

The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant's toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters! The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant's dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation's plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grownups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive...and maybe even save the world.

Love Bacigalupi's YA - Ship Breaker and Drowned Cities and am very eager to read his MG debut.

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. 279 p. Little, Brown and Company, December, 2013. 9780316217521.

This one isn't in any of the online bookstores yet. It's not even in Goodreads. The back cover lists a December pub date, the copyright page says 2014. That's good since I haven't yet gotten to Zarr's latest, The Lucy Variations. 

Here's the description from the back of the arc:

It's time to meet your new roomie. 

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, min-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer-and raises question about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives...and each other. Even though they've never met.

Sounds like fun. Oh. And the cover art of this one is not final.

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

Happy Reading!

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