Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit (CJJ series #2) by Tommy Greenwald. Unabridged audiobook on one MP3-CD, 4 hrs. 26 mins. Performed by MacLeod Andrews. Brilliance Audio, April 2, 2013. 9781469282503.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation (CJJ series #3) by Tommy Greenwald. Unabridged audiobook on one MP3-CD, 3 hrs. 54 mins. Performed by MacLeod Andrews. Brilliance Audio, May 7, 2013. 9781480504899.
Followers with good memory might be feeling a bit of deja vu. I did feature CJJ #3 in my STS post last week. I bought the book. I also read it this week and will be reviewing it this weekend. (Stay tuned)
Something made me look to see if the sequels were recorded and, be still my heart, it was! CJJ#2 is playing in my car right now. Can't get enough of my favorite reluctant reader.
PS: If you live in the NYC area, the author is signing books at Books of Wonder tomorrow (Sunday, May 19), along with four or five other authors. I'm tempted to go, but my garden beckons. We'll see which wins.
The school and public librarian book evaluation group met this week and I chose seven books to review:
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes. 213 p. Candlewick Press, April 23, 213. 9780763660376.
Publisher synopsis: In her first novel, beloved author Shirley Hughes presents a World War II adventure proving that in extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things.
I happen to adore Shirley Hughes' picture books and have a fairly large collection. I even sent to the UK for some titles that were unavailable in the U.S. So I'm very excited for this, her debut novel.
ChickenHare by Chris Grine. 157 p. Graphix/ Scholastic, Inc., February, 2013. 9780545485081.
Publisher synopsis: Chickenhare: half chicken, half rabbit, 100% hero!
Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath (Ruby Redfort series #2) by Lauren Child. 432 p. Candlewick Press, May 14, 2013. 9780763654689.
Publisher synopsis: Crack open Ruby Redfort’s second adventure — and you will literally be on the edge of your wits.
I have to say the cover graphic does not do justice to the color of the actual book, which is eye-popping neon.
Formerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham. 341 p. Candlewick Press, May 14, 2013. 9780763653620.
Publisher synopsis: Jane Arrowood, otherwise known as Shark Girl, has been living with just one arm for over a year. Now she’s searching for a new normal.
Casualties of War (Vietnam: book four) by Chris Lynch. 182 p. Scholastic Press, January, 2013. 9780545270236.
Publisher synopsis: Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together -- and they promise to do all they can to come home together.
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson. 289 p. Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic Inc., March, 2013. 9780545417792.
Publisher synopsis: A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.