I didn't blog from ALA Midwinter due to technical difficulties. I blogged about the books I got at the Little Brown preview and thought I would try to reconstruct the conference each night this week. Um, yeah.
I attended Scholastic's Preview where, instead of editors booktalking, authors do a reader's theater. It was quite entertaining. And of course, I want to read each book, now.
Zane and the Hurricane: a story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick. 181 p. 9780545633475. February 25, 2014.
Synopsis: Zane Dupree is a charismatic 12-year-old boy of mixed race visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from all family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina's wind, rain, and horrific flooding. Facing death, they are rescued from an attic air vent by a kind, elderly musician and a scrappy young girl--both African American. The chaos that ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere, creates a page-turning tale that completely engrosses the reader. Based on the facts of the worst hurricane disaster in U.S. history, Philbrick includes the lawlessness and lack of government support during the disaster as well as the generosity and courage of those who risked their lives and safety to help others. Here is an unforgettable novel of heroism in the face of truly challenging circumstances.
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord. 224 p. 9780545035330. February 25, 2014.
Synopsis: When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough.
Hi, Koo by Jon J. Muth. 32p. 9780545166683. February 25 2014.
Synopsis: With a featherlight touch and disarming charm, Jon J Muth--and his delightful little panda bear, Koo--challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons.
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. 320 p. 9780545552707. February 25, 2014.
Synopsis: Introducing an extraordinary new voice---a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing.
Synopsis: It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer.
As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel COUNTDOWN award-winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place -- and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what's right.
And these were available at the booth:
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer. 288 p. 9780545551434. February 25, 2014.
Synopsis: Into the jungle. Into the wild. Into harm's way.
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen. 336 p. 9780545284172. February 25, 2014.
There really is no synopsis online. I guess it doesn't need one since it's the conclusion of The Ascendance Trilogy.
Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford. 240 p. 9780545346504. February 25, 2014.
Synopsis: What if your birthday wish turned you into someone else?
That's what's new with me! What's new with you?