Saturday, June 18, 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:

Truth or Dare: five girls, one summer, many secrets by Barbara Dee. 244 p. Aladdin/ Simon 7 Schuster Children's Publishing, September 20, 2016. 9781481459686.

Publisher synopsis: A few white lies during a simple game of truth or dare spin out of control and make life very complicated for Lia in this brand-new novel from Barbara Dee.
When Lia returns after a summer with her eccentric aunt, it feels like everything has changed within her group of five friends. Everyone just seems more…dramatic. And after playing a game of Truth or Dare, Lia discovers how those divides are growing wider, and tells a few white lies about what really happened over the summer in order to “keep up.” But is “keeping up” with her BFFs really worth it?

Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom by David Neilsen. 229 p. Illustrated by  Will Terry. Crown Books for Young Readers/ Random House Children's Books, August 9, 2016. 9781101935781.

Publisher synopsis: When the mysterious Dr. Fell moves into the abandoned house that had once been the neighborhood kids’ hangout, he immediately builds a playground to win them over. But as the ever-changing play space becomes bigger and more elaborate, the children and their parents fall deeper under the doctor’s spell.

Only Jerry, Nancy, and Gail are immune to the lure of his extravagant wonderland. And they alone notice that when the injuries begin to pile up on the jungle gym, somehow Dr. Fell is able to heal each one with miraculous speed. Now the three children must find a way to uncover the doctor’s secret power without being captivated by his trickery.


Grimm's Fairy Tales. An unabridged production read by an award-winning cast. 3 compact discs. 3.5 hours. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, May, 2016. 9780147526366.

I first heard about this at a BOT breakfast presentation at Midwinter in Boston. Many of my faves are narrating.

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender. Unabridged audiobook on one MP3 CD. 7 hours, 56 minutes. Read by Nora Hunter. Scholastic on Brilliance Audio, July, 2015. 9781501250125.

Publisher synopsis: Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone—or something—is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles—a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.
All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind...or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem—and the movies.

Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema. 234 p. Feiwel and Friends/ Macmillan, June 7, 2016. 9781250089182.

Publisher synopsis: I am Lou Brown:
Social outcast, precocious failure, 5'10" and still growing.
I was on the fast track to the Olympic superstardom.
Now, I'm training boys too cool to talk to me. In a sport I just made up. In a fish tank.
My life has quickly become very weird.

Nat Luurtsema's YA debut is side-splittingly funny and painfully true to anyone who's just trying to figure out how they fit into the world.

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


  1. I have not heard of Gold Fish, but it seems like a book I would love. Have a wonderful time with your new books.

  2. There seems to be a few cute reads on here! I hope you enjoy them. :-)

  3. These look great! I love Grimm's Fairy Tales; I have the print copies, but the audio is really better because someone is reading it to you. Happy reading!

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  4. "Playground of Doom" that just has an intriguing sound to it. I will have to check it out.

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  5. Grimm's Fairy Tales!! YAY! You've got a great haul. Happy reading! Here's my StS if you'd like to stop by my blog.