Saturday, September 24, 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.
Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion. Illustrated by Joyce Wan. unpgd. Beach Lane Books, September 27, 2016. 9781481420662.
Publisher synopsis: An unlikely pair—a pug and a pig!—realize that it’s better to be together.
Meet the Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield. Illustrated by Kristy Caldwell. Bobs and Tweets #1. 80 p. Scholastic Inc., June, 2016. 9780545870726.
Publisher synopsis: ...the , who are messy, and the , who are neat. How can these two strange families get along in the same neighborhood? And are all the Tweets really neat and all the Bobs slobs?
Transcendent by Katelyn Detweiler. 433 p. Viking/ Penguin Random House, October 4, 2016. 9780451469632.
Publisher synopsis: A timely work of contemporary magical realism, about a a world plagued by violence, and the girl called upon to be a hero.
When terrorists bomb Disney World, seventeen-year-old Iris Spero is as horrified as anyone else. Then a stranger shows up on her stoop in Brooklyn, revealing a secret about the mysterious circumstances surrounding Iris’s birth, and throwing her entire identity into question. Everything she thought she knew about her parents, and about herself, is a lie.
Suddenly, the press is confronting Iris with the wild notion that she might be “special.” More than just special: she could be the miracle the world now so desperately needs. Families all across the grieving nation are pinning their hopes on Iris like she is some kind of saint or savior. She’s no longer sure whom she can trust—except for Zane, a homeless boy who long ago abandoned any kind of hope. She knows she can’t possibly be the glorified person everyone wants her to be… but she also can’t go back to being safe and anonymous. When nobody knows her but they all want a piece of her, who is Iris Spero now? And how can she—one teenage girl—possibly heal a broken world?
Kenny Loggins - Footloose Illustrated by Tim Bowers. Music & Lyrics by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford. 28 p. Moondance Press, October 11, 2016. 9781633221185
Publisher synopsis: Have a rockin' time introducing children to Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins himself.
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner. 280 p. St. Martin's Griffin/ Macmillan, September, 2016. 9781250095527.
Publisher synopsis: On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? The Memory of Things tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain—it tells a story of hope.
The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. The Magisterium series, book 3. Unabridged audiobook on 7 compact discs, 8.5 hours. Read by Paul Boehmer. Listening Library, August, 2016. 978084122689.
Publisher synopsis: Magic can save you. Magic can kill you.
Finally, I was so excited to open the bubble-envelope that was to my mailbox at home to find this:
The Water Princess by Susan Verde. With Georgie Badiel. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. unpgd. Penguin Young Readers Group, September, 2016. 9780399172588.
Publisher synopsis: With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.
That's what's new with me. What's new with you?