Sunday, March 19, 2017
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.
Purchased: I finally got to [words] bookstore for an author event Saturday. I was a bit worried that the weather would make traveling treacherous but it cooperated and I found the store easily enough.
They were hosting a middle grade panel featuring Sally J. Pla, Holly McGhee, Barry Lyga, Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner! There was quite a crowd so I'm glad I got there early. I purchased all the author's books for signing afterward and of course a couple more.
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla. 328 p. Harper/ HarperCollins Publishers, February, 2017. 9780062445766.
Publisher synopsis: Charlie’s perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan.
The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga. 434 p. Feiwel and Friends, August, 2016. 9781250072832.
Publisher synopsis: Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Could it be a guardian angel? A ghost? No, that's crazy. But sometimes the voice is so real. . . . It warns him of danger.
Matylda, Bright & Tender by Holly McGhee. 210 p. Candlewick Press, March, 2017. 9780763689513.
Publisher synopsis: Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. After a trip to the pet store, they bring home a spotted lizard, the one with the ancient face and starfish toes, and they name her Matylda (with a y so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. But in a startling turn of events, Sussy reconsiders what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s. By turns both devastating and buoyant, this story is a brave one, showing how far we can justify going for a real and true friend.
Fish Girl by David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli.
Publisher synopsis: The triple Caldecott winner David Wiesner brings his rich visual imagination and trademark artistry to the graphic novel format in a unique coming-of-age tale that begins underwater. A young mermaid, called Fish Girl, in a boardwalk aquarium has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl's longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank. Sparkling with humor and brilliantly visualized, Fish Girl's story will resonate with every young person facing the challenges and rewards of growing up.
Double Down by Jeff Kinney. Picked this up because I recently discovered my library's copy had been "borrowed without being checked out."
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 444 p. Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins, February, 2017. 9780062498533.
Publisher synopsis: Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.
That's what's new with me. What's new with you?