The Wait is Over! New Titles Available in Paperback in September
The year is speeding by and it’s a whole new month with a whole new crop of titles we’ve been waiting for in paperback! Here are just a few of our new titles available in September.
Mind Your Manners, B.B.Wolf by Judy Sierra, illustrated by J. Otto Seibold
Fairy Tale characters abound in this tale about manners. The Big Bad Wolf (B.B.) is older and living in the “Villain Villa Senior Center”, and he’s been invited to a Tea Party at the library. His best friend the crocodile reminds him that he’ll have to watch his manners, since as we all know B.B. has had problems with his behavior in the past . “B. B. Wolf makes up a song: “Sip your tea and never slurp, say ‘excuse me’ if you burp. Smile and have a lot of fun, but don’t go biting anyone.” He remembers to say “please” and “thank you” and he gives a nervous Red Ridinghood, Three Little Pigs, and Gingerbread Boy his biggest smile ever, but when his stomach starts to gurgle, he gets a little mixed-up about what to do when you burp.” Oh, dear, will B.B. make it through the tea party without committing a faux pas? And will our old friend The Gingerbread Boy, cowering behind the bookshelves, become B.B.’s snack? Read this hilarous book and find out. Great fun for family read-alouds, story hour, or at your next tea party.
A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann
A delightful story about the first year in the life of four kittens. Experience the seasons through their eyes and the wonderfully simple art of Caldecott Award winner Eric Rohmann. The perfect picture book for reading together.
Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
Turtle’s Dad reads him a bedtime story about penguins, and Turtle thinks penguins are about the most fascinating creatures ever, so much so that he goes to school dressed as a penguin and brings his new book along to share with his classmates. They all have a “penguin day” filled with sliding on their bellies and feasting on goldfish crackers. After a thoroughly fun-filled day Turtle’s Dad has a new book to read, this one is all about Monkeys! Hooray for creativity and sharing.
Middle Grade & Young Adult
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
In Lenore Look’s fourth novel our beloved Alvin gets brave, for a minute. Alvin’s grandfather Gunggung’s best friend passes away, and Alvin tells Gunggung that he will go to the funeral with him. Then he starts to wonder what will happen at a funeral, and his schoolmates fill his head with some pretty scary ideas, which of course is not a good thing to do to a boy who is already pretty nervous about life in general.Rest assured, the most wonderful family in the world, his own, comes to the rescue—Dad sees that Alvin is in distress and finds a way to explain to Alvin and his siblings that “Saying goodbye to someone we love is particularly important”. Touching and funny, we could all use another visit with the Ho family.-Kate
The Tanglewood Terror by Kurtis Scaletta
At first the glowing mushrooms seem to be cool and interesting, then they seem to be multiplying. Then there’s the missing girl from the nearby school…..and did I mention that our main character Eric has been having a bit of a crazy time with his football buddies and his sometimes annoying brother Brian? From the author of two of my favorite middle grade books Mudville and Mamba Point, a smart mystery with a sense of humor and a perfect dose of friendship and family. -Kate
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
One of my early favorites on the fall list is Laurel Snyder’s forthcoming middle-grade novel Bigger than a Bread Box. I read it straight through and loved it. It’s her most personal book yet and delivers a touching story about family dislocation with magic thrown in. This novel has become a quick in-house favorite at Random House and we really feel it’s her breakthrough book. -Tim
The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell
An updated take on an old Gothic mystery for children 9-13 years old, this story from YA novelist Kathleen O’Dell is spooky, entertaining and has a timeless feel with a supernatural twist. Twelve-year-old Clara uncovers an old mystery, dark family secrets, and even ghosts in this thrilling middle grade novel. Perfect for very young fans of Hitchcock’s “The Birds”! -Erin
The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer
Martin Maple has spent his entire childhood living on an island with his father, building a machine and only seeing the “outside world” when the summer people come. One day his father tells him he needs to leave the island to find one last piece to complete his machine and he never returns. Then the summer people don’t arrive. Martin’s curiosity leads him to the mainland where he finds that he and a band of kids around his age are the only ones left in the world. Everyone else simply disappeared on The Day. The book takes many twists and turns from there and keeps the you guessing as to the mystery of what happened to everyone. Ultimately it was satisfying and thought-provoking bit of post-apocalyptic magical realism (new genre!). We have it categorized as YA but it can be read by strong middle grade readers as there’s no objectionable content. -Deanna
You Against Me by Jenny Downham
Several years ago, we had the pleasure of selling a book called Before I Die by Jenny Downham, about a dying teenager named Tessa who wants to fully experience life in the short time she has left. It was met with rave reviews and accolades, and we all loved it as well. Jenny is back and this book is even better than her first. Mikey’s sister has just accused Ellie’s brother of rape, and when Mikey crashes a party at the accused’s house with a plan to avenge his sister, he meets Ellie. Despite their different class levels and personalities, they fall in love. The story handles the fallout for both families from the rape accusation and trial and the new relationship sensitively and realistically. This book was like a modern-day update of “Romeo and Juliet” and would pair nicely with Exposed by Kimberly Marcus, another favorite of ours. -Erin
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
So what happens when Romeo and Juliet aren’t really dead after all, but continue to be “reborn” in the bodies of teenagers every few decades or so? An absolutely engrossing, action-packed teen novel that makes you think twice about love at first sight. Juliet’s is now an Ambassador of Light, her mission is to bring together star-crossed lovers, and Romeo (a very angry Romeo) has his own mission to make every attempt to destroy their happiness. Sparks fly, there’s a school production of West Side Story underway and you’ll race to the end to see if true love really will conquer all. -Kate
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan, photographs by Jonathan Farmer
I have always been a fan of David Levithan, but this book exceeded all of my expectations and made me a Super Fan! Mysterious photos are showing up in unexpected places and haunting the narrator, Evan, as he struggles to work through the disappearance of his best friend Ariel. With the (sometimes unwilling) help of Ariel’s boyfriend, Jack, Evan attempts to unravel the mystery of the photos without driving himself mad. This is the perfect book for a gloomy grey day – cuddle up under the blankets and get swept away in the fast paced mystery surrounding Ariel. Ages 14 and up. -Nic
Thanks for joining us today at RAoR, we hope we’ve given you a lot of new titles to add to your list for the next trip to your favorite bookstore.
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