The View from Monday – New Titles available October 25th!
It’s Monday! Time to plan this week’s reading, bookstore shopping or trip to the library to check out these books available tomorrow. Happy Reading!
One book I love is Neville, a new picture book from Norton Juster, the author of The Phantom Tollbooth and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, who also illustrated Clever Jack Takes the Cake, which was one of my 2010 fall favorites. Neville has just moved to a new neighborhood and he has no friends. His mother pushes him to take a walk around the block hoping that he will meet other children. By the end of the afternoon, Neville has done just that, and the clever trick he uses to meet kids will give hope to shy children everywhere. This timeless book has a funny, simple story and charming art.
The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
It’s just amazing! Such a marvelous story, read by millions and celebrating 50 years of reading adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock (the dog with a clock), the Humbug and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason. What’s different about this special edition? Well, it includes a preface by the author, brief essays from fellow authors, educators and artists who are fans–including Philip Pullman, Michael Chabon, Suzanne Collins, Jeanne Birdsall, Mo Willems and more! Also, photos of the author and illustrator at the time of the writing & today on the end papers, and of course the whole wonderful original story which is exciting and fascinating to read if you’re picking up this book for the first or the tenth time.
And in honor of the oh, so special 50th Anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth, a bonus for readers: The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth is also available this week! This volume includes an introduction and notes by esteemed expert on childrens literature Leonard Marcus. The expansive annotations include selections from interviews with the author and illustrator, illuminating excerpts from Juster’s notes and drafts, cultural and literary commentary and Marcus’ own insights on the book. The perfect family gift for the holidays, or for any fan of The Phantom Tollbooth.
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart
Fourteen-year-old Sophie lives a sheltered life, she’s “home schooled” by her Mom, has never known her Dad and she and her Mom have had to pick up and move, often, to avoid the “No Good”. I was hooked from the first chapter. Sophie’s chapters alternate with the story of Emmy, a young mother whose child has disappeared. As these two stories unfold, as each character finds people who can help them Sophie and Emmy learn to deal with their losses and to trust and love again. This amazing story reads like a first class thriller.
Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
Many dystopian young adult novels are set in an unknown future society. Scored is all the more frightening because its setting feels like it could be right around the corner from present day. Imani lives in a United States where kids are constantly tracked by ever-present cameras and tested, with their scores determining their friends, admittance into college, future employment and more. Even a small misstep by a lower-income teen can cost them everything. When Imani befriends an unscored boy, she risks losing everything she has worked for. This well-written novel is exciting and chilling and may lead teens to question how class issues determine future opportunity, the role of government in our culture and even their own power to bring about change.
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