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The View From Monday: New Titles On Sale January 10

January 9, 2012

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!


My Heart Will Not Sit Down by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Ann Tanksley

I call this “an important book”. My Heart Will Not Sit Down is inspired by true events and presented in the simple and accessible story of one child, Kedi who in her own small way in her own small African village finds a way to make a difference.

Through her teacher Kedi learns about the devastating financial times in New York City during America’s Great Depression and she asks the people of her village to do what they can to help, and they do. Ultimately they contribute $3.22, pocket change to some now and maybe it didn’t go a very long way during the 1930s, but this story shows us that every contribution matters, no matter the size.

The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. 1: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

While I was early for an appointment I started this, read the first chapter and realized I was late for the appointment—but what better real excuse to be late for a bookselling appointment than “I got so caught up in this story that I lost track of time”? Robin Bridges has written a terrific fast-paced thriller that includes romance, history, supernatural powers and bonus(!) it’s set in 1888 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This one is hard to put down and I can’t wait for Volume 2. It’s a perfect read for girls who like historical fiction, with a little romance and magic.


The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Curtis has given readers a real heroine in Deza Malone in this companion to Bud Not Buddy.  As I read about Deza’s family and their hardships during the Great Depression I found myself cheering and crying-depending on the circumstances.  It made me want to go back and re-read Bud as soon as I finished it.



May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Yes, we just interviewed the author last week, and we also featured a rave review from a bookseller in November. Clearly, we all love this middle grade novel, a fierce, thoughtful depiction of a young girl stranded at a stranger’s homestead over a brutal prairie winter. Fans of the Little House series will enjoy this stark but lovely story, while kids will be astonished by life for an average 11 year old during this time period. Rose has created a strong, amazing young female character that readers will root for.


Crow by Barbara Wright

In her first novel for children, Barbara Wright nails it with this touching and honest portrait of an 11-year old boy coming of age in a thriving African-American community in 1898 North Carolina.  Based on historical events that helped define race relations in the 20th century, this book is full of discussion topics that are perfect for the classroom, and with 4 starred reviews to its name, it is definitely one to watch! 

Click on the following link to read a more in-depth review by one of our regular blog followers, Kathy from BermudaOnion’s Weblog – thank you Kathy!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2012 8:03 am

    You have so many good books coming out right now! Thanks for linking to my review – Crow is a wonderful book. I’m sure we’ll be hearing lots about it this year!!

  2. January 9, 2012 1:25 pm

    Wow. Those are some great books! Already read and loved THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE. Yay for Christopher Paul Curtis creating an engaging female protagonist!

    I’m deep into the lush and romantic THE GATHERING STORM right now. Love that time period and the touch of magic.

    And you already know I adored MAY B! 🙂 Thanks for the link.

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