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The Wait is Over! New Books Available in Paperback in April

April 16, 2012

So many great new titles this month if you’ve been “waiting for the paperback edition”. Time to add these to your bookstore shopping list!

Middle Grade

CALLI BE GOLD by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Calli is eleven and the youngest and quietest member of a loud family of overachievers where the family motto is “be gold”. How can she compete with a sister on the ice-skating team and a basketball star brother?  Then Calli meets Noah, her partner in the Peer Helper Program and they work together on their booth for the Friendship Fair. Will this be Calli’s opportunity to “be gold” in her own special way? Perfect for any reader who wants to find their own way to excel on their own terms.


If you haven’t met Calvin Coconut you’re in for a treat–in this 5th adventure in the chapter book series 4th grader Calvin is busy thinking about the best birthday gift for his sister and a huge tropical storm is raging. In the midst of the storm his friend Willy falls into the water and Calvin sets out to save him. Get to know Calvin and his family and friends in this action packed adventure for boys and girls ages 7-10.

SPORTS CAMP by Rich Wallace

A perfect choice for kids excited about this Summer’s Olympic Games–with a real life look at kids competing in their own camp olympics. Riley is younger and smaller than most of the kids at Camp Olympia, and he worries that he’ll be dubbed the “weak link” on his bunk team. Will he learn to play to his own strengths? Will his team learn to work as a team? And what’s up with Big Joe the legendary giant vicious snapping turtle? Sports and summer camp combine for an exciting read for 9-13 year olds.

Young Adult

ZERO by Tom Leveen

Amanda Walsh jokingly calls herself Zero. The plan for her last summer before college is for fun with friends, but that all goes sideways when her scholarship money doesn’t come through, her relationship with her BFF goes south and life at home is nothing but tense when her parents seem to be fighting all the time. Is her new relationship with the punk skater boy for real and will she find the support she needs, financially and emotionally to survive the summer? An exciting read for teens 14 and up.

FLIP by Martyn Bedford

Alex is 14, and one day he wakes up in the wrong bed. He also finds that he is in the wrong body, and 6 months have passed. He doesn’t recognize the family and school mates who address his as Flip. What the heck is going on? What happened to his old body, how did he get here, and the biggest question of all is can he get back to who he was? Flip is a terrific thriller that asks and answers big questions about who and what we are, and tells a great story along the way. Good for boy and girl readers age 12 and up.


Set in 17th century Venice, this tale of mystery and romance is fascinating historical fiction filled with intrigue–you never quite know who to trust and  you won’t be able to put this book down until all the secrets are revealed. Pirates, murder and true love, a little Merchant of Venice and a little Romeo and Juliet, what a perfect book to get lost in for a few hours. For ages 12 and up.


This remarkable, Printz Honor winning novel is about Vera who has recently lost her best friend Charlie who she had secretly been in love with, and that’s not her only secret. Charlie betrayed Vera, yet she still needs to hold on to him, to figure out what happened. Vera is also trying to find out what happened to make her parents split up and while she’s doing all this figuring out she’s trying desperately to stay under the radar. Will she ever find the courage to step up and reveal all of the secrets? A great novel to recommend to fans of John Green.

ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus

Rotters begins as the story of 16-year-old Joey and his Mom.  Joey gets straight A’s, plays the trumpet and is an all around good kid.  Then everything changes.  After the death of his mother Joey is sent to Iowa to live with his dad, a man he hasn’t ever met.  (So far this sounds like typical YA right?  Hold on, this is where it gets weird……….)  Joey’s dad, Ken, doesn’t have a typical job or lead a typical life.  He disappears for days on end, leaving Joey to take care of himself, and when he returns he seems to have an unnatural obsession with the Obituary section of the newspaper.  Ken is a grave robber.  Yes indeed, a real life grave robber!  (This is where it gets stinky.)  The way Daniel Kraus writes you feel like you are with Ken at the grave, you can hear the shovel slice through the dirt and rock, and when Ken jumps into the grave to rob the corpse you can smell the rot.  The scenes are so vivid I caught myself holding my breath, maybe because I was trying to keep the stink out of my nose, maybe because they are that well written.  (Maybe both.) I don’t usually say things like this, so please take it for exactly what it is.  One of the best books of 2011.  Seriously.  Corpses, rats, Joey and Ken make for a great book.  Plus the stink, you cannot forget about the stink. excerpted from Nic’s review 

Thanks for joining us  and happy reading!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2012 8:10 am

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an awesome book! Calli Be Gold is perfect for this summer.

  2. April 16, 2012 10:47 pm

    Ahhhh I love John Green! Should probably check that book out. =)

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