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The View From Monday – New Books Available in June

June 11, 2012

Another month brings another exciting list of new titles available in your favorite bookstore or library. Here are some of the June new titles to add to your list!

Picture Books

Elephant Joe, Brave Knight by David Wojtowycz

When the King’s crown goes missing, Elephant Joe and Zebra Pete decide they are the perfect knights to retrieve it. Armed with, well, armor, they ride to the Dark Knight’s castle to discover a scary (though friendly) dragon and a damsel in distress. Filled with fun twists (the Dark Knight is a she!) and punctuated by exclamations from a small Frog Prince (who does not turn into a human when kissed), kids will find this a delightful tale. –Deanna

I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen

Bonnie Christensen has a true gift for bringing biography to life for the youngest readers, her previous biographies have been Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People and The Daring Nellie Bly. In I, Galileo the author lets Galileo tell the story of his many remarkable accomplishments in science, history and life and it feels as if the reader is sitting in the same room with him. The art is at once so simple and spectacular, you’d swear the sparking stars on the pages were real. What better way to introduce young readers to a man who really did follow his own dreams. –Kate

Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney

Never has the universal concept of parting with a beloved blanket been so touchingly and adorably presented. Small Bunny takes his blue blanket everywhere; they are never parted, so of course it need a wash. But Bunny doesn’t want it to be clean or “good as new.” It’s fine just the way it is. Eventually the blanket makes it to the washing machine and Bunny sticks close by. We do get a happy ending, and Bunny and his blue blanket are reunited and off on new adventures together. –Kate

Middle Grade and Young Adult

Summer at Forsaken Lake by Mike Beil

Just one more mention of our Summer Rep Pick. In a recent post about Summer at Forsaken Lake,  Teresa said: “Michael Beil really delivers with this heartwarming, adventure-filled book that brings back the nostalgic feelings of childhood, when summer seemed to stretch on forever and one summer could change everything. Readers of all ages will relate to these characters who are attempting to both hold onto summer and their childhoods even with their teenage years fast approaching―a transition that everyone can connect with. It is a charming story about friendship, adventure, long-buried family secrets and growing up over the course of one magical and mysterious summer vacation.”

Make sure you check out our recent Q&A with Mike Beil here.

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

I picked this book up because the description of a family of “murderous mermaids” hooked me instantly. What I imagined would be a quick summer beach read turned out to be so much more: a well-written blend of fantasy, romance and horror. I loved this book and can’t wait to see where book two picks up next spring.  If you’re getting weary of vampires, angels and fairies, you will enjoy this new aquatic addition to the fantasy genre! –Erin

And check out our recent “What’s On My Bookshelf ” written by Anne Greenwood Brown here.

One Moment by Kristina McBride

What if you couldn’t remember that one moment?  The moment everything changed?  And what if everyone was counting on you to remember?  Because you are the only one that knows what really happened?  Author Kristina McBride raises serious questions among her characters after a tragic death strikes the tight-knit group.  They quickly realize that they aren’t as close as they thought they were, and secrets begin to rise to the surface.  Tense, gripping and also very sweet, this is a great read for 14+ girls. –Nic

Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire

Last year I was totally enchanted by Myra McEntire’s Hourglass, one of the most clever time travel books in a long time. It’s got romance, mystery and one of the most exciting and never-say-die narrators you could ever hope for. Well, the same cast of characters is back in Timepiece, and they’re still searching for the key to their various powers, but there’s danger at every turn. Hurry and get caught up with these novels because we’ve recently heard that there will be a third Hourglass book! –Kate

So we’ve gone and done it again, given you an excuse to go to your favorite bookstore or library. If you were already on the way, well, now you’ve got a few more books to pick up. Happy reading!

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