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The Wait is Over! New Titles Available in Paperback in JUNE

June 18, 2012

Another month, another great selection of books “new in paperback”. These will be in your bookstores any minute now, just in time to add them to your summer reading list!

Picture Book:

Traction Man is Here! by Mini Grey

Could there be a more delightful picture book for kids and parents to share than Traction Man’s first adventure? Filled with a kid-friendly story and plenty of laughs for the grownups, too, we join Traction Man when he’s “the new toy” with a big ego in the playroom. Activities like washing the dishes become very serious adventures for Traction Man and his trusty sidekick Scrubbing Brush, giving us a lovely glimpse into the play world of a little boy and his toys.

Middle Grade

A Million Miles from Boston by Karen Day

The perfect summer read–Lucy and her family are on the way to their favorite vacation spot on the coast of Maine, away from her worries about starting middle school in the fall and worries about Dad’s new girlfriend. She still misses her Mom who died when she was six, but loves their special vacation spot. Just when she’s getting comfortable…her nemesis from school is vacationing at her special spot (!) and Dad’s girlfriend might come for a visit. Could her summer be spoiled, or could it be the best vacation yet?

You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does)  by Ruth White

Meggie and David Blue are from another planet; they’re a lot like Earth kids,  and can’t wait to grow up. BUT they also have GROSSLY UNIQUE qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet. The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfather, by accident, to another planet where People are kept submissive through drugs and brainwashing. The Blues, who have spent time in free societies, recognize the upside-down-ness of this world, but how can they plan their escape?

Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters by Claudia Mills, illustrated by Guy Francis

In the first of the Mason Dixon series, perfect, funny books for boy and girl readers, Mason’s parents think a pet will be good for him. He doesn’t agree and he may be right since things don’t go well with the first few attempts: a goldfish (dies), hamster (escapes) and cat (allergies), and Mason thinks that’s over. But no.  Finally, a dog, followed by a case of jealousy, helps to bring everyone together. Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters will leave you wanting to run to the bookstore or library for more Mason Dixon titles.

Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls by Wendelin van Draanen

Our favorite junior high detective is back for a new mystery adventure. This time, “Sammy must figure out how three missing people, two human skulls, and one ghoulish embalmer add up before she winds up six feet under herself!” What will happen when justice and the junior high code come face to face? Will Sammy make the right choice?

Young Adult

Ingenue by Jillian Larkin

Erin had this to say about this title in hardcover: I loved Vixen, the first book in Jillian Larkin’s Flapper series, and the sequel, Ingenue, doesn’t disappoint. The Roaring Twenties, New York City, the Mob, smoky jazz clubs, dancing, danger and forbidden love- teens and adults who love YA will love this fun, gossipy look at three flappers and their madcap adventures. If you haven’t read Vixen, it’s now available in paperback so you can catch up with Gloria, Clara and Lorraine in their earlier Chicago experiences.

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard


I love this book, and as a former teacher, I would use it in my classroom. I think there is so much there to discuss: the writing and the poetry are really wonderful and I love the voice–it rings so true of a high school boy…Betsy Balyeat, Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka, IL

Tighter by Adele Griffin

Only after 17-year-old Jamie arrives an idyllic New England island to work as a summer au pair does she learn its horrible history surrounding a young couple’s tragic deaths. Jamie discovers that she herself resembles the dead girl—and she’s seeing ghosts. Does she have a connnection to what happened last summer at Little Bly? You’ll stay up late with this thriller, reminiscent of The Turn of the Screw.

Thanks for joining us on RAoR today and I hope you’ll all find some new titles to add to your summer reading list!

Please share your thoughts and feedback in our comments section.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2012 8:16 am

    The Mason Dixon book looks adorable!

  2. June 18, 2012 11:19 am

    Traction Man in paperback???? Wahooo!! I am ordering in a ton of these to read (and handsell) for story time at the bookstore where I work.

  3. June 18, 2012 7:37 pm

    Paper Covers Rock sounds amazing. Another one for the wishlist!

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