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The View From Monday…..On Wednesday! New Titles Available in September

September 12, 2012

Summer is almost over and it’s time for to start making our To Be Read Lists of new Fall titles, available in your favorite bookstore or library this month. Get ready to snuggle up in a sunny spot, indoors or outdoors, with some of this month’s new books!

Picture Books

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? by David Levinthal, illustrated by John Nickle

Bored reading your kids the standard fairy tales?  Want to find out what really happened when Goldilocks broke into the home of The Three Bears?  Told from the crime fighting perspective of Binky, a fedora wearing toad, these are five fairy tales will make you shake your head and chuckle!  Equal parts Law & Order and 1940’s noir detective radio this is a fresh take on old favorites. –Nic

Oh, No! by Candance Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

This simple yet thought provoking new picture book from award winners Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann is pure gold. The perfect book to read aloud or for a parent and child to read together. This story with just the right amount of words is filled with twists to keep you reading, laughing and guessing, and wanting to read it all over again as soon as you’ve finished. One by one the animals fall into the trap set by the wily tiger, and then…… falls the tiger himself! Will they all be eaten? Will they escape? Pick up a copy of this new classic and find out! –Kate

Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Why let a little snow stop you from making a lemonade stand? Brother and sister team Pauline and John-John decide it’s just the thing on a cold blustery day, so they get their money together to buy supplies at the store. Their shouts of “Lemon Lemon LIME, lemon LIMEADE” bring out a few neighbors here and there as well as giving them a chance to learn about counting money – plus a bonus lesson on basic supply and demand. This is a terrific read-aloud, and the money lesson makes it a perfect classroom companion. –Deanna

The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley, illustrated by Billy Aronson

Peg and her cat are ready to start their perfect picnic with a pig until they realize that they have an extra piece of pie and no one to eat it. A trip to the chicken coop to bring one chicken to their picnic results in a hundred chickens getting loose! Peg loves to solve problems, but this one has her stumped. After a few tries at rounding up these crazy chickens, she’s about ready to give up, until cat gives her some great ideas. This cute story about problem solving and simple counting will charm preschoolers. –Deanna

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko


As a mom of children being raised in an interfaith household, I was thrilled to see this title on our fall list. The little girl in the story celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah with her parents, and traditions from both religions are honored by her parents and her extended family. The author touches on a bit of the history behind the holidays as well as traditional dishes and symbols, and even includes a few delicious recipes at the end of the book. I also liked the addition of a timeline showing other holidays celebrated throughout the year in the Christian and Jewish faiths. This is a delightful holiday book told in a cheerful, non-preachy voice and will be welcomed by many dual-faith families. –Erin

Middle Grade & YA

Super by Matthew Cody

In Matthew Cody’s first middle grade novel Powerless, Daniel Corrigan was, well, powerless. That’s right he was the only kid at his new school who did not have super powers. However Daniel was the one who saved his friends from the Shroud, a supervillian who planned to steal the super kids powers. All is now right in this world, Daniel is a regular kid and his friends still have their powers (for a little while longer anyway), but he may indeed be beginning to develop some powers of his own after all. Is Daniel a late bloomer, or is something more evil at work? A perfect story of friendship and learning to like who you really are, super powered or not. –Kate

Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes #1 Phoenix by Jeff Stone

The Five Ancestors series may have come to a conclusion, but there may be more to this story. It’s now 350 years later, Phoenix is living with his grandfather in Indiana and loves mountain bike racing when he’s not learning Kung Fu. But events reveal that his grandfather is one of the original five legendary Cangzhen monks, and 400 years old. In this modern day story with ancient roots, Phoenix must travel to China to find a way to keep his grandfather alive, but who can he trust and can he accomplish his task in time? –Kate

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

 First I read this fun, snarky paranormal book, then I attended an event at Oblong Books & Music and met the wonderful, funny, snarky and talented author Sarah Rees Brennan. I was as impressed with the writer as I was with her writing and I can hardly wait for the next book in “The Lynburn Legacy”. Our main character Kami has a perfectly ordered world in her small  English village of Sorry-in-the-Vale, she’s starting a new school newspaper venture with her BFF and life is good. Until the Lynburns move back to Sorry-in-the-Vale after many years abroad. Kami begins to see and hear things she never expected, and then there are the oh, so hot Lynburn cousins now attending her school. Throughout all this Kami maintains a wicked sense of humor and never gives up her search for the truth, even when it gets extremely uncomfortable and kind of scary. Unspoken will leave you wanting more too.  And check out our recent Q&A with Sarah Rees Brennan here.-Kate

Yesterday by C. K. Kelly Martin

The attention to detail that C.K. Kelly Martin put into her latest book Yesterday is remarkable. I was completely sucked into the story of Freya, a teenager in 1985, newly living in Canada after moving from New Zealand, where he father has been killed in a freak accident. Freya wakes up one morning not feeling that her life is quite her life, her family not really her family—and shrugs it off until, by chance, her “recognition” of a complete stranger on the street (a handsome boy only slightly her senior, who makes her heart skip a beat) makes her question whether he is in fact a stranger to her at all or the key to the weird out of body feelings she’s been experiencing. What ensues is a high-impact adventure/thriller ala’ The Maze Runner and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone that nods to time-travel, virtual reality, espionage, and of course, the trials of the modern teenager. I loved reading this! –Bobbie

Crusher by Naill Leonard

Finn Maguire hasn’t had an easy life. His mother walked out on the family a few years ago,  his father seems to be chronically unemployed hoping for that next big break (he’s a former actor), and he’s dropped out of school and is working at a job he loathes. Then Finn gets fired, and when he arrives home he finds his father has been murdered. It gets even worse when an overzealous police detective is convinced Finn is the only suspect in the murder. What’s a lad to do but try and solve the murder himself. Could the murderer be local gangsters who his father was eavesdropping on in a bar for research on a screenplay, the blond German stranger in the bar, a former acting rival? So many possibilities, and a lot of blind alleys test Finn at every turn. This fast-paced thriller, sufficiently filled with twists and turns will keep you reading to the surprising and explosive conclusion. –Kate

Thanks for joining us here at Random Acts of Reading, we hope we’ve given you some great new suggestions for Fall reading and gift giving!

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