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The View from Monday – New Titles On Sale in November

November 12, 2012

Not sure how November got here so quickly, but fear not, the publishing schedule is right on time, and we have another lineup of great new titles that will be available in your favorite bookstore or library this month. Happy Reading!

Picture Book

Hey, Presto! by Nadia Shireen

Hey Presto

From the author/illustrator of The Good Little Wolf comes a story of friendship and forgiveness. Presto and Monty have a magic act, a very good magic act. They become famous, and Monty gets carried away with the fame, becoming bossy and unpleasant. What’s Presto to do? He leaves. Now it becomes clear that the act worked best because of the teamwork, as a team of one Monty isn’t doing so well. Can they heal the rift in their friendship? Will the act be saved? This is a lovely lesson with charming artwork for any age reader.

Middle Grade

True Colors by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

True Colors

When Blue was a baby she was found in a kettle, wrapped in a quilt. She was taken in by Hannah Spooner and for 10 years lived an idyllic life in a small Vermont town. Now she’s curious about who her mother is, thus begins her journey through old newspapers, talking with the townspeople and searching for clues, it’s a summer of discovery indeed. A lovely and heartwarming story about family.

Here Where the Sunbeams are Green by Helen Phillips

Here Where the Sunbeams are Green 

Their dad the “Bird Guy” is going on a grand adventure, he’s been offered a bird-tracking job in Central America. He’s done things like this before, what’s there to worry about? Well, how about the strange letter the family receives that “just doesn’t sound like Dad”? And maybe he’s disappeared…….It becomes clear to Mad and her little sister Roo that Dad is in trouble and they may be the only ones who can figure our what’s really going on, and oh, they may have to save him too. A lively story of two sisters learning to trust each other, solve a mystery and maybe become heroes. Perfect for adventurous girls, and their sisters too!

Young Adult

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be

She may be clumsy, but she plays by the rules. Julia is a straight A student who is always prepared, she’s even picked out her MTB (“meant to be”) boyfriend. Then things in her ordered world go haywire when she’s stuck with class clown Jason on a school trip to London, there’s a party followed by romantic texts and a wild chase through London and Jason is suddenly being “helpful”. Is it too much confusion for Julia or just the right amount of fun and maybe the unexpected romance that might be just what she needs?

Fitz by Mick Cochrane

Fitz has many of the same winning qualities found in the author’s award-winning middle grade novel The Girl Who Threw Butterflies –well-drawn characters, even-paced story and realistic dialogue. Like the earlier book, Fitz deals with abandonment:  The Girl Who Threw Butterflies was a father-daughter story, though the dad had died but was a central figure in the story; Fitz’s dad is alive and well, but abandoned him and his mom shortly after he was born.

This new novel all takes place one day in St. Paul MN, childhood home of Fitz’s namesake F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitz, who is 15 years old and lives with his mom in the less desirable part of town, learns that his dad, a wealthy attorney, lives and works in town. Fitz is an angry kid, protective of his mom, and is single-mindedly determined to confront his dad (Curtis) in a potentially violent way.  Fitz essentially hijacks his dad, luring him away from his office, after which they spend the day mostly in the car talking, venting and trying to make up for some of those lost 15 years.

The story has some tension-filled moments but it’s not a thriller; rather, it’s a slice-of-life tale about a boy trying to “connect” with the dad he never knew and somehow make whole the family he never had. The author subtly weaves in Gatsbyesque themes throughout the story, for example, the fated relationship of Fitz’s parents and self-invention (Dad).  Without giving away too much away, I finished the book hopeful about the potential for reconciliation even in otherwise unforgiving circumstances.

Fitz is for a slighter older reader this time around – 12 & up. Book clubs and other discussion groups will find much food for thought as will many readers who gravitate to realistic fiction. –Tim

Under the Bridge by Michael Harmon

Under the Bridge

Life isn’t easy for Tate and his younger brother Indy. Their best times are spent “under the bridge” skateboarding. Their home life is tumultuous, so much so that when Indy has one too many clashes with their dad he leaves home, on a path to dangerous friends and dangerous behavior. All Tate wants is for his brother to come home, can he convince him? This fast-paced novel is an insiders look at the skateboarding experience and survival fueled by the bond between brothers.

And a little non-fiction from National Geographic:

Xtreme Illusions

Extreme Illusions 

Seeing is believing. But what if you simply can’t believe your eyes? Dive into another dimension and experience the eye-boggling and brain-twisting extremes of these awesome optical illusions. This mind-bending collection of visual puzzles will amaze your friends, mystify your family and even blow your own mind!
Xtreme Illusions features every kind of visual trick and deceptive image, all in a cutting-edge style and using dynamic paper mechanics that are instantly engaging. It’s a feast for your eyes that will leave you dizzy!

Thanks for joining us today at RAoReading, we hope we’ve given you some new titles to add to your to be read list, or even some ideas for a little early holiday shopping.

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