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The View from Monday – New Books Available in February

February 18, 2013

It’s still Winter, and many of us have been stuck indoors more than we’d like to be lately. The cure for that is a quick trip out to your favorite bookstore or library to pick up some brand new books and then find your favorite comfy reading spot and settle in with a great read!

Picture Books

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

Doug Unplugged

Too much TV, internet, phone and other electronics on in your house? Then Doug Unplugged just might be the perfect book for your family. Doug is a robot, he gets plugged in and receives his information download every day, then one day Doug wonders if he might learn more by going outside… he unplugs. Indeed outside is a remarkable place filled with adventures and new experiences, and most of all the opportunity to make a new friend. Follow Doug’s lead and unplug with this charming story.

Want to Be in a Band? by Suzzy Roche, illustrated by Giselle Potter

Want to be in a Band

This is the ideal book to share with the family, especially if the kids are interested in music. Based on the real life story of Suzzy Roche who at a young age (and after lots of bugging) started a band with her sisters Maggie and Terre, and went on to be famous performers in the music world. A realistic and fun kids-eye view of a girl who had a dream and with her siblings made it come true. Fun for grown up fans of The Roches too!

The Longest Night: A Passover Story by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Catia Chien

Longest Night

I can’t say it often enough, picture books are books for families, and The Longest Night is a perfect example of a book to share across the generations. A Passover story, that follows the story of the Exodus, told through the eyes of a young girl, is a wonderful way to help young children understand the origins of their religious traditions.

Monster, Be Good by Natalie Marshall

Monster Be Good

Who doesn’t need a refresher course in manners from time to time? In this fun and funny picture book kids, (and adults too!) get a glimpse of some monsters with monstrous behavior, crabby, selfish, mean, scary and just plain wild. Kids will see themselves in these monsters and realize how ridiculous they can be. Perfect for sharing.

Middle Grade and Young Adult

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Beholding Bee

Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival, and when the one person who was there for her and who always reminded her of how remarkable she is has to move on, Bee is more alone than she ever thought she could be. Then she finds a dog and sees that she will be the one to care for this dog and that she has to find a home and safety for both of them. Bee finds a quirky house with two women who may be a little out of style but it’s all just what she needs to find her own way in the world. Beholding Bee is a lovely story about the power of community and trusting that there will be people to help just at the time when you need them most.

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

Hattie Ever After

We all loved Kirby Larson’s first book Hattie Big Sky, and what a delight to spend time with Hattie again in this new novel. Hattie has now left the homestead claim she inherited and is setting out for the big city, where she hopes to follow in the footsteps of her hero Nellie Bly.  Hattie must  make some tough decisions about her future and works hard on the way to achieving her dream of becoming a newspaper reporter. Both Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After are wonderful books to recommend to those readers who loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books.

The Magician’s Tower by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

The Magician's Tower

Oona Crate is back! The charming heroine of  The Wizard of Dark Street who wanted nothing more than to be a detective has gotten her wish, she now has her own detective agency. The detective business is slow to take off, but it’s time for “The Magician’s Tower Contest”, and the challenge of dangerous tasks, riddles and obstacles might be just the thing to put Oona and her agency in the spotlight. AND, it looks like there’s a new case coming her way too. Join Oona as she works her own kind of logic to compete and maybe solve a very personal mystery along the way.

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

Out of Nowhere

Inspired by real events in the author’s home state of Maine, Out of Nowhere is the story of a community in which there was an influx of Somali refugees who became a part of the community. Told from the point of view of Tom, star soccer player and team captain, who is suddenly facing changes that he never expected in his community, his school and on the soccer field. He has to take a hard look at who his is and where he really fits in, in all of these places. This book is a great read for teens and families and is a perfect recommendation for an all school or community wide read too.  Don’t miss our Q&A with the author here.

Revel by Maurissa Guibord


Trespass Island is off the coast of Maine, but not found on any map. It’s a closed community of people who intend to keep it that way. Enter Kansas-raised Delia, who is curious about her own family connection to this island. Delia finds that she is not welcome, and yet she’s determined to find the answers that she traveled so far to uncover. Will her determination, with assistance from a couple of locals be enough to help her survive this island where she’s been told “no one leaves alive”? As exciting and fascinating as Maurissa Guibord’s first novel Warped.

 Thanks for joining us at RAoR today—let us know what you’re reading in our comments section.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2013 8:55 am

    I finished Beholding Bee yesterday and was utterly charmed by it.

  2. February 18, 2013 10:27 am

    I’m starting Hattie Ever After as soon as it comes from the library! Thanks for telling about the new books!

  3. February 18, 2013 11:56 am

    My kids love Dan Yaccarino’s work, so I’m going to see if my library has Doug Unplugged.

  4. February 18, 2013 12:38 pm

    Well, you know how much I loved Beholding Bee and Hattie Ever After. Now I’ll have to check out some of these other intriguing books.

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