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The Wait is Over! – New Titles Available in Paperback

February 25, 2013

This month is a bit of a bonus for those of you who “wait for the paperback” editions of books—in addition to a novel new to paperback, it’s  a perfect time to start one of our series! Why, you ask is it a perfect time? Read on and you’ll find out.

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

Whole Story of Half a Girl

Sonia Nadhamuni is a teenager, which is rarely easy.  Then her father loses his job which means that she has to leave private school and attend the public school. At her new school there are questions about her mixed heritage, Sonia is half Indian and half Jewish, that she’s never had to face before, as well as new friends and new challenges as Sonia navigates her new social landscape—should she try out for cheerleading? Which group does she really want to be a part of? And to add to it all, her father disappears. Now she’s faced with some hard questions about not only who she is and where she fits in, but what about her father, did she ever really know him at all? Kirkus said this author “excels in charting the fluctuating discomfort zones of adolescent identity with affectionate humor”. How can any teen or parent of a teen resist this?

And now for that promised bonus: Most months “The Wait is Over” feature is about books available in paperback for the first time, but what about that feeling when you read the very first book of what you know is going to be a series and you have to wait six months or maybe even a year until the next one will be available? This month we have several series with the latest book of 3 or 4 or 5 now available in paperback, and one novel with a sequel,  so you can start a new series and you won’t have to wait for the next one at all. 

Ballpark Mysteries #6: The Wrigley Riddle by David A. Kelly

Wrigley Riddle

What started with The Fenway Foul-Up, has taken us to Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Astro’s Stadium, and the All Star Game in Kansas City, along with cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins, big baseball fans who also solve a mystery in each book. Perfect chapter books for the young sports fan. Each book includes a fun fact page about the stadium where the action takes place, too. Check out this great post that author David Kelly wrote for RAoR last year.

Goofballs #4: The Mysterious Talent Show Mystery by Tony Abbott

Goofballs 4

From the author of “The Secrets of Droon”, we have a mystery series featuring 4 best friends who are also sleuths Jeff, Mara, Kelly and Brian, better known as The Goofballs. In their fourth adventure the Goofballs are very excited about the upcoming talent show, but there are problems and mysteries popping up all around the show, and it only gets more complicated when the director disappears………right before their eyes.  Will the Goofballs be able to solve this mystery so the show can go on? Read and find out. And don’t miss the first three books in this series #1 The Crazy Case of Missing Thunder, #2 The Startling Story of the Stolen Statue, and #3 Superhero Silliness.

Bessica Lefter Bites Back by Kristen Tracy

Bessica Lefter Bites Back

In The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter we experienced the “unfortunate incident at the hair salon” which caused Bessica to lose her best friend Sylvie and all her plans to have a great experience starting middle school fall apart, at least for a while. In this sequel, life in middle school is getting better, she has some new friends and is one half of the school mascot (unfortunately she isn’t really getting along with the other half right now), and those awkward years have never looked so hilariously embarrassing or funny, or so familiar.

Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye


In the first volume of this series Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go we met siblings Milton and Marlo Fauster, who after a prank at the local mall goes horribly wrong (they were innocent bystanders when it happened) end up in Heck, a purgatory of sorts for kids which is like the worst, grossest parts of school, forever. Run by Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the principal of darkness and with funny cameo appearances by fictionalized historical figures like Richard Nixon as the Ethics Teacher., and Home Ec teacher Lizzie Borden. Thus begins the Heck series. In Snivel Milton and Marlo have made it to the fifth circle of Heck, the circle reserved for crybabies, a camp where they experience all of the worst, grossest aspects of summer camp—mosquitoes and rain, to name a few of the indignities they will have to endure. They’ll have to find a way out of Snivel of course, because there are more circles of Heck to come! Check out the whole series: Heck, Rapacia, Blimpo, and Fibble.


Thanks for joining us today at Random Acts of Reading, we hope we’ve given you more reasons to take a trip to your local bookstore this week!

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