The Wait is Over! New Titles Available in Paperback in March
March offers a wide variety of books new in paperback and a few paperback originals from our friends at National Geographic too. Read on and make your list for that next trip to your favorite bookstore!
Middle Grade and YA
When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl
Zelly’s family had moved from Brooklyn to Vermont, and Zelly really, really wants a dog. She’s the new girl and she thinks a dog will help her fit in, but her parents won’t give in. In an effort to help, her grandfather Ace comes up with a plan for a “practice dog” named O. J., made from an empty orange juice jug. Can she prove that she’ll be able to take care of a dog by caring for this practice dog? This hilarious story, with a fun and touching relationship between Zelly and her grandfather is one to share with the whole family, grandparents included!
Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger
Bones is 10 years old and lives with her parents in the Florida Everglades in 1949. Bones’ plans for this summer are to hunt and fish with her friend Little Man, but one day they come upon the evidence of a crime. Bones’ dad Nolay, who is a Miccosukee Indian is accused of the crime, and it looks like Bones may be the only one who can set things right. This compelling story addresses issues of racism, greed and the bonds of family.
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Our hero Wahoo Cray is the son of an animal wrangler in Florida–think gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys & snappers. Then along comes Derek Badger, “star” of a reality TV show, and though he doesn’t know it, he’s the creature who needs to be wrangled most of all. With his usual hilarious view of both the good and bad of human nature, Hiaasen takes us along with Wahoo, his dad and a friend in need named Tuna, and shows us that good triumphs over crazy, one more time.
Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk
OK, even if I hadn’t been a fan of Josh Berk’s first novel The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, I would have picked this one up based on the very clever title–yes, I’m also a fan of CSI. Well our main man Guy isn’t exactly a CSI fan, he joins Forensics Club when his friend tells him it will impress girls, so imagine his surprise when they stumble on a real dead body at the simulated crime scene. Guy is also dealing with the mystery of who his recently deceased father really was. A funny and sensitive story about solving mysteries, personal and not so personal, with a narrator you don’t want to see go when the story is over.
Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill
Maria is the younger daughter in a family of Venetian glassmakers. She would love to become a glassblower herself but that job will fall to only the male members of the family. Her father’s dying wish was for her to marry into nobility, but she doesn’t want to follow that path and would prefer to see her older sister fill that role. To complicate matters she finds herself attracted to a new glassblower who has come to work at their family business. Will family loyalty win out over love or vice versa?
Non-Fiction For All Ages
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America by Jonathan Alderfer
Featuring 100 species of birds from across the US this colorful guide helps kids identify and understand birds. Information about their range, the sounds they make, the food they like to eat, a cool or weird fun fact, and a feature called “A Closer Look,” which digs deeper into once aspect of the bird’s life (eating habits, birdsongs, etc.). Each profile will also display a fact box with the bird’s scientific name, weight, length, and wingspan. Conservation information, a find out more section, glossary, and index are included too. The perfect first birding guide.
National Geographic Kids Just Joking 3 by Ruth A. Musgrave
In the third volume of National Geographic’s popular Just Joking series you get more of this:
Q: What do you get from a cow after an earthquake?
A: A milkshake!
Packed with even more of the silly jokes that kids love, including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, traditional question and answer jokes, and more. Laughing animals, funny people, and other colorful photos are paired with each joke, adding an extra laugh on each page. It’s THE fun-filled book, perfect for tossing into a backpack to share with friends at school or camp.
“Did you know fortune cookies aren’t even found in China? Or that alligators don’t actually live in the sewers of New York City? Want to prove it to your friends? This book gives kids the tools to break and bust wild and wacky myths from around the world. These myths reveal a broad range of historical and scientific truths that keep kids learning while interacting with their favorite fictional “facts.” Chock full of colorful photographs and funny text, this book includes hundreds of fascinating facts and interesting tidbits that prove you can’t believe everything you’re told. Each busted myth also features an explanation of where it originated, which uncovers often surprising historical significance. So next time someone tells you that the average person accidentally ingests 8 spiders each year–don’t tell them that if they believe that they are as dumb as an ox–because oxen are actually quite smart.” The perfect book to share with the family, kids or anyone who is still a kid at heart. Who knew learning could be so much fun?
Thanks for joining us at RAoR today and we hope you have a long list of new books to pick up on your next trip to the bookstore!
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