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The Wait is Over! New Books Available in Paperback in April

April 22, 2013

All kinds of books for every age are coming to your bookstore in paperback this month, a story about an adventurous flamingo, a new chapter in the Lunch Lady series, some great non-fiction, and more!

Picture Book

Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler


Sylvie the flamingo finds out that she is pink because of her diet of shrimp. This knowledge makes her curious, specifically she wants to know, if she eats other different colored things, will she change color? So she tries out some of those other things, and yes, she does indeed change color, but she also gets an upset stomach! In the end this charming story shows us and Sylvie that it’s ok to try new things in moderation, and it’s often best to just be yourself.

Early Readers

National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears, Monkeys and Saving Baby Animals

NGR April New Titles RAoR

Three terrific new additions to the NG Readers line for curious beginning readers, filled with amazing pictures as only National Geographic can bring and interesting facts about each of the animals and their habitats. Saving Baby Animals is stories of animal babies, rescued and nursed back to health by humans, it will pull at the heart strings and make kids realize there’s a survivor inside all of us. In Polar Bears you’ll learn all you ever wanted to know about polar bears and so much more–these majestic giants swim from iceberg to iceberg in chilling waters, care for their adorable cubs, and are threatened by global warming. And in Monkeys you’ll see the comical, adorable, and fascinating lives of monkeys living in the wild, complete with details about their behavior, families, and environment.

Middle Grade and YA

Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosocaka

Lunch Lady Video Game Villain

Our favorite crime fighter The Lunch Lady is back in her 9th adventure, and there’s an important election for Student Council President about to take place. Especially important to The Breakfast Bunch since Hector is running! In the midst of all of this someone is stealing high-tech gadgets and jeopardizing school security. Can The Lunch Lady save the day?

Dognap by Patrick Jennings


Here’s what Deanna wrote about this title:

From the best-selling and well-reviewed author of Guinea Dog and Lucky Cap (coming in paperback April 24) comes this new tale of dognapping and aliens! When adults don’t believe what’s happening, it’s up to Logan and his friends to save the day. Another winner for the young/reluctant reader/middle grade boy.

Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank

Child of the Mountains

Here’s what our colleague Tim had to say about this title:

This is an affecting debut novel set in the Appalachian coal mining towns that dot West Virginia. Although not strictly autobiographical, the story is set in 1953, the same year the author was born and drawn from family lore and her own research.Young Lydia Hawkins has known nothing but loss in her young life. As she narrates her family’s story, we learn that (in short order), her father, baby brother and grandmother had died. Her mother was sent to prison accused of murdering her brother BJ who was crippled with cystic fibrosis and for whom her mother vainly sought out doctors who could treat him. With mother in prison, Lydia is sent off to her Uncle William and Aunt Mae who live in a coal mining camp. In her native dialect, she chronicles her daily life, her uneasy role in her new home and tough transition at her new school where she is teased and bullied for being the daughter of a “child killer”. Through it all, Lydia maintains a mature outlook well beyond her years and iron-willed determination to prove her mom’s innocence.This story really stuck with me and reminded me a bit of other powerful coming –of-age stories such as HEART OF A SHEPHERD and LOVE, AUBREY.

Zero by Tom Leveen


Amanda Walsh jokingly calls herself Zero. The plan for her last summer before college is for fun with friends, but that all goes sideways when her scholarship money doesn’t come through, her relationship with her BFF goes south and life at home is nothing but tense when her parents seem to be fighting all the time. Is her new relationship with the punk skater boy for real and will she find the support she needs, financially and emotionally to survive the summer? An exciting read for teens 14 and up.

BZRK by Michael Grant

BZRK paperback

Think “The Bourne Identity meets Hunger Games….with science”, and you’re off on a heart-pounding adventure that you’ll find hard to put down. BZRK will leave you saying “how long do I have to wait for book 2″? Michael Grant, well known for his GONE series gives us another thrill a minute read with enough twists to keep you reading late into the night. Keep an eye out for BZRK Reloaded on sale October 8, 2013.

Thanks for joining us at RAoR today, we hope your to be read list just got a little longer!

Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2013 9:04 am

    Sylvie looks adorable!

  2. April 22, 2013 2:23 pm

    I’ve never heard of Child of the Mountains until now. I’m going to see if my library has it.

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