The Wait is Over! New Titles Available in Paperback in May
Talk about perfect timing, Summer vacation is in sight and we have a boatload of books available in paperback for the first time, even some paperback originals, for your relaxing reading pleasure!
For Younger Readers to Middle Grade
Icky Ricky #1 Toilet Paper Mummy by Michael Rex
Icky Ricky #2 The End of the World by Michael Rex
Is there a kid in your life who loves dirt, slime and other assorted yucky stuff? Then this new series from Michael Rex is just what you need! Join Icky Ricky for his first two truly icky adventures, the perfect books for kids who like Captain Underpants, graphic novels, and a very funny story! There isn’t a mess he doesn’t love, and believe it or not, parents won’t be able to resist these cleverly written paperback original books from the author of Goodnight Goon and The Runaway Mummy either.
Bean Dog and Nugget: The Cookie by Charise Mericle Harper
Meet Bean Dog and Nugget in their graphic novel debut! They are creative and silly and think like kids think, making these two new adventures the perfect books for reading again and again. In The Ball, they lose their ball in the bushes and dream up clever ways to rescue it, finally becoming super heroes “Superdog” and “Ninja Nugget”. In The Cookie, our new friends argue over a cookie but in the end realize that their friendship is more important.
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein
In his fifth sports-themed mystery for young readers John Feinstein hits a home run. Our favorite junior sportswriters are at the Olympic Games in London! Stevie and Susan Carol have always been good at solving the mysteries they somehow always find while they are reporting on sporting events, but this time Susan Carol is not just a reporter, she’s also an Olympic competitor. Susan Carol is a star swimmer, and the media, agents and sponsors are all swarming around her. Stevie is fascinated and worried and a bit jealous of her athletic ability and all the attention Susan Carol is getting, but he also sees the dark side of high stakes competition, specifically how far some will go to win. Another terrific behind the scenes sports novel from Feinstein.
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
A natural for Summer reading, four unlikely friends forced by their mothers to be in a mother-daughter book group during their precious Summer vacation! At first they all think they’ll have nothing in common but through the power of the books and the pressure of their moms they find they really do need each other. You can read Bobbie’s review of this book here, and a fun post from the author here.
The Revenant by Sonia Gensler
A real ghost story, magnificently woven with a story of “borrowed” identity and secrets, history and romance. Its 1896, times are hard and 17-year-old Willie is being forced to leave school to help out at home, a home where she doesn’t want to be right now. Impulsively Willie assumes the identity of a classmate and accepts the other girl’s teaching position at the Cherokee Female Seminary. Willie encounters cultural and societal differences at the school, but the biggest surprise is the “revenant” the ghost of a student who drowned following a secret and ill-fated romance the year before. Willie does her best to navigate this new territory, but the ghost continues to call out to her and wreak havoc on the school, she must be heard so that she can rest. And to add to Willie’s potential troubles there’s a possible love interest. So many secrets.
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman
Here’s what our colleague Bobbie had to say about Intentions:
Rachel thought she was grown up enough to accept that no one is perfect. Her parents argue, her grandmother has been acting strangely, and her best friend doesn’t want to talk to her. But none of that could have prepared her for what she overheard in her synagogue’s sanctuary. Now Rachel’s trust in the people she loves is shattered, and her newfound cynicism leads to reckless rebellion. Her friends and family hardly recognize her, and worse, she can hardly recognize herself. But how can the adults in her life lecture her about acting with kavanah, intention, when they are constantly making such horribly wrong decisions themselves? This is a witty, honest account of navigating the daunting line between losing innocence and entering adulthood–all while figuring out who you really want to be. I found the book to be incredibly original, often humorous, and most important, insightful!
Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire
I’ll admit that I was totally enchanted by Myra McEntire’s Hourglass, one of the most clever time travel books I’d read in a long time. It’s got romance, mystery and one of the most exciting and never-say-die narrators you could ever hope for. Well, the same cast of characters is back in Timepiece, and they’re still searching for the key to their various powers, but there’s danger at every turn. Hurry and get caught up with these novels because Book Three Infinity Glass goes on sale August 6th!
The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
Now available as a paperback original here in the United States, The Kissing Booth was first published on the Wattpad platform in England, where it is the most-viewed, most-commented-on teen fiction title on the site, with with 19 million reads. In this fast-paced teen novel our heroine Elle is running the Kissing Booth at the Spring Carnival, nothing can go wrong, right? Well, then she kisses Noah, and the best laid plans go sideways. Should she follow her head or her heart? Will there be a happy ending or broken hearts all around?
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
It’s the Summer before her senior year and Angel plans to just have fun, but things don’t go as planned when she finds herself growing away from her best friend Inggy and possibly growing closer to Inggy’s boyfriend. A sexy Summer read from the author of Rosie and Skate and the adult short story collection Beautiful Girls, Jersey Angel is perfect for older teens.
Thanks for joining us today at RAoR, we hope your list of books for summer reading just got a little bit longer.
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