The View From Tuesday – New Titles On Sale in August
It’s still summer in many of our neighborhoods, and there’s still time to enjoy a new book, even if you or your kids have returned to school already! Here are a few or our favorite titles that you’ll be able to find in your favorite bookstore or library this month!
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
When Sophie and her parents come home from the farmer’s market with a squash, it’s clear they have different ideas of what to do with it. While mom’s looking up recipes for a squash dinner, Sophie is making a new best friend and naming her Bernice. All fall, Sophie brings Bernice the Squash wherever she goes, until one day she can’t deny that her friend looks and feels a little mushy. After getting advice from the farmer’s market, Sophie buries her friend and has to make do with a new friend, a fish, all winter. Good thing fish are such good listeners. Spring brings the sun, more outdoor time, and at last Bernice makes an appearance in the form of a new squash plant. Pat Zietlow Miller takes familiar territory and gives it a fresh, modern take with this exuberant story. Illustrator Anne Wilsdorf gives it just the right hand, not too cute but plenty of visual jokes to keep both kids and parents entertained through multiple readings. –Deanna
Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope by Lisa Moser, illustrated by Sebastiaan Van Doninck
Boyd is no ordinary boy and Calliope is no ordinary horse. In fact, it is pretty apparent Calliope is a rhinoceros, so right off the bat he’s viewed with suspicion by the folks at the Double R Ranch when he and Boyd arrive there seeking work. No matter. Calliope may be big, lumbering and a train wreck of sorts, but he has special talents his fellow horses don’t have, and soon Calliope’s “specialness” and Boyd’s loyalty is just what is needed to keep this cattle ranch under control. Lisa Moser, author of several well-received picture books, has written another delightful gem. Accompanied by vivid, if somewhat cartoon-like illustrations by Belgian artist Sebastiaan Van Doninck, Moser’s story is laced with humor and touching set pieces. It is a perfect read-aloud for kids combining a light-hearted tale with a thoughtful message about diversity. -Tim
The Pocket Mommy by Rachel Eugster, illustrated by Tom Goldsmith
It’s Samuel’s first day of Kindergarten and he’s a little nervous. His mom comes to the rescue by slipping a pretend Pocket Mommy into his pocket to help him. Initially he is relieved, but as the day goes on and his confidence grows, so does the presence, or interference of the Pocket Mommy……..her overzealous attempts to help him become a bit annoying. Eventually both realize that Samuel can navigate this new environment just fine on his own. A good book for parents and kids who are both a little nervous about a new experience.
Middle Grade and Young Adult
More weird, and still all true, National Geographic beings us Volume Two in the Ultimate Weird But True series–packed with cool photos and facts. The content is all-new, so many too-strange-to-believe stories: the world’s most expensive hamburger, which breaks the bank at $295; the world’s largest chocolate sculpture; duck fashion models; and many more oddities. A great gift for the kid, or adult, who loves facts, the weirder the better!
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
Siena’s family is moving from Brooklyn to Maine, in hopes that this new environment will be a fresh start for them, especially for her little brother Lucca, who has stopped speaking. They move into a lovely house near the ocean and Siena knows there is something special about the house, something secret. Slowly she begins to make a connection with a girl and her brother who lived in the the house long ago, during World War II. She finds that they have more in common than you ever could have imagained, and this chance encounter across time may lead to the secret of unlocking Lucca’s voice too. For an in depth review of this book check out Bobbie’s post here.
Guinea Dog Two by Patrick Jennings
Remember Guinea Dog, the book in which Rufus really, really, really wanted a dog, and his parents got him a Guinea Pig? And how he trained the Guinea Pig to behave like a dog? And how the Guinea Pig did learn tricks and good stuff that a dog does but also learned some not so good stuff like eating homework, and barking, and biting? Well, Rufus and “boy’s best friend” Fido are back, with a new dilemma. It seems they have gotten famous and Rufus isn’t all that comfortable with all of the attention. Then Fido is missing and it’s up to Rufus to find out if she was kidnapped or ran away. Guaranteed to keep kids and grownups laughing, perfect for middle grade readers who love animals.
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
After the 9/11 terror attacks Lyla’s family moved to The Community, a closed, safe community run by a charismatic leader named Pioneer. Yes, they are protected from the evil of the outside world, but they aren’t permitted to question the authority of Pioneer. But Lyla is now 17 and feels the need to ask questions, about her future and the future of The Community. Don’t miss this fast-paced thriller in which the biggest question may be “are the walls to keep the world out of The Community, or are they to keep The Community members away from the world?”
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy (celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year), The Realm of Possibility, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and more, including the New York Times Bestseller Every Day, is back with a wonderful new novel, based on a real life event. “story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.” This book would be a great book club selection.
Wicked Cruel by Rich Wallace
Perfect for sharing as Halloween approaches, three stories that deal with “Urban Legends”–those stories we’ve all heard before, usually with a slight variation each time, and always leaving us wondering whether or not they are true. Rich Wallace, known to readers for his sports-themed novels Wrestling Strubridge, Losing is Not an Option, Sports Camp and One Good Punch turns his talent to three of these urban legends, all taking place in the same New England town. Spooky spine-tingling fun for all!
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
It’s finally here, the conclusion to my favorite time travel trilogy. Following Hourglass and Timepiece, the third volume will wrap up the excitement of the first two, maybe solve all the mysteries and leave you wishing you could have an opportunity to spend more time with these wonderful characters, no matter the time period they are in or the danger involved. At the risk of spoilers, I won’t talk about storyline, but will recommend these books to anyone who likes a great, and very original time travel story. If you haven’t started reading this trilogy, then lucky you! All three volumes are available now!
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