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

August 20, 2013

Another month yields another crop of new paperback editions of some of our favorite books, you know you’ve been waiting for these! And bonus, some paperback originals from our friends at National Geographic, too. Get ready for a trip to the bookstore!

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman

How to make a cherry pie

In this perfect companion to Marjorie Priceman’s How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, our baked goods inspired traveler and her dog stay a little closer to home but still manage to have an exciting and informative adventure. This time they trek “from New Hampshire to Hawaii, from Alaska to Texas—in search of the coal, cotton, clay, and granite they need to create all their baking tools.” Fun for the whole family, but don’t be surprised if you’re hungry for pie when you’re done reading this one!

Once Upon a Twice by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Barry Moser

Once Upon a Twice

I must admit, I was first attracted to this picture book on the basis of Barry Moser’s amazing artwork. Once I read the first few pages, however, I was immediately captivated by Denise Doyen’s clever rhymes and inventive wordplay reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. This is a wonderful read-aloud, but not for the faint-hearted, as it deals with the fears we all have about the night and dangers lurking. –Tim

It’s a Snap!

All Aboard!

In the Bag! by Monica Kulling

Great Idea

Three volumes in the Great Idea series are now available in paperback. Monica Kulling has a gift for writing about history and inventors and making it fun. In these three books you can learn about the humble beginnings of things we couldn’t live without today–the Kodak camera, the flat bottom paper bag (my favorite!), and the steam engine. Check out our recent guest post from Monica here.

National Geographic Readers: Amelia Earhart by Caroline Gilpin

National Geographic Readers: Anne Frank by Alexandra Zapruder

NGReader Amelia Earhart                  NGReader Anne Frank

Two new biographies from National Geographic Readers that highlight important historical figures. In Amelia Earhart young readers learn about the fascinating life and legacy of this pioneering pilot and adventurer, whose disappearance over the Pacific in 1937. And in Anne Frank they about the brave and tragic life of the young girl whose diary kept while in hiding from Nazis is one of the most important and insightful books of the World War II era.

National Geographic Funny Fill-In: My Space Adventure

National Geographic Funny Fill-In: My Animal Adventure

NG Funny Fillins Space                            NG Funny Fillins Animals

You’re looking for something fun, funny and maybe just a little bit educational you say? Well National Geographic has just what you’re looking for! If you took the perennially entertaining “Mad-Libs” and added science and nature themes this is what you’d have, and in full color. Never a dull moment, perfect for your next car trip, low tech camping adventure or just to keep everyone amused on that next rainy day!

The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau


Max lives in a normal village, normal except on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays everyone stays safely in their homes, doors locked and windows shuttered, because strange and unpredictable things happen on Wednesdays. On this particular Wednesday Max looks out the window and sees something, something this curious boy can’t resist looking into….So begins a wacky, perilous adventure. Will their sleepy little village and Max ever be the same again? Read and find out.

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Liar and Spy

Georges and his family have downsized, moving from a house to an apartment after his Dad loses his job. He’s recently had a falling out with his long time friend, and it seems like Georges whole world is getting smaller. The he meets Safer, a new neighbor and life starts to get interesting. Safer is a self-proclaimed spy and he let’s Georges in on his “activities”, they make a good team, there are mysteries to solve and secrets that will be revealed for both of these new friends. This is a gentle story that packs an emotional punch from the author of the Newbery Award winning When You Reach Me. Perfect for sharing with your whole family.

That’s Creepy by Crispin Boyer

That's Creepy

Creepy is not just a Halloween theme, there’s creepiness in the world all year round! National Geographic and Crispin boyer have outdone themselves to bring you this volume of “all things creepy”–here’s just a sample: “how do you separate fact from fiction? Do haunted houses, spooky ghosts, and UFOs have a place in history, or is it all just a bunch of hooey? Crawling with spine-tingly facts, eerie anecdotes, and fun information, this book is all about everything creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky.”

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Kill Me Softly

Fairy Tale retelling are all the rage these days and Kill Me Softly doesn’t disappoint. “When Mirabelle runs away from her godmothers to Beau Rivage, the city where she was born, she hopes to discover answers about her parents’ tragic death. Instead, she finds a group of unusual teenagers, each with a fairy-tale curse. In this strange seaside city, scenarios from fairy tales are played out over and over, and Mira has her own part in the drama: she’s a “Somnolent,” doomed to prick her finger and fall into an enchanted sleep like Sleeping Beauty. The problem is she’s not interested in the charming (but slightly boring) “prince” who is fated to be her romantic counterpart. Mira is much more attracted to suave, handsome Felix, who bears a curse he can’t, or won’t, explain to her.”Sarah Cross turns a fairy tale into a thriller and you just might find yourself staying up late to find out what happens next.

Shift by Em Bailey


What a perfectly creepy thriller this book is. Imagine the new girl comes to town, she has a bit of a sketchy background and seems to have an ability to transform herself chameleon-like into the spitting image of her BFF of the moment. Then imagine that she wants to be your BFF. Nothing wrong here, right? You’ll stay up late with the lights on reading this one. Don’t miss it.

Thanks for joining us today at RAoReading, we hope we’ve given you some great suggestions to add to your list for your next trip to the bookstore!

Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2013 8:08 am

    I loved biographies as a kid so Anne Frank and Amelia Earhart really appeal to me.

  2. August 20, 2013 1:22 pm

    Monica Kulling’s books look like a fun way to learn something. I had no idea Margaret Knight invented the flat-bottom paper bag.

    Love the cover of Once Upon a Twice.

    I’ve already read Liar & Spy (and found it intriguing). Now I need to read The Wednesdays.

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