Growing Bookworms Newsletter: September 1
Night Runner: Max Turner

Books Now Available: Gianna Z and Trouble Gum

Two books that I reviewed previously are available today (in addition to Catching Fire, which I mentioned in my last post, and The Sweetheart of Prosper County, which I reviewed this past weekend).

Gianna ZI reviewed Kate Messner's middle grade novel The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z early last month. I said:

"I liked the way the many threads of the story came together, and the balance between happy and realistic endings. I appreciated the warmth of the final scenes, and the way that Gianna solved her problems. Most of all, Gianna felt real to me. She's far from perfect, but her imperfections are genuine... The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. is a book that I'll remember for a long time. I recommend it."

You can also read Kate's thoughts on publication day, at her blog.

Trouble GumI also reviewed Matthew Cordell's picture book Trouble Gum. I said, of this mischiveous title:

"It's all in good fun for the reader. Moms might take issue with the disasters wrought by the little pigs, but kids are sure to enjoy Trouble Gum. I think this one would work best for early elementary school kids."

These books (along with several others that I haven't had a chance to read yet) are available today.