Growing Bookworms Newsletter: January 12
The Knife of Never Letting Go: Patrick Ness

Books Now Available: Secret Keeper and Babymouse - The Musical

Usually I use the "Books Now Available" category to highlight books that I reviewed as ARCs that are now available in print. Today, however, I'd like to highlight two newly released titles that I haven't read. In both cases, I've read the authors' previous work, and feel quite confident in notifying you about the books. They are:

Secret KeeperSecret Keeper, by Mitali Perkins. Here's the product description from Amazon:

"When her father loses his job and leaves India to look for work in America, Asha Gupta, her older sister, Reet, and their mother must wait with Baba’s brother and his family, as well as their grandmother, in Calcutta. Uncle is welcoming, but in a country steeped in tradition, the three women must abide by his decisions. Asha knows this is temporary—just until Baba sends for them. But with scant savings and time passing, the tension builds: Ma, prone to spells of sadness, finds it hard to submit to her mother- and sister-in-law; Reet’s beauty attracts unwanted marriage proposals; and Asha's promise to take care of Ma and Reet leads to impulsive behavior. What follows is a firestorm of rebuke—and secrets revealed! Asha’s only solace is her rooftop hideaway, where she pours her heart out in her diary, and where she begins a clandestine friendship with Jay Sen, the boy next door. Asha can hardly believe that she, and not Reet, is the object of Jay’s attention. Then news arrives about Baba . . . and Asha must make a choice that will change their lives forever."

Here are my reviews of other Mitali Perkins titles: Monsoon Summer, First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover, and Rickshaw Girl.

Babymouse: The MusicalBabymouse: The Musical by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Here's the product description from Amazon:

"Dust off your dancing shoes. Babymouse and the gang are taking center stage in the feel-good book of the season! Will Babymouse get the lead in the school musical or will Felicia Furrypaws steal the show? Find out in Babymouse: The Musical ! Filled with highsteps and high jinks and starring the critically acclaimed, award-winning Babymouse as herself, this showstopper will have you tapping your toes and singing along!"

Here are my reviews of other titles by the Holm siblings: Babymouse: Beach Babe, Babymouse: Heartbreaker, Babymouse: Puppy Love, and (by Jenni only) Penny From Heaven.

These are definitely books to pick up. Happy reading!