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Books Now Available: Killer Pizza

Killer PizzaEarly last month, I reviewed Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor, an early young adult novel about an underground monster-fighting organization disguised as a pizza place. I said:

Killer Pizza is a great book for kids who have outgrown early middle grade horror, but still want to read creepy stories, and aren't necessarily ready to move on to Stephen King. I think this is one that middle school librarians will definitely want to stock.

Killer Pizza is scheduled for publication today. It's well worth a look.

Books Now Available: After the Moment

Back in February I reviewed After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr, a young adult novel about a boy who falls for a troubled girl, and the difficulties that ensue. I said:

After the Moment is about falling in love, making mistakes, and the way that sometimes, love isn't enough. It's also about families, not necessarily conventional ones, and about trying to do the right thing, even when it's hard... My recommendation for distributing this book is to get people to read the first page, and see if they can stop reading after that. I know I couldn't.  

 After the Moment is due out today. Highly recommended.

Books Now Available: Wintergirls

WintergirlsLast month I reviewed an advance copy of Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Wintergirls is lyrical and searing, and carefully researched. It's painful to read, but important, too. Wintergirls doesn't give any easy answers for what families can do to help girls caught in the net of anorexia, but it does expose the true depth of the problem... In any event, it's a suspenseful story with a complex, wounded protagonist, a realistic setting, and Laurie Anderson's vivid writing. Highly recommended for teens and adults. This is a book that you'll be hearing about for a long time to come.

Wintergirls is due out today. Don't miss it!

Books Now Available: Just One Wish

Back in November I reviewed an ARC of Janette Rallison's young adult romance title Just One Wish. I said:

41IGNHOXEJL._SL500_AA240_"Just One Wishis a light, quick read that fans of teen romance novels and movies should enjoy. What I think makes it worth reading, however, is not the relationship between Annika and the TV star, Steve Raleigh, at all... where Just One Wish touched my heart was in the relationship between Annika and her ailing, beloved brother. Read Just One Wish for that."

Just One Wish is scheduled for publication today. See also Becky's review at Becky's Book Reviews.

Books Now Available: Fade

Back in October I reviewed Lisa McMann's books Wake and Fade, though only Wake was published at that point. This series is about a teenage girl who experiences other people's dreams, and gets into real-world trouble. I said:

FadeI recommend this series for fans of chilling supernatural stories (teens who read Mary Downing Hahn as kids, and adults who couldn't get enough Lois Duncan as teens). Even those who aren't intrigued by the idea of dream-walking but enjoy tales of kids-from-tough-circumstances-who-make-good may also enjoy Wake and Fade. Personally, I'm already looking forward to the next book (Gone, according to a mention on the author's Amazon blog).

Fade is scheduled for publication today. If you like supernatural stories, I recommend that you buy both Wake and Fade, and have yourself a scary book double-feature!

Books Now Available: The Dust of 100 Dogs

Dust of 100 DogsWay back in October, I reviewed The Dust of 100 Dogs, by A. S. King. I concluded:

"The Dust of 100 Dogs is complex and dark (though with flashes of humor). But it's also unique and rewarding, written with a distinct voice, and featuring two very strong-willed female characters. Try this one out on fans of pirate stories, historical fiction, and even YA problem novels. It is not to be missed."

The Dust of 100 Dogs is finally available for purchase (it was scheduled for 2/1/09, but it appears to be available for order now).

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! 

Books Now Available: Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris

Theodosia and the Staff of OsirisLast month I reviewed Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris, the second book about Theodosia Throckmorton by Robin LaFevers. I concluded:

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris gets my highest recommendation for middle grade and middle school readers. Try it on fans of the Percy Jackson books, kids who are fascinated by Egypt, and anyone who enjoys mysteries with a strong sense of place. But have them read Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos first - some of the details in this one will make more sense (my review of the first book is here). I know for certain that I would have loved this book as a 10-year-old. I hope that Theodosia has many more adventures.

And, as TadMack pointed out today at Finding Wonderland, this book received "Not one, but two starred reviews, and the School Library Journal invoked the sacred name of Indiana Jones!" Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris is now available for purchase. It would make an excellent holiday gift for adventure fans (perhaps pair it with an Indiana Jones DVD, even)!

Books Now Available: The Emerald Tablet

The Emerald TabletBack in August I reviewed P. J. Hoover's middle grade science fiction novel The Emerald Tablet. I called it:

"a very appealing mix of adventure, speculative science fiction, and middle school camp drama. I enjoyed it as an adult, but I know that I would have adored it as an 11-year-old... Highly recommended for later elementary and middle school readers, boys and girls, fans of traditional fantasy or not."

The Emerald Tablet is scheduled for publication today, and well worth checking out. Read the full review here.

Books Now Available: Paper Towns

Paper TownsEarly last month I reviewed John Green's Paper Towns. I said:

"John Green is a gifted writer, and fans will not be disappointed by his latest effort. Paper Towns is the story of a high school senior named Quentin Jacobsen, who worships from afar a childhood friend named Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo is larger than life to Quentin, a perpetrator of elaborate pranks, and an unquestioned social leader. When Margo shows up at Quentin's window, wanting him to accompany her on a night of mischief, Quentin is changed forever. He spends the remainder of the book on a literal and metaphysical quest to uncover and understand Margo Roth Spiegelman."

Paper Towns is scheduled for release today. Don't miss it!

Books Now Available: Inkdeath

InkdeathBack in late July, I reviewed the third title in Cornelia Funke's Inkworld series: Inkdeath. I said:

In the Inkworld series, Cornelia Funke has create a unique premise (people being read in and out of books), a fascinating setting (the Inkworld), and three-dimensional characters that the reader will care about. And so, I recommend that fans of the series definitely read the third book.

Inkdeath is now available for purchase. Don't miss it!

Books Now Available: The Other Side of the Island

The Other Side of the IslandIn mid-July, I reviewed The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman. I said, of this post-apocalyptic young adult fiction title:

This book has it all. Goodman's writing is eloquent. The island setting is fully realized. The social issues are thought-provoking and memorable. The plot is suspenseful, and has surprising twists. The characters are complex and flawed... Even if you aren't normally a fan of such books, I think that The Other Side of the Island is worth a look. 

Seriously, this is one of my favorite reads ot the year so far. If you like dystopian fiction, add it to your list now. And even if you don't, give it some serious thought, because this book is amazing. The Other Side of the Island is scheduled for publication today.