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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


June 2011


Thirteen-year-old Theodore (Theo) Boone is awakened in the middle of the night with the news that April Finnemore has disappeared and is feared abducted. As the last person to talk to April on the night of her disappearance, Theo is questioned by the police, but even he doesn't know what has happened to his friend. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt and excerpted.
MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park (Fiction)
Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he has an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's Code of Conduct. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE by M. T. Anderson (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
Brian and Gregory have come to New Norumbega for a reason --- to get the Norumbegans to help them thwart an alien attack back home on earth. But instead, the two boys find themselves caught up in both a robot rebellion and a murder mystery after one of the Norumbegan leaders is sent to sleep...permanently. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.
A runaway child discovers a mysterious toyshop in a tree poised at the edge of an enchanted forest. Within dwells a delightful old miser with secrets and stories to tell, giving readers insight into the many dangers of choosing to run away or chasing one's dreams to distraction. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.
TRUE (...SORT OF) by Katherine Hannigan(Fiction)
Delly is a fast-talking mischief-maker. Ferris is a traveler and a loner, with a special affinity for animals. Delly is trouble. Ferris is in trouble. And their friendship, unexpected as it is, is true and real. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.
FIBBLE: The Fourth Circle of Heck, by Dale E. Basye (Fantasy)
After having their souls switched, siblings Marlo and Milton Fauster must act like each other while trying to avert disaster on earth from the powers that be evil. This time it's a three-ring media circus that's pumping fresh lies up to the surface, and it's hard to stop the power of television. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.
WILLIAM'S MIDSUMMER DREAMS by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Fiction)
A year after escaping his abusive family, William S. is back in the spotlight as he stars in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This time William has to juggle newfound fame, admirers and jealous actors, all while trying to forget his past. Will it be all's well that ends well this time around? Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.
THE GLORIOUS ADVENTURES OF THE SUNSHINE QUEEN by Geraldine McCaughrean (Historical Fiction/Action & Adventure)
Cissy longs for a life in show business, while Kookie craves adventure. When a diphtheria outbreak interrupts their dull routine, Cissy and Kookie are evacuated to the doubtful safety of the Bright Lights Theater Company's summer home --- a shipwrecked paddle steamer on the flooded Missouri River. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
THE RESISTERS by Eric Nylund (Science Fiction/Action & Adventure)
Twelve-year-old Ethan Black's life is a sham. Rather than striving all of his life to be an athletic superstar and genius, he's just a few short years away from being absorbed into the alien Ch'zar collective that has invaded earth. His only choice is to be absorbed --- or resist! Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.
THE SUMMER OF MAY written by Cecilia Galante and illustrated by Tad Carpenter (Fiction)
Twelve-year-old May often finds herself picking fights and getting into trouble. But when she's caught graffiti-ing her least favorite teacher's classroom, May is faced with a choice: expulsion or one-on-one summer school with the teacher she most detests. Begrudgingly, she chooses summer school and ultimately learns that her teacher has a secret past. Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell.
THE MEGASAURUS written by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck, illustrated by Len DiSalvo(Illustrated Fiction)
What's the King of Beandom to do? The tiny, multi-colored bean-shaped bears of Beandom are under attack by a monster. Even the King's wisest advisors seem unable to find a solution. Who will save Beandom? Can an ordinary tiny bear step forward with a plan that works? Reviewed by Elinor Nuxoll.
THE HARDY BOYS: THE NEW CASE FILES #1: CRAWLING WITH ZOMBIES written by Gerry Conway and illustrated by Paulo Henrique
Frank and Joe go undercover as the Living Dead to infiltrate a "Zombie Crawl" that has acquired a notorious reputation --- a teenager in Zombie makeup appears to "accidentally" die in the last Zombie Crawl through Bayport. Will the Undercover Brothers and Agents of A.T.A.C. discover what's really going on in Zombieland or become the next accidental victims? Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
At the South Pole, a lone water tribe village struggles to survive. Young waterbender Katara and her warrior brother Sokka rescue a mysterious boy named Aang, who is an airbender --- a race of people no one has seen in a century. Soon, everyone discovers that Aang is the long-lost Avatar. Now it's up to Katara and Sokka to make sure that Aang faces his destiny: to save the world! Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
GABBY & GATOR written and illustrated by James Burks
Flushed down the toilet as just a little snapper, Gator spends his days alone in the sewers. On the streets above, little Gabby occupies her time collecting bottles and practicing her tuba, but it does get lonely being the only vegetarian on the block. When Gabby and Gator meet, their fun and adventures prove that the best friends are those who accept you as you are. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

TARO AND THE CARNIVAL OF DOOM written and illustrated by Sango Morimoto
Before his comic book drawings came to life, Taro was an ordinary boy. Now his characters are in danger, and it's up to him to save them. With the flick of a magic pencil, Taro transforms into Terrie (a terrier) and enters his comic book world. The adventures ahead are more amazing than anything he ever imagined. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.


Win a Copy of RAIDERS' RANSOM #2: FLOOD AND FIRE by Emily Diamand
In RAIDERS' RANSOM, Lilly, Lexy and Zeph were thrown together by fate, as Lexy --- the Prime Minister's daughter --- was stolen from a village in a clan skirmish by Zeph's very own father. Now, in FLOOD AND FIRE, Lilly must return Lexy to her home, and Zeph wants to gain leadership over his clan before more savage raids take place. But there's something else afoot the three will have to overcome before they each reach their goals.

To celebrate the release of FLOOD AND FIRE by Emily Diamand, is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Thursday, July 28th at noon ET.

RAIDERS' RANSOM #2: FLOOD AND FIRE by Emily Diamand(Science Fiction)
She survived the epic battle of the raiders on the rough waters that flood England. Now poor fishergirl Lilly is determined to return Lexy, the Prime Minister's kidnapped daughter, to her home. And since his father was killed in the clash, Zeph is equally determined to claim leadership of his family's clan before more savage tribes invade the marshlands. But will the electromagnetic pulse of an omnipotent computer set the world aflame and wipe out all humans so that artificial intelligence can take over the future?! It's up to the unlikely trio of children --- and their petulant, unpredictable gameboard PSAI --- to rage against the machines!

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SEPTIMUS HEAP, Book Six: DARKE by Angie Sage (Fantasy)
As Septimus and Jenna turn 14, Septimus is determined to rescue the Banished ghost Alther from the Darke. Meanwhile, the deadly Darke Domaine oozes throughout the Castle, inciting a tremendous battle for power --- and making the latest Septimus Heap book a suspenseful, brilliant and humorous page-turner. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
On July 15th, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, the long-awaited final film in the magical world of Harry Potter --- and the very last time you'll fly alongside Harry --- lands in theaters.

Many of you have grown up alongside Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco --- even if you can't wave a wand quite like they can --- and so this year marks the end of an era. But shed no tears. You can keep reading the books and watching the movies to your heart's content!

In this epic finale, Harry Potter and the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world will escalate into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher, and no one is safe. But it is Harry who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here, and you won't want to miss a second of it.

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Winnie the Pooh
Also on July 15th, you can take a stroll through the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. For the first time in more than 35 years, Pooh is back on the big screen, in traditional animation. The first volume of stories about the famous teddy bear was published way back in 1926, and author A. A. Milne based his characters on the stuffed animals owned by his son, Christopher Robin. Now, in this brand new Disney film, very wise Owl sends the whole gang --- Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore --- on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. All Pooh wanted to do was find some hunny, but it looks like it's going to be a very busy, perhaps even blustery, day instead!

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Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer and Mr. Popper's Penguins's Books into Movies feature is back with two magical movies to help you cool off when the sun gets a little too hot.

We're very excited about Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, which marks the big screen debut of Megan McDonald's popular character, Judy Moody. The third grader planned to spend the summer with her two best friends. But when they head off to exotic summer camps, a majorly bummed Judy is stuck in town with her second-best friend, Frank, and her little brother, Stink. Things go from bad to worse when her parents leave for a trip and her wacky Aunt Opal comes to say. Who knew the summer would take a turn for the surprising and adventuresome?

Another fun flick, Mr. Popper's Penguins, sees the very funny Jim Carrey trying to train a group of penguins for a circus act. We're guessing that isn't the easiest thing to do! This is also the first time Mr. Popper has appeared in theaters, since Richard and Florence Atwater's children's book of the same name was published in 1938. Seems like he's long overdue for some screen time.

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In this book based on the movie screenplay of the same name, Judy Moody is being abandoned for the summer. With her parents and her best friends off on adventures, leaving Judy and Stink with "Aunt Awful," surely this will be the worst summer in Judy Moody history. Or will it? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.
JUDY MOODY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD: Behind the Scenes with Judy Moody and Friends, by Megan McDonald (Movie Tie-In)
Here's the inside scoop on the Judy Moody and theNOT Bummer Summer film! It's fun to read this collection of all kinds of trivia, including photos of the movie being filmed, interviews with the cast, quizzes about the actors, information on how a movie is made, and much more. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.


June's roundup of Cool New Books includes John Grisham's THEODORE BOONE: THE ABDUCTION, which marks the return of Theo, a young lawyer (in his own mind) who sets out to solve the disappearance of his best friend; MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, in which an incoming sixth-grader tries to break every rule in his school's Code of Conduct; THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE, a third visit to the world of The Game of Sunken Places created by M.T. Anderson, which finds two boys caught up in a robot rebellion and murder mystery; and CHRONICLES OF THE RED KING: THE SECRET KINGDOM, the beginning of a brand-new series from Jenny Nimmo chronicling the origin and the adventures of Charlie Bone's magical ancestor, the Red King. » Click here


June's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes STARGAZER, the fourth book in Patrick Carman's Land of Elyon series and a continuation of Alexa Daley's heroic adventures after a tragic attack by an evil force; COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce, a funny and touching story of the many ways in which grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups; FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's novel about two girls from different parts of Kentucky who participate in the first seventh-grade student exchange program; and TUMTUM & NUTMEG: ADVENTURES BEYOND NUTMOUSE HALL by Emily Bearn, a delightful peek into the lives of a pair of mice who, in three captivating stories, are called on time and again to save the day. » Click here

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