January 22, 2017

It is the eve of the Youth Media Awards and there are so many of us excited to find out which kid lit books will be getting shiny new stickers. I admit to feeling the pressure of hoping the books that win are titles I’ve bought and book talked to our students.

I’m going to highlight some books that have been ordered for our library and will be in soon.


Children of Exile (Children of Exile #1), (2016)

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Goodreads summary: Rosi must decide what she’s willing to risk to save her family—and maybe even all of humanity—in the thrilling first novel of a brand-new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author, Margaret Peterson Haddix.

For the past twelve years, adults called “Freds” have raised Rosi, her younger brother Bobo, and the other children of their town, saying it is too dangerous for them to stay with their parents, but now they are all being sent back. Since Rosi is the oldest, all the younger kids are looking to her with questions she doesn’t have the answers to. She’d always trusted the Freds completely, but now she’s not so sure.

And their home is nothing like she’d expected, like nothing the Freds had prepared them for. Will Rosi and the other kids be able to adjust to their new reality?


The Nerdy Dozen  (The Nerdy Dozen series #1) (2014)

by Jeff Miller

Goodreads summary: When Neil Andertol and eleven other video-gaming whizzes download classified military training software, they are recruited by the Air Force to complete a mission gone wrong. Suddenly the nerdy dozen aren’t playing for points-they’re playing to save the world!

Neil Andertol is a hero.

…Just not in real life. He’s always left the princess freeing, monster fighting, and village saving up to the characters he plays online, under the name ManofNeil. In his favorite flying game, Chameleon, he pilots a super-stealth fighter jet-that can supposedly go invisible at the highest level. Yet while ManofNeil can take out a whole squadron of enemy planes, regular Neil still gets picked on by the class bully. But that’s all about to change.


Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2),  (2016)

by Dav Pilkey

Goodreads summary: Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Something fishy is going on! Can Dog Man unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purr-fect crime?

Watch the Dog Man Unleashed book trailer.


Flying Lessons and Other Stories, (2017)

Edited by Ellen Oh

Goodreads summary: Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

This last book is particularly exciting to announce because our students LOVE Victoria Coe’s first book titled Fenway and Hattie.  This is the next book in the series and it is sure to thrill our readers.  Please join me at her book launch party this upcoming Saturday, January 28 from 2-3:30pm at the Blue Bunny bookstore in Dedham, MA.

Here’s a blurb describing the event:

Join author Victoria Coe in her celebration of the second book in her Fenway and Hattie series: Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang! Fenway is an excitable and endlessly energetic Jack Russell terrier. He lives in the city with Food Lady, Fetch Man, and—of course—his beloved short human and best-friend-in-the-world, Hattie. In this new book, evil bunnies invade the Dog Park, and Fenway’s hot on their trail.

All elementary and middle school students who attend this event will be entered into a raffle. Five lucky winners will receive free books or gift cards! You just need to show up, & you must be present to win. How cool is that?

So please join us at the Blue Bunny on January 28th!
Both Fenway and Hattie books will be available for purchase and signing. Come snag a book, munch on snacks, & maybe win a prize. It’s going to be a BLAST, even if the Evil Bunny Gang tries to ruin it! Hope to see you there!

Here is the invitation if you would like to RSVP.


Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang, (2017)

by Victoria J. Coe

Goodreads summary: When evil bunnies invade the Dog Park, Fenway’s hot on their trail. Hattie seems understandably alarmed, though she clearly doesn’t appreciate his efforts. She shoos him out of the garden and fills in holes as fast as he can dig them!

Fenway wonders if his beloved Hattie could be working against him, until she brings home a cage with a bunny inside. He can hardly control his excitement – she captured one of the intruders! But when Fenway realizes Hattie actually likes the bunny, he’s crushed. Is his heart big enough to accept that Hattie can love another pet, too?

In this sequel to Fenway and Hattie, these two best buddies learn that making the right choice can be tough, but being a real friend is the greatest choice of all.

Watch the Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang book trailer.


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