On November 4th, HarperCollins unveils Forbidden, a seductive YA debut from award-winning middle grade author Kimberley Griffiths Little. Forbidden transports readers back in time to the deadly deserts and sweltering heat of Ancient Mesopotamia for a tale of danger, duty, and forbidden love. Jayden is on the brink of womanhood and betrothed to her tribe’s prince, cold-hearted Horeb. But when tragedy strikes, Jayden meets Kadesh, a mysterious visitor from the south who makes Jayden doubt everything she knows. Torn between loyalty to her tribe and the chance to escape her fate, Jayden must make a choice that will change her life forever. Kimberley is also offering a HUGE preorder giveaway from October 6th to November 4th (release day!) to celebrate. See below for full details on how to enter. TO ENTER: You must preorder Forbidden through an online retailer or your local bookstore, then email a photo of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fill out the rafflecopter below US/Canada Only Ends at midnight EST on November 3, 2014 Optional entries: share the trailer on your own site or social media, follow Kimberley on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway (can be repeated daily for extra entries!) Winners will be announced and contacted November… Read more »
Wild River is a thrilling book about a pair of brothers, Ryan and Tanner, who set out on a camping trip, but an accident happens, leaving the older brother Tanner unconscious. It is up to Ryan to seek help, but he doesn’t know much about where he is or really about anything when it comes to nature. He must step up or possible lose his brother. A short chapter book, this book really captures your attention and brings a regular kid to becoming a hero. I love stories like this and I think they inspire young people to be better people. Verdict: A great short chapter book that is both thrilling and has a great message.
Monstrous Discoveries is a feature that mentions books that we have discovered through our sidetracking excursions around the web. While our bookshelves really are not never ending, it is always exciting to share the books we would add if it was. A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin Releases: May 19th 2015 The launch of a captivating new YA series set in Regency England that #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls “completely original and totally engrossing.” It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war. After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention… Read more »
Since I was young, the myth of Atlantis has always been one of my favorites. So, pretty much as soon as I came across Atlantia, I knew I had to read it. Atlantia tells the story of twins, Rio and Bay. As part of their coming of age, the girls and others of their age must make a life-changing choice. Remain below in Atlantia or forfeit it all to live a life of service in Above. For Rio, all she has ever wanted was to go Above. To see the trees. To feel the Sun’s warmth. But after her mother dies, she makes a promise to her twin to never leave her. And with Bay’s dream to stay in Below and follow in their mother’s footsteps, Rio knows she must give up on her dream in order to fulfill her promise. After (mostly) loving all of Condie’s previous series, Matched, I had decent expectations for Atlantia. I wondered early on if this tale would be closely related to the Altantis myth. It really isn’t. And I kinda liked it that way. One aspect I have always loved and admired about Condie’s writing is her world-building. Atlantia excels in this aspect. While Atlantia feel… Read more »
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week our topic is: Top Ten Great Halloween Readalouds Listed in no particular order. I love the Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz – a great and spooky set of stories that scare kids. The Tailypo by Joanna C. Galdone – This one freaks out my students when I read it out loud. I love doing to voices in it to get them even more scared. The Boy of a Thousand Faces – such a great readaloud for 3rd grade and up. Has a great stopping point in the middle to keep them on edge. The Spooky Wheels on the Bus – I love this one for my really little students. It’s a great sing-along that adds in Halloween themes. The Little Old Lady who Was Not Afraid of Anything – A great readaloud with lots of sound effects and repetition. Froggy’s Halloween – I love reading this one because I get to pretend to be a vampire at points while reading it. A Very Brave Witch – I actually found an animated version of this book that I love. The Spider and the Fly – I love… Read more »