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December 2012

Kidsreads.com Newsletter for Parents December 2012
Kidsreads Reflects on 2012...What a GREAT Year for Books!

I'm sure you, like me, are still reeling from the events that occured last Friday. It has been incredibly difficult for all of us to even comprehend the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. While we are not including anything about this on our site --- because we want Kidsreads to serve as an escape for kids and also because we think this discussion should take place with those who know your child --- we would like to provide you with this link we found on Friday to a list of books to help you talk to your kids about Newtown. As always, we'd like to remind you that you should examine books in advance to see what is appropriate for your child.

During this holiday season especially, it is important to appreciate your family time and spend the holidays together. Reading is a great way for children to take a break from the flurry of excitement that is part of the holidays. Here are recently published books that will entertain children during their winter break.

There is a new The 39 Clues book out this month! In TRUST NO ONE: The 39 Clue: Cahills vs Vespers, Book Five by Linda Sue Park, Dan and Amy are ready to fight to get their seven kidnapped family members back. But now they know there is a Vesper mole in the Cahills’ innermost circle. They have just days to discover who has their back…and who wants to stick a knife in it.

Maybe a funny book is what your children needs. Check out I FUNNY: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Laura Park. It may not seem like Jamie Grimm should have anything to laugh about: he’s in a wheelchair and living with his aunt’s family that doesn’t seem to like to laugh at all. Nevertheless, Jamie wants to be a comedian and decides to enter The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic contest. But do the judges just feel sorry for him?

Bullying is a topic that has been talked about a lot lately, and here comes a book to continue that conversation! Debut author Eric Kahn Gale used the incidents that happened to him when he was a bullied sixth grader to write THE BULLY BOOK. In it, Eric Haskins is the target of bullies and doesn’t know why. Join him on his hunt to find the answers that he may not have been expecting.

Kate Saunders writes another fairy tale adventure with MAGICALAMITY. Tom has just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. In order to save him from the clutches of some killer fairies, he must trust three dangerous fairy godmothers he’s never met. Will their mad magic be enough?

THE DARING ESCAPE OF THE MISFIT MENAGERIE by Jacqueline Resnick follows the story of the Misfit Menagerie, a group of oddball animals living on Mr. Mumford’s farm. Smalls the sun bear and his friends are happy until a cruel circus owner sees them perform their tricks for the neighborhood children, and they are snatched away to his traveling circus. Will they be able to escape and save the rest of the circus, too?

We are continuing our feature to celebrate the release of the second book in the Infinity Ring series. In DIVIDE AND CONQUER by Carrie Ryan, Dak has been captured and forced to work with the invading Viking army, while Sera and Riq defend Paris from within. No matter which side wins, the kids will lose…unless Dak can find an ally.

We've also updated our Genonimo Stilton/Thea Stilton series feature with the next Thea Stilton book, THEA STILTON AND THE MYSTERY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Now, the Thea Sisters are boarding the famous Orient Express for a journey from Paris to Istanbul! The train is on a special trip to return a precious wedding dress stolen years ago from an Istanbul museum. But there's a rumor that a thief is on board. Will the Thea Sisters manage to keep the dress safe?

Since the New Year is right around the corner, we have asked our reviewers to pick their favorite books of the year, so we can look back at 2012 and think of all the great books that came out! Each reviewer was asked to name up to 10 titles. How many of their selections have your kids read?

Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or just some new books for your kids to curl up with and read on a cold, snowy day, our Holiday Books of 2012 is for you! From swashbuckling gingerbread men to cowboys celebrating the wintertime and favorites like Pete the Cat, this list of holiday books will warm the hearts of readers both young and old.

Fan of historical fiction? We at Kidsreads.com decided to create Historical Fiction Reading Lists for you to check out a different side of the historical events you may be learning about in school or to try a different historical era on for size. We have Before the 20th Century, as well as 20th Century and Onward, for you to choose from. These are great lists to share with the teachers, media specialists and librarians you know! They may even help you figure out what to put on your holiday wish list!

Thursday night there was a segment on "Rock Center" that talked about Mary Pope Osborne --- MANY of you are familiar her Magic Tree House series. The show had her visiting a school and also showed the office where she writes at home. Here’s a link where you can watch the show. I was amused by that the young boy who ignored Meredith Viera to read. Too funny!

Don’t forget to have your kids answer this month’s poll! We ask if they are planning on giving books during the holidays and if books are on their holiday wish list. Keep an eye out for our next poll in the coming year!

We also wanted to steer you toward a special contest running right now on Boookreporter.com where you can win 28(!) books in our Bookreporter.com Year-End Contest. Included are ALL of the titles that Carol Fitzgerald selected as Bets On books for 2012. Lots of great reading --- enter here.

I would like to wish everyone the happiest of holiday seasons! Enjoy the time with your family and friends…and don’t forget to save some quality time for reading. I’ll see you back here next year!
 

---Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)

Now in Stores: TRUST NO ONE: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers, Book Five by Linda Sue Park

TRUST NO ONE: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, Book Five by Linda Sue Park (Action Adventure)
Dan and Amy were ready for a fight when seven members of their family were kidnapped, but their enemy has proved to be very tricky. Can the Cahills defeat the Vespers before it's too late? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read more about the book.

 

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: I FUNNY: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Laura Park

I FUNNY: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, Illustrated by Laura Park (Comedy)
Jamie Grimm wants to become a stand up comic, but his life doesn't give him too much to laugh about. However, when the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic contest rolls around, he knows he has to enter. Can he pull it off? Reviewed by Christine Irvin.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: THE BULLY BOOK: A Novel by Eric Kahn Gale

THE BULLY BOOK: A Novel by Eric Kahn Gale (Social Issues)
Eric Haskins, the target of bullies, is looking for answers, and he finds them. This book is loosely based on incidents that happened to the author in sixth grade. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: MAGICALAMITY by Kate Saunders

MAGICALAMITY by Kate Saunders (Fairy Tale/Fantasy)
Tom is in shock. He's just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run and that he must trust his life to three dangerous fairy godmothers he's never met. Two of them are hardened criminals, and one falls out of the window when she tries to fly...Will their mad magic be enough to help Tom rescue his dad from the clutches of some killer fairies? Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: THE DARING ESCAPE OF THE MISFIT MENAGERIE by Jacqueline Resnick

THE DARING ESCAPE OF THE MISFIT MENAGERIE by Jacqueline Resnick, illustrated by Matthew Cook (Adventure)
Can a lonely boy and a misfit bear hoodwink cruel Claude and save an entire circus of captive animals? Reviewed by Emma Kantor.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: INFINITY RING, Book Two: DIVIDE AND CONQUER by Carrie Ryan

INFINITY RING, Book Two: DIVIDE AND CONQUER by Carrie Ryan (Fantasy/Adventure)
Hundreds of ships carrying thousands of Viking warriors are attacking medieval Paris. The Parisians are fighting back, but they can only hold out for so long. And that's bad news --- especially since Dak has been captured and forced to work with the invading army while Sera and Riq defend Paris from within. No matter which side wins, the kids will lose...unless Dak can find an ally among some of history's fiercest warriors. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Series Feature Update: THEA STILTON AND THE MYSTERY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Thea Stilton

THEA STILTON AND THE MYSTERY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Thea Stilton (Action Adventure)
Now, the Thea Sisters are boarding the famous Orient Express for a journey from Paris to Istanbul! The train is on a special trip to return a precious wedding dress stolen years ago from an Istanbul museum. But they’re a rumor that a thief is on board. Will the Thea Sisters manage to keep the dress safe?

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read our series feature.

 
Kidsreads.com Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2012
Recently, we asked our reviewers to provide us with a list of some of their favorite books from 2012. Though it was difficult to narrow down, each reviewer chose up to 10 books that he or she enjoyed the most this year. Take a look and see if any of their selections match yours --- and which titles you may want to consider reading in the future.
Click here to visit our feature.

 
Holiday Books 2012
Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or just some new books to curl up with and read on a cold, snowy day, this is the list for you. From swashbuckling gingerbread men to cowboys celebrating the wintertime and favorites like Pete the Cat, this list of holiday books will warm the hearts of readers both young and old.
Click here to visit our feature.


 
New Feature: Historical Fiction Reading Lists

Because history is not typically a favorite subject, whether you are still in school or not, we have decided to create Historical Fiction Reading Lists to inject some fun into exploring the past. Forget fantasy! Historical eras are worlds in themselves. Escape an arranged marriage in the Middle Ages! Be a spy in Regency England! Defend your country in a brutal war! Anything is possible when you are free from the limits of time. Check it out for yourself!

-Click here for Historical Fiction: Before the 20th Century.
-Click here for Historical Fiction: 20th Century and Onward.

 

Click here to see more reading lists.

 
Cool & New Books for December
December's roundup of Cool & New Books includes TRUST NO ONE: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Jaspers by Linda Sue Park, in which Dan and Amy are ready to fight, but can the Cahills defeat the Vespers before it's too late?; Kate Saunders' MAGICALAMITY, where Tom finds out his dad is a fairy, and must trust some dangerous fairy godmothers in order to rescue him from the clutches of some killer fairies; and THE BULLY BOOK, which author Eric Kahn Gale based loosely on his own experiences being bullied in sixth grade.
Click here to see December’s Cool & New Books roundup.

 
December’s New in Paperback Roundup
December's roundup of New in Paperback includes PANDORA THE CURIOUS: Goddess Girls, Book 9 by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, in which Pandora is known around school for her curiosity...what will she unleash?; and Gail Carson Levine's A TALE OF TWO CASTLES, where Elodie becomes the assistant to a dragon named Meenore, and together they solve mysteries.
Click here to see December’s New in Paperback roundup.

 
This Month’s Reviews

PANDORA THE CURIOUS: Goddess Girls, Book 9 by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (Mythology)
Pandora is known around school for her curiosity, and true to nature, when she finds a strange box, she can't help but to open it. What will she unleash? Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

THE BULLY BOOK by Eric Kahn Gale (Social Issues)
Eric Haskins, the target of bullies, is looking for answers, and he finds them. This book is loosely based on incidents that happened to the author in sixth grade. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

THE DARING ESCAPE OF THE MISFIT MENAGERIE Written by Jacqueline Resnick, Illustrated by Matthew Cook (Adventure)
Can a lonely boy and a misfit bear hoodwink cruel Claude and save an entire circus of captive animals? Reviewed by Emma Kantor.

I FUNNY: A Middle School Story Written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, Illustrated by Laura Park (Comedy)
Jamie Grimm wants to become a stand up comic, but his life doesn't give him too much to laugh about. However, when the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic contest rolls around, he knows he has to enter. Can he pull it off? Reviewed by Christine Irvin.

MAGICALAMITY by Kate Saunders (Fairy Tale/Fantasy)
Tom is in shock. He's just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run and that he must trust his life to three dangerous fairy godmothers he's never met. Two of them are hardened criminals, and one falls out of the window when she tries to fly...Will their mad magic be enough to help Tom rescue his dad from the clutches of some killer fairies? Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

TRUST NO ONE: The 39 Clues, Cahills vs. Vespers, Book 5 by Linda Sue Park (Action Adventure)
Dan and Amy were ready for a fight when seven members of their family were kidnapped, but their enemy has proved to be very tricky. Can the Cahills defeat the Vespers before it's too late? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

 

This Month’s Poll

Are you planning on giving books as gifts to family and friends this holiday season?

Yes
No

Maybe
I haven't even though about gifts yet!

Are books on your holiday wish list this year?

Absolutely!
Not this year.
I don't know what I want to get this year!


And keep an eye out for our new poll starting January 1st!

Click here to answer the poll.

 

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