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May 2012

Kidsreads.com Newsletter May 2012
School’s Out, Or Almost Out --- And Summer’s Almost In!

Who’s excited for the school year to FINALLY be over? Goodbye textbooks, tests and homework. Hello sunshine, swimming, and of course, reading for fun! As you count down the last days of school, or enjoy the first weeks of vacation, we are sharing some awesome new books now available. It’s time to fill your beach bags --- instead of your school backpacks --- with great reading material to last you through the summer!

This time around, we’re reviewing a number of books that are continuations of popular series, in addition to a stand-alone title from the bestselling author of the Inkheart series.

THE SERPENT’S SHADOW is the third book in Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles. Despite Carter and Sade Kane’s best efforts, Apophis, the chaos snake, is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Their only hope is an ancient spell, but the magic has been lost for millennia, leaving the Kanes to rely on the ghost of a powerful magician.

John Grisham continues his legal mystery series for young readers with THEODORE BOONE: THE ACCUSED. Theo Boone might only be 13, but he's already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend's abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet.

Rafe Khatchadorian is back in MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE! by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. This time, Rafe has been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a relaxed, math-and-history free fun zone. However, it’s more competitive than he ever expected, and he needs to turn his boring life into a work of art!

By the way, there is an exciting event coming up for all those in the New York area. On June 19th at 6PM at Symphony Space (in New York City), you'll have the opportunity to meet James Patterson at a Summer Reading Event! He'll be talking about his books, characters, the writing process, and why reading is essential. While you're there, pick up a “Best of Summer” Reading List from READKIDDOREAD.com, which will be distributed at the event. Click here for more information on what promises to be a fun evening.

Now back to the reviews... We are also featuring the second installment of John Flanagan’s Brotherband Chronicles, THE INVADERS. After being cast out of Skandia for failing to guard the sacred Andomal artifact, Hal and the Herons set out in pursuit to reclaim the Andomal and their former glory. It will take more than desire to overcome ruthless pirates, though, and the battle has only just begun.

THE 39 CLUES: THE CAHILL FILES #1: OPERATION TRINITY by Clifford Riley is a brand new stand-alone adventure from the world of The 39 Clues, which cracks open the Cahill vault to tell the story of the most coveted piece of artwork in the world, a masterpiece that has been the target of seven separate theft attempts: Jan van Eyck’s altarpiece at Ghent.

And in GHOST KNIGHT by Cornelia Funke, 11-year-old Jon Whitcroft and his quirky new friend, Ella, must work together to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder, all while being haunted by terrifying spirits at their boarding school.

In other news, we have two great contests for you, both ending on Monday, June 18th at noon ET.


We’re giving 5 readers the chance to win a copy of JUSTIN CASE: SHELLS, SMELLS, AND THE HORRIBLE FLIP-FLOPS OF DOOM by Rachel Vail. Justin is going to start fourth grade --- but first, he has to survive the summer. He “gets” to go to camp every day on a bus. He “gets” to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they’re hard to walk in). And (gulp!) swimming. Click here to enter.

We’re also celebrating the release of ALEX AND THE AMAZING TIME MACHINE by Rich Cohen with a special contest. Alex Trumble is a pretty ordinary kid --- except for the fact that his IQ borders on genius, and he loves to read books on vortexes and time travel. But when two angry hit men kidnap his big brother, Alex’s life changes fast. Click here to enter for your chance to be one of 5 winners of the book.

Looking for more reading suggestions? Then our Cool & New Books and New in Paperback pages are where you want to be! Included in these roundups are A HERO FOR WONDLA, the highly anticipated new illustrated novel in Tony DiTerlizzi’s Search for WondLa series; SPIRIT WOLF, the fifth book in Kathryn Lasky’s Wolves of the Beyond series; THE ATLANTIS COMPLEX by Eoin Colfer, which continues the story of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl; and THE UNDERDOGS, Mike Lupica’s novel about a football star who has to save his team from falling apart after they lose almost everything.

In our latest poll, we want to know how many books you personally own. Click here to weigh in!

The votes are in, and the winners have been announced for the 2012 Children's Choice Book Awards! The gala took place in Midtown Manhattan as part of Children's Book Week (May 7-13), and was hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series. Jeff Kinney, whose Wimpy Kid series is beloved by millions, won the Author of the Year Award, and Brian Selznick, whose WONDERSTRUCK got some major love here, won Illustrator of the Year.

Walter Dean Myers, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, presented the Impact Award to Justin Tuck from the New York Giants, who co-founded Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy with his wife, Lauren. Children and young adults across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries and at BookWeekOnline.com, casting over one million votes. See a complete list of ALL the winners here.

We were quite sad to hear that Maurice Sendak passed away, but he certainly had a career and life worth celebrating. Sendak, who received the Caldecott Medal for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, was best known for his children's classics, which you’ve all probably read at some point --- IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN, CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE, ALLIGATORS ALL AROUND and the Little Bear books. He has left a great legacy behind, and his books will continue to be read and loved for years to come.


Speaking of lives worth celebrating, Jean Craighead George has died. George wrote more than 100 children's and young adult books, including the Newbery Medal-winning JULIE OF THE WOLVES, the Newbery Honor book MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, and its sequel, ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. Her books are children's literature classics and a wonderful, timeless legacy.

Remember when we told you about WONDER by R.J. Palacio, the book about a fifth-grade boy who has a facial deformity and confronts the challenge of going to a mainstream school for the first time? The book's publisher, Random House Children's Books, has just announced that they are launching "Choose Kind," an anti-bullying campaign inspired by the book. The program focuses on everyday acts of kindness, and it's for kids, teachers, families and readers of all ages. Click here to find out how you can "Choose Kind."

Here's to having one more school year under your belt --- and if you had a graduation to middle school, yippee for you --- and a great summer of reading ahead!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

Now in Stores: THE SERPENT’S SHADOW by Rick Riordan
THE SERPENT’S SHADOW: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3 by Rick Riordan (Fantasy/Adventure)
Despite Carter and Sade Kane’s best efforts, Apophis, the chaos snake, is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Their only hope is an ancient spell, but the magic has been lost for millennia, leaving the Kanes to rely on the ghost of a powerful magician. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

 
Click here to read a review.
 
Now in Stores: THEODORE BOONE: THE ACCUSED by John Grisham
THEODORE BOONE: THE ACCUSED by John Grisham (Mystery)
Theodore Boone might only be 13, but he's already uncovered key evidence in a groundbreaking murder trial and discovered the truth behind his best friend's abduction. Now with the latest unfolding of events in Strattenburg, Theo will face his biggest challenge yet. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here to read an excerpt.

 
Click here to read a review.
 
Now in Stores: MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE! by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE! written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park (Fiction)
After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian has been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a relaxed, math-and-history-free fun zone. However, it’s more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and he needs to turn his boring life into a work of art. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family he has never known, Rafe has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

 
Click here to read a review.
 
Now in Stores: BROTHERBAND CHRONICLES, Book 2: THE INVADERS by John Flanagan
BROTHERBAND CHRONICLES, Book 2: THE INVADERS by John Flanagan (Fantasy/Adventure)
After being cast out of Skandia for failing to guard the sacred Andomal artifact, Hal and the Herons set out in pursuit to reclaim the Andomal and their former glory. It will take more than desire to overcome ruthless pirates, though, and the battle has only just begun. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

 
Click here to read a review.
 
Now in Stores: THE 39 CLUES: THE CAHILL FILES #1: OPERATION TRINITY by Clifford Riley
THE 39 CLUES: THE CAHILL FILES #1: OPERATION TRINITY by Clifford Riley (Mystery/Adventure)
This brand new stand-alone adventure from the world of The 39 Clues cracks open the Cahill vault to tell the story of the most coveted piece of artwork in the world, a masterpiece that has been the target of seven separate theft attempts: Jan van Eyck’s altarpiece at Ghent. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

 
Click here to read a review.
 
Now in Stores: GHOST KNIGHT by Cornelia Funke
GHOST KNIGHT by Cornelia Funke (Fantasy/Adventure)
Eleven-year old Jon Whitcroft and his quirky new friend, Ella, must work together to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder, all while being haunted by terrifying spirits at their boarding school. When Jon summons the ghost of the late Knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted? Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

 
Click here to read a review.
 
Special Contest: Win a Copy of JUSTIN CASE: SHELLS, SMELLS, AND THE HORRIBLE FLIP-FLOPS OF DOOM by Rachel Vail

Justin is going to start fourth grade --- but first, he has to survive the summer. To celebrate the release of JUSTIN CASE: SHELLS, SMELLS, AND THE HORRIBLE FLIP-FLOPS OF DOOM by Rachel Vail, Kidsreads.com is giving 5 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 18th at noon ET.

JUSTIN CASE: SHELLS, SMELLS, AND THE HORRIBLE FLIP-FLOPS OF DOOM by Rachel Vail (Fiction)
Justin is going to start fourth grade --- but first, he has to survive the summer. He “gets” to go to camp every day on a bus. He “gets” to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they’re hard to walk in). And (gulp!) swimming.

Justin’s little sister, Elizabeth, seems to deal with camp just fine. So do his friends. Justin is trying very hard not to be a worried kid anymore, especially when it comes to making friends at camp, including a new kid who is kind of...rough. After all, Justin is going to be in fourth grade. It’s time to be brave. Right?

-Click here to read an excerpt.

-Click here to read Rachel Vail’s bio.
 

Click here to read all the contest details and enter to win.
 
Special Contest: Win a Copy of ALEX AND THE AMAZING TIME MACHINE by Rich Cohen

Alex Trumble has an IQ that borders on genius, and he loves to read books on vortexes and time travel. But when two angry hit men kidnap his big brother, Alex’s life changes fast. To celebrate the release of ALEX AND THE AMAZING TIME MACHINE by Rich Cohen, Kidsreads.com is giving 5 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 18th at noon ET.


ALEX AND THE AMAZING TIME MACHINE written by Rich Cohen, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (Fantasy)
Alex Trumble is a pretty ordinary kid --- except for the fact that his IQ borders on genius, and he loves to read books on vortexes and time travel. But when two angry hit men kidnap his big brother, Alex’s life changes fast. Inventing a time machine (using an iPod, mirrors, duct tape, and a laser pointer) is only half the battle. With the help of his best friend, Todd, Alex must travel back in time to collect clues, outwit the bad guys, and race against the clock to save his family from total oblivion. Can it be done?

-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read Rich Cohen's bio.

 

Click here to read all the contest details and enter to win.
 
The 2012 Children's Choice Book Award Winners

The votes are in, and the winners have been announced for the 2012 Children's Choice Book Awards! The gala took place on May 7th at Espace in Midtown Manhattan, as part of Children's Book Week (May 7-13), and was hosted by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Lady series. Walter Dean Myers, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, presented the Impact Award to New York Giant Justin Tuck, who co-founded Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy with his wife, Lauren.

Children across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries and at BookWeekOnline.com, casting over one million votes. Now in its fifth year, the Children's Choice Book Awards Program was founded as a way to provide young readers the opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them, as well as to help create a reading list that will help motivate children to read more, and to cultivate a love of reading.

 

Click here to see the winners of this year's Children's Choice Book Awards.
 
Cool & New Books for May

Plenty of series book additions are now available for your reading pleasure. Among them are THE SERPENT’S SHADOW, the third installment of Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles; THE ACCUSED, book three in the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham; and THE INVADERS, the second entry in John Flanagan’s Brotherband Chronicles. May’s roundup of Cool & New Books also includes THE CAHILL FILES #1: OPERATION TRINITY, a stand-alone adventure from the world of The 39 Clues; GHOST KNIGHT, Cornelia Funke’s novel about two friends who must uncover a centuries-old murder, all while haunted by terrifying spirits; and THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM by debut author Christopher Healy, who takes readers on a journey with four imperfect princes and their four improbable princesses, all of whom are trying to become perfect heroes.
 

Click here to read our Cool & New Books feature for May.
 
May’s New in Paperback Roundup

May’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE ATLANTIS COMPLEX by Eoin Colfer, which continues the story of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl; THE UNDERDOGS, Mike Lupica’s novel about a football star who has to save his team from falling apart after they lose almost everything; TROUBLETWISTERS, a new middle-grade fantasy series from Garth Nix and Sean Williams, in which a set of twins must act as wards against a threatening evil; and R.L. Stine's latest fright --- and one of the scariest book titles we've ever seen --- IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL...FOREVER!
 

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for May.
 
This Month's Reviews

FANCY NANCY: NANCY CLANCY, SUPER SLEUTH written by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Mystery)
Nancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code. But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case? Find out in the glamorous start to an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone’s favorite fancy girl. Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell.

JAKE AND LILY by Jerry Spinelli (Fiction)
Jake and Lily are twins. Even though they seem pretty different, they feel exactly the same. They can communicate without words. And mysteriously, every year on their birthday, they sleepwalk to a train station in the middle of the night. But when they turn 11, everything changes. Jake finds himself dealing with a neighborhood bully, while Lily struggles to make friends and get a life apart from Jake. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

SNIVEL: The Fifth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye (Adventure/Humor)
Stuck in Heck’s worst bummer camp, Snivel, siblings Milton and Marlo Fauster make plans to leave. When Marlo is selected for a special mission and disappears, Milton decides to track her down. Getting the heck out of Snivel isn’t easy, though, and more than a few tears will be shed. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

WHATEVER AFTER #1: FAIREST OF ALL by Sarah Mlynowski (Fiction/Adventure)
Once upon a time, Abby and her brother, Jonah, were normal kids. But then the mirror in their basement slurped them up and magically transported them inside Snow White's fairy tale. Now it's up to them to avoid getting poisoned, sneak into a castle, fix Snow White's story --- and then find their way home. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE YEAR OF THE BOOK written by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Abigail Halpin (Fiction)
Lonely fourth-grader Anna Wang turns to books for company, but soon finds there is more to life than what can be found in the pages of a book. Andrea Cheng’s THE YEAR OF THE BOOK is about a precocious reader navigating relationships with friends and family using the books she loves. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

THE PARADISE TRAP by Catherine Jinks (Fantasy/Mystery)
Marcus would rather play video games on his boring "vacation," until he discovers a staircase underneath their trailer. Now, it looks as if he may be in for some kind of multilevel, multiplayer experience controlled by a complete nightmare of a witch. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

COURTNEY CRUMRIN, Volume One: THE NIGHT THINGS SPECIAL EDITION by Ted Naifeh (Graphic Novel)
No kid likes to move to a new town. Courtney Crumrin likes it even less. With self-absorbed parents who are more interested in their social calendars than their only daughter, Courtney begins exploring her uncle’s house. She eventually comes across everything from an encyclopedia of demons and monsters to multiple spellbooks filled with sordid arcane secrets. Reviewed by Ryan Donovan.

This Month's Poll

How many books do you own?

1-25
26-50
51-75
76-100
101-150
151-200
More than 200
I don’t own any books.
I'm not sure how many I have.

Click here to answer the poll.

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