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Kidsreads.com Newsletter October 2012
A Stormy Halloween for Kidsreads
It's already Halloween??? Can you believe it! It seems like the entire month of October went by so fast. First, we had the first tastes of fall with pumpkin treats and autumn leaves, and now we can get in costume and enjoy some CANDY!

But since Halloween is on a Wednesday this year, perhaps you’ve already celebrated Halloween this weekend. That’s what I was able to do --- I dressed up as the Queen of Hearts on Friday night, and as Enid from Ghost World, an adult graphic novel and movie, on Saturday.

For all of us on the East Coast, the biggest Halloween gremlin has been Hurricane Sandy. It’s like Halloween has been kidnapped two years in a row now. Grrr……I can see a lot of people eating candy around their houses; it IS easier than walking door to door, and you can read while you munch on it. That goes along with the pumpkin that got a picture above that is on the step outside Duck’s Cottage Downtown bookstore in Manteo, North Carolina.

Well, October may be the month of trick-or-treating, but it also the month to celebrate a great series. The first six books of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney will be available in e-book for the first time ever! The books are sure to look great in this new format, as Jeff Kinney was VERY involved in the transformation. Even better news is that the seventh book, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE THIRD WHEEL, will be published simultaneously in hardcover and e-book on November 13th! Mark your calendars.

Next up on new books in a series is THE MARK OF ATHENA: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three by Rick Riordan. Percy, Hazel and Frank unite with Jason Piper and Leo. There are only six, but who will be the one to complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods must work together to defeat the giants released by Earth Mother, Gaea. But much of the prophecy remains a mystery...

Were you a fan of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events? Well, guess what? Lemony Snicket is BACK at it with his new series, All the Wrong Questions. There will be four books in this series, all different wrong questions that a young Lemony Snicket asks during a mystery he is trying to solve. The first is “WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?,” which is actually asked a few times throughout the book.

Don’t want to wait until November for a new read? You’re in luck! The new Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell is out. In TALES FROM A NOT-SO-SMART MISS KNOW-IT-ALL, when MacKenzie starts writing the gossip column for their school newspaper, Nikki decides to join the newspaper, too. All of a sudden, she’s in charge of the advice column, but may be in over her head! I can’t blame her though --- I don’t think I would be able to write an advice column!

Would you like to win a free book? To celebrate the release of THE GOLDEN DOOR, the start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Delthora, Emily Rodda, we are offering 25 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. Enter to win by November 5th at noon ET.

The second book in the Books of Beginning series by John Stephens is out this month, too! THE FIRE CHRONICLE follows Kate, Michael and Emma six months after they confronted the Dire Magnus, and the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then, Michael and Emma find a man who saw them 10 years ago --- three days after they disappeared. Could he lead them to their parents?

Sheila Turnage’s debut children’s book, THREE TIMES LUCKY, is about Mo Lobeau, an 11-year-old girl searching for her Upstream Mother, who then finds herself in the middle of a much larger mystery involving her small town in North Carolina. I enjoyed meeting her at a luncheon a few weeks ago and asked if I could interview her. In our interview, Sheila reveals the inspiration behind her crew of wacky characters and the town of Tupelo Landing. She also explains why she thinks kids are able to see through more than adults and what’s next for Mo Lobeau!

October is certainly the month for the creepy and scary --- just perfect for a new Goosebumps series! GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #1: PLANET OF THE LAWN GNOMES by R. L. Stine follows mischievous Jay Gardner on his forced move to a new town. But there’s something odd. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes? And why does no one go outside at night?

History is important --- but not always the most interesting. 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 if you’d just like 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!

We’ve updated Geronimo Stilton’s series feature by adding GERONIMO STILTON AND THE ENORMOUS PEARL HEIST. One day, Geronimo and his friends found a huge oyster --- with an enormouse pearl inside! An article about the find attracted a lot of attention --- both good and bad --- and the pearl was in danger of being stolen. Would he and his friends be able to protect it?

Also, don’t forget to answer this month’s poll! We ask you about your FAVORITE part of Halloween! And look out for next month’s poll starting tomorrow, November 1st where we ask how many books you read for pleasure each week.

We got a sneak peek this week at the program for the Miami Book Fair International, and the schedule of events and author lineup are just fabulous for this 29th Anniversary of the Fair. Here are some events especially for kids, and watch the Miami Book Fair website for the complete schedule to be released shortly. Our Kidsreads.com, Teenreads.com and GraphicNovelReporter.com websites are sponsors of a Day of Education for Teachers and Librarians called “Teacher Fun Day: Perfect Your Craft and Inspire Creativity --- A Full Day of Programming for Teachers, Librarians and Educators," which will be held on Thursday, November 15th from 10:00am-3:00pm. We have four speakers lined up --- Chris Grabenstein, Mathew Reinhart, Scott Hutchins and Raina Telgemeier. You can see more about this event and sign up to attend here.

Hopefully Hurricane Sandy will blow over before then, but regardless, have a safe and happy Halloween. And let me know if you dressed up like a character from a book like I did!

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

 
Now in Stores: THE MARK OF ATHENA: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three by Rick Riordan

THE MARK OF ATHENA: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three by Rick Riordan (Fantasy/Adventure)
Percy, Hazel and Frank unite with Jason, Piper and Leo. But they number only six --- who will complete the Prophecy of Seven? The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Much of the prophecy remains a mystery... Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Now in Stores: "WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?": All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket
"WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?": All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket (Mystery)
In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.

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Now in Stores: DORK DIARIES: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-SMART MISS KNOW-IT-ALL by Rachel Renée Russell

DORK DIARIES: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-SMART MISS KNOW-IT-ALL by Rachel Renée Russell (Graphic Novel)
Nikki Maxwell develops a sudden interest in student journalism that may have to do with the fact that mean girl Mackenzie has started writing a gossip column. To cover up some juicy info involving her crush, Nikki joins the school newspaper staff --- and ends up as an advice columnist! It’s fun at first, but when Miss Know-It-All’s inbox is suddenly overflowing with pleas for guidance, Nikki feels in need of some help herself. Fortunately she has BFFs Chloe and Zoey on her side --- and at her keyboard! Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

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Special Contest: Win a Copy of THE GOLDEN DOOR by Emily Rodda

To celebrate the release of THE GOLDEN DOOR, the start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from the internationally bestselling author of Dragons of Delthora, Emily Rodda, Kidsreads.com is giving 25 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Monday, November 5th at noon ET.

THE GOLDEN DOOR by Emily Rodda (Fantasy)
The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost and he must find them. What terrors await him beyond the Wall?

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Now in Stores: THE FIRE CHRONICLE: Books of the Beginning, Book Two by John Stephens

THE FIRE CHRONICLE: Books of the Beginning, Book Two by John Stephens (Fantasy/Adventure)
It's been six months since Kate, Michael and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them 10 years ago --- three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Kidsreads.com Talks to Sheila Turnage, author of THREE TIMES LUCKY

Shelia Turnage's debut children's book, THREE TIMES LUCKY, follows spunky 11-year-old Mo LoBeau and her best friend, Dale, while they try to solve the mystery of a murder that happened in Tupelo Landing, their small town in North Carolina. This heart-warming tale explores the meaning of family and friendships...and how sometimes what you're looking for is right in front of you. In this interview, conducted by Kidsreads.com's Liz Kossnar, Turnage explains the inspiration for her wacky characters, how children can sometimes be better detectives than adults, and her future plans for Mo Lobeau.

THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage (Fiction)
Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau washed ashore in a hurricane 11 years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel --- a café owner with a forgotten past of his own --- and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.


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Now in Stores: GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #1: PLANET OF THE LAWN GNOMES by R.L. Stine

GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #1: PLANET OF THE GARDEN GNOMES by R. L. Stine (Horror)
Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can't stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. But there's something odd about Jay's new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? Jay is about to learn that mischief can lead to terror.

 

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Series Feature Update: GERONIMO STILTON AND THE ENORMOUSE PEARL HEIST by Geronimo Stilton
GERONIMO STILTON AND THE ENORMOUSE PEARL HEIST by Geronimo Stilton (Mystery)
One day, Geronimo Stilton and his friends made an amazing discovery. They found a huge oyster --- with an enormouse pearl inside! He was so excited about this extremely rare, precious pearl that he wrote a special feature about it in The Rodent's Gazette. That article attracted lots of attention --- both good and bad! The enormouse pearl was in danger of being stolen. Would he and his friends be able to protect it?

-Click here to read the series feature.

 
Click here to read more about the book.

 
Now in E-Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
For the first time ever, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be available in e-book format! Starting October 30th, the first six books in the series will be available for download. Don't worry! The books will look just as great on an e-reader or tablet --- Jeff Kinney was VERY involved in the transformation.

There is even more cause to celebrate because on November 17th, the seventh book, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE THIRD WHEEL, comes out in hardcover AND e-book!

-Click here for DIARY OF A WIMPY KID.
-Click here for CABIN FEVER.
-Click here for DOG DAYS.
-Click here for RODRICK RULES.
-Click here for THE LAST STRAW.
-Click here for THE UGLY TRUTH.

 

Click here to see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid 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 October
October's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Rachel Renée Russell's DORK DIARIES 5: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-SMART MISS KNOW-IT-ALL, where Nikki finds herself in charge of the advice column for her school newspaper; THE CUP AND THE CROWN, Diane Stanley's return to the intriguing world of The Silver Bowl to tell Molly's latest adventure; Rick Riordan's THE MARK OF ATHENA: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three where Percy, Hazel and Frank are reunited with Jason, Piper and Leo...but who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?; and "WHO CAN THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?," the first of Lemony Snicket's new series, All the Wrong Questions, where he gives an account, that no one should read, about his apprenticeship in an organization that nobody knows about.
 
Click here to see October’s Cool & New Books roundup.

 
October’s New in Paperback Roundup
October’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes Matthew Cody's THE DEAD GENTLEMAN, where the Dead Gentleman is dead set on conquering earth and bringing all the dead to life, and present and past collide in order to save the future; THE WINTER PONY by Iain Lawrence, which follows a white pony who is chosen to accompany Robert Falcon Scott's quest to the South Pole and finds himself caught up in one of the greatest races of all time; and Richard Peck's SECRETS AT SEA, about a family of tiny mice who face a huge adventure into the unknown during the year 1897.
 
Click here to see October’s New in Paperback roundup.

 
This Month’s Reviews
THE SPINDLERS by Lauren Oliver (Fantasy)
When Liza's brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul. To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, facing her greatest challenge at the spindlers' nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests --- or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gomez.

THE 39 CLUES: CAHILLS VS. VESPERS, Book Four: SHATTERPROOF by Roland Smith (Action Adventure)
After pulling some spectacular heists, Amy and Dan have become two of Interpol's most wanted criminals. So when Vesper One orders them to steal the world's largest diamond, they know they're facing life in prison...or worse. But with the Cahill hostages still in peril, Amy and Dan have no choice but to launch a mission that leads them to an ancient city full of dangerous secrets. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman

THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann (Fantasy)
Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings --- Peculiars --- and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them. One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley --- Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed. Reviewed by Kim Naples.

RETURN TO THE WILLOWS by Jacqueline Kelly (Fiction)
Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger are back for more rollicking adventures in this sequel to THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. With lavish illustrations by Clint Young, Jacqueline Kelly masterfully evokes the magic of Kenneth Grahame's beloved children's classic and brings it to life for a whole new generation. Review by Christine Irvin.

ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN AND THE CASE OF THE SOCCER SCHEME by Donald J. Sobol (Mystery)
Following the classic formula, this new installment presents 10 new mysteries, complete with answers at the end of the book that allow the reader to solve the cases along with the boy detective. Join Encyclopedia as he takes on cases of an African killifish, a library book vandal, and a nail-biting soccer game. Reviewed by Kathleen Purcell.

ISLAND OF SILENCE: The Unwanteds, Book 2 by Lisa McMann (Fantasy)
An uneasy truce between Quill and Artime has been formed, but not without a cost. Twins Alex and Aaron Stowe know this all too well. While Alex fights to find a way to share the creative gifts of Artime with everyone, Aaron will stop at nothing to regain power. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

A WRINKLE IN TIME: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Madeleine L’Engle, illustrated by Hope Larson (Graphic Novel)
It’s been 50 years since Madeleine L’Engle’s classic A WRINKLE IN TIME was first published, and as part of the anniversary celebration of the award-winning children’s book, FSG has published Hope Larson’s graphic-novel adaptation. It shines in glorious blue, black, and white hues, faithfully adapting an epic tale that multitudes of people hold near and dear to their hearts. Reviewed by John Hogan.

BEHIND THE BOOKCASE by Mark Steensland and Kelly Murphy (Fantasy/Adventure)
Spending the summer fixing up her deceased grandmother’s house is the last thing Sarah wants to do. But the tedious work turns into a thrilling mystery when Sarah discovers an unfinished letter her grandmother wrote. Sarah does some investigating and discovers that behind the bookcase is a doorway into Scotopia, the land where shadows come from. Reviewed by Christine Irvin.

THE RED BLAZER GIRLS: THE SECRET CELLAR by Michael D. Beil (Mystery)
Mysteries seem to find the Red Blazer Girls: when Sophie finds a secret message in the antique fountain pen she bought for her father, the girls are on a case. Soon, they're at the home of the pen's original owner, a secretive man whose house is full of puzzles, all of which protect a hidden treasure, and the Blazers will do anything to get to the bottom of things. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.


 

This Month’s Poll

What is your favorite way to celebrate Halloween? Please check as many as apply.

Eat a bunch of candy
Trick-or-treat with friends and parents
Scare someone...BOO
Dress up in a costume
Watch a scary movie
Read a creepy book
Go to a Halloween party or dance
Carve a pumpkin
Decorate the house and outside
Go to a haunted house
Go pumpkin picking
Collect for UNICEF
I don't celebrate Halloween.
Other (Please specify)


And keep an eye out for our new poll starting November 1st about how many books you read for pleasure each month!

Click here to answer the poll.

 

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