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November 2012

Kidsreads.com Newsletter November 2012
Celebrate the Start of the Holiday Season With Kidsreads!

Thanksgiving marks the start of the BIGGEST holiday season of the year. Almost immediately after you stuff yourself with turkey and cranberry sauce, the decorations go up and everyone starts thinking about the December holidays. But it’s not the end of the month yet; there’s still time for our November Kidsreads.com newsletter!

There are tons of great books that have come out in November (NEW Diary of a Wimpy Kid among them!!!) and I hope you all get as excited about them as I am. Let’s just say that after reading this newsletter, everyone’s gift wish list may get a little bit longer…

Last month, we let you know that the first six books of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are available in e-book! NOW, the seventh book in the series, THE THIRD WHEEL, is out in hardcover AND e-book. Greg Heffley is back and scrambling to get a date for the Valentine’s Day dance at his middle school. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.

You may know Gary Ross best as the director of The Hunger Games, but this month, his first book is out! BARTHOLOMEW BIDDLE AND THE VERY BIG WIND follows Bartholomew as he caves to his sense of adventure, and he uses his bed sheet to fly away when a big gust of wind blows past his window. Bartholomew’s adventures are wonderfully illustrated by Matthew Meyers.

Have you been waiting for the next Infinity Ring book? Wait no more! The second book in the series, DIVIDE AND CONQUER is out this month and is 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.

Philip Reeve ends his Fever Crumb trilogy with SCRIVENER’S MOON. All of the Scriven people are dead --- except for one whose city on wheels is almost complete. New London terrifies the rest of the world, and an army of mammoth-riders gather to fight it. Meanwhile, Fever Crumb finds herself in the north, searching for a mysterious black pyramid full of secrets.

Up for another adventure? In Helen PhillipsHERE WHERE THE SUNBEAMS ARE GREEN, Mad’s dad leaves to take a bird-tracking job in Central America. Later, she receives a letter from him that seems out of character. Convinced that the letter is encoded, Mad and her sister, Roo, embark on a journey to find their dad and get their family back together.

Take a trip back to Elizabethan England in WILL SPARROW’S ROAD by Karen Cushman! Will Sparrow has always been a liar and thief, but now he’s a runaway. When he is forced to join a traveling troupe of “oddities,” he learns that appearances are misleading.

The holidays are just about here! Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or just some new books 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.

Are you a fan of Star Wars? Get ready to experience the story in a completely different way with STAR WARS: A GALACTIC POP-UP ADVENTURE! The New York Times bestselling pop-up artist and engineer, Matthew Reinhart, has created a brand-new 3-D experience, packed with a variety of novelty features --- pop-ups, working lightsabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies! This would be a GREAT gift this holiday for any Star Wars fan in your family.

Now that it’s getting a little too cold to be outside all the time (unless you are really into winter activities), it’s the perfect season for a movie! The Rise of the Guardians is out in theaters to delight and thrill! In this computer-animated film based on the Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce, the Immortal Guardians --- Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman --- ask Jack Frost to help them defeat the evil spirit, Pitch. Will they be able to defeat the Nightmare King? Head over to Books on Screen to read more about this new movie!

If you'd like another fun book-related activity, December 1st is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Make sure to tell your parents, and maybe you'll get more than just a trip to the bookstore...perhaps a book will be the treat to follow a family outing. Plus, nothing beats the chance to browse a bookstore's shelves for a new favorite book!

Want more 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!

Also, don’t forget to answer this month’s poll! We ask you about how many books you read for pleasure (and NOT for school) each month! Look out for next month’s poll starting December 1st, where we ask if you are planning on giving books during the holidays and if books are on your holiday wish list.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I sure have a full holiday wish list! As we all start thinking about snow and gifts, keep in mind those who are less fortunate and look for ways to donate books in your area. Here’s to great reading in the weeks ahead…and, as always, happy reading!

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

Now in Stores: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE THIRD WHEEL by Jeff Kinney

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE THIRD WHEEL by Jeff Kinney (Fiction)
A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. Rowley doesn’t have any prospects either. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

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Now in Stores: BARTHOLOMEW BIDDLE AND THE VERY BIG WIND by Gary Ross, Illustrated by Matthew Myers

BARTHOLOMEW BIDDLE AND THE VERY BIG WIND Written by Gary Ross, Illustrated by Matthew Myers (Historical Fiction)
Bartholomew Biddle’s life has always been pretty ordinary, but when a huge wind blows past his window one night, he feels the call of adventure --- and he can’t resist the urge to grab his bed sheet and catch a ride. Soon he’s soaring far above his little town, heading wherever the wind takes him! Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

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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.

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Now in Stores: SCRIVENER'S MOON: Fever Crumb, Book Three by Philip Reeve

SCRIVENER'S MOON: Fever Crumb, Book Three by Philip Reeve (Science Fiction)
In the final adventure of Philip Reeve's brilliant Fever Crumb trilogy, New London terrifies the rest of the world, and an army of mammoth-riders gathers to fight it. Meanwhile, young Fever Crumb begins a hunt for Ancient technology in the icy strongholds of the north. She finds a mysterious black pyramid full of secrets. It will change her world forever. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.

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Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: HERE WHERE THE SUNBEAMS ARE GREEN by Helen Phillips

HERE WHERE THE SUNBEAMS ARE GREEN by Helen Phillips (Mystery)
After Mad's dad leaves to take a bird-tracking job in Central America, she receives a letter from him. Mad's younger sister Roo is convinced that the letter is a coded message. The two sisters embark on a journey to find their dad with the help from new friends, all in order to get their family back together. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

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Now in Stores: THE HIGH SKIES ADVENTURE OF BLUE JAY THE PIRATE by Scott Nash

THE HIGH SKIES ADVENTURE OF BLUE JAY THE PIRATE by Scott Nash (Adventure)
Captain Blue Jay, notorious and feared pirate of the skies, has a fondness for collecting treasure, especially eggs. Unfortunately, sometimes his treasure hatches, and this time the hatchling is the strangest one the Grosbeak has ever seen. No sailor is certain whether the chick is a young god or just an oversized bird who needs too much food...

Click here to read more about the book.

 
Books on Screen: The Rise of the Guardians
Just in time to start off the holidays, The Rise of the Guardians comes to theaters to delight and thrill! In this computer-animated film based on the Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce, the Immortal Guardians --- Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman --- ask Jack Frost to help them defeat the evil spirit, Pitch. Will they be able to defeat the Nightmare King?
Click here to read 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.

 
Now in Stores: STAR WARS: A GALACTIC POP-UP ADVENTURE by Matthew Reinhart

STAR WARS: A GALACTIC POP-UP ADVENTURE by Matthew Reinhart (Pop-up)
Artist and engineer Matthew Reinhart has created a brand-new 3-D experience, packed with a variety of novelty features --- pop-ups, working lightsabers, pull tabs and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular Star Wars movies. This new look at Star Wars explores the characters, stories, vehicles, droids and more in the three prequel movies and the Clone Wars. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read more about the book

Click here to read a review.

 
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 November
November's roundup of Cool & New Books includes DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE THIRD WHEEL by Jeff Kinney, where Greg Heffley scrambles for a date to the Valentine's Day Dance; Karen Cushman's WILL SPARROW'S ROAD, which follows Will Sparrow as he joins a traveling troupe of "oddities" while running away from home; DIVIDE AND CONQUER by Carrie Ryan, the second book in the Infinity Ring series in which Dak is captured and forced to make new allies; and DARWIN ARKWRIGHT AND THE INSIDIOUS BLECK by A. J. Hartely, in which Darwin and his friends travel to South America to save a boy who's been stolen by the Insidious Bleck.
Click here to see November’s Cool & New Books roundup.

 
November’s New in Paperback Roundup
November’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, which is about Rafe Khatchadorian's first day at Hills Village Middle School...and his plan for the best year ever; PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES, Jonathan Auxier's debut novel, which follows Peter Nimble as he steals a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes; and GUITAR BOY by MJ Auch, which is about a boy out on his own who finds his way in the world through guitar and music.
Click here to see November’s New in Paperback roundup.

 
This Month’s Reviews

GOBLIN SECRETS by William Alexander (Fantasy)
A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother, Rowan. But the goblin troupe's plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan --- because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

THE HUNTERS: Brotherband Chronicles, Book Three by John Flanagan (Fantasy)
Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac in order to stop the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

IRON HEARTED VIOLET by Kelly Barnhill (Fantasy)
Princess Violet is plain, reckless and quite possibly too clever for her own good. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being --- called the Nybbas --- imprisoned in their world. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph...or its demise. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

LEGEND OF THE GHOST DOG by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (Mystery)
Tee and her dog, Henry, are thrilled to move to Nome, Alaska, but Tee's brother Jack doesn't feel the same way. When Tee and Jack notice a mysterious shadow following them, Tee realizes she might have been wrong. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE VENGEKEEP PROPHECIES by Brian Farrey (Fantasy)
Jaxter Grimjinx is a born thief. At least, he's supposed to be. But Jaxter is so clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellans' house on fire and lands his family in the gaol. Then a suspiciously convenient prophecy emerges, naming the Grimjinx clan as the soon-to-be heroes of Vengekeep. Now, Jaxter Grimjinx will have to become the hero he was truly born to be. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

WILL SPARROW'S ROAD by Karen Cushman (Historical Fiction)
Will Sparrow has always been a liar and thief, but now he is also a runaway. However, as he meets more con artists, he realizes he is far from the best. When he is forced to join a traveling troupe of "oddities," he learns that appearances are misleading. Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.

This Month’s Poll

How many books do you read for pleasure (not for school projects) each month?

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And keep an eye out for our new poll starting December 1st about whether you want to give or recieve books during this holiday season!

Click here to answer the poll.

 

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