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January 2013

Kidsreads.com Newsletter January 2013
2013 Will Be a GREAT Year for Kidsreads.com!

Can you believe one month of the year is almost gone? I’m having a hard time believing it myself. Did anyone make a resolution about reading more books in 2013? Our poll this month asks how many books you plan to read. We’re not giving any results away…so get voting. We want as many of you as possible to weigh it. The poll is open until January 31st, so make sure to vote!

Have you been wishing for a contest? Well, you are in luck! To celebrate the release of HOKEY POKEY, Jerry Spinelli's fable of leaving childhood behind and entering the new adventures of adolescence, Kidsreads.com is giving ten readers the chance to win a copy of the book. How nice is that? Enter to win your copy of HOKEY POKEY by Friday, March 15th at noon ET, and keep your eye out for an interview with Jerry Spinelli that will be posted later next week!

Celebrate the release of Captain Underpants! Dav Pilkey’s 10th adventure in the series, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE REVOLTING REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE ROBO-BOXERS, follows George and Harold as they go back in time to redo what the evil Tippy Tinkletrousers prevented…their creation of Captain Underpants! Just thinking about these books makes me smile!

Prepare yourselves for some mayhem and mystery in the first book of a new series! TELL-TALE START: The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe by Gordon McAlpine and illustrated by Sam Zuppardi is about Edgar and Allan Poe, the 12-year-old great-great-great-great-grandnephews of the writer Edgar Allan Poe. When their cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and taken to the Midwest, the boys decide it’s time for a road trip.
 
What’s your sign? THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb questions what would happen if a 13th zodiac sign was unlocked, causing world-altering personality changes and infuriating the other 12 signs. Well, that’s exactly what Jalen ends up doing and must find away to undo it. By the way, I am an Aries and don't even want to think about what other sign I'd be!

In THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET by John Boyne and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, Barnaby Brocket is different from other eight-year-olds…he floats! His parents want him to be normal, but Barnaby can’t help it. Will a trip around the world help him discover who he truly is?
 
Our feature to celebrate the release of the second book in the Infinity Ring series is still up in case you missed it! Check out Carrie Ryan’s DIVIDE AND CONQUER, in which 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.

Are you a HUGE fan of Geronimo Stilton and his adventures? GREAT news! There’s a new series featuring these loveable mice…but they’ve gone prehistoric. In GERONIMO STILTON CAVEMICE #1: THE STONE OF FIRE by Geronimo Stilton, someone has stolen the Stone of Fire from the mouseum, and it’s up to Geronimo Stiltonoot and his cavemouse friend, Hercule Poirat, to solve the case!
 
Were you on the edge of your seat waiting for the second in the new Goosebumps Most Wanted series? GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #2: THE SON OF SLAPPY by R. L. Stine follows Jackson Stander who is every parent’s dream…until he finds an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now Slappy and the son of Slappy are wreaking havoc on Jackson, his family and his friends.

As I’m sure you know, February is Black History Month. To honor the achievements of African Americans, we are featuring books that boast their achievements. Check out our Black History Month Books Roundup, and share these books with your friends and family to learn more about American history and overcoming prejudice.

Fantasy may take you to different a world, but think of the possibility of escaping to a different historical age! Things haven’t always been like they are now. 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!

And that's all for now. But, as a special treat for you, we are sending out a special newsletter announcing the winners of the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards next week! And as always, keep reading!

--- Liz (Liz@bookreporter.com)
Special Feature and Contest: HOKEY POKEY by Jerry Spinelli

To celebrate the release of HOKEY POKEY, Jerry Spinelli's fable of leaving childhood behind and entering the new adventures of adolescence, Kidsreads.com is giving ten readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 15th at noon ET.

HOKEY POKEY by Jerry Spinelli (Fantasy)
Hokey Pokey is a place where childhood is at its best. The rules are simple, the games are fun, and there are no grown ups. However, when Jack, one of the biggest kids, gets his bike stolen by a girl, everything in Hokey Pokey starts to fall apart for Jack. Most troubling of all, he begins to hear a faint train whistle, and everyone knows that there are no trains in Hokey Pokey; just tracks. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

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Click here to read more and enter the contest.

 
Now in Stores: CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE REVOLTING REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE ROBO-BOXERS by Dav Pilkey

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE REVOLTING REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE ROBO-BOXERS by Dav Pilkey (Humor)
The last time we saw George and Harold, they were doomed to roam the planet as evil zombie nerds because Tippy Tinkletrousers had gone back in time and prevented the boys from creating Captain Underpants in the first place! Now they will have to find a way to change everything back! Reviewed by Sarah 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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THE TELL-TALE START: The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe, Book 1 Written by Gordon McAlpine, Illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

THE TELL-TALE START: The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe, Book 1 Written by Gordon McAlpine, Illustrated by Sam Zuppardi (Humor/Mystery)
Edgar and Allan Poe are 12-year-old identical twins who happen to be the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. The two love their black cat, Roderick Usher, and when he is kidnapped and transported away to the Midwest, the boys decide it's time for a road trip. Along the way mayhem and mystery ensue. Reviewed by Emma Kantor.

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Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

THE 13th SIGN by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (Fantasy/Action Adventure)
What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing world-altering personality changes and infuriating the other 12 signs? Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her own, depend upon it. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.

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Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET by

THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET Written by John Boyne, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Fantasy)
Barnaby Brocket has one thing that sets him apart from other eight-year-olds: he floats. His parents want him to be normal, but he can't help who he is. When the unthinkable happens and Barnaby finds himself on a trip around the world, will he discover who he truly is? Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski.

- Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
New Series: GERONIMO STILTON CAVEMICE #1: THE STONE OF FIRE by Geronimo Stilton

GERONIMO STILTON CAVEMICE #1: THE STONE OF FIRE by Geronimo Stilton (Historical Fiction)
Geronimo Stiltonoot is Geronimo Stilton's ancient ancestor. He runs the newspaper in his prehistoric village, and when the village is in an uproar because the Stone of Fire has been stolen from the mouseum, it is up to Geronimo Stiltonoot and his cavemouse friend, Hercule Poirat, to solve the case! Reviewed by Kathleen Purcell.

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Click here to read our series feature.

 
Series Update: GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #2: THE SON OF SLAPPY by R. L. Stine

GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #2: SON OF SLAPPY by R. L. Stine (Horror)
Jackson Stander is every parents' dream, that is, until he came across an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now Slappy and the son of Slappy are wreaking havoc on Jackson and his family and friends. Two Slappys are not better than one! Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski.

- Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to read a review.

 
Black History Month Roundup of Books
February is Black History Month, and we at Kidsreads.com decided to round up some books in honor of this month. Be sure to brush up your knowledge of the men and women who helped shape America and maybe learn something new with these new and exciting books!
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 January
January's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Dav Pilkey's CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE REVOLTING REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE ROBO-BOXERS where George and Harold must go back in time to change everything back because Tippy Tinkletrousers went back in time and prevented the creation of Captain Underpants; 33 MINUTES by Todd Hasak-Lowy, which follows Sam Lewis and his countdown to when his former best friend is going to kick his butt; and Jerry Spinelli's HOKEY POKEY, which takes place where childhood is at its best...until Jack gets his bike stolen from a girl and everything begins to fall apart.
Click here to see January’s Cool & New Books roundup.

 
January’s New in Paperback Roundup
January's roundup of New in Paperback includes Tony Abbott's LUNCH-BOX DREAM, which presents Jim Crow, racism and segregation from multiple perspectives, one of which being a boy who starts to question his assumptions about race; BLISS by Kathryn Littlewood, which follows Rosmary Bliss, who yearns to be a true kitchen magician like her parents, but this looks unlikely until her parents are called away from home and a stranger arrives...; and Zoe Barton's ALWAYS NEVERLAND, where Ashley wakes up one night to find Peter Pan in her bedroom, but she's going to bring some change to Neverland, unlike the other "Wendy girls" who have been there before.
Click here to see January’s New in Paperback roundup.

 
This Month’s Reviews

NAVIGATING EARLY by Clare Vanderpool (Historical Fiction)
After Jack's mother dies, he is sent to boarding school in Maine. At school he meets Early Auden, a strange boy who collects stories about a great black bear that is often sighted in nearby mountains. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they set off on an adventure through the Appalachian Trail to find the bear. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

SHADOW BREAKERS by Daniel Blythe (Suspense/Thriller)
Miranda's new home is a dull seaside town where nothing ever happens. Until something strange and sinister does happen and Miranda sets out to uncover the mystery. Is Miranda just chasing shadows or does the darkness lie within? Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

JINX by Sage Blackwood (Fantasy)
In the Urwald, Jinx has always known, you do not step off of the path because there are fearsome things waiting for you. However, when Jinx meets Simon Magnus, a wizard (wizards are evil), he begins to question this conventional wisdom, and longs to explore beyond the path. What is more dangerous --- life on the path or off? Reviewed by Carly Silver.

THE SEVEN SWORDS: Otherworld Chronicles, Book Two by Nils Johnson-Shelton (Fantasy)
The two worlds remain divided, Merlin is missing and their friend Qwon Onakea may be lost to the Otherworld forever. The only solution is for Artie to claim his throne as King Arthur reborn. To do this, Artie must gather his knights and recover each of the Seven Swords. But nothing can prepare him for the Peace Sword, which killed the original King Arthur more than 1,000 years ago... Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

NEVER SAY DIE by Will Hobbs (Fiction)
Nick Thrasher is an accomplished Inuit hunter at fifteen, but when he and his brother Ryan Powers are thrown into a freezing river, that may not be enough to keep the two alive; especially with a "grolar bear" (a mix between a grizzly and a polar bear) on the loose. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

STICK DOG Written and illustrated by Tom Watson (Fiction)
Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

This Month’s Poll

Resolution time! How many books would you like to read for fun in 2013?

1-10
11-20
21-30
31-40
41-50
51-60
61-70
71-80
81-90
91-100
More than 100

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

 

Click here to answer the poll.

 

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