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Early March 2008 Newsletter

Early March 2008

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Reading by Flashlight

Author Talk: Meg Cabot, Author of ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS

Now in Stores: AIRMAN by Eoin Colfer

Now in Stores: THE DAY OF THE DJINN WARRIORS: Children of the Lamp, Book Four by P. B. Kerr

Now in Stores: OGGIE COODER by Sarah Weeks

Books into Movies: Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

Series Update: Warriors: Power of Three by Erin Hunter

Series Update: The Wormling by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Series Update: Amelia Bedelia written by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynn Sweat

Coming Soon: Books Releasing in the Months Ahead

Cool New Books for February

February's New in Paperback Roundup's Most Recent Reviews

Poll: Reading Speed

Question of the Month: Books You Can't Get Enough Of

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Reading by Flashlight

I still am sleepy from changing the clocks this past weekend. I lost an hour of sleep and I still cannot catch up. Are you or your children feeling the same way? I am picturing your kids with their heads on their desks at school taking little siestas during their first classes of the morning. Of course then at night they are WIDE awake like me. I am hoping my body clock catches up soon. Of course, if I would just go to sleep at night instead of staying up reading, it would be a good thing.

When I was little the light switches still made noise when they went on. There was a loud CLICK. My parents changed my switch to a "silent one," much like what you probably have now at your house since I used to wake everyone up with my early reading habits. I also was known for reading under the covers at night with a flashlight. Now there are all kinds of booklights for reading in bed, but when I was young, there was only a flashlight. Did you get up early to read, or read with a flashlight in your bed at night, when you were younger?

We have lots of great reading on in this issue, whether your child reads above or below the covers.

Meg Cabot has written countless books for teens and adults --- maybe your older child reads The Princess Diaries or The Mediator series. Now Cabot is publishing a brand-new series for kids called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, and the first book, MOVING DAY, is in stores now! Allie likes to keep things orderly, so she thinks rules are a big help. With every hilarious new adventure, she finds more rules, like "Don't stick a spatula down your best friend's throat." Click here to read a Q&A with Cabot for the inside scoop on this new series.

Is your child a fan of the Artemis Fowl series? Well, Eoin Colfer has penned another winner with AIRMAN, an edge-of-your-seat historical adventure novel that follows 14-year-old Conor Broekhart through royal plots, prison tortures and escape plans.

AIRMAN can be a little dark, so if your child needs a good laugh, have them check out OGGIE COODER by Sarah Weeks. Oggie is not your typical fourth-grader, and even his classmates and teachers agree. Do you know anybody who crochets their own shoelaces? Well, Oggie does that. He also carves cheese into interesting shapes with his own teeth. So why is the most popular girl in school trying to be his friend? Your child will have to read to find out!

In addition, several series books have new titles on the shelves: DARK RIVER, the continuation of Erin Hunter's Warriors: Power of Three series; THE DAY OF THE DJINN WARRIORS, the fourth installment in P. B. Kerr's Children of the Lamp series; THE MINIONS OF TIME and THE AUTHOR'S BLOOD, the final two books in the Wormling series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry; and AMELIA BEDELIA'S MASTERPIECE, which marks the return of our favorite literal-minded housekeeper.

If you and your kids love Dr. Seuss, you should see Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! at your local theater together. The movie is uproarious Seuss-y fun! Want to brush up on all things Seussical? Take a look at our Dr. Seuss feature, where you'll find information on the books, trivia and more.

This week Warner Brothers announced that the seventh Harry Potter movie will be split into two parts. There's so much good stuff packed into the last book that they don't want to cut a thing! The first part will come out in 2010, and the second will premiere a few months later. Look for the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, to come out this November.

And last, but certainly not least, we'd like to point out that March is Read Across America Month. There are lots of ways that kids, teens and parents can celebrate, not only in March but throughout the year as well. Click here to learn more. Of course you can always get lots of bookish suggestions in our Cool New Books, New in Paperback and review roundups!

March came in like a lion...may it leave like a lamb. I say this line since my two sons who are 13 and 18 still tease me about a couple of years ago when I wrote in a newsletter that I wanted it to be a lamb/lamb month. I am happy that I still amuse them. Here's to your finding something to amuse YOU this month on Bring on spring.

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Author Talk: Meg Cabot, Author of ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS

Bestselling author Meg Cabot has written several popular series for teens, including The Princess Diaries, The Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You, as well as the adult-oriented Heather Wells Mysteries. Her latest book, ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS, targets a slightly different age group from that of her previous works --- the under-12 crowd. In this interview, Cabot talks about why she chose to focus her attentions on younger readers and explains how writing for this audience isn't such a stretch from her past efforts. She also points out some of the similarities between herself and her main character and shares what she has in store for Allie in future installments.

ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS: Book One - Moving Day by Meg Cabot

Nine-year-old Allie Finkle is not a happy camper when her parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town. With a room she's half-scared to go into, the burden of being "the new girl" and her old friends all a half-hour car ride away, how will Allie ever learn to fit in? Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read a review of ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS.


Click here to read an interview with Meg Cabot.


Now in Stores: AIRMAN by Eoin Colfer

AIRMAN by Eoin Colfer
In the 1890s Conor Broekhart and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. But his idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king. When Conor tries to expose the plot, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

Click here to read a review of AIRMAN.


Now in Stores: THE DAY OF THE DJINN WARRIORS: Children of the Lamp, Book Four by P. B. Kerr

THE DAY OF THE DJINN WARRIORS: Children of the Lamp, Book Four by P. B. Kerr
Djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt are attempting to rescue their mother from her fate as the Blue Djinn of Babylon. Meanwhile, an evil force has awakened the terracotta warriors created by an ancient Chinese emperor, and someone with very bad intentions has cast a spell possessing the soldiers with wicked spirits. Can the twins stop the mysterious warriors, rescue their parents AND save the world before it's too late? Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

Click here to read a review of THE DAY OF THE DJINN WARRIORS.


Now in Stores: OGGIE COODER by Sarah Weeks

OGGIE COODER by Sarah Weeks
Oggie Cooder is a fourth-grader who has invented the art form of charving --- chewing/carving cheese slices into recognizable shapes. Little does Oggie know that this talent will propel him into an adventure...and that his partner in his exploit will be the snobbiest girl in his class. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

Click here to read a review of OGGIE COODER.


Books into Movies: Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

They say that good things come in small packages, and this month's Books into Movies feature proves just that. Join a sweet, lovable elephant on his quest through the jungle to save the itty bitty city of Whoville...that just so happens to be located on a tiny speck of dust! Be sure to catch this animated film adaptation of Dr. Seuss's beloved HORTON HEARS A WHO! when it hits the big screen on March 14th.

Click here for more details about this film.


Series Update: Warriors: Power of Three by Erin Hunter

The second installment in Erin Hunter's exciting fantasy series finds Lionpaw, Hollypaw and Jaypaw facing challenges as they continue their apprenticeships. Powerful secrets create conflict within and between the Clans, resulting in danger, intrigue and moral dilemmas. How will it all play out? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DARK RIVER.
-Click here to read the Warriors: Power of Three series feature.


Click here to read a review of DARK RIVER.


Series Update: The Wormling by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

THE MINIONS OF TIME: The Wormling, Book IV by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry
Throughout his search for the King's Son, Owen has been eager to see who will be the one to unite the Highlands and Lowlands. Once Owen discovers his identity, will the Son be ready for the challenge? Will he be prepared to battle the Dragon and win? Owen has always believed his only gift is his ability to devour books, but the battle he finds himself in will affect two worlds: his and the Lowlands. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

-Click here to read a review of THE MINIONS OF TIME.

THE AUTHOR'S BLOOD: The Wormling, Book V by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry
As the final battle approaches, Owen remembers these words: "Some may trust in their strength, in their weaponry, in their number of soldiers, but I will trust in the love of my father, who delights in crushing the mighty by using the weak. He will defeat the enemy with the good-hearted friends he has given." Reviewed by Michele Howe.

-Click here to read a review of THE AUTHOR'S BLOOD.
Click here to read the Wormling series feature.


Series Update: Amelia Bedelia written by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynn Sweat

AMELIA BEDELIA'S MASTERPIECE written by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynn Sweat
With everyone's favorite literal-minded housekeeper by your side, a trip to the art museum is sure to be full of surprises! From discovering the next big art-world talent in a group of schoolchildren to foiling a theft, Amelia Bedelia keeps museumgoers on their toes. Reviewed by Tom Donadio.

-Click here to read the Amelia Bedelia series feature.

Click here to read a review of AMELIA BEDELIA'S MASTERPIECE.


Coming Soon: Books Releasing in the Months Ahead

Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead? Then be sure to check out our Coming Soon section on We have titles for March, April and May listed. Please note that we have not included every book coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

Click here to see what's Coming Soon.

Cool New Books for February
February’s roundup of Cool New Books includes MOVING DAY, the first installment in Meg Cabot’s debut middle-grade series, Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls; OGGIE COODER, a chapter book by Sarah Weeks that introduces readers to a fourth grader whose talent for charving will propel him into an adventure; THE MOZART QUESTION by author Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Michael Foreman, in which a boy’s passion for music unlocks a painful secret and draws his family together; THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY, a spine-tingling thriller from Siobhan Dowd involving a mysterious disappearance, two sleuthing siblings and a race against time; and last, but certainly not least, Jane O’Connor’s highly anticipated third picture book starring Fancy Nancy.
Click here to see our roundup of Cool New Books for February.


February's New in Paperback Roundup

February’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE ICEBOUND LAND, a heartstopping adventure that continues John Flanagan’s bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice series; CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker, which introduces readers to a delightful, lovable and totally unpredictable child who has her own way of looking at the world; SOUL EATER, the third installment in Michelle Paver's riveting Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series; FLY BY NIGHT, a debut novel by Frances Hardinge about a medieval world gone crazy, full of book burnings, political unrest and power-hungry leaders; and additions to two series from Megan McDonald featuring third-grader Judy Moody and her younger brother Stink.
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for February.'s Most Recent Reviews

THE KEY TO RONDO by Emily Rodda
There are three rules to the old painted music box, and Leo wouldn't dream of breaking any of them. But his stubborn cousin Mimi chooses not to listen. Now its up to them to stop a powerful witch, if only they can find the key to the music box --- and the magical world it controls. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

KALINE KLATTERMASTER'S TREE HOUSE written by Haven Kimmel and illustrated by Peter Brown
Kaline Klattermaster adores his mother, but sometimes she can be on the forgetful side and acts a bit crazy. So it's a very good thing that the parents in Kaline's tree house are more normal. They understand him, and are full of good advice on how to handle bullies. His mom hints that the tree house is imaginary, but Kaline doesn't believe her. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

STARCROSS: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel and Curious Hats written by Philip Reeve and illustrated by David Wyatt
In this Victorian alternate universe sequel to LARKLIGHT, Art and Myrtle Mumby travel with their mother to Starcross, an asteroid resort hotel. There, they hurtle into a right jolly adventure complete with time-travel, mind-controlling headwear, dastardly villains and heroic exploits. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE CASTAWAYS by Iain Lawrence
Adrift at sea, Tom Tin and his four convict companions are only too glad when they come upon a deserted ship. The boys clamber aboard, not knowing whether they've been saved or set on a course toward doom. But after rescuing two men stranded on a melting iceberg, Tom begins to suspect that these unsavory sailors are dangerous castaways from this very vessel. Reviewed by Joy Held.

Twelve-year-old Addie's mother is a complete mess, even disappearing for days on end. Addie adores her stepfather, but then her mom divorces him, too. Despite all of the hardships she suffers, Addie always tries to keep hope in her heart. Someday life will get better. Won't it? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE TIDE KNOT by Helen Dunmore
Even though her family has moved away from their seaside cottage, Sapphire refuses to forget her vow to locate her missing father. She continues her visits to the underwater world of Ingo and the Mer people, looking for answers and finding it harder and harder to return to the air. But danger is approaching, for both Ingo and Sapphire's village. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

PANDORA GETS JEALOUS by Carolyn Hennessy
For her school project, Pandora brings in a box said to contain something so terrifying and horrible that no one must ever touch it for fear of inflicting all of mankind with the wrath of the Gods and Goddesses. Unfortunately, things don't go quite the way she was hoping, and the box accidentally gets opened, unleashing all kinds of evil and misery into the world. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure by Michael Hoeye
When Hermux Tantamoq agrees to take on an intriguing missing squirrel case, he gets caught up in a mystery involving mutant bees, a rose fragrance rivalry starring cosmetics tycoon Tucka Mertslin, and strange incidents taking place on an uninhabited island with a troubled past. Reviewed Sarah Sawtelle.


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Poll: Reading Speed

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Question of the Month: Books You Can't Get Enough Of

Name up to three books that you just could not put down.
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