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December 2006

Kidsreads.com Newsletter

December 2006

What's New on Kidsreads.com

Happy Holidays!!!

What to Give/What to Get Gift Guide for Kids

The Best Books of the Year for Children

Great Books for Boys

Books Into Movies: Charlotte's Web

The Interviews of 2006

Don't Miss: THE WANDMAKER'S GUIDEBOOK

Now in Stores: MIRACLE ON 49th STREET by Mike Lupica

Now in Stores: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGONS

Now in Stores: LARKLIGHT by Philip Reeve

Series Update: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Coming Soon: Books Releasing in the Next Few Months

This Month's Reviews

Poll: Books as Gifts

Question of the Month: Author Discoveries of 2006
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Happy Holidays!!!

It's official --- the holiday season has begun at Kidsreads.com. To celebrate we are sharing two very special year-end features --- our Best Books of the Year for Children roundup and our Author Interviews of 2006. You could say they're our special gifts to you!

We also are bringing you the details of some very cool new titles. Fantasy fans, be sure that THE WANDMAKER'S GUIDEBOOK written by Ed Masessa and A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGONS by Lisa Trumbauer are on your holiday list as both these books will satisfy your taste for spells, mystery and everything magical. Sports fans will be thrilled to unwrap Mike Lupica's newest book, MIRACLE ON 49th STREET, and readers still pining about the end of the Series of Unfortunate Events series will be surprised and satisfied by LARKLIGHT: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Furthest Reaches of Space by Philip Reeve.

Wondering what to get your book-loving friends? Still looking for things to add to YOUR list? For more great last-minute gift ideas, be sure to check out our What to Give, What to Get Holiday Gift Guide exclusively for kids, our roundup of Great Books for Boys and this month's reviews and features. Are you asking for books as gifts? Let us know by answering our poll. I know we at Kidsreads.com are --- in fact, I think I can name a few staffers with Ology books on their lists....

We've update our Sarah, Plain and Tall series feature with a review of GRANDFATHER'S DANCE by Patricia MacLachlan, and our Coming Soon section now includes titles from December through May. But before you look ahead, look back to answer our Question of the Month about what authors you discovered in 2006. Kidsreads.com Editorial Coordinator Marisa Emralino was all about PIRATEOLOGY by Dugald A. Steer in 2006, and Editorial Manager Tom Donadio has ARK ANGEL: Alex Rider #6 by Anthony Horowitz on his list of favorite books of 2006. We want to hear what YOUR favorites were.

It's been a great year for Kidsreads.com --- we had an average of 250,000 readers coming to the site each month  --- and we have YOU, our readers, to thank for making it so special. So thanks from all of us here for making Kidsreads.com a special place on the web to visit. We'll see you next year!

Carol Fitzgerald for Kidsreads.com
 

What to Give/What to Get Gift Guide for Kids

We've created a special What to Give/What to Get Guide with you in mind --- it's just for kids! We have books that we know you'll love to unwrap this season, so check it out. We're sure you'll end up spotting a title or two that you can add to YOUR holiday list.

 

Click here to read our What to Give/What to Get Guide for Kids.
 

The Best Books of the Year for Children

As 2006 comes to a close, we at Kidsreads.com have compiled some of our favorite books of the year for children. Of course the major highlight of 2006 was the release of THE END, the final chapter in Lemony Snicket's saga of the Baudelaire orphans. Additional standouts this year included ARK ANGEL, book six in Anthony Horowitz's series of adventures starring teen spy Alex Rider; THE LOST COLONY, the fifth installment in Eoin Colfer's blockbuster fantasy series, Artemis Fowl; THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, in which Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo takes readers on an extraordinary journey involving a rabbit who is lost and waiting to be found; PIRATEOLOGY, the newest title in the bestselling 'Ology series; and PETER PAN IN SCARLET, the first-ever authorized sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless masterpiece.

 

Click here to read our picks for best books of 2006.


 

Great Books for Boys

Kidsreads.com Founder Carol Fitzgerald and her 11-year-old son Cory, an avid reader, have compiled a list of books that Cory thinks are great reads for boys. Included are series titles and stand-alone fiction that cover a variety of genres: fantasies, mysteries, thrillers, action/adventure novels and historical fiction. While many of these selections also will appeal to girls, they especially will capture the attention of boys.



 

Click here to read our roundup of Great Books for Boys.
 

Books Into Movies: Charlotte's Web

Just in time for the holidays comes the movie everyone here at Kidsreads.com has been waiting for. Charlotte's Web snorted, squealed and oinked its way into theaters on December 15th, and we were all first in line. With an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning and Oprah (!), the film adaptation of E.B. White's classic story of friendship against all odds is a gift for all ages.

HarperCollins has made available a number of tie-in books --- many of which can be found here --- to coincide with the movie's release. For more Charlotte's Web-related fun, including a complete list of all available tie-in books, games and quizzes, and a chance to enter the Charlotte's Web sweepstakes, visit the HarperCollins children's site here.

Click here for more details about the film.
 

The Interviews of 2006

 

 

As we approach the end of the year, we invite you to take a look at the author interviews that were featured in 2006 on Kidsreads.com. This is a great way to catch up on the discussions you may have missed --- and to re-read what some of your favorite authors had to say about their books.

 

 

 

Click here to read our roundup of 2006 author interviews.


 

Don't Miss: THE WANDMAKER'S GUIDEBOOK

 

 

THE WANDMAKER'S GUIDEBOOK written by Ed Masessa, illustrated by Daniel Jankowski
Today, the word "magic" conjures more thoughts of Nimbus 2000 broomsticks, invisibility cloaks and polyjuice potions than it does of crystal balls, spells like "Hocus Pocus!" and pulling rabbits out of hats. Let's face it --- in a post-Harry Potter world, "Abracadabra!" just doesn't cut it anymore. Meeting this new standard of fantasy and feeding readers' hunger for all things magical is THE WANDMAKER'S GUIDEBOOK, a spellbinding fictional "how-to" that is fit to grace the shelves of the Hogwarts Library.

 

Click here to read a review of THE WANDMAKER'S GUIDEBOOK.
 

Now in Stores: MIRACLE ON 49th STREET by Mike Lupica

MIRACLE ON 49th STREET by Mike Lupica
When Molly Parker has the opportunity to meet Josh Cameron, the good-guy MVP of the Boston Celtics, she decides to reveal the secret that her mother had kept hidden before her untimely death --- that Josh is Molly's biological father --- and is given a surprise of her own. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MIRACLE ON 49th STREET.

Click here to read a review of MIRACLE ON 49th STREET.


 

Now in Stores: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGONS

 

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGONS by Lisa Trumbauer
This lavishly illustrated guide showcases the wide array of fantastic dragons encountered on the world of Krynn. Sindri Suncatcher --- wizard's apprentice --- opens up his personal notebooks to share his knowledge of these awe-inspiring creatures, from the life cycle of a kind copper dragon to the best way to counteract a red dragon's fiery breath. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

 

Click here to read a review of A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DRAGONS.
 

Now in Stores: LARKLIGHT by Philip Reeve

LARKLIGHT: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Furthest Reaches of Space by Philip Reeve, illustrations by David Wyatt (Fiction)


Are you Devastated by The (Unfortunate) End? Pining for Almost Unbearably Exciting Victorian adventure? Then read
LARKLIGHT:
A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Furthest Reaches of Space
Chronicled by the devilishly witty Mr. Philip Reeve
     
www.larklight.com

 

 

Click here to read more about LARKLIGHT.
 

Series Update: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

GRANDFATHER'S DANCE by Patricia MacLachlan
Life begins as life ends in Patricia MacLachlan's warm conclusion to the series that started with SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL. As all of the characters from this memorable series join together for the wedding of Anna, even now-grownup fans can revisit some of their favorite friends. Reviewed by Patsy Side.

-Click here to read our Sarah, Plain and Tall series feature.

Click here to read a review of GRANDFATHER'S DANCE.
 

Coming Soon: Books Releasing in the Next Few Months

Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead? Then be sure to check out our brand new Coming Soon section on Kidsreads.com. We have titles for December through 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 on Kidsreads.com
 
This Month's Reviews

JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Wendy Mass
One month before his 13th birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious box from his father, who passed away five years earlier, with the engraving "The Meaning of Life. For Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday." When Jeremy learns that the keys to the securely-locked box are lost, he and his best friend set out across New York to find them. Reviewed by Emily Shaffer.

THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY written by Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Lucky Trimble is just trying to find a little meaning in her life, whether through science (she wants to be the next Charles Darwin) or through finding her Higher Power, whatever that is. THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY is a deceptively simple, bittersweet novel about coming to terms with the past and making peace with the future. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE SILVER DONKEY written by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Don Powers
One morning in the woods of World War I France, two young sisters encounter a soldier, temporarily blinded by war, who has walked away from battle longing to see his gravely ill younger brother. They are fascinated by what he holds in his hand --- a tiny silver donkey. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

THE JADE DRAGON by Carolyn Marsden and Virginia Shin-Mui Loh
When Ginny spots a new student in her second grade class, she is instantly curious and eager for friendship --- Stephanie is Chinese-American, just like Ginny! But Ginny soon learns that having one thing in common doesn't make two people instant best friends. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

LILY B. ON THE BRINK OF PARIS by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
When Lily B. become Separated from the Group and totally lost while in Paris, she encounters the secret to end all secrets. But she knows that, while blabbing would be a ton of fun, keeping a confidence is the right thing. Oh, dear. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE MAILBOX by Audrey Shafer
When Gabe comes home from his first day of sixth grade to find his Uncle Vernon dead on the floor, he doesn't tell anyone about it. To his shock, Uncle Vernon's body vanishes the next day. A bewildering note left in the mailbox declares, "I have a secret." What is going on? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

FINEST KIND by Lea Wait
Up until recently, 12-year-old Jake's privileged world included servants and studying Latin at a private school. But in 1838, he and his family are unexpectedly thrust into the Maine wilderness to struggle for survival. Can he keep his family warm and fed, all the while hiding his secret from the neighbors? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

Read our reviews and features here.


 

Poll: Books as Gifts

Are you asking for books this holiday season?

Yes
No
Not sure

 

Answer the poll here.
 
Question of the Month: Author Discoveries of 2006

Who are some authors you discovered in 2006?

Answer the question here.
 

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