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December 2008

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December 2008

What's New on Kidsreads.com

Happy Holidays from Kidsreads.com!

Don't Miss: THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD by J.K. Rowling

Author Talk: Gordon Korman, Author of ONE FALSE NOTE

Books into Movies: The Tale of Despereaux

New Series Feature: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Our Favorite Books of the Year for Children

Author Interviews of 2008

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide

Don't Miss: PETER PAN: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up, written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda

Don't Miss: THE FROST DRAGON: Dragonology Tracking and Taming Dragons, Volume 2

Series Feature Update: Warriors: Power of Three

Cool New Books for November and December

November and December's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews

Poll and Question: Looking Back --- and Looking Ahead

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Happy Holidays from Kidsreads.com!

Most of you are out of school this week, spending the holidays with your families. There is much to celebrate on Kidsreads.com, too. We had a wonderful year filled with interesting interviews with authors, action-packed movies based on books, and of course, many terrific books. Be sure to read our picks for the Best Books of 2008 and this year’s roundup of author interviews.

What did you think of this year’s books? Were they the best of the best or just so-so? Let us know by participating in our poll. You can also tell us which ones you’re looking forward to the most in 2009 by answering this month’s question. For some ideas, check out our Coming Soon feature. 

While you’re enjoying your winter break, you might want to turn the pages of some of these books that are new on the shelves. Fans of Harry Potter (that’s all of you, I’m guessing) should know that J.K. Rowling has published a brand-new book of short stories called THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD. The next 39 Clues installment, ONE FALSE NOTE, continues to invite you to help solve its mystery online. Another great interactive book is THE FROST DRAGON. Like other titles in the 'Ologies series, there are lots of fun flaps and inserts to examine, and this volume comes with an easy-to-assemble, lifelike hanging model of a dragon! More 3-D fun can be had with Robert Sabuda’s latest creation, PETER PAN. With the help of Sabuda’s incredible pop-ups, the classic story really comes to life. We have also updated our Warriors: Power of Three series feature to include the latest book, LONG SHADOWS. You can read our review as well as play an updated trivia game.

Heading to the movies this month? You might want to see The Tale of Despereaux, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo. If it’s too chilly to head outside and you would rather watch a DVD from your couch, check out Star Wars: The Clone Wars. After you’ve seen the movie, you might want to continue reading the adventures of Anakin Skywalker and friends. Click here to see all the movie tie-in books. Sci-fi fans will not want to miss these!

In September and October we gave 10 readers the opportunity to win the first two books in R.L. Stine's Goosebumps HorrorLand series: REVENGE OF THE LIVING DUMMY (signed by the author himself) and CREEP FROM THE DEEP. Congratulations to all the winners


Looking for more reading suggestions? Take a look at the Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups for November and December, as well as this month’s reviews.

Here’s wishing you a fantastic end to 2008...and happy reading in 2009!


Carol Fitzgerald for Kidsreads.com


 
Don't Miss: THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD by J.K. Rowling

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD by J.K. Rowling
Loved the Harry Potter series, did you? Then read the five magical stories that Hermione herself translated from the ancient runes. For centuries, Beedle's stories have been read to little wizards and witches as they ready themselves for bed. For you Potter aficionados out there, you now know that Beedle's stories are more than that. Sure, they work as bedtime stories, but they hold in them a legendary power. How else could they have held so many secrets for Harry, Ron and Hermione? Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens.

 

Click here to read a review of THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD.

 

Author Talk: Gordon Korman, Author of ONE FALSE NOTE

The Lucian branch of the Cahill family has been spying on Gordon Korman, author of THE 39 CLUES, Book Two: ONE FALSE NOTE. The Lucians have sent top agent Ian Kabra to find out what Gordon really knows about the Cahills and the 39 Clues hidden around the world that lead to the source of their power. Read this interview to find out what confidential information Gordon is willing to spill, and what secrets he’s keeping for himself!

THE 39 CLUES, Book Two: ONE FALSE NOTE by Gordon Korman
Amy and Dan Cahill are back in this second installment of the multimedia series The 39 Clues. Ride along with the siblings as they follow their next clue into
Vienna, the Austrian Alps and Venice on their quest for the ultimate treasure. But their opponents, their cousins, are right there with them, still very willing to do whatever it takes to win the game --- even murder! Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read a review of ONE FALSE NOTE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from ONE FALSE NOTE.

 

Click here to read an interview with Gordon Korman.

 

Books into Movies: The Tale of Despereaux

There's never a more perfect time of year for a fairy tale than the holiday season, so be sure to catch The Tale of Despereaux, which has crawled its way into theaters. This quirky and charming modern fable based on the beloved book by Kate DiCamillo follows a tiny little mouse with big ears and an even bigger heart who manages to become the most unlikely knight in shining armor. 

Celebrate this major theatrical release with a number of outstanding special edition books, including a junior novelization of the film (complete with an eight-page full-color insert of stills from the movie), a graphic novel adaptation, a deluxe picture book, a coloring and activity book, a glow-in-the-dark sticker book, and three full-color storybooks.

-Click here to see the movie tie-in books for The Tale of Despereaux.

 
Click here for more details about this film.

 

New Series Feature: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
Fans of Star Wars just can’t get enough of that galaxy far, far away. That’s one of the reasons why Lucasfilm developed an animated television series focusing on the events of the pivotal Clone Wars that helped shape the career, and eventual downfall, of Anakin Skywalker. During the summer of 2008, the creators of Star Wars kick-started the launch of the program with an animated feature film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which itself sparked a whole range of books designed to appeal to the epic’s younger set. The movie was a box office hit, and the books are likely to be just as popular.
 
Click here to read our Star Wars: The Clone Wars series feature.

 

Our Favorite Books of the Year for Children

As 2008 comes to a close, we at Kidsreads.com have compiled some of our favorite books of the year for children. Along with THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, a collection of five fairy tales courtesy of J.K. Rowling that gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter, we spotlight THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY AND THE PERILOUS JOURNEY, the sequel to Trenton Lee Stewart’s bestseller about four children who are brought together to go on secret missions that only the most intelligent and inventive youngsters can complete; The 39 Clues, an exciting multimedia series consisting of 10 books, 350 trading cards and an online game where readers play a part in the story and compete for over $100,000 in prizes; and INKDEATH, the conclusion to Cornelia Funke's absorbing Inkheart fantasy trilogy.

Additional standouts include CHAINS, Laurie Halse Anderson's compelling examination of the very different implications of freedom and loyalty for slaves during the American Revolution; THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman, a chilling tale about an unusual boy who is the only living resident of a graveyard; RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE, Shannon and Dean Hale’s graphic novel adaptation of the classic story as you’ve never seen it before; and THE WILLOUGHBYS by two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry, in which four thoroughly old-fashioned children seek happiness, fortune --- and a way to get rid of their parents.

 

Click here to see our Best Books of the Year roundup for children.


 

Author Interviews of 2008

As 2008 comes to a close, we invite you to take a look at the author interviews that were featured throughout the year 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 see our roundup of 2008 interviews.

 

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide

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 see our What to Give/What to Get Gift Guide for kids.

 

Don't Miss: PETER PAN: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up, written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda

PETER PAN: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda
Readers will delight in this retelling of the classic story of Neverland, pirates and flying. Robert Sabuda's elegant text and paper engineering give new life to favorite characters like Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael, John and, of course, Peter Pan. His beautiful pop-ups are further complemented by full-color illustrations that pull readers even deeper into the magical world that is Neverland. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

 

Click here to read a review of PETER PAN.

 

Don't Miss: THE FROST DRAGON: Dragonology Tracking and Taming Dragons, Volume 2

THE FROST DRAGON: Dragonology Tracking and Taming Dragons, Volume 2 written by Dr. Ernest Drake and edited by Dugald A. Steer
Open this deluxe guidebook and model package and find the complete, 24-page TRACKING AND TAMING FROST DRAGONS, in which preeminent dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake shares the special skills needed to set out on the trail of these coldweather dragons. In addition, each package features an easy-to-assemble, lifelike hanging model of the Draco occidentalis maritimus, or frost dragon, with a 24-inch wingspan and movable wings! Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

 

Click here to read a review of THE FROST DRAGON.


 
Series Feature Update: Warriors: Power of Three
WARRIORS: POWER OF THREE #5: LONG SHADOWS by Erin Hunter
In yet another exciting Warriors: Power of Three adventure, unrest stalks the Clans as the question of who believes in StarClan and the warrior code becomes a deadly dividing point --- and the odd loner Sol makes predictions that cast the blackest shadow over the cats' future. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.


-Click here to play the updated Warriors: Power of Three trivia game.
-Click here to read our Warriors: Power of Three series feature.

 
Click here to read a review of LONG SHADOWS.

 

Cool New Books for November and December

November and December’s roundup of Cool New Books includes THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, a collection of five fairy tales courtesy of J.K. Rowling that gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter; ONE FALSE NOTE, the second installment in The 39 Clues, a blockbuster series consisting of 10 books, 350 trading cards, and an online game where readers play a part in the story and compete for over $100,000 in prizes; THE SORCERER OF THE NORTH, book five in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice fantasy/adventure series; LONG SHADOWS by Erin Hunter, the newest Warriors: Power of Three novel that finds three young cats having to put their powers to the ultimate test to save the Clans from destruction; and a spectacular pop-up edition of the classic story of Peter Pan, courtesy of paper engineer extraordinaire Robert Sabuda.
 

Click here to see our roundup of Cool New Books for November and December.

 

November and December's New in Paperback Roundup

November and December’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, Susan Patron's Newbery Medal-winning novel about a 10-year-old girl who doesn't expect running away to turn into such a complicated adventure; THE PILGRIMS OF RAYNE, the eighth installment in D. J. MacHale’s wildly popular Pendragon series; THE DAY OF THE DJINN WARRIORS by P. B. Kerr, the fourth Children of the Lamp book featuring djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt; DARK RIVER, a continuation of Erin Hunter’s Warriors: Power of Three series and a thrilling new chapter in the chronicles of the Clans; COVER-UP, a John Feinstein mystery that finds Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson sitting on the biggest sports scandal of the decade; and GEMINI SUMMER, Iain Lawrence's poignant story of a boy who won't allow anyone to separate him from his very special dog.
 

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for November and December.


 

This Month's Reviews

RANGER'S APPRENTICE, Book 5: THE SORCERER OF THE NORTH by John Flanagan
Will Treaty is an apprentice no more as he returns in this fifth installment of John Flanagan’s bestselling series. Will sets out to take on his new assignment, a post of his own in the kingdom. But soon after settling in, he receives a special assignment --- to go undercover as a traveling musician to investigate a mysterious illness rumored to be caused by a sorcerer. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman. 

BARNABY GRIMES: CURSE OF THE NIGHT WOLF by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and “highstacking” around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. In this first adventure, Barnaby is attacked one night by an enormous dog and soon finds himself swept up in a world of crooked doctors, poor and ill-advised patients, strange tonics and very expensive furs. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman. 

RUNEWARRIORS by Jim Jennewein and Tom S. Parker

It's the eve of the Festival of Greatness, and Dane has a big problem: he has yet to choose his nickname. But when he sees his proud father shamed by the evil tyrant Thidrek the Terrifying, Dane's indignation earns him a moniker that sticks: Dane the Defiant! And when Thidrek kidnaps Dane's beloved Astrid in hopes of trading her for the ultimate power of the gods, Dane defiantly goes after him. Reviewed by Joy Held. 

MIGHTY MONTY written by Johanna Hurwitz and illustrated by Anik McGrory
First grader Monty Morris is back in his second exciting chapter book following MOSTLY MONTY. This sweet and eager boy gears up for some new adventures, including a school play, karate class and a birthday party. Join Monty as he faces his fears and makes new friends in his amazing quest of life. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.


THEODOSIA AND THE STAFF OF OSIRIS by R. L. LaFevers
Eleven-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton is an odd duck living in London during the early 20th century, a time when children should be “seen and not heard.” Theodosia, not one to stay quiet, has a gift that comes in handy after mummies run loose on the streets of London and her father is accused of theft. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt. 

CATCALL by Linda Newbery
Although Josh has always had an affinity with animals, it’s his younger brother Jamie who falls under the all-pervading wild cat spell. “Leo” seems to have taken over Jamie’s life. He eats whatever he wants and speaks only when he needs to. Soon it becomes impossible for the family to cope with his frightening, unpredictable behavior. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

 

Click here to read this month's reviews.


 

Poll and Question: Looking Back --- and Looking Ahead

Poll:
 

What did you think of the books you read in 2008? 

I read some of the best books that I ever have read.
There were a few books that excited me.
I think this was not a really exciting year.
I am not sure how I feel.

-Click here to answer the poll.
 

Question:

We’ve updated our Coming Soon feature with January thru April titles. Name up to five books releasing during these months that you’re most looking forward to reading in 2009.

-Click here to answer the question.

 


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