We Can't Wait to Read These – Conference Swag!

Lynn:  I know, I know – some people have ALL the luck!  Generous publishers send us things AND now we have boxes of awesome conference swag to add to our to-read stacks.  Well, we do know how lucky we are and this post isn’t intended to taunt but rather to let you all know what will soon be available for everyone.  We are already reading and intend to post about as many as possible.  We can’t list them all but here are some of the books we can’t wait to read soon:

Endangered (Scholastic, Nov. 2012) by Eliot Schrefer.  “The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup.”  I’m fascinated by this species of monkey anyway, the story sounds compelling and who could resist this cover?

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (Harper, Sept. 2012).  Yep – I’m hooked on this series even though they make me roll my eyes at the improbability and the… well, it doesn’t matter.  I HAVE to find out what happens next and so do my teens.  I need to read this before they know I have it or I won’t see it for a year.

The Amazing Harry Kellar:  Great American Magician (Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek 2012) by Gail Jarrow.  I can’t resist this biography of the magician that Houdini regarded as his mentor and who was so famous that he might have been the model for the Wizard of Oz.  The book is stunning too with gorgeous full page reproductions of his advertising posters.

The Great Molasses Flood (Charlesbridge 2012) by Deborah Kops.  I’ve been lusting after this book ever since I read the first review of it!  The kind people at the booth took pity on me and gave me the book.  This is a true story folks!  It’s next up on my to-read stack.

Marathon (Roaring Brook/First Second 2012) by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari.  With the Olympics less than a month away, I can’t wait to read this graphic novel of the first marathon!

Under My Hat:  Tales From the Cauldron (Random Aug. 2012) edited by Jonathan Strahan.  Stories about witches – need I say more?  But of course I will as the line up of contributing authors is bewitching:  Frances Hardinge, Garth Nix, Charles De Lint, Holly Black, Patricia McKillip, Jim Butcher and MORE!

There is so much more so if you see me and the focus group at the pool you know I’ll be reading!

Cindy: We spent a fortune shipping boxes from our hotel’s UPS store and then had to wait longer than promised for them to arrive, but they are here now just as my visiting brother has left and my schedule is clearing a bit. I can’t wait to dig in! (Yes, Gillian, my late reviews will be coming first.)

The Diviners (Little, Brown, Sept. 2012) by Libba Bray was the book that everyone was talking about in Anaheim and I can’t wait to immerse myself in its Roaring Twenties fun and mystery. And I’ll be wearing the red, sparkly, feather headband I picked up at ALA while I read!

Personal Effects (Candlewick, Sept. 2012) by debut author E. M. Kokie has my attention with a powerful novel that promises to include some humor while exploring grief and self-discovery as T.J. searches for answers about his brother after his death in Iraq.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier is one of my favorite graphic novels so I was thrilled to get my hands on an early copy of her new book, Drama (Scholastic, Sept. 2012) about friendship and crushes, starring Callie who is on her middle school’s drama department’s stage crew.

Beyond (Random/Wendy Lamb, Sept. 2012) by Graham McNamee is near the top of the stack. His thrillers (Acceleration and Bonechiller) are standards in my booktalk repertoire for my middle schoolers and I can’t wait to add this one about a girl who was dead for 5 minutes and has apparently brought something back with her….a hungry and menacing dark thing that tried to take her soul away in the Great Beyond. Oh, yeah.

And speaking of masters of thrillers…Michael Cadnum needs more praise. His newest book, Seize the Storm (Farrar 2012) is a psychological thriller on the ocean promising “…a family adventure gone very, very wrong.” Probably NOT a good one to read while on  our boat!

Fans of The Giver by Lois Lowry will be eager to get their hands on the concluding volume in the series. Son (Houghton, Oct. 2012) is already earning starred reviews.

With the election looming I’ll be avoiding the robo calls by reading, but I did nab a couple of books about the presidency including Presidential Pets (Imagine!, July 2012) by Julie Moberg that we’ll be checking out for a possible future blog post.

And, at the top of my pile even though it’s at the bottom of this list is Every Day (Knopf, Aug. 2012) by David Levithan. “Every day a different body. Every Day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.” Can’t wait…but first I have to finish those overdue book reviews for my infinitely patient Booklist editor, Gillian Engberg.





About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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