Thursday, May 16, 2013

Who's On Top: Children's Book


This Week's Spotlight: 
Picture Books:
PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS 
by Eric Litwin. Illustrated by James Dean. 

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt--the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no He just keeps on singing his song--after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.



Middle Grade:
HOUSE OF SECRETS
by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini. Illustrated by Greg Call

The Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games . . . but everything changed when their father lost his job as a result of an inexplicable transgression. Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by Denver Kristoff, a troubled writer with a penchant for the occult.

Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey into a mash-up world born of Kristoff’s dangerous imagination, to retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Walker family’s secret history and save their parents . . . and maybe even the world.



Young Adult:
WHILE IT LASTS
by Abbi Glines

Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.

Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay?

Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.

Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.

Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.


Series:
SHADOW FALLS 
by C. C. Hunter

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…




Top 5 Children's Books:
Picture Books:
1. POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART, by Caroline Kennedy. Illustrated by Jon J Muth
2. STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
3. GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
4. FANCY NANCY: FANCIEST DOLL IN THE UNIVERSE,by Jane O'Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
5. THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!, by Mo Willems

Middle Grade:
1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio
2. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate
3. RAISING THE BAR, by Gabrielle Douglas
4. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer. Illustrated by Josee Masse
5.HOUSE OF SECRETS, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini. Illustrated by Greg Call 

Young Adult:
1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
2. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth
3. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, by Stephen Chbosky
4. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth
5. WHILE IT LASTS, by Abbi Glines

Series:
1. THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
2. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare
3. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney
4. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
5. SHADOW FALLS, by C. C. Hunter

Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com.


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