Friday, November 8, 2019

Future Favorite Friday November 19

I take the 2nd Friday of every month to highlight some upcoming releases I am looking forward to that I hope are Future Favorites. Feel free to do your own post, just please link back to my blog and tell me about your post in the comments.

Soooo....Elizabeth Wein has written another WWII historical that Jamie will be a character in. That's it. That's my lead in. Enough said.

1940. Facing a seemingly endless war, fifteen-year-old Louisa Adair wants to fight back, make a difference, do something-anything to escape the Blitz and the ghosts of her parents, who were killed by enemy action. But when she accepts a position caring for an elderly German woman in the small village of Windyedge, Scotland, it hardly seems like a meaningful contribution. Still, the war feels closer than ever in Windyedge, where Ellen McEwen, a volunteer driver with the Royal Air Force, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a flight leader for the 648 Squadron, are facing a barrage of unbreakable code and enemy attacks they can't anticipate.

Their paths converge when a German pilot lands in Windyedge under mysterious circumstances and plants a key that leads Louisa to an unparalleled discovery: an Enigma machine that translates German code. Louisa, Ellen, and Jamie must work together to unravel a puzzle that could turn the tide of the war? but doing so will put them directly in the cross-hairs of the enemy.

Release Date: May 26, 2020 from Disney Hyperion

That's all for this month! Does anyone else have upcoming releases they're really looking forward to? 

Friday, October 25, 2019

YA Gift Guide: 2019 Edition

As promised last week, here is the book buying guide for those who love to read Young Adult books. I hope this is useful to you as one more resource for finding the right book for a young adult in your life.

Note: YA tends to refer to ages 13 up, but there is a lot of range in how mature the books are in the issues and situations they deal with. If you have specific questions about content, feel free to ask me. If you don't want to ask in the comments, you can always email me. (See the contact information tab for my email address.)

Links are to my reviews.

For Those Looking for Fun and Romantic (with excellent banter):

From Twinkle, with Love and  There's Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nna Moreno
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

For Those Who Enjoy Realistic Tales of Family and Friendship (both easy and hard)

On the Come Up and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Panda by Gloria Chao 
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phllippe 

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder

For Those Who Enjoy Fantasy with a Touch of Political Intrigue and Banter Between Complete Opposite Protagonists:
(This is a niche interest but highly undervalued.)

 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

For Those Who Enjoy Mythology, Historical Fiction, and Realistic Depictions of War and Love:
(This kind of defies categorization. It is just GOOD.)

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Monday, October 21, 2019

MG Book Gift Guide: 2019 Edition

It's been a couple of years since I've done a book gift guide. I enjoyed doing them, and wanted to again. I hope someone out there will find it useful. If you are looking for a book to buy a kid in your life, here is one place where you can get some recommendations. This is clearly not an exhaustive list and I hope others will add their own ideas, either by making their own posts or mentioning books in the comments. These are all book I have read, and I can't read everything. There's not enough time.

NOTE: In publishing the term Middle Grade (MG) refers to books marketed toward the 9ish-12ish range. This is not a reading level recommendation. Some kids can read them much younger, others enjoy reading MG well into adulthood. They're just good books. (I will do the Young Adult books for the 13 and over crowd later this week.)

These are mostly books published in the past three years or so, but I have added a "tried and true" option to every category. I've put the genre and year published after each.

Links are to my reviews.

For Those Looking for Fantasy Adventure

 Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan
Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas

 The Lighthouse Between Worlds by Melanie Crowder
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephane Burgis

(The third book in this trilogy, The Princess Who Flew with Dragons releases November 5 if you want to get a whole set for someone. I haven't read it yet, but I'm sure it will hold up. Stephanie is a wonderfully consistent writer.)

The Lost Books by Sarah Prineas
The Wrong Side of Magic by Janette Rallison

Tried and True Rec:

For Those Looking For Realistic, Relatable Tales of Friendship and Family

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Patina by Jason Reynolds
(These are the first two books in a fabulous series. The series is finished, so it's great if you're looking to buy a whole set.)

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall
(This is the perfect ending for a perfect series. Another opportunity to buy an entire set of books!)
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Tried and True Rec:

For Those Who Enjoy Reading About Times Gone By

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Reneé Watson

Midnight Without a Moon and A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson

Tried and True Rec:

For Those Looking For Fantasy with Shades of Realism 

 The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson

York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

Tried and True Rec:

Remember, this is just scratching the surface! Feel free to ask me questions or for other recs if there is something you're interested in. 

Here are Previous Guides (where the categories were more creative):