May 2016 Reading List

May 8th, 2016 by

How does the saying go? “April showers bring May flowers…” But I think this year, April showers bring MAY BOOKS!

Imagine this, but replace the honey jars with books.

Imagine this, but replace the honey jars with books.

Seriously, there are A LOT of amazing books releasing this May, which is perfect timing since summer vacation is just around the corner!

Check out this month’s new releases — click on the title of the book to read the official description from the book publisher:

The Big Honcho

Trials of Apollo_Rick RiordanThe Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

How do you punish an immortal? By making him human.

After angering his father, Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the 4,000-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’ favor.

But Apollo has many enemies — gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Intriguing New Reads

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
What Elephants Know by Eric DinersteinWhat Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
Abandoned in the jungle of the Nepalese Borderlands, 2-year-old Nandu is found living under the protective watch of a pack of wild dogs. From his mysterious beginnings, fate delivers him to the King’s elephant stable, where he is raised by unlikely parents — the wise head of the stable, Subba-sahib, and Devi Kali, a fierce and affectionate female elephant.

When the king’s government threatens to close the stable, Nandu, now 12, searches for a way to save his family and community. A risky plan could be the answer. But to succeed, they’ll need a great tusker. The future is in Nandu’s hands as he sets out to find a bull elephant and bring him back to the Borderlands.

Mayday by Karen Harrington
Mayday by Karen HarringtonMayday by Karen Harrington
Wayne Kovok lives in a world of After. After his uncle in the army was killed overseas. After Wayne and his mother survived a plane crash while coming back from the funeral. After he lost his voice.

Wayne has always used his love of facts to communicate (“Did you know more people die each year from shaking a vending machine than from shark attacks?”). Without his voice, how will he wow the prettiest girl in school? How will he stand up to his drill-sergeant grandfather? And how will he share his hopes with his deadbeat dad? It’s not until Wayne loses his voice completely that he realizes how much he doesn’t say.

Filled with Karen Harrington’s signature heart and humor, Mayday tackles an unforgettable journey of family and friendship.

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Lily and Dunkin by Donna GephartLily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade.

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past 13 years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse.

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle
Wishing Day by Lauren MyracleWishing Day by Lauren Myracle
On the third night of the third month after a girl’s thirteenth birthday, every girl in the town of Willow Hill makes three wishes.

The first wish is an impossible wish.

The second is a wish she can make come true herself.

And the third is the deepest wish of her secret heart.

Natasha is the oldest child in a family steeped in magic, though she’s not sure she believes in it. She’s full to bursting with wishes, however. She misses her mother, who disappeared nearly eight long years ago. She has a crush on one of the cutest boys in her class, and she thinks maybe it would be nice if her very first kiss came from him. And amid the chaos of a house full of sisters, aunts, and a father lost in grief, she aches to simply be… noticed.

So Natasha goes to the willow tree at the top of the hill on her Wishing Day, and she makes three wishes. What unfolds is beyond anything she could have imagined.


Bailey’s Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel by W. Bruce Cameron
Baileys Story W Bruce CameronBailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel by W. Bruce Cameron
Every dog has work to do. Every dog has a purpose.

When Bailey meets 8-year-old Ethan, he quickly figures out his purpose: to play with the boy, to explore the Farm during summers with the boy, and to tidy the boy’s dishes by licking them clean (only when Mom isn’t watching). But Bailey soon learns that life isn’t always so simple — that sometimes bad things happen — and that there can be no greater purpose than to protect the boy he loves.

Sequels, Conclusions, and Companions to Favorite Series

Royal Wedding Disaster by Meg Cabot
Royal Wedding Disaster_Meg CabotRoyal Wedding Disaster by Meg Cabot
Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison still finds it hard to believe that she’s a real live PRINCESS OF GENOVIA. Not only does she get to live in an actual palace with her newly discovered family and two fabulous poodles (who all love her and think that she’s anything but ordinary!) but she also gets her very own PONY!

Of course, things aren’t going exactly like she imagined. Her half-sister Mia is very busy learning how to take over the country while trying to plan a wedding and her father is actually getting remarried himself — to Mia’s mother! — and spends most of his time “renovating” the summer palace, although Grandmere says he is just hiding from the wedding preparations. Olivia hardly gets to see either of them.

Fortunately, Grandmere has her own plans for Mia’s wedding, and needs Olivia’s help to pull them off. Just when Olivia starts to think that things are going to work out after all, the palace is invaded by a host of new cousins and other royals who all seem to be angry at Olivia (although Grandmere says they are just jealous).

As the day of the wedding gets closer and closer, Olivia becomes more and more worried. For such a carefully planned event, it seems like a LOT of things are going wrong… Can Olivia keep this royal wedding from becoming a royal disaster?

Clash of the Worlds (House of Secrets #3) by Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, and Chris Rylander
House of Secrets Clash of the Worlds_Chris ColumbusClash of the Worlds (House of Secrets #3) by Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, and Chris Rylander
With their last adventure just barely over, the Walker kids thought life would finally go back to normal. But things don’t remain calm for long… especially when the colossus Fat Jagger turns up in San Francisco Bay — and he’s in danger!

With the police closing in, the Walkers must figure out how to save their giant friend. When a frost beast is spotted in Santa Rosa — and more mystical creatures start appearing all over America — it’s soon clear that the characters from Denver Kristoff’s works are invading the real world. It’s up to Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia to reenter the book world one last time to keep the worlds from colliding, causing mass destruction.

They will have to track down three Worldkeepers hidden in Kristoff’s books — magical items that when used together will seal the worlds off for good. But the Walkers’ first move leads them straight into the Wild West, with lethal outlaws and lawless deputies — and that’s just the beginning. They’ll encounter dinosaurs, aliens, killer robots, and the Wind Witch herself — with new friends and old — and be faced with some of the deadliest choices they’ll ever have to make. The scariest thing of all could be deciding who to trust, since everyone is hiding something…


Theodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham
Theodore Boone- The Scandal by John GrishamTheodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham
Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows every judge, police officer, and court clerk in Strattenburg. He has even helped bring a fugitive to justice. But even a future star lawyer like Theo has to deal with statewide standardized testing.

When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what’s right in the newest case for clever kid lawyer Theo Boone.

A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff
A Clatter of Jars by Lisa GraffA Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff
In this magical companion to the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, it’s summertime and everyone is heading off to camp. For Talented kids, the place to be is Camp Atropos, where they can sing songs by the campfire, practice for the Talent show, and take some nice long dips in the lake. But what the kids don’t know is that they’ve been gathered for a reason — one that the camp’s director wants to keep hidden at all costs.

Meanwhile, a Talent jar that has been dropped to the bottom of the lake has sprung a leak, and strange things have begun to happen. Dozens of seemingly empty jars have been washing up on the shoreline, Talents have been swapped, and memories have been ripped from one camper’s head and placed into another. And no one knows why.


Return to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
Return to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants #2) by Melissa de la CruzReturn to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
Mal’s an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she’s broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can’t believe it. Sure, she’s King Ben’s girlfriend now, and she’s usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn’t think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.

The thing is, it kind of worked. Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages. And when Evie looks into her Magic Mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears. Maleficent’s just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben’s Coronation, but she’s the worst villain in the land for a reason. Could she have found a way to escape? Whatever’s going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.

Without its infamous leader, the island’s even worse than when they left it, but the comforts of home — even a home as gloomy as the Isle of the Lost — can be hard to resist for recently reformed villains. Will the kids be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle’s wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed?


The Screaming Statue (Curiosity House #2) by Lauren Oliver and H. C. Chester
The Screaming Statue (Curiosity House #2) by Lauren OliverThe Screaming Statue (Curiosity House #2) by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester
In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H.C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend’s death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past… before their past unravels them.

Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max are happy to be out of harm’s way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago. But unfortunately their home, Dumfreys’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, is in danger of closing its doors forever.

But their troubles only get worse. The four friends are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own pasts.

Nancy’s Personal Picks

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Wolf Hollow by Lauren WolkWolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire LegrandSome Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Reality and fantasy collide in this heartfelt and mysterious novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Bridge to Terabithia, about a girl who must save a magical make-believe world in order to save herself.

Things Finley Hart doesn’t want to talk about:
-Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
-Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
-Never having met said grandparents.
-Her blue days — when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real — and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
The Underdogs by Sara HammelThe Underdogs by Sara Hammel
Who killed Annabel Harper?

When a popular teen beauty’s body is discovered by the pool at an elite tennis club, the regulars are shocked — especially 12-year-old Evie and her best friend, Chelsea. While everyone else is haunted by the teen’s death, Evie and Chelsea jump on the case, dogging the footsteps of the lead detective as he investigates. As temperatures soar over the summer, tensions rise, fingers are pointed, and a heroic act sets in motion a chain of events readers will never see coming.

In the tradition of The Westing Game comes this debut mystery with a breathtaking twist.

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks, Gita VaradarajanSave Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.

Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.

Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.

Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common — but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain
Quiet Power_Susan CainQuiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain
Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves.

The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids’ world — school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way.

Are there any books on this list that you’re excited about? Leave a comment below!

— Nancy

icon_nancyWith 16 new books and 31 days in the month to read them — actually, 28 days, because the first book releases May 3rd — Nancy calculates it’s time to stock up on coffee…

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One Response

  • Paula writes:
    May 8th, 2016 at 11:34 am

    The Girl I Used to Be, by April Henry, came out on May 3rd. It’s wonderful — just like the rest of her books!

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