April 2016 Reading List

April 11th, 2016 by

Isn’t it funny that April is Earth Month, when the books being released are OUT OF THIS WORLD?

Let’s not kid ourselves. You’re not here for the bad puns or lame jokes. You’re here to see what’s new on bookshelves this month, and that’s something I can deliver! Here are the books I’m most excited about this month:

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Click on the title of the book to read the official description from the book publisher:

Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha Series #2) by Stuart Gibbs
Spaced Out_Stuart GibbsSpaced Out (Moon Base Alpha Series #2) by Stuart Gibbs

There’s nowhere to hide on the world’s first moon base. After all, it’s only the size of a soccer field. So when Nina Stack, the commander of Moon Base Alpha, mysteriously vanishes, the Moonies are at a total loss.

Though he may be just 12 years old, Dashiell Gibson is the best detective they’ve got. But this confusing mystery pushes Dash to his limits. Especially since Dash accidentally made contact with an alien and has to keep it a secret. With the fate of the entire human race hanging in the balance, will Dash be able to solve the mystery of the missing Moonie?

Read more about Moon Base Alpha in Karen’s review for Book 1: Space Case! »

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Wild Robot_Peter BrownThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings?

Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her…

 

 

 

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
Sophie Quire_Jonathan AuxierSophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

It’s been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. In that time, they have traveled far and wide in search of adventure. Now they have been summoned by Professor Cake for a new mission: To find a 12-year-old bookmender named Sophie Quire.

Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.

Read more about Peter Nimble in my review for Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes! »

 

Arf by Spencer Quinn
Arf_Spencer QuinnArf by Spencer Quinn

Why would anyone break into 19 Gentilly Lane? That’s where the Gaux family lives, and everyone knows they have nothing worth stealing. More important, the house is usually guarded by Birdie Gaux’s dog, Bowser, a large and handsome fellow with a big set of sharp teeth. Now Birdie is looking worried and Bowser is on the trail of something rotten. Who was behind the break in? Why is a girl with green hair asking odd questions about what happened to Birdie’s dad, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty years ago? Worst of all, why is the whole town starting to stink of limeade aftershave and CAT?!? The death of Birdie’s father may be a cold case, but Bowser can tell it’s heating up fast. Someone is coming after Birdie and her family, and Bowser must be ready to protect them from anything. Even that awful cat.

 

The Most Important Thing by Avi
Most Important Thing_AviThe Most Important Thing by Avi

Luke sees the ghost of his father but can’t figure out what Dad wants him to do. Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he’s just met and discovers what lies behind the man’s erratic behavior. Ryan has some surprising questions when he interviews his prospective stepfather for the job. In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple-award-winning author Avi introduces seven boys — boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives. By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, the stories show us boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to.

 

What books are you most excited about, or are you still catching up from January, February, and March new releases? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

— Nancy

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