Hidden Gems of July

July 16th, 2017 by

These past few weeks have been just AWESOME for new releases. We’ve got the conclusion to Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories series, Worlds Collide. Serafina is back in Serafina and the Splintered Heart, courtesy of Robert Beatty. Even Geronimo Stilton sailed in at the end of June in The Ship of Secrets. But if you’re interested in reading about completely new characters and plots, there’s something for everyone!

Check out these three hidden gems of the summer (official descriptions from the book publishers):

If you shout “Hooray!” for Historical Fiction:

It All Comes Down to This by Karen English

It’s 1965, Los Angeles. All 12-year-old Sophie wants to do is write her book, star in the community play, and hang out with her friend Jennifer. But she’s the new black kid in a nearly all-white neighborhood; her beloved sister, Lily, is going away to college soon; and her parents’ marriage is rocky. There’s also her family’s new, disapproving housekeeper to deal with. When riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, Sophie learns that life — and her own place in it — is even more complicated than she’d once thought.

If you’re in the Contemporary Fiction Club:

You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis

Twelve-year-old Olivia Hales has a foolproof plan for winning a million dollars so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can leave behind Sunny Pines Trailer Park.

But first she has to:
· Fix the swamp cooler and make dinner and put Berkeley to bed because her mom is too busy to do all that
· Write another letter to her dad even though he hasn’t written back yet
· Teach Berk the important stuff, like how to make chalk drawings, because they can’t afford day care and Olivia has to stay home from school to watch her
· Petition her oddball neighbors for a circus spectacular, because there needs to be something to look forward to at dumb-bum Sunny Pines
· Become a super-secret spy to impress her new friend Bart
· Enter a minimum of 14 sweepstakes a day. Who knows? She may already be a winner!

Olivia has thought of everything… except herself. Who will take care of her when she needs it? Luckily, somewhere deep down between her small intestine and stomach is a tiny voice reminding her that sometimes people can surprise you — and sometimes your family is right next door.

If you’re a Fantasy Fanatic:

The Song From Somewhere Else, written by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Levi Pinfold

Frank thought her summer couldn’t get any worse — until big, weird, smelly Nick Underbridge rescues her from a bully, and she winds up at his house.

Frank quickly realizes there’s more to Nick than meets the eye. When she’s at his house, she hears the strangest, most beautiful music, music which leads her to a mysterious, hidden door. Beyond the door are amazing creatures that she never even dreamed could be real. For the first time in forever, Frank feels happy… and she and Nick start to become friends.

But Nick’s incredible secrets are also accompanied by great danger. Frank must figure out how to help her new friend, the same way that he has helped her.

Personally, I’m the most excited about You May Already Be a Winner… but let’s face it, The Song From Somewhere Else and It All Comes Down to This are both getting onto my to-read pile. How about you? Leave a comment below about the book you’re most excited to read!

— Nancy

Nancy would very much like to win the lottery so she can spend all of her time reading and hanging out on the Internet. She would also buy a bakery and eat cake. Lots of cake.

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