Kidsmomo Podcast #53: “The Future Is Now”

August 23rd, 2011 by

Here’s what we’re looking forward to this autumn: colorful leaves, fall fashion, and the execution of all the “unwanted” people in the land.

Say what?!

Okay, that last bit is from an upcoming book. And we’ve got that, plus two others in our latest podcast: Fall Preview!
 

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  • We do you guys a big favor
  • Our Fall Preview picks (The Unwanteds and Wonderstruck)
  • A book review from YOU (Island of the Blue Dolphins)
  • Golf? Gross!

Also, don’t forget: ’tis the season for a special month-long theme on More School Stories! So send us a review of any of our picks. (And don’t forget our School Story recs from last fall!)

— Karen and Nancy

Fall Preview: Upcoming Books for Your “To Read” List

July 26th, 2011 by

Yes, summer is awesome. Between summer camp, pool-side popsicles, and beach vacations, maybe you’re wishing that fall would never arrive.

But guys, autumn isn’t all bad! And to prove it to you, we’ve put together this monster list of books that are coming out in the fall — all of which we’re really, really excited about.

And for each upcoming book, we’ve also got a recommendation for a fun read to tide you over. So take a break from your summer break and check these out (in publication order):

  1. Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger (Aug. 1)
    — Get ready with: The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  2. Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Aug. 9)
    — Get ready with: the Peter and the Starcatchers series
  3. City of Orphans by Avi (Aug. 15)
    — Get ready with: The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  4. Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce (Aug. 16)
    — Get ready with: Big Nate Books 1-3
  5. The Worst-Case Scenario Survive-o-pedia Junior Edition (Aug. 17)
    — Get ready with: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition
  6. Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Rule the School (Aug. 23)
    — Get ready with: Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World
  7. The Magnificent 12 Book 2: The Trap by Michael Grant (Aug. 23)
    — Get ready with: The Magnificent 12 Book 2: The Call
  8. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman (Aug. 30)
    — Get ready with: the original 39 Clues series
  9. Karen’s pick: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (Aug. 30)
    — Get ready with: The Giver by Lois Lowry
  10. Floors by Patrick Carman (Sept. 1)
    — Get ready with: Olivia Kidney by Ellen Potter
  11. NERDS Book 3: The Cheerleaders of Doom by Michael Buckley (Sept. 1)
    — Get ready with: NERDS Books 1-2
  12. How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston (Sept. 5)
    — Get ready with: the Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell
  13. Nancy’s pick: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Sept. 13)
    — Get ready with: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  14. You Have to Stop This by Pseudonymous Bosch (Sept. 20)
    — Get ready with: the Secret Series Books 1-4
  15. The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson (Sept. 27)
    — Get ready with: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
  16. Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver (Oct. 1)
    — Get ready with: The Books of Elsewhere Book 1: The Shadows by Jacqueline West
  17. Seriously, Norman! by Chris Raschka (Oct. 1)
    — Get ready with: A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
  18. The Heroes of Olympus Book 2: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Oct. 4)
    — Get ready with: The Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero
  19. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by authors including M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, and Lemony Snicket (Oct. 25)
    — Get ready with: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  20. Brotherband Chronicles Book 1 by John Flanagan: The Outcasts (Nov. 1)
    — Get ready with: the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Fall Preview booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or show to your parents to prove you are indeed doing your summer reading. Between dips in the pool and trips to the ice cream shop, of course.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of any books you’re reading this summer.