November 13th, 2013 by Nancy
Insider tip: Did you know that there are publishing “seasons”? Even though books are written and published year-around, there are usually double the number of new books available in Spring and Fall. And since Fall is starting to wrap up…
Pros: Lots of great new books to read, especially curled up with some hot cocoa once winter settles in.
Cons: OMG I’M DROWNING IN THIS AVALANCHE OF BOOKS SOMEONE SEND HELP.
But in case you aren’t drowning in books yet, check out my list of must-read new books from the past few months!
Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1) by Brandon Mull
Raise your hand (or paw) if you’ve ever pretended to be an animal. Meilin, Connor, Rollan, and Abeke are four 11-year-olds who can evoke animal spirits — specifically the wolf, leopard, panda, and falcon — and with these powers, they must save the world!
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Animals not your thing? Then how about diving for gold on sunken ships in the depths of the ocean? Just be careful after you surface: Pirates await!
The Last Present by Wendy Mass
I confess: I haven’t read the other Willow Falls books, but Karen’s talked (and blogged) them up so much that I know this one is going to be good!
Fallout by Todd Strasser
In this alternate history novel, we find out what could have happened if a nuclear bomb had actually been dropped on the US in the 1960s. Eleven-year-old Scott is safe inside his family’s fallout shelter — but others have forced their way in. Can they survive with ten people inside the shelter when it was planned for four?
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
I love historical fiction and graphic novels, so these two books were a perfect combo! The books show two perspectives of the Boxer Rebellion, which happened between 1899 and 1901 in China. The topic is very serious, but the books have a lot of heart, a little humor, and even some magic in them. (Recommended for kids ages 10+ because of violence.)
Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
Roan is pretty bummed when he doesn’t get into the Star Pilot Academy — but then he gets a special invitation to join the elite Jedi Academy. Who knew that Jedis also had to survive middle school — and that their schools are also filled with enemies, bullies, crushes, and confounding teachers?
What new books have you read recently? Like ’em, love ’em, or hate ’em? Leave a comment below or send in a book review to be featured on the Kidsmomo homepage!
If Nancy does get crushed in an avalanche of books, one of her greatest regrets will be not living long enough to read Blood of Olympus.