By Brian Selznick
Scholastic ( September 15, 2015) $32.99
Genre: Middle-grade fiction, story in pictures, art and illustration, historical fiction
A genre-bender! A cinematic tour de force. Two stories, one told in pictures, one in prose, come together in completely unexpected ways.
By Michael Buckley
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $18.99
Genre: Teens, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Star-crossed love and nonstop action, this one left me hungry for the sequel! The Alphas came from the ocean, a civilization that lived beneath the sea. The first ones explored, blended, married humans, and had children, like Lyric Walker. After the Alphas appear and make peace with humans, discrimination and violence erupt when they start going to school. Lyric is “assigned” to take care of Fatham, the Prince of the Alphas, who attracts violence wherever he goes and happens to be an extreme hottie, even if he is green.
The reason for the season
By A.F. Harrold (Author)
Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
(March 3, 2015) $16.99
Genre: Science Fiction,
Fantasy & Magic, Action & Adventure
By Kelly Anne White
Healthy Learning (March 1, 2016) $19.99
The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts is jam-packed with loads of fun activities created around Scripture verses—all quoted from the New International Version (NIV). The book features not just scavenger hunts, but also craft projects, easy recipes, science experiments, and other elements, with each chapter focusing on a specific Bible theme.
By Nicholas Gannon
Greenwillow Books (September 29,2015) $17
Genre: Fiction, Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life, Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Humor
Archer has the same blood running through him as his adventurous and famous grandparents, explorers who collected oddities. Only Archer has yet to leave his eccentric town to find mysteries and treasures all his own. Acher and his friends set out on a forbidden quest after his grandparents disappearance from an iceburg in Antarctica.
They find nothing unfolds according to plan, and friendship is indeed the truest adventure.
This book is lavishly illustrated in full color.
Children Growing Up with War
Written and Photographed by Jenny Matthews
Genre: Nonfiction photo picture book, war-torn nations, war-violence, affects of war on children, photojournalism, diversity in war, education, reference, military
Featured 2016 Titles
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
The Illustrated Edition
By J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay
Scholastic Inc. (2015) $39.99
Collections, Harry Potter
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic
Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Perfect way to introduce Harry Potter to a new generation--perfect for reading aloud with kids as young as six--when I started reading the books to my kids.
FALL & WINTER 2015
The Weight of Feathers
By Anna-Marie McLemore
St. Martin’s Press (September 15, 2015) $18.99
Age: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Dystopian
For lovers of forbidden romance and lyrical language, both are found when two rival circus families with magic in their blood end up competing together in a small California town.
The 5th Wave
By Rick Yancey
Speak; Reissue edition (February 10, 2015) $10.99
Genre: Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Romance, Science Fiction & Dystopian
Now a major motion picture, I will say, READ THE BOOK FIRST! The movie version NEVER gives the books justice. In this future that could be now, politics and government don't exist, because the earth has been invaded by an unseen enemy, who attacked in waves, beginning with eliminating all power sources of every kind, followed by a plague, until the population has dwindled to pockets of survivors who can trust no one, because the enemy looks like us.
FALL & WINTER 2015
The Infinite Sea
(Book 2 of The Fifth Wave Series)
By Rick Yeancy
Speak (November 3, 2015) $10.99
Genre: Survival Stories Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dystopian
This sequel starts off with a bang and never stops! I could not put it down, and it does not disappoint! Except for the fact the I need the next book YESTERDAY! This series will be added to one of my All-Time Favorites.
By Joelle Charbonneau
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(November 3, 2015) $17.99
Genre: Fictional Social
The Fog Diver
By Joel Ross
Harper (May 26, 2015) $16.99
Genre: Children's Books, Geography & Cultures, Explore the World, Science Fiction & Fantasy
First the fog destroyed the earth, then fogsickness ravaged humanity, until only the highest mountains are habitable, and they are ruled by the wealthy Five Families. In this steampunk, high-fantasy-adventure, four friends live as pirates, sailing their make-shift air raft, scavenging for treasures. Because they have a secret. Chess is unaffected by fogsickness, and the wealthies would love to use him as their Fog Diver.
By Aimie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 20, 2015) $11.32
Genre: Science Fiction
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
A wonderfully done--realistic, upfront look at the reality of war and how it is for children who live this reality daily. Excellent photojournalism let's us look at the ways of war and see its affects. More than ever, the job of the journalist is needed and necessary. We need to show the truth to help people make informed, good moral decisions. Violence is never the answer, especially when it comes to children.
Photojournalist Matthews has compiled many of her recent photos, sensitively shedding light on the effects of children growing up with war. ... The stories of disruption, stress, pain, and misery brought about by war are clear and strong. The photographs are powerful and well captioned. Realistic and somber, they give readers an illustration of the true face of war without verging on graphic or gruesome. ... An important work that many should see. -School Library Journal