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Safe with Me (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781476704418
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Washington Square Press, 3/2014
After an accident kills her daughter, Hannah Scott makes the tough decision to donate her daughter’s organs. A year later, a chance encounter leads to Hannah meeting the Bell family, whose daughter Maddie is alive due to that organ donation.

Hannah and Maddie’s mother, Olivia, become friends, and Hannah finds that the Bell family isn’t as perfect as they try to appear. Olivia’s husband is abusive, but with a daughter who had a life threatening disease, she couldn’t leave him and now she feels stuck.

Maddie, after being sick for so long, is having trouble adjusting to a normal life. She also struggles with how to deal with her parents relationship and her father’s temper.

The three women form a unique bond, and in this bond, all of them start to heal. Safe with Me is an amazing story. It’s a tear jerker at times, but overall, it’s a hopeful story about love, and looking out for your friends and family.

The Island of Doves (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780425264584
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Berkley Trade, 10/2013
Susannah Fraser is in an abusive relationship and doesn’t see an out until a nun, Sister Mary Genevieve, offers her one. The sister sends Susannah to Mackinac Island, where a woman named Magdelaine Fonteneau has agreed to take her in.

However, Magdelaine is trying to run from her own demons. Her younger sister was killed by an abusive man, so now she tries to save other women who are victims of men’s rage. Susannah is determined to help the people who assisted in her gaining her freedom, and is hopeful that her efforts will help heal old hurts and open them up to a promising new future.

This is a great story and a quick read by author Kelly O’Connor McNees.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547959207
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers, 1/2014
Independent Study is the exciting sequel to The Testing, and the second book in this dystopian society trilogy. In Independent Study, Cia has passed her first months at the university, and is placed in government studies. She continues to be put to the test, with some unknown consequences, but she can imagine based on the memories that she recorded after the testing.

As Cia gains more knowledge of the lengths those in power will go to in order to keep the status quo, she becomes more determined to stop them. She is dragged deeper into the games that end in death for many people during the search for great leaders for the colonies.

I love this series. The plot is well thought out and well written, and it’s one of those books that you can’t put down until you’re done. If you are a fan of Divergent and The Hunger Games, this is a must read.

Sky Raiders (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442497009
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks, 3/2014

Brandon Mull has a talent for creating very vivid, wild worlds where anything can happen.  In his latest book, Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders, a trip to a haunted house on Halloween ends in a group of children being captured by slave traders and transported to a land called the Outskirts.

Cole manages to evade the slave traders, but follows the group through the portal in order to try to save his friends.  What he doesn't plan on is being captured and sold to a group called the sky raiders.  While working for them, Cole faces some terrible dangers, but also finds some new friends who may be able to help him find and save his friends from Earth.

 

Fans of Mull's Fablehaven and Beyonder series will love this new series.

Traveling Light (Paperback)

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780061451379
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Harper Perennial, 6/2008

I loved Katrina Kittle’s The Kindness of Strangers, so I wanted to read another one of her books.


Traveling Light
is about a woman named Summer who was on her way to becoming a professional ballerina until she injured her ankle. While trying to figure out what to do next, Summer’s older brother Todd is fighting HIV/AIDs. Summer moves in with Todd and his partner, Jacob, in order to help take care of him.

Even though Todd is the middle child, he has always given advice to his older and younger sisters. Summer doesn’t know what to do with her life, and Todd tries to fit in as many lessons as he can in the time he has left.

This is another great story by Kittle. However, it’s a sad story so make sure to keep a box of tissues handy.

The Shadow Throne (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545284172
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014
The last book in the Ascendance Trilogy, The Shadow Throne, is finally out, and fans of the first two books will not be disappointed.

War has come to Carthya, after being invaded by three neighboring countries. Jaron has few options. Both his kingdom and his friends are in danger, and the odds that he can protect both are against him. Jaron is going to have to use all of his cunning and risk everything to try and defeat his enemies. However, even that may not be enough.

I couldn’t put the book down, and I thought it was a great ending to the trilogy. Nielsen pulls everything together from all of the books in The Shadow Throne to set the stage for the ultimate battle between Jaron and the conflicts he has been trying to avoid.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545166683
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014

Hi, Koo! is adorable, and, yes, the book is about haikus. It is a children’s book of poetry, and follows a panda named Koo throughout his year. Each poem has to do with a season. It’s a funny little book. I liked it and I think it’s a great way to start teaching children about poetry. Each haiku is simple, and provides a good example for children about how to start writing their own poetry.


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780449809976
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2/2014

When her father, the leader of a Middle Eastern country, is killed in a military coup led by her uncle, Laila, her mother, and brother flee to America. While Laila is adjusting to American culture, a culture completely different from the one she has always known, she discovers that her father was known as a dictator. He mistreated his people, but this image varies greatly from the man Laila knew.

As Laila tries to learn more about her family, her mother is working on her own plans. She is determined to get back to their country and reclaim the throne for her son, who she believes is the rightful heir. Laila ends up in the middle of these plans, with no idea who to trust. Being in America also gives Laila a unique opportunity – she has never had any chance to have power before, and now she is in a position where she can help her family reclaim their country, or take another path. Laila must decide what is right for her, be it helping her family regain power or helping the people her family has mistreated for generations.


$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780449814338
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Golden Books, 7/2013
Out of This World with the Cat in the Hat is an awesome coloring and sticker book.  Children will join the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Nick, and Sally as they explore space.  The pictures are really neat, and introduce things such as satellites, comets, and constellations.  In the front are over 50 stickers that can be used to add color and creativity to each page.

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780142410707
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Speak, 10/2008
Colin has been dumped 19 times, all by girls named Katherine. After his heart is broken by Katherine XIX, Colin and his friend Hassan decide to go on a road trip. They end up in a small southern town called Gunshot, where they meet a girl named Lindsey who becomes Colin’s second friend ever.

Colin and Hassan are offered jobs by Lindsey’s mother, and they decide to stay. Colin is a child prodigy, but can’t understand why he keeps getting dumped. When not working or hanging out with Lindsey, Colin works on a math theorem based on his relationships that will graph where a relationship is going. But, Colin, Hassan, and Lindsey find that life is never predictable.

An Abundance of Katherines is an interesting young adult novel with some unexpected conclusions for the characters and readers.

I am Amelia Earhart (Hardcover)

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780803740822
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Dial, 1/2014

Ordinary People Change the World is a brand new series for children written by Brad Meltzer. Each book is about a famous figure from history, and his first two are about Amelia Earhart and President Lincoln.

 

When I was in elementary school, Amelia Earhart became one of my heroes, so I really wanted to read this book.  It's adorable, and explains who Amelia Earhart was and what she did in very simple terms for children, making it easy for them to understand.  Not only that, but it encourages children to go for their dreams and work hard to make sure they come true.

 

This is a perfect book for starting to teach children about famous figures throughout our history.  It's cute, the pictures are great, and it's funny.

The Testing (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547959108
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 6/2013
After the Seven Stages War destroyed much of the planet, those in the former United States are struggling to rebuild and make the land habitable again. Leaders are chosen from the groups of young people from each colony. After becoming adults, several people in each class from the various colonies are chosen to go through Testing to find out if they have what it takes to be a leader. If a candidate passes Testing, they go on to the university to study for a career.

Cia Vale and three other members of her colony’s class are chosen for Testing and taken to Tosu City. The testing consists of 4 stages, and not only tests their intellect, ability to think on their feet, and their strengths and weaknesses, but it also tests who each candidate is and what they can handle. Wrong answers and weaknesses are punished, and the Testing can change a candidate. Some do things they wouldn’t have ever done before coming to Tosu City.

Cia not only has to struggle to survive, but to stay true to herself and her beliefs. The Testing is a great book for those who are fans of dystopian novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games.

Woolbur (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780060847265
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: HarperCollins, 1/2008

Woolbur is not like all of the other sheep in his herd.  He runs with the dogs that herd them, refuses to be sheered, and cards the wool on his own body. His parents worry, but Woolbur likes being different.  However, what will Woolbur do when his parents tell him he needs to be like everyone else?

 

Woolbur is an adorable story about being unique and staying true to yourself. Also, throughout the story there are repeated phrases, so it is a great story for children to get involved in.  Another thing of note about Woolbur is that it was chosen to be the 2013 Michigan Reads book, an award that recognizes outstanding books written by Michigan authors.  It's a wonderful story with colorful and fun pictures, and one of my favorite picture books.

control (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803739048
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Dial, 12/2013
Control is an interesting new young adult book.  It takes place in the future.  The various governments control many different aspects of life, including genetics.  Those who are born with abnormalities are deemed unacceptable, and are gotten rid of.

However, some of the abilities that children are born with can be turned into products and are beneficial to humankind.  There are groups that grab the children before the government in order to bottle what makes them special so they can profit from it.

Zelia and Dylia move from place to place with their father, until one day when he is killed in an accident.  While waiting to find out what’s going to happen to them, Dylia is kidnapped by one of the groups while Zelia ends up in a safe house for the children who are born different.  While at the safe house, Zelia finds out that her father was involved with the groups who search for these children, and that her sister is in great danger.  One of the teenagers at the home can help Zelia find her sister, but it could come at a huge cost.

Control is haunting, tragic, and a bit strange.  With the bizarre characters and plot, you never know quite what to expect.

Game: A Thriller (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781476712888
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 7/2013
Game is the first in a trilogy, and is written by Anders De La Motte, a former employee of the Swedish police.

HP drifts through life, has a police record, and overall has no direction. One day, he finds a cell phone and is invited to play a game. HP is intrigued and agrees. He is given different tasks, and depending on the difficulty, gets points and money after completing each one.

He loves the thrill and the attention he is getting. But, then he breaks the number 1 rule after being caught after one of the tasks – he talks about the Game. HP is kicked out of the game, and then his flat is set on fire as a warning. Things go downhill from there, and HP becomes determined to bring down the Game Master.

HP’s sister, Rebecca, i
s part of the Swedish Police and one of HP’s tasks ends in her getting injured. She ends up getting sucked into the Game when she tries to clean up after her brother and keep him safe, something she has done her whole life.

Game is a promising start for debut author Motte.