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Best Books for Kids & Teens

Last week we highlighted new fall kids’ books that will be releasing in the next couple of months. We are clearly excited, hence all the exclamation points, BOLD italicized type and effusive praise. But, we missed a couple of gems that deserve your attention. So, go grab your mid-afternoon chocolate bar....er, we mean coffee, and let your inner child or (or your actual child) ogle over these amazing books. 

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9781444907551

Valkyrie

Kate O’Hearn. HODDER CHILDREN'S, $9.99 (9781444907551)

VALKYRIE by Canadian author Kate O'Hearn, is the first book in the series about a strong female character challenging the rules to find the family of a fallen solider. It has also been selected by The Canadian Children's Book Centre for the fall 2013 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.

Here's the book blurb from Kate O'Hearn's website: Freya is dreading turning fourteen – that marks the official end of her childhood and she must now take up the full duties of a Valkyrie – a collector of souls from humanity’s battlefields.  But Freya is unlike any other Valkyrie. She doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the legends before her. As she observes Earth from Asgard, she tries to understand what it is to be human: to make friends with girls her own age and laugh with boys, without the fear of causing their death with one touch.  Little does she know that her dreams will soon be realized: on her first battlefield mission, Freya reaps the soul of a soldier with unfinished business that will send her to the human world on a deadly quest.  Freya must do battle with both ordinary and extraordinary enemies to create a new VALKYRIE LEGEND.

 

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9781419709364

ALPHABLOCK

Christopher Franceschelli. ABRAMS BOOKS, $18.95 (9781419709364)

The next book we are super excited about is ALPHABLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli. With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letter form itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I’s ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F’s fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo’s animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. See more at Abrams Books: http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Alphablock-9781419709364.html.

Praise for Alphablock "The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package." —Publishers Weekly

"With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo’s art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints… A visually captivating delight for careful little ones." —Kirkus Reviews

 

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Arlos

Arlos ARTrageous Adventure

David LaRochelle. STERLING PUBLISHING, $15.95 (9781402792267)

David LaRochelle's ARLOS ARTAGEOUS ADVENTURE is a fun, lift the flap art adventure book that kids will love reading aloud.

Here's the official Book Summary: Arlo's not thrilled when his grandmother says they're going to the museum WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT. But when the paintings start coming hilariously to life, Arlo's in for a big surprise. With 50 fabulously funny flaps to flip, children will discover how cool art can be . . . if you let your imagination run wild.

 

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Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase

Jonathan Stroud. DISNEY HYPERION, $17.99 (9781423164913)

An in house favourite, Jonathan Stroud's  LOCKWOOD & CO THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE is a superb, middle grade supernatural thriller that has been described as "Sherlock Holmes meets Ghost Hunter." 

Here's the synopsis: A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

 

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Clement Clarke Moore

Night Before Christmas

Poem by Clement Clarke Moore. Illustrations by Holly Hobbie. LITTLE, BROWN FOR YOUNG READERS, $20.00 (9780316070188)

Lastly, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a beautiful, hardcover, picture book of a classic Christmas story, reinterpreted by the acclaimed watercolourist Holly Hobbie.

In her fresh imagining of Clement C. Moore's timeless classic, acclaimed watercolorist Holly Hobbie introduces an entirely new character to capture the magic and heighten the wonder of this exciting, mysterious time. Her inimitable illustrations glow with warmth and feeling and will transport you to a place where anything can happen.  See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/holly-hobbie/the-night-before-christmas/9780316070188/#desc.

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea | Disney Hyperion Book Trailer

Check out the hilarious book trailers for UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT (9781423159520) by Bob Shea, the author-illustrator of the popular Dinosaur vs. series and Don't Play with Your Food (9781423168072).

Publisher Weekly "It’s a great study in grass-is-greener envy management and a nonstop giggle generator."

9781423159520Synopsis Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool-until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it's cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

tumblr_inline_mp070pmIvc1qz4rgpBook Details

  • Author: Bob Shea
  • Release Date: 6/25/13
  • ISBN: 978-1-4231-5952-0
  • Pages: 40
  • Age Range: Ages 4-7

About the Author Bob Shea (www.bobshea.com) is the author-illustrator of four Dinosaur vs books, and many other picture books, including I'm a Shark (Balzer and Bray). He also wrote Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. Dinosaur was inspired by his son, Ryan. Bob is an eager and talented promoter of his books. He has his own graphic design company and lives in Connecticut.

Awesome WARP Book Trailer!

 

WARP

All Eoin Colfer fans mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl Series take note: there is new game in town in the form of Colfer's series WARP, and more specifically in the shape of a young Victorian boy named Riley. Chassed through time and space all the way to the 21st century by a deadly assassin, Riley is forced to team up with Chevie, an FBI covert agent for the Witness Anonymous Relocation Program in an attempt to save the world as we know it ... and maybe his own hide too. Watch the trailer for the first book Warp: The Reluctant Assassin! You'll be instantaneously hooked.

 

 

New Year, Same You

calvin-and-hobbes-new-years-resolution-comicSo it's a new year and no doubt you have a list of resolutions a mile long: lose weight, get promoted, drink more water, find your soul mate, organize life, closet, and apartment, climb Mount Everest, move Mount Everest with mind, remember how to speak French, learn Chinese, sign language & Chinese sign language, read EVERY classic ever written, be prettier, funnier, more zen, more fashionable, and just all around a completely different and PERFECT human being. OK, so my ambitions last year were a bit lofty - even if our publishers really do carry books that can help you master every single one of these goals. Though commendable, this year my list looks a little bit different. My 2013 to do list: laugh louder, learn how to play air guitar like a pro, dance frequently, love emphatically, and fill the year with happy memories and experiences surrounded by the people I love. Here is my New Year, Same You Book List that will start my year off on a positive note.

313651First up on my reading list is The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook: Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from Tolkien (Writer's Digest Books, 1599636506). Hobbits know how to do the whole live long and prosper thing really well (even if they weren't responsible for coining the phrase.) This guide book has some sage advice and some good laughs contained within it's pages. I now know not to pick any troll pockets, what recipes to cook for hearty but healthy hobbit food, and even how to disappear without the help of a magical ring. Best of all, when I went to see The Hobbit at the movie theater I stayed awake for the full 3 and a half hours and enjoyed it even more because of the book.

Fake It FINAL.inddNext up I'm reading Fake it: More than 100 Shortcuts that Every Woman Needs to Know (Adams Media, 1440541094). Just because I don't have those get prettier, be thinner, have nicer hair resolutions this year doesn't mean I don't want to APPEAR as if I do. Lucky for me Jennifer Byrne is on it. If you want it to seem as if your waist is 2 sizes smaller, you have salon-worthy manicured nails, your home is immaculate and magazine worthy, and your hair is gorgeous even if you haven't washed it for 5 days, and still have time to sleep in every morning then this book is for you. Eventually you will probably have to clean up what's been shoved under your bed and actually wash your hair, but sometimes it's OK to take short cuts when it makes lifes load just a little lighter and a little more fun.

ShittyMomOK so I'm not a mom but I HAVE a mom, I KNOW other moms, and I like to laugh - hence, Shitty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us (Abrams, 1419704591). In this frank and hilarious outlet for busy moms everywhere you'll discover that everyone drops the baby... I mean ball... sometimes, and MOST of the rascals turn out okay.

how-to-drive-a-tankThen there is How to Drive a Tank... and Other Everyday Tips for the Modern Gentleman by Frank Coles (Abacus, 0349122237) - an oldie, but a goodie. I DO NOT call myself a man, but having read the book I can safely say that learning how to hot-wire a car, hide a dead body, make things go boom, survive in the wild, and win big at poker can be really helpful in a savvy girl's repertoire (the men in your life may steal it from you, but now you will know how to pick their locks and get it back!)

OneGoodDeed_3DOne Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying to Be Just a Little Bit Better by Erin McHugh (Abrams Image, 1419704176) may seem like a legitimate New Year, New You resolution book, and it is, but it is also a key to my own goals in 2013. This book is an inspirational guide that leaves you more fulfilled. Erin Hugh's book emphasizes what really matters, and encourages you to focus less on yourself and more on others, which is - in fact - a perfect path to a happier you.

The_Mark_of_AthenaAnd LAST on my New Year reading list, but definitely NOT least is The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion Books, 978-1423140603) simply because reading fiction YA makes me happy. I LOVE all the other books in The Heroes of Olympus series and I've been meaning to read it and just haven't gotten around to it.

Now I can't wait for 2013. Happy New Year from Manda everyone!

HAPPY-NEW-YEAR

 

 

More Book Award Nominations!

It seems like each week, the Manda team has more things to celebrate. This week we are ecstatic to extend congratulations to our 2013 Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading award nominees!

 

Silver Birch Express Award  – Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver (Abrams, 9781419700149) This illustrated biography of Harry Houdini combines original artwork and archival artifacts—including photographs, playbills and posters, letters, and even some of Houdini’s own stage props—to bring the story of the world’s greatest escape artist to life.

Silver Birch Fiction AwardThe Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday (ECW Press, 9781550229714) Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town, short on friends, and the child of a clinically depressed science teacher. Naturally, she spends most of her time in the Sticksville Cemetery, which just happens to border her backyard. Here she finds five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past. Soon, October befriends the five dead kids. Together they form The Dead Kid Detective Agency, committed to solving Sticksville’s most mysterious mysteries.

White Pine AwardThe Way We Fall by Megan Crewe (Disney/Hyperion, 9781423146162) As a strange new virus devastates her community, one girl fights for survival against all odds in this unforgettable modern-day dystopian novel about the lengths one will go for love.

Award winners will be announced at the Festival of Trees at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in May 2013. For a full list of nominated titles click here.

The Serpent's Shadow Exclusive Trailer!

The Serpent's Shadow Exclusive Trailer

The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow, is the third novel in the eagerly-awaited new series from New York Times #1 best-selling author, Rick Riordan. 

He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.

To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld . . .

THE KANE CHRONICLES: THE SERPENT'S SHADOW By Rick Riordan ◊ $21.99, ISBN: 9781423140573 ◊ Disney Hyperion