Thursday, June 15, 2006

What's New in Books? - Good Question

I haven’t had a chance to write up much on the numerous books I have read these past few weeks. So, I thought a look at some other reviews on books I have yet to read and that peeked my interest would be a good choice for today. There are several new Cool Books that came out in May according to Kidsreads.com. The following are three that caught my eye and I am going to add to my reading list.

Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge


Ages 10-up
“Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye doesn't have much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is her pet goose, who will bite anything that crosses his path. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. She doesn't know it yet, but in a world where books are dangerous things, this gift will change her life. Enter Eponymous Clent, a smooth-talking con man who whisks her away into a world of secret societies and floating coffeehouses, spies and smugglers, crazed dukes and double-crossing racketeers. It would be exactly the kind of tale Mosca has always longed to take part in, until she learns that her one true love --- words --- may be the death of her.” (Kind of has an Inkheart ring to it though. At least in my opinion, not Kidsreads.com)

Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride by Kate DiCamillo

Ages 6-10
“Mr. and Mrs. Watson's portly pig, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair amount of nudging and bribing to get her out of the driver's seat. But once the convertible is on the road, Mercy loves the feel of the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. One day the Watsons' elderly neighbor, Baby Lincoln, pops up in the backseat hoping for some "folly and adventure" --- and in the chaos that ensues, an exuberant Mercy ends up behind the wheel!” (Anything that isn't like either The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane or The Tale of Despereaux would be an improvement.)

Boy On The Brink by David McPhail

Ages 4-8
“After a fun-filled day of fishing, playing on the beach, and riding ponies at a carnival, a young boy goes to sleep and dreams of adventures inspired by the day's events. The boy rescues a yellow-haired girl from the castle guards, patches a crack in the dam, and saves a giant ship from falling off the edge of a waterfall --- always managing to escape from the brink of disaster.” (One of my most favorite illustrator/authors. I haven't found anything I didn't like of his yet.)

Kidsreads.com is a great place to check out new releases and many other children's literature books. Stop on over when you have a chance. They do a nice job.

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