Our Summer Reading Program is over, and our patrons are getting ready to head back to school in a few days—some have already started, even! So, of course, it’s time to take a look at what titles are headed our way in September.
There are, happily, a TON of new books due out. Here are a very few that are on my radar:
Pasadena, by Sherri L. Smith
The Women in the Walls, by Amy Lukavics
The Female of the ...
Hail isn’t your average princess. For one thing, she ran away from home at the age of 18, leaving behind her home, family, and Empress mother, leader of the Indranan Empire, in order to hunt down her father’s murderer. For the next 20 years, Hail works hard for a living and for her freedom—she gets really good at gunrunning, and becomes captain of her own spaceship and crew. All of that hard work, however, comes to a screeching halt when ...
My friends, I have been miserably sick for over 36 hours now, and there’s no end in sight. As I see myself logging a lot of Bed Time in the near future, let’s take a look at some books that star characters who’re convalescing from one thing or another:
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When I think of convalescing, this is always the first book that comes to mind—possibly because my own personal Summer Of Mono memories are so ...
BOOK REPORT for The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Modern Mukashibanashi (“Tales of Long Ago")Bonus Factors:
Mysterious Loner Lady, NarcolepsyAnti-Bonus Factor:
Cover Story: Firefox
I mean, there’s a fox on (or transforming from) fire on this cover. I couldn’t help but take the literal route.
(Also: Is the figure on the front wearing a low ...
The books didn’t help me find a word for myself; my father refused to accept the weight of it. And so I made my own.
I am vengeance.
—The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis
When Alex Craft was a freshman in high school, her older sister Anna was raped and murdered. For the last three years, Alex has hardly talked to anyone. At school, she flies under the radar—earning stellar grades, but avoiding all meaningful contact with ...
BOOK REPORT for Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Cover Story: Instagram Collage
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: E! True Hollywood Story
Bonus Factor: Child Actors
Ambivalence Factor: Stage Mom
Relationship Status: Casual Fan
Cover Story: Instagram Collage
The vintage photo filter look doesn't personally appeal to me, but this cover is appropriately dreamy and melancholic, with nods to filmmaking and Montauk.
Lauded as one of the greatest child actors of her ...
It’s been two years, and it doesn’t feel weird anymore having Dad live somewhere else, especially since somewhere else is only five blocks away. Sometimes we even run into him at the grocery store, and even though he and Momma don’t hug or anything, they are polite and not screaming and throwing eggs like I heard Meg Kelly’s parents do.
—Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
Ten-year-old Naomi Marie and her four-year-old sister, Brianna, primarily live with ...
Kij Johnson’s novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is a wondrous work of fantasy and empowerment, delightful in its progression and dream-like in its telling. It takes place in the land of dreams and follows the adventures – and quest – of one Vellitt Boe. A professor of mathematics at the Ulthar Women’s College, Vellitt is tasked with retrieving Claire Jurat, an escapee student who decided to cross into the waking world because of True Love.
Following in the footsteps ...