Sunday, November 27, 2011

Don't Breathe A Word by Holly Cupala

Joy Delamere is suffocating. 

From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. 

Joy can take his words—tender words, cruel words—until the night they go too far. 

Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe…if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late. 

Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Peyton, age 14

Blue Thread by Ruth Tenzer Feldman

The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention is diverted by the mysterious Serakh, whose sudden, unexplained appearances and insistent questions lead Miriam to her grandmother’s Jewish prayer shawl—and to her destiny. With this shawl, Miriam is taken back in time to inspire the Daughters of Zelophehad, the first women in Biblical history to own land. Miriam brings the strength and courage of these women with her forward in time, emboldening her own struggles and illuminating what it means to be an independent woman.

Publisher: Ooligan Press
Number of Pages: 
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Peyton, age 14

Fair Wind to Widdershins by Allan Jones & Gary Chalk

After finding the first of six legendary crowns, Trundle the lamplighter thought he could finally return to his quiet life in Port Shiverstones. But Esmeralda has other ideas. A princess with a talent for magic and mischief, she is determined to continue their quest to find the five other crowns, and to use them to unite the Sundered Lands once and for all.
Accompanied by their new friend, Jack Nimble the bard, Trundle and Esmeralda sail to new lands in search of Esmeralda’s wise old aunt. Will the mysterious Aunt Millie give them the clues they need to find the next treasure? Or are they walking straight into a trap?

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 176
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

The Last Musketeer by Stuart Gibbs

On the first day of a family trip to Paris, Greg Rich’s parents disappear. They’re not just missing from the city—they’re missing from the century. So Greg does what any other fourteen-year-old would do: He travels through time to rescue them.
Greg soon finds out that his family history is tied to the legendary Three Musketeers. But when he meets them, they’re kids his age, and they’ll only live long enough to become true heroes if he can save them. To rescue his parents, Greg must assume the identity of a young Musketeer in training and unite Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan—but a powerful enemy is doing everything possible to stop him from succeeding.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 256
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

I really enjoyed reading The Last Musketeer.  It is an exciting story full of adventure.  If you enjoy reading stories about The Three Musketeers or Indiana Jones, you will likely enjoy this book.  One reason I enjoyed the book so much is because I liked the characters.  Greg is the main character and he travels back in time with a magic crystal to Paris in the year 1615.  Greg meets three other boys, Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

Recommended for boys and girls ages 8-12.
Thank you to HarperCollins for this adventuresome book!

This book is in stores now!

Happy reading!
Lily, age 10

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster. 

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though. 

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters. 

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Crossed by Ally Condie

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Number of Pages: 367
Type: Hardcover

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jan Brett Event Recap

We've all heard of her books. And for many of us they're part of our childhood. I had so much fun at her event, which The Bookcase held. I even enjoyed that my feet were least that way I knew I was working!

We all knew when Jan Brett arrived....because her tour bus was huge, wrapped in her books, and...amazing! If only I'd snapped a photo!!

This is her newest Christmas book, Home For Christmas, and was a hit at the event! Stop by The Bookcase and buy yourself a copy!

Now... on to the actual event...

The line stretched way out the door and was continuously growing! We had about three hundred + people show up.

Do you feel claustrophobic looking at this? Good. Me too.

We even had one of Jan Brett's main characters there! HEDGIE! 
One of my wonderful co-workers was assigned to be Hedgie...and we had no idea how big it was until we saw the...crate. I was assigned to be her handler and she did a magnificent job!

Look how cute they are!!!

One of the best parts about the night was with Hedgie and a curious little girl...

Little Girl, "Can you high five?" 

Hedgie, Yeah I can high five! So Hedgie (Maddie) high fived. 

Little Girl, "Well can you dance?"

Yeah I can dance! So, Hedgie danced.

Little Girl, "Well can you JUMP?!" 

YEAH I can jump! So...Hedgie jumped. 

It was so great...

This was after the event when the line had died down. We came with 30 + boxes of filled to the top with Jan Brett books and came back with maybe three... I give so much credit to our checkout workers!

We had like four stations for kids! 
Just ask my co-worker, Molly, how much she enjoyed that... ;)
So. Many. Kids.

We even had ginger snap cookies! Heck yeah!!

Jan Brett showed the kids how she draws her reindeer! She was so talented and enthusiastic. I can't believe she writes and draws all her books.!

She talked to every kid and signed their books and even drew them a little reindeer! 

There were five colors (groups of people for the signing) this is one and it wraps out of the room...

Overall it was an eventful, busy night. If you didn't get a chance to come to this one, I hope we'll have another major author soon! I'll be sure to keep you all posted. I know there's a possibility we might have a certain young adult author at The Bookcase...hmmm...but you didn't hear that from me! :P

Happy reading! 

Youth Board Coordinator & Young Adult Specialist

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Holidays Contest!

We were lucky enough to be graced with two copies of Everneath by Brodi Ashtion, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood--and we're giving them away!

(Psssst! Everneath is signed you guys!!!) 

This is our Happy Holidays giveaway to you!

How To Enter? 

  • Fill out this Form!
  • Contest Ends December 1st (happy holidays!) 
  • This contest is not open internationally. Sorry! I don't have the expenses. :(
  • Please spread the word! =)
Good luck!

Youth Board Coordinator & Young Adult Specialist

More things to look forward too this month? 
  • And interview with Elizabeth Bunce and a review of StarCrossed (maybe a chance to win Liar's Moon?)
  • Review of Partials plus a chance to win Partials
  • Review of Cinder with a chance to win Cinder
  • And so much more!
Happy reading!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Sleeper's Moon by Jon Berkeley

The Blue Moon Mobile brings new arrivals to Bell Hoot.  Among them is Rebus Oat, a professor who was a sleeper on the Other Side.  He plans to open a school in Bell Hoot, much to the children's dismay.  But in Bell Hoot, few things are as they seem, and the Professor's lessons are no exceptions.  It soon becomes clear to Bea, Theo and Phoebe that treachery is afoot and when a batch of nine more threatening arrivals disembark from the busmarine, the children must become sleepers themselves in order to save the hidden and magical world of Bell Hoot.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 320
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. by Charise Mericle Harper

Back in a thrilling fourth book and a new format, Fashion Kitty faces a new nemesis: dastardly junior inventor Leon Lambaster III and his gang, the B.O.Y.S. Determined to expose Fashion Kitty, Leon and the B.O.Y.S. hatch a plan to capture the intrepid heroine. Will Fashion Kitty foil their plans? With an all new illustrated novel format, FASHION KITTY AND THE B.O.Y.S. will appeal to fans old and new.

Publisher: Hyperion
Number of Pages: 128
Type: Paperback

Reviewed  by Lily, age 10

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else. 

And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack's heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it's up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she's read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn't the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel. 

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbsis a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages:
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Dee Dee, age 12

Without Tess by Marcella Pixley

Tess and Lizzie are sisters, sisters as close as can be, who share a secret world filled with selkies, flying horses, and a girl who can transform into a wolf  in the middle of the night. But when Lizzie is ready to grow up, Tess clings to their fantasies. As Tess sinks deeper and deeper into her delusions, she decides that she can’t live in the real world any longer and leaves Lizzie and her family forever. Now, years later, Lizzie is in high school and struggling to understand what happened to her sister. With the help of a school psychologist and Tess’s battered journal, Lizzie searches for a way to finally let Tess go.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Number of Pages: 224
Type: Hardcover

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

We meet Liesl the night after the day her young father has died. That same day she is visited by a ghost, Po, an eight year old boy who lives on the other side, the territory between life and death that runs parallel to the living world. Po has come to tell her that her father is stuck on the other side, and that she is the only one who can help him cross over. A couple of wooden boxes. Some ashes. Some magic dust. A ghost, its pet, and a boy who forgot to wear a hat in the cold. From these seemingly odd, random characters Oliver weaves the enchanting story of how, with the aid of Liesl, these elements come together over the course of one week to restore love and luster to a world gone grey and heartless.

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd
Number of Pages: 307
Type: Hardcover