I already raved about all the awesome things Candlewick has coming out in the next few months, but there are plenty more books for kids and teens that I want to have at already. Here is my list, in no particular order:
- Blackout, by John Rocco
Hyperion Books CH (5/24/11) 32p.
Remember how I talked about how excited I am to have at Candlewicks The Flint Heart, and how much I loved the Percy Jackon covers? Well, check out this cover. How pretty does that look? It makes me want a summer blackout, just to read this book by flashlight with my imaginary children (who, incidentally, perfectly well behaved).
- The Wikkeling, by Steven Arntson
Running Press Kids (6/14/11) 224p.
Um. Look at how disconcerting the cover on this book is. It's straight up terrifying. The description doesn't really clear that up. Check it out:
Young Henrietta is about to uncover a mystery she was never supposed to solve. In the new-age world she lives in, everything is ruled by computers, and every person's movements and actions are watched and analyzed. Henrietta feels suffocated by technology's rule and questions a world she's expected to blindly accept. She and her two newfound friends believe that there is more to life than what's expected of them--they just haven't found it yet. That all changes when Henrietta finds a wounded Wild House Cat in the attic above her bedroom. This discovery sets off a chain of events that begin to poke holes in the secrets left behind by the well-hidden past. It also awakens a mysterious creature called The Wikkeling . . .Is that thing with the creeptastic hands the Wikkeling? Or is that the Wild House Cat? I need to know these things! Regardless, that thing can definitely poke holes in secrets with those digits. More importantly, does it remind anyone else of Hush, the Buffy episode that continues to give me nightmares to this very day?
Please join me in leaving on a night light tonight!
- Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray
Scholastic Press (5/24/11) 400p.
This book sounds like Drop Dead Gorgeous and Ms. Congeniality go to a bar and meet the Lord of the Flies. Obviously, I want in.
- The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, by Jeanne Birdsall
Knopf (5/10/11) 304p.