People are always asking us what book we are reading for Not Your Mother's Book Club, which is a TOTALLY REASONABLE question, considering we're called Not Your Mother's Book CLUB. But the truth of the matter is, for the last 5 years, this has been an author salon, only. NOT SO ANYMORE! Thanks to Anna, the newest member of our Books Inc. Palo Alto team, we are now launching Not Your Mother's ACTUAL Book Club, a book club that reads books! HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND! So join us for our first meeting, no reading required. Yet. :)
I loved every agonizing heartbreaking moment of this book! Set in a
small town in Maine best friends Dinah & Skint couldn't be more
different, they both want to help and make things better for those around
them but while Skint rages against the injustices of the world Dinah's main
concern is trying to get Skint to wear a winter coat. Their friendship also
around an elephant in the room, Skint's father is homebound with dementia a topic Skint has made clear is not to be broached. But his family
may be in desperate need of help and by the time Dinah opens her eyes and
sees it things will never be the same for them.
--Reviewed by Shannon, Senior Children's Buyer
This novel snuck under the wire to get into my top three young adult novels
for 2012. I read it in one breathless night, and the next morning, when I saw
an airplane flying overhead, I burst into tears. Which, I admit, probably seems like a crazy response, and fairly so. But like all the best, most special books, Ask The Passengers doesn't just satisfy the mind while it's being read-- it also colors life long after it has been put down, making otherwise banal things, like the sight of airplanes overhead, illuminated.
King uses complicated ideas,
recurring imagery and deceptively simple language to craft a story of
incredible honesty and pathos. Those who were unlucky to be around me
in the days after I read it were
subjected to my many gushings-and even with the amount of hyperbolic gushery
I put forth in those days, I'm not sure I did this novel justice. Gorgeous.
Wise. Vibrant. For those who love any of the following authors: David Levithan, Nina LaCour, Sarah Dessen or John Green should certainly take a look.
I cannot wait to pick up more of A. S. King's work. Because if
it's even a FRACTION as good... I may have a new favorite author. For ages 15+ --Reviewed by Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Director
Shannon is our Senior Children's Buyer. Not only does she have the fabulous taste that makes Books Inc. Kids what it is today, but she's also a mommy of two! For 2013 we will be featuring her faves. Enjoy!
In the small English village, Sorry-in-the-Vale, Kami Glass has dreams
of becoming an intrepid reporter. When the aristocratic Lynburn family
return to their mansion on the hill and strange events begin to occur, Kami
is on the job investigating. Complicating things are the two beautiful
Lynburn cousins, golden Ash and brooding Jared, who both show an interest in
Kami. Also, one of them sound suspiciously like Kami's "imaginary" friend -
a friend that she's been talking to in her head since she was a child.
I completely devoured this book. Brennan has crafted a delightful story
with laugh out loud dialogue and endearing characters. I can't wait until
book 2, especially with the way the story ended.
-- Reviewed by Connie, Books Inc. Opera Plaza
As Santa prepares for his big night, readers are treated to a lovely, quiet story full of magic and wonder. Gloriously illustrated by Jon Muth (Zen Shorts, City Dog, Country Frog) this is the perfect book to read to little ones as Christmas approaches. What I love about this story is not just the sense of anticipation that permeates every page, or even Santa's mustache, which is rendered charmingly by Muth; it's the idea that Santa is just a normal guy, thoughtfully doing his job. And that one night a year, that totally normal guy does something very special. The focus is not on the presents, but rather on the preparation necessary to make so many people so very happy. Sure to be a future Christmas classic, be sure not to miss The Christmas Magic this year.
--Reviewed by Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Director
I know this seems like a pretty obvious pick, but it's been a long time since
I've actually picked up this book re-read it. It is still just as great as
you remember and my 4 year old nephew just can't get enough of it! Out of all
the Christmas stories out there I really like this one because in the end
even though the Grinch stole everything the Whos were still happy. No Santa
or presents needed, just family and friends!
--Reviewed by Melanie
, Books Inc. Berkeley