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Highly Anticipating - The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Expected Publication Date: June 7th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Ages: 10-14

Callie Vee, Travis, Granddaddy, and the whole Tate clan are back in this charming follow-up to Newbery Honor-winner "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate."
Travis keeps bringing home strays. And Callie has her hands full keeping the wild animals-her brother included-away from her mother's critical eye. Whether it's wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog, a guileless younger brother or standoffish cousin, the trials and tribulations of Callie Vee will have readers laughing and crying and cheering for this most endearing heroine.

Why We Can't Wait: Well we loved The Evolution of Calpunia Tate and we can't WAIT for more!!!

Highly Anticipating - Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr


Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Expected Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 336 pages

 

In the vein of "The Outsiders" and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road, " blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.
The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.
And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.

Why we can't wait: Um, excuse me, Mad Max meets The Outsiders? Yeah I'm sold. Will there be a Furiosa too?!??

Black Card

In Owen Sheers’ chilling novel, I Saw a Man, Michael Turner tries to cope with one tragedy only to cause a second that eclipses the first.  He turns to the art of fencing - something he’d done as a student - for the distraction it provides.  In a fencing competition, a Black Card indicates a penalty so severe that the offender is immediately expelled.  En garde.  Drinks with Nick

Black Card
1.5 oz Espresso
1 oz Teacher’s Scotch Whisky
.5 oz Pimm’s No. 1
.25 oz Simple Syrup
1 Strong Dash Angostura Bitters

Shake all with ice and strain into a chilled glass.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

 

 

 

 

Books Inc. Kids Review - Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl Victoria Jamieson
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: Graphic Novels, Friendship, Humor
Ages: 9-12

For fans of Raina Telgemeier's "Smile," a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.
For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high ) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she "is "strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.
In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power.

A perfect graphic novel for fans of Raina Telgemeier, set in the rough-and-tumble world of roller derby. 13-year-old Astrid is instantly enamored with roller derby after seeing a bout with her mother and best friend.  She signs up for roller derby camp for the summer ready to kick butt and take names.  Then, turns out, roller derby isn't as easy as it looks.  On top of that, Astrid's friend grows apart as their interests diverge - a refreshingly realistic look at growing up.
Marie from Books Inc. in the Marina

Review - Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Social issues, dating, LGBTQI

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out--without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story--wrapped in a geek romance--is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

I love Simon. He is such a funny, earnest guy with a very strong penchant for Oreos. Second, I honestly did not believe that I would enjoy this book as much as I did. All the characters were so authentic that several times through the book I was like, "I know this person! I was friends with this person! I WAS this person!" Despite the fact that I have never been blackmailed into staying in the closet while trying hard not to fall for someone I've only talked to online and failing miserably at it, I was with Simon throughout the entirety of the book. Just read it because it talks about a lot of important stuff about growing up, how to deal with your friends and high school drama (both theatrical and real) all while being very entertaining.
Ren from SFO T2

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