I had the
great pleasure of meeting Veronica Wolff at one of many N.Y.M.B.C fantastic
Author events, and I gotta say this woman is pretty darn spectacular. I had not
read her young adult series before I met her, but after meeting her I bought
the first two books and pre-ordered the third. I was awed and amazed by how
much I loved the story! I finished the first two books in 3 days, and was aching
for the third! These books are not only fast paced, but something is always
happening! I was never bored at any moment, and Iloved loved lovedthe main
character, Annelise! She is a snarky and sarcastic girl with a potty mouth and
tends to, on more than one occasion, put her foot in her mouth. She isn't
played off as this average girl, in fact she is a genius. Finding herself
boarding a plane and being taken to a mysterious island with an even more
mysterious hunk of a Scottish guy. She soon finds out she will be
attending a school where not only vampires are the headmasters but she is
training to be a deadly assassin. All the girls at this school are competing
against eachother to the death to climb up the ladder of becoming an honorable Watcher.
But all she wants to do is to get out of this dark and dreary rock, and in order to
do so, she must become a watcher so that she may escape. Easier said than done,
this series is brilliant! Not at all your typical vampire novel, these books
have something for everyone! They not only had me laughing out loud multiple
times, but they had me hanging onto every word on every page! The
cliffhangers are killer, literally, so make sure to have the next available
book in the series next to you! Bravo Veronica Wolff! Bravo! For Ages 14+
Submitted by booksinckids on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:44am
Think you hate reading? Don’t get poetry? Don’t
think you’re a good writer? Well, take a glance inside the first few
pages of Love That Dog, my friend.
Seriously, these books are so good.
Even if you hate reading, even if you think the little tiny books are beyond
your reading level, even if you’re a grown up. Everyone will relate to
something in these stories. They have a journal-like, poetic quality, with
touching insights into the mind and thought process of a blossoming (at times
hesitant) young writer, reader and observer. Hate That Cat, puts a very
cool spin on the way we see, hear and read the world, and silently explains why
we’ll always need poetry.
BONUS FEATURE: There are many
well-loved poems included in each story, (check them out in the back of each
book) giving you a chance to learn them for the first time, or again with new
Submitted by booksinckids on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 4:22pm
Brian, of Books Inc. Laurel Village has the greatest story time voice of ALL TIME. Don't believe us? Watch this video and be amazed. Here, he reads from King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel.
Submitted by booksinckids on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 11:56am
This thrilling new picture book is not only
gut-bustingly hilarious, but could be used as a tool for kids to not be afraid
of things such as potty-training or the dark. This book not only had the
kids intrigued, but the parent's laughing! This story makes a fantastic read-aloud! Getting dramatic while reading this
book aloud is what makes it a new favorite storytime read of
Submitted by booksinckids on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 4:34pm
Here at Books Inc. on Chestnut, the proper, prim, unexplaining, and
unexplainable nanny, Mary Poppins is back on the scene. Mary Poppins is one
tough old bird, and those raised on Julie Andrews’ “spoonful of sugar” portrayal
in the movie will find the original book more like a brisk swig of vinegar. P.L
Traver’s book is one to read aloud and it stands the test of listeners of many
minds. Everybody believes in Mary Poppins - Michael and Jane Banks, the twin
babies, and the Starling, Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Bert the Matchman who is also a
pavement artist, and even the jolly uncle who sits on air! Fantastic without
whimsy or sweetness, and human without dwelling on the obvious, I predict that
long after some are forgotten, Mary Poppins will go on marching
triumphantly--umbrella, carpet bag and white gloves in hand. No parent or child
should miss his share of the fun, the beauty and magic it holds.
Submitted by booksinckids on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 4:26pm
The kingdom has
lost its royal family and in order to prevent civil war a nobleman has
taken up the task to train four young orphans to become the kingdom's
"long lost prince". But there can only be one winner to claim the
throne and the boys' endurance, strength, and wits are tested. The novel
centers on Sage, a highly sarcastic, intelligent, and talented young boy.
A lot of action and deception (even from Sage's first person narrative) will
keep children 10 + reading and guessing.
This is a well-written
story and its plot moves smoothly. It is the first in a series, and apart
from the medieval setting, there are no magical or fantasy elements. I could
however, see the sequels dealing with more of these things.