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Books Inc. Kids Highly Anticipating - Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar


Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Expected Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Ages: 10+

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller "Holes, " winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes a new middle-grade novel with universal appeal. Combining horror-movie suspense with the issues of friendship, bullying, and the possibility of ecological disaster, this novel will intrigue, surprise, and inspire readers and compel them to think twice about how they treat others as well as their environment.
"Be careful. Your next step may be your last."
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligaschallenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.

Why We Can't Wait: Louis Sachar. Nuff said.

Highly Anticipating - Another Day by David Levithan


Another Day by David Levithan
Expected Publication Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 336 pages

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan s"New York Times" bestseller"Every Day"
In this enthralling companion to his "New York Times" bestseller "Every Day," David Levithan (co-author of"Will Grayson, Will Grayson"with John Green)tells Rhiannon's side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.
Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.
Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to "see" her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day a perfect day Justin doesn t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person ... wasn t Justin at all.

Why we can't wait: YES YES YES YES YES. Need we say more?!

Books Inc. Kids Review - I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Dev Petty
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Genre: Picture Book
Ages: 3-7

Fans of Mo Willems's "Don t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus " and Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back" will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives a wolf who HATES eating frogs our hero decides that maybe being himself isn t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog's desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.

I love this book! We were fortunate enough to have the author come to our store and do a reading. She brought plastic frogs for the kids to take home and we gave out bookmarks too. The book can be read very expressively. It deals in a positive way about self-acceptance. The Frog and his Dad are having a discussion, he no longer wants to be a frog because they are too slimy, too wet, and eat too many bugs. He wants to be a cat, rabbit, owl, or pig. Dad explains why he can’t be that and what’s the matter with being a frog? Mr. Wolf comes and says how hungry he is and that he eats cats, rabbits, owls, and pigs!! But the one animal he doesn’t eat is frogs! What a relief! Find out why! It has a great ending. I read this for storytime and the kids and their parents loved it!
Reviewed by Dori at Books Inc. Mountain View

Meet Dev Petty at Books Inc. Berkeley's Friday Storytime on August 7th at 10 AM!