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Books Inc. Kids Review - The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt

The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt
Publication Date: May 31st, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy and Magic
Ages: 8-12

A magical fantasy, an allegorical cautionary tale, a feast of language, a celebration of creativity--this dazzling debut novel is poised to become a story for the ages
Penelope is running out of time.
She dreams of being a writer, but how can she pursue her passion when her mother schedules every minute of her life? And how will she ever prove that writing is worthwhile if her mother keeps telling her to "get busy " and "be more productive"?
Then one day, Penelope discovers a hole in her schedule--an entire day completely unplanned --and she mysteriously falls into it. What follows is a mesmerizing journey through the Realm of Possibility where Penelope sets out to find and free the Great Moodler, the one person who may have the answers she seeks. Along the way, she must face an army of Clockworkers, battle the evil Chronos, take a daring Flight of Fancy, and save herself from the grip of time.
Brimming with clever language and masterful wordplay, The Lost Track of Time is a high-stakes adventure that will take you to a place where nothing is impossible and every minute doesn't count--people do

Penelope’s mind wanders. Her mom is disturbed by this and makes sure her every moment is spent wisely. Miss Maddie though, her auntly friend down the street, encourages “moodling” - sitting around drinking tea, thinking, gazing out the window, and talking about ideas, alone or with friends. Finding herself inexplicably with a free day on her usually very full schedule, Penelope falls into an adventure in The Realm of Possibility. There she befriends Dill, who’s searching for The Great Moodler, and trying to avoid the evil controlling Chronos and his army of timekeepers. This book is full of delightful word play, tons of time puns, and whimsy galore. The occasional art is a light and lovely. Those things combined with strong women, character diversity, and a pervasive message about the need for personal unscheduled time make this my favorite middle of the moment. And all the art is purple!
Cheenie from Books Inc. Burlingame

Review - None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Social issues, dating/sex, LGBTQI

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned, something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

I am so glad that there are more and more YA books coming out about the lesser known/less talked about marginalized orientations, gender identities and intersex conditions. None of the Above is about Kristin Lattimer: Homecoming Queen with a track scholarship to her dream school, the perfect boyfriend and best friends. She thinks she has it all until she finds out she's actually intersex. After a diagnosis of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Krissy struggles to figure out her identity and how her life is (or hasn't) affected by her condition, and how it effects everyone else. None of the Above is a great introduction to the intersex world for people who have no idea what being intersex means. It opened up a lot of conversations between my friends and family about how much or how little biology informs gender identity and how we all see ourselves and others.
Ren from SFO T2

Current Obsession - Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli


Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, Peskimo (Illustrator)
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Pages: 104 pages

With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letterform itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I's ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F's fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter's physicality--angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo's animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. Note: illustrations have a retro feel, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

Current Obsession - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Expected Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Page count: 480 pages

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don't kill each other first.

Yes, we're aware that Six of Crows doesn't come out until September, but hear us out.
This book is freakin amazing. Seriously. You loved Bardugo when she wrote Shadow ando Bone and you're going to love her more for this one.
Game of Thrones meets, Oceans 11 meets pirates, meets awesome female protagonists, meets great story. Yes, you need this. Just pre-order it now.

Highly Anticipating - The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker & Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan


The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Expected Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 368 pages

The magic and suspense of "Graceling" meet the political intrigue and unrest of "Game of Thrones" in this riveting fantasy debut.
"Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear."
Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.
Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.
But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.
Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

Why we can't wait: First of all, the cover is AMAZING! It's simple, but very cool. Also, high fantasy with witch hunters? YES PLEASE!


Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Expected Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 384 pages

I'm the daughter of murdered parents.
I'm the friend of a dead girl.
I'm the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.
In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht "Persephone," just three souls remain to tell its story--and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she'll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.
Sharp and incisive, "Daughter of Deep Silence" by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

Why we can't wait: We're huge fans of Carrie Ryan and her morbid world-building so this is guaranteed to be another AWESOME read!

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