The Best New Books...
you may have missed!
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
- realistic fiction
- Intro to book from author: http://youtu.be/p75AP5ABuE8
- I read Threatened this summer, another book by this author. If this is anything like that one, you will feel like you are in Africa with the animals.
- reviews: thrilling, nail-biter, must-read!
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
- In 1961, John Glenn and other astronauts were making history. At the same time, 13 women, were passing all the tests that showed they were qualified to go to space as well. They were denied. The women did not give up. This is their story.
- reviews: fascinating, well-researched, important
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
- There are two girls, both named Sloane Jacobs. Sloane Emily Jacobs is a competitive figure skater from Washington DC who has some family drama going on. Sloane Devon Jacobs is a hockey player who has hit a rough patch in her game.
- They accidentally meet, and decide to switch places in order to get away from the problems of their lives.
- reviews: fun, lighthearted read
Second Impact by David Klass
- told from two perspectives: Jerry, the star quarterback on the high school football team, and Carla, the school newspaper's lead sports reporter
- story told in blog posts and emails--not a normal narrative form
- When Jerry's friend suffers a concussion during a game, Carla follows the story and starts to write about how soon is too soon to let players back into games after being hurt. Not everyone appreciates the information Carla is reporting.
- reviews: action-packed and especially thought-provoking
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
- Khemri is a prince in a futuristic world. The problem is, there are hundreds of other princes, too, and they're all out to get him. He has to go through all kinds of battles, trusting only himself, to figure out who he really is.
- reviews: classic science fiction/space adventure, funny moments, really fast-paced
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
- Tells the story of Yanek Gruener, who 10 years old in 1939 and was living in Poland. The Nazis invaded, deported his parents, and sent him to his first--of 10!--concentration camps. How will Yanek survive?
- reviews: amazing, powerful, moving--makes you grateful for what you have!