Welcome to The Bookies' Latest Update!
October 2016 issue 2
We recently had a fantastic day with author David Shannon when we took him to visit Paddington Station Preschool! He read his latest book, Duck on a Tractor, to a rapt audience, signed lots of copies of the book for little readers and drew a picture, especially for the preschool!
When David wrote
Duck on a Bike
, he didn't envision it turning into a series. But readers clamored for another story, and so Duck sets out on another reckless adventure, driving the farmer's tractor, and all his animal friends, straight into town! The book is on our shelves now and is a must for all Shannon fans!
New on our Shelves!
A Gentleman in Moscow
By Ronald H. Balson
St. Martin's Press, $25.99
By Maria Semple
Little Brown and Company, $27
New from the author of the hugely popular Where'd You Go Bernadette. Eleanor is planning to have an organized day for once. But it seems like the world has other plans. Quirky and funny!
By Amor Towles
Count Alexander Rostov, a former member of the extended Russian Royal family, is accused of being an unrepentant aristocrat and sentenced to spend the rest of his life under house arrest in the luxurious Metropolitan Hotel in Moscow. While world history is made outside, he discovers a rich life on the inside.
Read a longer review by Larry on our blog.
B y Krystal Sutherland
Sometimes falling in love can be incredibly painful. Especially when one half of the couple is utterly broken.This startling young adult romance grips the reader from the start - and it's a brilliant, devastating, darkly romantic read. Fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, add this to your list!
Read a longer review by Shona on our blog.
By Jessica Cluess
Excellent alternative history set in a Victorian London where witches are considered evil. To save a friend, Henrietta Howel uses her powers to set herself on fire, and reveals herself to be a witch. She expects to be executed, but instead she is hailed as the 'the chosen one,' destined to defeat the demons who attack society.
Read a longer review by Larry on our blog.
By Jennifer Niven
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99
A wonderful YA that doesn't shirk at showing difficult choices and their consequences.
Where do you go after you've been dubbed: 'America's Fattest Teen,' and the whole nation has watched your home being destroyed in order to get you out? Libby Strout goes to high school and it doesn't start well. Read a longer review by Shona on our blog.
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Scholastic Press, $16.99
Older middle grade readers who like to be immersed in a dark world will love this intense read! As a lethal plague sweeps the land, anyone affected is sent to quarantine on an island, formerly a prison. But when Ani is sent there, she discovers all is not what it seems...
By Dav Pilkey
More cartoon fun from the creator of Captain Underpants. Half dog, half man, Dog Man is on the trail of justice! A hilarious new graphic series for Pilkey fans.
Welcome to Wonderland
By Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers, $13.99
A new adventure, and the first in a new series, from bestselling author, Chris Grabenstein. What could be better than living in a motel, with endless ice cream, a snack machine and your own pool? Not much, but P.T.'s home is in danger unless he can find a way to get more guests to the motel. Luckily, his friend Gloria has an OUTRAGEOUS plan. It can't fail...can it?
by Ellen Potter
Piper Green fans will be excited to read the third in the series! This time, Piper finds a strange whistle inside the fairy tree. What will it conjure up? Spunky Piper is as entertaining as ever!
By Jacqueline Kelly
Henry Holt & Company, $15.99
In this new series, younger readers can enter into the world of the Calpurnia Tate series for middle graders. Travis finds a pair of abandoned baby skunks and, with the help of his sister Callie, he tries to care for them without Mother finding out! Beautifully illustrated.
By Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $15.99
A witty look at the world you miss when you become too immersed in technology. Tek's father wishes he'd never invented the internet! But then it all crashes... Will Tek leave the cave now?!
By Ryan T. Higgins
One of our favorite picture book characters, grumpy bear Bruce, is back! When Bruce gets back from a trip with his adopted goslings, all he wants to do is relax at home. But while he's been gone, some pesky mice have turned his den into a hotel. Bruce. Is. Not. Happy. How will he get his home back? And what are those naughty goslings up to?
By Patricia Polacco
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, $17.99
A wonderful story of how a cat changes a lonely woman's life and brings back her love of cooking, brilliantly illustrated by Polacco's characteristically colorful illustrations. Delicious recipe included!
All these books are on our shelves at the time of writing and we are always happy to place an order for you!
Special Halloween Reading!
Are you ready for Halloween? This week Miss Susie gave her preschoolers a preview with
Little Blue Truck's Halloween
by Alice Schertle. Two of her fans loved helping her lift the flaps to find which animal was in which costume!
Join us for more fun at Miss Susie's special Halloween reading at 10:30 a.m. next
, October 31st. We'll have Halloween favorites, old and new, and pretzels too! Bring your preschooler and join in the fun!
Regular preschool storytime happens every week on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. (NB not on Tuesday November 1st, because of our special Halloween reading)
We're getting excited about our Small Business Saturday Author Showcase on November 26th. We will have 16 authors coming into the store during the course of the day, ready to meet you and sign books! Look out for our next newsletter for more details about the event, our authors and their books.
Please note that we'll be closed on Black Friday, November 25th so we can enjoy a two-day break with our families, but we'll ready to greet you at 10:00 a.m. on Small Business Saturday for our Author Showcase!
A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals
This is not your standard picture book. In fact, for any parent who has had enough of reading books about fluffy animals and birthday parties, this book is the perfect antidote. It is hilarious and we guarantee you will not anticipate the ending! However, you might not want to read it to a sensitive child... By Lucy Ruth Cummins. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99