Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Why We March" and More New Books on Freading

Released in time for Women's History Month, "Why We March" captures the spirit of the Women's Marches that were held around the world on January 21, 2017. The Washington Post wrote that the march in Washington D.C. was "likely the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. History." The Post also wrote " if you look at the marches' size and location on a map, it contrasts sharply with the news media's usual electoral map that makes the country look starkly divided." Download the book from the Freading site.

Do you still have one of your old report cards? How about CD's you don't listen to or clothes that don't fit? In her memoir "Year of No Clutter", Eve Schuab writes that we align our belongings with our identity, so we try to hold on to many things we don't need. Her insightful and often hilarious observations try to teach readers that it's important to let go in order to move on.

"Part memoir and part how-to guide, Schaub's book casts a lightheartedly humorous light on the First World obsession with acquisition while showing readers that less truly can be more. A wry account of the author's quest to "pitch, plunder, recycle, and sell." 
- Kirkus

"Schaub weaves in thoughtful cultural references... her recognition that clutter of the mind is as real as tangible clutter makes this a personal and powerful read." 
- Booklist

*An Amazon. com "Best Book of The Month" March, 2017

Dreya is a thief about to be recruited by The Department of Covert Operations for her intelligence and unique abilities. She is amused by the cop that has been tailing her, but she also thinks that he is kind of cute.

"The best entry of Tyler's X-Ops series so far . . . the excitement level is cranked up to new heights. TOP PICK." 
- RT Book Reviews

*Winner of "Best Horror Novel" at the British Fantasy Awards

The entire Villarcas family has been cursed with certain heartbreak and an early death. Iris Villarcas has promised her father to remain alone, in order to break the pattern. She is doesn't keep her promise, and the results are petrifying.

"...superb debut....Wade perfectly balances sensory richness with the chills of the uncanny." 
- Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

"Ward's layered and skillfully crafted novel weaves elements of classic gothic and horror into a remarkable story populated by unforgettable characters, palpable atmosphere, and rich lyricism. Imagine the darkest and goriest undertones of Edgar Allan Poe, the Bront√ęs, Charles Dickens, and Shirley Jackson, and you'll have an idea of what Ward offers here." 
- Library Journal

Liv will be attending a new school for sixth grade and it has a strict dress code. It dictates that "all girls" must wear skirts. Liv is transgender and is not comfortable with wearing certain clothes, including skirts. Operation "Pants Project" is born.

"A wonderfully sweet middle grade story with a satisfying ending... The hopeful tone makes it easier for readers to grapple with the serious issues discussed, and the happy-ever-after ending will not fail to satisfy. Give to fans of Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever and Alex Gino's George.
" - School Library Journal

Have you ever wanted to start teaching your young child another language? The Lonely Planet "First Words" series are an excellent way to start. Lonely Planet is "the world's largest travel guide publisher" according to The Independent, so they would most likely know a thing or two about foreign languages. Their books make it fun and easy to learn new words. 

"Flash of Fury" is book #1 in an exhilarating new series by a new author. Readers are introduced to the "Endgame Ops" which are a group of elite military men and women. Someone has betrayed the team, and they will do anything to avenge their honor.

"I was hooked from page one; immediately on the edge of my seat with my eyes glued to the page. Right then I knew if this book kept up with the same intensity and pace I’d be up all night until I finished it. It did and I was. As I turned the pages I felt like I was a part of the scene as well as friends with the characters."
-An reader review

*A Barnes & Noble "most anticipated YA sequel of 2017" pick
* A Publisher's Weekly "2017 YA Buzz Book" pick

A follow up to The New York Times best-selling book "Future Shock" is "Future Threat ". It tells the story of Elena Martinez, who has returned from her trip to the future. She was expecting to learn more about technology during her expedition, but she becomes aware of dangerous secrets that give her nightmares.

"Contemporary readers will be teleported with delight into this Back to the Future-esque spy thriller. Move this one to the "buy" pile." 
- School Library Journal

"Elena's PTSD and anxiety are poignant and chilling, bringing a realistic human element to the sci-fi world of time travel. Briggs incorporates suspense and thrilling adventure, creating a gripping sequel." 
- Booklist