Kids’ Next List: Autumn 2012

Every season IndieBound puts out “Kids’ Next” a newsletter featuring recommendations from Indie booksellers around the country. We’re invited to write reviews throughout the year for books that we get a chance to read in advance (a perk of being a bookseller) and occasionally, reviews from our staff are featured!

In the Autumn 2012 edition of Kids’ Next, three reviews from Hooray for Books! staff made it in. Check out our recommendations:

In the section for ages 4-8, Amanda said this about Bear Has a Story to Tell:

“The Caldecott-winning team who created A Sick Day for Amos McGee is back with another utterly charming story. The quiet-yet-strong demeanor of a bear wanting to tell his friends a story is subtly sweet, and the selfless acts of help he gives those friends in their preparation for winter instead of telling them his story is lesson for all of us. The soft and detailed illustrations give soul to the animals. Just lovely!”

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead and illustrator Erin E. Stead; $16.99; Roaring Brook Press; Ages 4+

In the section for kids ages 9-12, Ellen talked about the latest Adam Gidwitz book, In A Glass Grimmly:

“This is a bloody marvelous, wonderfully horrible companion to Gidwitz’s award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm. In this Mother Goose-meets-the-Brothers Grimm version of ‘Jack and Jill,’ the two children will meet a talking frog – he’s a good guy – and lots of murderous giants, twisted mermaids, gruesome goblins, and other scary bad guys. But that’s okay, because what’s the point of going on a life-or-death quest if it’s easy-peasy?? A must-read for middle-graders!”

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz; $16.99; Dutton Juvenile; Ages 9+

Finally, in the section for teen readers, Megan raves about Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick:

“Bick’s follow-up to Ashes is another heart-pounding, frantic, action-packed adventure for those who can’t get enough of the zombie-apocolypse. As protagonist Alex fights to survive in a world gone seriously haywire, she begins to piece together just how dangerous her situation is. These are not the walking dead we know from television and film; they are cognizant beings, fueled as much by shrewd instinct as by animalistic blood lust. Bick keeps her complicated plot moving with plenty of twists and turns, creating a cringe-inducing, fascinating, and utterly entertaining read.”

Shadows: The Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick; $17.99; Egmont USA; Ages 14+

We love IndieBound and can’t wait to see what makes it into the future issues of IndieNext and Kids’ Next. We have plenty of copies of this season’s newsletter, as well as back issues, at the store for your taking!


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie Pullman was born with a severe facial deformity and has always been homeschooled, because of all the surgeries and medical problems that have come along. This year, Auggie and his parents have decided it’s time to give school, with actual teachers and students, a try. Despite Auggie’s fear of how people will see him, he heads into school and succeeds in the most 

Wonder chronicles Auggie’s entire first year at school, from the point of view of several different characters. The reader is able to hear from several of Auggie’s classmates, his sister, his sister’s boyfriend, and others, including Auggie himself. The chapters are short and the writing is both uplifting and totally inspiring.

Friends, this book is amazing. One that every single one of you reading this blog must get a copy of right away. It’s one of the most honest, powerful books I’ve ever read, while still being completely enjoyable. I laughed, cried, and got angry…all of the emotions I believe the author wanted us to feel.

Auggie is a character that will stick with you for a long time. I know I’m still thinking about him.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio; $15.99; Random House Children’s Books; Ages 10+

Author event with Sharon Draper

This Thursday we are hosting Coretta Scott King award-winning author Sharon Draper at the store! She’ll be here to talk about the paperback release of her fantastic book, Out of My Mind. Several of us here at the store have read it and loved it and we recommend it to customers all the time. Now is a great time to pick up the book if you haven’t read it before (trust me, you want to), or if you’ve been a fan for awhile and want to ask Ms. Draper some questions. We’re really excited to have her!

The book centers on 11-year-old Melody, an incredibly smart girl with a photographic memory, who also happens to have cerebral palsy and is unable to speak for herself. Unfortunately, this leaves both teachers and her peers believing that she is functioning on a low level of learning, teaching her the same letters and numbers every day, rather than the math and history and science she loves and is perfectly capable of doing.

When Melody finally gets an electronic device that helps her speak, she’s able to communicate her thoughts and her intelligence to the world. She even earns a spot on her school’s quiz team, surprising everyone! The story follows Melody on her journey “out of her mind,” including the difficulties and triumphs she faces along the way.

It’s an amazing story of hope and perseverance  and could be used as an excellent classroom tool by teachers. Come hear Sharon Draper talk about the book on Thursday, 5/10, from 6:30-7:30. Let us know you’re coming at 703-548-4092.

It’s a New Release Extravaganza!

Rick Riordan, Kristin Cashore, and Veronica Roth ALL have new books out this week, adding to the series we (and our customers) already love. We know some of you have been chomping at the bit to get your hands on these and they’re finally here! We have lots of each, ready for our readers to come in and take them home. Give us a call and we’ll hold one for you.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth; $17.99; HarperCollins; Ages 14+

Insurgent is book 2 in the trilogy that started with Divergent. That book flew off our shelves this year and we know the  sequel is just as amazing! Talk about heart-pounding dystopian action!

The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan; $19.99; Hyperion Books for Children; Ages 10+

The Serpent’s Shadow is the 3rd and final installment of The Kane Chronicles. Rick Riordan is one of our favorite authors and we know our customers love him too! Check out what Carter and Sade are up to now.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore; $19.99; Harcourt; Ages 14+

Bitterblue is the companion novel to the bestselling Graceling and Fire. An amazing fantasy to immerse yourself in that definitely will take you to a whole other world. Kristin Cashore is fabulous!

Penny from Heaven

Jennifer Holm is the author of several award winning books, but Penny from Heaven is my favorite. It’s lovely book about a boisterous Italian family, an overprotective mother, and a girl longing to stay young for a little longer.

Penny, a half-Italian girl living with her mother and grandparents in New Jersey, longs to know more about what happened to her father. Her died when she was very young and her mother never speaks of him. The only time Penny is able to hear his name mentioned is when she is over at her Italian grandparents house, where her myriad of Aunts, Uncles, and cousins never fail to talk about her dad. Penny loves spending time in this boisterous household where food is always delicious  and life is never dull!

Set in the 1950’s, this book is about so much more than just the problems a family goes through. It has exciting baseball games, friendships, and a mystery of buried treasure. The characters are incredibly real and lovable (my favorite was Uncle Dominic). A true gem!

Find it in our Newbery section!

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm; $6.99; Random House Books for Children; Ages 10+

Trish loved Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is the story of a 10 year-old boy named Auggie who has a severe facial deformity. Auggie is familiar with the way people react when they see him: the shock, the discomfort, the sideways glances, the hostility. He feels safe in his Manhattan neighborhood, where he’s been homeschooled for his entire life, but Auggie’s parents have decided it’s time for him to go to school. Wonder recounts his difficult year as a fifth-grader at Beecher Prep, told from the point of view of Auggie,  his older sister, Olivia, and their friends. As hard as it is to be the new kid in class, it’s so much harder to be Auggie in that situation — some of the kids are kind to him, and some are not.

I wish I’d read this book when I was a kid — maybe it would have helped me be less afraid of other folks’ differences when I was young.

A great choice  to read with your kids as a launching pad for a discussion on being different and bullying. Excellent for teachers to use in their classrooms, as well!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio; $15.99; Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 10+

Have a Warriors fan? Erin Hunter is headed our way!

We are SO excited to announce that author Erin Hunter, known for her super popular Warriors series and bestselling Seekers series, is coming to the store in April! She’s going to be chatting with you all and signing your books!

We know there are a lot of Erin Hunter fans in the area, so spread the word to friends and family. We would love to give Erin a full house of fans. Mark your calendars for Friday, April 13th. More details to come!

If you’d like to check out all the titles Erin has written, you can head to the Warriors site and find out all sorts of fun stuff about the books and their author.

You can pre-order your books and reserve your place in line by calling us at 703-548-4092.  If you’d like to be added to our email list to stay up-to-date on all our our author visits, let us know.  We have a lot going on in March and April!