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!

Snapshot of an author visit

Last Friday, I took authors Jon and Pamela Voelkel to a local school to talk about their wonderfully exciting adventure books, the Jaguar Stones series.  Dressed in khaki, looking for all the world like jungle explorers, Jon and Pamela took the kids, ages 9-13, on an exciting tour of Mayan culture, rain forest inhabitants, and rocking out.  The kids learned to call like a howler monkey (they were VERY good at it!), play in an air guitar band, and, probably best of all, got to see their teachers try a snack of fried meal worms!

Personally, I learned a lot about Mayan culture, saw a lot of creatures that I’d prefer never to meet in person, and was thoroughly entertained by the multimedia show put on by the authors.  The Voelkels are charming, entertaining, and passionate about what they do — a winning combination, producing a great series for kids 9 and up.

We have autographed copies, so get them while you can!

Jaguar Stones, Book 1, Middleworld, by J&P Voelkel, EgmontUSA, $8.99 (paperback)

Jaguar Stones, Book 2, End of the World Club, by J&P Voelkel, EgmontUSA, $16.99 (hardcover)