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New on my Nook: New releases, Dec 2013, juvenile, young adult


I love to read!

“New on my Nook” is my way of alerting you to many of the titles that have peaked my interest. I have either received these titles via NetGalley or Edelweiss or I discovered them elsewhere and am *wishing* for a DRC (*hint, hint*).  I want to let you know what’s out there when it’s newly available even if I haven’t read (or finished reading) it yet. This is intended to be something of an early warning system, but in a good way.  If I select some of these titles for later review, I will link to those reviews from within this post. Enough background? Good. On to the books!

Juvenile and young adult materials with Dec 2013 release dates:

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1.  Free Association, Where My Mind Goes During Science Class (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) by Barbara Esham // 9781603365468 // (juvenile, nonfiction, ages 9-12) // Mainstream Connections Publishing // Dec 2, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “Free Association is seemingly a children’s book; however, it conceals a message of inspiration for all teachers to open their minds to the creativity of their students and by doing so change the world for both.” — G. Emerson Dickman

2.  Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. // 9781575424514 // (young adult, nonfiction, ages 12+) // Free Spirit Publishing // Dec 3, 2013 // DRC received

  • “This powerful resource teaches students effective social networking skills and provides educators with insights to help teens manage their online reputations and lives.”—Patrick Mott, teen social media expert

3.  When God Was a Little Girl by David Weiss // 9781592989553 // (juvenile, nonfiction) // Beavers Pond Press // Dec 6, 2013 // *wish list*

  • ”Tell me a story, Daddy . . . about when God was a little girl.” Susanna’s playful request begins a whimsically profound tale woven between father and daughter. This imaginative retelling of creation sparkles with joy, its words and images offering gentle wisdom and genuine insight. You may never think about God, creation, or yourself in quite the same way.” — (Amazon product description)

4. The Despised Promise by A. Cheri Kallner // 9781462733477 // (young adult, fiction, faith-based, ages 12+) // CrossBooks Publishing // Dec 10, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “As a war rages between Desaka and Noedia, a nation awaits deliverance and Satan’s fury waits to be unleashed. Meanwhile, the royal triplets of Noedia are poised to fulfill their divine destiny—to bring an end to the war.” — (Amazon product description)

5. Spoils by Tammar Stein // 9780375870620 // (juvenile fiction, ages 12+) // Knopf Books for Young Readers // Dec 10, 2013 // DRC received

  • “When Leni’s family hit the lottery, life got…well, strange. Leni’s parents built a mansion fit for royalty; they enrolled their daughter in the fanciest, most expensive private school in Florida; and they even bought Leni a dolphin for her 12th birthday (she made them take it back). But all of that extravagant living has caught up with them and the lottery money is about to run out-except for the large trust fund Leni will inherit on her 18th birthday, now only a week away. Leni is prepared to give her parents the money until her sister, Natasha, confesses a shocking secret-one that threatens to destroy their entire family. Leni has been ordered to fix it, but how?” — (Edelweiss book summary)

6. These Broken Stars (Series: Starbound Trilogy) by Amie Kaufman // 9781423171027 // (juvenile fiction, ages 12+, science fiction) // Disney-Hyperion // Dec 10, 2013 // DRC received

  • “Kaufman and Spooner’s debut collaboration is a stunning, gorgeously imagined romance with epic sweep, brimming with lush detail of setting and intricate character study. It’s the kind of read to savor, but the survivalist plotting still rushes the reader to keep turning pages.” — Ingram Library Group

7. Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty // 9780316209175 // (juvenile, nonfiction, Ages 6-9) // Little, Brown Books for Young Readers // Dec 17, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “The text, powerful and spare, is well supported by Collier’s watercolor and collage art…there is a lot going on in the mind of any child who has been denied a parent, for whatever reason. In this book they will find comfort and inspiration.” — The Horn Book

8. Fast For My Feet by Ann E. Loewen // 9781460233849 // (young adult, fiction, schizophrenia, family relationships, ages 12+) // FriesenPress // Dec 19, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “Lena’s nineteen-year-old brother Jordan has become someone else since he developed schizophrenia, and she’s not sure she likes him. And yet she hurts deeply when others don’t understand. Dealing with peers is hard enough, but adults can be even worse as they seek to blame and explain Jordan’s changes. Luckily there’s Andy, whose enthusiasm for life helps sort out some of the situations that keep arising. Then suddenly Andy isn’t the faithful friend she thought he was: he’s going to the grade 12 grad, but not with her. Running is Lena’s only escape. If only it wasn’t so hard to breathe.” — (Amazon book description)

9. The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland // 9780449818251 // (juvenile, nonfiction, ages 3-7) // Random House Books for Young Readers // Dec 24, 2013 // *wish list*

  • “Blackwood’s illustrations, full of close observation of the chaotic dishevelment of family life, give this delightful character and warmth.” — The Toronto Star

10. Control by Lydia Kang // 9780803739048 // (young adult, dystopian fiction) // Penguin Young Readers Group // Dec 26, 2013 // DRC received

  • “Control blew me away, from the depth and richness of this fascinating, disturbing vision of the future — and all its technologies — to the twists and turns and suspense that made for a thrilling ride. Zel is as authentic a character as I’ve read in a very long time. Highly recommended.” — James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER

I hope you’ll find something here to add to your own reading list.


2 Responses

  1. Hi, Kimberly – I’m glad my book, When God Was a Little Girl caught your eye. If you send me a mailing address, I’d be happy to send you a review copy if you’d be so kind as to review it and post the review on your blog and FB. You can contact me at: drw59 (at) comcast (dot) net. Thanks! ~ David


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