Recent Arrivals in the Children's Room
Published on Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 10:55am
Spring is here, and with it comes a fresh crop of children's books!
We've been receiving lots of new titles in the mail lately, so be sure to check our new book shelf for the very latest. Here are just a few of the intriguing chapter books that have crossed our desk lately.
Same Sun Here, by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
"Dear River, I cannot tell from your name if you are a boy or a girl, so I will just write to you like a human being." Neela, who just moved to New York City from India, and River, who lives in a small town in Kentucky, become pen pals for a school project. As they share adventures, new discoveries and losses, they discover that they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.
Winterling, by Sarah Prineas
"You ask me why I am always afraid for you. I have to keep you safe, Jennifer. Your father went through the Way," Grand-Jane said quietly. "And he never came back." Fer (short for Jennifer) has always lived with her extremely protective grandmother on a small Iowa farm; she's never known her parents. But when she opens a door from our world into another, and a mysterious boy who can shapeshift from human to dog falls through, she discovers who she really is. This novel evokes classic fantasy tropes (an other world, a chosen child, an evil queen) in a fresh and lyrical way.
Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen
"Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell and hit him on the head." Mickey is Wahoo's dad, an animal wrangler whose creatures had appeared on TV shows. To get their family back on its feet (and his dad off the couch) Wahoo accepts a job with Expedition Survival! But can Wahoo and Mickey deal with host Derek Badger's gigantic ego, keep Alice the alligator from biting anyone's limbs off, and make sure everyone actually survives? Carl Hiaasen is back with his trademark blend of humor, nature and wacky Florida adventure.
Icefall, by Matthew J. Kirby
"The boat is not a knarr, not the cargo ship we expected. It is a drekar, a dragon-headed longship. A ship of war. 'Everyone inside the walls,' Per says. 'Now.'" In a medieval Scandinavian kingdom, the king's three children (Asa, Solveig, and Harald) have been sent away to an isolated fortress while he fights an important battle. He says he will return soon, but the temperatures are growing colder and the ice growing thicker. Soon, they will be completely alone...and there is a traitor in the castle. Will Solveig and her siblings survive until spring? Even as you enjoy the warm weather, this book will make you feel a lingering shiver.