May New Releases

Can you believe it’s already May?!

I can’t! This school year has completely flown by! There is like 21 school days left and then…SUMMER VACATION! YAY!

Yes, us teachers and librarians look forward to summer just as much (if not more) than the students do! So, as we count down the days left in the school year, let’s also take a look at the new books that May brings us.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy GreenwaldCharlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald (May 7)

Chantress by Amy Butler GreenfieldChantress by Amy Butler Greenfield (May 7)

Wednesdays In The Tower by Jessica Day GeorgeWednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George (May 7)

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl (May 7)

The 5th Wave by Rick YancyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (May 7)

Nantucke Blue by Leila HowlandNantucket Blue by Leila Howland (May 7)

Towering by Alex FlinnTowering by Alex Flinn (May 14)

Vote by Gary PaulsenVote by Gary Paulsen (May 14)

All I Need by Susan ColasantiAll I Need by Susan Colasanti (May 21)

Thousand Words by Jennifer BrownThousand Words by Jennifer Brown (May 21)

All of these May new releases seem like have good potential although, I think I’m the most interested in Nantucket Blue, ChantressIcons and The 5th Wave. Have any of you already read them (ARCs) or are there any you’re particularly looking forward to?


Tasty Treats (10)

Hi there!

I’m back for another edition of Tasty Treats!

Do any of you enter book giveaways on other blogs? I definitely do! In fact, I enter a ton of them never really expecting to win because, you know the internet is full of billions of people! But every once in a while I do win an online book giveaway, and I am always completely shocked when I do.

Well, that happened a few weeks ago, when I entered Teen Librarian Toolbox’s Orca Publisher’s Book Giveaway. If you’re unfamiliar with Orca Book Publishers they are a publishing house that focuses on creating books that will appeal to reluctant readers. I entered the giveaway because my school is chock-full of reluctant readers and although I have a few of the Orca titles, I thought that it’d be fun to add some newer ones to my Media Center collection.

Well, guess what?!

i won

YAY! I totally won!

So, Orca Book Publishers sent me 10 of their newest 2013 titles!

The first set is Orca Currents. These titles are short high-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for middle-school students reading below grade level.

Orca Currents

Caching In by Kristin Butcher

Eric and his best friend, Chris, find themselves on a high-stakes geocaching treasure hunt.

FaceSpace by Adrian Chamberlain
Fourteen-year-old Danny invents a fictitious friend in an effort to fit in at school.
Vanish by Karen Spotford-Fitz
Fourteen-year-old Simone becomes a key witness in a parental-abduction investigation.
Stolen by John Wilson
Fifteen-year-old Sam solves a mystery while treasure-hunting on the Australian coast.

Then there are also the Orca Soundings titles. These books have contemporary themes and exciting stories, making the Orca Soundings for reluctant teen readers books that teens want to read.

Orca Soundings

Deadly by Sarah N. Harvey

Amy is abducted and locked away, forced to write essays about the error of her ways.

Night Terrors by Sean Rodman
Dylan struggles with the memories of the death of his younger brother while fighting for survival in a snow-bound resort.

Tagged by Eric Walters
Oswald uses graffiti to fight back against an over-bearing politician.

Damage by Robin Stevenson
Theo ends up in a strange situation with a girl who has kidnapped her own child.

And last, but not least are the Orca Sports books. Perfect for reluctant teen readers, the Orca Sports titles combine mystery and adventure with team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and soccer, and solo sports like scuba diving, running, sailing, horse racing and even race-car driving. Orca Sports books engage young readers with exciting plots and easy-to-read language.

Orca Sports

Break Point by Kate Jaimet
When Connor and Maddy discover that their tennis club is going bankrupt, they set out to try and save it.

Hurricane Heat by Steven Barwin
Years after Travis’s parents die in a car crash and he and his younger sister, Amanda, are separated, Travis sets out to search for her at the risk of losing an opportunity for a future baseball career.

So there you have it! I’ve already put these on the shelves and at least 6 of them have already been checked out! Thank you so much to Teen Librarian Toolbox for hosting the giveaway and thank you so much to Orca Book Publishers for supplying the giveaway and for not forgetting about the reluctant readers of the world!

Do you know any reluctant readers? Have you had success with the Orca books? Which ones are your favorites?

*All book summaries and series descriptions came from Orca Book Publishers.*


The Reading Queue: May

Welcome back BookTasty friends!

Today, I’m introducing a new meme that will be recurring on a monthly basis. Recently I was chatting with Jessica at Books A True Story and we came up with the idea for the Reading Queue! We’re pretty excited to be working on this together!

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month.  You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide.  Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty and Books:  A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a monthly recap of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both  separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. Our main goal with Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations!

A badge is currently in the creation stages and we will have a linky for you next month.  We just wanted to announce the meme this month, to give you an idea of what it is, and see how many others would be interested in joining us.  The focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us!  Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!  Official start date is June 1st.

My Reading Queue

So, let’s get started! In May I’m planning on reading the following books:

Torn by Amanda HockingTorn by Amanda Hocking

This is the second book in the Trylle series and I started it on Wednesday. This will count towards my 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge!



The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

I technically started this one in April, but haven’t finished it yet, so I’m hoping to this month. It’ll count towards the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.



SilenceSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

So, I’ve been holding out for my public library to get this one on audio since that’s how I read the first two, but it’s been forever so I got sick of waiting and just decided to checkout a print copy. This series is one of my guilty pleasures! haha



WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

This one is on the 2013-2014 Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade book list and I can’t wait to start it!




Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtOkay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Also on next year’s Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade list. This one will also count towards my goal in the 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge.



Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Eizabeth Ross

Loved the summary for this one so I really want to read it! It will help me get to my goal in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.



How I Did Last Month

April was a CRAZY busy week with FCAT and work commitments so I only read three books this past month.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I really love this series so much!




Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Finally! I got to this one and enjoyed it so much!




Switched by Amanda HockingSwitched by Amanda Hocking

I have one student who is constantly telling me to read these books, so I finally did and I was pleasantly surprised.



So what are you reading this month?  Have you read any of these books? Which of the titles in my Reading Queue should I read first? Are you interested in joining our meme? Let me know!


Waiting on Wednesday: The Chaos of Stars

Hiya everybody!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far! There’s only a few more days until the weekend! Yay!

As usual, today I’m bringing you my Waiting on Wednesday post. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and it’s one of my favorite memes to participate in!

This week I’m excited to bring you Kiersten’s White’s newest standalone novel, The Chaos of Stars. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up. Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

I’m having a major not-so-secret love affair with this cover. It is just gorgeous! I can’t get enough of that gold over the deep midnight blue! Also, yay for no people on the cover. I’m not opposed to people on book covers (my favorites actually tend to be the ones with girls in lovely flowy gowns…) but it’s just refreshing to have those without people on them.

I’m also really intrigued by the summary as mythology (of any civilization) was always something I’ve been interested in. I don’t know a lot about Egyptian mythology either, so it’ll be cool to learn a little bit more while reading The Chaos of Stars. We have until September 10 before this one is released, so we need to be really patient!

What tasty looking upcoming books are you excited about?