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August New Releases

Hi there!

Whoa! Can you believe it’s almost August already?!

In about two weeks I’ll be starting up the school year at my new school!

Well, each month tons of new books are born! I always like to check out what’s new so let’s take a look at twelve new releases for August that caught my eye.

Gated by Amy Christine ParkerGated by Amy Christine Parker (Aug. 6) YA

Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom AnglebergerThe Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet by Tom Angleberger (Aug. 6) MG

The Enchantress Returns by Christ Colfer

The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer (Aug. 6) MG

North of Nowhere by Liz KesslerNorth of Nowhere by Liz Kessler (Aug. 6) MG

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve TucholkeBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (Aug. 15) YA

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han Sibohan VivianFire with Fire by Jenny Han & Sibohan Vivian (Aug. 13) YA

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (Aug. 20) YA

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen HarringtonSure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington (Aug. 20) MG

My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-CorrieMy Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-Corrie (Aug. 20) MG/YA

The Crown of Midnight by Sarah J MaasThe Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Aug. 27) YA

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae CarsonThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (Aug. 27) YA

The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J KirbyThe Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby (Aug. 27) MG

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Top Ten Tuesday: August New Releases

Top Ten TuesdayWell hello and Happy Tuesday!

Every Tuesday the lovely people over at The Broke and Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly event to celebrate bookish lists!

Now, officially the theme for the week is Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours, but I usually skip one of their themes to do a New Releases Top Ten because I like to highlight some of the upcoming month’s new titles.  So although I like the official theme, I’ll save it for later, and this week my list is Top Ten August New Releases.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasThroneof Glass by Sarah J. Mass (August 7)

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom AnglebergerThe Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger (August 7)

With Dwight attending Tippett Academy this semester, the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are on their own–no Origami Yoda to give advice and help them navigate the treacherous waters of middle school. Then Sara gets a gift she says is from Dwight–a paper fortune-teller in the form of Chewbacca. It’s a Fortune Wookiee, and it seems to give advice that’s just as good as Yoda’s–even if, in the hands of the girls, it seems too preoccupied with romance. In the meantime, Dwight is fitting in a little too well at Tippett. Has the unimaginable happened? Has Dwight become normal? It’s up to his old friends at McQuarrie to remind their kooky friend that it’s in his weirdness that his greatness lies.

Liar and Spy by Rebecca SteadLiar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (August 7)

When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer’s first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit by Tommy GreenwaldCharlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit by Tommy Greenwald (August 7)

Charlie Joe Jackson, the most reluctant reader ever born, made it his mission in the first book to get through middle school without reading a single book from cover to cover. Now he’s back, and trying desperately to get straight A’s in order to avoid going to academic camp for the summer. In order to do this, he will have to betray his friend, lose the girl of his dreams, and end up acting in a school play about the inventor of paper towels. Charlie Joe’s not exactly the “school play kind of guy”, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

The Kill Order by James DashnerThe Kill Order by James Dashner (August 14)

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.
Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela MingleKissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle (August 14)

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.  Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she’d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he’s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen’s really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lose its greatest playwright.  Miranda isn’t convinced she’s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it’s her only chance of getting back to the present and her “real” life. What Miranda doesn’t bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances LongThe Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Long (August 16)

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

Palace of Stone by Shannon HalePrincess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (August 21)

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she “should “help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. Picking up where “Princess Academy “left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.

City of Swords by Mary HoffmanCity of Swords (Starvaganza#6) by Mary Hoffman (August 21)

Haven’t read any in this series but REALLY REALLY want to!

Desperately unhappy, Laura has resorted to secretly self-harming. But Laura is a Stravagante, somebody who can travel in time and space. When she finds her talisman, a small silver dagger, she stravagates with it to sixteenth-century Fortezza, a town similar to Lucca in Italy, where she meets her Stravagante, who is a swordsmith. But Laura also meets the charming and attractive Ludo, and falls for him. Their love for each other is tested when Ludo lays claim to the crown of Fortezza, and Laura finds herself fighting on the side of the Stravaganti opposing him.

Dangerous Boy by Mandy HubbardDangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard (August 30)

Harper has never been worried about falling in love, something she is skeptical even exists. But everything changes when Logan moves to town, and to Harper’s shock, the two tumble into an intense romance. It’s everything she never thought she wanted. Then she meets Logan’s twin brother, Daemon, who was expelled from his last school. True, he’s a bad boy, but Harper can’t shake the feeling that there’s something deeply sinister about him–something dangerous. When Logan starts pulling away, Harper is convinced that Daemon’s shadowy past is the wedge being driven between them. But by the time she uncovers the truth, it may be too late.

Yay! So many awesome sounding books coming out! I must figure out a way to convince my husband we don’t need to eat for the month, but that we need all of these instead.  Eating is overrated!! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People who Like Jeff Kinney

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Before we get started I want to wish my awesome husband a Happy Happy Birthday! Yeah, he’s pretty cool! :)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish so that us book bloggers can talk even more about what we love best, books and all things bookish!

This week’s Top Ten theme is Books for People Who Like X Author. I chose to focus on the middle grade side of things this week and am providing you with a list of books you might like if you enjoy Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Wimpy Kid books are wildly successful all over (I know the copies in my Media Center are never on the shelf!) and some of those readers might be looking for read-alike books to dig into.

Well, fear not because today I have a list of Books for People Who Like Jeff Kinney! These are all books that are written in a journal-like style and often include little drawings and doodles that add to the story. I will include an asterisk (*) next to the titles I have read. If it doesn’t have an asterisk, I still recommend the title because I’ve heard great things about it!

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger1. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger *

The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell2. The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell *

Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton3. Dear Dumb Diary by

The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt4. The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald5. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald *

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce6. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce *

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm7. Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard9. The Boy Project by Kami Kinard *

Journal of a Schoolyard Bully by Farley Katz10. Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies and Wedgies by Farley Katz

Hopefully this will help guide your own future reading or help you pick books out for the middle grade reader in your life!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage community among book bloggers and to talk about books, our favorite things!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is supposed to be Books on My Summer To Read List, but I feel like it would be me just talking about the same books that have been on my to read list for a while now, so I decided to mix it up a little and pick an older topic to do a little rewind.

So, my top ten for the week is My Top Ten Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction.  We all love the main characters because they’re usually awesome and they’re the focus of the story, but sometimes there are some amazing and lovable minor characters that we just can’t seem to forget. Today I want to share those supporting characters that I just love.Foxface Hunger Games

1. Fox Face from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Foxface makes me laugh.  She always turns up right when Katniss least expects it and is, I think, a lot like Katniss.  I love how Katniss respects Foxface and even gets a kick out of seeing her out in the Games.

2. Newt from the The Maze Runner series by James DashnerLuna Lovegood Harry Potter

Oh Newt.  I love him.  Newt stands by Thomas pretty much from the beginning.  He is funny and  loyal, and has an Irish accent (I listened to the audiobooks).

3. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Luna is so awesomely nerdy and cool.  She is her own person and does things her own way.  She doesn’t really care too much that people think her and her father are odd, she knows who she is.

4. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Magnus is someone I’d just love to hang out with.  He is always up for fun, but is also incredibly loving and thoughtful.  Plus he wears glitter.

5. Severus Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harroy Potter series by J.K. RowlingSnape

Snape! Snape is like the most bad-a character ever.  His loyalty and willingness to sacrifice everything is mind-blowing.  And Bellatrix is the world’s most awesome villain!  She is the BEllatrix Lestrangeperfect combo of fabulous and evil mixed together.  I think I want to be her for Halloween…hmmm…

6. Dwight from The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

I just love that Dwight is nothing less than a weirdo.  A loveable, observant and smart weirdo, but a weirdo none-the-less.  I mean this guy digs wholes in his back yard, sits in them, then fills them back up.  That just cracks me up!

7. Maggie, Esther and Leah from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

These girls are willing to overlook Auden’s bad judgement and befriend her anyway.  They don’t give up on Auden when she tries to push them away either (which she does, a lot).  They continue to pursue her because they understand the value of deep relationships.  They seem like the type of people I’d like to get to know.

8. Marcie Millar from the Hush, Hush books by Becca Fitzpatrick

I know Marcie is suppReepicheep Narniaosed to be Nora’s arch nemesis and everything, plus she says some mean things about Vee, but things are just more colorful and fun with Marcie in the story!  I really enjoyed the second book and I’m convinced its because there is more Marcie in it.

9. Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Oh. My. Gosh. Break my heart! I honestly can’t think of Reepicheep too long without my heart hurting.  This little guy is the epitome of courage, faith, and perseverance.   Plus he is an adorable, talking, sword wielding mouse!!

10. Macey, Bex and Liz from The Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter

These girls are part of the reason why I wish I was a Gallagher Girl!  They’re loyal, fun and smart, but also (best of all) they’re spies!  I love the banter between these girls in this series so much!

So, those are some of my favorite minor characters in YA and MG fiction.  I have tons more but these were the ones that popped into my mind first.  Who are your favorite characters in supporting roles?

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Tuesday Top Ten: Most Popular Sellers at Our Fall Book Fair

The fall Book Fair is in full swing in my Media Center.  We’ve been open for a full two days, and already I’ve had to order some title restocks, which will hopefully arrive tomorrow or else the natives may revolt!  This week’s Top Ten will list the ten most popular sellers at our fall book fair.

The Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell

Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

The NightMarys by Dan Poblocki

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Dowling Hahn

Killer Pizza: The Slice by Greg Taylor

39 Clues Cahills Versus Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Maximum Ride Manga #4 by James Patterson

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Tuesday Top Twenty: I Know What you Read this Summer!

Well,  I don’t know what you read this summer, so I can’t write about that.

But, I do know what I read this past summer.  I was busy alright!  This is not a Top Ten today, it’s a list of the twenty (yes twenty) books I read this summer.

1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

2. Rumors by Anna Godbersen

3. Dark Life by Kat Falls

4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

5. The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

6. Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid of Westminster by Berkley Breathed

7. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

8. Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story by Tonya Hegamin and Marilyn Nelson

9. Scat by Carl Hiaasen

10. Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted

11. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

12. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

13. Bystander by James Preller

14. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

15. Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arther Slade

16. Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

17. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

18. One False Note by Gordon Korman

19. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

20. The Help by Katheryn Stockett  (The only adult fiction I read all summer!)

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Tuesday Top Ten: Books I’m Excited to Read Next

NOTE:  I know that today is Wednesday.  I know that this post is called “Tuesday Top Ten”.  Well, I forgot to post yesterday.  So here it is.

I always have reading plans.  But here are some that I’m excited to have on my current “To Read” list.  There are tons more, but these are the titles I’m most excited about.

10. Incarceron by Cathrine Fisher

9. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

7. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

6. Matched by Ally Condie

5. One False Note by Gordon Korman

4. Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Andgleberger

3. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

2. Rip Tide by Kat Falls

1. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

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Ask a Question, Any Question! The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Did you ever have that one kid in class that was just weird?  Totally nice person, but they were just a little strange?

Maybe you were that person.  Or not.

Anyway, Tommy knows exactly who that person is.  Its Dwight.

Dwight does a lot of odd things like wearing his socks pulled up above his knees, picking his nose, or making people to call him “Captain Dwight”. The only cool thing about Dwight is that he’s pretty good at origami.

One day Dwight comes to school with his own Origami Yoda that he designed himself.  Dwight sticks Origami Yoda on his finger and invited people to ask Origami Yoda questions, like a Magic-Eight Ball.   This starts controversy among the students; some believe Origami Yoda is an oracle, while others think it’s just Dwight being lame again.

To discover the truth, Tommy’s begins an investigation into the “realness” of Origami Yoda.  With the help of his friends, Harvey and Kellen, Tommy gathers stories of other students’ experiences with Origami Yoda.  Tommy’s goal?  Figure out if Origami Yoda is real or not before he decides to make a big move based on Origami Yoda’s advice.

Tom Angleberger has written a pretty hilarious story. I really like the book’s format which is told in different journal entries by students who have had encounters with Yoda.  Each entry explains why the students believe Yoda gave good, bad or ambiguous advice.  After each story, Harvey and Tommy both provide their thoughts and Kellen draws illustrations.

The problems Tommy’s classmates come to Origami Yoda with are perfect for middle school aged readers; they’re funny because they’re so relatable. My favorites were “Origami Yoda and the Embarrassing Stain” and “Origami Yoda and Shakespeare’s Head”.  Everyone, middle school or not, can relate to the Embarrassing Stain, but the Shakespeare’s Head story reminds of how my students used to always knock my tiny globe off the corner of my desk and freak out when it would pop in two (it was already broken they just didn’t know it…hehehe….). I definitely laughed out loud on multiple occasions.

Whats also nice to see is that although Tommy starts off being one of the guys who rags on Dwight, throughout the book Tommy begins to realize that Dwight might not be as strange as he seems to be.

I think readers will enjoy meeting each student and hearing more about Dwight and his Origami Yoda.  It’s a super quick read with a sweet and romantic ending.

Also, the author has included directions for making your own Origami Yoda.  AWESOME!

Such a fun and cute book.  Plus the cover is pretty cool.