Kiddosphere: Spring Into a New Read – New and Forthcoming Books
I’m still trying to catch up on books published in 2017 (especially adult fiction and nonfiction), but bring on the Spring 2018 books!
Aru Shah and the End of Time is the opening title in Rick Riordan’s “Rick Riordan Presents” imprint, which will publish fantasy titles by authors from underrepresented communities incorporating their cultures’ mythology/folklore into their stories. I’m super excited, since fantasy can certainly use more diversity. This has already received outstanding reviews!
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors was immediately popular at all three of our library locations when we received our copies, so I’m sure that Crescent Moons and Painted Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes will be just as successful. Author Hena Khan is also the author of one of my favorite 2017 reads, Amina’s Voice.
I adore the Jasmine Toguchi series; it’s one of my new favorites. Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl continues the series that introduces a piece of Japanese culture into each story (this one involves a taiko drum).
Love Double Dutch! follows Kayla, a double dutch competitor, whose competition days are in jeopardy when she moves to North Carolina. Doreen Spicer-Donnelly created the Disney Channel’s Jump In movie, so she knows her double dutch stuff.
I’m sorry that Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship won’t be here in time for our Thunder Dog related programs about senses and animal careers for children/teens, because I know it’s going to be a massive hit. Rescue had plans to be a Seeing Eye Dog, but the powers-that-be decided that he should be a service dog instead. When he meets Jessica, a young girl whose life has changed dramatically and suddenly, he realizes and understands his new purpose as they ultimately rescue each other. This is based on the real-life experiences of Jessica Kensky, who underwent double leg amputee surgeries (she and her co-author/husband are survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing; the background of her injuries are discussed in the author’s end note and not in the main narrative).
I’m enjoying HarperCollins Christian’s relaunch of the Faithgirlz brand; while not great literature, they are fun reads for those looking for contemporary Christian titles written for tweens. Shining Night continues the Lena in the Spotlight series, which features a young girl who finds fame after starring in a popular Christian film (much like Alena Pitts, the young co-author of the series).
I am normally not a big science fiction/fantasy fan, but we have three new/upcoming YA fantasy titles that I cannot wait to read:
The Belles features a society in which beauty is tightly controlled; people are born naturally grey and must rely on The Belles to transform their looks. This has already shot up the bestseller charts AND has amazing reviews.
By the time you read this, Children of Blood and Bone will have debuted its #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. This West African inspired fantasy has already been hailed by Entertainment Weekly and Teen Vogue, so it should be a monster hit.
I’m not sure what to expect when I read Dread Nation, but having followed Justina Ireland on Twitter during the final publication process (and its pre-publication buzz), I’m ready for this Civil War alternative history horror novel to be a knockout read.
I’ll be Gone in the Dark is also burning up the bestseller lists and racking up superb reviews (this is why snobbery about bestsellers annoys me, but don’t get me started). Michelle McNamara was investigating one of the most notorious cold cases in California history when she suddenly died two years ago; her book was completed by her lead researcher. Stephen King thinks it’s an amazing read.
The mania over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton musical has inspired an uptick in Hamilton-related books (including YA author Melissa de la Cruz’s series). My Dear Hamilton follows Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’s coming of age during the American Revolution; the colonial and Revolution time periods are some of my favorite time periods, but not a very popular time for historical fiction, so I’m super excited.
On Brassard’s Farm is reportedly an honest look at farm life, which I’d much rather read than the umpteenth story about buying land and interacting with the quirky local people (doubly so if it’s set in the South or abroad).
Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library