Thursday, October 18, 2012

Little Brown Preview: Spring 2013

On Monday I was lucky enough to attend the Little Brown Spring Book Preview. We learned about several upcoming teen and children's book that will be out next year. Of  course I had my favorites. Some I'm dying to read and some pictures books I want to read again and really absorb the text and the pictures. (I feel you're never too old for picture books and love reading them).

Here's a few that specifically caught my attention:

Picture Books:
The Dark -by Lemony Snicket and Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Simple and classic in both the illustrations and the text.

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger Illustrated by Dan Santat.
About a cranky kid who learns not to be so cranky (that time). Funny, cute, and grumpy. A really fun read.

Middle Grade:
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass.
Her books go out like hotcakes at Otis Library. Plus, I love how it's science based and how many scientists/mathematicians reviewed the book. Plus, a character is named Joss (for Joss Whedon!)

Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors and Illustrated by Dan Santat
Two tweens find a baby dragon. They end up taking it to a worm Vet in hopes that he can help it. However, they discover the Vet doesn't help normal animals and what looks like a run down building is actually a secret hospital for "imaginary" creatures. On the way out, they accidentally let the Sasquatch escape. Now, they have to track it down and capture the animal.

What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark
This is a debut novel, that I probably would have passed up because I'm not crazy about the title and the cover doesn't jump out at me, HOWEVER, I met the author and he was highly amusing and entertaining. He convinced me to give it a try.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.
I really like the cover, I think it works well, plus it ties really nicely into her first book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First sight, which I adored. You can read my review here. I started it on the train home and devoured it.

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green.
This looks great for fans of Pretty Little Liars and is the first in a trilogy. (Also aged older for content)

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Mathew Quick.
This is a dark book than those I normally read, but it sounds so intriguing. It takes place in one day - on the narrator's birthday. He decides that he's going to kill his former BFF and then himself but first he has to say goodbye to the four people who matter to him.

Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr.
Love the cover! It's about a girl who wonders about doing something you love even if you're not perfect, is it worth it?

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
Teen Assassin who can't feel anymore, until one job changes everything. He starts feelings and questioning his latest assignment. Could his awakening endanger his life? Word is Will Smith's movie production company bought the rights to this thriller for a potential movie for his son! Plus, the cover rocks!

You can check out the tweets of preview here

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