Every Monday I highlight books being published this week. I try, whenever possible, to focus on one young adult and one middle grade book. I also briefy share what “new” book I’ve started reading this week.
My current read: I’m not reading it, but I’m listening to it while working out – Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I tried reading this book when it first came out and just couldn’t get into it. I thought maybe listening would be better. So far so good. I know plenty of kids that have read, and loved, this series. What I really love are the new covers they have. The old ones were boring. See:
The old one is on the left and the new one on the right.
I think with Thanksgiving not many books are coming out this week, but I did find a few to share.
Title: The Fourth Apprentice (Warriors: Omen of the Star Series Book #1)
Author: Erin Hunter
Released: November 24
These books – there are multiple different series within this premise – have been very popular within the middle grades. What I like about them is that there are so many, so if one of my students likes a book from it they have plenty more to go to next. That is always a postive!
Four warrior Clans have shared the land around the lake as equals for many moons. But a prophecy foretells that three ThunderClan cats will hold the power of the stars in their paws. Jayfeather and Lionblaze know that they are two of the cats in the prophecy. Now the brothers must wait for a sign from StarClan to discover the identity of the third cat.
Meanwhile, Dovekit and Ivykit—kin of the great leader Firestar—are poised to become ThunderClan apprentices. Soon one sister will have an ominous dream—and will begin to realize that she possesses mystical skills unmatched by any other cat.
In the midst of a cruel season that threatens the lives of all four warrior Clans, bonds will be forged, promises made, and three young cats will start to unravel the secrets that bind them together.
Title: The Seven Rays
Author: Jessica Bendinger
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Released: November 23 BUT I think it’s already out
This book looks interesting. I haven’t heard much about it, so I’ll be on the lookout for reviews.
You are more than you think you are.
THAT IS THE ANONYMOUS MESSAGE that Beth Michaels receives right before she starts seeing things. Not just a slept-through my-alarm-clock, late-for-homeroom, haven’t had-my-caffeine-fix kind of seeing things. It all starts with some dots, annoying pink dots that pop up on and over her mom and her best friend’s face. But then things get out of control and Beth is seeing people’s pasts, their fears, their secrets, their desires. The images are coming at Beth in hi-def streaming video and she can’t stop it. Everyone thinks she’s crazy and she’s pretty sure she agrees with them. But crazy doesn’t explain the gold envelopes that have started arriving, containing seeing keys and mysterious tarot cards. To Beth, it all seems too weird to be true. You are more than you think you are? But here’s the thing: What if she is?