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Meet Janice Mirikitani : Poet, author of For My Father

Meet Janice Mirikitani : Poet, author of For My Father | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Poet, dancer, and community activist Janice Mirikitani was born in 1941 in Stockton, California, and earned a BA from UCLA. With her parents, she was interned in an Arkansas camp during World War ...
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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Penguin Books USA

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Penguin Books USA | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson:Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review
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The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer Nielsen

The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer Nielsen | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it

 "I did find this a satisfying conclusion to the three-book arc. No loose ends are left untied, and the book really shines when it handles the sensitive topics of family relationships and facing up to and taking on overwhelming responsibilities. I like that this series makes being king look like a LOT of work. It brings politics and culture into play and makes good use of them to show how ambitions can thwart even the most well-laid plans."

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Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous by J.B. Cheaney - Sourcebooks

Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous by J.B. Cheaney - Sourcebooks | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it

Nine students. Nine points of view. One very BIG mystery!

Each of the nine students on Mrs. B’s school bus holds a clue to the mystery of the empty bus stop. Spencer’s the smart kid. Shelly’s the diva. Matthew’s just average (so far). In fact, there’s nothing about any of the nine middle schoolers on Mrs. B’s bus route that screams “fame,” but before the end of the school year, somebody on this bus is going to be famous.

Part detective story, part tale of self-discovery, this funny and touching novel told from nine very different points of view is destined to be a modern classic.

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The Rule of Thoughts: The Mortality Doctrine, Book 2 by James Dashner

The Rule of Thoughts: The Mortality Doctrine, Book 2 by James Dashner | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Is The Rule of Thoughts: The Mortality Doctrine, Book 2 OK for your child? Read Common Sense Media's book review to help you make informed decisions.
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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it

"Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? Percy Jackson provides an insider’s view with plenty of ‘tude in this illustrated collection."

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Pre-order an autographed copy from Anderson's.  Rick Riordan's appearance at the Tivoli Theatre is SOLD OUT.

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LIFE ON MARS by Jennifer Brown

LIFE ON MARS by Jennifer Brown | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Author of HATE LIST (September 1, 2009, Little, Brown BFYR)
Two-Time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award and humor columnist for The Kansas City Star.
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I love the sense of humor in this book, especially between the boy in the middle and his sisters, one older, one younger.  - Mrs. Yockey 

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Kwame Alexander Riffs on Librarians & The Crossover - YouTube

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Five GOLD stars to this hip hoppin', awe-inspirin', jump shottin' new novel  - CROSSOVER!  - Mrs. Yockey

 

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New Graphic in the LMC: The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill...
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Five stars for this new graphic novel from the author of American Born Chinese!  Mrs. Yockey

 More info at http://geneyang.com/the-shadow-hero

 

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365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts | Books | Random House Kids

365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts | Books | Random House Kids | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
In the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put,...
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The Turtle of Oman - Naomi Shihab Nye - Hardcover

The Turtle of Oman - Naomi Shihab Nye - Hardcover | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration. It tells the story of Aref Al-Amri,...
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The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine, Book Two) | Books | Random House Kids

The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine, Book Two) | Books | Random House Kids | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Di...
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Guys Read: True Stories

Guys Read: True Stories | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Jon Scieszka's Guys Read anthology series for tweens turns to nonfiction in its fifth volume, True Stories. The fifth installment in the Guys Read...
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Author visit? Space Case by Stuart Gibbs with William Alexander

Author visit?  Space Case by Stuart Gibbs with William Alexander | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School.Like his fellow...
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Possible author visit, with Stu Gibbs, on Thursday, September 25, any time of day available at this point.  good for 6th or 7th grade.  His earlier mysteries have been popular with 6th and 7th grade students.

 

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Kirkus Reviews starred (June 15, 2014)

When Dr. Holtz's body is discovered just outside the lunar colony, everyone assumes he made a mistake putting on his spacesuit;but 12-year-old Dashiell Gibson has reason to believe this was no accident. Earth's first space base has been a living hell for Dash. There's not much to do on the moon besides schoolwork and virtual-reality gaming, and there's only a handful of kids his age up there with him. The chance to solve a murder is exactly the type of excitement Dash needs. As clues are found and secrets are uncovered, Dash comes to understand that some of the base's residents aren't what they seem to be. With a small cast of characters supplying an excellent variety of suspects, Gibbs creates the best kind of murder on a train mystery. The genius, however, is putting the train in space. Closed quarters and techno mumbo-jumbo add delightful color to the proceedings. Thankfully, the author doesn't let the high-concept setting overshadow the novel's mystery. The whodunit is smartly paced and intricately plotted. Best of all, the reveal is actually worth all the buildup. Thrillers too often fly off the rails in their final moments, but the author's steady hand keeps everything here on track. Fully absorbing. (Mystery. 9-12)

 

School Library Journal (July 1, 2014)

Gr 4-6-It's 2041, and 12-year-old Dash Gibson lives with his family in Moon Base Alpha, the first lunar outpost. Life is mostly dull (watching TV, going to the gym to keep fit, and playing video games-not much variety) until Ronald Holtz, beloved base physician, dies under suspicious circumstances. Despite warnings from the base's autocratic commander, Dash continues to investigate the incident as a possible murder. The story is fun, if somewhat thin; a space-age Agatha Christie mystery grafted onto a Scooby Doo plot. There are multiple suspects, each with a seemingly plausible motive-the scientist who accuses Dr. Holtz of stealing his brilliant idea; the shoddy psychiatrist whom Holtz tried to keep off of the mission; even Lars Sjoberg, the hapless and arrogant billionaire space tourist. Some of the characters are colored with a broad brush, such as Kira the tween-age super hacker; the vile, "pure white" Sjoberg family; and Chang Hi-Tech, the tattooed and mohawked tech guru. But Gibbs's passion for science is obvious, and his portrayal of what life might be like for a middle schooler in space is credible and insightful. The difficulty of learning to run in reduced gravity, the dreary food, ubiquitous technologies, and recycled water (urine is purified and returned to the reservoir) all are treated evenhandedly and with reference to relevant science. The prospect and related concerns of contact with a distant race of super-intelligent beings provide an intriguing "what if" counterpoint. Recommended as a breezy read, especially for the budding space scientist.-Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA

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I Am Malala - Hachette Book Group

I Am Malala - Hachette Book Group | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it

"I Am Malala. This is my story.

 Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school."

- See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/malala-yousafzai/i-am-malala/9780316327930/#sthash.nXJ0a63E.dpuf

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Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetrios

Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetrios | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it

"In James Patterson's first highly illustrated "diary fiction" story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while."

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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier - Read an excerpt and a review here!

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier - Read an excerpt and a review here! | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
A first look at Raina Telgemeier's eagerly awaited Sisters, which explores the complicated feelings that follow when the author gets a baby sister.
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Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it

"In this stunning trilogy opener, Reedy (Words in the Dust) envisions a near-future America on the verge of disaster, where political discord, economic crisis, and a controversial new law have created tension between state and federal governments. Enter 17-year-old Pfc. Daniel Wright, a football-playing, truck-driving, country music–loving high school senior and member of the Idaho National Guard. When his unit is called to help with a potential riot in Boise, things get out of hand, eventually sparking a full-blown conflict between Idaho and the Feds."

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The Swap by MEGAN SHULL

The Swap by MEGAN SHULL | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it

“Funny, honest and touching, The Swap is the perfect book for tweens ready to learn what’s going on inside the minds (and bodies) of the opposite gender. Jack and Ellie are such wonderful characters and those brothers-wow!”—Frances O’Roark Dowell, New York Times bestselling author of Dovey Coe and The Secret Language of Girls

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This one got a thumbs up from a Crone student reviewer!

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Book 4 in the Unwanteds Series is here!

Book 4 in the Unwanteds Series is here! | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds.
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Chris Colfer introduces THE LAND OF STORIES - YouTube

http://TheLandofStoriesBook.com Chris Colfer talks about his new book THE LAND OF STORIES, now a #1 New York Times Bestseller! Chris Colfer is a Golden Globe...
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Thanks to Ben B. the Crone LMC now has all 3 installments in the Land of Stories!  I can't believe I had overlooked buying these for Crone, especially since I met Chris Colfer at Anderson's Summer 2013!  He's as sweet in person as you would think he would be.  

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Author visit? The Scavengers - Michael Perry - Hardcover

Author visit?  The Scavengers - Michael Perry - Hardcover | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember meets Louis Sachar's Holes in this imaginative and hilarious middle grade novel from New York Times bestselling...
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Possible school visit:  Tuesday, September 23, morning or afternoon available at this point.  Best for 6th grade.  I haven't read it yet, but know Michael Perry from his adult books.  He's an amazing storyteller and would be great with the kids.  Not picturing a whole grade level though.  Maybe just one team.  Im confident, if teachers and parents buy in, we can get more authors to share around with all the teams through the course of the year.

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Villainous | Books | Random House Kids

Villainous | Books | Random House Kids | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
The final installment in this superheroic series by Matthew Cody (author of Powerless and Super) will answer all your burning questions! The trut...
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Penguin USA Blog

Brown Girl Dreaming | Penguin USA Blog | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
Believe in the possible . . . with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York Times bestseller, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jenn...
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Booklist starred (July 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 21))

Grades 4-6. It’s a little strange for 11-year-old Ellie when her mother brings home a boy who looks to be about 13 but dresses like Ellie’s grandfather. But it’s a shocker when Ellie realizes that the kid is her grandfather, a scientist who has suddenly succeeded in reversing the aging process. Now sleeping in their den and newly enrolled in Ellie’s middle school, Grandpa connives with her to sneak into his old lab and swipe what he needs to continue his research. Meanwhile, Ellie comes to admire the grandfather she has barely known, listens to his stories of famous scientists, and discovers her own passion for science. Written in a clean, crisp style, with lively dialogue and wit, this highly accessible novel will find a ready audience. The idea of an adult in a young teen’s body may not be new, but Ellie’s first-person narrative makes good use of the situation’s comic potential, particularly in the fractious, role-reversed relationship between Mom and Grandpa. Along with the comedy, the story has a reflective side, too, as Ellie thinks through issues such as death and immortality and confronts Grandpa with the social consequences of his research. A great choice for book groups and class discussions as well as individual reading. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A three-time Newbery Honor–winning author, whose books have also ranked on the New York Times best-seller lists, Holm has a formidably sized fan base waiting for her next release.

 

 

 

Pub date: August 26, 2014

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No Place by Todd Strasser

No Place by Todd Strasser | New Books in the LMC Fall 2014 | Scoop.it
About the author of FALLOUT and many other award-winning novels for teens and pre-teens.
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