In the quick moving world of publishing, sometimes amazing books can be forgotten in an instant. Thus was born, Books to Watch. A way to share with you both wonderful books I've read in the past, and highlight something upcoming! A two for one if you will.
So sit back, relax, and let me add some books to your TBR.
Time to give some more love to Middle Grade goodness...
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Des·tin·y: |destinē/(noun) The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.
Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn’t even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her English-professor mother will frown on. Then a seeming tragedy strikes: just after discovering that it contains an important family secret, she accidentally loses the special copy of Emily Dickinson’s poetry that was given to her at birth. As Emily and her friends search for the lost book in used bookstores and thrift shops all across town, Emily’s understanding of destiny begins to unravel and then rewrite itself in a marvelous new way.
In her third novel, Kathryn Fitzmaurice again weaves a richly textured and delightful story about unexpected connections, about the ways that friends can help us see ourselves for who we truly are, and about the most perfect kinds of happy endings: those that happen just on time.
I'm not going to lie, I'm a sucker for witty female protagonists. The only thing better is an eleven-year-old witty protagonist, and that is what Kathryn Fitzmaurice creates in this book! Emily Elizabeth Davis is one of those characters that will make you giggle out loud. Her story is amazing! It's sweet, it's silly, and most definitely heart warming as well.
You can check out my review for more raving if you so wish!
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It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format—a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.
This book hits shelves in September, and I absolutely cannot wait! Kate DiCamillo has stolen my heart multiple times, first with Because of Winn-Dixie and then again when I was older with The Tale of Desperaux. She is an amazing storyteller! So imagine my happiness when I found out she not only has a new book coming out, but it has comic-style graphic sequences! SQUEE! Fans of superheroes unite, this looks to be an amazing read.
So there you have it my friends!
Two delicious Middle Grade books, one to devour now and the other to pine for endlessly.
Plan on adding either of these to your TBR? So anxious that you don't feel like you can keep the excitement in? Share it out in the comments!