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13 March Reads You Might Have Missed

March at LBYR has been a busy month with releases galore! From sweet bedtime board books to heart-wrenching YA with adult crossover, these new titles include something for every reader.

Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by Marc Brown

Now in board book, this modern classic illustrated by Marc Brown celebrates the joy of a new baby entering the world. An ideal baby shower gift, featuring diverse illustrations and a heartwarming message about growing up.

The Brother Book and The Sister Book by Todd Parr

Bestselling and beloved author Todd Parr has returned with not one but two books about brothers and sisters of all kinds! These are stories showcasing the uniqueness of families, perfect for soon-to-be big siblings.

Sheep 101 by Richard Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A clever, charming picture book tailor-made for bedtime reading! What happens when a boy is counting sheep, and sheep 101 gets stuck jumping over the fence? He’ll need help from some familiar nursery characters, each one funnier than the last.

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, and Caprice Crane, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld

Meet Esther! Maybe you’ve already heard of the not-so-miniature pig adopted by two dads who got a lot more than they bargained for—Esther the Wonder Pig was a bestselling adult memoir. Now her story is in picture book form, perfect for young readers.

 

The Super Awful Superheroes of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert

The wacky kids of Classroom 13 are back! This installment of the chapter book series sees the students struck by lightning, granting them superpowers. But with great gifts comes great chaos… and a lot laugh-out-loud fun.

 

President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl Code by Sherri Winston

Book three in the Presidents series features African American middle schooler Brianna going outside her comfort zone to interview students from a girls’ coding program at an inner-city academy. Will she learn to ignore stereotypes and embrace the world around her?

 

Survival Tails: The Titanic by Katrina Charman

Don’t miss this series starter about animals in peril during important historical events, perfect for fans of the I Survived series! Survival Tails blends historical facts and exciting animal adventures into a winning combination.

 

The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

Roz the robot has returned at last! The sequel to Peter Brown’s bestselling The Wild Robot is already a bestseller as well. Roz has learned to survive and thrive on a remote island with her animal friends and adoptive goose son, Brightbill, but what will happen when she’s returned to the civilized world? Can she find her way home again despite the technology and humans standing in the way?

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

This is a powerful and tender middle grade novel about bravery and identity, featuring LGBTQ characters historically absent in books for younger readers. Ivy’s hopes and fears as she grapples with her feelings for another girl and her growing family are a welcome addition to the list of coming-of-age stories.

 

The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection edited by Colby Sharp

This collaborative triumph edited by teacher and book advocate Colby Sharp is bursting with ingenuity. Featuring prompts and writing by Kate DiCamillo, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Javaka Steptoe, and other renowned authors and illustrators, this book will leave readers itching to create stories of their own.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

John Green called this YA debut “brilliantly crafted, harrowing… heart-wrenching”. What further endorsement is needed? A lyrical, story of grief and forgiveness The Astonishing Color of After deals with the aftermath of Leigh’s mother’s suicide and her journey towards understanding her family history.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

The Hate U Give meets All American Boys in this timely YA debut about race relations in America, justice, and freedom. A can’t-miss story of Marvin, a black teenager whose twin brother Tyler goes missing at a party during a raid, and the aftermath of the police brutality that ensues.

7 Magical YA Romances You Can’t Miss

Falling in love and magic often feel like one and the same, but when both elements are present in a story, it’s impossible to resist the spell. From elaborate fantasy worlds to familiar places with secret charms, prepare to be swept away by these ten magical YA romances!

 

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

In Born Wicked, Jessica Spotswood transports readers to an alternate 19th century, where three witchy sisters must hide their magic from a fanatical Brotherhood that has outlawed witchcraft. Cate is determined to protect her younger sisters and maintain their façade of normalcy, but when the kind and charming Finn Belastra comes along, he becomes a snag in her best-laid plans. Not only could Finn betray them if he knew their secret, but his life could be in danger as Cate and her sisters grapple with a magical destiny beyond their control.

 

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

In When the Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore creates magic in the mundane—a world where pumpkin fields are menacing, water towers hold secrets, and roses bloom in the most unlikely places. The novel follows best friends Miel, who is searching for answers about her past, and Sam, who wants to leave the past behind to forge his own daring future. In each other the teens find love, but they must fight for it—and their true selves—against all odds.

 

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

In Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones plunges readers into the underworld. When Liesl agrees to marry the Goblin King in exchange for his sparing of her sister’s life, she finds herself ensnared in a dark world ruled by ancient laws and customs. To her surprise, she’s actually drawn to the mysterious Goblin King, who at times seems to be just as much a prisoner as she is. Liesl must rely on her own strength if she’s ever to escape the Goblin King’s domain, but leaving behind the husband she’s beginning to love may prove to be her most difficult challenge yet.

 

Jessica Woodbury began her addiction to books at age 8 and plans to keep going after death if possible. She is a reader, writer, blogger, and book reviewer. She is also a single parent with two kids in constant search of books to keep them excited about reading.

10 Books to Satisfy Your Inner Mulan

Listen, there is a Mulan inside all of us. She’s that part of you that will always make it to the appointment—even if it means charging through half-decimated streets on your horse with straw in your hair. She’s the part of you that takes a lightning strike of inspiration and turns it into something amazing, like the take-down of an entire army with a single cannon and some snow. And, of course, she’s the part of you that hugs the emperor because, why not?

And obviously, your Inner Mulan deserves books. She deserves books about dastardly plots (because she’s probably desperate to see how she would solve them). She deserves books about magic and creatures and books where the two entwine, (to know she’s not the only one who has to deal with a loudmouth of a dragon for a spirit guide). She deserves books about home (because sometimes she misses it, maybe more than she’s willing to admit).

But most of all, she deserves books about people who are like her, too: rogue runaways who are brave, talented, and who don’t always fit in—sometimes not even in the skin they were born in. So, let’s give them to her!

Here are ten books to satisfy your Inner Mulan:

 

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo  by F.C. Yee

Speaking of magic, Genie Lo’s hilarious and heartfelt journey as she accepts her destiny to save the world from evil (while not letting her 4.0 GPA slip, obviously) is exactly the kind of thing your Inner Mulan would love to snuggle up and laugh out loud with, because she knows what it means to fight evil demons and deal with cultural expectations at the same time. A cute, light-hearted, witty, and meaningful story about recognizing who you are and finding a way to fit in, all at once.

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Granted, I haven’t read this one yet, because (woe is me!) it doesn’t publish until March 2018. However, I absolutely must inform you that I (along with many others), are practically salivating at what it promises. Just like the Frostblood series, it centers around a captivating narrator, Zélie Adebola, whose blood is steeped in beautiful, eerie magic. But a tyrannical monarchy has deemed Zélie to be wrong, unworthy, and worse. And just like Mulan, Ruby, Yael, Genie, and Evie, Zélie not going to take it lying down, igniting the ever-important struggle between oppressors and oppressed.

 

Sharanya Sharma is a former teacher from Washington D.C. who lives, breathes, and devours young adult literature. Currently, she is a Book Riot contributor, and is working towards earning a graduate degree in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When she isn’t hopelessly lost in a book or her writing, you can find her tweeting @srsharms</strong.

How I Created I Hunt Killers by Accident

Some history here…

Many years ago, back when I was a Wee Wannabe, I attended a writers conference in order to pitch The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. One of the first editors to show an interest in the book was Alvina Ling of Little, Brown.

Through a series of events no one involved can remember, Alvina somehow never got the chance to bid on the book when it went to auction. For some reason, the book just never went to Little, Brown. Oops.

Well, it worked out all right anyway ‘cause the book was published by the fine folks at Houghton Mifflin and people seemed to dig it, which is cool.

But Alvina and I had really connected, and as time went on we kept bumping into each other at various publishing functions, and I kept swearing to her, “I have a book I’m working on that you’ll want to see.” And she kept saying, “Great!”

And then I kept falling down on the job, deciding over and over that the cool thing I intended to show to her just wasn’t ready yet. (It still isn’t, Alvina. Someday…)

Cut to 2009. I moved to New York and Alvina, upon finding out, suggested we get together for drinks. As we chatted, I mentioned a couple of projects I had in the hopper that I thought might interest her ― one was a picture book and one was a YA superhero novel (no, not Archvillain ― something else entirely). She was polite, but I could tell neither one really intrigued her.

(BTW: No one else wanted the picture book, either. And I haven’t done anything with the YA superhero novel…yet.)

She asked what else I was working on. At the time, I was deep into a tough part of the first draft of a book so massive and complex that I had nicknamed it “The Book That Will Kill Me.” So I said something like, “Well, I’m working on this real killer―” Continue reading “How I Created I Hunt Killers by Accident”