Welcome to this month’s eHighlights newsletter for kids and teens. Check back on the second Thursday of every month for a new edition listing some of the best new youth titles added to OverDrive’s Marketplace. The featured titles below are some of the best picks, but don’t miss the complete list of almost 200 titles! Click on the link below to see these and even more great purchases conveniently placed for you into a Marketplace cart.
Ursula K. Le Guin – The Daughter of Odren: An Earthsea Short Story – YA – Houghton Mifflin
Jane O’Connor – Nancy Clancy: Four Chapter Book Collection – Ages 6-10 – HarperCollins
James Patterson – House of Robots – Ages 8-12 – Blackstone Audio – House of Robots series, Bk 1
Dr. Seuss – Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories – Ages 4-8– Books on Tape
Coco Simon – Mia’s Recipe for Disaster – Ages 8-12 – Simon & Schuster – Cupcake Diaries series, Bk 22
Teresa Bateman – April Foolishness – Open Road Integrated Media LLC A wonderful and funny April Fool’s book about two grandparents, their grandchildren, and their farm. Booklist starred review.
Sean Callahan – The Bear Hug – Open Road Integrated Media LLC Another great bear book. Little cub goes to visit his grandpa where he teaches him all about being a bear. But the best thing? Grandpa’s bear hugs.
Miggy – And Away We Go! – Macmillan Publishers Everyone is welcome on Mr. Fox’s balloon but will everyone fit? “Stylish, jazzy and unique, this is a great addition and would work well for storytime.” – School Library Journal
Fiction for Early Readers
Catherine Hapka – Chasing Gold – Ages 8-12 – Simon & Schuster – Marguerite Henry’s Ponies of Chincoteague series, Bk 3 The third book in this new horse series will have kids who are looking for new horse books feeling satisfied. While written for ages 8-12 this series isn’t too difficult for those who are just starting to explore chapter books but aren’t quite ready for heartier titles.
Frances L. MacGuire – Phineas L. MacGuire, Let’s Get Cooking – Ages 8-12 – Simon & Schuster Phineas is a science genius so whipping up dinner every night should be a piece of cake, right? Wrong. But he needs to learn quick so he can win the $10,000 bake-off prize and bake enough brownies to keep the local bully off his back.
Middle Grade Fiction
Martine Leavitt – Blue Mountain – Ages 8-12 – Macmillan ebook Tuk the bighorn sheep is told he will be the one to save his herd, but he is young and would rather play with his bandmates than figure out why the herd needs saving. As humans encroach further and further into their territory, there is less room for the sheep to wander, food becomes scarce, and the herd’s very survival is in danger. Kirkus & PW starred reviews.
Sam McBratney – The Ghastly Gerty Swindle with the Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane – Ages 8-10 – Macmillan Publishers In the sequel to Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane will Gertie Swindle and her son Alexander the Grate rob the elderly Amy Steadings of her valuable antiques? Not if the Sweet kids and some friendly ghosts have anything to say about it!
Brandon Mull – The Rogue Knight – Ages 8-12 – Simon & Schuster Cole’s hunt for his lost friends has led him to the kingdom of Elloweer. Accompanied by new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace, Cole teams up with the resistance movement and joins the search for Mira’s sister Honor. Book 2 in the Five Kingdom series. Bestselling author. PW starred review.
Ally Condie – Atlantia – Penguin Group US As long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. From the author of the well-known Matched trilogy. 250,000 print run.
Ryan Graudin – The Walled City – Hachette Digital Heralded as The Maze Runner meets Legend this is one book that will sure to keep your pulse running. In the Walled City teens are drug traffickers, work in the brothels, or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when given the chance to find her lost sister her life soon becomes a race against time. A YA Buzz Pick.
Teri Harman – Black Moon – Independent Publishers Group The second book in the Moonlight Trilogy. After Simon Howard accidentally kills three people he has a hard time moving on due to recurring nightmares and something more sinister. “A dark, realistic and intriguing story that evades the second book slump. Unusual and absorbing.” – Kirkus Reviews
C. J. Lyons – Watched – Sourcebooks – For four years a hacker has taken over Jessie’s webcam and blackmailed him with lewd photos and videos. Now, he wants Jessie to do something unthinkable or his sister will die. But then a plan manila envelope arrives at his house with a cell phone and a note saying, “I can help.” Will it be the miracle he’s hoping for?
Maggie Stiefvater – Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Scholastic Audio – Raven Cycle Series, Bk 3 The third book in the Rave Cycle series finds Blue Sargent finally belonging to a group which calls itself the Raven Boys. But will it last? Kirkus, Bulletin, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist starred reviews.
Ali Benyon – Stitched Paper Art for Kids: 22 Cheeky Pickle Sewing Projects – C & T Publishing Sewing machine novices or not, kids will build their skills while creating bright, fun art. Varied projects include headbands and necklaces, bookmarks and buntings, and picture frames and purses.
Laura Hillenbrand – Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey From Airman to Castaway to Captive – Teens – Random House This adaptation of the #1 New York Times bestseller includes more than 100 black and white photos. Booklist starred review.
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