Two sources have alerted me to some awesome soon-to-be-published books. Over on Fuse#8, Betsy Bird mentioned titles from a librarian's preview from HarperCollins. I am drooling.
And PW Children's gave stars to the books they reviewed in today's online edition. Since I am receiving this e-newsletter after retirement, I won't link directly to the reviews. I can tell you what the books are, though.
1. Is this a dream? I must pinch myself. Jen Bryant teams up with Melissa Sweet to bring us a picture book biography of Peter Mark Roget, the creator of Roget's Thesaurus. The book, The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus is published by Eerdman's and will come out in September. Bryant has authored some awesome non-fiction and Sweet's illustrations win me over every time. But the subject matter, a man obsessed with words, a life-saver to writers and puzzle-solvers alike, is so mind-expanding. Fascinating people don't just climb mountains and rescue tiger cubs. They solve equations and explore words.
2. Nuts to You by Lynn Rae Perkins (Greenwillow, 978-0-06-009275-7) comes out in August and it's about SQUIRRELS. Yes! Yes! Squirrels are everywhere my friends. When a squirrel is carried away by a hawk, his friends go on an adventure to find him. Isn't that cover so pretty?
3. Gregory Maguire of Wicked fame is back with a Russian folktale styled story that features a futuristic Baba Yaga and a reversal of roles plot. Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire will be published by Candlewick in September
4. Last but not least is Meg Wolitzer's "debut" YA novel, Belzhar, brought to us by Dutton and due out in September. (Wolitzer's The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, a masterpiece about Scrabble must have been meant for a younger audience.) A broken-hearted teen who is incapable of recovering from her failed romance is sent to a special school where she is given a journal that takes her back in her own life to before her heartbreak.
There are so many books and there is so little time. I think I ONLY have 24 ARCs to work through, along with the one library book on my bedside bookshelf. I will tell you about that, later.