I learned about it on Shelf Awareness, one of those book industry websites that keep my mouth watering with notices like this one right here.
Iceling by Sasha Stephenson sounds like the beginning of a beautiful YA sci-fi series. Lorna's father, a scientist, has rescued several children from the Arctic Ocean. Lorna calls them "icelings". None of them talk. But Callie, an iceling who has fits, is Lorna's favorite. Callie appears to love Lorna, too. Then Callie's fits get worse and she draws a place she has never been. Lorna and Callie set out on a road trip. Oooh!
Five Days of Famous by Alyson Noel. Nick Dashaway should really be famous - he is THAT cool and smart. So he enters a talent show, hosted by a teen heartthrob, which he hopes is his ticket to stardom. Things don't go the way Nick is sure they should and his loyal, though less-than-cool friend, Plum, bakes him a consolation cupcake. Poof! It's ma-a-a-gi-i-i-c! And Nick gets EVERYTHING he's always wanted. Read the title. Right. I suspect that Nick's behavior while lucky is less than stellar. I also suspect his friends don't really care. Set during the holidays, this looks like a fun middle school read.
Here's one for the little ones - and for people who love to sing "Five Gold Rings" with gusto.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: a Peek-Through Christmas Books by Britta Teckentrup. The gifts mount up and each page has a cut-out peeking into what will happen next. And, look, sweet little gnome like children!!!
BTW, as the holidays approach, I won't be posting every single day. I have stuff - wrapping, making, baking, etc. Don't give up. I will return. I have a whole bunch of newly read books to tell you about.