Last week I talked about 5 books that I am looking forward to purchasing for my school library that are either coming out soon or are already out. I still don’t have my budget for the year, but here are five more books that will definitely make the final list.
Monstrous Devices by Damien Love
This one sounds really interesting and I have been seeing some good reviews for it. I like that it is the grandfather that helps Alex from the evils in the world. Looks like a nice mix of mechanical and the magical. It also sounds a little bit scary, which is always good. I really like the cover too.
Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
This one speaks to my librarian heart. But it also very much sounds like my worst nightmare. I am always a bit worried that a parent will go overboard and demand a book be removed from the library for whatever reason. It sounds like a very empowering book for all kids, but especially book lovers.
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielson
This is by a local author (Vancouver, CA) whose other books I have enjoyed. Even though I do work at a somewhat affluent school, we have had a few homeless kids come through. I think this would be a good book to add because I am sure this author will do it right. I also don’t think this topic has been covered enough in middle grade.
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin
I really enjoyed this author’s other books, especially his Pals in Peril series, they always make me laugh. This one looks like it will be just as funny. I saw a review that said it was similar to Terry Pratchett’s Disc world which of course peaked my interest at once. I might just have to read this one before I let the kids get their hands on it.
Supernova (Amulet #8) by Kazu Kibushi
This one just came out this week, and I have had about twenty kids ask me when the library is getting a copy. This one has been two long years of waiting. If you are not familiar with this graphic novel series it is one of the best ones out there. Kazu is also one of the best author visits my school has ever had. I hope it won’t be another two years for the next one and final one.