Here are my top fives from their Scholastic’s Fall 2019 middle grade and YA mailing for librarians and educators.
- The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag: I’ve been following Aster’s story since the beginning when he first started learning magic instead of shape shifting in The Witch Boy. This is the final book in the series and, in my opinion, the strongest with a focus on found family and characters readers first meet in the second book The Hidden Witch.
- Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cats: I make no secret that I am not a cat person but I was intrigued just from this title. I bet you are too.
- Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts! by Mike Lowery: My friend Estelle was Mike’s publicist for some of his first books at Workman and it’s been great to follow his career as an author and illustrator. Also, who doesn’t want to know more about dinosaurs?
- Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab: I loved City of Ghosts last year where readers meet Cassidy Blake, her ghosthunter parents, and her ghost best friend Jacob. This second installment finds Cassidy’s summer adventures moving to Paris as her parents start filming the next episode in their new haunted places tv series.
- Guts by Raina Telgemeier: If you work in a public library or spend any time with kids and tweens, you may be familiar with Telgemeier’s incredibly successful comics. This latest one is a continuation of her series that starts with Smile and Sisters.
- Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan: One of my favorite things about Sarah Rees Brennan’s twitter feed is her live tweets of shows she is watching. Now, instead of just tweeting about one, Sarah is writing the authorized prequel novel for the Netflix show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina set the summer before Sabrina turns sixteen and comes into her powers.
- Rated by Melissa Grey: I spend way too much time studying analytics for my blog or social media and otherwise considering stats. But what happens when the world runs on a similar rating system? And what happens when that system is shaken to its core? I’m so excited to find out.
- Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld: I have a lot of feelings about Westerfeld continuing his Uglies series with this companion series. After the cliffhanger ending of Impostors you can bet I need to read this one to find out what happens next.
- Caster by Elsie Chapman: Magic always has a cost but it might be too high a price to pay when Aza begins investigating her sister’s death and enters herself in an illegal casting competition.
- Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor: Anna is alive thanks to her clockwork heart–an illegal piece of medical technology just like the ones she tries to distribute while disguised as the Technician. Nathaniel is determined to earn his commissioner father’s respect by capturing the Technician. Their game of cat and mouse turns to a reluctant alliance as both realize there are much bigger, and more dangerous forces at play.
Which ones are you adding to your to read list?