Bloomsbury 2017 Book Buzz

Picture Books

Okay this one will be timely. The first book they showed off that caught my eye was a lovely one about Pete Seeger. Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the path to Justice. The times are certainly ripe for re-listening to Pete Seeger songs.

My Kite Is Stuck! And Other Stories is a colorful and easy reading collection in the Elephant and Piggie vein. Looks like another fun reader’s theater choice.

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes. Multiple starred reviews. The best African-American artists do the illustrations. And it’s by NIKKI GRIMES y’all! What else do you need to know? Looks great.

Chapter Books

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren looks good. The publisher rep said it was for fans of Shannon Hale books. It’s got a prison break, action, adventure, girl power, a cool cover painting and looks like something kids who grew up watching Frozen and Brave on a loop will be ready for.

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos sounds weird in a good way. There are books that show you how amazing people can be and books that show how terrible people can be and then there’s this kind that shows both at once. There’s cancer, there’s eBay, there’s a tumor with a point of view and a strong father/child bond. Oh, and starred reviews of course.

Young Adult

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles sounds exciting and gripping and all those buzzwords. James Dasher, Cassandra Clare, and even filmmaker Peter Jackson all love it. It’s the first of a series. It’s sounds like it’s a people from different worlds coming together story with great characters.

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas is a follow up book to Because You’ll Never Meet Me getting starred reviews.

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson sounds powerful and intense. A young girls works hard to get out of her poor neighborhood but finds the mentoring program she’s signed up for which billed itself as being for “at risk” students is really just for Black girls from “bad” neighborhoods and even though her mentor is African-American, that doesn’t mean she understands. Multiple starred reviews.

Crossing Ebeneezer Creek looks like a powerful historical novel. Based on true events, it traces the journey of a young woman and her younger brother following Sherman’s March and dreaming of what comes after slavery. Starred reviews.

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