BEA Spotlight: All the pretty books!

After returning from my trip to New York City for BEA and unpacking all those wonderful books I received, I had the pleasure of displaying them all for my 8th graders. With them in mind, I definitely picked a few titles that I knew my students would enjoy reading.

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I was even lucky enough to receive a few extra copies to bring home to my class. I held a drawing and three lucky kids received a new book to read over the summer!

Today I wanted to showcase a few of the titles that I truly choose to read because I thought my students would love them. Typically I will read the ARC and then purchase the final copy of the title when it is released, I don’t typically give out the proofs to be read. I’d love to hear from anyone who has read these titles and loved them:) I will read a few before the end of summer, but I don’t think I’ll get to them all. Enjoy!

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17261180Jack Strong Takes a Stand

by Tommy Greenwald (Goodreads Author), Melissa Mendes (Illustrator)
Jack Strong just wants to be a regular kid. But his parents have overscheduled his week with every extracurricular activity under the sun: tennis, baseball, cello, karate, tutoring, and Chinese language lessons—all on top of regular homework. His parents want him to be “well-rounded” and prepared for those crucial college applications. Jack’s just about had enough.

And so he stages a sit-in on his couch and refuses to get up until his parents let him quit some of the extracurriculars. As Jack’s protest gains momentum, he attracts a local television host who is interested in doing a segment about him. Tensions rise as counter-protesters camp out across the street from Jack and his couch. Jack’s enjoying this newfound attention, but he’s worried that this sit-in may have gone too far.

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16059438The Planet Thieves

by Dan Krokos (Goodreads Author)
The Planet Thieves is the first thrilling installment of a new middle-grade series by Dan Krokos.

Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded theSS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter.

But routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.

With the captain and crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that’s left to warn the ESC. And soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war forever.

Now Mason will have to lead the cadets in a daring assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn’t a war left to fight.

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17381993The Darkest Path

by Jeff Hirsch (Goodreads Author)
A civil war rages between the Glorious Path–a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier–and what’s left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert six years ago. Cal has been working in the Path’s dog kennels, and is very close to becoming one of the Path’s deadliest secret agents. Then Cal befriends a stray dog named Bear and kills a commander who wants to train him to be a vicious attack dog. This sends Cal and Bear on the run, and sets in motion a series of incredible events that will test Cal’s loyalties and end in a fierce battle that the fate of the entire country rests on.
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17219052The Lost Kingdom

A remarkable adventure by award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby brings a fantastical American West filled with secrets and spies and terrifying creatures to vivid life.

In this extraordinary adventure story, Billy Bartram, his father, and a secret society of philosophers and scientists venture into the American wilderness in search of the lost people of the Welsh Prince Madoc, seeking aid in the coming war against the French. Traveling in a flying airship, the members of the expedition find their lives frequently endangered in the untamed American West by terrifying creatures, a party of French soldiers hot on their trail, and the constant threat of traitors and spies. Billy will face hazards greater than he can ever imagine as, together with his father, he gets caught up in the fight for the biggest prize of all: America.
THE LOST KINGDOM is an epic journey filled with marvelous exploits, courage and intrigue, and a bold reimagining of a mythical America. Matthew J. Kirby brings his signature storytelling prowess and superb craft to this astonishing story of fathers and sons, the beginnings of a nation, and wonder-filled adventure.

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*THANK YOU to Roaring Brook, Scholastic Press, Starscape, and Shadow Mountain for the ARCs. No compensation has been given to myself for reviews of any of these titles.
**THANK YOU to goodreads.com for the cover photos and summaries for each of these wonderful titles.
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