Thursday, July 30, 2020

What's Coming in August?

If you thought July was fun, wait until you see what August has coming...especially on the middle grade front. I might have slacked off a bit so far this year for this age group, but I'm catching up with a bang! I'm honestly excited about all that this month holds. It promises to be packed to the gills with imagination and adventure!



DATING MAKES PERFECT

Just like in July, I'm starting this month off with a romantic comedy. The idea of two 'tech' girls from Thailand trying to satisfy their parents' desire to date, while they have no interest, sounded super cute. Plus, I'm a fan of Pintip Dunn. This one releases on August 18th, but you can see my thoughts tomorrow!


Young Adult Romance Comedy



THE PLACES WE SLEEP

Taking a dive into the life of an 'army kid', who's constantly moving around, these pages explore the events of 9/11, loss, fear, and how a child wishes to understand what was going on. Emotion should run high. Releases on August 18th, and I'll be sharing my thoughts on the 10th. 


Middle Grade Historical




THE MOSTLY INVISIBLE BOY

This one involves trees, monsters, siblings, fitting in and should be packed with action and edge of the seat moments. I'm curious to see how this fantasy evolves and what secrets it has in store. I'll be reviewing this one on August 13th.


Middle Grade Fantasy





WISH UPON A STAR

This one actually was the base for a movie which ran on The Disney Channel in 1996 (some of you might remember it.) Jessica is now bringing her manuscript out in novel form. It's only around 130 pages, and I think the cover is amazing! You can read my thoughts on the 15th.



Upper Middle Grade Magical Realism




TORO

Sometimes it's nice to pick up something a little different, and this book appears to fit that bill. The main character is a fiery Spanish cow, who dreams of running with the bulls in Pamplona. It's been gaining good reviews and releases on September 17th. I'll be sharing my thoughts on August 17th.


Middle Grade Animal Fantasy




WHERE DREAMS DESCEND

I have a soft spot for tales of magic with a slightly dark twist...and especially when they take place in a circus setting. This one releases on August 25th, but you can see if it lives up to my hopes already on the 20th.




Young Adult Fantasy/Romance




IF YOU COME TO EARTH

I'm super-excited about this one! It was inspired by the children the author met during her travels while working with UNICEF and Save the Children, and talks about all the various things one can find on our planet. And after a very quick glimpse at an illustration or two, it appears to be a neat collection. It's release date is September 15th, and my thoughts will be presented on the 21st.

Picture Book




KENNY AND THE BOOK OF BEASTS

This is the sequel to New York Bestseller and Calddcott Honor winning Kenny and the Dragon. Did I read this 1st book? Nope. A mistake I really should fix (if time ever allows), but at least, I bounding into this one! Rabbits...dragons...adventure. Sounds interesting to me. I'm giving my thoughts on the 22nd, but the release isn't scheduled until September 22nd.


Middle Grade Fantasy




THIS IS THE PATH THE WOLF TOOK

It's been awhile since I've heard a tale with a big bad wolf in it. So, this book caught my attention immediately. Throw in sibling relations and the cute exploration of whether or not stories can only have good things, and I can't wait to see what this one holds. It is scheduled for release on September 1st, but I'll be jotting down my thoughts on the 29th.



Picture Book




As with every month, this list is only a small glimpse at the 24 books I'll be presenting and reviewing during August. I wish I could share them all, but I have to leave some surprises for everyone.

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