Here are a few of the books I have received recently.
Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…
A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!
Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…
Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she’s great at it–too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what’s going on!
The Sovereign Series is set in the mythical farming town of Sovereign, Maine (pop. 1,048) noted for goodhearted and lovable characters, who weave in and out of the four books like old friends dropping in for a cup of tea. “Peas, Beans and Corn,” the second book in the series, was released to rave reader reviews in June 2013 and the much-anticipated third book, “The Songbird of Sovereign,” was published July 19, 2014. The fourth installment, “The Minister’s Daughter,” will be published Fall 2015, accompanied by The Sovereign Series Cookbook containing recipes for all the traditional Maine dishes featured in the four novels. The series was originally slated to end with four books; however, White Wave Publishing recently announced there will be at least two more novels. You can follow Jennifer on Twitter @ChickenJen and find the latest on her writing on her Facebook author’s page, facebook.com/Jennifer.Wixson.author.
Readers have warmly embraced the series, a blend of Maine history and modern rural living, describing “Hens & Chickens” as “a modern-day Jane Austen romance” and echoing the wishes of one enthusiastic reviewer who wrote: “I want to get in my car and drive to Sovereign, Maine!”
Kick your shoes off; curl up in a comfy chair; and prepare to lose yourself in the wonderful world of Sovereign, Maine!
The course of their true love becomes muddied by their well-meaning mothers, however, and by the arrival of Bruce’s ex-wife Shelia and the handsome corporate attorney Ryan MacDonald, who hits town to rusticate. History pervades this little tale of hummingbird moths and morning mists, horse-drawn sleighs and corn desilkers, and a surprising (and satisfying) connection to the poet Emily Dickinson, who could have been describing Sovereign when she once wrote: “I Went to Heaven — ‘Twas a Small Town.”
Tabitha “Tabbi” Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own “project” in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect “next step” for fans of DORK DIARIES.
August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-down as the outside of her house might suggest. Using the kind of items Gus usually hauls to the scrap heap, a broken toaster becomes a flower; church windows turn into a rainbow walkway; and an old car gets new life as spinning whirligigs. What starts out as a home renovation project becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Auggie’s talent for creating found art will remind readers that one girl’s trash really is another girl’s treasure.