Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weekly eHighlights: Kids and teens edition



Welcome to this month's eHighlights newsletter for kids and teens. Check back on the second Thursday of every month for a new edition listing some of the best new youth titles added to OverDrive's Marketplace. The featured titles below are some of the best picks, but don't miss the complete list of 200 titles! Click on the link below to see these and even more great purchases conveniently placed for you into a Marketplace cart.


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Top Authors: No Annotation Needed—

Kami Garcia – UnmarkedYAHachette eBook and Blackstone audiobook
Robin LaFevers –
Mortal Heart ­– YAHoughton Mifflin Harcourt eBook – His Fair Assassin trilogy, Bk 3
Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple – The Last ChangelingAges 9-11 – Penguin eBook – Seelie Wars Bk 2
James Patterson & Maxine Paetro – The Paris MysteriesYAHachette eBook and Blackstone audiobook


Picture Books

Chris Van Allsburg – The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie– Houghton Mifflin Harcourt eBook
Caldecott Medalist Van Allsburg chronicles the bleak existence of Sweetie Pie, a hamster doomed to be passed from child to child as they lose interest in him. Just when things get better and he is adopted by a classroom, he is left outside and forgotten, but is eventually adopted by squirrels.

Roger Mader – Tiptop CatHoughton Mifflin Harcourt eBook
A black cat is given to a Parisian girl as a gift, and in a nearly wordless series of panels, he explores his new surroundings. School Library Journal starred review.


Fiction for Early Readers

H. A. Rey – Curious George: Windy DeliveryAges 5-6 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
George's friend Bill has a perfect year of delivering newspapers if he can make it through just one more day, but a huge storm makes it impossible for him to ride his bike. Can George help?

Joyce Sidman – Winter Bees and Other Poems of the ColdAges 7-8 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
How do animals survive in the cold winter on the tundra? Poems appear on the left, and facts about the ravens, moose, bees, beavers, wolves and other animals appear on the right. Illustrated by Rick Allen. Kirkus & PW starred reviews. Sidman is a Newbery Honor author.


Middle Grade Fiction

Melissa de la Cruz – StolenAges 12-14 – Penguin eBook
Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind—sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. But fighting for the majestic Blue meant saying goodbye to Wes, breaking both their hearts. Now Wes has been forced to join the military, and back in New Vegas, they find themselves on opposite sides of the war. Other Land Chronicles, Book 2. Bestselling author.

Gail Carriger – Waistcoats & Weaponry– Ages 11-14 – Hachette eBook
14-year-old Sophronia continues her studies at spy finishing school in an alternate England of 1851. This paranormal steampunk series has received great reviews and Carriger is an Alex Award winner. Finishing School, Book the Third.

Carrie Ryan and J. P. Davis – The Map to EverywhereAges 9-11 – Hachette eBook
A brand new fantasy series with lots of potential. Marrill is used to adventure, as she has traveled the world with her parents and never lived in one place for more than six months, but when a pirate ship appears in a parking lot in Arizona and she is stuck aboard, even she is taken aback. Wow…Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, & PW starred reviews! First in a new series.



L. A. Meyer – Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber– Houghton Mifflin Harcourt eBook
When former pirate Jacky Faber is accused of being a traitor to the United States, she must flee for her life. She disguises herself as a governess for a while, and then joins the circus. All the loose ends from the series set at the turn of the 19th century are neatly tied up, and Jacky takes her leave at age 19. The 12th, and sadly, final, entry in the Bloody Jack series, published posthumously. Kirkus calls it underrated.

Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, et al. – My True Love Gave to Me– Macmillan eBook and Books on Tape audiobook
Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors. Edited by Stephanie Perkins. 75,000 print run.

Bella Thorne – Autumn FallsRandom House eBook and Books on Tape audiobook
A light paranormal romance by teen actress Thorne. When Autumn Falls transfers to a new school, she makes some friends, but also gets on the wrong side of the school's queen bee. As she vents in a journal her father gave her, her wishes begin to come true. Should she use the journal for this purpose?

Ben Tripp – The Accidental HighwaymanMacmillan eBook and audiobook
An irresistible YA debut in the tradition of classic fairy tales such as Stardust and The Princess Bride—a swashbuckling tale of adventure, magic, and true love. 50,000 print run.

Dana Walrath – Like Water on StoneRandom House eBook
An unusual novel, written in free verse, uses first multiple first person narratives to tell the horrific story of the Armenian genocide in the early 20th Century. Three quarters of the population, 1.5 million people, were killed. PW & SLJ starred reviews.



Laura Hillenbrand – Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) – Random House eBook and Books on Tape audiobook
An adaptation of the mega-selling book which was made into a movie is a great story for teens. Louis Zamperini had been a clever delinquent as a boy, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown ocean. Booklist starred review.

Albert Marrin – Thomas Paine: Crusader for LibertyAges 9-15Random House eBook
This biography of Thomas Paine by well-known author Marrin concentrates mainly on his ideas, though it does cover the basics of his life and sets it into the context of the Enlightenment.


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