Book Recommendations Newsletter - February 2011
We have some great book recommendations to share with you this month. Stay tuned for our Valentine book recommendations coming in a few days.
February Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker – Perfect for story time, this delightful tale combines a concept book on shapes with a gentle message about self-acceptance as three friends learn the beauty of being square. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
Mirror by Jeannie Baker – In parallel narratives designed to be read side by side, this innovative and expertly designed 2-in-1 picture book follows the day in the life of two families: one in Australia and the other in Morocco. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 5-8 collection.
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin – Award-winning picture book author Cronin delivers her first chapter book with cartoon-style humor, appealing characters, and fast-paced action when detective Tully, a hard-boiled German Shepard, takes on the case of the missing chicks. Part of our Great New Releases Age 8-10 collection.
Grounded by Kate Klise – In this insightful and moving novel, 12-year-old Dolly helps save a dying business and solve a burning mystery as she deals with the heart wrenching loss of her family. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 10-12 collection.
You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin – This fast-paced blend of crime-noir and high school satire delivers a clever mystery with enough double crosses and blindsiding reveals to give you vertigo. Part of our Great New Releases Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman – National Book Award winner Hautman presents a funny and clear-eyed view of the realities of first love. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis – Combining mystery, science fiction, and romance, this gripping thriller follows two teens on their journey to a new world aboard a spaceship built on secrets and murder. Part of our Fantasy & Magic for Teens collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon – The crucial role of military wives is powerfully chronicled in Fallon's resonant collection of interconnected stories of war and love that take readers into the homes and marriages of Fort Hood. Part of our Favorites for Women collection.
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene – With his trademark wit and precision, celebrated author Greene presents an intriguing and wonderfully accessible exploration of parallel universes. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski – Slawenski's revealing and well-researched biography of one of America's most popular and mysterious writers explores Salinger's extraordinary life from his privileged youth to the stunning triumph of The Catcher in the Rye to his withdrawal into the hills of New Hampshire. Part of our Biographies & Memoirs collection.
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova – When a car accident leaves career-driven super mom Sarah Nickerson with a crippling disorder that erases the left side of her world, her struggle becomes a lesson in forgiveness, acceptance, and adaptability. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
Damage by John Lescroart – Bestselling author Lescroart delivers a well-constructed legal thriller that takes an explosive look at the seductive power of revenge as the scion of a powerful and unscrupulous San Francisco family tries to evade justice. Part of our Mysteries & Thrillers collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle – Based on historical events, Newbery Honor-winner Engle's novel in verse is set in the Caribbean aboard a pirate ship and is an excellent introduction to the age of exploration and its consequences. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 8-12 collection.
The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas – In this enchanting and well-crafted historical novel a young girl, gifted with great intelligence, becomes an advisor to the Ottoman sultan and changes the course of the empire. Part of our Parent & Teen Hardcover Fiction collection.
We hope you share our love of literature and passion to inspire people of all ages to read and will consider GiftLit for your next gift purchase.