Book Recommendations Newsletter - October 2010
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This month we have some terrific recommendations from award-winning authors to share with you.
October Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi – When Zero looks at herself she sees a big round number that has no value until she realizes that she counts too in this beautifully executed picture book that teaches young readers counting and self-esteem. Part of our Educational Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
Art & Max by David Wiesner – This comedic and thought-provoking exploration of the creative process, from three time Caldecott winner Wiesner, begins when Max paints his friend Art - literally. Is he still "Art" when Max paints his skin blue or when Max douses him with water and the color drains out of him? Part of our Poetry and the Arts Age 5-8 collection.
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor – Owen Jester has a fantastic secret, and it isn't that he just slipped his superbly slimy bullfrog into the soup, but it does lead him into a funny and ingenious adventure that teaches him a few things about friends, enemies, and listening to your inner voice. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 8-10 collection.
The Danger Box by Blue Balliett – From the bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer comes a new mystery that delves into the life of Charles Darwin when 12-year-old Zoomy investigates a stolen scientific notebook. Part of our Mysteries Age 10-12 collection.
Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan – This fascinating, complex, and heart-wrenchingly plausible thriller begins when Finn and her best friend Cloe hatch a scheme to stand out in competitive college admissions and fake Cloe's disappearance. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford – Offering something more than the usual novel about teens with money to burn, this delightful, character-driven tale unfolds as the Sullivan sisters write confessions to their grandmother to prevent being cut out of her will. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt – Reinhardt personalizes a soldier’s traumas in terms a teen can understand in this timely and powerful novel that chronicles a soldier's troubled homecoming as told from his younger brother's point of view. Part of our Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Room by Emma Donoghue – This brilliant novel, told by five-year-old Jack who has spent his entire life in one room with his mother, is a stunning portrait of survival in captivity and a celebration of the bonds between parent and child. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman – In this outstanding psychological suspense novel from award-winner Lippman, a married mother of two receives a cryptic letter from the man on death row who kidnapped her when she was 15, forcing her to face her long-buried past. Part of our Favorites for Women collection.
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy – This masterful sports biography explores the life of Mickey Mantle from his start in the mines of Oklahoma to center stage at Yankee Stadium and through his tragic descent into alcoholism. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
The Reversal by Michael Connelly – Combining multidimensional characters, a well-constructed plot, and plenty of surprises, best-selling author Michael Connelly delivers an engaging thriller that is one of his best. Part of our Mysteries & Thrillers collection.
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray – Neither sensationalizing nor soliciting pity, Liz Murray tells her unforgettable and motivating story of turning her life around from living on the streets at age 15 to being accepted into Harvard. Part of our Biographies & Memoirs collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes by Daniel Kehlmann – This surprising and wickedly funny novel explores fame, obscurity, and the effects of technology on our perceptions of reality in nine interconnected stories that begin when a movie star's cell phone number is reassigned to a lowly computer technician. Part of our Parent & Teen Hardcover Fiction collection.
The Children's Baking Book: More Than 50 Delicious Step-By-Step Recipes by Denise Smart – Spend some family time in the kitchen with this easy-to-follow cookbook that offers step-by-step instructions that will inspire children to bake. Part of our Family Activities Ages 8-14 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.