Book Recommendations Newsletter - March 2010
We have some terrific book recommendations to share with you this month.
March Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
I Can Be Anything! by Jerry Spinelli – This imaginative picture book from Newbery winner Jerry Spinelli offers a whimsical twist on the classic question of what to be when you grow up. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 2-5 collection.
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't) by Barbara Bottner – With wit and cartoon-style illustrations, this story pays homage to the diversity of readers and should convince even reluctant readers that the perfect book is out there for them. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 5-8 collection.
Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. by Jason Shiga – A wildly inventive take on a choose-your-own-adventure story, this wholly original graphic-novel includes puzzles, mysteries, a mad scientist and his ingenious inventions. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 8-10 collection.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper – In this compelling novel from award-winning author Sharon Draper, fifth-grade Melody is brilliant but no one knows it because she can't talk or write and being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 10-12 collection.
Stuck on Earth by David Klass – Ketchvar was sent to earth to give humans a last chance to prove their worth but when he crawls into the brain of 14-year-old Tom even his highly advanced alien intelligence can't prepare him for life as an American teen. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Time You Let Me in: 25 Poets Under 25 by Naomi Shihab Nye – Teens will connect with this lively collection of poems by young writers that speak with passion and eloquence of love, loss, war and belonging. Part of our Poetry & Verse for Teens collection.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Much more than a "Groundhog Day" copycat, this compelling book will strike a chord with many teens as Samantha relives the last day of her life seven times while she untangles the mystery of her death and realizes that even the smallest act can change everything. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta – This standout fantasy from Printz medalist Marchetta crackles with tension, adventure, intrigue and romance as a doomed kingdom struggles for reclamation. Part of our Fantasy & Magic for Teens collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow – Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, this provocative and beautiful novel is the story of a young biracial woman as she struggles for identity and unravels the mystery of her family's secrets. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte – This dark but wildly funny story of sons and fathers follows Milo Burke who, newly unemployed, grasps at one last chance by approaching a disturbing former classmate with a major ask, but the give comes with some very tangled strings attached. Part of our Fiction for Men collection.
Amy's Bread: Artisan-Style Breads, Sandwiches, Pizzas, and More from New York City's Favorite Bakery (Updated, Revised) by Amy Scherber – This highly anticipated new edition from the legendary New York bakery Amy's Breads is a comprehensive bread baking guide full of beautiful photos and detailed techniques on everything from basic loaves to artisan breads. Part of our Cooking & Entertaining collection.
The Privileges by Jonathan Dee – Brilliant, funny and shrewdly perceptive, Dee takes us inside a wealthy American family and explores a nuanced portrait of the impact of greed on the individual and the family. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American migrant, died of cancer in 1951 but her unusual cells, taken without her or her family's consent, live on today and have been the basis for countless scientific breakthroughs including the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping. This extraordinary and haunting story explores medicine, bioethics and family. Part of our Great New Hardcover Nonfiction collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy – As spring approaches, encourage young gardeners and outdoor family time with this fun and easy-to-follow treasury of gardening tips and ideas from award-winning author Sharon Lovejoy. Part of our Family Activities Ages 8-14 collection.
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin – This love story, literary mystery, and historical novel brilliantly blends fact and fiction to imagine the astonishing life of Lewis Carroll's 11-year-old muse, Alice Liddel, beyond Wonderland. 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.