New Releases – Hot Books for Every Age!

By Candy Pearson


By age group or genre, I have selected what I think are sure to be some of the most requested books this holiday season by the readers on your shopping list.

Children’s picture books:

1. Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan – Newbery Medalist MacLachlan and acclaimed illustrator Steven Kellogg pay tribute to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, site of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with this illustrated poem in which falling snowflakes celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory. Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780385376938, $17.99 HC

2. Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781442446731, $14.99 HC

3. An Otis Christmas by Loren Long,Philomel Books, 9780399163951, $17.99, HC

4. Journey by Aaron Becker, Candlewick Press, 9780763660536, $15.99 HC

Beginning chapter books:

1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein – In this cross between “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “A Night in the Museum,” play your way through this game-packed adventure story set in the ultimate library and reads like a Who’s-Who of children’s fiction. Random House Books for Young Readers, 9780375870897, $16.99 HC

2. The Templeton Twins Make a Scene (#2) by Ellis Weiner, Chronicle Books, 9781452111841, $16.99 HC

3. Ivy and Bean Take the Case (#10) by Annie Barrows, Chronicle Books, 9781452106991, $14.99 HC

4. The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow Books, 9780062268129, $16.99

Tweener books:

1. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt – readers will fall in love with the raccoon brother scouts and cheer for the ragtag group of heroes to save their swamp from developers and other troubles. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781442421059, $16.99 HC

2. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (#4) The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood, Harperteen, 9780061791222, $16.99 HC

3. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Dial Books, 9780803738553, $16.99 HC

4. Anton and Cecil: Cats at sea by Lisa Martin, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9781616202460, $16.95 HC

Young Adult books:

1. Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus (#4) House of Hades by Rick Riordan – Some of the best minor characters resurface in this latest installment making this one of the most memorable, a definite must-read for fans! Disney Press, 9781423146728, $19.99 HC

2. Divergent (#3) Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062024060, $19.99 HC

3. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, Delacorte Press, 9780385741392, $18.99 HC

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin’s Griffin, 9781250030955, $18.99 HC

Adult fiction books:

1. A Stubborn Sweetness and other stories for the Christmas season by Katherine Paterson – The beloved author of “Bridge to Terabithia” presents a collection of heartwarming, modern-day short stories about realistic people finding hope, courage, and faith amidst life’s circumstances. Each story radiates the spirit of the season and reminds readers of what Christmas truly means. Westminster John Knox Press, 9780664239152, $15.00 HC

2. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber, Ballantine Books, 9780345528896, $18.00 HC

3. All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg, Random House, 9781400065943, $27.00 HC

Adult suspense books:

1. King and Maxwell by David Baldacci, Grand Central Publishing, 9781455521319, $28.00 HC

2. Stephanie Plum (#20) Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich, Bantam, 9780345542885, $28.00 HC

Adult science fiction & fantasy books:

1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – get the special hardcover gift edition as a classic for any fan’s bookshelf! Tor Books, 9780765317384, $19.99 HC

2. Wool by Hugh Howley – a runaway international best-seller! Simon & Schuster, 9781476733951, $15.00 PB

Adult nonfiction books:

1. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, 9781416547860, $40.00, HC

2. Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon, Scribner Book Company, 9780743236720, $21.50 PB

3. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida and translated by David Mitchell, Random House, 9780812994865, $22.00 HC 
Candy Pearson is an avid reader and owner of Apple Blossom Books.

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