The Story Siren calls it Books to Pine for. There’s a whole bunch of other people who call it Waiting on Wednesday and post their links at Breaking the Spine. In any case, these are the books I would love to read, and am looking forward to have in hand.

Ellie McDoodle Most Valuable Player by Ruth McNally Barshaw April 10, 2012
This one isn’t coming out for a really long time, but a little girl came up to the desk earlier this week asking for Ellie McDoodle #4. I am always thrilled to learn about upcoming books from patrons, and this was no exception. If you haven’t discovered this series, you need to. It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid format with a story line and characters that I really enjoy.

Poor Ellie. When her friend, Mo, suggests they try out for soccer together, Ellie doesn’t know her own father has just been named the coach! To make matters worse, Ellie can’t seem to get her head (or her feet) around the game. She’d much rather be solving word problems and doing other brain-bending quizzes in the Journey of the Mind club. But when both teams have their tournament on the same day, will Ellie choose soccer or school? This lively story, told in words and doodles, will have kids cheering on the sidelines for Ellie!

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick September 13, 2011
I’m sure I’m not the only one chomping at the bit for this book. I absolutely LOVED Invention of Hugo Cabret (which they’re making into a movie for the fall, in case you didn’t know) and I can’t wait to read this newest release. School Library Journal just did an interview with him, and I know someone who got an advanced copy of it from ALA’s conference this summer. Oh how I wish I could get my hands on a copy. And that cover! *Sigh* Instead, I have to wait with everyone else. In the meantime, here’s a video that Betsy Bird linked to a while back where Brian Selznick talks about his newest creation.

Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in pictures—weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.

Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost.
At home with her father, Rose feels alone.

He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who.
She is searching for something, but she is not sure what.

When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom’s room,
When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose

Both children risk everything to find what’s missing.

With over 460 pages of original drawings and playing with the form he invented in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Rich, complex, affecting and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce October 25, 2011
Two words — Tamora Pierce. Enough said. In all seriousness, I haven’t found a Tamora Pierce novel I didn’t like. She was some of the first fantasy I remember reading, and it was a great introduction to the genre.

The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce’s fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall’s Lower City—while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.

Beka and her friends will face their greatest and most important challenge ever when the young heir to the kingdom vanishes. They will be sent out of Corus on a trail that appears and disappears, following a twisting road throughout Tortall. It will be her greatest Hunt—if she can survive the very powerful people who do not want her to succeed in her goal.

Finally:
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann August 30, 2011
I saw her speak at a conference a few years ago, and she gave me my first ARC for helping her with her presentation. I highly enjoyed Fade, Wake, and Gone, a trilogy about dreaming. Kirkus describes The Unwanteds as “Hunger Games meets Harry Potter”, and I’m hoping I can recommend it to all the fourth graders who come to children’s looking for The Hunger Games. Seriously, does anyone else have reservations about giving fourth graders Hunger Games? (Not that we could anyway, since they’re all checked out and the waiting list is a mile long.) The Unwanteds sounds absolutely fabulous, with twins and magic and that creature on the cover!

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret—behind the mirage of the “death farm” there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

What books are you looking forward to as the summer winds down to a close?

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