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.

I’m getting back into the swing of things with ordering, so I’m finding more and more books I’m excited to read. For this week’s list, I have two very different titles from two very different authors.

Sophia’s War: A Tale of Revolution by Avi September 25, 2012
Besides the fact that it’s Avi, so of course I want to read it, part of the main reason I want to read this book so much is to determine if it’s appropriate for younger readers. The reviews are suggesting wide ranges for the appropriate grade/age levels. Avi is somewhat unique in that he’s a prolific author who writes just as well and just as often in both YA and children’s fiction and he’s done a little bit of everything (modern fiction, historical fiction, animal characters, etc.). I loved his True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and his lesser known Beyond the Western Sea series, but I’m a little anxious to hand a book with a noose on the cover to a fourth or fifth grader.

Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist.In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril: She’s young, she’s a girl, and she’s running out of time. And if she fails, she’s facing an execution of her own.

Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this riveting novel that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater September 18, 2012
Maggie Stiefvater has a new series starting in September! After reading only two of her books (and one short story), she’s quickly turning into one of my favorite authors (I’m a librarian, I’m allowed to have more than one… don’t judge me). Admittedly, I’m a little confused by the very long but vague description, but I’m willing to take a chance. Especially if it’s by Maggie Stiefvater

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Either of these sound good to you? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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