LET YOUR IMAGINATION
What has your imagination been doing lately? Does it take
you to strange lands, or introduce you to imaginary people
you would love to have for a friend? Does it take you back
in history, or let you soar into the future? Does it make
your private adventures seem real?
Mine does all those things, but without reading great books,
my imagination wouldn't have enough ideas to do all these
things. I'm so glad that I have always loved to read.
Let me tell you a little bit about some of the newest books
that will fuel your imagination. Some of them have old friends
in new adventures and some will introduce new characters for
you to love.
Of course everyone is familiar with Geronimo Stilton.....he
has written, and starred in, 48 grand adventures. Now he has
written about a new character (of course Geronimo is in the
book too). Meet Creepella von Cackelfur, She is also a mouse
journalist, and is busy hunting ghosts in this exciting new
series...three books so far.
are a few recommendations for you to consider:
Von Cacklefur #1:The Thirteen Ghosts
Ages 7 to 10
Stilton is a mouse journalist on the case --- if anything
is happening in New Mouse City, you will find out about it
from him. But now he is going to have a run for his money
as Creepella von Cacklefur becomes a journalist, too! By day,
she's a mysterious mouse with a pet bat named Bitewing. By
night, she's a creepy movie director. Now she's working on
a spooky story for The Shivery News that will change her life
takes her niece, Shivereen, to Squeakspeare Mansion to interview
actual ghosts. When they meet Billy Squeakspeare, the writer
who inherited the mansion, they lead the way through his new
home. Will the frightened writer-mouse find something to be
really scared about in the mansion?
Von Cacklefur #2: Meet Me in Horrorwood
There is a moat surrounding Cacklefur Castle,
and in it lives the monster Gorgo. He seems to be having some
issues these days, not the least of which is his unrequited
love for movie star/monster Blobbina. Creepella delivers Gorgo's
love letter to Blobbina, only to find out that Blobbina is
missing. With the help of Billy Squeakspeare, Creepella tries
to solve this missing monster case.
they do it, or is Gorgo never again to see his beloved Blobbina?
Von Cacklefur #3: Ghost Pirate Treasure
star Creepella von Cacklefur is back in another fur-raising
Oh, no! Billy Squeakspeare has a big problem, and he needs
Creepella's help. Someone's been digging holes around Squeakspeare
Mansion at night, and Billy wants to find out who it is.
The dangerous, legendary pirate Morgan Darkwhisker is said
to have buried his long-lost treasure near Squeakspeare
Mansion years ago -- could he be hunting for his hidden
riches? It's up to Billy and Creepella to find the treasure
of new baseball books for Spring...here are some more of them:
Diamond in the Desert
On December 6, 1941, Tetsu is a 12-year-old California boy
who loves baseball. On December 7, 1941, everything changes.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor means Tetsu's Japanese-American
family will be relocated to an internment camp.
River camp isn't technically a prison, but with nowhere to
go, nothing to do, and no time frame for leaving, it might
as well be. So when someone has the idea of building a baseball
diamond and starting a team, Tetsu is overjoyed. But then
his sister gets dangerously sick, forcing him to choose between
his family and his love of the game. An exciting slice of
history....it will change the way you look at things...but
it is also a baseball book.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
was heading into his freshman year with it all figured out.
He was an ace baseball pitcher and dreamed about making the
high school team and achieving sports superstar status along
with his best friend, AJ. The last pitch of his middle-school
career, though, ended his dream. Peter’s elbow was rendered
useless, and the doctor informed him that he would never pitch
a ball again. Without baseball, Peter is convinced that he
doesn’t have an identity, and he isn’t sure how
to tell AJ that he won’t be able to play ball again.
So he doesn’t and instead throws himself into his other
Trevor’s a Hollywood star who wishes he
could play baseball like a real kid. Sam’s a real kid
who wouldn’t mind taking a swing at acting. It seems
everything might work out if the boys switch places. That
is, if they can get away with it.
King of the Mound:
My Summer with Satchel Paige
Nick was going to be a star baseball player, no doubt about
it. People for miles around talked about the 12-year-old boy
with the golden arm. And then Nick is diagnosed with polio
--- a life-threatening disease in the 1930s. Everyone is devastated,
especially Nick’s father, who copes by closing off from
his son. When Nick finally leaves the hospital, he wants nothing
more than to get back in the game, but he seems to be the
only one who thinks it’s possible. But after he begins
working for Mr. Churchill, the owner of a minor league team,
Nick meets Satchel Paige, arguably the best player in baseball.
Satchel faces obstacles of his own --- his skin color prevents
him from joining the major leagues --- and he encourages Nick
to overcome the odds and step out of the dugout.
Illustrated Dan Andreasen
From young to old, new to tried-and-true,
here is the baseball book for every fan. With one or more
baseball-related terms for each letter arranged in alphabetic
order, accompanied by a stirring illustration, this gorgeous
compendium celebrates America's game. Large paintings of scenes
alternate with scrapbook-style pages. Facts, figures, faces,
lists and other information comprise an additional resource
in the back of the book. As contemporary as today's sports
page and as nostalgic as an old baseball card, this is an
alphabet book for kids, their parents and grandparents that
can be used all through the year.
And some upcoming
books that just sound like great reading:
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance,
Young Adult 12+
17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The
boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She
will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.
Fiction, Humor, Mystery
Young Adult 10+
previous mysteries --- HOOT, FLUSH and SCAT --- Carl Hiaasen
has offered young readers entertaining comic mysteries that
combine environmental concerns and social issues with plenty
of wacky laughs. Now, in CHOMP, he extends his winning streak
with a funny novel that dives into the world of reality television.