Ten: The Books that Will Be 2013

This weekend, I went to the Alberta Library Conference and, among other things, had a chance to read about (and sometimes preview!) some of the books that will be coming out this year. This week’s Ten highlights titles that I’m most excited to read and, hopefully, share with you later this year.

Dream Boats coverDream Boats written by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin
Released June 2013
“Where do children go when they close their eyes to sleep?
They step onto their dreamboats and sail toward adventure.
From Maiqui in the Andes floating through the constellations, to Aljuu paddling along the shores of Haida Gwaii with Eagle, Orca and Black Bear, to Ivan sailing into St. Petersburg, then sneaking between the bony legs of Baba Yaga, stories and memories lead them on.
Dream Boats takes readers into the dreams of children around the world, dreams that are filled with family and legends, culture and love. Written in lyrical prose by Dan Bar-el with gorgeous art by Kirsti Anne Wakelin, this is a book to be treasured by generations of dreamers. (from simplyreadbooks.com)

Handbook for Dragon Slayers coverHandbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
Released May 2013
“Political upheaval sends Princess Tilda fleeing from her kingdom in the company of two hopeful dragon slayers. The princess never had any interest in chasing dragons. The pain from her crippled foot was too great, and her dream was to write a book.
But the princess finds herself making friends with magical horses, facing the Wild Hunt, and pointing a sword at the fire-breathing creatures. While doing things she never imagined, Tilda finds qualities in herself she never knew she possessed.” (from harpercollins.ca)

Sidekicked coverSidekicked by John David Anderson
Released June 2013
“Andrew Bean might be a part of h.e.r.o., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses—his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet—he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna—their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.
But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justicia, superheroes begin disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It’s what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?” (from harpercollins.ca)

Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library coverEscape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
“Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.
Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.
In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.” (from randomhouse.com)

Belle Epoque coverBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
Released June 2013
“When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.
Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect adornment of plainness.
But Isabelle has no idea her new “friend” is the hired help, and Maude’s very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.
Inspired by a short story written by Emile Zola, Belle Epoque is set at the height of bohemian Paris, when the city was at the peak of decadence, men and women were at their most beautiful, and morality was at its most depraved.” (from randomhouse.com)

Bluffton coverBluffton written and illustrated by Matt Phelan
Released July 2013
“In the summer of 1908, in Muskegon, Michigan, a visiting troupe of vaudeville performers is about the most exciting thing since baseball. They’re summeringin nearby Bluffton, so Henry has a few months to ogle the elephant and the zebra, the tightrope walkers and — lo and behold — a slapstick actor his own age named Buster Keaton. The show folk say Buster is indestructible; his father throws him around as part of the act and the audience roars, while Buster never cracks a smile. Henry longs to learn to take a fall like Buster, ‘the human mop,” but Buster just wants to play ball with Henry and his friends.” (from Candlewick catalogue)

Flora & Ulysses coverFlora & Ulysses written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell
Released September 2013
“It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is…just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.” (image and description from Candlewick catalogue)

Cozy Classics Jane Eyre coverCozy Classics Jane Eyre adapted and illustrated by Jack and Holman Wang
Released Fall 2013
The Wang brothers convert classic literature into board book format, telling long-loved stories with 12 words and 12 pictures. Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist will join current titles Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, Les Misérables and War and Peace. (image from the Wangs’ website)

Journey coverJourney by Aaron Becker
Released September 2013
“A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire?” (image and description from Candlewick catalogue)

Wild Boy coverWild Boy by Rob LLoyd Jones
Released September 2013
“In the seedy underworld of Victorian London, a oy is born and abandoned. Snatched up by an unscrupulous and abusive showman, Wild Boy, covered in hair from head to toe, becomes a sideshow freak. Isolated from other children and wickedly abused by the cruel master who bought im, Wild Boy ecomes an avid observer, developing Sherlock Holmes-like deductive skills. Although he is tormented and insulted, kicked and spat at, his quick mind takes in everything he sees. When a murder occurs at the fair, Wild Boy is hastily accused. Can he use his powers of deduction to save himself? And will the talented and spunky young acrobat Clarissa be with im — or against him?” (image and description from Candlewick catalogue)

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Ten: The Books that Will Be 2013

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s