Sunday, June 10, 2012

BEA Titles in for Review

Wow! Check out the books we picked up at BEA (BookExpo America) this past week.  Most of these will be reviewed on our site and blog so stop by in a few weeks to read the reviews.






The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by David Frei David Frei, the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club and the founder of Westminster's therapy dog charity, Angel On A Leash, shares stories of heartwarming encounters and everyday miracles that he's witnessed in his work with therapy dogs that change the lives of children, adults, and seniors at hospitals and rehabilitation centers. 

Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth On his last day in power, with a blizzard threatening 18 inches of snow, Sheriff Bittersmith’s is called to the scene of a crime. A farmer has been stabbed clean through the neck with a pitchfork. Two sets of tracks lead from the barn, and the dead man’s frantic wife exclaims her daughter is missing. Convinced it was Gale G’Wain, the orphan who worked at the farm, Bittersmith follows the vanishing footprints into the storm. Three miles away, Gale G’Wain is alone and close to dead. He’s holed up in an empty farmhouse, half-dressed and nearly dead after falling through lake ice. Innocent, but unlikely to ever stand trial in a town as corrupt as Bittersmith, he loads his gun and prepares to defend himself against the dead man’s bloodthirsty sons and the Sheriff’s Department. 

Nine Months by Paula Bomer Sonia, a young Brooklyn mother shaken by her unexpected (third) pregnancy, abandons her husband and kids and takes off on a cross-country odyssey in search of an identity separate from her family. She does everything a pregnant woman shouldn't do, engaging in casual sex and smoking weed as she retraces her past and attempts to reclaim her sidelined career as an artist. Nine Months is a fierce, daring page-turner of a novel--a lacerating response to the culture of mommy blogs, helicopter parents and "parental correctness" as well as an unflinching look at the choices women face when trying to balance art and family. 

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive. 

Titanic Survivor: The Newley Discovered Memoirs of Violet Jessop edited by John Maxtone-Graham Violet Jessop's life is an inspiring story of survival. She was born in 1887 in Argentina, the eldest child of Irish immigrants. At the age of 21 she became the breadwinner for her widowed mother and five siblings when she commenced a career as a stewardess that was to span 40 years. She survived the sinking of the Titanic and also survived the sinking of the hospital ship Britannic and her, this disaster was even more horrifying--


Fate, Love, Tears by Lauren Bishop Fate, Love, Tears delivers on its promise to excite as it delves into the chaotic and all too familiar world of first love. The two voices of Allebrielle and Rob alternate to paint a complete picture of the thrill and heartache they encounter while falling in love. The roller coaster ride of high school and family drama is just the start for the young lovers, as their naivete is put to the test in the face of illness, death, and deception.


Garlic Bread for Eugene by Michael Heath Go for the Perfect Attendance Award or help his younger brother? It is a dilemma that sixth-grader Henry has when Uncle Billy fails to show up to make garlic bread for Eugene's Fourth-grade picnic. Follow Henry on a morning-long odyssey through neighborhoods and a brush with the law as he tries to be the new man of the house.

How Many Feet in the Bed? by Heather Spergel With gentle words and beautiful artistry, How Many Feet in the Bed? is a humorous look at one family's bedtime routine. Youngsters learn to count along the way! Gentle, alternative parenting is shown through poetic words and hand drawn illustrations. Every family has a bedtime routine and this family shows their togetherness in a humorous, fun and crowded way!

The Strongest Love by Katie McDonnell With poetic words and beautiful artistry, Mama s love comes to life to show Baby her love is true. Children s author, Katie McDonnell, was inspired to write The Strongest Love after the birth of her daughter, Lana Grace. How do you express the strength of your love to your child? In Katie s tender story, Mama s love braves a stormy sea, escapes a pirate s ship, and survives threatening winds and witches. As in many great children s fables, scary characters fascinate and surprise, but are tamed in the end by love and the security of Mama s heart and home.

ABC Menagerie by M.H. Clark Photographs of soft felt animal sculptures pair with rhyming verse to introduce children to the alphabet in a new and inviting way. From aardvark to zebra, these characters come to life with vivid colors and appealing personalities; they're sure to become instant favorites for children and anyone who's young-at-heart.


A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Rick Osborne and Gary Chapman Based on Gary's highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.

Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue by Heidi Smith Hyde Angry that his father is afraid to kindle the Hanukkah lights, Emanuel stows away on a whaling ship. When a storm overtakes the boat, it is his father’s change of heart and the family menorah that light the way home.


Speak Up, Tommy! by Jacqueline Dembar Greene Tommy’s classmates tease him about his Israeli accent and the way he speaks English. But his knowledge of Hebrew makes him a hero when a policeman and his dog come to visit Tommy’s school.

Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah by Judye Groner Eight nights of food, fun, and games for Hanukkah. With recipes for young and old, party themes, and holiday trivia.

The Book of God: How We Got the Bible by Ben Avery Many people believe the Bible is divinely inspired but are not exactly sure of the process by which we got the Bible. The Book of God takes readers on an incredible journey through the historical process of how God delivered us a written revelation both of Himself and of His message to mankind. This one-of-a-kind graphic novel is a faith builder for people of all ages.

Babylon by Art AyrisBefore Alexander the Great there was a vast world empire ruled by the Persians, and influenced by a captured Jew named Daniel. From a prisoner of war taken into exile, Daniel eventually served as advisor to three powerful monarchs of two great world empires.

King David by Art Ayris A young shepherd boy faces a giant and starts the track to leadership of the nation of Israel.

The Beginning by Michael Pearl The first 10 chapters of Genesis. The Fall of Man through the Tower of Babel.