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Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen
Fans of the Transcendent Trilogy (that would be The False Prince series) rejoice. Jennifer Nielsen has a new series on the horizon. It was described as Game of Thrones for middle school - how intriguing is that? It has all the makings of a hit: conspiracy against the emperor, spies at every turn and a magic amulet. I'm in!
Flunked by Jen Calonita
Ok, this isn't an award winner, but it sounded like a lot of fun. When Gilly gets caught stealing she is send to Fairy Tale Reform School where all the teachers are former super scary villains. But of course there is a bigger battle brewing (isn't there always.) Liked the take on reworking fairytales and the cover is great.
Tombquest by Michael Northrop
This is Scholastic's latest series that uses a multi technology platform. Kids can read the book and then go online for more activities. This series is meant to fill the niche of 39 Clues, but with an Egyptian mythological theme. These are always a hit with kids and I am thrilled that this series will stick with one writer as opposed to their habit of pulling in different writers for each installment.
Undertow by Michael Buckley
Ok, I love Michael Buckley. I think his Sisters Grim series is just genius and my boys quite enjoyed his Nerds books. This story looks like a significant change for him as he enters a dystopian world where earth is invaded by ocean dwelling warriors. Ok, it sounds out there, but I have faith in Buckley so I am anxious to get my hands on this one.
Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes
This was described as Wonder with dinosaurs. Sawyer inherits a dinosaur gene and suddenly sprouts a tail. The bullies are out in force until they disappear and Sawyer's initials relief turns into an obligation to help them. I am skeptical given that the cover of this book looks like it should be an early reader but I will give it a try when it comes out.
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
A new series from Ally Carter is always something to cheer about. This one takes place on embassy row and involves international intrigue and murder. If it is as good as her other series, we are in for a treat.