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Congrats to Kelly Fiore and a great PW review for Just Like the Movies!
Marijke and Lily don’t have a lot in common. Pretty, popular Marjke is a star athlete whose boyfriend has a band; Lily’s a textbook overachiever and nerd (and she’s single). But when they meet cute at a screening of Titanic, a friendship is born—both girls are frustrated with their current romantic situations. Lily may have a crush on the unattainable Joe Lombardi, but Marijke’s boyfriend is a cavalier flirt who can’t say, “I love you.” And so is born an idea, that, as they say in the movies, “might be just crazy enough to work.” To get the love they want, Lily and Marijke recreate moments from the rom-coms they’ve watched over and over—which is how Marijke ends up on Tommy’s lawn in the middle of the night, blasting Peter Gabriel à la John Cusack in Say Anything. Watching these two high school seniors help each other move out of their respective safety zones is a lot of fun, and Fiore (Taste Test) also works in some girl-power advice about not letting a boy become one’s whole life. Ages 12–up. (July)

Congrats to Kelly Fiore and a great PW review for Just Like the Movies!

Marijke and Lily don’t have a lot in common. Pretty, popular Marjke is a star athlete whose boyfriend has a band; Lily’s a textbook overachiever and nerd (and she’s single). But when they meet cute at a screening of Titanic, a friendship is born—both girls are frustrated with their current romantic situations. Lily may have a crush on the unattainable Joe Lombardi, but Marijke’s boyfriend is a cavalier flirt who can’t say, “I love you.” And so is born an idea, that, as they say in the movies, “might be just crazy enough to work.” To get the love they want, Lily and Marijke recreate moments from the rom-coms they’ve watched over and over—which is how Marijke ends up on Tommy’s lawn in the middle of the night, blasting Peter Gabriel à la John Cusack in Say Anything. Watching these two high school seniors help each other move out of their respective safety zones is a lot of fun, and Fiore (Taste Test) also works in some girl-power advice about not letting a boy become one’s whole life. Ages 12–up. (July)

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Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.
What Ellie doesn’t know anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect that something powerful and ancient will awaken in her and that strange whispers will urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, suddenly there’s a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie–and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring, Tuck–to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

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Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t know anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect that something powerful and ancient will awaken in her and that strange whispers will urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, suddenly there’s a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie–and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring, Tuck–to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

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Audiobook Reviews
A SNICKER OF MAGIC
Natalie LloydRead by Cassandra Morris
Cassandra Morris is the ideal narrator for an enchanting tale that abounds with “storytellers” of all ages. Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, is the latest home for Felicity Juniper Pickle, her wandering mother, her little sister, and their old van, which is called “Pickled Jalapeno.” Morris captures Felicity, who has the gift of seeing words shimmer above people, places, and things and enjoys verbally sharing her unusual skill. Diverse characters are enhanced by Morris, including crotchety old ladies; bossy, chain-smoking Aunt Cleo; and Felicity’s very first friend, wheelchair-bound Jonah, who endlessly spreads joy to others. This story of magical realism is a rare treat that expresses a deep love of words and books. It’s a perfect diversion from technologically oriented entertainments. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2014]


Children • 8.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2014
Trade Ed. • Scholastic Audiobooks • 2014
CD ISBN 978-0-545-70679-7 $34.99 • Eight CDs
DD ISBN 978-0-545-70680-3 $24.50


- See more at: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/91192/#sthash.1bHNFFlz.dpuf

Audiobook Reviews

A SNICKER OF MAGIC

Natalie Lloyd
Read by Cassandra Morris

Cassandra Morris is the ideal narrator for an enchanting tale that abounds with “storytellers” of all ages. Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, is the latest home for Felicity Juniper Pickle, her wandering mother, her little sister, and their old van, which is called “Pickled Jalapeno.” Morris captures Felicity, who has the gift of seeing words shimmer above people, places, and things and enjoys verbally sharing her unusual skill. Diverse characters are enhanced by Morris, including crotchety old ladies; bossy, chain-smoking Aunt Cleo; and Felicity’s very first friend, wheelchair-bound Jonah, who endlessly spreads joy to others. This story of magical realism is a rare treat that expresses a deep love of words and books. It’s a perfect diversion from technologically oriented entertainments. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2014]

Children • 8.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2014

Trade Ed. • Scholastic Audiobooks • 2014

CD ISBN 978-0-545-70679-7 $34.99 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN 978-0-545-70680-3 $24.50

- See more at: http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/91192/#sthash.1bHNFFlz.dpuf