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Click through to Bookish to read a really interesting interview about "Why Boy in the Striped Pajamas author John Boyne hates celeb children books",writing process, his favourite reads as a child, and more. And if you haven’t read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas yet, what are you doing with yourself for heaven’s sake, click on the title to place your TBPL hold on it post-haste. 

Want to try some more John Boyne?

Children’s books -

Noah Barleywater Runs Away: Noah is running away from his problems the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest - or at least that’s what he thinks. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he’s not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever.

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brockett: There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity - and floats. Desperate to please his parents, Barnaby does his best to keep both feet on the ground - but he just can’t do it. One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go …
Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon - and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.

Adult reads -

The Absolutist: A masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I.It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.  But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will—from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.

The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they’ve turned the last page.

The Dare: At the start of his school holidays, Danny Delaney is looking forward to a trouble-free summer. But when his mother returns home one afternoon, flanked by two policemen, he knows that something terrible has happened. Mrs. Delaney has accidentally hit a small boy with her car. The boy is in a coma at the local hospital and nobody knows if he will ever wake up. Consumed by guilt, Danny’s mother closes herself off, while Danny and his father are left to pick up the pieces of their fractured family. Told in John Boyne’s unique style from the point of view of the twelve-year-old boy, The Dare is a brilliantly compelling story about how one moment can change a family forever.

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This book had been on my to-read list since February 2012, according to GoodReads. I remember coming across it listed as a juvenile title and because I was only buying YA books for the library at the time, I didn’t order it - just added it to my virtual TBR pile. A year later I came across it again listed as YA, so I bought it for TBPL’s collection - but still didn’t read it. Then last week I was doing my weekend reads pickup and finally picked it up. I can’t imagine why I waited so long. Click here to place your TBPL hold on this moving, sensitive and painfully realistic story.
Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and “spinning” wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself - starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties - and his trust that he may be part of a larger herd after all.
Description via GoodReads.com

This book had been on my to-read list since February 2012, according to GoodReads. I remember coming across it listed as a juvenile title and because I was only buying YA books for the library at the time, I didn’t order it - just added it to my virtual TBR pile. A year later I came across it again listed as YA, so I bought it for TBPL’s collection - but still didn’t read it. Then last week I was doing my weekend reads pickup and finally picked it up. I can’t imagine why I waited so long. Click here to place your TBPL hold on this moving, sensitive and painfully realistic story.

Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?

Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and “spinning” wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself - starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties - and his trust that he may be part of a larger herd after all.

Description via GoodReads.com


Remember the hugely successful series the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? The author had moved on to adult books, but now she is back to YA with the science-fiction romance The Here and Now. Click here to read a Publisher’s Weekly interview with Ann Brashares and then here to place your TBPL hold!
An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world … if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 
Description via GoodReads.com

Remember the hugely successful series the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? The author had moved on to adult books, but now she is back to YA with the science-fiction romance The Here and Now. Click here to read a Publisher’s Weekly interview with Ann Brashares and then here to place your TBPL hold!

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world … if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

Description via GoodReads.com


Tons of new series installments just arrived at Brodie. Click on the title to place your TBPL holds on the new books, or on the series name to start with book one. That Unbound cover is flat-out gorgeous. How have I not read that series yet?

Fractured by Sarah Fine (sequel to Sanctum)

Timestorm by Julie Cross (Tempest series bk 3)

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (sequel to Mind Games)

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (sequel to The Archived)

A Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Davies (A Beautiful Dark bk 3)

Third Strike by Heather Brewer (Slayer Chronicles bk 3)

Fool’s Gold by Philippa Gregory (Order of Darkness bk 3)



So I did some pretty serious reading this past weekend (and last week, I took a couple days off). You know what that means: mini-review time! Click on the book title to place your TBPL hold.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale: This tale of geek-to-model seems to be running on a lot of wish fulfillment, but as it turns out is actually based on the author’s experiences as a young model. Every character is a bundle of quirks, so depending on your tolerance for that sort of thing your mileage will vary, but for a quick, frothy read I had fun with it. Model Misfit also available (book 2).

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: Fantasy about a teen assassin offered the opportunity to compete to become the king’s champion and win back her freedom. Celaena was grating on my nerves for most of the story - she is Practically Perfect in Every Way, from her extensive fighting skills, gorgeous hair, intelligence, quick wit, etc etc. - but she would probably just think I was jealous :) Nevertheless, if you are looking for a fantasy featuring a physically kickass heroine, suspense, possible monsters and magic, court intrigue, and romance, this is a solid option. Crown of Midnight also available (book 2).

Panic by Lauren Oliver: Set in a small, crumbling town over a claustrophobic summer, Panic is about a “game” played by high school seniors - a series of challenges which result in one winner who gets a pot of money large enough to make their escape. Despite the Hunger Games-ish sounding plot, this is definitely not a dystopia but instead a dark suspenseful contemporary read that kept me anxious about the character’s fate (and very survival) to the end.

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith: If fate sent you an email, would you answer? Sweet contemporary romance that began through a randomly misspelled email address turns into something much more. The book includes a traditional narrative and the emails, so we get to know the characters by what they write and how they act. Not exactly realistic, but is that really your top priority for this type of story?

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski: 2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house - parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn’t have. Realistic (in some ways) and absolutely fantastical in others - suuuure the parents would be that trusting! This is a YA that skews towards the A side due to sexual content.


You guys… this makes me very nervous. I actually don’t mind the Jonas actor as much as I thought I would, based on these few minutes anyway. But that helicopter at the end? It’s a just a little too Katniss-being-picked-up-at-the-end-of-Catching-Fire inspired for me. The Giver is not an action packed story. Not sure if adding it in will change the heart of the story too much… Consider me concerned about how this book to movie translation is going to work.