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New Review Tuesday: Mark Your Calendars

Every season there are a few books for which I'm wildly excited—I mark their release dates down on my calendar, and then I eagerly count down the days until my much-anticipated reading material hits the shelves. It's like the book-reviewer equivalent of camping out in the parking lot, waiting for basketball tickets.

Perhaps you've seen this behavior in your students—kids who couldn't wait for Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn or are biting their nails for Christopher Paolini's Brisingr.

Here are some (but by no means all!) of the other books on my radar for fall: 


The Diamond of Darkhold, by Jeanne DuPrau (releases  August 26). No doubt you'll have students clamoring for the fourth installment of DuPrau's Books of Ember series, which finds Lina and Doon back underground. Interest in the series is bound to hit a peak with the release of The City of Ember movie, due out October 10. The books are a great choice for readers in grades 3 through 7.

Louise_5 Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken, by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss (releases September 23). I was lucky enough to attend an early reading of this avian adventure, and folks, you're in for a treat. Our plucky heroine is tired of the henhouse and sets off on a worldly journey that takes her aboard a pirate ship, across a circus high wire, and back home again. It's DiCamillo at her straight-talking best. Bliss does wonders, too, showing Louise ride a camel, travel on a steam ship, and float in a hot air balloon, all to make it back to the coop. It's truly a read aloud for all ages.

Sourpuss_4 Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie, by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka (releases October 1). Juster and Raschka return to the world of their Caldecott-winning The Hello, Goodbye Window. In this new story Nanna and Poppy's granddaughter reveals she's actually *two* people—Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie. K–2 teachers will be able to use this colorful tale as a springboard for talking about emotions, high and low.

Hunger_4The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (releases October 1). The first installment of a new trilogy from the author of The Underland Chronicles, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where teens are forced to fight to the death on national television. It's a grim scenario, but Collins will have readers in grades 7 and up turning pages—and asking questions about pop culture, romance, and morality.

What books are you looking forward to this fall? Share in the comments!



Sweet list! I'm totally updating my amazon wish list asap. I'm also looking forward to Sasha Watson's Vidalia in October. Also Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner comes out in paperback in Oct and Barry Lygra's Hero Type in hardcover so I'm looking forward to those. :)

Hannah Trierweiler

Oh, Sonja, I'm excited for Inkdeath, too!

And I can't wait for a few of my friends to read The Hunger Games--I'm desperate to talk about that book with someone!!

Sonja Cole

I LOVED The Hunger Games!! I want to give it to everyone I know over the age of 12 so we can talk about it.

But the book I have been waiting and waiting for is Inkdeath, the sequel to Cornelia Funke's Inkheart and Inkspell.

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