Books Top 5 - October 2018
The following list contains new and years-old book releases, so that those that are starting to read can become bookworms, step by step.
You will find my monthly recommendations for Growing, Tween, and Teen Readers here!
Advanced readers can also choose their pick, because reading a book that is old also has its advantages. Books come with infinite knowledge, remember that!
Growing Readers, 6-8 years old.
1. My Monster Farts (Monster Farts #1), by Kate Clary. Its release date was October 25th, 2012 and has 12 pages.
“Short chapter book ideal for kids age 5 up to 8.
Zach has a pet monster called Lenny. No one else can see or hear him.
He loves Lenny but there is one big problem. Lenny loves to fart! He farts at home and at school and everyone thinks that it’s Zach.
Zach is tired of getting in trouble because of Lenny’s farting.
What will Zach do?”– Goodreads.
2. Christmas at Carol’s, by Nicola Yeager. Its release date was October 19th, 2015 and has 176 pages.
“Carol Gabriel hates Christmas. Not just a little bit, but quite a lot.
She can’t even stand having a boyfriend over the Christmas period and habitually dumps them just before the season begins.
Even the restaurant she co-owns, a French bistro called Carol’s, doesn’t do a Christmas menu and it doesn’t do Christmas decoration, either.
But then she gets some bad news; the bistro is failing.
There’s too much local competition, they don’t have enough customers and there’s a risk that the business may have to sold.
For the sake of the restaurant, her glamorous business partner Roksana and all its much-loved employees, Carol takes on her mother’s advice and creates a Christmas menu for the first time.
She may even tart the place up with some decorations.
But it’s an uphill struggle. There’s a reason Carol doesn’t like Christmas and it’s one that she keeps to herself…
As time is running out Carol wonders if she’s left it too late.
Will her fabulous and charming employees be able to boost the restaurant's popularity? Will there be Christmas at Carol’s?
‘Christmas at Carol’s’ is an incredibly witty culinary romance that will have you laughing out loud and drooling for delicious Christmas fare… ” – Goodreads.
3. Still Just Grace (Just Grace #2) by Charise Mericle Harper. Its release date was October 22nd, 2007 and has 160 pages.
“A fun new boy has just moved in next door to Grace’s best friend, Mimi. When Grace has to go away on a family trip during school, she is terrified that when she comes back Mimi will be best friends with Max instead! After her trip, not only does it seem her fear has come true, but Mimi is even friends with the disgusting Sammy. Now Just Grace has to team up with two other Graces in her third-grade class for a school project, including the Big Meanie” – Goodreads.
4. Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg (Terry Treetop #1) by Tali Carmi. Its release date was December 23rd, 2013 and has 40 pages.
“Send your kids on an adventure! This fun children's picture book is about a boy with red hair and freckles named Terry, yet everybody calls him Terry Treetop because he loves climbing trees. Terry finds a small egg, and his quest is to bring it back home to its mom. But where is the egg's home? Does the egg belong to a turtle on the sand or a crocodile's spring water? Did it come from a frog in a pond or a chicken in the wild? Do your kids love to listen to stories about the habitat and environment of different kinds of animals? Do your children like beautiful picture books?” – Goodreads.
5. Cinderella, by The Walt Disney Company. It’s release date was August 23rd, 2005 and has 24 pages.
“The most beloved princess movie of all time—Disney's Cinderella—is retold in the classic Little Golden Book format.” – Goodreads.
Tween, 9-12 years old.
1. Secret Sisters #1: Heart to Heart, by Sandra Byrd. Its release date was January 1st, 2011 and has 224 pages.
“After a lonely time in the fifth grade, Tess Thomas dreads the beginning of the next school year. Then the exclusive Coronado Club invites her to join. She thinks she'll do anything to belong—until she finds out just what “anything” means. How far is too far to keep a friend? When does belonging cost more than you should pay?” – Goodreads.
2. Jessica Darling’s It List (Jessica Darling’s It List #1), by Megan McCafferty. Its release date was September 3rd, 2013 and has 223 pages.
“Move over, Dork Diaries! Jessica Darling, star of Megan McCafferty's bestselling Jessica Darling series for adults, is back in a hilarious new series perfect for tween (10 to 14) girls.
I hadn't even gotten to homeroom yet and I'd already discovered five hard truths about junior high:
1. My best friend had turned pretty.
2. She didn't know it yet.
3. It wouldn't be long before she did.
4. That knowledge would change everything between us.
5. And there wasn't a thing I could do about it.
It's the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom?
New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty's hilarious series opener will have you laughing, cringing, and cheering for Jessica Darling as she learns that being herself beats being popular, pretty & perfect any day.” – Goodreads.
3. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle. It was first published in 1962, but the renewed version was published in November 7th, 2017.
“It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?” – Goodreads.
4. Diary of a Wickedly Cool Witch: Bullies and Baddies, by Kate Cullen. Its release date was April 8th, 2016 and has 146 pages.
“What is the most humiliating and embarrassing incident a school girl could ever experience? Think of the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever encountered at school and double the humiliation; triple it in fact!
In this wickedly funny chapter book for middle grade girls, Lily, the headstrong but adorable witch goes head to head with the school’s meanest cheerleaders in a bid to stamp out bullying. But helping others sometimes means missing out on what you really want? What is the one thing Lily really wants and can she get it and still save eighth grader, Kaitlyn, from the most embarrassing catastrophe a schoolgirl could ever imagine? It’s one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to face, and the consequences could affect Kaitlyn terribly for the rest of her school years.
Diary of a Wickedly Cool Witch touches on the notion of bullying, self-image, standing up for yourself, caring for your friends and being an individual, in a light hearted, humorous way. It will make you laugh and cry as you follow Lily’s plight to rid the school of bullies, try and make the cheerleading team and learn how to hold a boy’s hand without making a dork of herself, all in the one week.” – Goodreads.
5. The Storybook of Legends (Ever After High #1), by Shannon Hale. Its release date was October 8th, 2013 and has 305 pages.
“At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens...whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.
As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen's destiny is to follow in her mother's wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven's style. She's starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.
What if Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both. ” – Goodreads.
Teen, 13+ years old.
1. Rotten Rapunzel (Dark Fairy Tale Queen #3), by Anita Valle. It was published on September 20th, 2017 and has 184 pages.
“I have been in this tower for fifteen years. Snow White has frozen me inside it and covered the rest of our kingdom with ice and snow. I can't remember what summer is like. And I have never seen people or had a friend.
It's not fair. I'm a princess, the daughter of Cinderella. This kingdom belongs to ME. Not to the nasty new queen who's taken over. Snowy ruined my life, she doesn't care about me. She only keeps me because I cry magic tears.
I have to escape. Have to take back the palace before my lost twin gets it. Have to punish Snowy for wrecking the kingdom. Have to make at least ONE stupid friend. And I really have to do something about my hair.”– Goodreads.
2. The Law of Tall Girls, by Joanne Macgregor. It was published on September 2nd, 2017 and it has 307 pages.
“When you really stand out, can you ever fit in?
Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her.
On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.
Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.
Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong.
This young adult contemporary romance will appeal to fans of Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Julie Buxbaum and Morgan Matson.” – Goodreads.
3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. It was first published in 1947, but it was then edited and published again in July 1993. It has 304 pages.
“Anne Frank's extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known.” – Goodreads.
4. The Wrong Bachelor, by Alexandra Moody. It was published in July 8th, 2018 and has 282 pages.
“Bachelor: A desirable potential boyfriend. AKA not Cole Kingston.
Seventeen-year-old Madison (Madi) Matthews wants nothing to do with the dating competition her school is holding to raise money for charity. She's never been interested in chasing a guy before and she certainly isn't interested in competing for one in front of the whole school.
But, when Madi is voted as one of the ten "lucky" contestants, she's given no choice but to vie for the heart of Lincoln High's most eligible bachelor. The problem is, they've chosen the wrong guy.
Cole Kingston might be good looking, great with a football and practically the king of Lincoln High, but he's also cocky, arrogant, a serial flirt and Madi's sworn enemy.
Will she be able to resist him though when the competition heats up and he turns his charms on her?” – Goodreads.
5. 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelopes #1), by Maureen Johnson. It was published on December 21st, 2010 and has 322 pages.
“Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke about town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous though utterly romantic results. But will she ever see him again?
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.” – Goodreads.
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