Books I Can’t Wait to Read!

I am so excited about a few of the books I received this week!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- I can not wait to read this one! And I a group of students drooling over it, too. From Amazon: “For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.  Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- Jenny Han’s first novel, Shug, was very popular with my students last year. Her newest book has a gorgeous cover and sounds like the perfect summer read. From Amazon: “Some summers are just destined to be pretty.  Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. “

The Brooklyn Nine by Alan M. Gratz- Baseball books are always popular in my class, and this one intrigued me. I’m reading it right now and love it! From Amazon: “Gratz (Samurai Shortstop, 2006) builds this novel upon a clever enough conceit—nine stories (or innings), each following the successive generations in a single family, linked by baseball and Brooklyn—and executes it with polish and precision. In the opening stories, there is something Scorsese-like (albeit with the focus on players, not gangsters) in Gratz’s treatment of early New York: a fleet-footed German immigrant helps Alexander Cartwright (credited with creating modern baseball) during a massive 1845 factory fire; a young boy meets his hero, the great King Kelly, who by age 30 is a washed-up alcoholic scraping by as a vaudeville act,  talented young girl stars in the WW II–era All-American Girls Baseball League and a card-collecting boy lives in fear of the Russians, Sputnik, and the atomic bomb. In the last two stories,  a Little League pitcher’s shot at a perfect game told with breathtaking verve; and a neat stitching-together effort to close the book.”

That’s only a taste of the books currently on my TBR pile. I’m hoping to get through them all this week!

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