What We're Reading Now

We're always on the lookout for wonderful new books, from picture books to adult, from light to literary.  Take a look at some of our current favorites, featured on the What We're Reading table this month.

Under the Egg (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803740013
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Published: Dial, 3/2014

Theodora Tenpenny is just trying to survive in New York City. Her beloved grandfather has recently died, and her mother sits in her study all day, trying to complete her doctoral dissertation that's 30 years overdue. Their house is falling down around them, and money is running out. When her grandfather died, he told Theo to "look under the egg." Theo discovers a mysterious painting and, in the process of identifying it, uncovers an even greater mystery. This is a spectacular middle grade novel! The author ranks with Blue Balliett and Rebecca Stead in creating a magical, clever tale. -Cathy


$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781250038944
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books, 2/2014

Arthur Winthrop is Headmaster of the Lancaster prep school in Vermont. He succeeded his father as Headmaster and had hoped that his son Ethan would follow in their footsteps. But Ethan rebelled and joined the army instead, sending Arthur and his wife Elizabeth into an emotional tailspin. Arthur tells his side of the story first, giving details of his passionate involvement with a student and his distance from Elizabeth. His version of things doesn't seem to be altogether reliable, and the second half of the book gives Elizabeth's perspective. Some twists are involved, and that's all I can tell you! It's a quick, tense, and fun read. --Cynthia


Sparky! (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780375870231
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 3/2014

Have you ever wanted a pet? I mean REALLY wanted a pet? You wanted that pet so much, that finally you wore your Mom down and she said YES! The conditions are that the pet doesn’t need to be walked, bathed or fed. Your pet finally arrives by express mail. He is the size of a medium sized dog, with a flat nose and a monkey face. Did I mention the new pet is a Sloth? Mother is not happy. And so our adventure begins and is a delightful, simple story. Paige agrees with the girl in our story, because Sloths are just perfect in every way! -Julia


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385737388
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Published: Delacorte Press, 3/2014

When the students in homeroom 10B all got flu shots, strange things began to happen. It came quicker to some than others, but gradually they realized that they all had acquired telepathic powers. Now they know who cheated on whom and which teachers have had sketchy prior careers. Some students use their power for good, others for control. Who can handle it and who will crack? Read this very clever novel and find out! For grades 7 and up. - Cathy


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375869181
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 3/2014

Doreen is probably the most lovable fish in the sea. But she's not the smartest. In this delightful picture book by shop favorite Sally Lloyd-Jones, Doreen heads off to visit her second cousin twice removed who's just had 157 babies. She mistakes a worm on a hook for a tasty treat. Watch out Doreen! If you've read her How To Be A Baby and others, you know Lloyd-Jones has a keen sense of humor that appeals to both the adult reader and the lucky child. - Valerie


$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780871404510
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 3/2014

In this true crime narrative, Walter Kirn details his relationship with Clark Rockefeller, or rather, the man he thought was Clark Rockefeller. In reality, the man was Christian Gerhartstreiter, a con-man and murderer. What resonates for the reader is how someone can believe the outrageous things extremely wealthy people do because of what we read in the media. Peek in the window of this incredible story. - Valerie


Extraordinary Jane (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803739147
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Published: Dial, 3/2014

Most people would secretly like to be extraordinary like their heroes. Jane is a circus elephant who doesn't think she has any talent, but a loving and perceptive ringmaster recognizes her uniqueness and brings it to light. The old fashioned drawings are perfect for this timeless story for young children.—Valerie


$27.99
ISBN-13: 9781451693560
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 2/2014

Bookended between two disasters in New York in 1911, this is the story of two young people pushed together by fate. With her webbed fingers and swimming prowess, Coralie Sardie is exploited by her father in his Coney Island museum of oddities and freaks of nature. Competing with Dreamland, the amusement park across the street, Professor Sardie resorts to bizarre measures to find sensational new attractions. Meanwhile, Eddie, a young Jewish man in Manhattan, forsakes his religion and his father, and hones his skills as a photographer and a finder of lost people. He is on hand to photograph the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that kills scores of young women, and his search for a missing factory worker leads him to Coralie’s world. The two stories are told in alternating chapters as Eddie attempts to solve the mystery of the missing girl, and Coralie realizes that her father may stand in the way of her future as a normal person. Recommended. – Alice


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781423148036
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 2/2014

After a fire destroys their house, Nick, his dad and his brother move into an old Victorian house they've inherited. Nick is living in the attic and when he opens the door, he's hit in the head with a toaster. That whack on the head leads him to discover all kinds of weird junk that creates strange situations. Together with some local kids, Nick discovers that all of the junk has amazing qualities that may be part of a larger plan for the universe. Sound far-fetched? It is, but in the hands of master storyteller Neal Shusterman, this tale is clever, hilarious and an all-around great read for grades 3 and up. – Cathy


Nightingale's Nest (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781595145468
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Published: Razorbill, 2/2014

Twelve- year old “little John” helps his dirt poor, drinks-up-what-money-they-do-have father with his tree trimming business. Their one client is Mr. King, aka The Emperor, the wealthy owner of a chain of dollar stores. One day while trimming The Emperor’s trees, Little John hears the most beautiful birdsong he has ever heard, only it’s not a bird but a small girl who has made a nest in a nearby tree. Taken in by a neighbor as a foster child, Gayle’s magical voice brings healing to whatever or whomever is wounded or broken. Little John’s friendship with Gayle is put to the test when his desperate need for money jeopardizes their relationship. Based on a Hans Christian Anderson story. For ages 9-12, a beautiful story! -Martha


Penguin in Peril (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763671594
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Published: Templar, 2/2014

Three very bad cats plan a heist of fish. In this funny picture book with lots of visual jokes, these cats abduct a penguin to help them. But the penguin smells trouble and escapes his captors. All is well at the end, and the cats get their just desserts. For 3 years and up. – Valerie


Let There Be Light (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780310727859
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Published: Zonderkidz, 1/2014

Archbishop Tutu and Nancy Tillman have paired up to present a new interpretation of the Creation story. Each day is presented on its own page spread, and Tutu's narration and Tillman's glorious illustrations combine to make a perfect gift for a baptism or a first communion. For ages 3 and up. -Julia


$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780345532831
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Published: Ballantine Books, 2/2014

We fell in love with Kelly Corrigan, the Pigeons, and Greenie, cried with her as she lived through breast cancer, pretended we were her best friends as she shared every hilarious, poignant, gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, side-splitting word in her memoirs, THE MIDDLE PLACE and LIFT. Now Kelly delights us with a tribute to her mom, who succinctly and accurately notes, “Your father’s the glitter, Kel, but I’m the glue.” Kelly skillfully gives us a wonderful picture of her mother by recounting the year that Kelly decided to test her theory that “things happen when you leave the house” and ends up becoming a nanny for a young Australian family who has just lost their mother to cancer. While parenting the children, “children, Kelly, not kids. Goats have kids,” Kelly hears her mother’s voice (and expertly inserts that voice into the story as italicized text) at every turn and quickly comes to admire, love, and respect the woman who so exasperated her over the years. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever had or has been a mother. Meet Kelly on Monday, March 3! -Martha