Book Haul, Book Haul, it’s a Book Haul, y’all!
Two jobs and finals have started kicking on, guys. Needless to say, I am a little behind on a few things. Lets see about catching up. Shall we?
These are the books we have received to feature here on WeAreWordNerds over the last couple of weeks. I hope you take a second and check them out.
New Books In My Mailbox Week of Mar 12th – 26th, 2017
And these are my purchases for the week. A lady, here in town, was selling her amazon store stock on facebook for dirt cheap so I ran over and grabbed a few. I wish I would have had time to look through more. I would’ve bought them all if my library was already built. No kidding.
Released: 2015-05-09 No. of Pages: 124
The Story: To most, the term “Christian horror” probably seems like an oxymoron. Nevertheless, there are very good arguments to be made that “horror” is an eminently biblical genre and that Christian artists should be at the forefront of reclaiming it. In this work, novelist Mike Duran explores the Judeo-Christian roots of contemporary horror, the religious themes that frame much of the horror art, and how evangelical culture has come to distance itself from such a potentially rich and powerful medium. Duran looks at Christian artists and authors whose works employ the macabre and grotesque. From surrealist Hieronymus Bosch to Southern Gothicist Flannery O’Connor to the master of horror Stephen King, we can trace a distinctly biblical worldview that frames their visions of terror. Along the way, Duran answers objections while developing an apologetic, not for a new sub-genre, but for a rethinking of the reasons that “Christian horror” has come to be viewed as such an oxymoron.
Released: 2017-04-25 No. of Pages: 112
The Story: Arguably one of the most prominent US Supreme Court Justices at the moment, Sonia Sotomayor has paved her own way to enact profound changes and reforms, despite the obstacles that stood in her way. And she certainly has had her share of adversity: she was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just eight years old, lived in housing projects in the Bronx in her youth, and fought (and still is fighting) against blatant discrimination throughout her career. Now in her early 60s, Justice Sotomayor has already made history in being appointed to the Court as the first Latina justice, the third woman justice, and one of the three youngest justices in this position.
Released: 2017-04-04 No. of Pages: 320
The Story: Meet the marvelous Pyes— There is Mrs. Pye, the youngest mother in town; Mr. Pye, a famous bird man, who handles all the nation’s important bird problems; Rachel Pye, who is so reasonable she can make unreasonable ideas sound like good ones; Jerry Pye, who knows about rocks of all sorts and plans to grow up to be a rock man; Uncle Bennie, who is Jerry and Rachel’s uncle—even though he’s only three years old. Lastly is Ginger Pye, the “intellectual dog,” who Jerry bought for a hard-earned dollar. The most famous pup in all of Cranbury, Ginger knows tons of tricks, is as loyal as he is smart, and steals the hearts of everyone he meets . . . until someone steals him!
Released: 2017-04-04 No. of Pages: 272
The Story: An ALA Notable Book “A captivating story, told with loving tenderness, whimsical humor, suspense, it has all the special magic that is Eleanor Estes’ trademark. . . . Don’t miss it.” —Chicago Tribune Meet Pinky, a furious black kitten who adopts the Pye family. The Pyes have some of the smartest pets around—there’s Ginger the intellectual dog, and Gracie the clever old cat—but Pinky is more than smart enough to earn a place in the Pye’s hearts. She can box with Ginger, play games with Mr. Pye, and—Rachel and Jerry can hardly believe their eyes—even type out her life story!
Released: 2017-03-04 No. of Pages:
The Story: The scourge of opioid addiction is deeply woven throughout world history, and our own Civil War produced roughly 200,000 addicts who spent their remaining years navigating shattered limbs and unstable minds. Fast forward a century-and-a-half. A 2014 report revealed that 1.9 million Americans were addicted to prescription opioids, and that 18,893 lost their lives to prescription opioids that single calendar year. Jellybeaners is a contemporary novel set in the heart of Appalachia, revealing the money ties, political corruption, wasted lives, and overall cash-churning nature of the prescription pill culture from perspectives spanning both sides of the law.
Released: 2017-04-11 No. of Pages: 368
The Story: “Sarah Rees Brennan writes with fine control and wit, and I suspect that word of this magical thriller will pass through the populace with the energy of wind, of fire.” —Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg and Spoon In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets. Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth. Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself? Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan weaves a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.
Released: 2017-05-02 No. of Pages: 32
The Story: Starting with a box of parts, the Nosy Fox, the Bear in a Blazer, the Blue Gnu, and other remarkable builders assemble the Robot, step by step. Each stage of the process has its own sound effect, and the growing list of sounds is repeated in every spread. Young children will happily Click, Clang, and Tappa Tappa along and relish the surprise ending of this winsome cumulative tale.
Released: 2017-04-11 No. of Pages: 128
The Story: When Anna is gifted a copy of The Secret Garden, it inspires her to follow her dreams—maybe she can plant ivy and purple crocuses and the birds will come. Or maybe what grows from her dream of a garden is even better: friendship. And friendship, like a garden, often has a mind of its own. In this prequel to The Year of the Book, join Anna in a year of discovery, new beginnings, friendships, and growth.
Released: 2016-04-10 No. of Pages: 120
The Story: This four-book series is double-spaced for easy reading. The chapters are short to build a child’s confidence in reading. This book’s design is especially great for kids with ADD or ADHD. Sticky the elf has a special gift, he can shoot bubblegum from his hands. Sticky and his two best friends, Dumbley the dwarf and Robyn the elf, are headed on a Fantastic Adventure. They will journey from their sheltered, fantasy village of Shendale, hidden from human eyes in the forest to the real world of humans, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1776. Along the way, this special elf will help everyone he meets, spreading his special brand of cheer and humor. He also learns a few special lessons of friendship, loyalty, and a touch of human history. Join Sticky and his friends as they embark on this Fantastic Adventure. With bubblegum goodness along the way! This is a first paragraph book aimed at 4th graders. However, when I read this to my grand-kids (4-12), they loved it. My dad (89) read it and gave me a hug afterwards and said, “Thank you for making me feel young again.” This book is fun for all ages. Enjoy!
Released: 2017-04-11 No. of Pages: 24
The Story: The science museum is unveiling a new dinosaur skeleton, but the skeleton is one bone short of being complete. Curious George and his friend the man with the yellow hat must use clues to retrace their path and solve the mystery of the missing bone — before it’s too late! Based on Curious George, the Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show, this storybook also includes an order of events activity and game for readers to retrace their own steps just like George.
Released: 2017-05-09 No. of Pages: 24
The Story: George is tired of following the house rules—he wants a place of his own where he can draw on the walls and eat corn on the cob with his feet! He decides to build a tree house in the yard, but quickly learns that creating a house from scratch just might take more than a pile of plywood and a handful of nails. What he needs is a design plan to make it work. This Green Light Reader based on Curious George, the Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show, also includes bonus activities to help build on the construction theme with a matching materials game and a make-your-own sponge blocks craft.
Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code (Scientists in the Field Series) by Amy Cherrix AMAZON | GOODREADS
Released: 2017-04-25 No. of Pages: 80
The Story: Ten million Americans live in hurricane danger zones, but how do we know if or when to evacuate? We must predict both when a storm will strike and how strong it will be. A daring NASA earth science mission may have finally found a way to crack this hurricane code.Dr. Scott Braun is the principal investigator for the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission (HS3), which flies repurposed military drone over hurricanes so that scientists can gather data. But the stakes are high and time is running out.In the first Scientists in the Field book entirely about weather, meet the NASA team on the cutting edge of meteorological field science.
Released: 2017-05-09 No. of Pages: 40
The Story: An ordinary bubble may seem pretty harmless to you. To the monsters of La La Land, however, a fragile, shimmering bubble is an object of terror, and when the frightening habits of bubbles are detailed by a fear-mongering monster, Yerbert, Froofle, and Wumpus run away and cry. But with encouragement from the narrator and readers, the three monsters learn to confront their fears and triumph over bubbles! An original, offbeat, and funny take on conquering fears from the New York Times best-selling team behind Those Darn Squirrels! and Dragons Love Tacos.
Released: 2017-05-02 No. of Pages: 40
The Story: “Hop up! Wriggle over! Wakey-wakey: hungry!” Thus starts a full and busy day for an appealing animal family. Simple onomatopoeic words and irresistible illustrations capture familiar routines in a young read-aloud containing a warm and subtle reminder that families come in all shapes and sizes.
Released: 2017-05-02 No. of Pages: 40
The Story: Puffing, chuffing, never yawning Climbing hills as day is dawning. Trains don’t sleep, they CLANG and HOOT Cross bridges and canyons, plow through snow, charge down mountains, and meander across fields filled with sheep. And when it is time to rest and dreams are just ahead, never fear—trains don’t sleep so that you can. With the feel of a classic and vivid artwork that captures the power and majesty of trains, this is a fast-paced rhyming ode to the locomotive.