Lords and ladies, lemme grab your attention for half a sec.
So because I have the best job in the world, I get access to ARCs. We can literally pick whatever and however many we want and we can keep them, too. Of course, we’re encouraged to bring it back if we like it and get as many other booksellers to read it as possible but we do have the option of keeping it.
So your girl here picked a couple out because–yeah, duh.
(I actually have already picked up and read one before this– a great book coming out this fall called The Looking Glass by Janet McNally. My review for that will be coming closer to release.)
So here we have the following:
Title: Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows
Author: Ryan Calejo
Release Date: October 23, 2018
The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.
Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.
But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.
Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).
No pressure, muchacho.
Title: A Dastardly Plot
Author: Christopher Healy
Release Date: September 25, 2018
The first book in a rip-roaring adventure about the world-famous inventors history remembers–and more than a few that it’s forgotten
It is 1883–the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a mechanical-electrical-industrial marvel: a land of limitless opportunity. And it all happens at the world-famous Inventors’ Guild headquarters in New York City–a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little luck can find you rubbing elbows with the gods of industry who will usher humanity into the bright promise of the future.
Unless, of course, you’re a woman.
Molly Pepper, daughter of brilliant but unknown inventor Cassandra Pepper, lives with her mother in New York. By day, they make ends meet running a small pickle shop; by night, they toil and dream of Cassandra shattering the glass ceiling of the Inventors’ Guild and taking her place among the most famous inventors in America. In an attempt to find a way to exhibit Cass’s work at the 1883 World’s Fair, they break into the Inventors’ Guild–and discover a mysterious and dastardly plot to destroy the city. The evidence points tot he involvement of one of the world’s most famous inventors, and now it’s up to Molly, Cassandra, and a shop hand named Emmett Lee to uncover the truth–even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.
Title: The Dreamy
Author: Lisa Papademetriou
Release Date: October 30, 2018
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou delivers her most fantastical, emotional story yet in this tale of a young girl’s journey into her dreams to save her brother from the darkness that surrounds him. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Echo.
Every night, your sleeping body stays in your bed, while the youof you travels deep beneath the earth to ride the complex rails of the Dreamway….
Stella Clay thought it was just another ordinary day at her drab gray school. Then her twin brother, Cole, is attacked by a shadowy creature on their way home, and Stella’s world turns positively peculiar. Suddenly, her brother seems different, almost dimmer, like a candle about to flicker out.
And then a talking mouse shows up in her bedroom.
Stella discovers that the real Cole has been taken prisoner in the Dreamway. Determined to find him, she sets out with the “help” of a stuck-up rodent, a nervous dragonfly, and a mysterious pirate, and finds her way to the darkest edge of the Dreamway to bring her brother home…before he’s trapped forever.
In this allegorical exploration of childhood depression, with a moving author note that follows, Lisa Papademetriou gently and safely illustrates for her readers the emotional effects of anger, anxiety, and insecurity—and illuminates a pathway to hope and recovery.
Title: Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue
Author: Jeff Seymour
Release Date: May 15, 2018
From debut author Jeff Seymour and bestselling illustrator Brett Helquist (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) comes this breathtaking fantasy adventure, starring an extraordinary new heroine and set in an unforgettable world where ships can fly.
It takes a very special crew to keep the cloudship Orion running, and no one knows that better than Nadya Skylung, who tends the cloud garden that keeps the ship afloat. When the unthinkable happens and pirates attack, Nadya and the other children aboard–all orphans taken in by the kindhearted Captain Nic–narrowly escape, but the rest of the crew is captured. Alone and far from help, only Nadya and her four brave and loyal friends can take back the Orion and rescue the crew. And she’ll risk life and limb to save the only family she’s ever known. But . . . this attack was no accident. What exactly are the pirates looking for? Could it be Nadya they’ve been after all along?
And I see you fidgeting over there, Lord Fussybritches. YES I HAVE A SIGNED COPY OF THE BURNING MAZE AND I. AM. SO. PSYCHED.
Nadya Skylung has actually already come out. I’ve read the first 15 pages or so and am super intrigued and can’t wait to get into it.
As for the rest, reviews won’t be coming out until this fall. Except for Burning Maze. That’ll be coming soon.
(I overheard a coworker telling another customer that Burning Maze is gonna make them cry and I am SO. NOT. READY. I mean, I’m gonna read it but IM NOT READY.)
Thank you for joining me at the Round Table, ladies and gents. Let me know in the comments what you’re reading and I’ll check it out!