Release Date: August 7th 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
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Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
Author: Jamie Case
Release Date: January 6th 2012
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Almost seventeen-year-old Josephine Jack had it all: great parents, cool friends, and a crush on the cusp of something special. Then within the space of a few seconds, it was all gone.
Set adrift in an overwhelming afterlife, Jo is desperate to reclaim what she lost. When she accepts an assignment as a tutelary—a spirit guardian for the underage—it seems like her wish might even be granted. But on her return she discovers that nasty surprises await the departed who don’t stay departed. And as Jo grapples with betrayal, loss, and regret she will have to answer a most troubling question.
How do you find the meaning of life if you're already dead?
The Land of Stories: I think this will gain a lot of popularity in large part due to the author - Chris Colfer aka Kurt Hummel from Glee! But it also sounds SO good. I'm assuming it's middle-grade, which I don't ordinarily read a lot of, but having recently become obsessed with the tv show Once Upon A Time, I'm desperate for more fairy-tale style stories and this satisfies my hunger perfectly!
Death and Other Excuses: I love reading about anything that deals with the afterlife, so that's an instant hook. It sounds like it will deal with a lot of different emotional issues and I'm curious to see what those nasty surprises she discovers as a spirit guardian.... poor Jo!
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?