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Spring (NE) reading!

We receive a lot of books at the Horn Book and, as the editorial assistant for the Guide, a good portion of my job is entering said books into our database. But the criteria for what we review — the book is a non-activity, children’s book printed in hardcover, by a publisher that can be found in the current Literary Market Place — mean that there are a fair number of books that end up as “NE”s (“Not Entered”). And that’s how this lovely blog Out of the Box was born.

I have an absurdly long To Be Read list, but I’ve added a few recent/upcoming NEs that look fairly awesome to that list. Here are the publishers’ descriptions of those titles, and I’ll update you on my take as I check them off the list.

shanker_these vicious masksThese Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (Swoon Reads, February 2016)

Evelyn has no interest in marriage and even the dashing Mr. Kent can’t inspire her to give in to society’s expectations. She’d much rather assist her beloved sister Rose in her radical quest to become a doctor. Then she meets Sebastian Braddock. The reclusive gentleman is vexing, annoyingly attractive, and quite possibly mad — and his interest in Rose is galling. So when Rose disappears, Sebastian is immediately suspect.

umminger_american girlsAmerican Girls by Alison Umminger (Flatiron Books, June 2016)

Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she’s had it with her life at home. So Anna “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn’t quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.

cain_quietQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Broadway Books, January 2012; paperback edition)

Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts — from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions.

fadel_rare blue bird flies with meA Rare Blue Bird Flies with Me by Youssef Fadel, translated by Jonathan Smolin (American University in Cairo Press, April 2016)

Spring, 1990. After years of searching in vain, a stranger presses a scrap of paper into Zina’s pocket. It’s from Aziz: the man who vanished the day after their wedding almost two decades ago.

It propels Zina on a final quest for a secret desert jail in southern Morocco, where her husband crouches in despair, dreaming of his former life.

fowler_my mother my heartMy Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color by Eleri Fowler (HarperCollins, March 2016)

Celebrate mom with color! Illustrator Eleri Fowler’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations that depict the joy and tenderness of a mother’s love are beautifully represented in this delicately rendered coloring book. From flowers to birds to hearts and more, these pages and pages of delicate pen-and-ink drawings are waiting to be brought to life through your artistry.

to be read

Siân Gaetano About Siân Gaetano

Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.

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