are a lot of great things about summer, but one of my favorites growing
up was going to the library and checking out as many nonschool books as
possible. It was the ultimate freedom and entertainment, no charge. And
when I got old enough for a summer job, I could actually purchase a few
books to read over and over. Summer is a wonderful time.
And since it’s here, I thought
I’d let you know what publishers have on the way. Here is a brief
overview of some new releases.
Who Made You a
Princess? (All About Us Novel #4) by Shelley Adina (Faith
Shani returns to school and finds a new addition to Spencer Academy.
Prince Rashid al Amir has moved to California to go to school and to
romance his future wife: Shani. It turns out Shani’s family and the
prince’s go back for generations. Will Shani put aside her feelings for
another boy to pursue her family’s wishes? Or will God answer her
prayers for an intervention?
Breaking Up Is
Hard to Do (Miracle Girls #2) by Anne Dayton and May
Vanderbilt (Faith Words)
It’s been a little over a year since Christine’s mom died. Now her dad
is engaged and Christine couldn’t be less thrilled. When her attitude
starts to take a toll on her schoolwork, she is forced to see a
counselor. As the wedding draws near, Christine’s anger drives her
friends away when she needs them the most. Can she come to terms with
her mother’s death . . . and her father’s remarriage?
A Novel by Booker T. Mattison (Revell, June 2009)
Tory Tyson knows what he wants out of life—a successful music career.
And he’s not going to learn that in high school. So when school lets
out next month, he’s not going back. The Unsigned Hype music contest is
the perfect place to launch his career. But will he be able to handle
the fame and fortune he seeks?
Different by Stephanie Morrill (Revell, July 2009)
High school senior Skylar Hoyt’s exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled
her to the height of the “in” crowd, but she’s not sure that’s where
she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a
family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and
figure out who she really wants to be.
(Dreamhouse Kings, Book 4) by Robert Liparulo (Thomas Nelson, July
The King family has discovered a terrible secret. Now, finding Mom is
only a small part of their mission. And time is running out. Using the
portals to build an empire, Taksidian wants the house for himself, and
there’s nothing he won’t do to get the family out. The Kings know their
survival depends on stopping the bloodthirsty assassin. If only they
can find his weakness in time.
(The Lost Books #5) by Ted
Dekker (Thomas Nelson, June 2009)
Johnis, Silvie, and Darsal found the Books of History, and now it’s
time to return home. But five years have passed and nothing is the
same. The Horde has taken over, Thomas and the Forest Guard are in
hiding, and a strange new force is challenging everything they thought
they knew. Should the Chosen One continue to follow his heart . . . or
is his heart finally leading them astray?
(Graphic Novel) (The Lost Books #3) by Ted Dekker (Thomas Nelson, June
Forfeiting what he once held dear, Billos enters a forbidden book and
discovers a foreign reality: a place called Paradise, Colorado, where
he’s approached by the sinister Marsuvees Black. In this third
installment, Billos is the renegade, and everyone knows that renegades
Sculptor by Donita K. Paul (Waterbrook, June 2009)
Tipper is responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her
sculptor father’s absence. She soon discovers that her actions have
unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly
to undo the calamitous threat. But the task is too huge for one person,
so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions—including the
nearly five-foot tall parrot, Beccaroon.
North! Or Be
Eaten (Wingfeather Saga, book 2) by Andrew Peterson
(Waterbrook, August 2009)
The Igby children have discovered their true identity, and everyone
wants to kill them. They flee from the monsters of Glipwood Forest, the
thieving Stranders of the East Bend, and the dreaded Fork Factory. Even
more dangerous are the jealousies that threaten to tear them apart.
They must learn the hard way that the love of a family is more
important than anything.
Watching (The Rayne Tour series) Brandilyn & Amberly
Shaley O’Connor is on tour with her mother’s popular band. During a
concert, she stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom
Hutchens’s death connected to her? Frightening messages arrive.
Paparazzi stalk her. Shaley’s private nightmare is displayed for all to
see. Where is God at a time like this? As the clock runs out, Shaley
must find Tom’s killer—before he strikes again.
(Time Thriller Trilogy) by Paul McCusker (Zondervan)
Elizabeth thought volunteering at the Fawlt Line Retirement Center
would be fun, but there’s something about the place that gives her the
creeps. When people start disappearing, Elizabeth is convinced a time
fault is involved. Her own time-travel adventure may be the key to
solving the mystery, but can she convince the sheriff she’s telling the
truth before more people disappear?
New York Debut
(Carter House Girls #6) by
Melody Carlson (Zondervan)
The New Year promises to be lively for the Carter House girls. New York
City Spring Fashion Week draws near, and competition flares from all
directions as the girls vie for top billing, premium outfits, and
attention from guys. Will the girls survive the big city experience and
the even bigger trials that come along with it?