Hey, Splotters! A new year has just begun, and you know what that means? Well, besides a new president, another birthday, and the fact that summer vacation is getting closer, it means . . . new, fun, and exciting 2009 books to come!
I know you probably already have your list of books for 2009 prepared, but here are a few more you might want to consider reading in the new year:
Book: Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 5: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Release Date: May 5, 2009
What it’s about: The prophecy surrounding Percy’s 16th birthday will be revealed in this final book in the series.
Why you should read this book: If you’re already engaged in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, then it’s a no brainer. This thrilling installment will bring you the action, adventure, and humor that have had fans enamored from the start.
Release date: January 5, 2009
What it’s about: Grandmothers are supposed to be loving, kind, and caring right? From author of the Gatekeepers series, Anthony Horowitz’s new book Granny is about a grandma who is nothing close to the warm and adoring woman most kids love. In fact, when 12-year-old Joe Warden realizes his grandma is more than just old and mean, he’ll have to take charge and stop her from her evil plan.
Why you should read this book: Crazy, outrageous, and an extremely funny plot.
Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Release date: January 13, 2009
What it’s about: Greg Heffley’s father wants to change his son’s wimpy ways, so what’s a father to do? Enlist his son in sports, naturally! Because there’s nothing more manly than hitting, grunting, and sweating . . . right?
Why you should read this book: Wimpy is taken to a whole new level!
What it’s about: Oliver and Emalie return as their secretive existence as vampires is threatened. However, their secured way of life isn’t the only thing about to be exposed; Oliver’s past and future is also in the midst of being uncovered.
Why you should read this book: Excitement, mysteries, and surprising secrets are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Book: Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Release Date: February 10, 2009
What it’s about: Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But when the two are separated, they’ll each have to uncover the mystery alone.
Why you should read this book: Not only will you get to experience Ryan and Sarah’s encounters in written form, but you’ll also be able to check them out through Sarah’s eyes in her online videos.
Book: The 39 Clues Book 3: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis
Release Date: March 3, 2009
What it’s about: Reports are that Amy and Dan are tracking the life of one of the most powerful fighters the world has ever known. If this fearsome warrior was a Cahill, his secrets are sure to be well-guarded . . . and the price to uncover them just might be lethal.
Why you should read this book: In order to FIND THE CLUES! Plus, Peter Lerangis has also written many other great books (like the Watcher and Spy X series), and I’m betting that this will be even better.
What about you? Are there any new books that you’re especially looking forward to?
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer