Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mischief Book List for your gift-giving convenience

R.J. Anderson/FAERY REBELS: SPELL HUNTER (Fantasy, HarperCollins Children's, age 10+, April): A fierce young faery fights to save her dying people while concealing her forbidden love for a human.

Rebecca Barnhouse / THE BOOK OF THE MAIDSERVANT (middle grade historical fiction, Random House, October): A medieval pilgrimage to Rome. Difficulty! Danger! Abandonment! Love? "A compelling read."--Horn Book

Nancy Coffelt/Big, Bigger, Biggest (Picture Book, Henry Holt, April 2009): A bright read-aloud introducing children to the wide world of synonyms.

Emily Ecton / NIGHT OF THE LIVING LAWN ORNAMENTS (Middle Grade adventure, Aladdin Books, March 2009). When lawn ornaments and knickknacks start coming to life, two kids and a dog must stop them from destroying downtown.

Jacqui Robbins/Two of a Kind (Picture book, Atheneum, July): Mean Girls for the playground set

Pamela S. Turner/The Frog Scientist (Nonfiction children's book, Houghton Mifflin, August): Describes how Tyrone Hayes studies the effects of pesticides on frogs. 4 reviews, 4 stars.

Pamela S. Turner/Prowling the Seas: Exploring the Hidden World of Ocean Predators (Nonfiction children's book, Walker, October): Follows the travels of a sea turtle, white shark, bluefin tuna, and two seabirds given high-tech tags by scientists.

Nancy Coffelt/Listen (YA, Westside Books, October 2009): Two boys, running from their pasts, are thrown to together when a baby in town goes missing.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann/Gringolandia (YA Historical, Curbstone Press, 2009): " politics, the consequences of torture, complex family dynamics, and first loves"--Horn Book

Hannah Moskowitz/BREAK (Contemporary YA, Simon Pulse, August): With his dysfunctional family falling apart around him, Jonah goes on a mission to break every bone in his body.

Aprilynne Pike/WINGS (YA, HarperTeen, May): Everything changes when fifteen-year-old Laurel learns she's a fairy.

Cindy Pon/SILVER PHOENIX: BEYOND THE KINDGOM OF XIA (YA, Greenwillow, April): fantasy inspired by ancient China; named in top ten fantasy/sci fi novels for youth in 2009 by ALA's Booklist.

Maggie Stiefvater/SHIVER (YA, Scholastic, August). Bittersweet love story about a boy who becomes a wolf each winter. Involves metaphors, werewolves, and kissing.

KS Augustin / GUARDING HIS BODY (Contemporary romance / Total-E-Bound /
November 2009): A female martial artist guards a very male, very delectable

TJ Bennett/THE PROMISE (Historical Romance, Medallion Press, May 2009): A mercenary must convince an unwilling widow to marry him in order to keep a promise to a dying friend.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Pretty Is as Pretty Dies (Cozy Mystery, Midnight Ink,
August 2009): A feisty octogenarian sleuth tracks down a killer in a small Southern town.

David Dvorkin/BUSINESS SECRETS FROM THE STARS (Satire/humor, Norilana Books, April): A book of inane business aphorisms from an invented interstellar tycoon endangers its author when dangerous people take it seriously.

Susan Helene Gottfried/ ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes: Year 2 (mainstream story anthology/Lulu/September) The Trevolution continues!

Maureen Lipinski/A BUMP IN THE ROAD (Commercial Women's Fiction, St. Martin's, June): A newly married couple must make the transition from beer bottles to baby bottles after an unexpected pregnancy.

Annette Lyon/TOWER OF STRENGTH (Historical Fiction, Covenant Communications, March): Being widowed at eighteen was hard; a mother at nineteen was harder; learning to love again—too much to ask.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett/PICKING BONES FROM ASH (Fiction, Graywolf, October): Three generations of women intersect in Japan and California.

Stuart Neville/THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST (US)/THE TWELVE (UK) (Thriller, Harvill/Soho, July/October): An ex-IRA hitman roams Belfast seeking revenge for his own victims.

Briane Pagel/ECLIPSE (Sci-fi, "Claudius wanted to be the first to reach the stars, and maybe he was... or maybe things went murderously wrong."

Lydia Sharp (and 21 others; Alva J. Roberts, editor) / SHADOWS & LIGHT: TALES OF LOST KINGDOMS (Fantasy, Pill Hill Press, September)

S. W. Vaughn/HUNTED (Urban fantasy, Lyrical Press, June 2009): A young woman discovers that angels are real, her father may have been one, and some of them are trying to kill her.

Jaye Wells/RED-HEADED STEPCHILD (Urban Fantasy, Orbit, April): A mixed blood assassin struggles to prevent a war brewing between the mage and vampire races.

Helen Couchman, introductory essay by Dr Anthony Gorman/Mrs. West's Hats (art, Soloshow Publishing, November 09): Mrs. West (1909-1993) was my grandmother and this work is prompted by my memories of her.

Charles Allen Gramlich/WRITE WITH FIRE (Nonfiction/Writing related, Borgo Press, July 2009): "Both beginning and advanced writers will benefit from this straightforward look at the art of creating publishable fiction" --Robert Reginald

Marsha Moore/24 HOURS LONDON (Non-fiction travel guide, Prospera Publishing, November 2009): Top tips for what's happening any moment in time from London's only hour-by-hour guide.

Hannah Faith Notess/JESUS GIRLS: TRUE TALES OF GROWING UP FEMALE AND EVANGELICAL (Creative Nonfiction, Cascade Books, September): Stories “by experienced women writers from diverse evangelical Christian backgrounds; the tales are honest, approachable and revealing.” –Publishers Weekly

Bruce Pollock/ By the Time We Got to Woodstock: The Great Rock and Roll Revolution of 1969 (Music History, Backbeat Books, September): A caustic and humorous look at 1969, a defining year in the life and death of the counter culture.


Ann Finkelstein said...

This is wonderful. Thank you!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. Gotta check some of these out. thanks for running this.

CKHB said...

Excellent! (Someday I will be a Mischief author... SOMEDAY...)

Pamala Knight said...

Hooray! Thanks for posting this list Moonie. I have a Borders bookfair with the Snugglebunny's school this weekend and B&N just sent me a coupon for a serious discount. So, let the shopping commence!

Maprilynne said...

Wow . . . Just . . . Wow . . .


Lydia Sharp said...

This is a goldmine. Thank you!

David said...

Thanks! Er, BUSINESS SECRETS FROM THE STARS is fiction, not non-fiction. The gimmick is that the protagonist writes a fake book of business advice titled BUSINESS SECRETS FROM THE STARS.

Falen said...

It's so awesome that you do this

Voidwalker said...

It's like joining 40 book clubs at once :) lol

Bruce Pollock said...

Hey, I'll buy yours if you'll buy mine.
Thanks again Moonie. With this boost I might just break the Top 100,000 at Amazon.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You're awesome, Moonie.

Rebecca Knight said...

Thanks for this list! :D

I read SILVER PHOENIX and loved it, so I second that recommendation. SHIVER was fun, but more "twilighty."

Good times!

Briane P said...

Thanks, Moonrat!

cindy said...

stupendous! i've read quite a few of these listed but now MORE to pine for and give!!

Heather B. Moore said...

My to-read list is growing!

Lyn Miller-Lachmann said...

Thank you for posting the list, Moonie, and including mine in there. Everyone on my holiday list is getting books this year.

Kimberly Kincaid said...

I heart you, Moonrat!

Is is considered poor form to buy myself these books instead of giving them out?

Maybe I'll just copy and paste this to Santa. You don't think he'll mind, do you? ;)

Pretenses said...

Moonrat, it is very nice of you to post the Mischief list - but can you update your list from last year? Maybe there can be polls for books belonging to random catagories, such as Most likely to expand your world to the point where no other book will do (for a week at least).

Michelle Witte said...

If you really want to create mischief, I recommend The Pocket Guide to Mischief by Bart King. It's a children's nonfiction book that is absolutely hilarious. Plus it has a lot of good tips.

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for doing this. Here's to books as the best gifts!

Kaz Augustin said...

Thanks for including me, Moonrat, and also giving me the opportunity to look up other books. Always appreciated! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Aaaahhhh!! So many books, so little time :) Great list!

TJ Bennett said...

I appreciate the mention. Thanks!

TJ Bennett

Nancy Coffelt said...

This is terrific!

Thank you so much for getting the word out. I've some shoppin' to do...

R.J. Anderson said...

Thanks for a great list!

Jaye Wells said...

Thanks for this! Have lots of new books to buy.

Susan Quinn said...

Thanks for the awesome list - Night of the Living Lawn Ornaments?? I have to buy that just to say I did.