waiting on wednesday (51)

Today I’m participating in "Waiting On" Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Its purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I have read some really fantastic middle grade in the last year – stuff that has made my heart break not only for the characters, but for people in general (and for my younger self!).  I’ve also read uproariously funny books, and nightmare- and shiver-inducing ones, too.  Catherynne M. Valente and Claire Legrand wrote two of my favorite books of 2012: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There and The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.  Both authors have new middle grade books out this year, and I AM EXCITED.  In ALL CAPS.  It looks as though my middle grade obsession will continue unabated.  Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two will be released by Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) on October 8th, and Claire Legrand’s The Year of Shadows will be released by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 27th.

the girl who soared over fairyland and cut the moon in two by catherynne m. valente book cover
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers. 

Here is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately layered book from New York Times-bestselling author, Catherynne M. Valente.

the year of shadows by claire legrand book cover
Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.

Her mother left, her neglectful father -- the maestro of a failing orchestra -- has moved her and her grandmother into his dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.

Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia’s help -- if the hall is torn down, they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.

Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living . . . and soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving.

What books are you waiting on?


Chyna said...

haven't heard of those yet :P
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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Ooooo The Year of Shadows looks great. I love the cover and summary.

thekams said...

Though I have always enjoyed middle grade, your reviews have been making me want to set aside all my YA and dive solely into MG. I'm almost finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland... and I am so hooked. It's amazing! So this third book is definitely on my wish list, and The Year of Shadows has just been added =)

Dazzling Mage said...

Both seem like great books! Nice WoW pick!

Amy said...

Oh my goodness, I need to read second Cat Valente book already. The first one was so exceptional! And I hear very good things about The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, too. I haven't read that one yet, but it's always my hope to make time for it! Gotta get to these before the next books come out!!

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