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Charlesbridge Publishing Book Guide (Fall 2017 Children’s Book Titles) #spon #HolidayGiftGuide

*I received product(s) mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Not too long ago I was contacted by Charlesbridge Publishing asking me if their were any of their fall releases my family would be interested in reading and reviewing. I love their books. They publish many great children’s books for ages from babies and toddlers, to elementary school age kids, to middle school age kids and even publish young adult titles. Since they focus on child literacy and have a pretty good selection of books, I often check out their website to see what they have coming soon.

My DustinNikki Mommy of Three readers may have noticed that I have been writing book reviews from Charlesbridge here lately. So far I have written a few and I still have a few more I want to write a review post for. So I thought putting together a guide would be a great idea because then I can link my full reviews to each book here and have a compilation of reviews in one spot. I am also going to be including these books in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide so I thought putting these books in one guide beforehand will simplify things a bit when I get to work on my Holiday Guide.

So below is a list of all the books I have reviewed or will be reviewing very soon. I will leave a little information and book synopsis for each one with a link to my full review as they get written.

Nina: Jazz Legend And Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone

Written by Alice Briere-Haquet

Recommended ages 4-8 years old.

Release Date: December 5, 2017 (available soon)

Book Synopsis:

“With evocative black-and-white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simone, jazz-music legend and civil-rights activist. Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone’s career, the trials she faced as an African American woman, and the stand she took during the Civil Rights Movement. This poignant picture book offers a melodic tale that is both a historic account of an iconic figure and an extraordinary look at how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go for social justice and equality. A timeless and timely message aptly appropriate for today’s social and political climates.”

See my full review HERE.

Last Laughs Prehistoric Epitaphs

Written by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen

Recommended ages 7-10 years old.

Release Date: October 10, 2017 (available now)

Book Synopsis:

“Macabre, ironic, and witty epitaphs share how prehistoric creatures like the terror bird, the woolly mammoth, and the T-rex met their demise. The ever-entertaining J. Patrick Lewis and the inimitable Jane Yolen offer a collection organized by era, with posthumous poems paired with short secondary text providing additional, factual information about each creature.”

See my full review HERE.

Melvin the Mouth

Written by Katherine Blanc

Recommended ages 4-8 years old.

Release Date: September 19, 2017 (available now)

Book Synopsis:

“Melvin is an imaginative and noisy little boy who grows up to be Mel Blanc, Looney Tunes cartoon character pioneer and the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, the Tasmanian Devil, and so many more familiar personalities. Readers are treated to a typical day for young Melvin, when ordinary tasks like getting ready for school, riding the bus, and completing his chores are charged with sound effects and accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. His knack for making funny noises and using the versatility of his voice was like no other–much to the relief of his teachers. Penned by Blanc’s daughter-in-law, this first-person fiction-based-in-reality story is a fun romp and is sure to inspire young readers to turn trouble into triumph!”

See my full review HERE.

Voyager’s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space

Written by Alexandra Siy

Recommended ages 10-13 years old (5-6 grade).

Release Date: June 13, 2017 (available now, technically not a fall release)

Book Synopsis:

“2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Voyager mission as the twin space probes that traveled to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, now journey beyond our solar system into interstellar space, where no probe has ventured before.”

“Learn the fascinating story of the scientists, how the Voyager probes work, where the probes have been and what they’ve seen, and what they carry on board—including the Golden Record, a recording of sounds and images about life on Earth.”

“Critically acclaimed science writer Alexandra Siy chronicles the ongoing saga of the Voyagers in a lively story full of nail-biting moments, inspiring scientists, and incredible NASA images.”

See my full review HERE. (Coming soon)

Falcon Wild

Written by Terry Lynn Johnson

Recommended ages 10 years and up.

Release Date: September 19, 2017 (available now)

Book Synopsis:

“Thirteen-year-old Karma is lost in the backcountry of Montana with her falcon, Stark, and a troubled runaway boy named Cooper. She’s desperate to find help for her dad and brother after a blown tire on a back road causes a terrible accident.”

“Karma wouldn’t be in this predicament if her parents hadn’t insisted on returning Stark to the bird’s original owner. Life at her father’s bird sanctuary—and Karma’s dreams of becoming an apprentice falconer—will never be the same when she has to give Stark back. Lost in the wild, their bond only grows stronger as Karma teaches the falcon to hunt like a bird of prey. All the while, Cooper gets his own lessons on how to trust in newfound friendship.”

“Both Karma’s and Cooper’s mettle is tested by mountain terrain, wild animals, severe weather, injury, and her own waning hope as this edge-of-your-seat wilderness adventure story vividly portrays the special bonds that can form between humans and animals.”

See my full review HERE. (Coming soon)

Saturdays with Hitchock

Written by Ellen Wittlinger

Recommended ages 10 and older.

Release Date: October 10, 2017 (available now)

Book Synopsis:

“Twelve-year-old movie-loving Maisie is dealing with the realities of a grandparent with dementia, a mom who’s been laid off from her job, finding out that Gary Hackett like likes her, and a best friend who just confessed that, actually, he like likes Gary.”

“Maisie’s Uncle Walt, a Hollywood actor, provides a welcome diversion from Maisie’s problems when he comes to stay with her family. Uncle Walt has a way of pointing Maisie in the right direction. And heading to the local independent theater on Saturdays with her best friend, Cyrus, to see old films keeps Maisie grounded as she struggles with growing up, family tensions, and a love triangle she never expected.”

See my full review HERE. (Coming soon)

Blood and Ink

Written by Stephen Davies

Recommended ages 12 and older.

Release Date: September 19, 2017 (available now)

Book Synopsis:

“When Ali and Kadi meet, it’s hate at first sight.”

“Kadi is the daughter of a librarian in modern-day Timbuktu. A lover of music and literature, she will one day become a guardian of an ancient manuscript collection.”

“Ali is the son of shepherds and has been conscripted by the Defenders of Faith, an arm of Al Qaeda. He helps to overthrow Timbuktu and impose a strict Islamic state. The town’s citizens face many abuses as their way of life changes overnight.”

“By circumstance, the two teenagers are thrown together. As they get to know more about each other, both let their guards down. But when Ali discovers the secret vault where Kadi’s family keeps their sacred manuscripts, he reports the discovery to his commander. Kadi is forced to risk a smuggling operation to save the manuscripts from destruction. Once her life is in danger, finally Ali must decide where his loyalties lie.”

“Part thriller, part love story, this exciting drama takes place in the midst of true-to-life events in Mali in 2012.”

See my full review HERE. (Coming soon)

Running Full Tilt

Written by Michael Currinder

Recommended age 12 years and older.

Release Date: September 5, 2017 (available now)

Book Synopsis:

“In many ways, Leo’s relationship with his older brother Caleb is typical. But Caleb’s also autistic, which makes life just that much more complicated for his family.”

“When Caleb’s erratic behavior forces Leo’s family to move, it means a new school and new friends for the high school junior. He mostly takes the changes in stride, watching out for his older brother at home and keeping peace between his stressed parents. But when Caleb starts to take out his frustration on his little brother, Leo starts running—and when he runs, he goes far, far away.”

“The survival tactic becomes talent when Leo tries out for the cross-country team at his new school. He befriends track star Curtis and even works up the nerve to hang out with the pretty and artistic Mary. But when a family trauma interrupts the precarious calm, Leo has to hold it all together. He can’t run away this time.”

See my full review HERE. (Coming soon)


Written by Marit Weisenberg

Recommended ages 14 and older.

Release Date: October 3, 2017 (available now)

Book Synopsis:

“Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. The daughter of a billionaire investor in Austin, Texas, it looks like Julia has it all. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface‒dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of highly evolved people who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally jeopardizes the delicate anonymity of her people, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.”

“Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him‒John Ford. He’s popular, quiet, intense, and strangely compelling. Then Julia discovers she can read his mind and her world expands. Their forbidden love is powerful enough to break the conditioning that has kept Julia in the cold grip of her manipulative father. For the first time, Julia develops a sense of self and questions her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide how she will define herself—and whom she will betray.”

See my full review HERE. (Coming soon)

So that is the list of awesome treasures that I will be reviewing from Charlesbridge Publishing! All these book are really great and can’t wait to review them all. The younger children’s books are wonderful and the illustrations are fabulous. My 11 year old enjoyed Falcon Wild and reading Voyager’s Greatest Hits. Lots of great information, facts, and true stories about space. My daughter (16 years) loved Running Full Tilt and Select. I really enjoyed reading Select myself! Make sure to check out my full reviews of these books and keep a lookout for my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product mentioned in this post from Charlesbridge Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.

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About Nicole Anderson

My name is Nicole and I write DustinNikki Mommy of Three. I enjoy writing product reviews and hosting giveaways. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and we have three kids. When I am not terribly busy running someone to band or soccer practices, I find some time to write. I also like to write about my kids, family and life. My family enjoys the outdoors - hiking, canoeing, and exploring things we haven't seen or been before. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!
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