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  • Jen Harper 4:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: , captain underpants, , , fetch-22, karen's witch, , , , ,   

    December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers 

    The holiday season is upon us, which means decking those halls, wrapping presents, baking cookies, and making sure the kids have enough reading material to make it through all those days off school. We’ve rounded up the best new releases for young readers this month, including new installments to favorite Dav Pilkey series Captain Underpants and Dog Man, the first Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister book to get the graphic novel treatment, the kick-off in a new series for unicorn lovers, and more. Check out our top picks and let us know what books your kids will be curling up by the fire to read over the break.

    Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants Series #9—Color Edition), by Dav Pilkey
    In this brand-new color edition of the ninth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious Captain Underpants series, George and Harold are in jail even though they’re totally innocent—of the crime they’re being accused of, anyway. And now time-traveling tyrant Tippy Tinkletrousers is pulling them from behind bars and back into their carefree kindergarten days, where they’ll have to face sixth-grade bully Kipper Krupp, who just happens to be the nephew of Principal Krupp. But this time, George and Harold don’t have Captain Underpants to bail them out, so the boys will have to rely on their wits alone in this fun read.

    Fetch-22 (Dog Man Series #8), by Dav Pilkey
    He’s half-man, half-dog, and all-cop—and he’s back with the eighth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious graphic novel series. This time, Petey the Cat is out of the slammer and has a new leash, er, lease on life. But Li’l Petey has gone the other way entirely—he can’t seem to find the bright side of anything anymore. Can Dog Man and Petey put their differences aside to help Li’l Petey go fetch his bright spirit once again? Find out in this exciting and funny new installment. Bonus for super-fans: This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes an awesome colorable pull-out poster.

    Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix Series #1), by Katy Farina and Ann M. Martin
    First Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club books got the graphic novel treatment, and now her Little Sister series is getting in on the fun. For younger readers or for BSC fans looking to soak up even more of Martin’s Stoneybrook magic, Karen’s Witch is an awesome read starring Kristy Thomas’s 6-year-old stepsister Karen Brewer, who has a wild imagination and believes that the woman who lives next door to her father is actually a witch. With full-color illustrations and a fast-paced story, the first book in the new Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix series definitely falls into the category of dibbly fresh.

    Eva’s Campfire Adventure (Owl Diaries Series #12), by Rebecca Elliott
    The 12th book in this popular early chapter book series finds young owl Eva Wingdale prepping for a fun camping trip with her friends at school. Young readers can join the wilderness-venturing crew as they pitch tents, enjoy treats around the campfire, and even go on an exciting treasure hunt in the forest. Will Eva and her pals locate the treasure before their camping trip is over? Find out in this fun new book filled with illustrations, easy-to-read text, and large type to keep early readers motivated and confident.

    The Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever (The Bad Guys Series #10), by Aaron Blabey
    Fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants will love the 10th installment in Aaron Blabey’s hilarious and action-packed The Bad Guys series. In it, the Bad Guys and even Badder Girls are in a battle to the finish against Crown Prince Marmalade to see who is really the baddest of them all. Yes, the Bad Guys—our group of wannabe heroes out there doing good deeds whether you like it or not—are in for their baddest day ever in this new illustrated novel sure to entertain and enthrall fans of the series.

    Bo’s Magical New Friend (Unicorn Diaries Series #1), by Rebecca Elliott
    From the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries early chapter books comes a brand-new series for helping young readers grow their reading confidence and stamina. In this first installment in the Unicorn Diaries books, young unicorn Bo Tinseltail attends Sparklegrove with all of the other magical unicorns—Bo’s magical power is the ability to grant wishes. And what Bo wishes for most of all is a best friend. And when a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry comes to school, it looks like Bo’s wish might just come true in this delightful story of friendship.

    Bad Kitty Joins the Team, by Nick Bruel
    The hilariously high maintenance Bad Kitty is back for another illustrated tale sure to keep fans of the series entertained. In the latest story, Kitty’s owner realizes it’s time for this cat to get in shape and start exercising—much to Kitty’s chagrin. Will Kitty be able to get in touch with her sporty side and get into the game? It may take some serious convincing, but surely Kitty’s competitive spirit will pop out in a flash. Kids will love Kitty’s hilarious antics and the accompanying illustrations in this new read.

    What are your young readers into this month?

    The post December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Jen Harper 4:00 pm on 2019/12/02 Permalink
    Tags: , bo's magical new friend, captain underpants, , , fetch-22, karen's witch, , , , ,   

    December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers 

    The holiday season is upon us, which means decking those halls, wrapping presents, baking cookies, and making sure the kids have enough reading material to make it through all those days off school. We’ve rounded up the best new releases for young readers this month, including new installments to favorite Dav Pilkey series Captain Underpants and Dog Man, the first Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister book to get the graphic novel treatment, the kick-off in a new series for unicorn lovers, and more. Check out our top picks and let us know what books your kids will be curling up by the fire to read over the break.

    Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants Series #9—Color Edition), by Dav Pilkey
    In this brand-new color edition of the ninth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious Captain Underpants series, George and Harold are in jail even though they’re totally innocent—of the crime they’re being accused of, anyway. And now time-traveling tyrant Tippy Tinkletrousers is pulling them from behind bars and back into their carefree kindergarten days, where they’ll have to face sixth-grade bully Kipper Krupp, who just happens to be the nephew of Principal Krupp. But this time, George and Harold don’t have Captain Underpants to bail them out, so the boys will have to rely on their wits alone in this fun read.

    Fetch-22 (Dog Man Series #8), by Dav Pilkey
    He’s half-man, half-dog, and all-cop—and he’s back with the eighth book in Dav Pilkey’s hilarious graphic novel series. This time, Petey the Cat is out of the slammer and has a new leash, er, lease on life. But Li’l Petey has gone the other way entirely—he can’t seem to find the bright side of anything anymore. Can Dog Man and Petey put their differences aside to help Li’l Petey go fetch his bright spirit once again? Find out in this exciting and funny new installment. Bonus for super-fans: This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes an awesome colorable pull-out poster.

    Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix Series #1), by Katy Farina and Ann M. Martin
    First Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club books got the graphic novel treatment, and now her Little Sister series is getting in on the fun. For younger readers or for BSC fans looking to soak up even more of Martin’s Stoneybrook magic, Karen’s Witch is an awesome read starring Kristy Thomas’s 6-year-old stepsister Karen Brewer, who has a wild imagination and believes that the woman who lives next door to her father is actually a witch. With full-color illustrations and a fast-paced story, the first book in the new Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix series definitely falls into the category of dibbly fresh.

    Eva’s Campfire Adventure (Owl Diaries Series #12), by Rebecca Elliott
    The 12th book in this popular early chapter book series finds young owl Eva Wingdale prepping for a fun camping trip with her friends at school. Young readers can join the wilderness-venturing crew as they pitch tents, enjoy treats around the campfire, and even go on an exciting treasure hunt in the forest. Will Eva and her pals locate the treasure before their camping trip is over? Find out in this fun new book filled with illustrations, easy-to-read text, and large type to keep early readers motivated and confident.

    The Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever (The Bad Guys Series #10), by Aaron Blabey
    Fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants will love the 10th installment in Aaron Blabey’s hilarious and action-packed The Bad Guys series. In it, the Bad Guys and even Badder Girls are in a battle to the finish against Crown Prince Marmalade to see who is really the baddest of them all. Yes, the Bad Guys—our group of wannabe heroes out there doing good deeds whether you like it or not—are in for their baddest day ever in this new illustrated novel sure to entertain and enthrall fans of the series.

    Bo’s Magical New Friend (Unicorn Diaries Series #1), by Rebecca Elliott
    From the creator of the bestselling Owl Diaries early chapter books comes a brand-new series for helping young readers grow their reading confidence and stamina. In this first installment in the Unicorn Diaries books, young unicorn Bo Tinseltail attends Sparklegrove with all of the other magical unicorns—Bo’s magical power is the ability to grant wishes. And what Bo wishes for most of all is a best friend. And when a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry comes to school, it looks like Bo’s wish might just come true in this delightful story of friendship.

    Bad Kitty Joins the Team, by Nick Bruel
    The hilariously high maintenance Bad Kitty is back for another illustrated tale sure to keep fans of the series entertained. In the latest story, Kitty’s owner realizes it’s time for this cat to get in shape and start exercising—much to Kitty’s chagrin. Will Kitty be able to get in touch with her sporty side and get into the game? It may take some serious convincing, but surely Kitty’s competitive spirit will pop out in a flash. Kids will love Kitty’s hilarious antics and the accompanying illustrations in this new read.

    What are your young readers into this month?

    The post December’s Can’t-Miss New Releases in Young Readers appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick 5:00 pm on 2014/09/23 Permalink
    Tags: alice, angus thongs and full frontal snagging, , , , captain underpants, forever, , gossip girl, , , , , , , ,   

    13 Banned YA Novels We Love 

    The Perks of Being a WallflowerEveryone loves a good banned book, right? Lit lovers (unfairly) don’t have much of a badass reputation, so reading something banned lets us feel just a little bit more rebellious. You might be surprised, though, at what exactly has been deemed too scandalous by censors, especially in the case of YA lit. Sure, everyone knows that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is protested constantly, and other school favorites like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye have been kicked off of library shelves time and time again. But what about The Giver? Or Captain Underpants?

    Here are 13 of our favorite banned YA novels. Whether deemed too dark, sexual, or violent, these books have kept parents up at night wondering what their kids would do under the influence of the wicked written word. Did any of your favorite YA novels end up on the list, you naughty reader, you?

    The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
    It doesn’t take a Ravenclaw to figure out why the Harry Potter books have been banned by many since they were first released over 15 years ago. Religious groups concerned about the books’ focus on witchcraft have gone so far as to burn them, while other groups merely think that they’re too scary and set a bad example for children. (In all fairness, Harry isn’t the most amazing role model. Nice kid, but maybe he should think for a minute before throwing himself into whatever dangerous situation presents itself.)

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    The book’s sexual content, including discussions of rape, molestation, homosexuality, and teen sex, as well as scenes portraying drug and alcohol use, have had multiple parents up in arms. Luckily, banned book guardian angel Judy Blume has spoken on the book’s behalf against critics.

    Captain Underpants series, by Dav Pilkey
    Captain Underpants—admittedly a kids’ book, not a YA—won the title of most banned book in America in 2012, beating out Fifty Shades of Grey, a book with more scandal and fewer underpants. It’s regularly banned for “offensive language” and “being unsuitable for its intended age group.” Surprisingly, Captain Underpants’ tighty whiteys haven’t come under censorship scrutiny.

    His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman
    A number of Christian organizations, including the Catholic League, have asked that the books be banned because they attack Christianity and the Catholic Church. Well, yeah, duh; Pullman has said in interviews that he has problems with the establishment. But, he’s also been very clear that his problems aren’t with God or religion so much as how people and organizations sometimes use them as an excuse to harm others.

    Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    A high school in North Carolina voted to ban the book in the 1980s because it was “demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal.” Well…kind of. At least they got the point of it. Complaints about racism, violence, obscene language, and defamatory statements toward God and women (among other things) have also kept this book off of library shelves.

    The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    This award-winning dystopian novel is frequently challenged for being “violent” and “unsuitable for its age group.” Hey, parents and teachers, why not give your students a little credit and at least consider the idea that they can handle a book that’s a little dark and makes them think?

    Gossip Girl series, by Cecily von Ziegesar
    Where do we even start with Gossip Girl? Between its morally ambiguous, hard-partying characters and its frank descriptions of recreational drug use and sex, it’s no wonder these books make parents want to lock their teens inside until they turn 30. Of course, that’s also exactly why we all wanted to read them when we were 16.

    Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
    In all fairness, this diary-style novel’s protagonist does speak in explicit detail about her drug use and sexual experiences. But just because students read about a girl exchanging sexual favors for hard drugs doesn’t mean they’re all going to start trying it.

    Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging series, by Louise Rennison
    Parents get so weird about a girl referring to the boy she likes as a “Sex God.” Georgia Nicolson’s obsession with bras, boys, and what happens when the two come together has been outraging parents and teachers since 2001.

    Forever, by Judy Blume
    That darn Blume, always insisting on acknowledging that teenage sexuality is a real thing. She addresses masturbation, virginity loss, and other taboo topics about teens and sex, making her the enemy of every abstinence-pushing curriculum around.

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Being an award-winning YA novel doesn’t keep you safe from over-protective parents, apparently. Alexie’s book has been banned from school after parents complained that it contained obscene language and was sexually explicit and even anti-Christian. Alexie has fought back, saying “book banners want to control debate and limit the imagination.”

    Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
    Remember that book you loved in elementary school? Bet you didn’t know it regularly gets banned for being occult and promoting Satanism. Will you ever look at Leslie the same way again?

    Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Though not quite as risqué as the other “Alice” on this list, this beloved series deals with the very normal issues of growing up, including puberty and sexual experiences. And, once again, a lot of schools and parents really hate books that address the reality of young adult and teenage sexuality, however normal it may actually be.

    What’s your favorite banned YA novel?

     
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