Ever watched Sesame Street? Come on, admit it. You have. There’s so much to love there. Right? When I watched it as a kid, what always stuck with me was the catchy songs. Remember the theme song, “Sunny Days?” Or how about “Put Down the Duckie” and “These Are the People in Your Neighborhood?” I bet you’re singing one or more right now. But, I’m weird. I liked a more obscure song. The one that stuck in my head like mold clings to old cheese was “One of These Things is Not Like the Others.” Do ya know that one? It goes like this…
One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things just doesn’t belong.
Can you tell which one is not like the others,
Before I finish this song?
Oh, yippee, a game. This is where I’d jump up and down in front of the TV and point to the one that surely did not belong. Only sometimes, my answer was not the same as theirs. Okay, most of the time. If the producers showed a basketball, a jump rope, a golf club and a book, well surely the golf club didn’t belong because I didn’t like golf. But I loved basketball, jumping rope and books. Right? Wrong. A book is not a sport. It wasn’t like the others.
Silly Sesame Street people were clearly not as smart as me. So, here’s a little game for ya. I have four, count them FOUR (channel your inner Count Von Count voice here), books to show you with a brief description of each.
Shadow Horse by Alison Hart- a suspenseful mystery with a heartwarming love between a girl and her horse. Thirteen-year-old Jas finds her mare, Whilrwind, dead in the horse stall. She’d been poisoned. Jas is sure that barn-owner Hugh Robicheaux is to blame, only her grandfather takes the fall instead. So, Jas sets out to prove that Hugh is guilty and along the way rescues a brown horse named Shadow. Jas is sure the two horses are connected and hopes that in finding that connection she’ll also bring down Mr. Robicheaux. Shadow Horse is the first of two books. The sequel is titled Whirlwind. Both books are great, suspenseful reads! Alison is a beautiful writer and you can read about her and her other books at http://www.alisonhartbooks.com/index.html
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk- Ah, love this book. And, the photo above shows the new paperback cover! Sa-weet. We actually featured an interview with Josh Berk in one of our past issues. You can see it here, but be prepared to laugh. Will (a.k.a. Hamburger) Halpin is an hefty-sized, deaf guy trying to fit in at his new school. Mainstreaming’s tough! But, on a school trip to a local coal mine, the star quarterback falls to his death. Will’s quick to take the case. He teams up with the second least popular guy in school and together they sleuth their way to answers. A laugh-out-loud read, for sure. Check Josh out at http://www.joshberkbooks.com/
Torn by Erica O’Rourke- OMG, this is a super-fast, unputdownable read. Erica won the Golden Heart Award from the Romance Writers of America, landing her a book deal for her trilogy. Yeah, she and the book are THAT awesome. So, about Torn. Mo wakes up in the hospital only to learn that the attack that put her there, also killed her BFF, Verity. Determined to avenge Verity’s death, Mo begins to learn secrets about her own family, Verity, and a world Mo never knew existed. She’s torn between two worlds, two hot guys, and who to believe. The second book, Tangled, is due out on Jan. 31, 2012. You can find more info about Erica at http://ericaorourke.typepad.com/blog/
The Dragon of Cripple Creek by Troy Howell- Mostly known for his awesome illustrations, Troy took at stab at writing a YA novel. The result- a magical, fairy tale-ish, rush-for-the-gold adventure book. Kat stumbles upon Ye, who guards the gold in an ancient cavern and is the last of all dragons on earth, when she wanders away from the guided tour at the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. Kat is drawn to Ye and his story. But, she also likes his gold. So, when Ye’s shows Kat the way out, she can’t help but snag a nugget to take with her. Once on the outside, the nugget falls out of her pocket and just about causes a modern day gold rush. Kat realizes she must return the gold and in turn, save Ye’s life. Ye, is like an old friend. You never want him to leave the page. Troy’s debut is a wild-west-meets-fantastical-dragon read. Find out more about Troy and his works by visiting http://troyhowellstudio.com/
So, there ya have it. Four books. Four authors. And now the song’s over. So, which one is not like the others? And, Why? Leave your answer in the comment section below. All comments will enter you into a Whatcha’ Reading Now? contest to win one of these four super-fab books. Contest ends when a new blog post goes up next week. Ah-ah-ah! (cue thunder and lightning)
by: Kerry O’Malley Cerra