Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine and I wanted to share with you a couple of the books I am most looking forward to reading over the next couple of months.

The first one is an adult book - The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. Allen wrote Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen, both of which I loved. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is due out from Bantam on March 16 and here's a synopsis from the publisher:

"Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? Why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life."

Next up is Keeper, the newest novel by Newbery-honor-winning Kathi Appelt. If you'll remember, I loved Ms. Appelt's beautiful writing in The Underneath so much that I couldn't even review it. Keeper is due out from Atheneum Books for Young Readers on May 18. And here's a synopsis from the publisher:

"To ten-year-old Keeper, this moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong...and so much has gone wrong. But she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where she is headed -- in a small boat, in the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain.

"When the riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and deep into the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico, panic sets in, and the fairy tales that lured her out there go tumbling into the waves. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and maybe the sandbar won't sparkle with mermaids and maybe -- Oh, no..."Maybe" is just too difficult to bear. Kathi Appelt follows up to her New York Times bestseller, The Underneath, with a tale that will pull right at your very core -- stronger than moon currents -- capturing the crash and echo of the waves and the dark magic of the ocean."

And last, but certainly not least, I wanted to mention the new series by Rick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles. The Red Pyramid is coming out from Disney Hyperion Books on May 4!  Publisher synopsis: 

"Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs

So, those are the books I'm waiting on this week... how about you?