Judge a Book by its Cover #3

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Holidays are over folks! Time to talk about books I may or may not request!

skavengershuntSkavenger’s Hunt by Mike Rich

Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Release Date: 14 November, 2017

After young Henry Babbitt tragically loses his father, he can’t help but remember the promises of the great adventures they would now never take. Then, on a snowy Christmas Eve, his grandfather reveals that he’s tracked down a series of mysterious century-old clues left by Hunter S. Skavenger, the eccentric magnate who launched the first and greatest scavenger hunt.

Hours later, on Christmas Day, Henry finds himself magically transported back to 1885, where he teams up with a ragtag band of youngsters in a quest to solve Skavenger’s elaborate puzzle. From New York to the Mississippi riverboats to the streets of old Paris, Henry and his new friends face off not only against brilliant competing teams, but also Skavenger’s own dark and elusive nemesis: Hiram Doubt.

Would I Request It?

Love the cover, but I’m a little iffy on the time travel aspect. I feel like a lot of middle grade involves being “magically transported back to X year” and it’s not always done so well. But mostly, I wouldn’t request it because it’s already out, which means I’d have a hasty read through and I might miss something that I might have otherwise loved.

apromtorememberA Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall

Cover: 🌟🌟🌟
Release Date: 24 April, 2018

Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him…

Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…

Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…

Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.

Would I Request It?

I don’t know. It sounds like nothing happens. Maybe there is some drama. Maybe someone likes someone else. Maybe someone spikes the punch. Maybe someone drops a can of paint on someone else. It doesn’t really say in this description. It’s a “funny and cinematic look” but the description to draw me in is anything but. I’ll pass.

I do love that the cover looks like a poster for prom though. That’s beyond fitting.

winterhouseWinterhouse by Ben Guterson

Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Release Date: 2 January, 2018

An enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade debut—the first book in a trilogy—set in a magical hotel full of secrets.

Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms—most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge and his sinister family. But the deeper she delves into the hotel’s secrets, the more Elizabeth starts to realize that she is somehow connected to Winterhouse. As fate would have it, Elizabeth is the only person who can break the hotel’s curse and solve the mystery. But will it be at the cost of losing the people she has come to care for, and even Winterhouse itself?

Mystery, adventure, and beautiful writing combine in this exciting debut richly set in a hotel full of secrets.

Would I Request It?

It’s a little bit Harry Potter-esque a little bit Hallowmere. I can dig it. I’d be wary that it sounds too much like other titles though. I think I will request it. I like the cover, I like the description, and unlike A Prom to Remember it actually gives me a little insight into what happens in the story.

And oh! It comes out today! Good thing I hit request last year! Ha, ha, ha–that joke’s still not old.


By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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