I am rather glad that I have this rather mechanical post to write. I do not think it would be wise for me to try to write a review at this point in my sickly and sleep-deprived life.
Here are the science fiction and fantasy books for kids and teenagers being released today (from the calender at Teens Read Too).
The Eternal Tomb (Oliver Nocturne) by Kevin Emerson. Latest in a series about a teenaged vampire, for ages 9-12.
Grim Hill: The Forgotten Secret by Linda DeMeulemeester. The third in another series for 9-12 year olds, perfect for soccer-loving girls who like magic (I've read the second book in the series, so I can say this in all honesty).
Last Battle Of The Icemark (Icemark Chronicles), by Stuart Hill. The third book in a series for, yes you guessed it, 9-12 year olds. Magic. Battles. Parents fighting against their daughter.
The Mad Scientist (Meet The Kreeps), by Kiki Thorpe. This is the fourth book in yet another series for 9-12 year olds, but looks younger than those above. I'm not sure if its really science fiction, although it's about science experiments, and the series is described as "spooky."
Necropolis (The Gatekeepers), by Anthony Horowitz. The fourth in a series for 9-12 year olds. I am having trouble believing this one. It looks and sounds older. Has Amazon gone mad?
The Silver Door (Moon & Sun), by Holly Lisle. Sequel to The Ruby Key, for 9-12 year olds. I believe this one.
And finally, a stand-alone (I'm guessing here) YA book!
Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic Book), by Patricia Wrede, which looks rather good--here's the Amazon blurb:
"Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent -- and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild."
This would be my pick from today's new releases. I do, however, suspect it of being the first in a new series for 9-12 year olds.
Tomorrow there's only one release, so I'm sticking it here:
Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; an anthology of fairy tale retellings.
More to come on the 20th.
And now, neglecting the piles of new exciting books I really want to have the time and energy to read, I shall fall back on the soothing comfort of The Four Graces, by D.E. Stevenson. I don't mind, exactly, being home from work, but I do object to being home from work too sick to read new books.