What I'm really waiting for, on this, as on every Wednesday, is for a. the homework fairy to come and bestow gifts of fortitude on my pencil dropping young b. the dishwashing fairy to come and do the obvious c. the time fairy to magically make these few precious last minutes of morning before the Awakenings begin last for hours....
But failing that, I have found yet another book to wait for:
Circle of Cranes, by Annette LeBox, coming 12 April from Dial.
Here is the blurb [with my thoughts in brackets]
"Thirteen-year-old Suyin is a poor orphan [Team Orphan!] who has a strange gift with languages [that sounds good--languages rarely play a large part in mg/YA fantasy] and a mysterious connection to the cranes [birds are nice] in her small Chinese village [yay for diversity!]. When a shady human trafficker [bad] arrives promising luxury and riches beyond belief in America [ha], the villagers elect Suyin - whom they consider lucky - to go as their benefactress [there are very few Immigration Fantasies. I am intrigued]. But instead of luxury, Suyin is forced to work in a sweatshop in New York City's Chinatown [very bad]. Suyin's future seems hopeless, until her beloved cranes arrive [yay cranes!] and reveal that she is no ordinary girl - instead, she is the daughter of the Crane Queen [hmmm--somewhat familiar ground here, although this sounds like it could be a fresh twist]. Now her mother's life [ack! save the mother! says one who is one] is in danger, and Suyin must prove herself worthy of her position as the Crane Princess, in order to save her mother [mothers so rarely have Agency. Sigh.] and the entire clan of cranes [go Suyin! go Cranes!]."
Anyway. It sounds good.
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine