Rick Riordan has been thrilling young readers for some time now, both with his multiple series inspired by Greek Mythology and the excellent adventure stories coming from his Rick Riordan Presents
line that explores mythology and folktales from around the world. But later this month, he unleashes a new book that is a fun homage to Jules Verne:
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives. And then, the professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food.
Also coming to library shelves is the latest in the Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid
series, Big Shot
. So, now is a great time to revisit a list of Wimpy Kid readalikes, while waiting for the newest high-demand volume of illustrated middle-grade hijinks to drop:
What’s New This Month
Coming this month are picture books about wandering houses and cuteness explosions, the latest Legendary Alston Boys
book by Lamar Giles, graphic nonfiction about whales and natural disasters, and much more:
What We’re Reading
Library staff are currently enjoying books about how cool the variety of bodies are, delicious food trucks, a cardboard beast, friendly anemones, among other great picks.
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out:
Picture books about girls around the world
, via Rom