News Flash: Not Every Book for Children and Young Adults This Summer is Titled 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'
Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Editors' Top Recommendations for Books That
Might Otherwise Disappear Under Harry's Invisibility Cloak
NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- With the incredible hoopla surrounding the publication of the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, scheduled for midnight on June 21, there is the possibility that other children's books might be as obscured as if they were placed under Harry's Invisibility Cloak. Children's Book-of-the-Month Club and Book Planet, two segmented book clubs for school-age children, would like to peel aside the Invisibility Cloak and offer the hottest children's and young adult titles for those who don't only want a summer of Hogwarts. Shelley Pierce, Editor-in-Chief of CBOMC/Book Planet said that "the goal with our Summer Reading Suggestions is to help parents and children maintain a high level of reading enthusiasm beyond the initial Harry Potter excitement. There are so many smart, absorbing new books out there that we're excited about. We believe that children will become lifelong readers if they are offered a variety of books that capture their interest." Tops on the CBOMC/Book Planet list for children 6-12 years old is the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket. This group of nine titles, including The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window, is already a favorite among young readers. Following the adventures of three unlucky Baudelaire orphans, these delightful, funny, linguistically playful books are reminiscent of Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, and Edward Gorey. CBOMC/ Book Planet loves the Eddie Dickens Trilogy by Philip Ardagh which includes A House Called Awful End, Dreadful Acts, and Terrible Times. The protagonist in this series, Eddie Dickens, always seems to find himself in unusual situations and strange worlds -- whether its escape artists, millionaire burglars, or crazy cops -- Eddie's madcap adventures are worth their weight in gold. The Artemis Fowl trilogy by Eion Colfer is another CBOMC/Book Planet favorite. Young readers find 13-year-old criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, truly irresistible. The series is packed with imagination, fantasy, magic, and technology. CBOMC also recommends The Spiderwick Chronicles (a three volume series) by Tony DiTerlizzi, Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi, and Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan. See attached for a complete list of CBOMC/Book Planet recommendations. About Children's Book-of-the-Month Club/BookPlanet Founded in 1989, Children's Book-of-the-Month Club (for children 0-6) and BookPlanet (for children 6-12) are dedicated to helping today's parents instill a love of reading in their children. Leveraging the expertise of its distinguished editorial staff, Children's Book-of-the-Month Club and BookPlanet select only the finest new and classic children's books and offer them to their members at a substantial savings over bookstore prices. Children's Book-of-the-Month Club/Book Planet Great reads for kids! 1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket; illustrated by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins Children's Books) Ages 10 and up * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Austere Academy * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Hostile Hospital * A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival This bestselling series is a favorite among young readers. Book Planet now offers all nine previously published volumes, which will debut in the club throughout the summer. The much anticipated volume #10, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope, will be a main selection in Book Planet's Fall catalogue. 2. The Eddie Dickens Trilogy by Philip Ardagh; illustrated by David Roberts (Henry Holt) Ages 10 and up * A House Called Awful End * Dreadful Acts * Terrible Times Eddie Dickens always seems to find himself in the most unusual situations. Whether he's staying with his Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud or entering a world of escape artists, millionaire burglars, and crazy cops, Eddie's madcap messes are guaranteed to give the giggles! The newest installment in the Eddie Dickens epic, Terrible Times, will be a main selection for 9-12 year olds in Book Planet in the Fall catalogue. 3. Artemis Fowl trilogy by Eion Colfer (Miramax/ Hyperion) Ages 12 and up * Artemis Fowl * Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident * Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code Artemis Fowl is a criminal mastermind. He's intelligent, cunning, determined and he's thirteen years old! A thrilling adventure series filled with an imaginative combination of fantasy, magic, and technology. Perfect for fans of Harry Potter. 4. The Spiderwick Chronicles (Simon & Schuster) Ages 6-9 -- Volumes one and 2 of this series were introduced to Book Planet readers in June, and already they occupy two spots on the NYT bestseller list. The third and much-anticipated volume in this critically-acclaimed series is a main selection in Book Planet's late Fall/Early winter catalogue. * The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide -- Book 1 * The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone -- Book 2 * The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda's Secret -- Book 3 When twins Jared and Simon Grace and their older sister Mallory discover an old book, they have no idea what they are in for! Soon after opening Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World, the Grace siblings find themselves up to their necks in goblins, sprites, brownies, griffins, and other fantastical creatures in these beautifully illustrated fantasy adventures. 5. Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Kids) Winner of the 2003 Newbery Medal & Book Planet main selection in the September catalogue. An action-packed historical narrative that follows the frantic flight of a 13-year-old peasant boy across 14th-century England. 6. Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (HarperCollins Children's Books) Winner of the 2003 Newbery Honor Medal & Book Planet main selection in September catalogue. In this laugh-out-loud novel, a young teen on the fast track to the juvenile detention center suddenly finds himself living in rural North Carolina with the outrageously eccentric Applewhite clan. Jake Semple, 13, has been expelled from a long line of schools before coming to the Applewhites to be homeschooled. Other notable fiction new to Book Planet: 7. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng (HarperCollins Children's Books) A Book Planet featured alternate selection in June. "Another challenger for the crowns of J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman." -- The Daily Telegraph (London). Ten-year-old Molly Moon is a penniless, taunted orphan -- but all that changes in the blink of a swirling eye when she learns hypnosis. Her new talent finds Molly fame, fortune, and a heap of trouble. This hypnotic page-turner is filled with humor, heart, and adventure from beginning to end. 8. Stop the Train! by Geraldine McCaughrean (HarperCollins Children's Books) A Book Planet featured alternate selection in July. Settling the West was wild -- especially for the town of Florence, Oklahoma. After a disagreement, the railroad (which was the lifeblood of any new settlement) refuses to stop in the little town and the townspeople do everything from greasing the tracks with lard to stealing the train's passengers to Stop the Train! A hilarious, historical fiction novel based on true events. 9. City of Ember by Jeanne duPrau (Random House Children's Books) Offered in June. The city of Ember is the only light in the dark world. Beyond Ember, the darkness goes on forever in all directions. For as long as anyone can remember, the great lights of Ember have kept the endless darkness that surrounds the city at bay. But now the lights are starting to flicker.
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