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

Jun 12, 2003, 01:00 ET from Bookspan

    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
     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
     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
     "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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