Happy Birthday to Books (11/6 to 11/12)

A dragon, manly fairy godmother, and some Little Women walk into their birthday party . . .

The Daughters Join the Party by Joanna Philbin (11/7/11)

There are several kinds of fame: There’s being famous for being talented and outrageous. And then there’s being famous for just being outrageous. But there’s also the kind of fame that some people are just born with, cursed with it from the moment their umbilical cords are cut. The famed girls in this series are the latter type, and the newest member of their exclusive little club, Emma, is the daughter of a New York State senator. She’s a bit of a rebel, which helps her stay out of the way of cameras, but when she spills the beans about her father’s presidential plans, she’s    suddenly blinded by the spotlight.

Prized (The Birthmarked Trilogy) by Caragh M. O’Brien (11/8/11)

Being a girl in a dystopian society seems to be a rough gig. In Eve, the title character and every other girl are raised to fear men. In Wither, Rhine is forced into a polygamous marriage and treated as a baby-maker. But the tables seem to have turned a bit in Prized. In this sequel to Birthmarked, teenage Gaia has escaped the Enclave only to be captured by a society in which women are a minority–but they’re also the nation’s rulers. Sweet.

Inheritance by Christopher Paoloni (11/8/11)

This dragon has FINALLY landed in bookstores, Figs! This novel took a very, very, very long time to hatch, but we wish an extra special birthday to Eragon and all the other dragons for finally making it to the party! The Inheritance Cycle has come to a close, and we’ll miss it. But take note that this series was first drafted by Paoloni when he was only 15 years old–imagine what he could have accomplished if he’d been on Figment back then!

Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullogh (11/8/11)

Now this book just looks like a lot of fun. What do you do if you find out your father is actually a fairy godmother? And when you discover that the gene is hereditary, do you embrace your path as someone else’s fairy godmother, or do you seek out someone who can grant you a wish? This is sure to be light and magical, my fairy Figfriends.

Little Women & Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (11/8/11)

Some people love classics. Others don’t. In this novel, the students are assigned homework that gives them the chance to rewrite a classic. Personally, I would love to rock the boat of Moby Dick until it got interesting. But protagonist Emily has jumped on the chance to alter the lives of the March Sisters of Little Women–and she definitely changes things when she’s transported into the lives of the characters.


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