Final Roland Smith Mutation
Roland Smith is seriously good at penning heart-pounding thrill rides for readers. His Cryptid Hunters series is a perfect example. There are missing parents -- disappeared while on assignment for a nature magazine. There's an eccentric uncle obsessed with cryptids -- creatures that appear in myths but haven't been proven to exist. There are two kids, twins Grace and Marty, swept up in a dangerous world of lush landscapes and deadly creatures. The fourth and final book, Mutation, comes out today, September 30, 2014. It promises to twist the natural order of things beyond our wildest, most terrifying dreams. Find all four books in the Kid Zone.
Companion Novel from Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis has written many award-winning books. One of them was called Elijah of Buxton. It received multiple honors in 2007 and 2008. That's why we're so excited that the companion novel, The Madman of Piney Woods, is coming out tomorrow, September 30, 2014! The story is set in the same vibrant world introduced in Elijah of Buxton. And it looks like the perfect choice if you're looking for a spooky read this October.
Two boys. Two lives. It’s 1901, forty years after the events in Elijah of Buxton and Benji Alston has only one dream: to be the world’s greatest reporter. He even gets an apprenticeship on a real paper, though he finds there’s more to writing stories than he initially thought. Meanwhile Alvin Stockard, nicknamed Red, is determined to be a scientist. That is, when he’s not dodging the blows of his bitter Irish granny, Mother O’Toole. When the two boys meet they have a lot in common, in spite of the fact that Benji’s black and Red’s Irish. They’ve also had separate encounters with the legendary Madman of Piney Woods. Is the man an ex-slave or a convict or part lion? The truth is more complicated than that, and when the Madman is in trouble these two boys come to his aid and learn what it truly means to face fear.