Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell won us over with Eleanor & Park, the story of two star-crossed misfits who fall in love on a school bus in 1986. She followed that stunner with the nerd power ballad, Fangirl. Her latest endeavor to wow the world is called Carry On. Remember Simon Snow, the fictional character that fuels Cath's fandom in Fangirl? Well, Carry On tells his story.
"Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters."
The Magnus Chase Is On!
Rick Riordan, the man who re-invigorated Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology for today's young readers, has turned his creative mind to Norse mythology for his latest series -- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. The first book, The Sword of Summer, came out today, October 6, 2015. Click on the title to add your name to the waiting list.
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . .