Valerie’s Most Anticipated for 2015

At the start of every year, I try to scope out the upcoming books that I am most excited about. Last year, I eagerly waited for Just One YearSam and Dave Dig a Hole, and Death by Toilet Paper, and all of those titles lived up to my expectations. As I stare down at the cold coming months, I can point to so many books that I am itching to get my hands on. Here are just a few that you will also hopefully look forward to; after all, when we are in full winter swing, books can be the best distraction!

WolfieWolfie the Bunny
by Amy Dyckman

I loved Boy + Bot, and this story of a wolf adopted by a bunny family sounds absolutely adorable. I anticipate great illustrations from the awesome Zachariah Ohora and an “awww”-worthy story.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

“The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?”

yetiYeti and the Bird
by Nadia Shireen

This looks like it will be a very cute tale about unexpected friendship. I also happen to love Yeti stories, so I was a bit smitten just by the title.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

“Deep in the forest lives the biggest, hairiest, scariest yeti anyone has ever seen. And he is also the loneliest yeti around. Then one day…THUNK! Someone lands on Yeti’s head. And that someone isn’t scared of Yeti at all. Could that someone be a friend?”

We Are AllWe Are All Made of Molecules
by Susin Nielsen

All of her previous books have brought tears to my eyes, and I think she is an amazing and funny author. All this means I have very high expectations!

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

“Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant, but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her grade, but her marks stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. The Brady Bunch it isn’t. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; ‘Spewart’ could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: They – like the rest of us – are all made of molecules.”

black doveBlack Dove, White Raven
by Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein has written two fantastic historical novels that pulled at my heart and made me cheer. She wrote one of my all time favourites, Code Name Verity, and so the prospect of another novel about daring pilots has me very happy.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

“Rhoda and Delia are American stunt pilots who perform daring aerobatics to appreciative audiences. But while the sight of two girls wingwalking – one white, one black – is a welcome novelty in some parts of the USA, it’s an anathema in others. When Delia is killed in a tragic accident, Rhoda moves to Ethiopia with her daughter, Em, and Delia’s son, Teo. Em and Teo have adapted to scratching a living in a strange land, and feel at home here; but their parents’ legacy of flight and the ability to pilot a plane places them in an elite circle of people watched carefully by the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, who dreams of creating an air force for his fledgling nation. As Italy prepares for its invasion of Ethiopia, Em and Teo find themselves inextricably entangled in the crisis – and they are called on to help.”

What books are you most excited about in the coming year?


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