Waiting on Wednesday #22

Posted April 24, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Waiting on Wednesday / 20 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we showcase upcoming releases we are looking forward to.

This week I have two really fun books that I am looking forward to that both feature male protagonists and quirky storylines. I didn’t really think about the theme this week and I was just going to post what I felt like, but there are a few similarities. One is MG and one is YA, and for the next couple of weeks, I am back to children’s books. That’s my first love anyway.

Title: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 25th, 2013

Description from GoodreadsKyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

It’s set in a library? Overnight? Can I get a “Hell yeah?” I so need to have this in my hands!

                                                                  Title: The Universe Versus Alex Woods
                                                                  Author: Gavin Extence
                                                                  Publisher: Redhook
                                                                  Release Date: June 25th, 2013

Description from GoodreadsA rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn’t had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing …

Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.

This sounds amazing and literary and sad and funny all rolled into one. And I try to read as many books with male protagonists as I can because I tend to relate to them more, strangely. This just sounds wonderful and quirky.

Thoughts on these? Leave me a link and I will happily come visit your posts!

20 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #22

    • I agree. I’m not sure The Universe is middle grade though. I actually don’t even think it’s YA. I think it’s a crossover novel. Not sure since Redhook is a new imprint.

  1. I love visiting your WoWs. You always post about such interesting books! I’d never heard of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, and I’m not a huge MG fan, but that book sounds absolutely fabulous and that cover? Drool worthy.

  2. I’ve been waiting eagerly for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library since the moment I heard about it. It looks like a book I would have loved as a kid AND one I will love as an adult.

    I hadn’t heard of the second one so thanks for that. I’ve added it to the TBR.

  3. Okay, the library one sounds really, really good, and I really like that cover. It sounds creepy and so much fun. My new dream is to crawl into that book. The Alex Woods book probably isn’t something I would have looked twice at if I hadn’t seen it here, but it sounds really good! These are both really good choices and I love that you feature books that are usually new to me. I really, really want these now. <3

    Also, when you get around to reading Breathe, let me know! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! 😀

  4. Oooh, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library sounds so fun! I hadn’t heard of it before, but I think it’s going on my TBR list. Awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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