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New year, new BOOKS!

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill   | Photo Credit: YW

This year, we start with an exciting mix of anthropomorphic animals and magical entities.

Did 2016 go by too fast, or did we have so much fun we didn’t realise the time go by? How is the new year coming along? We hope you have done some interesting things in the first few days of this year. Resolutions, new-year-new-me oaths, and what not. It doesn’t matter if you have not because you have the whole year ahead of you. We add four fresh books (among so many!) that have been just released to your list of to-do things. Happy new year, and happy reading!

Word of Mouse by James Patterson

Word of Mouse follows the story of a unique mouse named Isaiah whose fur is as blue as the sky. He is a special mouse who can read, write and also talk to people. Reminds us of Despereaux Tilling, the title character from Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux. Just a tad. Anyway, Isaiah makes a daring escape from a laboratory, and is separated from his “mischief”, meaning mouse family. He has to depend on his special skills to make it till he finds his family. And like Despereaux, Isaiah too finds some interesting friends along the way.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Britta Flannery is 17 years old. But unlike any normal teenager, she assists her father, who is a legendary bounty hunter, by tracking and hunting down criminals. However, her father’s death throws her into an unexpected journey. She faces execution for poaching on the king’s land, but she may be pardoned if she found Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice assumed to be his murderer. Britta faces tough choices ahead as she is unsure of the power she possesses. Will she use it against the only friend she has ever known?

The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

This graphic novel hybrid is sure to keep you in splits. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Piranha and Mr. Snake are on a mission to change the impressions created about them. Mr. Wolf directly addresses the readers and says that he is not always looking to terrorise little girls in red cloaks and little pigs. He is on a quest to convince his friends to be a part of the Good Guys Club, and despite their reservations, his friends agree. First on the list is to rescue 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys?

Knight Kyle and the Magic Silver Lance by Oliver Pötzsch

Step into Fairyland, the abode of giants, trolls, elves, fairies, dragons and magicians — and also Knight Kyle. He is in search of his great grandfather’s silver lance that has been missing since long. It is said to have great powers, and gave its owner invincible power. But the evil magician Balduin and the robber Rasputin are also looking for it. With the help of his friends, Lady Constance, Dragobert, Elf Aurin and Prince Nepomuk, Kyle gets into all sorts of adventures. Is the silver lance lost forever or will Kyle and his friends eventually find it?

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