A Tuesday Ten: Upcoming Titles, 2014

So I thought for this last post of the old year, I’d touch base on a few of the books I’m reading/looking forward to/ curious about for the new year.  Time to start turning pages on 2014 publications!  This list is looking at titles that are either stand alones or the first in a series–anything from an ongoing series is stuff for another list!

1.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee (Knopf Books, expected publication January 2014)

I’ve already read this wonderful fantasy story. (review to come, I promise).  A lovely lyrical fantasy story about loss, love and saving the world.  May be a favorite for this year but it’s too early to tell! Out soon, and worth picking up!

2.

Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson (Starscape/Tor, expected publication July 2014)

A historical fantasy set at the turn of the century on the shores of Lake Michigan.  12-year-old Violet discovers the dangers of wishing carelessly on an artifact she uncovers. Sounds intriguing.  Great title, beautiful cover.  Unsure whether our heroine is Native American, but the text indicates some discussion of Native American culture.

3.

Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Delacorte, expected publication: March 2014)

A fantasy adventure story set in another world where Piper finds a girl with a dragonfly tattoo.  The girl has no memory  of her life, but Piper knows the tattoo indicates she’s part of the Dragonfly kingdom and that Piper could be up for a reward if she gets her back home.  That’s no easy prospect, and Piper’s life is about to become full of danger, magic and adventure.

4.

The Accelerati : Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman (Disney-Hyperion, expected publication: February 2014)

A new tween series by Elfman and Shusterman.  Nick and his father and brother have just moved into an old house in Colorodo where there was a huge amount of junk in the attic.  So what do you do with old junk?  Have a garage sale!  But that’s when things start to get strange . . . and Nick’s entire life will never be the same again.

5.

The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham (HarperCollins, Expected publication: March 2014)

A fantasy adventure in which Rye O’Chanter is convinced that the Bog Noblins have returned to Village Drowning–and the only ones who can help her are a secret society called the Luck Uglies.  Fingers crossed this is as rich a fantasy story as it’s setting itself up to be.  Looks like fun!

6.

Minion by John David Anderson (Walden Pond Press,  Expected publication: June 2014)

Okay, okay, I wasn’t going to include any ongoing series books, I know.  But this is a companion novel rather than an actual sequel.  And it’s a companion to Anderson’s Sidekicked (2012). And the cover is amazing!

7.

The Ninja Librarians by Jen Swann Downey (Sourcebooks Jabborwocky, Expected publication: April 2014)

How can I not want to read about a secret order of ninja librarians? Time travel, adventure and word play–I can’t wait to dive in!

8.

The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin (Philomel, Expected publication: April 2014)

Epic fantasy trilogy.  An ancient evil returning to the land. Missing children, a young hero who is inept at magic but determined to find and rescue his brother.  Don’t know what to think of it just yet, but it’s certainly an evocative cover!

9.

The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles (Feiwel and Friends, Expected publication: January 2014)

Space adventure!  Chase wakes up with a wound on the back of his head and no memory.  He has a few things he’s been told, and very few things he knows.  But one of those is that his time is running out.  Got to read this one!

10.

Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin (Razorbill, Expected publication: February 2014)

Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story,  a 12-year-old boy encounters a girl living in a tree whose song seems to have the power to heal . . .  Oh how I’m hoping this is as good as it sounds–and what a gorgeous cover.

There you have it, ten titles–but don’t think that’s all that I’m looking forward to by a long shot!  There were so many to pick and choose between for this list.    And that’s without including additional books in ongoing series! (which will be another list–I promise.)

What books are on your to be read list for this year?  Comments welcome!

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About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

Posted on December 31, 2013, in General Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Every time I tell myself I’m not going to buy any more books until I finish the ones I’ve got, a blog like this comes along. Now, I’ll be buying at least three more. “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy,” in particular, seems to be right up my alley.

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