The TOP 10 Summer 2012 Kids’ Indie Next List

Below is a preview of the TOP 10 for the Summer Kids’ Indie Next List in the summer publishing season. It will include an additional 44 selections spanning all age groups, which are based on nominations from independent booksellers nationwide. All titles include a bookseller quote and full bibliographic information.

The deadline for nominations for the Fall Kids’ Indie Next List is July 13.

1. Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore
(Dial Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780803734739)
“Cashore’s third book is full of intrigue, conspiracies, and secrets. Queen Bitterblue’s rule is shadowed by her father’s legacy of pain, fear, and torture. Believing that the only way to restore her kingdom is to face the past, Bitterblue delves into forgotten histories, stories, and altered memories in her search for answers. Deliciously thrilling and full of twists and turns — plus a little romance, of course!” — Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

2. Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
(Random House BFYR, $17.99, 9780375866562)
“Here is a new and original voice that will set the Dragon genre on its ear! Seraphina has an incredible musical talent, one that she must not flaunt in case she draws attention to herself. For Seraphina is no ordinary girl; she is a half-dragon living in a human world that despises all dragons. In this lush world full of secrets and intriguing characters, readers will completely lose themselves. An exciting book!” — Meaghan Beasley, Island Bookstore, Duck, NC

3. Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
(Dial, $16.99, 9780803736702)
“With its small-town setting, quirky characters, and mystery-laden, fast-paced plot, Three Times Lucky is a wonderful novel for middle readers. That’s to say nothing of 11-year-old Moses LoBeau, who is, for my money, the most winning heroine of any book — children’s or adult — that I’ve read in years. Turnage deserves all the praise she’s sure to get for this book, and then some. Simply a great read!” — David Mallmann, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI

4. A Greyhound of a Girl, by Roddy Doyle
(Amulet, $16.95, 9781419701689)
“One day as 12-year-old Mary walks home from school, she meets a mysterious woman who seems to appear out of nowhere. The woman looks young, but seems old, and her name is Tansey, which, as it happens, is the name of Mary’s long-dead great-grandmother. Tansey says she has a message for Mary’s granny. And so, impossibly, four generations of women embark on a midnight road trip to revisit the farm that made them who they are. Doyle’s delightful story is charming, witty, and poignant, a surprisingly fresh generational tale that mothers and daughters will want to share!” — Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA

5. Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam RubinDaniel Salmieri (Illus.)
(Dial, $16.99, 9780803736801)
“Dragons are great! And they love parties — all kinds of parties! And tacos — all kinds of tacos! What could be better, what could be more fun than a taco party for dragons?! Just be careful not to use spicy toppings or the results could be a bit hotter than you wanted. This red-hot little gem will have you planning a party and craving tacos in no time. Just don’t forget to invite the dragons!” — Kris Vreeland, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA

6. Insignia, by S. J. Kincaid
(Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062092991)
“At 14, Tom Raines is recruited by the Pentagon to train to fight in World War III, a war that is being fought in space by ships controlled by teenagers. While training, Tom learns that the line between enemy and friend is often blurred. With exhilarating battles, some great pranks, and a group of teenagers who are trying to survive military high school, Insignia will keep you riveted from the first page.” — Rebecca Olson, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

7. Bink and Gollie, Two for One, by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile (Illus.)
(Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763633615)
“If you are not already a fan of the early reader Bink & Gollie, this sequel is sure to win you over. The result of a collaboration between familiar award-winning authors, this is a book of unforgettable characters. Two girls, best friends and an unlikely pair of complete opposites in size and temperament, work as a team to navigate the thrills and wonders of the state fair that is visiting town.” — Barbara Siepker, The Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor, MI

8. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
(Katherine Tegen, $17.99, 9780062024046)
“Picking up where Divergent ended, this sequel gives readers a more detailed glimpse into the other factions, as Tris and Four seek refuge. Still in shock from killing her own friend and losing her parents, Tris begins to doubt herself, especially after someone close to her turns out to be a traitor. As war becomes inevitable, Tris has to decide whether or not to embrace her Divergence. The breakneck excitement, action, and romance, along with a shocking ending, will have you talking about this book for months!” — Joanne R. Fritz, Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA

9. See You at Harry’s, by Jo Knowles
(Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763654078)
“Knowles plunks the reader down amidst a set of warm, loveable, flawed characters who have to deal with the unimaginable. As a middle child, Fern feels adrift while her busy family tumbles in different directions. When tragedy strikes, through Fern’s eyes we experience the unraveling that can happen to any loving family confronted with a huge loss. Knowles takes the reader’s hand and deftly winds through the maze of grief and shows how navigating with our hearts will always lead us back home.” — Jane Knight, Bear Pond Books of Montpelier, Montpelier, VT

10. Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always, by Tao Nyeu
(Dial, $16.99, 9780803735651)
“Tao Nyeu can work miracles with a simple color palette, spare lines, and gentle, lovely text. Squid and Octopus are true friends. They disagree but don’t argue. They pick each other up when down. And they are charmingly oblivious to their eccentric tastes in socks, gloves, or whatever. Another work of genius from Nyeu!” — Elizabeth Anker, Alamosa Books, Albuquerque, NM

Have you read any of these books? I’m half way through Seraphina and loving it! It won’t be released until July so I’m sure some of these other books have yet to be released too. It’ll be interesting to see the final list on July 13th. Check back here then!


About Josephine Hardy

A 26-year-old writer from Melbourne, Australia currently living with her husband in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Content Marketing Producer at Simply Measured, hobby genealogist, cat lover, and world traveler.

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