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The Pond Book News #111 – The 2021 December Issue – The Quiet Pond

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Welcome to Issue # 111!

Germinate the sparrow, make a short with closed eyes and a smile on the face.  Their cape sways in the wind with their arm outstretched in their weakness.

The trees are whispering …

Friends, welcome to another exciting week of pool book news! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a new issue of book news to catch up on this week’s line of diverse book publications, cover exposures, book news and sometimes more! Now, on to the brilliant books!

The book is coming out this month [December 5th – January 1st]

Fools in Love Edited by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos

Join fifteen best-selling, award-winning and rising writers while re-imagining some of the most popular tropics in the romance genre.

Fake relationships. Enemies for lovers. Loves triangles and best friends, misidentified identities and missed relationships. This collection of genre and original bending stories celebrates how love always finds its way, which includes powerful vegetation, its superhero and nemesis, a fantastic toboggan race between snowy mountains, a golf tournament, a wrong riding ride, and even the end of the world. With stories written by Rebecca Barrow, Ashley Herring Blake, Gloria Chow, Mason Diver, Sarah Parisen, Claire Kahn, Melinda Lou, Hannah Moskowitz, Natasha Nagan, Rebecca Podos, William Rivera, Laura Silverman, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells and Julian Winter This collection is sure to sweep you off your feet.

Coming out on December 7th. Add this book to Good readings!


A Huge Girl and the Jade War by Van Huang

In this sequel to A huge girl and the king of monkeysTom and her friends embark on a distant adventure to save the sky and the Jade Emperor from certain destruction.

Tom Nego thought the monkey king was her friend – he taught her to control her superpower and stand on her own. But really he just used it. He tricked her into stealing from heaven and freeing him from his 500 years in prison. Now the Monkey King is waging a war against heaven and Tom must do everything in her power to correct the mess she made.

Tom and his friend Dragon Kha, determined to prevent war, set out on an adventure across the sky in search of allies. But with the stakes higher than ever, the price of help may be more than Tom is willing to pay …

Coming out on December 7th. Add this book to Good readings!


The Righteous by Rene Ahadia

The third book in a moment New York Times A best-selling series that started with it the beautiful.

Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her good friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa decides to find her, even if the journey will take her to the dangerous world of the Fa, where she may find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai.

Coming out on December 7th. Add this book to Good readings!


The Great Discovery by Jen Larsen

A YA novel is dazzling about a girl who is not afraid to be big and sexy and dance her heart out, and an investigation provokes discussions of the mixed messages our society gives to young women about their bodies and sexuality.

Eddie is a talented dancer, a real blue company, fat, bold and driven. When she is accepted into the prestigious dance program of her dreams, she thinks that nothing can bring her down – until she realizes she does not have enough money to go. Refusing to give up, Eddie and her friends decide to put on a top-secret burlesque show by invitation only to raise funds. But soon the news comes out, and the fornication and shaming begin. Did Eddie oppose the patriarchy, or play directly into her hands?

Coming out on December 7th. Add this book to Good readings!


The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling

Elise Beaumont is cursed. With each touch she experiences exactly how her loved ones will die. And after the death of her brother – a death she foresaw but could not prevent – Alice is desperate to get rid of her terrible gift, no matter what the price.

Claire Montgomery also has a unique relationship with death, mostly because she’s already dead. Technically, anyway. Claire is a vampire, and she is assigned by the veil to help Alice control her rare death oracle powers.

At first, Elise is reluctant to work with a vampire, but when she predicts the imminent murder of a teacher, she is determined to stop the violent death, even if it means sacrificing her future to secure Claire’s help.

The problem is that Claire and Elise are not the only para-normals in town – a killer follows the streets, and Claire fails to shake off the attraction she feels towards Elise, an affair that could increase the veil’s mission. But as Elise and Claire get closer, Elise begins to wonder – can she really trust someone who is responsible for ensuring her loyalty? Someone who can kill her so easily? Someone who might hold the key to dismantling her brother’s mysterious death?

Coming out on December 7th. Add this book to Good readings!


If This Gets Out By Sophie Gonzalez and Kyle Dietrich

18-year-old Ruben Montez and Zack Knight are two members of the boys’ band Shabbat, one of the biggest shows in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Pan and John Braxton, the four are heartbreaking teens in front of the cameras and best friends behind the scenes. But privately, cracks are beginning to form: the relationship that was once easy between them is straining under the pressure of fame, and most admit to Zack that he feels suffocated by the pressure of management to stay in the closet.

On a tumultuous European tour, with a relentless schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to trust each other more and more, and their already close friendships develop into an affair. But when they decide they are willing to tell their fans and live freely, Zack and Ruben begin to truly understand that they will never have the support of their management. How can they cling to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?

Coming out on December 7th. Add this book to Good readings!


Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

The Wicked Deep Meets The Dead House and the Sorrow In this new independent fantasy of YA that takes place in a snow-covered kingdom where witches are burned, and two wizards secretly compete for a prince’s heart, only to find that they may be falling on each other.

It’s Carnival season in the snowy kingdom of Lecia, and from now until midnight, when church bells ring for the end of Satan’s Tuesday, will be marked by winter miracles and glittering costumes, affair of “college” sledding parties every night. .

Without the knowledge of the ignoring joys, two monsters join in the fun, descend into the royal city and return under the guise of two innocent girls. Zosia and Marinka seem destined to be stronger friends even with charm, new friends and polar opposites. But it comes to the test when they realize that they are both targeting the pure-hearted prince of Lecia. A pure heart contains infinite power and Marinka plans to return the prince’s back to her grandmother to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and strength for her.

When neither of them sacrifices her aspirations for the sake of the other, the festivities develop into a wild competition with the two girls vying to keep the unfortunate prince away from the other’s vicious grip. But it’s not some remote forest village, where a hint of stray magic may disappear from their eyes, and Rashov is the frozen capital of a kingdom that enjoys seeing burning monsters, and if Zosia and Marinka’s innocent costumes continue to slip, their growing rivalry may rise. To each other, but to the lives of both.

Coming out on December 28th. Add this book to Good readings!


Here we are by Becky Albertelli and Adam Silvera

Ben spent his first year in college working on his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who is a great Spanish teacher, and kisses even more. So why can he not stop thinking about the fact that Arthur returned to the city two years after they left it?

Arthur is in New York for a dream job on Broadway, with a friend at home he may not be happy with. But when he encounters a son hugging a mysterious child, he begins to wonder if his feelings for Ben have really disappeared.

Even as the boys try to focus on their future, they seem unable to help encounter each other in the present. Does the universe force them to ask if they are really meant to be?

Maybe not. After all, things did not work out the first time.

Maybe so. After all, the sparks are still flying.

Sometimes you just have to jump in faith and raise a glass.

Here to celebrate old friends!

Here to adopt new beginnings!

Here’s believing in a second chance!

Coming out on December 28th. Add this book to Good readings!

Book news

Gate Exposure: Ballad and Dagger by Daniel Jose Alder

illustration: Irwin Rodriguez | to design: Phil Buchanan | Add this book to Good readings!


Gate Exposure: On a Round by Shirlin Obobi

Illustration: TBA | Design: TBA | Add this book to Good readings!


Book Announcement: Horror Anthology by YA All-Black Star Edited by Sirsi Moskowitz, featuring both established writers and new voices


Book Announcement: Fake YA Dating Rookie by Sher Lee featuring moon cakes, teen chef and glittering weddings


Book Announcement: A forthcoming YA novel on the connection between mourning, art and culture by Marcia Mickelson


Book Announcement: YA Gothic Novel by Kyrie McCauley on a bizarre babysitter job and a scary mansion with a secret


Book Announcement: Rami Lai’s Graphic Novel in the Near Middle Class on Ghosts, New Friends and Intertwined Fates


Book Announcement: Middle Class Graphic Novel by Ruth Chan on the Sino-Japanese War, Immigration and Family


Book Announcement: Contemporary MG by Erica J. Kendrick on Cookies, Grief and Friendship

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