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January 2009 Book Buzz

The New Year is starting off right with an amazing line up of highly-anticipated books. Check out Kidzworld’s January 2009 Book Buzz.

January 1: The A-List: Hollywood Royalty #1

The A-List series is hitting Hollywood with this brand new collection. On January 1, check out Zoey Dean’s first book in the Hollywood Royalty series.

January 9: Princess Diaries, Volume X: Forever Princess

Meg Cabot’s bestselling series is hitting double digits this month with her tenth book in the Princess Diaries collection, Forever Princess.


January 12: Snakes and Ladders

Check out this heart-wrenching novel set in a small Ontario town during the summer of 1971. Snakes and Ladders is Shaun Smith’s first novel for teens.


January 13: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

The third and final book in the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is finally here! Don’t miss Jeff Kinney’s brand new story and comical illustrations. You can also check out the first two books in the series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rodrick Rules!


January 13: 3 Willows

Were you sad to see the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants end? Well, cry no more! Ann Brashares is back with a brand new sisterhood in 3 Willows!


January 16: Envy: A Luxe Novel

Are you ready for more jealousy, betrayal, secrets and fabulous turn of the 20th century fashions? Envy, the third book in Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series, is here. Don’t miss the first two installments: The Luxe and Rumors.


January 20: Bone #9 Crown of Horns

The ninth comic in Jeff Smith’s Bone series hits bookstores on January 20th. Don’t miss this fantastic new adventure in the most popular graphic novel series for young adults!


January 27: Scat

This month, the author of Hoot and Flush returns with a brand new adventure. Check out Carl Hiaasen’s Scat, where a frightening and mysterious Biology teacher vanishes in the Black Vine Swamp.


January 27: Seekers #2: Great Bear Lake

If you liked Erin Hunter’s Warriors series, then you’ll love the Seekers. The second book in the Seekers series, Great Bear Lake, is closing off January’s list of hot new titles. Happy reading!!


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