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Barnes & Noble Hangout | Book Blog with Talia

Book Hauls | May 1, 2019

Hi, Talia here! I don’t know if you’ve heard, but on May 18th, Shelf Stuff is teaming up with Barnes & Noble for a Hangout Event! The event’s going to center around 4 books, Terri Libenson’s Just Jaime, David Slavin and Daniel Weitzman’s Odd Gods, PopularMMOs Pat and Jen’s PopularMMOs Presents: A Hole New World, and Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil. Ahead of the Hangout, here’s what you need to know about these four books!

1. Just Jaime by Terri Libenson

Terri Libenson is the bestselling author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy, and Just Jaime is her newest graphic novel. It’s about two girls, Jaime and Maya, who are trying to figure out who their real friends are on the last day of seventh grade. Jaime knows something is off with her friend group, because they’ve started excluding her and making fun of the way she dresses and the things she likes, but she always thought that her best friend Maya would have her back.

But more and more, Maya has started to feel annoyed by Jaime. Jaime hasn’t ‘grown up’ now that they’re in middle school, and Maya knows Jaime doesn’t like all the same things as the other girls in their group. This leads Maya to wonder if she and Jaime actually have anything in common anymore. Now, they’ll both have to determine if they still want to be friends, or if they’ve just become TOO different.

 

 

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2. Odd Gods by David Slavin and Daniel Weitzman, Illustrated by Adam J.B. Lane

When Oddonis makes the decision to run against his brother for class president, he teams up with his other odd god friends Mathena, the Goddess of math and poultry, Germes, the God of all things sniffling and snotty, Puneous, the smallest God of them all, and Gaseous, the god of . . . well . . . gas, to help him with his campaign. Together, they set out to prove that they’re just as good as any Greek God. And, they’ll possibly find out what Oddonis’s true powers are, too!

 

 

 

 

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3. PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World by PopularMMOs, Illustrated by Dani Jones

If you like Pat and Jen’s PopularMMOs YouTube channel, then you should definitely check out this graphic novel based on their online adventures. (It’s also featured in my Books for Leveling Up video!) Like in their YouTube videos, the novel starts when book characters Pat and Jen stumble into a hidden hole while playing hide-and-seek and find themselves trapped in a dangerous underworld where Evil Jen—the evilest villain of them all—is determined to zombify them and take over. They also discover that their good friend, Bomby, has been kidnapped and now it’s up to them to battle zombies, storm the castle, rescue their friend and make it home before it’s too late!

 

 

 

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4. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

School for Good and Evil Book CoverIf you’ve seen my Book Talk video on Books with Magic and Mayhem, then you probably already know that I love Soman Chainani’s School for Good and Evil series. In this first book, best friends Sophie and Agatha are kidnapped from their village to attend the School for Good and Evil. Agatha gets dropped in The School for Good and Sophie gets dropped in The School for Evil . . . but both girls believe it has to be a mistake. Agatha is used to wearing her shapeless black frocks and walking around in the graveyard, so she seems like a perfect fit for The School for Evil. Sophie, on the other hand, looks like a princess and loves to do ‘good deeds’ (when people are watching), so she’s surely meant for The School for Good.

As the girls start their classes and begin to make friends, it becomes obvious they’re meant to play a greater role than they’d anticipated at The School for Good and Evil. Throughout the year, they begin to discover who they really are, and what their roles in their own fairytale will be.

 

 

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That’s all for now! But for more information on the B&N Hangout and where to find the location nearest you, check out: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/bn-hangouts!

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