Waiting on Wednesday for Smek for President and Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull

Today I am sharing my anticipation for two books in a single post--both are from the same publisher, Disney-Hyperion, both are coming out this fall, and both are sequels to past winners in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category of the Cybils Awards (in 2007 and 2013), and, unless their publication dates change, they are eligible for winning themselves in 2014!

Smek for President! by Adam Rex (October 14)

"In this much anticipated sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday, Tip and J.Lo are back for another hilarious intergalactic adventure. And this time (and last time, and maybe next time), they want to make things right with the Boov.

After Tip and J.Lo banished the Gorg from Earth in a scheme involving the cloning of many, many cats, the pair is notorious-but not for their heroics. Instead, human Dan Landry has taken credit for conquering the Gorg, and the Boov blame J.Lo for ruining their colonization of the planet. Determined to clear his name, J.Lo and Tip pack into Slushious, a Chevy that J.Lo has engineered into a fairly operational spaceship, and head to New Boovworld, the aliens' new home on one of Saturn's moons.

But their welcome isn't quite as warm as Tip and J.Lo would have liked. J.Lo is dubbed Public Enemy Number One, and Captain Smek knows that capturing the alien is the only way he'll stand a chance in the Boovs' first-ever presidential election.

With the help of a friendly flying billboard named Bill, a journey through various garbage chutes, a bit of time travel, and a slew of hilarious Boovish accents, Tip and J.Lo must fight to set the record straight-and return home in once piece."

 Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull, by Jonathan Stroud (September 16th)

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood's annoyance. Bickerstaff's coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine


  1. Haha...I'm not sure I'll pick this one up, but it does look like a good one if I had younger kids!
    Here's my pick...

  2. Great choices! I'm esp. excited for Smek for President since I didn't know there was going to be a sequel to Smekday!

  3. I didn't know that there was a sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday in the works! I'm so ridiculously excited about this!

  4. The date is so close to the end of our eligibility year that I hope it doesn't change!

  5. New Lockwood book for the win! :) I haven't read the first one mentioned though, will have to try it.

  6. Yep, I'm with Cindy, Lockwood is at top of my to buy list. I'm curious about the other now too.

  7. Can't wait for that new Lockwood & Co. book!

  8. I didn't know there was a sequel coming to Smekday--that one will have to go on my waiting-for list! :)

  9. I am so flipping excited for the Smekday sequel - one of my favorite books of all time!


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