Here are new books for tweens and teens:
Best-selling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha van Leer, who co-wrote a 2012 book for teens called "Between the Lines," are out this month with a follow-up called "Off the Page" (Delacorte Press, $19.99). In "Between the Lines," a high school girl named Delilah falls in love with Oliver, a prince in one of her books, and helps him escape from the pages and come to life. In "Off the Wall," readers see what happens when Oliver tries to function in the real world. Picoult told Newsday in 2012: "I think it's a pretty universal dream for anyone who's a big reader that we might fall a little bit in love with the characters in the book and wish they might come to life." Van Leer is a student at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development.
In "Blue Chip Kids: What Every Child (and Parent) Should Know About Money, Investing, and the Stock Market" by David W. Bianchi (Wiley, $27.95), Bianchi teaches kids financial skills for the future. The hardcover book, published this month, breaks down money and investing into bite-size topics explained in language relatable to a seventh-grader, including mutual funds, private versus public companies and annual percentage rates. Bianchi is an investor and lawyer with an economics degree from Tufts University who wrote the book to help teach his 13-year-old son about money.
An 11-by-17-inch book out this month turns into 10 paper machines that move in "Colossal Paper Machines" created by Phil Conigliaro (Workman, $24.95). Geared to children ages 9 and older, kids just remove the perforated pieces from the heavy-duty card-stock pages, follow the color-coded instructions and then glue the parts. Machines include a front loader, a Chinook helicopter, a concrete mixer and more.