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New Books This Week (April 16th)

A weekend of sun and… snow. Well, if the world is ending, why not squeeze an extra book or two in? We have some new arrivals to love! Read about them below, click the links to be taken to the catalog, and put whatever sounds good on hold for yourself. You’ve earned it, for surviving the whole year since last Tuesday.

 

Fiction

Not If I Save You First, by Ally Carter.Not If I Save You First, by Ally Carter.
Scholastic Press, 2018.

“Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans.

“Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness and into a totally different life.

“No phone.

“No Internet.

“And not a single word from Logan.

“Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life us full.

“Until Logan shows up six years later…

“And Maddie wants to kill him.

“But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie down a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

“Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.

“But she has to save him first.” From the publisher.

 

Emergency Contact, by Mary H. K. Choi.Emergency Contact, by Mary H. K. Choi.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2018.

“For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now Penny is heading to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer. It’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion lightyears away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

“Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a cafe and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration when he’s a famous movie director, but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

“When Sam and Penny cross paths, it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to, you know, see each other.” From the publisher.

 

Tyler Johnson Was Here, by Jay Coles.Tyler Johnson Was Here, by Jay Coles.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

“The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video is leaked online that tells a chilling story: Tyler had been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Tyler Johnson Was Here is a striking and heartbreaking account of police brutality and current race relations in modern America.” From the publisher.

 

Defy the Worlds, by Claudia Gray.Defy the Worlds, by Claudia Gray.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“An outcast from her home.

“Shunned after a trip through the galaxy with Abel—the most advanced cybernetic man ever created—Noemi Vidal dreams of traveling through the stars one more time. And when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. As the only soldier to have ever left the planet, it will be up to her to save its people… if only she wasn’t flying straight into a trap.

“A fugitive from his fate.

“On the run to avoid his depraved creator’s clutches, Abel believes he’s said good-bye to Noemi for the last time. After all, the entire universe stands between them… or so he thinks. When word reaches him of Noemi’s capture by the very person he’s trying to escape, Abel knows he must go to her, no matter the cost.

“But capturing Noemi was only part of Burton Mansfield’s master plan. In a race against time, Abel and Noemi will come together once more to discover a secret that could save the known worlds, or destroy them all.

“In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider where—and with whom—we truly belong.” From the publisher.

 

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.
Balzer + Bray, 2017.

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

“Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

“But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

“Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.” From the publisher.

 

Active Memory, by Dan Wells.Active Memory, by Dan Wells.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, one has always eluded her: when she was two years old, she was in a car accident in which she lost her arm, and a mob boss’s wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. No one can tell her what she was doing in that car, or how it led to the feud between the Carnesecas and the Maldonados.

“Even in a world where technology connects everyone’s minds, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

“Those secrets rise violently to the surface when Zenaida’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when everyone from Los Angeles gangs to the world’s largest genetic engineering firms becomes involved in the case, it’s clear there’s more happening under the surface than anyone cares to admit. The truth is out there, and Marisa will have to thread together lost friends, corporate assassins, a gang lord’s digital brain, and what might be a literal ghost from the past in order to find it.

“Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed Mirador series continues with his most shocking, visionary, pulse-pounding story.” From the publisher.

 

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New Books This Week (April 9th, 2018)

There’s no snow in the forecast. Dare we hope? Just to be safe, consider stockpiling some books—like our new arrivals in the teen section! Find titles and publishers’ summaries below, and feel free to click the links to be taken to our catalog. Once there, you can check out the book in more detail, place it on hold so it’s waiting for you when you get here, and browse or search for other titles that might interest you.

 

Fiction

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

“But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours her frustration onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

“When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she knows that she could never get around Mami’s rules to attend, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

“Because in spite of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.” From the publisher.

 

Blood of a Thousand Stars, by Rhoda Belleza.Blood of a Thousand Stars, by Rhoda Belleza.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Empress Rhiannon Ta’an is back from the dead.

“Rhee has returned home to reclaim her throne, but is faced with her most difficult choice yet: make a deal with her enemy or denounce him and risk losing her crown. As a revolution brews, Rhee may be forced to betray the morals she stands for, and the only people in the world she trusts, in hopes of restoring peace.

“Framed assassin Alyosha has lost everything. Now he journeys through space with only one goal in mind: killing former ambassador turned villainous media star Nero. To get his revenge, Aly may have to travel to the one place he thought he’d never return—home.

“Across the galaxy, Kara grapples with her new identity as Josselyn Ta’an, true heir to the throne. She has no recollection of the princess she once was, but her DNA is changing and it’s only a matter of time before she’s recognized. Tracking down a rare piece of technology may be the key to remembering—and erasing—Josselyn Ta’an forever. But Kara isn’t the only one after it.

“As the planets prepare for war, Nero has plans of his own. His eyes are everywhere, and he’ll stop at nothing to take control of the entire galaxy—one soul at a time.

“Vicious politics and high-stakes action culminate in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of the universe.” From the publisher.

 

The Pros of Cons, by Alison Cherry et al.The Pros of Cons, by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman.
Point, 2018.

“Three conventions. One mega convention center.

“Vanessa Montoya-O’Callaghan is beyond excited for the We Treasure Fandom convention—or WTFcon—and it’s not just because of the panels and readings and workshops. It’s also where she’s planning to meet Soleil, her fanfiction co-author and online girlfriend, for the very first time.

“Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being the best drummer, and she’s ready to prove it during the solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association convention. Unless hooking up with her cute bandmate, Scott—or sharing a room with her former best friend, Christina—proves to be too much of a distraction.

“Callie Buchannan is so desperate for some rare quality time with her dad that she’s acting as his assistant at the World Taxidermy Championships, an unlikely place for a sixteen-year-old to be. Unfortunately, when she discovers a secret her dad has been hiding from her, it becomes clear that the only things less alive than their relationship are his prizewinning stuffed turkeys.

“When a random mix-up in the hotel lobby brings these three girls together, they form a fast friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!” From the publisher.

 

A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi.A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi.
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017.

“An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

“She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a fool-proof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits at every turn. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.” From the publisher.

 

The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw.The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow.

“Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

“Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three troubled girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into Sparrow’s harbor and pulling them under.

“Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives, unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

“Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople will turn against one another. Penny and Bo will suspect the other of hiding secrets. And death will come swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

“But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo or save herself.” From the publisher.

 

Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he just caught up with her.

“Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. That, and figuring out what to do with the secret she’s stashed in the crawlspace. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, but Rhys Lindstrom just landed planetside, and he’s looking finer than ever in his new BeiTech uniform. Is he her way out—or a guarantee she never gets off this frozen rock alive?

“But Asha’s not the only one with problems. Her cousin Kady’s ragtag band of survivors are headed for Kerenza—without enough oxygen to survive the journey. Oh, and there might be an insurrection brewing. But when have little things like that ever stopped the Illuminae Group?

“Too bad time isn’t on their side. With BeiTech hurrying to repair their damaged jump gate, and a mass extermination planned for the Kerenza civilians, only a miracle could save them now. And everyone knows that miracles are just statistical probabilities… right?” From the publisher.

 

Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon.Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon.
Blink, 2018.

“Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her sticky-fingered past… or forget the teeming slums where children still scrape to survive.

“Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted ‘nephew’ of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, or that he and his ‘aunt’ are robbing them blind every chance they get.

“Between plans for his next huge heist and the threat of rival street gangs, Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in the strangest of places—no place for a female, that’s for sure. Why is an upper-class girl helping homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew?

“In a world of double-lives and double-crosses, each must make the most important decision they’ve ever faced. Is turning their backs on the posh lifestyles they have built for themselves worth it for one great love?” From the publisher.

 

And She Was, by Jessica Verdi.And She Was, by Jessica Verdi.
Point, 2018.

“Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?

“Dara confronts her mother and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under ‘father’? That’s Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died. She changed her name, started over.

“But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on an impromptu road trip with her best guy friend, Sam. She’s determined to find this extended family she’s never even met. What she discovers—and what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emails—will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.

“Acclaimed author Jessica Verdi has crafted a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about secrets, trust—and the importance of being our true selves.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, by Pablo Hidalgo.Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, by Pablo Hidalgo.
DK Publishing, 2017.

“Every new Star Wars movie creates new questions about the galaxy far, far away. Who are the new characters that we meet? Where do they come from, what are the strange places they visit, and what amazing technology do they use? For those seeking answers, DK’s Star Wars Visual Dictionaries are a mine of information.

“Within these pages, you will learn the details behind mysteries seen on-screen. Made with unique access to Lucasfilm’s image archive, and in close collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, this is the ultimate guide to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (April 2nd, 2018)

It’s April, and… all right, it’s still snowing. Who said that was okay? If you’d like to curl up with a good book and chase off those lingering winter chills, we have some good choices below. Come in and check them out, or click on the links in the titles to be taken to our online catalog, where you can place them on hold, browse for similar materials, or search for whatever strikes your fancy.

 

Fiction

Any Way You Slice It, by Kristine Carlson Asselin.Any Way You Slice It, by Kristine Carlson Asselin.
Wicked Whale Publishing, 2017.

“Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break.

“Between long hours at the family pizza shop, piles of homework, and her dad’s new obsession—getting the restaurant on a new foodie reality show—it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers to control and everything else slips away.

“When the bad boy who lives down the street dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her controlling parents.

“The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey, but she’s not entirely sure if it’s the game she’s falling for… or the boy.

“Because it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good. And the one thing she is sure of… she can’t stop playing.” From the publisher.

 

The Silver Gate, by Kristin Bailey.The Silver Gate, by Kristin Bailey.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.

“Please grant me your silver branch, and through the gate I’ll find you.

“In shepherd boy Elric’s tiny village, people think children like his younger sister, Wynn, are changelings—left by fairies and doomed to curse all around them. Wynn was born with developmental delays, and according to the rules, she was supposed to be abandoned in the woods.

“Instead Elric’s mother saved her sister and hid her away for eleven years. They live in secret and fear of being discovered, yet their home is full of love, laughter, and singing. Wynn and Elric’s favorite song is about the Silver Gate, a beautiful fairy realm where all children are welcome.

“But when their long-absent father returns to sell Wynn to the lord’s castle as a maid, Elric realizes that folk songs and fantasies can’t protect them from the outside world. They have to run away. Still, Wynn believes there’s only one place they’ll ever be safe, and it lies beyond the Silver Gate.

“The road to freedom is long and treacherous. If they have any hope for survival, Elric and Wynn must learn to depend on each other above everything else—and discover the magic that always reveals itself when it seems like all is lost.” From the publisher.

 

Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman.Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

“Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

“When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.” From the publisher.

 

Defy the Stars, by Claudia Gray.Defy the Stars, by Claudia Gray.
Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

“She’s a soldier: Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

“He’s a machine: Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

“Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’ll be forced to question everything they’ve been taught was true.” From the publisher.

 

Reign of the Fallen, by Sarah Glenn Marsh.Reign of the Fallen, by Sarah Glenn Marsh.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Without the dead, she’d be no one.

“Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their soul from the dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised: the Dead must remain shrouded. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, a grotesque transformation begins, turning the Dead into terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades.

“A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own leaves Odessa shattered, and reveals a disturbing conspiracy in Karthia: Someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead—and training them to attack. Odessa is forced to contemplate a terrifying question: What if her magic is the weapon that brings the kingdom to its knees?

“Fighting alongside her fellow necromancers—and a powerful girl as enthralling as she is infuriating—Odessa must untangle the gruesome plot to destroy Karthia before the Shades take everything she loves.” From the publisher.

 

The Traitor Prince, by C.J. Redwine.The Traitor Prince, by C.J. Redwine.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious impostor takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

“After barely escaping the impostor’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king—and reveal Javan’s identity—is to fight in Maqbara’s twice-yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acting competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena but also by a band of prisoners allied against him, and even by the warden herself.

“The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive—but she has dangerous secrets.

“Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.” From the publisher.

 

806, by Cynthia Weil.806, by Cynthia Weil.
Tanglewood, 2018.

“Sibling 1 throws blenders and plays guitar. Sibling 2 is allergic to everything and is into magic. Sibling 3 is a varsity swimmer and has a group of female fans. Enough said. The only thing they have in common is their biological father, and the only thing they can agree on is that they all want to meet him.

“With the help of a broken-down, ‘borrowed’ Jeep, KT, Jesse, and Gabe make their way across the country evading police, trying their luck on the slots, and meeting a life-changing pig, all to track down Donor 806, their father. Any hope of success requires smarts, luck, and ingenuity. Good thing they have each other… even if they don’t see it that way.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang.In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang.
First Second, 2014.

“Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world and make friends.

“But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer—a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s livelihood is at stake.” From the publisher.

 

I Am Alfonso Jones, by Tony Medina.I Am Alfonso Jones, by Tony Medina.
Tu Books, 2017.

“Alfonso Jones can’t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school’s hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.

“When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he’s on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spirit world. Meanwhile, Alfonso’s family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets. As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he loves realize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.

“In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (March 19th, 2018)

More snow?! How much more winter can we take? Well, fear not—our selection of new arrivals in the teen area will help you weather what we can only hope is the season’s last hurrah. Check out these titles, then click the links to be taken to our online catalog, where you can search for more things that interest you and place them on hold. That way, when the snow stops, you’ll be able to stroll in and find your picks waiting with your name on them.

 

Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi.Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi.
Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

“But everything changed once magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, the maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

“Now Zélie has once chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

“Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leopanaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest threat may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.” From the publisher.

 

Pitch Dark, by Courtney Alameda.Pitch Dark, by Courtney Alameda.
Feiwel and Friends, 2018.

“Lost to time, Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard the USS John Muir for centuries. Their ship harbors a chunk of Earth, which, unbeknownst to them, is the last hope for the failing human race.

“Laura Cruz is a shipraider searching the galaxy for the history that was scattered to the stars. Once her family locates the John Muir and its precious cargo, they are certain human civilization is saved.

“When Tuck’s and Laura’s worlds collide—literally—the two teens must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters that kill with sound, and work together to save the John Muir… and the whole human race.” From the publisher.

 

A Girl Like That, by Tanaz Bhathena.A Girl Like That, by Tanaz Bhathena.
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.

“Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and outspoken student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how do Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together on a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

“This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, rebellion, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.” From the publisher.

 

In Search of Us, by Ava Dellaira.In Search of Us, by Ava Dellaira.
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.

“Everyone is searching for something.

Marilyn is in search of freedom. She grew up as a child actor, her mother’s meal ticket out of mediocrity. But it’s been a long time since she booked a job, and without her contribution to their meager income, she and her mom have no choice but to move in with her volatile uncle. Marilyn is counting down the days until she can escape to college, and the promise of her own future. That is, until she falls in love with James, the boy downstairs, who shows her that her life is worth living in the present. At seventeen, Marilyn is about to learn that everything can change in an instant.

Angie is in search of answers. She is biracial and has never met her father, but she looks and thinks a lot like him—down to her brown skin, curly hair, and thirst for knowledge. Though Angie grew up with her devoted white mother, Marilyn, she’s always felt the absence of the man she never knew. But after discovering that her mom has been lying to her, Angie sets off on a road trip to Los Angeles in search of an unknown uncle—and maybe even her dad. At seventeen, she hopes to finally find out the truth about where she came from so she can discover who she truly is.

“Told from two perspectives, Marilyn’s set in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and Angie’s in the present, In Search of Us is a sweeping intergenerational story story about mothers and daughters, love and loss, holding on and letting go.” From the publisher.

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, by The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, by Shaun David Hutchinson.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

“This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie—the girl she’sh ad a crush on for years—from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later, getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box and the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

“As more unbelievable things occur and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.” From the publisher.

 

More Than We Can Tell, by Brigid Kemmerer.More Than We Can Tell, by Brigid Kemmerer.
Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Rev has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay… until he gets a letter from the abusive father he hasn’t seen in years, and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

“Emma has only one escape from her parents’ fighting: the computer game she built from scratch… until an online troll’s harassment causes her to fear for her safety.

“When Rev and Emma cross paths one night, they’re both longing to confide in someone—to share the weight of their worries. They connect instantly and deeply, vowing to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev’s and Emma’s secrets threaten to crush them, and they’ll need more than a promise to find their way out.

“In an achingly beautiful story from the author of Letters to the Lost, two teens find the courage to lift the burden of their scars—old and new.” From the publisher.

 

The Final Six, by Alexandra Monir.The Final Six, by Alexandra Monir.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

“For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts on board. She fears something equally sinister is awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

“In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.” From the publisher.

 

The Precious Dreadful, by Steven Parlato.The Precious Dreadful, by Steven Parlato.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Teddi Alder is just trying to figure out her life.

“When she joins SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, she’s only looking to keep herself busy, not go digging around in her subconscious. But as she writes, disturbing memories of her childhood friend Corey bubble to the surface, and Teddi begins to question everything: her friendship with her BFF, Willa, how much her mom really knows, and even her own memories. Teddi fears she’s losing her grip on reality—as evidenced by that mysterious ghost girl who emerges from the park pool one night, the one who won’t leave Teddi alone. To top it all off, she finds herself juggling two guys with potential: a quirky new boy named Joy and her handsome barista crush, Aidan, who has some issues of his own.

“As the summer unfolds, Teddi is determined to get to the bottom of everything—her feelings, the mysterious ghost girl, and the memories of Corey that refuse to be ignored.” From the publisher.

 

Where I Live, by Brenda Rufener.Where I Live, by Brenda Rufener.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“Linden Rose lives by three rules:

“1. Prevent the in-class nap.

“2. Never carry too many belongings.

“3. Avoid looking the part.

“Her rules make sure no one discovers her secret—that she’s homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school.

“Her best friends, Ham and Seung; writing her school’s blog; and the promise of a future far away prevent downtime. When you’re homeless, free time sucks. The three outsiders have created a makeshift family, and their jokes and solidarity have become home for Linden. Despite everything Linden’s burdened with, she holds on to hope for a future and maybe a romance with Seung.

“But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins to look more closely at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay more attention. And attention is the last thing she needs.

“Linden knows the only way to put a stop to the violence is to tell Bea’s story and come to terms with her own. Even if that means breaking her rules for survival and jeopardizing the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep.” From the publisher.

 

What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper.What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Before she was taken away, Gerta played the viola every day, walked home from choir practice with her papa, and admired the beautiful dresses in her stepmother’s closet.

“Before she was taken away, Gerta did not know she was Jewish.

“Two years later, Gerta’s world has completely changed. The Nazis have destroyed everyone and everything in her life. And when Gerta is liberated from the concentration camps, she finds herself utterly bereft.

“Without her loved ones or her music, she must begin to live again, as a survivor. In the displaced persons camp where she is sent, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who has visions of a new life for himself. And it’s there, in a place where freedom can finally blossom, that Gerta must choose her own future. But how can you move forward when your identity has been stripped away—when learning what the word Jewish really means is only the first step? For Gerta, finding faith  in the music is just the beginning.

“In her lushly illustrated debut, Vesper Stamper creates an unforgettable narrative, digging deep into the heart of what it was like to endure unspeakable horror and depicting the strength it took for Holocaust survivors to go on and rebuild. What the Night Sings finds the space between light and dark, where the last spark of hope remains.” From the publisher.

 

Snapstreak, by Suzanne Weyn.Snapstreak: How My Friends Saved My (Social) Life, by Suzanne Weyn.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

“In a few months, eighth-grader Vee is moving away from her BFFs Megan and Lulu. To get a jump on her social life in her new school, she starts snapping with Gwynneth, a queen bee at Vee’s future school. Megan and Lulu have mixed feelings about G., but Vee and Gwynneth’s Snapstreak is well under way when they get the biggest news EVER: The local television station is giving away a Boys Being Dudes concert to the pair of students from different schools who can prove the longest Snapstreak. Vee could win this! Their BBD dreams are in reach when a gym class concussion lands Vee in the hospital, under strict mental rest—doctor’s orders. Vee has no choice to hand over her phone—and her Snapstreak—to Megan and Lulu. What could go wrong?” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.
First Second, 2018.

“Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

“Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

“Sebastian’s secret weapon is his brilliant dressmaker, Frances—his best friend and one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect her friend?

“Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (March 12th, 2018)

It’s been a snowy start to March. While you take a break digging yourself out, take in some new arrivals! Click the links in the titles to be taken to our catalog and place them (or others like them) on hold for yourself so they’ll be waiting for you when you get here. And don’t despair about the weather: it has to end at some point, right?

 

Fiction

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, by Atia Abawi.A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, by Atia Abawi.
Philomel Books, 2018.

“In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family… until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

“In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq’s family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

“But while this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success it outliving your loss.

“Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.

“An award-winning author and journalist—and a refugee herself—Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes hope grow.” From the publisher.

 

Honor Among Thieves, by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre.Honor Among Thieves, by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Zara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial behavior. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

“Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead, Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

“Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.” From the publisher.

 

The Book of Pearl, by Timothee de Fombelle.The Book of Pearl, by Timothée de Fombelle.
Candlewick Press, 2018.

“Joshua Pearl comes from a world that we no longer believe in—a word of fairy tales. He knows that his great love is waiting for him somewhere in that realm, but he is trapped in an unfamiliar place—an old-world marshmallow shop in Paris on the eve of World War II. As his memories begin to fade, he discovers strange objects: tiny fragments from tales that have already been told. Can Joshua remember the past and believe in his own story before his love is lost forever?

“Celebrated author and playwright Timothée de Fombelle has created an intricate and timeless novel that takes us to the heights of our imaginations and beyond.” From the publisher.

 

Hamilton and Peggy!, by L. M. Elliott.Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship, by L. M. Elliott.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and the beautiful, sweet Eliza. The three of them have a magnetic pull—they are stronger together than they are alone. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, and friends and family. Charming, quick-witted, and clever beyond compare, Peggy is determined to use her talents to make her own mark on the Revolutionary War.

“When a flirtatious aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, writes an eloquent letter to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. A fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught in the same war as her father, General Philip Schuyler, and the danger to all their lives is real. Everything is a battlefield—from the front lines to their carefully coded letters—and Peggy must put herself in harm’s way to protect the people she loves. But will her bravery and intelligence be enough to keep them all safe?

“Drawing from actual events, journals, and letters among the Schuyler family, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and other patriots, New York Times bestselling author L. M. Elliott takes us straight into the lives of this extraordinary American family.” From the publisher.

 

Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman.Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman.
Random House, 2018.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of those things. Tess is… different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can’t seem to keep far away from trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she’s done is so disgraceful she can’t even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess’s family decides that the only path for her is a nunnery.

“But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She’s not running away; she’s running toward something. What that something is, she doesn’t know. Tess just sees the open road as a map to somewhere else—a life where she might belong.

“In a return to the spellbinding world of the Southlands created in the award-winning New York Times bestselling novel Seraphina, Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.” From the publisher.

 

Dark Goddess, by Amalie Howard.Dark Goddess, by Amalie Howard.
Sky Pony Press, 2018.

“After a fierce struggle that unseated the Azura Lord of Death and elevated Serjana Caelum’s best friend, Kyle, to his role, the realms of existence appear peaceful, and the balance between good and evil—which Sera is sworn to protect—has been restored.

“But a new threat to humankind has already begun: a scourge of demons has been invading the Mortal Realm, and no one can find the portal they’re using. In response, the gods send Kira, the living incarnation of Kali, goddess of destruction.

“Stunning and dangerous, Kira plans to protect the heavens at all cost, even if it means destroying all of humanity to do so. Soon Sera and Kyle find themselves not only fighting the demon plague, but racing against Kira to save the Mortal Realm. But when an even more sinister threat arises—putting not just he human world but all planes of existence in jeopardy—they must all learn to work together or lose everything they sacrificed so much to save.” From the publisher.

 

Checked, by Cynthia Kadohata.Checked, by Cynthia Kadohata.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018.

“For eleven-year-old Conor MacRae, life is good. He lives with his dad and their dog, Sinbad, and focuses on what really matters: hockey. Hockey is Conor’s life—his whole life. But when you’re a AAA athlete with dreams of making it to the NHL, hockey has to be your whole life. It’s all worth it, though, because when Conor steps out onto the ice… Magic, man.

“With his sport, his dad, and his dog, what else could a kid need?

“Then Sinbad gets sick. And meds cost money. A lot of money. And hockey costs money. A lot of money. And a lot of money isn’t something Conor and his dad have. So for the first time, Conor is faced with some not-so-good choices. He also starts to recognize that other people have had to make choices, which might explain why his dad cries late at night. Why he never hears from his mom’s family. And why choosing to give your best to one thing might mean giving something else up.

“Or does it?” From the publisher.

 

Before I Let Go, by Marieke Nijkamp.Before I Let Go, by Marieke Nijkamp.
Sourcebooks Fire, 2018.

“Corey and Kyra didn’t fit in with the other kids in their small Alaskan town, but they fit together. And they were inseparable. So when Corey’s family has to move away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter. To wait for her return.

“Except days before Corey is to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated—and confused. The entire community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

“Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets. Chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend is difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…” From the publisher.

 

Nice Try, Jane Sinner, by Lianne Oelke.Nice Try, Jane Sinner, by Lianne Oelke.
Clarion Books, 2018.

“Recently expelled from high school, Jane Sinner grudgingly enrolls in community college, a situation made slightly more bearable when she joins a student-run reality show. House of Orange is her chance to start over—and maybe even win a car (used, but whatever)—and no one there knows what she did in high school. What more could she want?

“Okay, maybe a family that gets why she’d rather turn to Freud than to Jesus. But she’ll settle for using HOO‘s growing fanbase, and whatever Intro to Psych can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least the viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.

“Told in Jane Sinner’s fresh, funny, and surprisingly poignant voice, Lianne Oelke’s debut novel is both unpredictable and unforgettable.” From the publisher.

 

From Hero to Zero, by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts.Middle School: From Hero to Zero, by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“After a mostly-successful stint at Hills Valley Middle School, Rafe is excited to visit the incredible city of London with his class. Sightseeing around a foreign country sounds like a blast, until Rafe finds out his roommate will be none other than Miller the Killer, bully extraordinaire! Then Rafe is forced to work on a class project side by side with his crush Jeanne Galletta and her too-perfect boyfriend, which might be even more torturous than rooming with Miller. And it’s no surprise that Rafe’s bad luck follows him across the pond, putting him in one crazy situation after another—all under the watchful eye of his bad-tempered principal. Out of all of his adventures, this trip could prove to be Rafe’s most embarrassing yet, undoing everything good he has going for him back home!” From Goodreads.

 

Genesis, by Brendan Reichs.Genesis, by Brendan Reichs.
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018.

“Can the Fire Lake sophomore class survive in a world without consequences?

“Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

“The sixty-four members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him—hardened him—to lead the strongest into the future… whatever that may be. And at any cost.

“Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

“In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, she’s tempted to lie back and let everyone else battle it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whoever might stand in her way.” From the publisher.

 

After the Shot Drops, by Randy Ribay.After the Shot Drops, by Randy Ribay.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

“‘It’s stupid we’re still not talking because I want something more than what Whitman can offer. Out of everyone, I expected him to get that.’

“Bunny’s been feeling the pressure to make the most of his prodigious basketball skills: his mom works the graveyard shift, and his dad’s bookstore isn’t doing so hot. So when an exclusive prep school with a championship basketball team and a scholarship comes knocking, he answers. But this decision might have cost him his best friend.

“‘Everyone’s so worried about helping Bunny. Why’s nobody but me sweating Wallace’s situation? Bunny’s fine. Everyone’s handing him the future on a silver platter.’

“Nasir thought things were bad when Bunny ditched Whitman for St. Sebastian’s without even asking his opinion, leaving him far behind. But when his cousin, Wallace, confides that he and his grandmother are being evicted, Nasir has bigger problems to deal with than Bunny’s betrayal.

“When Wallace’s situation becomes desperate, Bunny and Nasir will be forced to make choices with bigger consequences than a state title, and to decide just how much they’re willing to risk for a friend.” From the publisher.

 

A Problematic Paradox, by Eliot Sappingfield.A Problematic Paradox, by Eliot Sappingfield.
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018.

“Nikola Kross has given up on living in harmony with her classmates and expasperated teachers: she prefers dabbling in experimental chemistry to fitting in. But when her life is axially inverted by a gang of extraterrestrials who kidnap her dad and attempt to recruit her into their service, she discovers he’s been keeping a world of secrets from her—including the school for geniuses where she’s sent for refuge, a place where classes like Practical Quantum Mechanics are the norm and where students use wormholes to commute to class.

“For Nikola, the hard part isn’t school; it’s making friends, especially when the student body isn’t (entirely) human. But the most puzzling paradox of all is Nikola herself, who has certain abilities that no one understands—abilities that put her whole school in greater danger than she could have imagined.” From the publisher.

 

Feeder, by Patrick Weekes.Feeder, by Patrick Weekes.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018.

“Lori Fisher hunts monsters. Not with a sword or a gun, but with an interdimensional creature called Handler. Together they take down ‘feeders’—aliens who prey on mankind. When Lori touches a feeder, Handler’s impossibly large jaws appear and drag the beast into another dimension.

“It’s a living—or was, until a job for the Lake Foundation goes wrong, and Lori stumbles across the Nix, a group of mutant teenagers held captive on the docks. Now the Lake Foundation is hunting Lori; and if they find Lori, they find Ben, the brother Lori would do anything to protect. There’s only one thing to do: strike first.

“Lori teams up with the Nix to take on Lake, and to discover why the Nix were kidnapped in the first place. But as she watches their powers unfold, Lori realizes the Nix are nothing like her. She has no powers. She has… Handler. Maybe she’s not the monster hunter after all. Maybe she’s just the bait.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani.Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani.
First Second, 2017.

“Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most important, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently closed.

“For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

“In this heartwarming debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (March 5th, 2018)

Happy March! Spring is just around the corner. As you’re coming back from break, make some time to visit the library and check out our new arrivals. Click the titles to be taken to our catalog, where you can place your favorites on hold, browse for similar items, or explore the wonderful world of Library of Congress subject headings.

 

Nonfiction

Americanized, by Sara Saedi.Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card, by Sara Saedi.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States.

“Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her ‘illegal immigrant’ status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn’t because she didn’t have a Social Security Number.

“Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn’t keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend.

Americanized follows Sara’s progress toward getting her green card, but that’s only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian-‘American’ teenager. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother’s green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (February 26th, 2018)

We totally encourage you to try and enjoy this crazy weather. But since you could be outside with your friends in the morning and then snowed in that afternoon, why not check out some of our latest arrivals in the teen section? Read about them below, and click on the link their titles to be taken to our catalog, where you can put them on hold or search for other things to pique your interest.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"If you happen to see this star, you can make a wish on it. It might be lucky! But more immediately, it means there’s a book James is really looking forward to reading it. That means you have a choice: make his day by talking to him about it, or crush his dreams by checking it out before he can. We won’t tell you what to do, though we will point out that this blog is powered by the tears of teen services librarians.

 

Fiction

Down and Across, by Arvin Ahmadi.Down and Across, by Arvin Ahmadi.
Viking, 2018.

“Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting.

“His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming and his parents pushing him to settle on a ‘practical’ career, Scott sneaks off to Washington, DC, seeking guidance from a famous psychologist who claims to know the secret to success.

“He never expects an adventure to unfold. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life.

“Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try—all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.” From the publisher.

 

American Panda, by Gloria Chao.American Panda, by Gloria Chao.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“At seventeen, Mei Lu should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

“With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

“But when she reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

“From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how, unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.” From the publisher.

 

The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton.The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton.
Freeform Books, 2018.

“Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

“But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.

“But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia faces an impossible decision.

“With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles, or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.” From the publisher.

 

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.
Ember, 2016.

“‘There was no room in my toy-soldier heart for Lily, but she forced herself in anyway. And she brought Christmas with her.’

“Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

“With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.” From the publisher.

 

All We Can Do Is Wait, by Richard Lawson.All We Can Do Is Wait, by Richard Lawson.
Razorbill, 2018.

“In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of strangers meets in the waiting room of Boston General Hospital:

“Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart… right when they need each other most.

Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows  that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.

“And then there’s Skyler, whose sister, Kate—the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler’s everything—was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she’s at her weakest.

“In his riveting, achingly beautiful debut, Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson guides readers through an emotional and life-changing night as these teens are forced to face the reality of their pasts… and the prospect of very different futures.” From the publisher.

 

The Defiant, by Lesley Livingston.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Fallon was warned.

“Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

“Fallon thought she’d won her freedom, but choosing to stay comes at a cost. She and her warrior sisters are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy. In the middle of the night, the Ludus Achillea falls under siege and only Fallon and a lucky few are able to flee.

“Together, they embark on a mission to take back the home Fallon has fought so hard for, and to free their fellow gladiatrices. But dark conspiracies and vicious power struggles confront Fallon at every turn, threatening not just her honor, and her love for Roman soldier Cai—but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

“On the journey that will define her future, the only people who might possibly help the girl known as Victrix and her sisters are a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

“The only trouble is, they might just kill her first.” From the publisher.

 

Tempests and Slaughter, by Tamora Pierce.Tempests and Slaughter, by Tamora Pierce.
Random House, 2018.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Power is a lightning rod for peril. And a storm is brewing.

“Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness—and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the ‘leftover prince’ with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.

“As Arram’s education continues, he discovers a disturbing dark side of the Carthaki Empire—one that not even his powerful masters at the university can protect him from. And as Orzorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

“Bestselling and award-winning author Tamora Pierce crafts a richly realized world as only she can. Here, an intricately developed mage school sets the stage for friendship and fate to meet. And a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making enemies.” From the publisher.

 

The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, by NoNieqa Ramos.The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary, by NoNieqa Ramos.
Carolrhoda Lab, 2018.

“‘You’re reading this dictionary because I’m missing or dead or in a nuthouse, or CPS stole it, and maybe you don’t know I’m standing right behind you, motherfoe.’

“Macy’s school officially classifies her as ‘disturbed,’ but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She has too many other things to worry about: her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. If she wants to make sure CPS doesn’t come for her next, she has to convince her mom to get a job, instead of entertaining a rotating cast of ‘guests.’ And if she’s going to patch things up with her friend Alma, she has to figure out why Alma’s been drifting away from her. All while avoiding her neighborhood’s stray dogs—and stray men.

“Macy maintains control of her world by documenting everything she observes in a dictionary that follows her rules.

“Until it doesn’t.

“Soon Macy’s dictionary starts betraying her secrets. And everything she thought she understood suddenly needs redefining.” From the publisher.

 

The Last to Go, by Amber Smith.The Last to Go, by Amber Smith.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018.

“How can you let go of something you never had?

“Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.

“But all her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, whether it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.

“In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first loves and first heartbreaks, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction as she struggles to embrace her identity, find her true place in the world, and learn how to let go.” From the publisher.

 

When Light Left Us, by Leah Thomas.When Light Left Us, by Leah Thomas.
Bloomsbury, 2018.

“When the Vasquez siblings’ father left, it seemed nothing could remedy the absence in their lives… until a shimmering figure named Luz appeared in the canyon behind their house.

“Luz filled the void. He shot hoops with seventeen-year-old Hank’s hands. He showed fourteen-year-old Ana cinematic beauty behind her eyelids. He spoke kindly to seven-year-old Milo. But then Luz left, too, and he took something from each of them. As a new school year begins, Hank, Ana, and Milo must carry on as if unaltered by an alien presence. But how can they ever feel close to other people again when Luz changed everything about how they see the world—and themselves?

“In an imaginative and heartfelt exploration of human—and nonhuman—nature, acclaimed author Leah Thomas champions the unyielding bonds between family and true friends.” From the publisher.

 

Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff.Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff.
Amulet Books, 2018.

“In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women and girls have one purpose—to obey.

“Imprisoned by a man who wields a deadly and secret magic, these captives from many lands must overcome their mistrust of one another to understand their power to escape. There is a priestess with knowledge of plans. A dreamweaver who can control sleep. A warrior who draws strength from an ancient spring. A seer. A sailor. A servant. A survivor. A sacrifice. When the women do finally come together and chart a course to freedom, it is at a great cost, both for those who leave and for those left behind.

“A prequel to Maresi, which Booklist called ‘utterly satisfying,’ Naondel vividly establishes the world of the trilogy while telling its own utterly compelling stand-alone tale of enslavement, resistance, and escape.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

From Here to There, by HP Newquist.From Here to There: The Story of How We Transport Ourselves and Everything Else, by HP Newquist.
Viking, 2017.

“Since humans first stood upright, we’ve been on the move. Need food? Water? A place to live? Survival depends upon motion. For thousands of years, people have devised ways to move faster, farther, and more comfortably.

“When human beings decide to get moving, change happens:

“People have been using the wheel for 5,000 years—but boats and skis have been transporting us for much longer.

“The Vikings’ longships were designed to sail far and wide; they reached North America 500 years before Columbus.

“The bicycle changed travel everywhere—and for women cyclists, it brought freedom, mobility, and new fashions.

“Horse-and-carriage gridlock (and too much horse poop) eventually led to the creation of subways.

“Inflatable zeppelins, some nearly as big as the Titanic, were the foundation of the first airline.

“Drones and driverless cars are the future… and the future is almost here.

“Award-winning author HP Newquist explores the transportation inventions and technologies that have transformed the way we experience the world around us. It’s a fascinating journey!” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018.

“The critically acclaimed, award-winning modern classic Speak is now a stunning graphic novel.

“‘Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.’ From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless—an outcast—because of something that happened over the summer. Now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen. So what’s the point of talking? Through her work on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face what really happened that night. But before she can make peace with the ghosts of the past, she has to confront the reality of the present—and stop someone who still wishes to do her harm. Only words can save her. She can’t stay silent. Not anymore.” From the publisher.

 

Batman, vol. 3, by Tom King.Batman, vol. 3: I Am Bane, by Tom King.
DC Comics, 2017.

“He is not a joke. He is not a riddle. He is not a bird or a cat or a penguin, not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet. He is not a fairy tale or a circus act, a broken friend or a regretful mentor. He is no rich boy pretending to be a knight.

“He is Bane. The Batman invaded his home, scarred his mind and broke his back. Now Bane has returned to Gotham City for a single purpose: break Batman once and for all. But first, he’ll destroy everyone the Dark Knight has ever loved… or loathed.

“The young heroes who’ve worn the mantle of Robin. The cops, crime-fighters and vigilantes who make up Batman’s army of allies. Even the madmen and monsters that haunt the halls of Arkham Asylum. Batman will need all of their help—and more—to fend off this unstoppable challenger.

“Because both Bane and Batman know one thing: only one of them will walk away from their final confrontation unbroken…” From the publisher.

 

As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman.As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman.
Iron Circus Comics, 2017.

“Charlie Lamonte is thirteen years old, queer, black, and questioning what was once a firm belief in God. So naturally, she’s spending a week of her summer vacation stuck at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. As the journey wears on and the rhetoric wears thin, she can’t help but poke holes in the pious obliviousness of this storied sanctuary with little regard for people like herself… or her fellow camper, Sydney.” From the publisher.

 

Misfit City, vol. 1, by Kirsten Smith & Kurt Lustgarten.Misfit City, vol. 1, by Kirsten Smith & Kurt Lustgarten.
Boom! Box, 2017.

“Batten down the hatches!

“Smothered by her backwater hometown and frustrated by its 1980s cult-movie fame (The Gloomies… have you seen it? It’s a real classic, y’know.), Wilder is pretty sure she’s seen everything Cannon Cove has to offer. She’s desperate to get away from home as soon as she can, and move on to bigger, better, and less annoying things… even if that might mean leaving her best friends behind. But when Wilder discovers a centuries-old pirate map, she may find out that REAL adventure was in their tiny town all along and they need each other to get to the bottom of it!” From the publisher.

 

Slam!, vol. 1, by Pamela Ribon.SLAM!, vol. 1, by Pamela Ribon.
Boom! Box, 2017.

“When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit.

“From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted to different teams, the pull of competition—and their increasingly messy personal lives—threatens to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better lover, and a better friend. Derby can heal your heart… but it might break a bone or two in the process.” From the publisher.

 

Wonder Woman, vol. 3, by Greg Rucka.Wonder Woman, vol. 3: The Truth, by Greg Rucka.
DC Comics, 2017.

“They say the truth will set you free. That’s what Princess Diana—the hero known to the world as Wonder Woman—had hoped. But she discovered a far darker truth, learning that her entire life and history had been transformed… and it has driven her insane.

“Even as her life unravels, sinister forces threaten all she holds dear. No matter how great the trauma, she must continue to fight against the evil and lies that have destroyed her life.

“With the help of her closest allies—and her greatest enemy, the Cheetah—Diana will put the pieces of her broken mind back together and do battle against her fearsome new foes.

“Will she defy the will of the gods, save her Amazon sisters, and solve the mystery of her own existence once and for all? Or is the cost of the truth too steep for even Wonder Woman to bear?” From the publisher.