Another week, another batch of new books for you to check out! As always, if anything catches your eye, just click on the title to see it in our catalog. If it’s not currently available, just hit that “Place Hold” button on the right, and give it your library card number and your password. When it comes back, we’ll set it aside for you and let you know it’s here.
See this star? When you see that star, it means James is really looking forward to this book. Sometimes it’s because the story sounds really good. Sometimes it’s because the author is one of his favorites. Sometimes it’s because someone told him the book would be made of candy, and he could eat it as he read it. (Shhh, don’t ruin it for him.) In any event, it doesn’t mean we think it’s the best book for everyone, or that it’s better than anything else on the list. It’s just something to denote a librarian’s favorite.
Tool of War, by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
“In a dark future swamped by rising seas, depleted resources, and endless civil war, the price for survival is brutally high. The wealthiest powers buy and breed self-protection by creating bioengineered ‘augments’: half-men, half-beasts designed solely for combat and blind obedience. But then an anomaly breaks free: the legendary half-man known as Tool.
“Tool has found a way to resist his genetically controlled impulses and has gone rogue from his masters, emerging as the victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by a global force determined to destroy him, led by someone who knows the darkest secrets of Tool’s past. Soon, Tool must make the inevitable, bloody choice of whom to serve: his gods, his pack, or himself.
“From Paolo Bacigalupi, one of science fiction’s undisputed masters, comes a riveting page-turner that stars the most provocative character from his acclaimed novels Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities—and pulls no punches when probing the complex relationships between creator and created, human and animal, and master and servant.” From the publisher.
Alone, by Cyn Balog.
Sourcebooks Fire, 2017.
“When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful, and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate rather than sell the estate, which means they’re not going back to the city… or Seda’s friends and school.
“As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.
“Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…” From the publisher.
In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Big Mouth House, 2017.
“The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border—unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and—best of all as far as Elliot is concerned—mermaids.
“Elliot? Who’s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He’s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.
“It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there’s Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there’s her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoying likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There’s even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.” From the publisher.
The Knowing, by Sharon Cameron.
Scholastic Press, 2017.
“Samara is one of the Knowing, and the Knowing do not forget anything—love, hate, or their first drawn breath. Hidden deep in the comfort and splendor of her underground city, a refuge from the menace of a coming Earth, Samara learns what she should never have known and creates a memory so terrible she knows she cannot live with it. And so she flees to Canaan, the lost city of her ancestors, to be both healed and cursed. To Forget.
“Beckett has flown through the stars to find a dream: the city of Canaan, the most infamous social experiment of Earth’s antiquity, lost to space and the mysteries of time. A history forgotten. Then Beckett finds Samara in the ruins of the lost city and uncovers so much more than he ever bargained for—a challenge to all he’s ever believed in or sworn to. When planets collide and memories clash, can Samara and Beckett save two words and remember love in a place that has forgotten it?
“At once thought provoking and utterly thrilling, this extraordinary companion novel to Sharon Cameron’s #1 New York Times bestselling The Forgetting explores the truth and loss that lie within human memory and the bonds that hold us together.” From the publisher.
Echo After Echo, by Amy Rose Capetta.
Candlewick Press, 2017.
“Zara Evans has come to New York: to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman. She’s here to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love.
“When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another. Deaths that could be accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes.
“It’s hard not to be distracted when Eli Vasquez, assistant lighting designer, a girl of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara.
“It’s hard not to fall in love.
“In heartachingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun together a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole. She casts lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy: Zara is Echo, and Echo always dies. Night after night.
“Echo after echo.” From the publisher.
Moon Chosen, by P. C. Cast.
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016.
“Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before….
“Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny… and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.” From the publisher.
Sun Warrior, by P. C. Cast.
Wednesday Books, 2017.
“The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker, and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans, now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.
“Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people, and he will do anything he must to get it back, even if that means destroying everything in his path. There is only one way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. If they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other. But even as they fight, a more menacing power named Dead Eye grows.” From the publisher.
Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, by Carrie DiRisio.
Sky Pony Press, 2017.
“50 percent writing guide, 50 percent laugh-out-loud story, this 100 percent hilarious read will thrill, delight, and perhaps even teach you a thing or two about the world of young adult fiction.
“Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel?Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
“Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities, games, and illustrations) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.
“As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody will tell you how to choose your genre, share his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and even explain how to make sure you secure that sequel.
“Can Broody finish his book? Will Blondie accidentally become the hero of the tale? Will you be inspired to write the next big YA hit?
“You’ll have to read to find out.” From the publisher.
The Librarian of Auschwitz, by Antonio Iturbe.
Godwin Books, 2017.
“Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Displaced, along with her mother and father, from their home in Prague—first to the capital city’s ghetto, then northward to the Terezín settlement, and now to Auschwitz in Poland—Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees, becoming the librarian of Auschwitz.
“From one of the darkest chapters of human history comes an extraordinary story of courage and hope.” From the publisher.
All the Wind in the World, by Samantha Mabry.
“Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt have fallen in love working in the endless fields that span a bone-dry Southwest in the near future—a land that’s a little bit magical, deeply dangerous, and bursting with secrets. To protect themselves, they’ve learned to work hard and, above all, keep their love hidden from the people who might use it against them. Then, just when Sarah Jac and James have settled in and begun saving money for the home they dream of near the coast, a horrible accident sends them on the run. With no choice but to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch, the delicate balance of their lives begins to give way—and they may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.
“All the Wind in the World is a breathtaking tale of dread and danger, romance and redemption.” From the publisher.
The Hollow Girl, by Hillary Monahan.
Delacorte Press, 2017.
“Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered—and modest, as is required by Roma custom—except for one thing: the son of the chieftain has been secretly harassing her.
“One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault her and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels after the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. ‘There is always a price for this kind of magic,’ Drina warns. The only way to save him is guresome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.
“She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.” From the publisher.
You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins.
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2017.
“Tara’s family has just immigrated to New York City from India via London. Her beauty draws everyone’s eyes, but she doesn’t let anyone truly see her.
“Her younger sister, Sonia, is falling in love with a boy her mother can’t accept, cutting a deep wound in the Das family.
“The daughter of a Bollywood star, Anna is both brilliant and shy, like the Bengal tigers she fights to protect.
“Chantal is as fierce a dancer as she is a friend, student, and athlete. But will her wealthy new boyfriend be able to thrive in her shadow?
“And Ranee, the center that binds them all together, is beginning to unravel.
“As each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America and which to leave behind, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal.
“With sparkling humor and incisive feeling, Mitali Perkins spins a timeless tale of the American dream that will inspire you to bring those who might seem distant, or different, nearer in your heart.” From the publisher.
They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera.
“On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
“Uplifting and devastating, charming and haunting, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut novel the New York Times called ‘profound.’ It’s a story that reminds us there’s no life without death, no love without loss—and that it’s possible to change your whole world in a day.” From the publisher.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, by F. C. Yee.
Amulet Books, 2017.
“Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
“But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tail and penchant for peaches.
“Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.” From the publisher.
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming.
Schwartz & Wade, 2014.
“Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia’s last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia’s poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.” From the publisher.
Whale Quest, by Karen Romano Young.
Twenty-First Century Books, 2017.
“Decades of commercial whaling nearly decimated a variety of species of whales. These intriguing animals, which capture humans’ imagination, are a keystone species. They and other keystone species are indicators of the overall health of Earth’s habitats. While whales have made a comeback through an international ban on commercial whaling, they are still threatened with extinction. In fact, two whale species—the Cook Inlet beluga whale and the Southern Resident killer whale—are endangered. Global warming, water and noise pollution, and commercial shipping and fishing are among the most serious threats to whale survival.
“Meet the scientists, citizen scientists, researchers, whale watching guides, their crews, and other concerned citizens who are working together to protect whale populations around the globe. Learn about whale biology, habitats, and behavior, and discover more about the high-technology tools and apps that help researchers in their work. Discover whales in pop culture, from Moby Dick to Kilikum, the popular SeaWorld orca and star of Blackfish, an in-depth documentary film about whales in captivity. And find out how you, too, can join the effort to protect Earth’s largest mammals.” From the publisher.
M.F.K., by Nilah Magruder.
Insight Comics, 2017.
“In a world of sleeping gods, a broken government, and a fragile peace held in the hands of the corrupt, one youth must find the strength to stand up against evil and save humanity.
“This story is not about that youth.
“It’s about Abbie, who just wants to get to the mountain range called the Potter’s Spine and scatter her mother’s ashes. But the way is filled with sandstorms, wild beasts, and rogues that wield inhuman powers and prey on poor desert-dwellers. When one of these rogues threatens the town where Abbie takes refuge, she must choose between running and unleashing her own hidden power to meet the danger head-on.
“Journeys are hard on the social recluses of the world.” From the publisher.