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New Books This Week (December 26th, 2017)

We hope you all had a lovely holiday! This is the last crop of books for 2017, but don’t be afraid: we have many more coming in the New Year.

As always, click the book’s title to be brought to our catalog, where you can check its availability and place it on hold.

 

Fiction

The Speaker, by Traci Chee.The Speaker, by Traci Chee.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017.

“Five days have passed since Sefia and Archer escaped the Guard, since they learned the awful truth about Sefia’s parents and shared one unforgettable kiss. Hiding in the Delienean forest, Sefia and Archer tend to their wounds while they desperately plan their next move. They don’t have much time—the Guard is coming, and they will stop at nothing until they have Sefia, the Book and Archer back in their clutches.

“His memory and voice now restored, Archer is haunted by terrible nightmares of his time with the impressors, memories that feed his desire for vengeance and birth a vow to hunt every last one and free all the boys they hold captive.

“Together, Archer and Sefia travel across Deliene battling impressors and rescuing boys—soldiers to follow Archer into battle. But with each victory, Archer’s thirst for violence only grows, transforming him from the gentle boy Sefia loves to a coldhearted killer. In turn, Sefia is consumed with the Book’s many secrets… about her parents, the Guard and their plans for Archer. Could he be the boy from the legends? The one destined to die in a bloody war? What the Book finally reveals leaves Sefia with no other choice… she will protect Archer at all costs. Even if it means losing the only person left to love her.” From the publisher.

 

The November Girl, by Lydia Kang.The November Girl, by Lydia Kang.
Entangled Teen, 2017.

“I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

“Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.

“Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I’m half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.” From the publisher.

 

The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew.The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew.
Candlewick Press, 2015.

“Jessika Keller is a good girl.

“She is a champion ice-skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich.

“Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous, and radical. And the regime has noticed.

“Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without?” From the publisher.

 

Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman.Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman.
Harper Teen, 2017.

“Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. When she’s not studying, she’s up in her room making fan art for her favorite podcast, Universe City.

“Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. But no one knows he’s the creator of Universe City, who goes by the name Radio Silence.

“When Frances gets a message from Radio Silence asking if she’ll collaborate with him, everything changes. Frances and Aled spend an entire summer working together and becoming best friends. They get each other when no one else does.

“But when Aled’s identity as Radio Silence is revealed, Frances fears that the future of Universe City—and their friendship—is at risk. Aled helped her find her voice. Without him, will she have the courage to show the world who she really is? Or will she be met with radio silence?” From the publisher.

 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika Sanchez.I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.

“Julia: definitely not your perfect Mexican daughter. She has big dreams of being a writer, and she refuses to allow her family’s expectations to derail her plans.

“Olga: Julia’s older sister, who was the perfect Mexican daughter. She went to community college, worked a part-time job, and took care of her parents—until an accident left her dead, and eternally perfect.

“Connor: a white boy from Evanston, who can’t possibly understand Julia’s world but wants to be a part of it anyway.

“Angie: Olga’s best friend, who lets slip that there might have been more to Olga than everyone thought.

“Lorena: Julie’s best friend—and polar opposite. She doesn’t believe that Olga could have kept any secrets. But she’ll stick with Julia along the way.

“And seriously, how on earth can Julie fall in love or find the truth under the never-blinking eyes of her parents?” From the publisher.

 

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone.Dear Martin, by Nic Stone.
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017.

“Justyce McAllister is top of his class at Braselton Prep, captain of the debate team, and set for an Ivy League school next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He’s eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident rattles him. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his new classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

“Justyce has studied the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do they hold up now? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

“Then Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the furyt of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

Eyes of the World, by Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos.Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism, by Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos.
Henry Holt & Company, 2017.

“Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation’s most important struggle—the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees—people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes.

“Today, our screens are flooded with images from around the world. But Capa and Taro were pioneers, bringing home the crises and dramas of their time—and helping give birth to the idea of bearing witness through technology.

“With a cast of characters ranging from Langston Hughes and George Orwell to Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, and packed with dramatic photos, posters, and cinematic magazine layouts, here is Capa and Taro’s riveting, tragic, and ultimately inspiring story.” From the publisher.

 

School of Awake, by Kidada Jones.School of Awake: A Girl’s Guide to the Universe, by Kidada Jones.
New World Library, 2017.

“Do you believe in wishes?

“Did you know you are made of stardust?

“Have you ever been curious about how you fit into this big old universe?

“Kidada Jones invites you to join School of Awake, where you will explore our amazing world while getting to know and love your authentic self. Kidada understands the challenges you face and offers dozens of ways to keep it real and navigate the world without losing sight of what’s important. Experience the light within you through colorful illustrations, fun facts, mystical, heart-centered activities, and timeless wisdom.” From the publisher.

 

Headstrong, by Rachel Swaby.Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World, by Rachel Swaby.
Broadway Books, 2015.

“In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: ‘She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.’ It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the New York Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and she had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were, Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light?

Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these fifty-two women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.” From the publisher.

 

Biographies

Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson.Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson.
Candlewick Press, 2015.

“In September of 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad. Thus began one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—two and a half years of bombardment and starvation. Desperate citizens burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—even one another to stay alive. More than a million perished.

Symphony for the City of the Dead is the impeccably researched and thrillingly told true story of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government, and the symphony he wrote to rouse, rally, eulogize, and commemorate the people of his city. The Leningrad Symphony was copied onto microfilm, driven across the Middle East, and flown over the deserts of North Africa to be performed in the United States, playing a surprising role in strengthening the Grand Alliance against the Axis powers.” From the publisher.

 

Steve Jobs, by Karen Blumenthal.Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal.
Square Fish, 2012.

“From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, he dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty-one, he created Apple in his parents’ garage with his friend Steve Wozniak. Quickly rising to the top of his industry, Jobs pushed all boundaries and cultivated what became the intrinsic hallmark of his genius—his perfectionism, taste, and design style. But soon after success, Jobs was fired from the top spot of his own company. Finding himself a beginner again, Jobs entered into one of the most creative periods of his life. Through Pixar, the iPod, and the iPhone, Jobs revolutionized the major industries of movies, music, and phones. An avid seeker of disciplines of the mind and body, he battled cancer for nearly a decade, because the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.” From the publisher.

 

Alexander Hamilton, by Martha Brockenbrough.Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, by Martha Brockenbrough.
A Feiwel and Friends Book, 2017.

“He was born out of wedlock on a small island in the West Indies and orphaned as a teenager. From these inauspicious circumstances, he rose to a position of power and influence in colonial America.

“Discover this founding father’s true story: his brilliant scholarship and military career; his groundbreaking and enduring policy, which shapes American government today; his salacious and scandalous personal life; his heartrending end.

“Richly informed by Hamilton’s own writing, with archival artwork and new illustrations, this is an in-depth biography of an extraordinary man.” From the publisher.

 

How Dare the Sun Rise, by Sandra Uwiringiyimana.How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child, by Sandra Uwiringiyimana.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017

“Sandra Uwiringiyimana was ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. The rebels had come at night—wielding weapons, torches, and machetes. She had watched as her mother and six-year-old sister were gunned down in a refugee camp, far from their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The rebels were killing people who weren’t from the same tribe.

“‘Good-bye, life,’ she said to the man ready to shoot her.

“Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped into the night.

“Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York.

“In this profoundly moving memoir, Sandra tells the inspiring story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, and of her hope for the future. How Dare the Sun Rise shows an unrelenting strength of one incredible young woman and her family, unveiling how she’d found a way to give voice to her people and begin the path to healing through art and activism.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

The Gods Lie, by Kaori Ozaki.The Gods Lie, by Kaori Ozaki.
Vertical Comics, 2016.

“Natsuru Nanao, a 6th grader who lives alone with his mother, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the reserved and driven Rio Suzumura. Natsuru plays hookey from soccer campthat summer, and instead of telling the truth to his mother, he spends all his time with Rio and her kid brother at their rickety house, where a dark secret threatens to upend their fragile happiness.” From the publisher.

 

Cast No Shadow, by Nick Tapalansky.Cast No Shadow, by Nick Tapalansky.
First Second, 2017.

“Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town’s always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he’s counted among them. But quirky doesn’t even begin to describe what he finds in the abandoned mansion just outside of town—try ‘smart, beautiful, funny, and man, she totally gets me.’ The house’s one resident, a teenager named Eleanor, is the girl of Greg’s dreams. Swoon!

“Oh, and did we mention she’s a ghost? Because, yeah, Eleanor is definitely dead.

“Unfortunately, their budding romance unleashes an ominous danger that threatens his hometown and everyone he cares about. How can Greg save Lancaster with the town’s past—and his own—threatening to pull him and Eleanor apart permanently?

“And more importantly, what kind of future does he have with a girl who died eighty years in the past?” From the publisher.

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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