It’s time for the first books of the New Year! Okay, fine, technically these are the last books of the Old Year, but they’re still worth your attention. If you see one you like, go ahead and click on the title to see it in our catalog and place it on hold for yourself.
Kaleidoscope Song, by Fox Benwell.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2017.
“Neo loves music, and all she ever wanted was a life sharing this passion, on the radio. When she meets Tale, the lead singer in a local South African band, their shared love of music grows. So does their love for each other. But not everyone approves. Then Neo lands her dream job working at a popular radio station, and she discovers that using your voice is sometimes harder than expected, and there are always consequences.
“Fox Benwell delivers a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores the relationship between two girls obsessed with music, the practice of corrective rape, and the risks and power of using your voice.” From the publisher.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth.
Balzer + Bray, 2012.
“When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
“But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.
“Then Coley Taylor moves into town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.” From the publisher.
Monster, by Michael Grant.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.
“It’s been four years since a meteorite hit Perdido Beach and everyone disappeared. Gone.
“Everyone, except the kids trapped in the FAYZ—an invisible dome that was created by an alien virus. Inside the FAYZ, animals began to mutate and teens developed dangerous powers. The terrifying new world was plagued with hunger, lies, and fear of the unknown.
“Now, four years later, meteorites are hitting earth with a virus that is even deadlier. Humans will mutate into creatures with power… and the whole world will be exposed.
“But power corrupts. As some teens begin to morph into heroes, they will find that others become dangerously out of control and that the world is on the brink of a monstrous battle between good and evil.
“And there is only one thing more terrifying than the fear of the unknown: when history repeats itself.
“In this first of a trilogy, Michael Grant has created a stunning follow-up to the globally bestselling Gone series.” From the publisher.
Renegades, by Marissa Meyer.
Feiwel & Friends, 2017.
“New from Marissa Meyer, author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling series The Lunar Chronicles, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.
“The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
“Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.” From the publisher.
Plague Land, by Alex Scarrow.
Sourcebooks Fire, 2016.
“It’s in the air, and you only have an hour to live.
“The reports of an outbreak in Africa start slowly at first: a mention at the end of the evening news, a headline at the bottom of a news website. They’re easy to ignore, and most people do just that. Except for Leon. His mom shakes off his concerns, sure that they shouldn’t be worried about some illness on a distant continent. Until, one week later, the virus spreads worldwide and chaos ensues. The infected die within hours, dotting the countryside with the haunting skeletons of liquefied victims.
“But what scares Leon most is the way the virus moves—like it’s adapting. Like it has an agenda. If Leon’s going to fight back, he’ll need a plan. But first, he needs to stay alive.” From the publisher.
Queer, There, and Everywhere, by Sarah Prager.
“World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and otherwise queer people—and you’ve never heard of many of them. In Queer, There, and Everywhere, activist Sarah Prager gives voice to twenty-three people who invented, radicalized, and trailblazed. These inspiring true stories demonstrate how rich and varied gender and sexuality have always been in every culture, in every millennium. From long-ago heroes like the gender-ambiguous queen of Sweden and a transgender soldier who risked death fighting in the Civil War to modern figures like the transgender tennis player who won a court case to play as a woman and a drag queen who rallied against police brutality in San Francisco: not only have queer people always existed, they have thrived.” From the publisher.
Princess Princess Ever After, by Katie O’Neill.
Oni Press, 2016.
“‘I am no prince!’
“When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie.
“Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what ‘happily ever after’ really means—and how they can find it with each other.” From the publisher.
Paper Girls vol. 3, by Brian K. Vaughan.
Image Comics, 2016.
“Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, return with acclaimed colorist Matt Wilson and innovative letterer Jared K. Fletcher for the third volume of PAPER GIRLS, as the mind-bending, time-warping series continues.
“Newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in the prehistoric past, where they uncover the secret origins of time travel, and use any means necessary to get back home.
“It’s a story of violence, bloodshed, and motherhood, as seen through the eyes of four twelve-year-old girls from the mean streets of 1988.” From the publisher.