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New Books This Week (January 29th, 2018)

As you recover from your mid-terms, why not spend a little time with some reading for fun? These are all the new arrivals at the library this week, and if you see one you like and want to check if it’s in, just click on the linked title. While you’re in our catalog, go ahead and put it on hold for yourself so we can set it aside for you.

 

Fiction

Love, Hate, and Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed.Love, Hate, & Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed.
Soho Teen, 2018.

“American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems ‘suitable.’ And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

“There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.” From the publisher.

 

A Conspiracy of Stars, by Olivia A. Cole.A Conspiracy of Stars, by Olivia A. Cole.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Olivia should be overjoyed.

“But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—being attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

“With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.” From the publisher.

 

Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly.Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018.

“The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

“Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since she was a baby, she has been able to control the shadows around her. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

“Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to cure Emmeline of magic. Dar promises to change the noble’s mind if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees, and the next morning, the man in charge is in a coma. Frightened, Emmeline and Dar flee.

“With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not entirely sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone tethered to your feet.” From the publisher.

 

Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson.Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tychoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. ‘A place,’ he said, ‘where learning is a game.’

“In 1936, shortly after the school opened, Ellingham’s wife and daughter, Iris and Alice, were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym ‘Truly Devious.’ It became one of the great crimes of American history. Something like that could never happen again, of course…

“Years later, true-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.” From the publisher.

 

The Flip Side, by Shawn Johnson.The Flip Side, by Shawn Johnson.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2016.

“Charlie Ryland has a secret. She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

“Because outside of school, Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts on the planet. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold… especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

“Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real.” From the publisher.

 

Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman.Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2018.

“The Thunderhead is the perfect ruler of a perfect world, but it has no control over the scythedom. A year has passed since Rowan has gone off grid. Since then he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.

“As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans withcompassion and openly challenges the ideals of the ‘new order.’ But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

“In the thrilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe, old foes and new enemies converge. And as corruption within the scythedom spreads, Rowan and Citra begin to lose hope. Will the Thunderhead intervene?

“Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

Racial Profiling, by Alison Marie Behnke.Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality, by Alison Marie Behnke.
Twenty-First Century Books, 2017.

“In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions—such as law enforcement, agencies, government bodies, banks, and schools—routinely use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of an offense. Profiling is linked to racial prejudices and stereotypes rooted in the nation’s legacy of slavery as well as in twenty-first century immigration and terrorism.

“The high-profile deaths of unarmed people of color at the hands of police officers have brought renewed national attention to racial profiling and have inspired grassroots activism from groups such as Black Lives Matter. Yet the issue runs deeper than any single incident, and Americans are debating the legality and effectiveness of this controversial practice. Combining rigorous research with powerful personal stories, Racial Profiling explores the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of this form of social injustice.” From the publisher.

 

Facing Frederick, by Tonya Bolden.Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man, by Tonya Bolden.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017.

“Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was more… More than a once-enslaved abolitionist. More than an electrifying speaker. More than the author of that famous Narrative

“Drawing on new scholarship, nineteenth-century newspapers, a collection of Douglass’s correspondence, the Library of Congress’s Frederick Douglass Papers, and other resources, Tonya Bolden’s Facing Frederick captures what a multifaceted man he was.

“Alongside the many high points in his rags-to-riches life, Facing Frederick chronicles the shortcomings, controversies, and low points in the legend’s life as well. This is the story of a great and mighty abolitionist and orator, but also of a newspaperman, women’s rights activist, statesman, diplomat, public servant, author of more than one autobiography, and lover of travel, music, and books. And photography—Bolden uses the nineteenth century’s most-photographed American’s love of photography to help tell his story. Incorporating captivating images of the icon, his family, and his colleagues along with paintings, prints, and ephemera, Bolden provides a compelling and absorbing portrait of this relentless warrior for liberty and justice for all.” From the publisher.

 

 

Graphic Novels

All-Star Batman, vol. 1, by Scott Snyder.All-Star Batman, vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy, by Scott Snyder.
DC Comics, 2017.

“He is Gotham City’s silent guardian. Its Dark Knight protector. But he ain’t in Gotham anymore.

“The sinister machinations of Two-Face have taken Batman hundreds of miles from the city streets he calls home, into the cornfields, dirt roads and lost highways of Middle America. But he isn’t there alone.

“An entire legion of assassins drawn from the depths of the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery is on the prowl, out to destroy the Bat and collect the bounty on his head. Meanwhile, an unholy trinity of crime bosses back home—Great White, Black Mask and the Penguin—are ready to make a killing after the Dark Knight’s demise. Even Jim Gordon and the GCPD are on the Batman’s trail.

“Cut off from the Batcave and all his Gotham partners, Batman has only two allies on this road trip from hell: Duke Thomas, his latest protege… and Harvey Dent, the good-hearted side of Two-Face’s split personality.

“Will Batman make it back to Gotham alive? Or will Two-Face double down on the Dark Knight’s death?” From the publisher.

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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