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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?



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.



RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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