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New Books This Week (March 19th, 2018)

More snow?! How much more winter can we take? Well, fear not—our selection of new arrivals in the teen area will help you weather what we can only hope is the season’s last hurrah. Check out these titles, then click the links to be taken to our online catalog, where you can search for more things that interest you and place them on hold. That way, when the snow stops, you’ll be able to stroll in and find your picks waiting with your name on them.

 

Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi.Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi.
Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

“But everything changed once magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, the maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

“Now Zélie has once chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

“Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leopanaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest threat may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.” From the publisher.

 

Pitch Dark, by Courtney Alameda.Pitch Dark, by Courtney Alameda.
Feiwel and Friends, 2018.

“Lost to time, Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard the USS John Muir for centuries. Their ship harbors a chunk of Earth, which, unbeknownst to them, is the last hope for the failing human race.

“Laura Cruz is a shipraider searching the galaxy for the history that was scattered to the stars. Once her family locates the John Muir and its precious cargo, they are certain human civilization is saved.

“When Tuck’s and Laura’s worlds collide—literally—the two teens must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters that kill with sound, and work together to save the John Muir… and the whole human race.” From the publisher.

 

A Girl Like That, by Tanaz Bhathena.A Girl Like That, by Tanaz Bhathena.
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.

“Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and outspoken student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how do Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together on a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

“This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, rebellion, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.” From the publisher.

 

In Search of Us, by Ava Dellaira.In Search of Us, by Ava Dellaira.
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.

“Everyone is searching for something.

Marilyn is in search of freedom. She grew up as a child actor, her mother’s meal ticket out of mediocrity. But it’s been a long time since she booked a job, and without her contribution to their meager income, she and her mom have no choice but to move in with her volatile uncle. Marilyn is counting down the days until she can escape to college, and the promise of her own future. That is, until she falls in love with James, the boy downstairs, who shows her that her life is worth living in the present. At seventeen, Marilyn is about to learn that everything can change in an instant.

Angie is in search of answers. She is biracial and has never met her father, but she looks and thinks a lot like him—down to her brown skin, curly hair, and thirst for knowledge. Though Angie grew up with her devoted white mother, Marilyn, she’s always felt the absence of the man she never knew. But after discovering that her mom has been lying to her, Angie sets off on a road trip to Los Angeles in search of an unknown uncle—and maybe even her dad. At seventeen, she hopes to finally find out the truth about where she came from so she can discover who she truly is.

“Told from two perspectives, Marilyn’s set in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and Angie’s in the present, In Search of Us is a sweeping intergenerational story story about mothers and daughters, love and loss, holding on and letting go.” From the publisher.

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, by The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, by Shaun David Hutchinson.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

“This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie—the girl she’sh ad a crush on for years—from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later, getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box and the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

“As more unbelievable things occur and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.” From the publisher.

 

More Than We Can Tell, by Brigid Kemmerer.More Than We Can Tell, by Brigid Kemmerer.
Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Rev has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay… until he gets a letter from the abusive father he hasn’t seen in years, and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

“Emma has only one escape from her parents’ fighting: the computer game she built from scratch… until an online troll’s harassment causes her to fear for her safety.

“When Rev and Emma cross paths one night, they’re both longing to confide in someone—to share the weight of their worries. They connect instantly and deeply, vowing to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev’s and Emma’s secrets threaten to crush them, and they’ll need more than a promise to find their way out.

“In an achingly beautiful story from the author of Letters to the Lost, two teens find the courage to lift the burden of their scars—old and new.” From the publisher.

 

The Final Six, by Alexandra Monir.The Final Six, by Alexandra Monir.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

“For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts on board. She fears something equally sinister is awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

“In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.” From the publisher.

 

The Precious Dreadful, by Steven Parlato.The Precious Dreadful, by Steven Parlato.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Teddi Alder is just trying to figure out her life.

“When she joins SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, she’s only looking to keep herself busy, not go digging around in her subconscious. But as she writes, disturbing memories of her childhood friend Corey bubble to the surface, and Teddi begins to question everything: her friendship with her BFF, Willa, how much her mom really knows, and even her own memories. Teddi fears she’s losing her grip on reality—as evidenced by that mysterious ghost girl who emerges from the park pool one night, the one who won’t leave Teddi alone. To top it all off, she finds herself juggling two guys with potential: a quirky new boy named Joy and her handsome barista crush, Aidan, who has some issues of his own.

“As the summer unfolds, Teddi is determined to get to the bottom of everything—her feelings, the mysterious ghost girl, and the memories of Corey that refuse to be ignored.” From the publisher.

 

Where I Live, by Brenda Rufener.Where I Live, by Brenda Rufener.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“Linden Rose lives by three rules:

“1. Prevent the in-class nap.

“2. Never carry too many belongings.

“3. Avoid looking the part.

“Her rules make sure no one discovers her secret—that she’s homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school.

“Her best friends, Ham and Seung; writing her school’s blog; and the promise of a future far away prevent downtime. When you’re homeless, free time sucks. The three outsiders have created a makeshift family, and their jokes and solidarity have become home for Linden. Despite everything Linden’s burdened with, she holds on to hope for a future and maybe a romance with Seung.

“But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins to look more closely at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay more attention. And attention is the last thing she needs.

“Linden knows the only way to put a stop to the violence is to tell Bea’s story and come to terms with her own. Even if that means breaking her rules for survival and jeopardizing the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep.” From the publisher.

 

What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper.What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Before she was taken away, Gerta played the viola every day, walked home from choir practice with her papa, and admired the beautiful dresses in her stepmother’s closet.

“Before she was taken away, Gerta did not know she was Jewish.

“Two years later, Gerta’s world has completely changed. The Nazis have destroyed everyone and everything in her life. And when Gerta is liberated from the concentration camps, she finds herself utterly bereft.

“Without her loved ones or her music, she must begin to live again, as a survivor. In the displaced persons camp where she is sent, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who has visions of a new life for himself. And it’s there, in a place where freedom can finally blossom, that Gerta must choose her own future. But how can you move forward when your identity has been stripped away—when learning what the word Jewish really means is only the first step? For Gerta, finding faith  in the music is just the beginning.

“In her lushly illustrated debut, Vesper Stamper creates an unforgettable narrative, digging deep into the heart of what it was like to endure unspeakable horror and depicting the strength it took for Holocaust survivors to go on and rebuild. What the Night Sings finds the space between light and dark, where the last spark of hope remains.” From the publisher.

 

Snapstreak, by Suzanne Weyn.Snapstreak: How My Friends Saved My (Social) Life, by Suzanne Weyn.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

“In a few months, eighth-grader Vee is moving away from her BFFs Megan and Lulu. To get a jump on her social life in her new school, she starts snapping with Gwynneth, a queen bee at Vee’s future school. Megan and Lulu have mixed feelings about G., but Vee and Gwynneth’s Snapstreak is well under way when they get the biggest news EVER: The local television station is giving away a Boys Being Dudes concert to the pair of students from different schools who can prove the longest Snapstreak. Vee could win this! Their BBD dreams are in reach when a gym class concussion lands Vee in the hospital, under strict mental rest—doctor’s orders. Vee has no choice to hand over her phone—and her Snapstreak—to Megan and Lulu. What could go wrong?” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.
First Second, 2018.

“Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

“Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

“Sebastian’s secret weapon is his brilliant dressmaker, Frances—his best friend and one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect her friend?

“Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.” From the publisher.

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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