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New Books This Week (April 9th, 2018)

There’s no snow in the forecast. Dare we hope? Just to be safe, consider stockpiling some books—like our new arrivals in the teen section! Find titles and publishers’ summaries below, and feel free to click the links to be taken to our catalog. Once there, you can check out the book in more detail, place it on hold so it’s waiting for you when you get here, and browse or search for other titles that might interest you.

 

Fiction

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

“But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours her frustration onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

“When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she knows that she could never get around Mami’s rules to attend, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

“Because in spite of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.” From the publisher.

 

Blood of a Thousand Stars, by Rhoda Belleza.Blood of a Thousand Stars, by Rhoda Belleza.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Empress Rhiannon Ta’an is back from the dead.

“Rhee has returned home to reclaim her throne, but is faced with her most difficult choice yet: make a deal with her enemy or denounce him and risk losing her crown. As a revolution brews, Rhee may be forced to betray the morals she stands for, and the only people in the world she trusts, in hopes of restoring peace.

“Framed assassin Alyosha has lost everything. Now he journeys through space with only one goal in mind: killing former ambassador turned villainous media star Nero. To get his revenge, Aly may have to travel to the one place he thought he’d never return—home.

“Across the galaxy, Kara grapples with her new identity as Josselyn Ta’an, true heir to the throne. She has no recollection of the princess she once was, but her DNA is changing and it’s only a matter of time before she’s recognized. Tracking down a rare piece of technology may be the key to remembering—and erasing—Josselyn Ta’an forever. But Kara isn’t the only one after it.

“As the planets prepare for war, Nero has plans of his own. His eyes are everywhere, and he’ll stop at nothing to take control of the entire galaxy—one soul at a time.

“Vicious politics and high-stakes action culminate in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of the universe.” From the publisher.

 

The Pros of Cons, by Alison Cherry et al.The Pros of Cons, by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman.
Point, 2018.

“Three conventions. One mega convention center.

“Vanessa Montoya-O’Callaghan is beyond excited for the We Treasure Fandom convention—or WTFcon—and it’s not just because of the panels and readings and workshops. It’s also where she’s planning to meet Soleil, her fanfiction co-author and online girlfriend, for the very first time.

“Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being the best drummer, and she’s ready to prove it during the solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association convention. Unless hooking up with her cute bandmate, Scott—or sharing a room with her former best friend, Christina—proves to be too much of a distraction.

“Callie Buchannan is so desperate for some rare quality time with her dad that she’s acting as his assistant at the World Taxidermy Championships, an unlikely place for a sixteen-year-old to be. Unfortunately, when she discovers a secret her dad has been hiding from her, it becomes clear that the only things less alive than their relationship are his prizewinning stuffed turkeys.

“When a random mix-up in the hotel lobby brings these three girls together, they form a fast friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!” From the publisher.

 

A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi.A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi.
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017.

“An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

“She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a fool-proof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits at every turn. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.” From the publisher.

 

The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw.The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow.

“Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

“Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three troubled girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into Sparrow’s harbor and pulling them under.

“Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives, unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

“Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople will turn against one another. Penny and Bo will suspect the other of hiding secrets. And death will come swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

“But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo or save herself.” From the publisher.

 

Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he just caught up with her.

“Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. That, and figuring out what to do with the secret she’s stashed in the crawlspace. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, but Rhys Lindstrom just landed planetside, and he’s looking finer than ever in his new BeiTech uniform. Is he her way out—or a guarantee she never gets off this frozen rock alive?

“But Asha’s not the only one with problems. Her cousin Kady’s ragtag band of survivors are headed for Kerenza—without enough oxygen to survive the journey. Oh, and there might be an insurrection brewing. But when have little things like that ever stopped the Illuminae Group?

“Too bad time isn’t on their side. With BeiTech hurrying to repair their damaged jump gate, and a mass extermination planned for the Kerenza civilians, only a miracle could save them now. And everyone knows that miracles are just statistical probabilities… right?” From the publisher.

 

Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon.Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon.
Blink, 2018.

“Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her sticky-fingered past… or forget the teeming slums where children still scrape to survive.

“Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted ‘nephew’ of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, or that he and his ‘aunt’ are robbing them blind every chance they get.

“Between plans for his next huge heist and the threat of rival street gangs, Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in the strangest of places—no place for a female, that’s for sure. Why is an upper-class girl helping homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew?

“In a world of double-lives and double-crosses, each must make the most important decision they’ve ever faced. Is turning their backs on the posh lifestyles they have built for themselves worth it for one great love?” From the publisher.

 

And She Was, by Jessica Verdi.And She Was, by Jessica Verdi.
Point, 2018.

“Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?

“Dara confronts her mother and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under ‘father’? That’s Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died. She changed her name, started over.

“But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on an impromptu road trip with her best guy friend, Sam. She’s determined to find this extended family she’s never even met. What she discovers—and what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emails—will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.

“Acclaimed author Jessica Verdi has crafted a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about secrets, trust—and the importance of being our true selves.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, by Pablo Hidalgo.Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, by Pablo Hidalgo.
DK Publishing, 2017.

“Every new Star Wars movie creates new questions about the galaxy far, far away. Who are the new characters that we meet? Where do they come from, what are the strange places they visit, and what amazing technology do they use? For those seeking answers, DK’s Star Wars Visual Dictionaries are a mine of information.

“Within these pages, you will learn the details behind mysteries seen on-screen. Made with unique access to Lucasfilm’s image archive, and in close collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, this is the ultimate guide to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” From the publisher.

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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