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New Books This Week (April 16th)

A weekend of sun and… snow. Well, if the world is ending, why not squeeze an extra book or two in? We have some new arrivals to love! Read about them below, click the links to be taken to the catalog, and put whatever sounds good on hold for yourself. You’ve earned it, for surviving the whole year since last Tuesday.

 

Fiction

Not If I Save You First, by Ally Carter.Not If I Save You First, by Ally Carter.
Scholastic Press, 2018.

“Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans.

“Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness and into a totally different life.

“No phone.

“No Internet.

“And not a single word from Logan.

“Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life us full.

“Until Logan shows up six years later…

“And Maddie wants to kill him.

“But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie down a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

“Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.

“But she has to save him first.” From the publisher.

 

Emergency Contact, by Mary H. K. Choi.Emergency Contact, by Mary H. K. Choi.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2018.

“For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now Penny is heading to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer. It’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion lightyears away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

“Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a cafe and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration when he’s a famous movie director, but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

“When Sam and Penny cross paths, it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to, you know, see each other.” From the publisher.

 

Tyler Johnson Was Here, by Jay Coles.Tyler Johnson Was Here, by Jay Coles.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

“The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video is leaked online that tells a chilling story: Tyler had been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Tyler Johnson Was Here is a striking and heartbreaking account of police brutality and current race relations in modern America.” From the publisher.

 

Defy the Worlds, by Claudia Gray.Defy the Worlds, by Claudia Gray.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“An outcast from her home.

“Shunned after a trip through the galaxy with Abel—the most advanced cybernetic man ever created—Noemi Vidal dreams of traveling through the stars one more time. And when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. As the only soldier to have ever left the planet, it will be up to her to save its people… if only she wasn’t flying straight into a trap.

“A fugitive from his fate.

“On the run to avoid his depraved creator’s clutches, Abel believes he’s said good-bye to Noemi for the last time. After all, the entire universe stands between them… or so he thinks. When word reaches him of Noemi’s capture by the very person he’s trying to escape, Abel knows he must go to her, no matter the cost.

“But capturing Noemi was only part of Burton Mansfield’s master plan. In a race against time, Abel and Noemi will come together once more to discover a secret that could save the known worlds, or destroy them all.

“In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider where—and with whom—we truly belong.” From the publisher.

 

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.
Balzer + Bray, 2017.

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

“Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

“But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

“Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.” From the publisher.

 

Active Memory, by Dan Wells.Active Memory, by Dan Wells.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, one has always eluded her: when she was two years old, she was in a car accident in which she lost her arm, and a mob boss’s wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. No one can tell her what she was doing in that car, or how it led to the feud between the Carnesecas and the Maldonados.

“Even in a world where technology connects everyone’s minds, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

“Those secrets rise violently to the surface when Zenaida’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when everyone from Los Angeles gangs to the world’s largest genetic engineering firms becomes involved in the case, it’s clear there’s more happening under the surface than anyone cares to admit. The truth is out there, and Marisa will have to thread together lost friends, corporate assassins, a gang lord’s digital brain, and what might be a literal ghost from the past in order to find it.

“Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed Mirador series continues with his most shocking, visionary, pulse-pounding story.” From the publisher.

 

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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