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New Books This Week (April 23rd, 2018)

Happy spring break! They say it might even feel like spring out there. But just in case you get tired of frolicking through the fields, we have some new arrivals for you to consider.

 

Fiction

Into the Nightfell Wood, by Kristin Bailey.Into the Nightfell Wood, by Kristin Bailey.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“In this stunning sequel to The Silver Gate, Wynn and Elric are adjusting to life in a new, unfamiliar world. They may be safe now, but living in the Between is not without complications. Their adoptive mother, the benevolent Fairy Queen, is haunted by the memory of her child who was kidnapped long ago. She won’t risk letting the same thing happen to Wynn and Elric, so the siblings must follow strict rules in the kingdom.

“But that grief has been weakening the queen’s powers for years, and the protective shield around their kingdom is deteriorating. Wynn and Elric battled the Grendel’s forces on their way to the gate, and now they know he lives in the Nightfell Wood: a cruel, dangerous region beyond the kingdom where the elves reside. The shield has always protected the fairies from dark powers, but since the queen has long suspected the elves of playing a role in her daughter’s disappearance, she refuses to extend refuge to them.

“When Wynn is coerced into the Nightfell Wood by a creature sent to do the Grendel’s bidding, Elric knows he must go after her to save her life. What they discover there—about fear, prejudice, and the true nature of evil—will change the fairy kingdom forever.” From the publisher.

 

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Twins Sam and Ilsa have a tradition of throwing awesome, ridiculous dinner parties for their friends at their grandmother’s posh apartment—and now they’ve prepared their final blowout, just before graduation.

“The rules are simple: each twin gets to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn’t know who’s coming until the partiers show up at the door. With Sam and Ilsa, the sibling rivalry often trumps the sibling revelry, and tonight’s guest list has it all—bitter exes, mysterious strangers, and a best frenemy from upstairs.

“Written in alternating chapters by New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah is an unconventional New York City soirée for the ages.” From the publisher.

 

Losers Bracket, by Chris Crutcher.Losers Bracket, by Chris Crutcher.
Greenwillow Books, 2018.

“Annie Boots has one year to go.

“One year before she can call the shots.

“One year before she’s free, off to college, doing whatever she wants to do, when she wants to do it.

“One year to hold it all together.

“But when your last name is Boots—as in Nancy’s daughter and Sheila’s sister—and your foster family is in danger of falling apart as well, one year feels more like the losers bracket. And a really, really long time.

“Annie did get lucky with friends. And her support system—her social worker, her foster brother, the branch librarian, Nancy’s boyfriend—isn’t going to let her down. But you can’t always outrun your feelings. You can’t control who you love. You don’t get to pick your gene pool. And even though Annie knows she should stay away, there has always been something about family…” From the publisher.

 

Following Baxter, by Barbara Kerley. Following Baxter, by Barbara Kerley.
Harper, 2018.

“Eleven-year-old Jordie Marie Wallace has been waiting forever for someone to move in next door, so she is thrilled when Professor Reese arrives: she has a laboratory in her basement and an extraordinary dog named Baxter—who seems to understand everything Jordie says.

“Jordie and her younger brother, TJ, begin walking Baxter and helping Professor Reese in the lab. But being lab assistants ends up being more than Jordie and TJ bargained for and leads them to a secret neither of them expected. When Professor Reese goes missing, it is up to Jordie and TJ to use their smarts and Baxter’s magical powers to find her. Will they be able to save Professor Reese before it’s too late?” From the publisher.

 

The Fates Divide, by Veronica Roth.The Fates Divide, by Veronica Roth.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

“The Lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

“Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

“As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

“With the addition of two powerful new voices, Veronica Roth’s sequel to Carve the Mark is a chorus of hope, humor, faith, and resilience.” From the publisher.

 

Web of Frost, by Lindsay Smith.Web of Frost, by Lindsay Smith.
Eventide Press, 2018.

“A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the only person who’s taught her to use her gift?

“Russalka is a proud empire, frozen and vast, protected for centuries by a royal family who works miracles from the saints. But rebellion stirs in the streets, and its war-hungry neighbors threaten to invade. The young princess Katza has been tormented by visions of her bloodied hands destroying Russalka—a clear message from the saints that she must never rule. So when tragedy places her next in line to the throne, Katza fears their warnings are on the verge of coming true.

“Then she meets Ravin, a mysterious young prophet with visions of his own: visions of Katza as a regal empress with unimaginable power. All she has to do seize upon the holy magic of her bloodline. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza begins to wonder whether he has her best interests at heart. With a revolution boiling over and war looming at the border, the greatest threat to Russalka may be Katza herself.” From Goodreads.

 

Nonfiction

Brazen, by Penelope Bagieu.Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu.
First Second, 2018.

“Astronaut. Empress. Apache warrior.

“Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.

“With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world-famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, their stories are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.” From the publisher.

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RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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