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New Books This Week (May 21st, 2018)

Feel like spring yet? It sure does to us, if our allergies are any indication. If you’re stuck inside while the trees are doing their mating dance (or if you’re one of those lucky people who can enjoy some outdoor reading right now) consider checking out our newest arrivals! Read the summaries below, click on the titles to see our catalog, and put something on hold if it looks good to you. That way, the book will be waiting for you with your name on it the next time you come in.



Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli.Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

“So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

“Becky Albertalli returns to the world of her acclaimed first novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, in this warm and humorous story of first love and senior-year angst.” From the publisher.


Retribution Rails, by Erin Bowman.Retribution Rails, by Erin Bowman.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

“Redemption is never free.

“When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into an infamous gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn’s after a botched train robbery, and Charlotte mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As each manipulates the other for their own end, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

“In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.” From the publisher.


Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland.Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the war between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Negro and Native Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities, and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane.

“But that’s not a life she wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a desperate fight against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

“At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justine Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.” From the publisher.


Tradition, by Brendan Kiely.Tradition, by Brendan Kiely.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018.

“Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But the secret traditions that fester in its hallowed halls can be profoundly dangerous.

“JULES DEVEREUX just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college so that she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, and the power that comes with it, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.

“JAMIE BAXTER feels like an impostor at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don’t disappoint us.

“When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a shared instinct for survival. But as classmates and teachers increasingly deride Jules, Jamie must learn to listen or his own demons could wreck their newfound friendship. As pressures intensify for them to play by the rules and keep the school’s toxic secrets, they are faced with a powerful choice: Remain silent while others get hurt, or stand together against the ugly, sexist traditions of an institution that believes it can do no wrong.” From the publisher.


Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian.Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2018.

“For Amelia Van Hagen, scooping cones at Meade Creamery has always been more than just a summer job. It’s a sisterhood, one dating back to when the legendary ice cream stand first opened with an all-girl staff.

“Amelia has learned so much from the older girls over the years: like who the best teachers are, how to lie to her mother, and the perfect amount of sprinkles for a sundae. And as the newest manager, she’s determined to pay it forward and give the girls in her charge their best summer yet.

“But then Grady Meade, the grand-nephew of the stand’s founder, arrives unexpectedly to take over the business, showing little deference for the girls and their traditions.

“Grady’s presence threatens everything Amelia wants to protect—the ice cream stand, her friendships, and, most inconveniently, her heart.” From the publisher.



Almost Adulting, by Arden Rose.Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of), by Arden Rose.
Harper, 2017.

“Hey there, budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies! Welcome to the future, where there are MORE THINGS TO KNOW THAN EVER BEFORE. These things—which you may not know at all—include:

  • Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers
  • Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer
  • Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person???
  • Eating enough protein
  • Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult sense of style when you have zero dollars
  • Going on adventures without starting to smell
  • How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though

“By the end of this book, which at least some people may or may not have called ‘educational,’ you will have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult. People are gonna think you know stuff and everything!” From the publisher.


RML's teen services librarian since October 2017.

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