This October has been a time for change at the Rodgers Memorial Library. We have a new teen services librarian at the desk (yours truly) and as we look ahead to the new things coming down the pipe, it’s also a good time to look back at what we’ve added to the collection. Now, because of the volume of items and their popularity, this is by no means an exhaustive list. We’re also planning on doing a summary like this every week when new materials are added, so stay tuned!
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The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn series, vol. 1), by Renée Ahdieh. Summary: In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.
Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist series, vol. 1), by Renée Ahdieh. Summary: The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place. She may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her twin brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands.
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands series, vol. 1), by Alwyn Hamilton. Summary: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
The Names They Gave Us, by Emery Lord. Summary: When her perfectly planned summer of quality time with her parents, her serious boyfriend, and her Bible camp unravels and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must figure out what she is made of and what grace really means.
Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake and spending quality time with her parents. When her mom’s cancer reappears, her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship, and her summer job switches to a camp for troubled kids, Lucy falters in her faith. Then long-hidden family secrets emerge. Can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?
Book of the Night: The Black Musketeers, by Oliver Pötzsch. Summary: In this thrilling adventure by bestselling author Oliver Pötzsch, thirteen-year-old Lukas has been trained as a swordsman by his father, a nobleman who was once a famed Musketeer. When the threat of war and accusations of witchcraft spread across the land, Lukas’s life is forever changed. He flees his home and vows to find his missing sister. Surviving as an outcast, Lukas encounters thieves and mercenaries, a strange astrologer, and a master swordsman. He also meets three other fencers–Giovanni, Paulus, and Jerome. Each brings a special talent to their team that leads them to the Black Musketeers, the best fighters in the army. But living with the black-armored Musketeers is nothing like they imagined. In his quest to find his sister, Lukas learns of a legendary book that holds powerful magic. As he fights to keep the Book of the Night out of the hands of his greatest enemy, Lukas discovers the secrets of his own family and what it really means to be a Musketeer.
The Teens’ Top Ten picks are here! The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year, so they’re YA books chosen by teens for teens! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. You can learn more about the award here.
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The Dead Inside: A True Story, by Cyndy Etler.
Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious “tough love” program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”
“I never was a bada$$. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi’s jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight. From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was…well, it was something else.”
All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.
To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.” Read Publisher’s Weekly review here.
Beck, by Mal Peet (with Meg Rosoff). Born of a brief encounter between a Liverpool prostitute and an African soldier in 1907, Beck finds himself orphaned as a young boy and sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. At age fifteen he is sent to work on a farm, from which he eventually escapes. Finally in charge of his own destiny, Beck starts westward, crossing the border into America and back, all while the Great Depression rages on. What will it take for Beck to understand the agonies of his childhood and realize that love is possible? Read Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.
P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West. Exchanging notes with a mysterious pen pal by writing them on her Chemistry desk, Lily discovers that her anonymous friend is a boy and realizes that she is falling for him before learning that he is the last person she ever expected to love. Read the TeenReads review here.
The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson. David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David’s deepest secret gets out that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them. Read The Guardian review here.
Crazy Messy Beautiful, by Carrie Arcos. Falling repeatedly in love but unable to succeed in the style of the poet who inspired his name, 16-year-old Neruda Diaz is partnered on a school assignment with a girl unlike anyone he typically falls for and discovers the magic and mess of a romance born from friendship. Read Publisher’s Weekly review here.
Alex & Eliza, by Melissa de la Cruz. “Hamilton” for the YA set. The New York Times best-selling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants series brings to life the romance between young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Read the Historical Novel Society here.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, by Karen Blumenthal. The author of Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different presents an accessible, carefully researched portrait of the former first lady, senator and secretary of state that traces her unconventional upbringing, political achievements and devotion to activist causes. Read Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.
Nightstruck (Nightstruck Series, vol. 1), by Jenna Black. Struggling with her parents’ divorce and high expectations while working on her college applications, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds and unleashing magical monsters into her Philadelphia community. Read Tor review here.
On August 9, 1945, six-year-old Sachiko, who lived in Nagasaki, Japan, was playing outdoors with four other children. Moments later, those children were all dead. An atomic bomb had exploded half a mile away, destroying everything in its wake. In “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” author Caren Stelson shares the true story – using pictures and text – of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb, and chronicles her long journey to health and peace.
Also in: The first volume in Amy S. Foster’s The Rift Uprising trilogy is a fast-paced action-adventure, where a young soldier comes to question the monsters she’s trained to fight against, and the monsters she fights for.
Finally, in “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina, 17-year-old Nora Lopez lives through a freezing cold winter and a searing hot summer in 1977, when a serial murderer Son of Sam is terrorizing her hometown New York City, and the city seems on the verge to explode.
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Take a look below at our newest series and non-fiction titles. Click on the title or book cover to access the record in our catalog, or read a review or summary (if available). Books are listed alphabetically by author’s last name.
- Seeds of America Trilogy: Ashes (#1), by Laurie Halse Anderson. Review here.
- Six of Crowns: Crooked Kingdom (#2), by Leigh Bardugo. Review here and here.
- Young Elites: The Midnight Star (#3), by Marie Lu. Summary here.
- Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow (#4), by Jonathan Stroud. UK review here.
- Columbine, by Dave Cullen. Review here.
- Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life, by Makala Nichols. Review here.