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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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New Series for July!!

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The Secret of Spellshadow Manor (Secret of Spellshadow Manor, vol. 1),” by Bella Forrest. Summary: What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn’t do magic? What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake? If you were at Spellshadow, you’d keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret…Because Spellshadow’s elusive Head is hiding a secret of his own, one that our hero Alex soon realizes he and and his friend Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive – and before it’s too late. Mystery, suspense, and plenty of twists and turns; an unforgettable experience awaits you in Spellshadow Manor…

Welcome in.

Endgame series, vols. 1 (“The Calling),  2 (“Sky Key“), and 3 (“Rules of the Game“), by James Frey. Summary of series: Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

The End (Enemy series vol. 7),” by Charlie Higson. Summary: Racing to London to warn the kids of an impending invasion by Saint George’s army, Shadowman struggles to convince Nicola, David, Matt, and the others that their forces must work together in order to survive.

Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn, vol. 1),” by Pittacus Lore. Summary: It has been one year since the breathtaking events of United as One–and our world will never be the same.The invasion of Earth was thwarted by our alien allies known as the Garde. But in order to do so, they unleashed their Loric energy and it spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible abilities–Legacies of their own. As the world tries to figure out how best to deal with the emergence of these powerful and potentially dangerous individuals, the Garde have come up with their own solution. They’ve created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind…but that day may come sooner than any of them ever imagined. Perfect for fans of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Marvel’s X-Men, this epic new series follows a diverse cast of teens as they struggle to hone their powers and decide what, if anything, they should do with them. While set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, those familiar with the original books and newcomers alike will devour this fast-paced, action-packed adventure.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (Court of Throne and Roses, vol. 3),” by Sarah Maas. Summary: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

The Thousandth Floor (Thousandth Floor, vol. 1),” by Katharine McGee. Summary: A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose. Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Middle School Mayhem (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, vol. 2),” by Rachel Renee Russell. Summary: When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School–and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals! Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom? Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?

Queen’s Thief series, vols. 1 (“The King of Attolia“) and 2 (“The Queen of Attolia“), by Megan Whalen Turner. Summary of series: When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes’s Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered…she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.

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It’s Here! It’s Here!

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The Dark Prophecy,” Rick Riordan’s long-awaited second installment of The Trials of Apollo! Check it out today!

Summary: Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?
After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again–if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo’s way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies–some familiar, some new–from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

 

Posted in Fiction, History, Humor, New, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Space Travel

New Books for May! Part III

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The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli. Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle. Read National Public Radio (NPR) review here.

Tell Me Three Things, by Julie Buxbaum. Struggling to acclimate after moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, high school junior Jessie receives an offer of assistance from an anonymous person through email who becomes her confidante and ally and who Jessie wishes she could meet in person. Read the Kirkus review here.

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, by Deborah Heiligman. Examines the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh, showing how Theo supported the painter throughout his creative and interpersonal struggles. Read the starred School Library Journal review here.

Mars One, by Jonathan Maberry. When his family is chosen for a first mission to colonize Mars, 16-year-old Tristan reluctantly says goodbye to his girlfriend before the sabotaging acts of a terrorist group make him question the mission’s purpose. Read the Kirkus review here.

Geekerella, by Ashley Poston.

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
 
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. Read Publishers Weekly review here.

Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch. Reluctantly spending the summer in Tuscany in order to fulfill her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her absent father, Lina is inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps after reading her journal and, in the process, uncovers a long-hidden secret. Read the Kirkus review here.

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NEW! “First Lines” and New Book Reviews

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Hunted, by Meagan Spooner. A Young Adult/Russian interpretation of Beauty and the Beast.

  • First lines:
  • BEAST: We always know before the change comes. When a storm approaches we feel it in the thickness of the air, the tension in the earth awaiting the blanket of snow.

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones, and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when he loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva’s secretly relieved: out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses; or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance–the Beast.

Kirkus review here, Booklist review here,

Honestly Ben, by Bill Konigsberg.

  • First line:
  • According to the swim instructor at the Gilford gym, I had the worst buoyancy of any human he’d ever seen.

Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that’ll mean a full scholarship–but Rafe’s still there, there’s a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant but demanding father.

Kirkus review here. Booklist starred review here, School Library Journal starred review here.

Posted in Best-Seller, Dystopia, Fiction, Girl Power, History, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Suspense, Teen Top Ten

2017 TTT! (Teens Top 10 Nominees for the 10 Best Books of the Year)

The 2017 TTT nominees have been announced! The TTT are announced every year on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 9-15). Check out the video below featuring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, stars of “Everything Everything,” the new movie hitting theaters later this year and based on the best-selling YA novel by Nicola Yoon.

A total of 26 books were chosen by members of teen book groups from fifteen schools and public libraries in the U.S. Click on “2017 TTT Nominees” for a list of titles.

2017 TTT Nominees.

The Rodgers Memorial Library carries many of these titles. Click on the title to access the book in our catalog:

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April’s New Series Books

Click on the book cover image or the title below to access the book record in our catalog!

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School of Laughs (I Funny, vol. 5), Dog’s Best Friend and Escape to Australia (Middle School, vols.8 and 9), all by James Patterson.

The End of Oz and Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, vols. 3 and 4), by Danielle Page.

New Series! Nemesis (Project Nemesis, vol. 1), by Brendan Reichs.

Summary: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

★ “Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she’s murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She’s tried to escape the inevitable but knows it’s only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth. . . [j]ust when she’s found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she’s tried to keep hidden. . . . Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.”—Booklist, starred review

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