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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 Books for August!

The books just keep coming! It never ends! Yay! Click on the image or the title to access the title in our catalog. Books are listed alphabetical by author.

New!! Look for the ♥♥ for a recommended read.

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As Old as Time (A Twisted Tale, v. 3), by Liz Braswell. Summary: Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns — a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern. But when Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind — images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is a beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle must work with the Beast to unravel a dark mystery about their families that was twenty-one years in the making.

Star-Crossed, by Barbara Dee. Summary: Star student Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush, a newcomer named Gemma, in an eighth-grade production of Romeo and Juliet, a situation that makes her question her orientation about whether she can be attracted to both boys and girls.

The List, by Patricia Forde. Summary: Letta, charged with collecting and saving words, uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language, robbing the people of Ark of the power of speech, and realizes she must also save the culture, itself.

The Lake Effect, by Erin McCahan. Summary: The summer after senior year of high school, Briggs Henry works as a personal assistant to an eccentric elderly woman in a house on the shores of Lake Michigan, and finds himself distracted by the mysterious girl next door.

The Disappearances, by Emily Bain Murphy. Summary: Every seven years, an important thing, like scent, disappears from the town of Sterling and Aila, sixteen, is determined to find the cause and how her recently-deceased mother was involved.

♥♥ The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware. Summary: The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her. At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten.

Words on Bathroom Walls, by Julia Watson. Summary:
Adam is a recently diagnosed schizophrenic; he sees and hears people who aren’t there. He journals to his therapist as he undergoes a new drug trial. Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl he meets, makes Adam want to be the great guy she thinks he is. When the miracle drug begins to fail, can he keep Maya from discovering his secret?

 

 

 

Posted in Biography, Graphic Novels, LGBTQ, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Sports, Travel

July: Fiction, Graphic Novels, and an Olympic Soccer Player

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Breakaway: Beyond the Goal, by Alex Morgan. Summary: As a talented and successful female athlete, Alex Morgan is a role model to thousands of girls who want to be their best, not just in soccer, but in life. The story of her path to success—from playing in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, to winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics, to ranking as one of the National Team’s top scorers—will inspire everyone who reads it.

From her beginnings with the American Youth Soccer Organization to the role she played in winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Alex shares the details that made her who she is today: a fantastic role model and athlete who proudly rocks a pink headband.

The Worry Workbook for Teens: Effective CBT Strategies to Break the Cycle of Chronic Worry & Anxiety, by Jamie A. Micco, PhD. Summary: Teens often worry about school, friends, dating, and what the future holds. But chronic worrying can take a toll both mentally and physically—leading to insomnia, difficulty paying attention, and even headaches and stomachaches. Written by a Harvard faculty member and expert in teen anxiety, this is the first book to target chronic, debilitating worry in teens, and offers effective, easy-to-understand cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) exercises to alleviate worry symptoms and prevent them from escalating into full-blown generalized anxiety disorder.

Wandering Son, vols. 6 & 7, by Shimura Takako. Summary of Series: Shuichi, a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino, a girl who wants to be a boy, become friends in junior high school, where they tackle problems such as gender identity, love, social acceptance, and puberty.

On the Camino, by Jason. Summary: Northwestern Spain, observed with the eye of an artist, chronicling both the good (people, conversations) and the bad (blisters, bedbugs) he encountered on his journey. Full of quiet incidents, odd encounters, small triumphs, and the occasional setback, On the Camino is the first implicitly autobiographical long-form work by a master cartoonist.

The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente. Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress. In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

The Unlikelies, by Carrie Firestone. Summary: Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

 

 

 

 

 

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New Books for July!

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  • Once and For All, by Sarah Dessen. Louna’s years working at her mother’s wedding planning business–as well as the tragic end of her first love–have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna’s mind and give her a second chance at love.
  • One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus. When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It’s up to them to solve the case.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon. When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents’ obsession with “marriage prospects” but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy, by Kathryn Ormshee. Fame and success come at a cost for Natasha “Tash” Zelenka when she creates the web series “Unhappy Families,” a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina–written by Tash’s eternal love Leo Tolstoy.
  • Perfect Ten, by L. Philips. Sam Raines performs a love spell with his Wiccan best friend after breaking up with the only other gay guy at school and finds himself pursued by three seemingly perfect suitors.
  • Here Lies Daniel Tate, by Cristin Terrill. A young runaway is welcomed into the arms of an affluent family after he takes on the identity of the family’s missing son, Daniel, only to slowly realize that the family knows more about Daniel’s disappearance than they are letting on.
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Teens’ Top Ten books are here!

TeensTopTen_logoThe 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.

Check on any of the images below to access the title in our catalog. Books are listed alphabetically by author. Click here for a list containing a short synopsis of each book.

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New Titles for May! Part II

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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.

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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.