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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Last of the Manga!

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Click on the book cover above or on the title below to access the records in our catalog.

  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! vol. 9.
  • Fruits Basket, vols. 10 & 11 (click on “Next 10” below vol. 10 to access the rest of the series)
  • Kamisama Kiss, vols. 21-24 (click on “Next 10” below vol. 20 to access the rest of the series)
  • Pandora Hearts, vols. 17-21 (click on “Next 10” below vol. 20 to access the rest of the series)
  • Rin-Ne, vols. 22, 23 (click on “Next 10” below vol. 20 to access the rest of the series)
  • So Cute It Hurts! vols. 11-13
  • Tokyo Ghoul, vol. 13
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!, vols. 19-27 (click on “Next 10” below vols. 19-21 to access the rest of the series)

 

 

 

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More Manga!

We’re still updating our manga collection! Click on the image or the title to access the record in our catalog.

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Kamisama Kiss, vols. 14 – 20. Summary: Newly homeless Nanani learns that accepting an offer to stay in a Shinto shrine has made her the shrine’s new deity, and to fulfill her duties she needs the reluctant help of her familiar, a fox spirit in the form of an attractive young man.

Pandora Hearts, vols. 11 – 16. Summary: The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius’s coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing. Thrown into the Abyss–an eternal prison from which there is no escape–Oz meets a young girl named Alice, who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, will they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or will Alice provide him with some shred of hope?

So Cute it Hurts!! vols. 5-10. Summary: The comedy starts when the cross-dressing begins! The Kobayashi twins, Mego and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Mego has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other? But Mego can’t rely on just her book smarts in Mitsuru’s all-boys, delinquents’ paradise of a high school. And Mitsuru finds life as a high school girl to be much more complicated than he expected!

Posted in Adventure, Fiction, History, LGBTQ, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Romance

More books! It never ends! (And that’s a good thing!)

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Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific” by Deborah Hopkinson, compiles testimonies, personal stories, and photographs to chronicle the lives of members of the US Submarine Force as they waged a war as the “frontline warriors on a liquid battlefied.” Gripping and compelling, and a must-read for researchers and history buffs. Review here.

Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven – see the trailer here – tells the story of Libby, a previously overweight home-schooled girl, and Jack, a student with face blindness, and their love story. “Flying Lessons & Other Short Stories” features a wide range of cultural fiction  by some of YA’s most prolific authors: Kwame Alexander (“The Crossover“), Walter Dean Myers (“Sunrise over Fallujah“), Jacqueline Woodson (“Another Brooklyn“), and Grace Lin (“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon“). “Because of the Sun” by Jenny Torres Sanchez introduces us to Dani, whose mother has been suddenly killed. Dani is sent to an aunt she doesn’t know in New Mexico, and begins a journey of discovery and friendship with Paolo, a boy who seems to understand her pain. Finally, our Manga collection increases with the addition of volumes 9 and 10 of Assassination Classroom.

 

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Posted in Adventure, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Humor, Manga, Mystery, Series

James Dashner, M.J. Beaufrand, Zombies, and Punching Men ;)

5128kif-1cl-_sx326_bo1204203200_ The last installment of James Dashner’s series The Mortality Doctrine has arrived: “The Game of Lives.” Read a review here.

9781419721380  M. J. Beaufrand’s “Useless Bay” is a tense mystery that includes quintuplets, Washington Bay, and severed body parts. *shudder* Read a review here.

zombies-vs-unicorns-cover “Zombies vs. Unicorns” by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black is a hilarious take on which fantasy being is the more awesome of the two. According to the BBC review, “whether you are a fan of relentless shambling or rainbow flatulence, you won’t be disappointed.” Read a review here.

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