Looks like winter’s here for real! Cozy up with some of the library’s newest arrivals in the teen section ahead of the holidays. After all, spending time with your family can be… yeah.
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Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate.
Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
“Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories…
“Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.
“You might say Red has seen it all.
“Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.
“Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from her heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.” From the publisher.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust.
Flatiron Books, 2017.
“Sixteen-year-old Mina is motherless, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone. In fact, her heart has never beat at all, but she’d always thought that was normal. Mina never guessed that her father had cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: Win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
“Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: A magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s orders. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce, regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known, or else defeat her. Only one can win all, while the other loses everything—unless they can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.” From the publisher.
Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway.
“Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After getting pregnant at sixteen and putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family and finds an older brother and younger sister. But she struggles to find the balance between her cautious joy at discovering two brand-new family members and the gaping loneliness that lingers in the space her daughter once held.
“Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. When her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.
“Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, has no interest in bonding over their shared loss of a biological mother. After all, he is the only one of the three who was never adopted. And seventeen years in the foster care system have taught him his secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, tight to his chest where they can’t hurt anyone but him.
“Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love.” From the publisher.
Goldeline, by Jimmy Cajoleas.
“In the wild, free woods of the Hinterlands, where magic is as real as stories are, there lives a girl named Goldeline. Goldeline has hair as white as summer snow and gold-flecked eyes, and she travels from camp to camp with Gruff and his bandits, getting by on the things they steal from carriages that pass through the woods.
“But someone is after Goldeline. The Preacher—the man who wants to cleanse the Hinterlands of anyone who’s different, the man who turned the Townies against Goldeline’s momma for being a witch—thinks that Goldeline must be a witch, too.
“Now Goldeline will have to summon all the courage and magic she got from her momma to escape the Preacher, save her friends, and maybe, if she’s lucky, find a place to call home.” From the publisher.
The Fever Code, by James Dashner.
Delacorte Press, 2016.
“Once there was a world’s end. The forests burned, the lakes and rivers died up, and the oceans swelled.
“Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
“Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
“The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
“Now there are secrets. There are lies.
“And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
“This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.” From the publisher.
Game Change, by Joseph Monninger.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
“Seventeen-year-old Zeb Holloway works in his uncle’s auto repair shop and spends his weekends hunting in New Hampshire’s backwoods. He’s a quarterback on his high school’s undefeated football team, but he never plays. Why would he when T. T. Munroe—a walking, talking highlight reel—is around? That is, until T.T.’s injured a week before the state championship game.
“Now Zeb’s tapped to start. As he assumes the role of QB and team leader, it feels like the entire town is watching. Girls want to talk to him and adults want to shake his hand. When a college recruiter says Zeb could have a future beyond his small New Hampshire town, he realizes there’s a bigger life out there for him… if he can play his heart out. Set over the course of seven fateful days, Game Change is a powerful story about a boy on the brink of adulthood.” From the publisher.
Final Fall, by Heather W. Petty.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2017.
“Mori is out for revenge. Imprisoned in the English countryside, with her brothers held as leverage, she’s never felt angrier or more helpless. When an opportunity for escape arises, Mori takes it and flees back to the streets of London, where she is finally able to plot the demise of her recently freed father and his cohorts.
“But after a bittersweet reunion with Lock, she discovers that he may not be the ally he once was. In the face of blackmail, threats, and Lock’s noble attempts to thwart her crusade, Mori has an impossible decision to make.
“Can Mori wash the blood from her hands and walk away? Or will her final fall from grace be the end of everyone she loves?” From the publisher.
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal.
Roaring Books Press, 2011.
“Enter an unforgettable decade in American history when gangsters ruled, everyone broke the law, and an unusual constitutional amendment made alcohol illegal.
“For more than a decade starting in 1920, millions of regular Americans ignored the law of the land. Parents became bootleggers, kids smuggled illegal alcohol, and outlaws became celebrities. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, of course. When Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcohol in the United States, supporters believed it would create a better, stronger nation. Instead, it began an era of lawlessness, when famous gangsters like Al Capone rose to fame, and many reconsidered their concept of right and wrong. This is the story of those nearly fourteen years in American history—the story of prohibition.” From the publisher.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, by Steve Sheinkin.
Roaring Books Press, 2017.
“Jim Thorpe: super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American. Pop Warner: indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad.
“Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in the history of America’s favorite sport. Called ‘the team that invented football,’ Carlisle’s innovative squad challenged the greatest, most elite teams—Harvard, Yale, Army—audaciously vowing to take their place among the nation’s football powers.
“This is an astonishing underdog sports story—and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. It’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.” From the publisher.
Lighter Than My Shadow, by Katie Green.
“Like many kids, Katie was a picky eater. She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she’d have to eat it for breakfast.
“But in any life a set of circumstances can collide and normal behavior might soon slip into something sinister, something deadly.
“Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak they prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure toward happiness.” From the publisher.
Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D, by David Kushner.
Nation Books, 2017.
“Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story.
“Gygax was the son of immigrants who grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, in the 1950s. An imaginative misfit, he escaped into a virtual world based on science fiction novels, military history and strategic games like chess. In the mid-1970s, he co-created the wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons game, determining the rules and inventing the signature 20-sided dice. Starting out in the basement of his home, he was soon struggling to keep up with the demand. Gygax was a purist, in the sense that he was adamant that players use their imaginations and that the rules of the game remain flexible. A creative mind with no real knowledge of business, he made some strategic errors and had a falling out with the game’s co-creator, his close friend and partner, David Arneson.
“By the late 1970s the game had become so popular among kids that parents started to worry—so much so that a mom’s group was formed to alert parents to the dangers of role play and fantasy. The backlash only fueled the fires of the young fans who continued to play the game, escaping into imaginary worlds. Before long, D&D conventions were set up around the country and the game inspired everything from movies to the first video games. With D&D, Gygax created the kind of role playing fantasy that would fuel the multibillion dollar video game industry, and become a foundation of contemporary geek culture.” From Goodreads.