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!
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.
Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor. The best-selling author of the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” trilogy presents the story of a guilt-ridden hero, a dreamer librarian and a girl with dangerous powers who all combat monsters and treachery in the aftermath of a war between gods and men. Read the Kirkus review here.
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.
The Rodgers Memorial Library carries many of these titles. Click on the title to access the book in our catalog:
- Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
- Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
- Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
- Don’t Get Caught, by Kurt Dinan (for the record: Hilarious)
- We Will Not Be Silent, by Russell Freedman
- Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout
- The Diabolic, by S. J. Kincaid
- Starflight, by Melissa Landers
- Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
- All We Have Left, by Wendy Mills
- This is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
- If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
- The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (One of the best books ever. I cried. The audio version is also one of the best book recordings for YA.)
Click on the book cover image or the title below to access the book record in our catalog!
New Series! Nemesis (Project Nemesis, vol. 1), by Brendan Reichs.
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
Click on the image below to access the record in our catalog!
King’s Cage (Red Queen series, v. 3), by Victoria Aveyard. In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
The Bunker Diary, by Kevin Brooks. “People are really quite simple, and they have simple needs. Food, water, light, space, privacy. Maybe a small measure of dignity. A bit of freedom. What happens when someone simply takes all that away?”
We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour. “Short, poetic and gorgeously written…. The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane.” – The New York Times Book Review
“A beautiful, devastating piece of art… An extraordinary work.” – Bookpage
“So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book.” – Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss
Dragonwatch (Dragonwatch series, v. 1), by Brandon Mull. In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….
Replica, by Lauren Oliver. From Lauren Oliver, the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica contains two narratives in one: Lyra’s story and Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey.
The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds. Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. Crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.
Start the New Year off with great reads! Click on any of the images above or on the title below to access a record and description for each book, and click on the book review organization (Kirkus, to read a short synopsis and review. Listed alphabetically by author.