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New Books This Week (December 11th, 2017)

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.

Remember that you can click on the link in the title of each book to be taken directly to our catalog, where you can see if the book is available and put yourself on hold for it.

Fiction

Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate.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.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.Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway.
HarperTeen, 2017.

“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.Goldeline, by Jimmy Cajoleas.
Harper, 2017.

“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.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.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 Petty.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.

 

Nonfiction

Bootleg, by Karen Blumenthal.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, by Steve Sheinkin.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.

 

Graphic Novels

Lighter Than My Shadow, by Katie Green.Lighter Than My Shadow, by Katie Green.
Roar, 2017.

“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, by David Kushner.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.

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New Books This Week (December 4th, 2017)

Did you miss us? We were out for last week, so we didn’t have the chance to share our new arrivals with you. Never fear, though! We’re back with another roundup of the latest additions to the young adult collection.

 

Fiction

Now is Everything, by Amy Giles.Now is Everything, by Amy Giles.
HarperTeen, 2017.

“Be the smartest. Be the best. And be invisible when necessary.

“Hadley McCauley knows that’s how you survive in her household. So she’s the perfect student, perfect athlete, and perfect daughter, all to keep her father happy, and off her little sister Lila’s case.

“The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this flawless family is hiding a dark secret.

“Hadley will do anything to keep Lila safe from their father’s abuse. But when Hadley starts secretly dating Charlie Simmons, the boy she’s had a crush on for years, her world shifts. As their relationship deepens, the tension, violence, and stakes at home escalate, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.

“When Hadley arrives at the hospital after the accident and attempts to take her own life, everyone—from her friends to her doctors to the investigator on the case and her family—wants to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.

Now is Everything is a powerful story told in alternating then and now chapters from a talented new voice in young adult literature, about what one girl is willing to do to protect her past, present, and future.” From the publisher.

 

This Mortal Coil, by Emily Suvada.This Mortal Coil, by Emily Suvada.
Simon Pulse, 2017.

“Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

“That’s no surprise since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization calling itself Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

“When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

“Now Cat must decide who she can trust. The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?” From the publisher.

 

 

Graphic Novels & Manga

Josie and the Pussycats vol. 1, by Marguerite Bennett.Josie and the Pussycats, vol. 1, by Marguerite Bennett.
Archie Comic Publications, 2017.

“Grab your cat tails and kitty-ears—Josie and the Pussycats are back! In this hard-rockin’, hard-to-put-down graphic novel, Josie gets the band together to help her climb to the top of the music world. But rock ‘n’ roll fame isn’t a formula—it takes hard work and killer tunes. Can the girls get their act together and, more importantly, stay friends? Or will Josie’s long-time frenemy Alexandra Cabot’s machinations send the whole thing to the bargain bin? Don’t miss out on the debut performance of the biggest band on the planet!

Josie and the Pussycats vol. 1 is the first collection of an all-new take on the world’s biggest comic book band. Co-writers Marguerite Bennett (BombshellsBatwoman) and Cameron DeOrdio team with rising star artist Audrey Mok to go behind the music and reveal Josie, Valerie and Melody’s three-chord, power pop origin story. Collects issues 1-5 of the hit Josie and the Pussycats ongoing series.” From the publisher.

 

Rin-ne vol. 25, by Rumiko Takahashi.Rin-ne, vol. 25, by Rumiko Takahashi.
VIZ Media, 2017.

“After a mysterious encounter in her childhood, Sakura Mamiya gained the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! Then one day she meets Rinne Rokudo, a boy who is far more than what he seems.

“Sabato Rokudo—Rinne’s deadbeat dad—is the president of the Afterlife’s evil Damashigami Company. In a shocking turn of events, it’s revealed that he’s also got a Shinigami Gold License! How can sneaky Sabato be the recipient of the shinigami world’s highest honor? Rinne and Sakura get to work solving another ghostly mystery!” From the publisher.

 

The Water Dragon's Bride vol. 1, by Rei Toma.The Water Dragon’s Bride, by Rei Toma.
VIZ Media, 2015.

“In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god!

“A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive, or will she end up being sacrificed?” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (November 20th, 2017)

Will this flood of new books arriving on our shelves ever stop? The answer is no.

Fiction

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake.Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake.
HarperTeen, 2016.

“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

“But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

“The last queen standing gets the crown.” From Goodreads.

 

Flamecaster, by Cinda Williams Chima.

Flamecaster, by Cinda Williams Chima.
HarperTeen, 2016.

“Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

“Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

“Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

“Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.” From Goodreads.

 

Mirror Mirror, by Cara Delevigne.Mirror Mirror, by Cara Delevigne.
Harper, 2017.

“Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits. Red has an alcoholic mother and a father who’s never around. Leo’s brother has been in prison for years and is about to come back home. Rose turns to boys and alcohol to numb the pain from her past. Naomi’s punk-rock-princess persona gives her freedom she can’t find anywhere else. Everyone has a reason not to go home, but the four high schoolers have formed a family of their own through their band, Mirror Mirror—the only place they can truly be themselves.

“When Naomi mysteriously vanishes and then is found unconscious, her friends are shaken, confused, and scared. Could it have been an accident—or did someone deliberately try to hurt Naomi? Did a stranger do this, or worse, someone she was close to? How well do they really know their bandmate—and one another? If Naomi wakes up from her coma, what will she have to say?

“To understand what happened to Naomi, Red, Leo, and Rose must ultimately face their own dark secrets and fears. When they look in the mirror, what do they see?

“Cara Delevigne reveals another facet of her amazing talent with this powerful novel about identity, emotional pain, the complicated world of social media, and the dangerous weight of secrets.” From the publisher.

 

The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell.The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell.
Atria Paperback, 2015.

“Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. Your neighbors have been living here for generations and you trust them implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?

“When a father’s schizophrenic break ends in tragedy, Clare absconds with her two daughters, Grace and Pip, to the idyllic Virginal Park. Clare soon befriends stay-at-home mother Adele and her devastatingly charming husband, Leo, and the girls become enmeshed in a clique of neighborhood children. Everyone seems so welcoming.

“Then one midsummer night, during a neighborhood party, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

“Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play twist together in this unforgettable novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.” From the publisher.

 

The Getaway, by Jeff Kinney.The Getaway, by Jeff Kinney.
Harry N. Abrams, 2017.

“Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

“With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

“But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?” From Goodreads.

 

This Darkness Mine, by Mindy McGinnis.This Darkness Mine, by Mindy McGinnis.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.

“Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

“But suddenly there’s a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

“Sasha discovers her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

“Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.” From the publisher.

 

Beasts Made of Night, by Tochi Onyebuchi.Beasts Made of Night, by Tochi Onyebuchi.
Razorbill, 2017.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“In the walled city of Kos, purity is exalted, but cleansing wrongdoings comes at a cost. Corrupt mages can magically extract sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Young sin-eaters, known as aki, are indentured by the mages to slay the beasts.

“Seventeen-year-old Taj is the most talented of the aki, but his livelihood comes with dangerous consequences. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast stains his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears in his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

“When Taj is called to eat the sin of a royal, he faces off against the most fearsome beast he’s ever encountered. And the battle doesn’t end at the beast’s demise. The sin opens Taj’s eyes to a dark conspiracy. There is someone in the palace plotting to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save his homeland—and his own life.

Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable fantasy adventure that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt.” From the publisher.

 

The Memory Trees, by Kali Wallace.The Memory Trees, by Kali Wallace.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.

“Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient ancestors who settled long ago on an unusual apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.

“Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister, Patience, is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her father in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

“Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to answer the questions that have haunted her: Why has her mother kept her distance over the last eight years? What actually happened the night Patience died? What other long-buried secrets has the orchard been waiting for her to uncover?

“By the critically acclaimed author of Shallow Graves comes a darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

Earth Hates Me, by Ruby Karp.Earth Hates Me: True Confessions from a Teenage Girl, by Ruby Karp.
Running Press Teens, 2017.

Earth Hates Me presents a look inside the mind of the modern teenager—from a modern teenager’s perspective. Sixteen-year-old Ruby Karp addresses the issues facing every highschooler, from grades to peer pressure to Snapchat stories, and unpacks their complicated effects on the teen psyche. 

“Ruby advises her peers on the importance of feminism (“not just the Spice Girls version”), how to deal with jealousy and friend break-ups, family life, and much more. The book takes an in-depth look at the effect of social media on modern teens and the growing pressures of choosing the right college and career. Amy Poehler says, “This book is filled with juicy young person wisdom.” 

“With Ruby’s powerful underlying message “we are more than just a bunch of dumb teenagers obsessed with our phones,” Earth Hates Me is the definitive guide to being a teen in the modern age.” From Goodreads.

 

The Costume Making Guide, by Svetlana Quindt.The Costume Making Guide: Creating Armor & Props for Cosplay, by Svetlana Quindt.
IMPACT Books, 2016.

“Get ready to impress ordinary mortals with your superhuman costume-making skills. You can do it no matter what your experience level with this first full step-by-step book on cosplay—with no sewing! Internationally known cosplayer Kamui Cosplay (a.k.a. Svetlana Quindt) shows you how to easily create costumes and props out of items available at your local arts and craft and hardware stores: turn foam into a realistic axe, create a breastplate from scratch, learn 3D painting techniques and use a glue gun to modify just about anything. You will even learn techniques for working with specialty cosplay materials such as Worbla!

“Packed with more than 30 step-by-step demonstrations that teach the skills you need to bring all your favorite characters to life. Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Best of all, you can adapt every lesson to use in all your future fandom projects for video games, books, anime, movies and even your own original characters!” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels/Manga

The Girl from the Other Side vol. 3, by Nagabe.The Girl from the Other Side, vol. 3, by Nagabe.
Seven Seas, 2017.

“Shiva’s aunt has come to the Outside to bring her home, with several soldiers in tow. Alarmed at this show of force, Teacher tries to protect Shiva, but to no avail. Meanwhile, chaos threatens to engulf the small hamlet on the Inside. Where does Shiva truly belong?” From the publisher.

 

Black Butler vol. 24, by Yana Toboso.Black Butler, vol. 24, by Yana Toboso.
Yen Press, 2017.

“A mysterious cult mesmerizes legions of followers with glorious rituals of song and dance. But the unbridled passion it inspires gives Queen Victoria cause for concern, and she urges Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his expert butler, Sebastian, to do some digging. Ciel has his own reasons for taking this lot to task, but the discovery of the cult’s penchant for blood means the Queen’s Watchdog must take swift action. When Sebastian goes probing behind the stage and into the shadows, however, he is met by a girl standing in his way, glinting sword at the ready…” From the publisher.

 

Spinning, by Tillie Walden.Spinning, by Tillie Walden.
First Second, 2017.

“For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden’s life.

“She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing in glitter and tights. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family.

“But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the closed-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life.

“Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award-winning Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (November 13th, 2017)

Another week, another batch of new books for you to check out! As always, if anything catches your eye, just click on the title to see it in our catalog. If it’s not currently available, just hit that “Place Hold” button on the right, and give it your library card number and your password. When it comes back, we’ll set it aside for you and let you know it’s here.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"See this star? When you see that star, it means James is really looking forward to this book. Sometimes it’s because the story sounds really good. Sometimes it’s because the author is one of his favorites. Sometimes it’s because someone told him the book would be made of candy, and he could eat it as he read it. (Shhh, don’t ruin it for him.) In any event, it doesn’t mean we think it’s the best book for everyone, or that it’s better than anything else on the list. It’s just something to denote a librarian’s favorite.

 

Fiction

Tool of War, by Paolo Bacigalupi.Tool of War, by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

“In a dark future swamped by rising seas, depleted resources, and endless civil war, the price for survival is brutally high. The wealthiest powers buy and breed self-protection by creating bioengineered ‘augments’: half-men, half-beasts designed solely for combat and blind obedience. But then an anomaly breaks free: the legendary half-man known as Tool.

“Tool has found a way to resist his genetically controlled impulses and has gone rogue from his masters, emerging as the victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by a global force determined to destroy him, led by someone who knows the darkest secrets of Tool’s past. Soon, Tool must make the inevitable, bloody choice of whom to serve: his gods, his pack, or himself.

“From Paolo Bacigalupi, one of science fiction’s undisputed masters, comes a riveting page-turner that stars the most provocative character from his acclaimed novels Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities—and pulls no punches when probing the complex relationships between creator and created, human and animal, and master and servant.” From the publisher.

 

Alone, by Cyn Balog.Alone, by Cyn Balog.
Sourcebooks Fire, 2017.

“When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful, and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate rather than sell the estate, which means they’re not going back to the city… or Seda’s friends and school.

“As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

“Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…” From the publisher.

 

In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan.In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Big Mouth House, 2017.

“The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border—unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and—best of all as far as Elliot is concerned—mermaids.

“Elliot? Who’s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He’s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.

“It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there’s Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there’s her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoying likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There’s even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.” From the publisher.

 

The Knowing, by Sharon Cameron.The Knowing, by Sharon Cameron.
Scholastic Press, 2017.

“Samara is one of the Knowing, and the Knowing do not forget anything—love, hate, or their first drawn breath. Hidden deep in the comfort and splendor of her underground city, a refuge from the menace of a coming Earth, Samara learns what she should never have known and creates a memory so terrible she knows she cannot live with it. And so she flees to Canaan, the lost city of her ancestors, to be both healed and cursed. To Forget.

“Beckett has flown through the stars to find a dream: the city of Canaan, the most infamous social experiment of Earth’s antiquity, lost to space and the mysteries of time. A history forgotten. Then Beckett finds Samara in the ruins of the lost city and uncovers so much more than he ever bargained for—a challenge to all he’s ever believed in or sworn to. When planets collide and memories clash, can Samara and Beckett save two words and remember love in a place that has forgotten it?

“At once thought provoking and utterly thrilling, this extraordinary companion novel to Sharon Cameron’s #1 New York Times bestselling The Forgetting explores the truth and loss that lie within human memory and the bonds that hold us together.” From the publisher.

 

Echo After Echo, by Amy Rose Capetta.Echo After Echo, by Amy Rose Capetta.
Candlewick Press, 2017.

“Zara Evans has come to New York: to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman. She’s here to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love.

“When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another. Deaths that could be accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes.

“It’s hard not to be distracted when Eli Vasquez, assistant lighting designer, a girl of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara.

“It’s hard not to fall in love.

“In heartachingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun together a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole. She casts lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy: Zara is Echo, and Echo always dies. Night after night.

“Echo after echo.” From the publisher.

 

Moon Chosen, by P. C. Cast.Moon Chosen, by P. C. Cast.
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016.

“Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before….

“Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny… and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.” From the publisher.

 

Sun Warrior, by P. C. Cast.Sun Warrior, by P. C. Cast.
Wednesday Books, 2017.

“The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker, and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans, now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

“Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people, and he will do anything he must to get it back, even if that means destroying everything in his path. There is only one way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. If they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other. But even as they fight, a more menacing power named Dead Eye grows.” From the publisher.

 

Brooding YA Hero, by Carrie DiRisio.Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, by Carrie DiRisio.
Sky Pony Press, 2017.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“50 percent writing guide, 50 percent laugh-out-loud story, this 100 percent hilarious read will thrill, delight, and perhaps even teach you a thing or two about the world of young adult fiction.

“Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel?Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

“Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities, games, and illustrations) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

“As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody will tell you how to choose your genre, share his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and even explain how to make sure you secure that sequel.

“Can Broody finish his book? Will Blondie accidentally become the hero of the tale? Will you be inspired to write the next big YA hit?

“You’ll have to read to find out.” From the publisher.

 

The Librarian of Auschwitz, by Antonio Iturbe.The Librarian of Auschwitz, by Antonio Iturbe.
Godwin Books, 2017.

“Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Displaced, along with her mother and father, from their home in Prague—first to the capital city’s ghetto, then northward to the Terezín settlement, and now to Auschwitz in Poland—Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees, becoming the librarian of Auschwitz.

“From one of the darkest chapters of human history comes an extraordinary story of courage and hope.” From the publisher.

 

All the Wind in the World, by Samantha Mabry.All the Wind in the World, by Samantha Mabry.
Algonquin, 2017.

“Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt have fallen in love working in the endless fields that span a bone-dry Southwest in the near future—a land that’s a little bit magical, deeply dangerous, and bursting with secrets. To protect themselves, they’ve learned to work hard and, above all, keep their love hidden from the people who might use it against them. Then, just when Sarah Jac and James have settled in and begun saving money for the home they dream of near the coast, a horrible accident sends them on the run. With no choice but to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch, the delicate balance of their lives begins to give way—and they may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

All the Wind in the World is a breathtaking tale of dread and danger, romance and redemption.” From the publisher.

 

The Hollow Girl, by Hillary Monahan.The Hollow Girl, by Hillary Monahan.
Delacorte Press, 2017.

“Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered—and modest, as is required by Roma custom—except for one thing: the son of the chieftain has been secretly harassing her.

“One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault her and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels after the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. ‘There is always a price for this kind of magic,’ Drina warns. The only way to save him is guresome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

“She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.” From the publisher.

 

You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins.You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins.
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2017.

“Tara’s family has just immigrated to New York City from India via London. Her beauty draws everyone’s eyes, but she doesn’t let anyone truly see her.

“Her younger sister, Sonia, is falling in love with a boy her mother can’t accept, cutting a deep wound in the Das family.

“The daughter of a Bollywood star, Anna is both brilliant and shy, like the Bengal tigers she fights to protect.

“Chantal is as fierce a dancer as she is a friend, student, and athlete. But will her wealthy new boyfriend be able to thrive in her shadow?

“And Ranee, the center that binds them all together, is beginning to unravel.

“As each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America and which to leave behind, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal.

“With sparkling humor and incisive feeling, Mitali Perkins spins a timeless tale of the American dream that will inspire you to bring those who might seem distant, or different, nearer in your heart.” From the publisher.

 

They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera.They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera.
HarperTeen, 2017.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

“Uplifting and devastating, charming and haunting, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut novel the New York Times called ‘profound.’ It’s a story that reminds us there’s no life without death, no love without loss—and that it’s possible to change your whole world in a day.” From the publisher.

 

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, by F. C. Yee.The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, by F. C. Yee.
Amulet Books, 2017.

“Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.

“But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tail and penchant for peaches.

“Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

The Family Romanov, by Candace Fleming.The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming.
Schwartz & Wade, 2014.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia’s last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia’s poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.” From the publisher.

 

Whale Quest, by Karen Romano Young.Whale Quest, by Karen Romano Young.
Twenty-First Century Books, 2017.

“Decades of commercial whaling nearly decimated a variety of species of whales. These intriguing animals, which capture humans’ imagination, are a keystone species. They and other keystone species are indicators of the overall health of Earth’s habitats. While whales have made a comeback through an international ban on commercial whaling, they are still threatened with extinction. In fact, two whale species—the Cook Inlet beluga whale and the Southern Resident killer whale—are endangered. Global warming, water and noise pollution, and commercial shipping and fishing are among the most serious threats to whale survival.

“Meet the scientists, citizen scientists, researchers, whale watching guides, their crews, and other concerned citizens who are working together to protect whale populations around the globe. Learn about whale biology, habitats, and behavior, and discover more about the high-technology tools and apps that help researchers in their work. Discover whales in pop culture, from Moby Dick to Kilikum, the popular SeaWorld orca and star of Blackfish, an in-depth documentary film about whales in captivity. And find out how you, too, can join the effort to protect Earth’s largest mammals.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

M.F.K., by Nilah Magruder.M.F.K., by Nilah Magruder.
Insight Comics, 2017.

“In a world of sleeping gods, a broken government, and a fragile peace held in the hands of the corrupt, one youth must find the strength to stand up against evil and save humanity.

“This story is not about that youth.

“It’s about Abbie, who just wants to get to the mountain range called the Potter’s Spine and scatter her mother’s ashes. But the way is filled with sandstorms, wild beasts, and rogues that wield inhuman powers and prey on poor desert-dwellers. When one of these rogues threatens the town where Abbie takes refuge, she must choose between running and unleashing her own hidden power to meet the danger head-on.

“Journeys are hard on the social recluses of the world.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (November 6th, 2017)

It’s a new week, and we have new books on offer! As always, click on the titles to be taken to our catalog entry. Once you’re there, you can see if it’s available, and if it’s not, you can place a hold on it with your library card number and your password. That way, the next time it’s in, it’ll be held aside for you.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"See this star? It means James has really been looking forward to this book. It doesn’t mean the book is better or all the others are worse—seriously, have you seen what he reads?—just that he thinks he’ll really like it. The next time you see him, you can ask him about it!

Fiction

If There's No Tomorrow, by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If There’s No Tomorrow, by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Harlequin Teen, 2017.

“Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

“Until once choice, one moment, destroys everything.

“Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

“For what she let happen.

“With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?” From the publisher.

 

Scion of the Fox, by S. M. Beiko. Scion of the Fox, by S. M. Beiko.
ECW Press, 2017.

“Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not sotypical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.” From the publisher.

 

One Dark Throne, by Kendare Blake. One Dark Throne, by Kendare Blake.
Harper Teen, 2017.

“The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

“With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

“In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.” From the publisher.

 

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, by Julie C. Dao. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, by Julie C. Dao.
Philomel Books, 2017.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"

“Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

“Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.” From the publisher.

 

The Glass Spare, by Lauren DeStefano. The Glass Spare, by Lauren DeStefano.
Balzer + Bray, 2017.

“Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

“Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

“But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

“With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?” From the publisher.

 

Falcon in the Glass, by Susan Fletcher Falcon in the Glass, by Susan Fletcher.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013.

“In Venice in 1487, the secrets of glassblowing are guarded jealously. Renzo, a twelve-year-old laborer in a glassworks, has just a few months to prepare for a test of his abilities, and no one to teach him. If he passes, he will qualify as a skilled glassblower. If he fails, he will be expelled from the glassworks. Becoming a glassblower is his murdered father’s dying wish for him, and the means of supporting his mother and sister. But Renzo desperately needs another pair of hands to help him turn the glass as he practices at night.

“One night he is disturbed by a bird—a small falcon—that seems to belong to a girl hiding in the glassworks. Soon Renzo learns about her and others like her—the bird people, who can communicate with birds and are condemned as witches. He tries to get her to help him and discovers that she comes with baggage: ten hungry bird-kenning children who desperately need his aid. Caught between devotion to his family and his art and protecting a group of outcast children, Renzo struggles for a solution that will keep everyone safe in this atmospheric adventure.” From the publisher.

 

The Door to January, by Gillian French. The Door to January, by Gillian French.
Islandport Press, 2017.

“Ever since sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson moved away from her hometown of Bernier, Maine, she’s had nightmares. And not just the usual ones. These are inside her, pulling her, calling her back, drawing her to a door, a house, a place, a time. Full of fear, full of danger. So this summer, Natalie’s going back to Bernier to face up to a few things: the reason she left town in the first place, the boy she’s trying hard not to trust, and the door in her dreams.

“But once she steps through the door, into a murky past, she’s entangled in someone else’s world. And only Natalie can help right the wrongs of both the past and the present.” From the publisher.

 

Dare Mighty Things, by Heather Kaczynski. Dare Mighty Things, by Heather Kaczynski.
HarperTeen, 2017.

“The rules are simple: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

“Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe. 

“Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

“As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.” From the publisher.

 

Warcross, by Marie Lu. Warcross, by Marie Lu.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2017.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

“Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.” From the publisher.

 

Wild Beauty, by Anna-Marie McLemore. Wild Beauty, by Anna-Marie McLemore.
Feiwel & Friends, 2017.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Love grows such strange things.

“For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

“The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.” From the publisher.

 

Gray Wolf Island, by Tracey Neithercott Gray Wolf Island, by Tracey Neithercott.
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017.

“Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

“With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

“As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

“From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.” From the publisher.

 

The Nowhere Girls, by Amy Reed. The Nowhere Girls, by Amy Reed.
Simon Pulse, 2017.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

“Who are the Nowhere Girls?

“They’re every girl. But they start with just three:

“Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

“Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

“Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

“When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

“Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.” From the publisher.

 

The Day the Angels Fell, by Shawn Smucker. The Day the Angels Fell, by Shawn Smucker.
Fleming H. Revell Company, 2017.

“It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.

“After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift? 

“Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful debut, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L’Engle and Lois Lowry.” From the publisher.

 

Return to the Dark House, by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Return to the Dark House, by Laurie Faria Stolarz.
Disney-Hyperion, 2015.

“Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?

“Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there—somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

“When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?

“Laurie Faria Stolarz crafts a mesmerizing thriller that will leave readers looking over their shoulders.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

Fault Lines in the Constitution, by Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson. Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today, by Cynthia & Sanford Levison.
Peachtree Publishers, 2017.

“Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introducedthen they offer possible solutions. Think Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these features in our system for granted. But they came about through haggling in an overheated room in 1787, and were still experiencing the ramifications. Each chapter in this timely and thoughtful exploration of the Constitutions creation begins with a storyall but one of them truethat connects directly back to a section of the document that forms the basis of our society and government From the award-winning team, Cynthia Levinson, childrens book author, and Sanford Levinson, constitutional law scholar, Fault Lines in the Constitution will encourage exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike.” From the publisher.

Posted in Girl Power, Girls Who Code, STEM, Teen Programming, Teens

Girls Who Code, and Closing the Gender Gap

Here at the Rodgers Memorial Library, we’re proud to offer a regular Girls Who Code club. The mission of GWC is to encourage more girls to seek careers in computer science by introducing them to coding, starting in middle school and high school.

Back in August, Reshma Saujani—the founder of Girls Who Code—gave an interview to School Library Journal. Check out the link below if you’re interested in hearing what she has to say about empowering young women and closing the gender gap in the tech industry. And if you’re interested in joining Girls Who Code once it gets started again, follow this blog for more information about that and other upcoming teen programs at RML.

“Reshma Saujani On Closing the Gender Gap in Tech” – School Library Journal.

Posted in Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Girl Power, Historical Fiction, Military, New, Realistic Fiction, Robots, Science Fiction, Stand Alone, Suspense, Teens

New Books in October

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!

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