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New Books This Week (July 9th, 2018)

Welcome to week three of summer reading!

 

Fiction

The Ruinous Sweep, by Tim Wynne-Jones.The Ruinous Sweep, by Tim Wynne-Jones.
Candlewick Press, 2018.

“On the night Donovan Turner is thrown out of a car on a highway in the middle of nowhere, he can barely remember his own name, let alone the details of the past twenty-four hours. Where is he? How did he get here? Where is his girlfriend, Bee? Nothing makes sense on this dark, lonely stretch of highway. In an attempt to flag down the next passing car, he startles the driver, causing a fatal accident.

“With sirens in the distance and the lingering feeling that he is running from something or someone, Donovan grabs the dead man’s briefcase and flees. It is filled with cash. Cash he could desperately use.

“Bee thought the worst part of Dono’s accident would be that he might not make it through the night. But when the police show up and hint that the unconscious Dono is also the prime suspect in a murder, Bee is determined to put together the pieces of what happened the night of the accident and clear his name.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

#NotYourPrincess, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale.#NotYourPrincess, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale.
Annick Press, 2018.

“This is what needs to be said, needs to be shown, and needs to be told…

“What is it like to be an Indigenous woman or girl today? In this compelling collection, over fifty contemporary artists come together to shatter stereotypes, revealing hurt from the past and celebrating hope for the future. With striking honesty, #NotYourPrincess showcases the extraordinary strength, diversity, and talent of Native American girls and women across North America.” From the publisher.

 

A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance, by Emma Gray.A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance: A Feminist Handbook on Fighting for Good, by Emma Gray.
William Morrow, 2018.

“So—the presidential election of 2016 happened. You cried, you ranted, you marched. But how do you stay engaged for the long term? How do you keep fighting while also continuing your real life? How do you get involved when you feel far from the action? How do you stay vigilant without being furious? All. The. Time.

“Needing to take action after the election, Emma Gray, Executive Women’s Editor at HuffPost, put on her journalist’s hat and set out to get answers to these questions from some of the most prominent thought leaders and activists of our time. She spoke with march organizers, senators, and new and longtime activists across political movements to find out the best ways to listen to those who have been doing this for a while, to join in, and to create sustainable action. In all of her conversations, one theme came up again and again: young women are essential to the resistance.

“Interweaving the interviews with her own experiences as a member of the media, reporting and covering resistance events in a time when the media has been under assault, Emma has created a down-and-dirty guide for women of all ages to roll up their sleeves and resist the forces that are a threat to  our rights:

“Inside you’ll find:

  • A guide for how to choose reliable news sources to make sure you’re getting quality information.
  • Practical instructions on how to get involved and stay involved, with examples from the author’s own experiences organizing the successful Watch Us Run conference.
  • An exploration of female-centric work spaces and instructions for how to create your own.
  • Advice for self-care and how to stay involved without exhausting yourself.” From the publisher.
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New Books This Week (July 2nd, 2018)

Hey, it’s James’s birthday today! Don’t worry about getting him a gift—his gift is knowing that you’ll check out some of these new arrivals in the teen section. And really, isn’t that the gift that keeps on giving?

(Editor’s Note: That, and Steam gift cards. -James)

 

Fiction

Aftermath, by Kelley Armstrong.Aftermath, by Kelley Armstrong.
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018.

“In the aftermath of violence, someone always pays.

“Three years after losing her brother, Luka, in a school shooting, Sky Gilchrist is moving home. There’s no sympathy for Skye and her family, though, because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter.

“Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend—Skye.

“When Jesse and Skye reunite, they can’t resist reopening the mysteries of the past. But can wounds that deep ever truly heal? Skye can’t outrun her brother’s shame. And despite being a victim, Jesse’s Bengali American family will always be a target.

“But when Skye uncovers evidence that could clear Luka’s name, it becomes obvious that someone wants the truth to stay buried. What happened that fateful day? Skye and Jesse are dying to know. And they just might pay that price.” From the publisher.

 

The Language of Thorns, by Leigh Bardugo.The Language of Thorns, by Leigh Bardugo.
Imprint, 2017.

“Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

“Inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tale, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

“Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.” From the publisher.

 

Summer Skin, by Kirsty Eagar.Summer Skin, Kirsty Eagar.
Feiwel and Friends, 2018.

“Jess Gordon is out for revenge.

“Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a handpicked college girl gang are going to get even.

“The lesson: Don’t mess with Unity College girls.

“The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold… and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

“A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig—sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?

“Kristy Eagar expertly handles a searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex in today’s hook-up culture.” From the publisher.

 

How We Roll, by Natasha Friend.How We Roll, by Natasha Friend.
Farrar Straus Giraux, 2018.

“For Quinn McAvoy, losing her hair the summer before eighth grade was the beginning of the end. Suddenly she was Pluto: a has-been planet, too dwarflike and unimportant to hang with the other celestial bodies.

“But Quinn gets a second chance when her family moves across the country a week before her freshman year. No one in Gull’s Head, Massachusetts, knows that Quinn has alopecia, the autoimmune disorder that took the hair she had never really thought about—until it was gone. No one knows that the wig she’s wearing isn’t her real hair.

“All Quinn wants is to blend in with the crowd. When the popular girls mistake her for one of their own, Quinn plays along until a boy in a wheelchair who’s been hurt even more than she has turns Quinn’s carefully constructed world on its head.” From the publisher.

 

Give Me Some Truth, by Eric Gansworth.Give Me Some Truth, by Eric Gansworth.
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018.

“Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A rock band—and winning the local Battle of the Bands, with its first prize of a trip to New York City—is his best chance. But things keep getting in the way. Small matters like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot in the butt confronting the racist owner of a local restaurant.

“Maggi Bokoni has just moved back to the reservation from the city with her family. She’s dying to stop making the same Traditional artwork her family sells to tourists (conceptual stuff is cooler), stop feeling out of place in her new (old) home, and stop being treated like a child. She might like to fall in love for the first time too.

“Carson and Maggi—along with their friend Lewis—will navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love in this stirring novel about coming together in a world defined by difference, from the acclaimed author of If I Ever Get Out of Here.” From the publisher.

 

Monday's Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson.Monday’s Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice.

“Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia starts to worry. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or the second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. With her grades on the line, Claudia needs her best—and only—friend now more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

“As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

“In her dark, thrilling, and timely sophomore novel, acclaimed author Tiffany D. Jackson unravels a complex mystery and explores the traumatic effects of the truth.” From the publisher.

 

Every Shiny Thing, by Cordelia Jensen & Laurie Morrison.Every Shiny Thing, by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison.
Amulet Books, 2018.

“Lauren has always been a good sister. Sierra has always taken care of her mom.

“Both girls feel lost when the person they love most isn’t with them anymore.

“Lauren’s brother Ryan goes to a therapeutic boarding school for autistic teens, and Sierra has to leave her mom to live in foster care in Lauren’s wealthy neighborhood. Both girls feel a little less lost when they become friends.

“But when Lauren recruits Sierra to help with a Robin Hood scheme to raise money for those in need, Sierra has a lot to lose if the plan goes wrong. Lauren and Sierra have good intentions, but that might not matter as much as they think. How far will they go to do what they think is right?” From the publisher.

 

What You Left Me, by Bridget Morrissey.What You Left Me, by Bridget Morrissey.
Sourcebooks, 2018.

“What if your first chance with someone was also your last?

“Today, Martin McGee is graduating. And tonight he is having a party. And he really wants Petra McGowan to come. Because even though he just met her, he knows this could be something special.

“Today, Petra McGowan is almost graduating. She’ll get to walk across that stage, but she won’t really be done with high school until she takes the final she’s been putting off ever since that horrible moment last year. But she doesn’t want to think about that right now. She wants to think about Martin and how she just might go to his party tonight.

“Then a car accident changes everything. Martin’s life hangs in the balance, and even though Petra’s only known him for one day, she’s left picking up the pieces. Using friends, family, and shared dreams, she keeps their connection going while Martin lies unconscious, trapped in the prison of his own mind.

“Together they must unlock the truth of his situation, and with time running out, their bond becomes Martin’s best shot at waking up to the life he’s left behind.” From the publisher.

 

The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X. R. Pan.The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X. R. Pan.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“Leigh Chen is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

“Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

“Alternating between reality and magic, past and present, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, bravery, and love.” From the publisher.

 

Not the Girls You're Looking For, by Aminah Mae Safi.Not the Girls You’re Looking For, by Aminah Mae Safi.
Feiwel and Friends, 2018.

“Lulu Saad doesn’t need you advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends, and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world—or at least junior year at her Texas prep school. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at last week’s house party, but he was totally faking it. True, it was also a little harsh when she told one of those best friends to stop dating a scumbag. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan.

“It’s all under control. Ish.

“Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of his mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.

“In this gorgeously written coming-of-age novel, debut author Aminah Mae Safi tells a fresh, funny, and real story of angry, messy teenage girls, complex relationships, and how easy it can be to hurt those around you, even if—especially if—you love them.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

Girling Up, by Mayim Bialik.Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, by Mayim Bialik.
Philomel Books, 2017.

“Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interest and school… sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is a little information.

“Want to know why your stomach does a flip-flop when you run into your crush in the hallway? Or how the food you put in your body now will affect you in the future? What about the best ways to stop freaking out about your next math test?

“Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she learned from her life and her PhD in neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically, and sociologically.

“Want to be strong? Want to be smart? Want to be spectacular? You can! Start by reading this book.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Giant Days, vol. 4, by John Allison.Giant Days, vol. 4, by John Allison.
Boom! Box, 2017.

“It’s springtime at Sheffield University—the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and fast-pals Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue to survive their freshman year of college. Susan is barely dealing with her recent breakup with McGraw, Esther is considering dropping out of school, and Daisy is trying to keep everyone and everything from falling apart. Combined with house hunting, indie film festivals, and online dating, can the girls make it to their second year?” From the publisher.

 

Paper Girls, vol. 4, by Brian K. Vaughan.Paper Girls, vol. 4, by Brian K. Vaughan.
Image Comics, 2018.

“It’s the girls’ biggest, strangest adventure yet, as Tiffany and her fellow newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and KJ are launched from prehistoric times into the year 2000, where they finally get some answers about what the hell is happening.

“In this harrowing version of our past, Y2K was even more of a cataclysm than experts feared, and the only person who can save the future is a 12-year-old girl from 1988.” From the publisher.

 

Lumberjanes, vol. 7, by Shannon Watters.Lumberjanes: A Bird’s-Eye View, by Shannon Watters.
Boom! Box, 2017.

“Wing it on!

“The high council is coming to camp and Counselor Jen is determined to make everything perfect, even though a storm is brewing and kittens from the boys’ camp are manifesting magical powers. It’s every Lumberjane on deck as the girls do their best to prep the grounds for inspection… but there are some storms no one can prepare for.

“This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series is a story of friendship, hardcore lady-types, and kicking a lot of butt. Don’t miss out on the continued adventures of the Lumberjanes written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leah (SUPER CAKES) and illustrated by Carey Pietsch (ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT) and newcomer Ayme Sotuyo.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (June 25th, 2018)

The summer reading program is now live! Sign up here and start logging your time to be entered to win prizes all summer long! If you’re looking for something to read, consider these new arrivals in the teen section, but remember: all reading counts. That includes print books, e-books, audiobooks, and graphic novels of all stripes.

 

Fiction

What Girls Are Made Of, by Elana K. Arnold.What Girls Are Made Of, by Elana K. Arnold.
Carolrhoda Lab, 2017.

“This is NOT a story of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

“When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now Nina is sixteen. And she’ll do anything for the boy she loves, just to prove she’s worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of?

“Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are. She’s been volunteering at a high-kill animal shelter where she realizes that for dogs waiting to be adopted, love comes only to those with youth, symmetry, and quietness. She also ruminates on the strange, dark time her mother took her to Italy to see statues of saints who endured unspeakable torture because of their unquestioning devotion to the divine. Is this what love is?

“Raw, compelling, and unflinching, Elana K. Arnold’s newest novel explores the darkest crevices of femaleness. What girls are made of might just surprise you.” From the publisher.

 

War Storm, by Victoria Aveyard.War Storm, by Victoria Aveyard.
HarperTeen, 2018.

“Victory comes at a price.

“Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to destroy the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

“But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to destroy the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means destroying everything—and everyone—in his path.

“War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

“In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.” From the publisher.

 

Lies You Never Told Me, by Jennifer Donaldson.Lies You Never Told Me, by Jennifer Donaldson.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Gabe and Elyse have never met. But both made the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard.

“Elyse is shocked when she’s cast as the lead in her Portland high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend is usually the star, and quiet, shy Elyse isn’t sure she’s up to the task. That is, until she catches someone’s eye at rehearsals—someone she knows she should never be with. But never say never…

“In Austin, Texas, Gabe is contemplating the unthinkable—breaking up with Sasha, his impulsive popular girlfriend. She’s always had a fiery temper, so she’s not going to let him slip through her fingers, even if it means destroying him.

“With breathtaking twists, forbidden romances, and deadly secrets, Jennifer Donaldson’s scandalous, thrilling novel reveals how one bad choice can blaze out of control, burning everything—and everyone—in its path.” From the publisher.

 

Furyborn, by Claire Legrand.Furyborn, by Claire Legrand.
Sourcebooks Fire, 2018.

“Two young women, centuries apart, hold the power to either save their world… or doom it.

“When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this power are a pair of prophesied Queens: a queen of light and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed… unless the trials destroy her first.

“A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family safe. Now, she believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

“As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them will ultimately determine the fate of the world—and of each other.” From the publisher.

 

Reflection, by Elizabeth Lim.Reflection, by Elizabeth Lim.
Disney Press, 2018.

“Fa Mulan has a warrior’s heart. She would do anything to protect her loved ones, including go to war in her ailing father’s place disguised as a soldier called Ping. And when the captain of her regiment, Li Shang, takes a grievous blow meant for her, Mulan knows she must do everything she can to help him survive his life-threatening injury… even if that means accepting a harrowing mission to the Underworld, Diyu.

“King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not about to make things easy for her. With the help of Shang’s great lion guardian, Mulan must traverse the Underworld, face near-impossible obstacles, and bring Shang back before sunrise—or stay in Diyu forever. As if that weren’t enough, Mulan is still posing as Ping and grappling with the decision to reveal her true identity, especially as she and Shang grow closer.

“Time is of the essence. Will Mulan be able to save Shang—and herself—before it’s too late?” From the publisher.

 

Sparrow, by Sarah Moon.Sparrow, by Sarah Moon.
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017.

“They find her on the edge of the roof of her school. No one believes that she wasn’t about to jump.

“But then again, no one knows Sparrow very well.

“She keeps good grades. She keeps to herself. Though she wishes she had a friend, she has no idea how that might happen.

“So sometimes she goes where the birds gather and she waits, waits for them to come get her, gather her up, take her with them, take her high above the school, above the city, above the crowds. For those few moments she’s not alone, closed in.

“But Sparrow becomes to discover something else inside her—a music, a song that grows in power, if only she can let it be a bridge.

“Sparrow’s voice is beautiful, funny, and heartbreakingly direct. Her journey is a quest for connection, for survival, that will leave no reader unmoved.” From the publisher.

 

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe, by Preston Norton.Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe, by Preston Norton.
Hyperion, 2018.

“Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he’s so enormous—6′ 6” and 250 pounds, to be exact. He has nobody at school, and life in his trailer-park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother’s suicide.

“There’s no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback, Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: while he was unconscious he saw God, who gave him a list of things to do to make Happy Valley High suck less. And God said there’s only one person who can help: Neanderthal.

“To his own surprise, Cliff says he’s in. As he and Aaron make their way through the List, which involves a vindictive English teacher, a mysterious computer hacker, a decidedly unchristian cult of Jesus Teens, the local drug dealers, and the meanest bully at HVHS, Cliff feels like he’s part of something for the first time since losing his brother. But fixing a broken school isn’t as simple as it seems, and just when Cliff thinks they’ve completed the List, he realizes their mission hits closer to home than he ever imagined.

“Razor-sharp, moving, and outrageously funny, Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is an unforgettable story of finding your place in an imperfect world.” From the publisher.

 

Fadeaway, by Maura Ellen Stokes.Fadeaway, by Maura Ellen Stokes.
Yellow Jacket, 2018.

“Sam and Reagan are basketball fanatics and best friends. It’s the summer before their freshman year of high school, and they are busy practicing for basketball tryouts, building their new wardrobes, and enjoying their last bit of freedom. But when tragedy strikes and Reagan’s heart gives out, Sam is left to grieve her best friend while navigating a new school and new friends in a world that no longer makes sense. That is, until she hears Reagan’s voice.

“In a world full of broken forevers and what should have beens, Sam searches for a purpose and comes to discover that even when you can’t possibly believe things will get any better, they always do.” From the publisher.

 

Little Do We Know, by Tamara Ireland Stone.Little Do We Know, by Tamara Ireland Stone.
Hyperion, 2018.

“Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight—the one where they both said things they couldn’t take back.

“Now Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places—and people—for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.

“No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.

“That is, until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must reexamine the things they hold true.

“In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship with help from the boy caught somewhere in the middle. New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone deftly crafts a moving portrait of faith, love, and friendship.” From the publisher.

 

My Name is Victoria, by Lucy Worsley.My Name is Victoria, by Lucy Worsley.
Candlewick Press, 2018.

“Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows.

“Miss V’s father, Sir John Conroy, confidant and financial advisor to Victoria’s mother, has devised a strict set of rules for the young princess, which he calls the Kensington System. It governs her behavior and keeps her locked away from the world. He says it is for the princess’s safety, but Victoria herself is convinced that it is to keep her lonely and unhappy.

“Torn between loyalty to her father and her growing friendship with the willful and passionate princess, Miss V has a decision to make: to continue in silence or to speak out.

“By turns thrilling, dramatic, and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria’s childhood as you’ve never heard it before.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater.The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater.
Farrar Straus Giraux, 2017.

“One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes their lives forever.

“If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students in Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard lived in the economically challenged flatlands and attended a large public one. After school each day, their paths overlapped on the bus for a mere eight minutes. Bot one afternoon, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight. But in The 57 Bus, author Dashka Slater shows that what might at first seem like a simple matter of right and wrong, justice and injustice, victim and criminal is something more complicated—and far more heartbreaking.

“This story, first chronicled in The New York Times Magazine by Slater and artfully, compassionately, and expertly expanded upon here, is a riveting exploration of race, class, gender, identity, morality, and forgiveness. Told with honesty and insight gleaned from both teens’ lives, The 57 Bus will invite you to rethink all you know about crime, punishment, and empathy.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Wonder Woman: Heart of the Amazon, by Shea Fontana.Wonder Woman: Heart of the Amazon, by Shea Fontana.
DC Comics, 2018.

“For Wonder Woman, being a hero is in the blood.

“She is the greatest warrior the world has ever seen—a guardian of peace and justice with the power of a goddess. But even Diana of Themyscira—the superhero better known as Wonder Woman—is entitled to a little down time. And after the incredible trials she’s just endured, she could use it.

“But when she goes to a wedding with her best friend Etta Candy, all hell breaks loose. A madwoman’s attack on the reception ignites an all-out war for Wonder Woman’s most precious resource: the DNA that makes her an Amazon. It could be a miracle cure… or a doomsday weapon.

“Soon the planet’s most powerful bounty hunters are on her trail, out to acquire her genetic makeup by any means necessary. Can Wonder Woman fend off this ruthless attack? Or will the heart of the Amazon be exposed for the world to see?” From the publisher.

 

The Girl from the Other Side, vol. 4, by Nagabe.The Girl from the Other Side, vol. 4, by Nagabe.
Seven Seas Entertainment, 2017.

“A fate worse than death.

“Shiva’s little white lie has had devastating consequences. While she reels from the shock of the horrific events that have unfolded, Auntie reveals to Teacher how Shiva came to live under her roof—and the cruel fate that awaits all who are afflicted by the curse.” From the publisher.

 

To Your Eternity, vol. 5, by Yoshitoki Oima.To Your Eternity, vol. 5, by Yoshitoki Oima.
Kodansha Comics, 2018.

“Monstrous killers from many lands are banished to Jananda Island.

“There, Fushi must win the island’s fighting tournament to save Pioran and gain their freedom.

“While immersed in the brutality and the tyranny of Jananda, Fushi further learns what it means to be human.” From the publisher.

 

The Devil is a Part-Timer, vol. 11, by Satoshi Wagahara.The Devil is a Part-Timer, vol. 11, by Satoshi Wagahara.
Yen Press, 2018.

“Maou versus the angels!

“When Chiho collapses, Maou and the others conclude it must be the work of an angel. All that’s left is to figure out whether their assailant is holed up in Tokyo Tower or the Skytree before dispatching the Maou/Alciel dream team to take them down! Meanwhile, will the tiny Devil’s Castle be able to make the transition to a digital television?!” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (June 18th, 2018)

Summer reading sign-ups have begun! While you’re filling out your registration, check out some of these new arrivals in the teen section. Just remember: you can’t count your time spent reading until June 25th!

 

Fiction

We Are All That's Left, by Carrie Arcos.We Are All That’s Left, by Carrie Arcos.
Philomel Books, 2018.

“Zara and her mother, Nadja, have a strained relationship. Nadja doesn’t understand Zara’s passion for photography. And Zara doesn’t know how to reach beyond their differences and connect with a closed-off mother who refuses to speak about her past. But when a bomb explodes as they’re shopping at a local farmers market, Zara is left with PTSD—and Nadja is left in a coma. Without the opportunity to get to know her mother, Zara is faced with questions—not just about her mother, but about faith, religion, history, and her own path forward.

“Told in chapters that alternate between Zara’s present-day Providence, Rhode Island, and Nadja’s childhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s Bosnian War, We Are All That’s Left is a beautifully written, heartrending nvoel that shows the power of struggle and tragedy—across decades, generations, and borders—to provide connection, healing, and love.” From the publisher.

 

The Gone Away Place, by Christopher Barzak.The Gone Away Place, by Christopher Barzak.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“A little after eight in the morning, Ellie Frame picked a fight with her boyfriend, Noah, in the parking lot of their high school. A little while later, the high school, the town of Newfoundland, and much of the surrounding counties were obliterated by a series of tornadoes. In the wake of the storms, more than ninety people were dead, among them most of Ellie’s friends, dozens of people she’d known since childhood… and Noah.

“They were all gone, just like that.

“Now, in the broken days and weeks that follow, Ellie begins to play a game called ‘I’m fine’ with anyone who asks how she’s doing. Because in addition to the horror of losing so many, she is now seeing people she knows are no longer there: the boy next door who had a secret crush on her; her best friend, Becca, whose complicated relationship with her mother has grown even darker; and Ingrid, the strange, reclusive girl whom Noah always took the time to be kind to.

“The one person she can’t find, however, is Noah.

“Capturing the voices of those who lived and those who died, Ellie’s account of the tragedy’s aftermath traces her journey from the pain of loss to the heartbreaking guilt of survival to the quiet hope that she’ll one day find herself again.” From the publisher.

 

Out of the Blue, by Sophie Cameron.Out of the Blue, by Sophie Cameron.
Roaring Book Press, 2018.

“Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, mysterious Beings start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted—not a single one has survived.

“Eight months later, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh, intent upon catching one of the Beings alive. But Jaya can’t stand his obsession and refuses to join him and her little sister in their hunt for a miracle.

“Until the day a miracle happens to Jaya: a Being falls right at her feet and is still alive. Now she must make a decision: call her dad and notify the authorities, or hide the Being and try to nurse her back to health.

“Together with her friends, Jaya embarks on a journey of empathy and compassion to save a Being from another world—even as she struggles to accept herself and learn to live in this one.” From the publisher.

 

The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy, by B. T. Gottfred.The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy, by b. t. gottfred.
Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

“Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. Zee is starting to wonder herself. Could they be onto something?

“Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: Well, obviously.

“But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes.

“What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they’ve been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, b. t. gottfred delves inside both characters’ heads in this story about love and living authentically.” From the publisher.

 

Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed.Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed.
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018.

“Twelve-year-old Amal’s dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village’s ruling family. As punishment for her behavior, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate.

“Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. So she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant, with all its attendant jealousies and pecking-order woes. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It’s clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them—so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones’ safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Legend Found, by Charles Soule.Legend Found, by Charles Soule.
Marvel Worldwide, 2018.

“General Leia Organa gave Poe Dameron an important task: locate the mysterious Lor San Tekka. And our hero may be closer than he thinks—but can he get the job done in time? Black Squadron faces their next assignment, but is it mission impossible? Not for Poe’s crew—which means it’s prison break time! Plus: Poe has never been one to follow the rules. So when he disobeys a direct order from General Organa and gets stranded in First Order space—with no ship and little oxygen—how will he survive? Meanwhile, Terex sets plans in motion to finally free himself from the grasp of the First Order! And the end of an era approaches as the force of Poe’s destiny draws him toward an awakening.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (June 4th, 2018)

We’re just two weeks away from the start of summer reading! While we get ready (and you sign up for laser tag) we have a couple new books to show off. Consider one of these as your inaugural read for the summer!

 

Nonfiction

How I Resist, by Maureen Johnson.How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation, edited by Maureen Johnson.
Wednesday Books, 2018.

“Stand up and speak out!

“Now, more than ever, young people are motivated to make a difference in a world they’re bound to inherit. But with much to stand up and shout about, where do they begin?

How I Resist is the way to start the conversation. An all-star collection of essays, songs, illustrations, and interviews about activism and hope, How I Resist features personal, sometimes funny, often irreverent, always instructive stories that will inspire reflection—and action.

“This guide will remind you that you are not helpless, and that you can be the change you wish to see in the world, in the news, and for your future.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Animus, by Antoine RevoyAnimus, by Antoine Revoy.
First Second, 2018.

“Tucked away in a quiet Japanese neighborhood lies a peculiar playground.

“There, Hisao and Sayuri meet a masked ghost named Toothless. And there, one of their friends gets hurt.

“Now they must race against the clock to solve the mystery of who Toothless really is—and break the playground’s curse.

“Beautiful and eerie, Animus weaves an entrancing spell out of childish curiosity, folklore, friendship, and fears that lie deep in the human heart.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (May 28th, 2018)

Happy Memorial Day! The library isn’t open today, but tomorrow we’ll be here—and so will these latest arrivals! Go ahead and read the summaries below, then click on the links to be taken to our catalog.

 

Graphic Novels

Losing the Girl, by MariNaomi.Losing the Girl, by MariNaomi.
Graphic Universe, 2018.

“Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst… or at least the weirdest. It couldn’t be an alien abduction, right?

“None of Claudia’s classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished—and they’re dealing with enough already. Emily’s trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula’s hoping to step out of Emily’s shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

“In Losing the Girl, the first book in the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes of four suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious—maybe otherworldly—disappearance.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (May 21st, 2018)

Feel like spring yet? It sure does to us, if our allergies are any indication. If you’re stuck inside while the trees are doing their mating dance (or if you’re one of those lucky people who can enjoy some outdoor reading right now) consider checking out our newest arrivals! Read the summaries below, click on the titles to see our catalog, and put something on hold if it looks good to you. That way, the book will be waiting for you with your name on it the next time you come in.

 

Fiction

Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli.Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

“So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

“Becky Albertalli returns to the world of her acclaimed first novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, in this warm and humorous story of first love and senior-year angst.” From the publisher.

 

Retribution Rails, by Erin Bowman.Retribution Rails, by Erin Bowman.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

“Redemption is never free.

“When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into an infamous gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn’s after a botched train robbery, and Charlotte mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As each manipulates the other for their own end, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

“In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.” From the publisher.

 

Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland.Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the war between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Negro and Native Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities, and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane.

“But that’s not a life she wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a desperate fight against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

“At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justine Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.” From the publisher.

 

Tradition, by Brendan Kiely.Tradition, by Brendan Kiely.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018.

“Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But the secret traditions that fester in its hallowed halls can be profoundly dangerous.

“JULES DEVEREUX just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college so that she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, and the power that comes with it, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.

“JAMIE BAXTER feels like an impostor at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don’t disappoint us.

“When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a shared instinct for survival. But as classmates and teachers increasingly deride Jules, Jamie must learn to listen or his own demons could wreck their newfound friendship. As pressures intensify for them to play by the rules and keep the school’s toxic secrets, they are faced with a powerful choice: Remain silent while others get hurt, or stand together against the ugly, sexist traditions of an institution that believes it can do no wrong.” From the publisher.

 

Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian.Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2018.

“For Amelia Van Hagen, scooping cones at Meade Creamery has always been more than just a summer job. It’s a sisterhood, one dating back to when the legendary ice cream stand first opened with an all-girl staff.

“Amelia has learned so much from the older girls over the years: like who the best teachers are, how to lie to her mother, and the perfect amount of sprinkles for a sundae. And as the newest manager, she’s determined to pay it forward and give the girls in her charge their best summer yet.

“But then Grady Meade, the grand-nephew of the stand’s founder, arrives unexpectedly to take over the business, showing little deference for the girls and their traditions.

“Grady’s presence threatens everything Amelia wants to protect—the ice cream stand, her friendships, and, most inconveniently, her heart.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

Almost Adulting, by Arden Rose.Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of), by Arden Rose.
Harper, 2017.

“Hey there, budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies! Welcome to the future, where there are MORE THINGS TO KNOW THAN EVER BEFORE. These things—which you may not know at all—include:

  • Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers
  • Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer
  • Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person???
  • Eating enough protein
  • Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult sense of style when you have zero dollars
  • Going on adventures without starting to smell
  • How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though

“By the end of this book, which at least some people may or may not have called ‘educational,’ you will have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult. People are gonna think you know stuff and everything!” From the publisher.