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The Button War, by Avi.
Candlewick Press, 2018.
“Patryk and Jurek are as much friends as rivals in the small Russian-occupied Polish village where they live. When in August 1914, Patryk finds an old button on the forest floor. Jurek becomes wildly jealous.
“Not long after, World War I comes to Poland, bringing one invading army after another to the village. Jurek devises an exciting dare among the seven boys in their pack: whoever steals the best military button will be Button King. The boys agree. The contest is on.
“The competition escalates from stealing uniform buttons on a wash line to looting the bodies of dead soldiers to setting up an ambush. Leading the charge is Jurek, who will do anything to be Button King. It’s only Patryk who tries to stop Jurek’s increasingly dangerous game before it leads to deadly consequences.
“Master of historical fiction Avi delivers a fierce account of boys in a war-torn village who are determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that blurs the line between a button war and a real war.” From the publisher.
Thief of Happy Endings, by Kristen Chandler.
“The first rule of riding horses is, when you fall off, you get back on. Cassidy Carrigan has literally and figuratively fallen off the horse in her life, and she’s using everything in her power to not get back on.
“After her parents separate and her best friend deserts her, Cassidy reluctantly agrees to attend summer camp at a remote ranch in Wyoming. She figures that the change of scenery may help her face her escalating fears. But she didn’t figure on how huge that change would be—the forever-wide Wyoming skies, the wild mustangs that capture her heart, and the cowboy who ends up stealing it. She also didn’t realize that being brave could feel so good and cause so much trouble.
“Set in the wild, beautiful west, here is a story that tells the unvarnished truth about falling in love when the odds are against you. Alternatingly heart-stopping and heartbreaking, Thief of Happy Endings is a story that will stay with you, like a summer you’ll never forget.” From the publisher.
Crossing the Line, by Simone Elkeles.
“To escape his abusive stepdad, bad boy Ryan Hess runs from his tiny Texas border town to Mexico. But his plans to keep his head down and stay out of trouble are shattered the minute he starts to fall for the beautiful and totally out of his league Dalila Sandoval.
“Dalila Sandoval shouldn’t even know someone like Ryan Hess. The daughter of one of the wealthiest lawyers in Mexico, Dalila is focused on studying and planning for her bright future. Ryan is only a distraction from her dreams, but she’s never felt more alive than when she’s by his side.
“Ryan and Dalila are wrong for each other in every way. And yet they can’t resist the sparks that fly when they’re together. But their love is like a flame burning too close to the fuse. Something is going to explode. Will their love be strong enough to survive? Or will it burn them both?” From the publisher.
My Plain Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows.
“Jane (best friends with a ghost) has endured years of hardship and misery, and is ready to embark on a new life as a governess at Thronfield Hall. She’s rather poor. She’s rather plain. Also, she has terrible taste in men.
“Charlotte (just try to tell her no) is an aspiring novelist (Yes, she’s that Charlotte.) And she’s determined to capture her friend Jane’s story even if it means worming her way into the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
“Alexander (ghost hunter extraordinaire) is an agent for the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits. He’s about to discovery something very disturbing going on at the little place called Thornfield…
“Reader, there will be murder. Mayhem. Conspiracy. And, of course, romance. Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, and a certain gentleman, Mr. Rochester, is hiding more than skeletons in his closet.” From the publisher.
Now You See Her, by Lisa Leighton & Laura Stropki.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.
“Amelia has always felt like a happy life is just out of reach. Having moved every few years with her mom and sister, she’s had a hard time making and keeping friends; there’s never enough time and never enough money to stay in one place. And now, in her senior year, right before tennis season, Mom wants to move again.
“Sophie has a perfectly curated, Instagram-ready life, from her first singles win to her cute, long-term boyfriend to the beautiful, landscaped home where she lives with her parents.
“Though they’re tennis teammates, the two girls almost never speak—until one night changes everything. When Amelia’s car breaks down in the side of the road in a rainstorm, a man she thinks is a Good Samaritan pulls over to help her.
“But then he tries to abduct her instead, and she escapes into oncoming traffic.
“In one inexplicable moment, Amelia and Sophie switch bodies. Amelia wakes up in Sophie’s body. Amelia’s body is in a coma. Now Amelia needs to find a way to switch back into her own life—but before she can do that, she must retrace her steps. Who tried to abduct her? Is her family safe? And who is Sophie Graham, really?” From the publisher.
The Life and Death Parade, by Eliza Wass.
“One year ago, Kitty’s boyfriend, Nikki Bramley, visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now he’s dead.
“With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki’s fate. Instead, she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade, a group of supposed charlatans who explore—and exploit—the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include Nikki’s psychic… and Kitty’s late mother.
“Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramely house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasing suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he’s admitting. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.
“From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.” From the publisher.
Piecing Me Together, by Renée Watson.
Bloomsbury YA, 2017.
“I am learning to speak. To give myself a way out. A way in.
“An inspiring and powerful story of a girl who believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Jade’s mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But Woman to Woman, a mentorship program she joins on the promise of a scholarship, makes her feel tired of being singled out as someone who needs support, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding opportunities to be real, to make a difference.
“Be bold. Be brave. Be beautiful. Be brilliant. Be (your) best.” From the publisher.
Goodbye Days, by Jeff Zentner.
“‘Where are you guys? Text me back.’
“That’s the last message Carver Briggs will ever send to his best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought it would lead to their deaths.
“Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the car crash that resulted from his friend’s [sic] looking down to read those seven simple words. And even worse, a powerful judge is calling for a criminal investigation.
“Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share memories and say a proper farewell.
“Soon the other families are all asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but will they be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one stop closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?” From the publisher.
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, by Lily Collins.
“As young women, there are many topics we just don’t talk about: our bodies, our relationships, our greatest fears.
“Actress Lily Collins wants to put an end to that. She wants there to be open, honest conversation about the things we all struggle with. Beginning now, with herself.
“Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, proving that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. Every single one of us understands what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself as strange, vulnerable, and wonderful. And she knows that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.
“By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s debut essay collection will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! And live your life unfiltered.” From the publisher.
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done, by Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser.
“When teenage coders Andrea ‘Andy’ Gonzales and Sophie Houser decided they’d had enough of how women are shamed for having periods, they created a video game called Tampon Run to fight the taboo. The game went viral, and Andy and Sophie were thrown into the spotlight, their faces splashed across all the biggest media outlets. They quickly gained exclusive access to the tech industry, attending major events like hackathons and visiting high-profile companies and icons. Andy’s and Sophie’s lives, careers, and futures were changed forever. All thanks to the power of coding.
“Now Andy and Sophie share how their knowledge of coding and gaming—not to mention their unique perspectives as women in a male-dominated industry—has transformed their outlooks. They give straightforward advice on everything you need to know to change your own world: from a clear, concise guide to coding, to the lowdown on the inner workings of the tech industry, to insider tips from female tech founders on how they managed to use incredible, innovative ideas to answer social problems.
“Empowering and laugh-out-loud funny, Andy and Sophie’s story will inspire you to think strategically about how you can inspire change—one project, one idea, one creation at a time.” From the publisher.
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Source Code, by Julie Benson.
DC Comics, 2017.
“Oracle’s secrets—unlocked at last?
“The origin of the new Oracle—the super-hacker who has become an invaluable ally to the Birds of Prey—is revealed in the newest collection of BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY! But will Oracle’s connection to the mastermind known as Calculator end his relationship with Batgirl, Black Canary and the Huntress? And how to Catwoman and another villain figure into the calculation?
“Plus, Black Canary goes undercover to discover the secrets of the woman called Blackbird, who can unlock any super-being’s true potential. But Blackbird doesn’t just enhance powers—she takes them for herself, making her an army of one who threatens the Birds of Prey’s biggest secrets. Can guest-stars Green Arrow and Nightwing turn the tide against this incredible new foe? Or will they be Blackbird’s newest victims?” From the publisher.
Batman: The Rules of Engagement, by Tom King.
DC Comics, 2018.
“It was the ‘yes’ heard round the world.
“When Catwoman accepted Batman’s marriage proposal, she changed more lives than just Bruce Wayne’s and Selina Kyle’s. A union between the World’s Greatest Detective and one of Gotham City’s fiercest criminals is a shake-up that will rattle everyone in the Dark Knight’s life—from the young vigilantes who make up his surrogate ‘family,’ to his legendary friends in the Justice League, to old demons he’d long hoped to leave behind.
“Now Batman and Catwoman are on a quest for redemption—a mission deep into a forbidden desert fortress to evolve into something better before they say ‘I do.’ Standing in their way is… well, everybody, including Batman’s lethal ex-girlfriend, Talia al Ghul.
“From desert sands to boardwalk lights, will the Bat and the Cat’s search lead them to happiness at last?” From the publisher.
Batgirl: Summer of Lies, by Hope Larson.
DC Comics, 2018.
“Crazy in love!
“Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson are a very different kind of Dynamic Duo. No matter how far apart their careers as Batgirl and Nightwing take them, they always seem to be drawn back together. But the true nature of their undeniable feelings for each other (shared loyalty to their mentor the Batman, a childhood crush or something deeper?) is a mystery even these world-class crime-fighters can’t crack.
“But they’d better figure it out fast. Because when a deadly villain from their past resurfaces, the star-crossed superheroes are forced to remember a time they’d like to forget. And once they realize that they’re caught in a trap years in the making, it may be too late for either of them to escape with their lives, let alone their hearts.
“Can Barbara and Dick defeat the powerful enemy behind it all? Or will this case be their last dance?” From the publisher.