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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.

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New Books This Week (May 7th, 2018)

Spring is here in full force! While it’s imperative that you get outside and enjoy this nice turn of the weather, don’t forget about our latest arrivals in the teen section. Click the links in the titles to be taken to our catalog, where you can see more information and put the book on hold for yourself (or a friend!).

 

Fiction

Beyond a Darkened Shore, by Jessica Leake.Beyond a Darkened Shore, by Jessica Leake.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“The ancient land of Eirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, can barely remember a time when Northmen weren’t plundering the shores of her divided homeland.

“With her intimidating ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions, Ciara has managed to keep her people safe. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as superstition, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Eirinn but the entire world.

“It isn’t until Ciara captures Lief, a young Northman leader, during his failed siege of Mide that she discovers she’s not the only one who has these prophetic visions. Leif is Ciara’s enemy, but together they may be the only ones who can save their world. And as battle grows closer, their alliance borne out of necessity starts to become something more.

“With evil rising around them, they must do what it takes to defend the land they love… even if it means the greatest sacrifice of all.” From the publisher.

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas.A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas.
Bloomsbury YA, 2018.

“Hope warms the coldest night.

“Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and, with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

“Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

“Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the thrilling events in the future books.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

Bygone Badass Broads, by Mackenzi Lee.Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World, by Mackenzi Lee.
Abrams Image, 2018.

“Based on the popular Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world.

“With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BCE and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time—like the legendary inventor of silk, the world’s first novelist, and a woman who transformed modern physics. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Kim Reaper, vol. 1, by Sarah Graley.Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings, by Sarah Graley.
ONI Press, 2018.

“Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim’s job is pretty cool: she’s a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife. Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka’s crush is on a beautiful gothic angel who frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn’t know that.

“Unaware of the ghoulish drama she’s about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might make it… and maybe even get a smooch in the bargain!” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (April 23rd, 2018)

Happy spring break! They say it might even feel like spring out there. But just in case you get tired of frolicking through the fields, we have some new arrivals for you to consider.

 

Fiction

Into the Nightfell Wood, by Kristin Bailey.Into the Nightfell Wood, by Kristin Bailey.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“In this stunning sequel to The Silver Gate, Wynn and Elric are adjusting to life in a new, unfamiliar world. They may be safe now, but living in the Between is not without complications. Their adoptive mother, the benevolent Fairy Queen, is haunted by the memory of her child who was kidnapped long ago. She won’t risk letting the same thing happen to Wynn and Elric, so the siblings must follow strict rules in the kingdom.

“But that grief has been weakening the queen’s powers for years, and the protective shield around their kingdom is deteriorating. Wynn and Elric battled the Grendel’s forces on their way to the gate, and now they know he lives in the Nightfell Wood: a cruel, dangerous region beyond the kingdom where the elves reside. The shield has always protected the fairies from dark powers, but since the queen has long suspected the elves of playing a role in her daughter’s disappearance, she refuses to extend refuge to them.

“When Wynn is coerced into the Nightfell Wood by a creature sent to do the Grendel’s bidding, Elric knows he must go after her to save her life. What they discover there—about fear, prejudice, and the true nature of evil—will change the fairy kingdom forever.” From the publisher.

 

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Twins Sam and Ilsa have a tradition of throwing awesome, ridiculous dinner parties for their friends at their grandmother’s posh apartment—and now they’ve prepared their final blowout, just before graduation.

“The rules are simple: each twin gets to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn’t know who’s coming until the partiers show up at the door. With Sam and Ilsa, the sibling rivalry often trumps the sibling revelry, and tonight’s guest list has it all—bitter exes, mysterious strangers, and a best frenemy from upstairs.

“Written in alternating chapters by New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah is an unconventional New York City soirée for the ages.” From the publisher.

 

Losers Bracket, by Chris Crutcher.Losers Bracket, by Chris Crutcher.
Greenwillow Books, 2018.

“Annie Boots has one year to go.

“One year before she can call the shots.

“One year before she’s free, off to college, doing whatever she wants to do, when she wants to do it.

“One year to hold it all together.

“But when your last name is Boots—as in Nancy’s daughter and Sheila’s sister—and your foster family is in danger of falling apart as well, one year feels more like the losers bracket. And a really, really long time.

“Annie did get lucky with friends. And her support system—her social worker, her foster brother, the branch librarian, Nancy’s boyfriend—isn’t going to let her down. But you can’t always outrun your feelings. You can’t control who you love. You don’t get to pick your gene pool. And even though Annie knows she should stay away, there has always been something about family…” From the publisher.

 

Following Baxter, by Barbara Kerley. Following Baxter, by Barbara Kerley.
Harper, 2018.

“Eleven-year-old Jordie Marie Wallace has been waiting forever for someone to move in next door, so she is thrilled when Professor Reese arrives: she has a laboratory in her basement and an extraordinary dog named Baxter—who seems to understand everything Jordie says.

“Jordie and her younger brother, TJ, begin walking Baxter and helping Professor Reese in the lab. But being lab assistants ends up being more than Jordie and TJ bargained for and leads them to a secret neither of them expected. When Professor Reese goes missing, it is up to Jordie and TJ to use their smarts and Baxter’s magical powers to find her. Will they be able to save Professor Reese before it’s too late?” From the publisher.

 

The Fates Divide, by Veronica Roth.The Fates Divide, by Veronica Roth.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

“The Lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

“Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

“As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

“With the addition of two powerful new voices, Veronica Roth’s sequel to Carve the Mark is a chorus of hope, humor, faith, and resilience.” From the publisher.

 

Web of Frost, by Lindsay Smith.Web of Frost, by Lindsay Smith.
Eventide Press, 2018.

“A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the only person who’s taught her to use her gift?

“Russalka is a proud empire, frozen and vast, protected for centuries by a royal family who works miracles from the saints. But rebellion stirs in the streets, and its war-hungry neighbors threaten to invade. The young princess Katza has been tormented by visions of her bloodied hands destroying Russalka—a clear message from the saints that she must never rule. So when tragedy places her next in line to the throne, Katza fears their warnings are on the verge of coming true.

“Then she meets Ravin, a mysterious young prophet with visions of his own: visions of Katza as a regal empress with unimaginable power. All she has to do seize upon the holy magic of her bloodline. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza begins to wonder whether he has her best interests at heart. With a revolution boiling over and war looming at the border, the greatest threat to Russalka may be Katza herself.” From Goodreads.

 

Nonfiction

Brazen, by Penelope Bagieu.Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu.
First Second, 2018.

“Astronaut. Empress. Apache warrior.

“Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.

“With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world-famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, their stories are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (April 16th)

A weekend of sun and… snow. Well, if the world is ending, why not squeeze an extra book or two in? We have some new arrivals to love! Read about them below, click the links to be taken to the catalog, and put whatever sounds good on hold for yourself. You’ve earned it, for surviving the whole year since last Tuesday.

 

Fiction

Not If I Save You First, by Ally Carter.Not If I Save You First, by Ally Carter.
Scholastic Press, 2018.

“Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans.

“Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness and into a totally different life.

“No phone.

“No Internet.

“And not a single word from Logan.

“Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life us full.

“Until Logan shows up six years later…

“And Maddie wants to kill him.

“But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie down a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

“Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.

“But she has to save him first.” From the publisher.

 

Emergency Contact, by Mary H. K. Choi.Emergency Contact, by Mary H. K. Choi.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2018.

“For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now Penny is heading to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer. It’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion lightyears away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

“Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a cafe and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration when he’s a famous movie director, but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

“When Sam and Penny cross paths, it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to, you know, see each other.” From the publisher.

 

Tyler Johnson Was Here, by Jay Coles.Tyler Johnson Was Here, by Jay Coles.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

“The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video is leaked online that tells a chilling story: Tyler had been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Tyler Johnson Was Here is a striking and heartbreaking account of police brutality and current race relations in modern America.” From the publisher.

 

Defy the Worlds, by Claudia Gray.Defy the Worlds, by Claudia Gray.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

“An outcast from her home.

“Shunned after a trip through the galaxy with Abel—the most advanced cybernetic man ever created—Noemi Vidal dreams of traveling through the stars one more time. And when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. As the only soldier to have ever left the planet, it will be up to her to save its people… if only she wasn’t flying straight into a trap.

“A fugitive from his fate.

“On the run to avoid his depraved creator’s clutches, Abel believes he’s said good-bye to Noemi for the last time. After all, the entire universe stands between them… or so he thinks. When word reaches him of Noemi’s capture by the very person he’s trying to escape, Abel knows he must go to her, no matter the cost.

“But capturing Noemi was only part of Burton Mansfield’s master plan. In a race against time, Abel and Noemi will come together once more to discover a secret that could save the known worlds, or destroy them all.

“In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider where—and with whom—we truly belong.” From the publisher.

 

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.
Balzer + Bray, 2017.

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

“Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

“But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

“Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.” From the publisher.

 

Active Memory, by Dan Wells.Active Memory, by Dan Wells.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, one has always eluded her: when she was two years old, she was in a car accident in which she lost her arm, and a mob boss’s wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. No one can tell her what she was doing in that car, or how it led to the feud between the Carnesecas and the Maldonados.

“Even in a world where technology connects everyone’s minds, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

“Those secrets rise violently to the surface when Zenaida’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when everyone from Los Angeles gangs to the world’s largest genetic engineering firms becomes involved in the case, it’s clear there’s more happening under the surface than anyone cares to admit. The truth is out there, and Marisa will have to thread together lost friends, corporate assassins, a gang lord’s digital brain, and what might be a literal ghost from the past in order to find it.

“Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed Mirador series continues with his most shocking, visionary, pulse-pounding story.” From the publisher.

 

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New Books This Week (April 9th, 2018)

There’s no snow in the forecast. Dare we hope? Just to be safe, consider stockpiling some books—like our new arrivals in the teen section! Find titles and publishers’ summaries below, and feel free to click the links to be taken to our catalog. Once there, you can check out the book in more detail, place it on hold so it’s waiting for you when you get here, and browse or search for other titles that might interest you.

 

Fiction

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

“But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours her frustration onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

“When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she knows that she could never get around Mami’s rules to attend, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

“Because in spite of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.” From the publisher.

 

Blood of a Thousand Stars, by Rhoda Belleza.Blood of a Thousand Stars, by Rhoda Belleza.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Empress Rhiannon Ta’an is back from the dead.

“Rhee has returned home to reclaim her throne, but is faced with her most difficult choice yet: make a deal with her enemy or denounce him and risk losing her crown. As a revolution brews, Rhee may be forced to betray the morals she stands for, and the only people in the world she trusts, in hopes of restoring peace.

“Framed assassin Alyosha has lost everything. Now he journeys through space with only one goal in mind: killing former ambassador turned villainous media star Nero. To get his revenge, Aly may have to travel to the one place he thought he’d never return—home.

“Across the galaxy, Kara grapples with her new identity as Josselyn Ta’an, true heir to the throne. She has no recollection of the princess she once was, but her DNA is changing and it’s only a matter of time before she’s recognized. Tracking down a rare piece of technology may be the key to remembering—and erasing—Josselyn Ta’an forever. But Kara isn’t the only one after it.

“As the planets prepare for war, Nero has plans of his own. His eyes are everywhere, and he’ll stop at nothing to take control of the entire galaxy—one soul at a time.

“Vicious politics and high-stakes action culminate in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of the universe.” From the publisher.

 

The Pros of Cons, by Alison Cherry et al.The Pros of Cons, by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman.
Point, 2018.

“Three conventions. One mega convention center.

“Vanessa Montoya-O’Callaghan is beyond excited for the We Treasure Fandom convention—or WTFcon—and it’s not just because of the panels and readings and workshops. It’s also where she’s planning to meet Soleil, her fanfiction co-author and online girlfriend, for the very first time.

“Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being the best drummer, and she’s ready to prove it during the solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association convention. Unless hooking up with her cute bandmate, Scott—or sharing a room with her former best friend, Christina—proves to be too much of a distraction.

“Callie Buchannan is so desperate for some rare quality time with her dad that she’s acting as his assistant at the World Taxidermy Championships, an unlikely place for a sixteen-year-old to be. Unfortunately, when she discovers a secret her dad has been hiding from her, it becomes clear that the only things less alive than their relationship are his prizewinning stuffed turkeys.

“When a random mix-up in the hotel lobby brings these three girls together, they form a fast friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!” From the publisher.

 

A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi.A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi.
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017.

“An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

“She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a fool-proof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits at every turn. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.” From the publisher.

 

The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw.The Wicked Deep, by Shea Ernshaw.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow.

“Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

“Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three troubled girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into Sparrow’s harbor and pulling them under.

“Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives, unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

“Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople will turn against one another. Penny and Bo will suspect the other of hiding secrets. And death will come swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

“But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo or save herself.” From the publisher.

 

Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.Obsidio, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he just caught up with her.

“Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. That, and figuring out what to do with the secret she’s stashed in the crawlspace. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, but Rhys Lindstrom just landed planetside, and he’s looking finer than ever in his new BeiTech uniform. Is he her way out—or a guarantee she never gets off this frozen rock alive?

“But Asha’s not the only one with problems. Her cousin Kady’s ragtag band of survivors are headed for Kerenza—without enough oxygen to survive the journey. Oh, and there might be an insurrection brewing. But when have little things like that ever stopped the Illuminae Group?

“Too bad time isn’t on their side. With BeiTech hurrying to repair their damaged jump gate, and a mass extermination planned for the Kerenza civilians, only a miracle could save them now. And everyone knows that miracles are just statistical probabilities… right?” From the publisher.

 

Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon.Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon.
Blink, 2018.

“Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her sticky-fingered past… or forget the teeming slums where children still scrape to survive.

“Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted ‘nephew’ of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, or that he and his ‘aunt’ are robbing them blind every chance they get.

“Between plans for his next huge heist and the threat of rival street gangs, Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in the strangest of places—no place for a female, that’s for sure. Why is an upper-class girl helping homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew?

“In a world of double-lives and double-crosses, each must make the most important decision they’ve ever faced. Is turning their backs on the posh lifestyles they have built for themselves worth it for one great love?” From the publisher.

 

And She Was, by Jessica Verdi.And She Was, by Jessica Verdi.
Point, 2018.

“Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents?

“Dara confronts her mother and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under ‘father’? That’s Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died. She changed her name, started over.

“But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on an impromptu road trip with her best guy friend, Sam. She’s determined to find this extended family she’s never even met. What she discovers—and what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emails—will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine.

“Acclaimed author Jessica Verdi has crafted a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about secrets, trust—and the importance of being our true selves.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, by Pablo Hidalgo.Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, by Pablo Hidalgo.
DK Publishing, 2017.

“Every new Star Wars movie creates new questions about the galaxy far, far away. Who are the new characters that we meet? Where do they come from, what are the strange places they visit, and what amazing technology do they use? For those seeking answers, DK’s Star Wars Visual Dictionaries are a mine of information.

“Within these pages, you will learn the details behind mysteries seen on-screen. Made with unique access to Lucasfilm’s image archive, and in close collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, this is the ultimate guide to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (April 2nd, 2018)

It’s April, and… all right, it’s still snowing. Who said that was okay? If you’d like to curl up with a good book and chase off those lingering winter chills, we have some good choices below. Come in and check them out, or click on the links in the titles to be taken to our online catalog, where you can place them on hold, browse for similar materials, or search for whatever strikes your fancy.

 

Fiction

Any Way You Slice It, by Kristine Carlson Asselin.Any Way You Slice It, by Kristine Carlson Asselin.
Wicked Whale Publishing, 2017.

“Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break.

“Between long hours at the family pizza shop, piles of homework, and her dad’s new obsession—getting the restaurant on a new foodie reality show—it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, the world is hers to control and everything else slips away.

“When the bad boy who lives down the street dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her controlling parents.

“The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey, but she’s not entirely sure if it’s the game she’s falling for… or the boy.

“Because it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good. And the one thing she is sure of… she can’t stop playing.” From the publisher.

 

The Silver Gate, by Kristin Bailey.The Silver Gate, by Kristin Bailey.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.

“Please grant me your silver branch, and through the gate I’ll find you.

“In shepherd boy Elric’s tiny village, people think children like his younger sister, Wynn, are changelings—left by fairies and doomed to curse all around them. Wynn was born with developmental delays, and according to the rules, she was supposed to be abandoned in the woods.

“Instead Elric’s mother saved her sister and hid her away for eleven years. They live in secret and fear of being discovered, yet their home is full of love, laughter, and singing. Wynn and Elric’s favorite song is about the Silver Gate, a beautiful fairy realm where all children are welcome.

“But when their long-absent father returns to sell Wynn to the lord’s castle as a maid, Elric realizes that folk songs and fantasies can’t protect them from the outside world. They have to run away. Still, Wynn believes there’s only one place they’ll ever be safe, and it lies beyond the Silver Gate.

“The road to freedom is long and treacherous. If they have any hope for survival, Elric and Wynn must learn to depend on each other above everything else—and discover the magic that always reveals itself when it seems like all is lost.” From the publisher.

 

Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman.Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

“Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

“When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.” From the publisher.

 

Defy the Stars, by Claudia Gray.Defy the Stars, by Claudia Gray.
Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

“She’s a soldier: Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

“He’s a machine: Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

“Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’ll be forced to question everything they’ve been taught was true.” From the publisher.

 

Reign of the Fallen, by Sarah Glenn Marsh.Reign of the Fallen, by Sarah Glenn Marsh.
Razorbill, 2018.

“Without the dead, she’d be no one.

“Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their soul from the dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised: the Dead must remain shrouded. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, a grotesque transformation begins, turning the Dead into terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades.

“A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own leaves Odessa shattered, and reveals a disturbing conspiracy in Karthia: Someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead—and training them to attack. Odessa is forced to contemplate a terrifying question: What if her magic is the weapon that brings the kingdom to its knees?

“Fighting alongside her fellow necromancers—and a powerful girl as enthralling as she is infuriating—Odessa must untangle the gruesome plot to destroy Karthia before the Shades take everything she loves.” From the publisher.

 

The Traitor Prince, by C.J. Redwine.The Traitor Prince, by C.J. Redwine.
Balzer + Bray, 2018.

“Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious impostor takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

“After barely escaping the impostor’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king—and reveal Javan’s identity—is to fight in Maqbara’s twice-yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acting competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena but also by a band of prisoners allied against him, and even by the warden herself.

“The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive—but she has dangerous secrets.

“Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.” From the publisher.

 

806, by Cynthia Weil.806, by Cynthia Weil.
Tanglewood, 2018.

“Sibling 1 throws blenders and plays guitar. Sibling 2 is allergic to everything and is into magic. Sibling 3 is a varsity swimmer and has a group of female fans. Enough said. The only thing they have in common is their biological father, and the only thing they can agree on is that they all want to meet him.

“With the help of a broken-down, ‘borrowed’ Jeep, KT, Jesse, and Gabe make their way across the country evading police, trying their luck on the slots, and meeting a life-changing pig, all to track down Donor 806, their father. Any hope of success requires smarts, luck, and ingenuity. Good thing they have each other… even if they don’t see it that way.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang.In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang.
First Second, 2014.

“Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world and make friends.

“But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer—a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s livelihood is at stake.” From the publisher.

 

I Am Alfonso Jones, by Tony Medina.I Am Alfonso Jones, by Tony Medina.
Tu Books, 2017.

“Alfonso Jones can’t wait to play the role of Hamlet in his school’s hip-hop rendition of the classic Shakespearean play. He also wants to let his best friend, Danetta, know how he really feels about her. But as he is buying his first suit, an off-duty police officer mistakes a clothes hanger for a gun, and he shoots Alfonso.

“When Alfonso wakes up in the afterlife, he’s on a ghost train guided by well-known victims of police shootings, who teach him what he needs to know about this subterranean spirit world. Meanwhile, Alfonso’s family and friends struggle with their grief and seek justice for Alfonso in the streets. As they confront their new realities, both Alfonso and those he loves realize the work that lies ahead in the fight for justice.

“In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (March 19th, 2018)

More snow?! How much more winter can we take? Well, fear not—our selection of new arrivals in the teen area will help you weather what we can only hope is the season’s last hurrah. Check out these titles, then click the links to be taken to our online catalog, where you can search for more things that interest you and place them on hold. That way, when the snow stops, you’ll be able to stroll in and find your picks waiting with your name on them.

 

Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi.Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi.
Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

Gold Star of "I Want It!"“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

“But everything changed once magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, the maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

“Now Zélie has once chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

“Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leopanaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest threat may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.” From the publisher.

 

Pitch Dark, by Courtney Alameda.Pitch Dark, by Courtney Alameda.
Feiwel and Friends, 2018.

“Lost to time, Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard the USS John Muir for centuries. Their ship harbors a chunk of Earth, which, unbeknownst to them, is the last hope for the failing human race.

“Laura Cruz is a shipraider searching the galaxy for the history that was scattered to the stars. Once her family locates the John Muir and its precious cargo, they are certain human civilization is saved.

“When Tuck’s and Laura’s worlds collide—literally—the two teens must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters that kill with sound, and work together to save the John Muir… and the whole human race.” From the publisher.

 

A Girl Like That, by Tanaz Bhathena.A Girl Like That, by Tanaz Bhathena.
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.

“Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and outspoken student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how do Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together on a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

“This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, rebellion, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.” From the publisher.

 

In Search of Us, by Ava Dellaira.In Search of Us, by Ava Dellaira.
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.

“Everyone is searching for something.

Marilyn is in search of freedom. She grew up as a child actor, her mother’s meal ticket out of mediocrity. But it’s been a long time since she booked a job, and without her contribution to their meager income, she and her mom have no choice but to move in with her volatile uncle. Marilyn is counting down the days until she can escape to college, and the promise of her own future. That is, until she falls in love with James, the boy downstairs, who shows her that her life is worth living in the present. At seventeen, Marilyn is about to learn that everything can change in an instant.

Angie is in search of answers. She is biracial and has never met her father, but she looks and thinks a lot like him—down to her brown skin, curly hair, and thirst for knowledge. Though Angie grew up with her devoted white mother, Marilyn, she’s always felt the absence of the man she never knew. But after discovering that her mom has been lying to her, Angie sets off on a road trip to Los Angeles in search of an unknown uncle—and maybe even her dad. At seventeen, she hopes to finally find out the truth about where she came from so she can discover who she truly is.

“Told from two perspectives, Marilyn’s set in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and Angie’s in the present, In Search of Us is a sweeping intergenerational story story about mothers and daughters, love and loss, holding on and letting go.” From the publisher.

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, by The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, by Shaun David Hutchinson.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

“This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie—the girl she’sh ad a crush on for years—from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later, getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box and the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

“As more unbelievable things occur and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.” From the publisher.

 

More Than We Can Tell, by Brigid Kemmerer.More Than We Can Tell, by Brigid Kemmerer.
Bloomsbury, 2018.

“Rev has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay… until he gets a letter from the abusive father he hasn’t seen in years, and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

“Emma has only one escape from her parents’ fighting: the computer game she built from scratch… until an online troll’s harassment causes her to fear for her safety.

“When Rev and Emma cross paths one night, they’re both longing to confide in someone—to share the weight of their worries. They connect instantly and deeply, vowing to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev’s and Emma’s secrets threaten to crush them, and they’ll need more than a promise to find their way out.

“In an achingly beautiful story from the author of Letters to the Lost, two teens find the courage to lift the burden of their scars—old and new.” From the publisher.

 

The Final Six, by Alexandra Monir.The Final Six, by Alexandra Monir.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“When Leo and Naomi are drafted, along with twenty-two of the world’s brightest teenagers, into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever changed. Overnight, they become global celebrities in contention for one of the six slots to travel to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—and establish a new colony, leaving their planet forever. With Earth irreparably damaged, the future of the human race rests on their shoulders.

“For Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, this kind of purpose is a reason to go on after losing his family. But Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, is suspicious of the ISTC and the fact that a similar mission failed under mysterious circumstances, killing the astronauts on board. She fears something equally sinister is awaiting the Final Six beneath Europa’s surface.

“In this cutthroat atmosphere, surrounded by strangers from around the world, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo. As the training tests their limits, Naomi and Leo’s relationship deepens with each life-altering experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.” From the publisher.

 

The Precious Dreadful, by Steven Parlato.The Precious Dreadful, by Steven Parlato.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Teddi Alder is just trying to figure out her life.

“When she joins SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, she’s only looking to keep herself busy, not go digging around in her subconscious. But as she writes, disturbing memories of her childhood friend Corey bubble to the surface, and Teddi begins to question everything: her friendship with her BFF, Willa, how much her mom really knows, and even her own memories. Teddi fears she’s losing her grip on reality—as evidenced by that mysterious ghost girl who emerges from the park pool one night, the one who won’t leave Teddi alone. To top it all off, she finds herself juggling two guys with potential: a quirky new boy named Joy and her handsome barista crush, Aidan, who has some issues of his own.

“As the summer unfolds, Teddi is determined to get to the bottom of everything—her feelings, the mysterious ghost girl, and the memories of Corey that refuse to be ignored.” From the publisher.

 

Where I Live, by Brenda Rufener.Where I Live, by Brenda Rufener.
Harper Teen, 2018.

“Linden Rose lives by three rules:

“1. Prevent the in-class nap.

“2. Never carry too many belongings.

“3. Avoid looking the part.

“Her rules make sure no one discovers her secret—that she’s homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school.

“Her best friends, Ham and Seung; writing her school’s blog; and the promise of a future far away prevent downtime. When you’re homeless, free time sucks. The three outsiders have created a makeshift family, and their jokes and solidarity have become home for Linden. Despite everything Linden’s burdened with, she holds on to hope for a future and maybe a romance with Seung.

“But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins to look more closely at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay more attention. And attention is the last thing she needs.

“Linden knows the only way to put a stop to the violence is to tell Bea’s story and come to terms with her own. Even if that means breaking her rules for survival and jeopardizing the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep.” From the publisher.

 

What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper.What the Night Sings, by Vesper Stamper.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

“Before she was taken away, Gerta played the viola every day, walked home from choir practice with her papa, and admired the beautiful dresses in her stepmother’s closet.

“Before she was taken away, Gerta did not know she was Jewish.

“Two years later, Gerta’s world has completely changed. The Nazis have destroyed everyone and everything in her life. And when Gerta is liberated from the concentration camps, she finds herself utterly bereft.

“Without her loved ones or her music, she must begin to live again, as a survivor. In the displaced persons camp where she is sent, Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor who has visions of a new life for himself. And it’s there, in a place where freedom can finally blossom, that Gerta must choose her own future. But how can you move forward when your identity has been stripped away—when learning what the word Jewish really means is only the first step? For Gerta, finding faith  in the music is just the beginning.

“In her lushly illustrated debut, Vesper Stamper creates an unforgettable narrative, digging deep into the heart of what it was like to endure unspeakable horror and depicting the strength it took for Holocaust survivors to go on and rebuild. What the Night Sings finds the space between light and dark, where the last spark of hope remains.” From the publisher.

 

Snapstreak, by Suzanne Weyn.Snapstreak: How My Friends Saved My (Social) Life, by Suzanne Weyn.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

“In a few months, eighth-grader Vee is moving away from her BFFs Megan and Lulu. To get a jump on her social life in her new school, she starts snapping with Gwynneth, a queen bee at Vee’s future school. Megan and Lulu have mixed feelings about G., but Vee and Gwynneth’s Snapstreak is well under way when they get the biggest news EVER: The local television station is giving away a Boys Being Dudes concert to the pair of students from different schools who can prove the longest Snapstreak. Vee could win this! Their BBD dreams are in reach when a gym class concussion lands Vee in the hospital, under strict mental rest—doctor’s orders. Vee has no choice to hand over her phone—and her Snapstreak—to Megan and Lulu. What could go wrong?” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.
First Second, 2018.

“Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

“Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

“Sebastian’s secret weapon is his brilliant dressmaker, Frances—his best friend and one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect her friend?

“Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.” From the publisher.