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Michaela DePrince

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Michaela DePrince was fortunate enough to escape her home country of war-torn Sierra Leone, West Africa, when she was adopted at the age of four by Elaine and Charles DePrince. Her parents enrolled her in swimming and dance classes, but ever since seeing a picture of a ballerina when she was living at the orphanage, she had wanted to study ballet. She is now, at the young age of 20, an international ballet superstar who has danced with the Dutch National Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” music video, and on Broadway.

Michaela’s biography Taking Flight is emblematic of the American can-do spirit. Check out her inspiring story, listen to her talk about her past or watch her beautiful dance style in these videos:

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April’s New Series Books

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School of Laughs (I Funny, vol. 5), Dog’s Best Friend and Escape to Australia (Middle School, vols.8 and 9), all by James Patterson.

The End of Oz and Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, vols. 3 and 4), by Danielle Page.

New Series! Nemesis (Project Nemesis, vol. 1), by Brendan Reichs.

Summary: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

★ “Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she’s murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She’s tried to escape the inevitable but knows it’s only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth. . . [j]ust when she’s found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she’s tried to keep hidden. . . . Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.”—Booklist, starred review

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In a Crisis? Just Text.

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March New Books – 1st Batch

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King’s Cage (Red Queen series, v. 3), by Victoria Aveyard. In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

The Bunker Diary, by Kevin Brooks. People are really quite simple, and they have simple needs. Food, water, light, space, privacy. Maybe a small measure of dignity. A bit of freedom. What happens when someone simply takes all that away?”

We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour. “Short, poetic and gorgeously written…. The world LaCour creates is fragile but profoundly humane.” – The New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful, devastating piece of art… An extraordinary work.” – Bookpage

“So lonely and beautiful that I could hardly breathe. This is a perfect book.” – Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

Dragonwatch (Dragonwatch series, v. 1), by Brandon Mull. In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….

Replica, by Lauren Oliver. From Lauren Oliver, the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica contains two narratives in one: Lyra’s story and Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey.

The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds. Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. Crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.

 

 

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New Series Fiction!

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New Series! The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden.

Russian country girl Vasilisa is forbidden from honoring the household spirits by her new stepmother, who maintains that such beliefs are superstition. Vasilisa is forced to defy the people she loves and use the dangerous gifts she has been given in order to protect her family from Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon.

Concluding Series! Wayfarer (Passenger series, vol. 2), by Alexandra Bracken.

Action-packed and full of suspense, the sequel to Passenger finds Etta still struggling to unite with Nicholas, her love from another time. From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, New York Times #1 best-selling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.

Continuing Series! Devil’s Advocate (X-Files Origins, vol. 2), by Jonathan Mayberry.

Fifteen-year-old Dana Scully is haunted by vivid, recurring dreams that seem more like visions. When a recently deceased classmate appears before Dana, she’s compelled to investigate, and in the course of her search uncovers even more suspicious deaths – and comes face to face with the knowledge that evil is real.

New Series! You Don’t Know My Name, by Kristen Orlando.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan is fast on track to become a member of the most elite secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. After falling in love with the boy next door, she has to make a choice: Will she continue the adventurous (and dangerous) world she was born into, or follow her heart?

Posted in Best-Seller, Current Affairs, Non-Fiction, Teen Events, Teens, Topical, True Crime

“Serial” and “Adnan’s Story”

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In 2014 I became addicted to National Public Radio’s (NPR) new podcast “Serial.” The show’s premise was simple: Choose one story to thoroughly investigate, and broadcast the findings on a weekly basis over 12 weeks.

The freshman podcast’s first story was the 1999 unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee, a student at Woodmore High School in Baltimore, Maryland, whose body was found underneath a pile of leaves in nearby Leakin (pronounced “Lincoln”) Park. Her former boyfriend Adan Syed was arrested and, despite his claims of innocence, at age 19 was found guilty of Lee’s murder. Syed was convicted and sent to the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, where he has been for 17 years.

(The Huffington Post compiled a series of pictures related to the podcast, including pictures of Lee and Syed, here.)

Due to the enormous popularity of the podcast and to the fact that Syed’s attorney failed to interview a key witness, Syed, now 37 years old, earned a new trial. Read more about the status of the new trial here, here, and here.

The newly published book Adnan’s Story:The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, written by family friend Rabia Chaudry, presents new key evidence that the author maintains dismantles the State’s case against Syed, and introduces a potential new suspect.

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February Fiction & NonFiction Titles

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The Radius of Us,” by Marie Marquardt, give us the stories of Gretchen and Phoenix, told in alternating chapters by each of the protagonist’s point of view. Starred review here.

The Bitter Side of Sweet: A Novel,” by Tara Sullivan, is the story of fifteen-year-old Amadou and his little brother Seydou, both who end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. Upon meeting Khadija, who fights every day to get away, the brothers plot and execute their escape. Starred review here.

Windwitch” (Witchlands series, vol. 2), by Susan Dennard, the sequel to “Truthwitch,” continues with Prince Merik (Windwitch) attempting to locate his sister after he’s left for dead after his ship explodes.

Uprooted: the Japanese American Experience During World War II,” by Albert Marrin, a National Book Award Finalist, chronicles the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; the book is published in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Jazz Day: the Making of a Famous Photograph,” by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, tells the story, in verse and picture, how graphic designer Art Kane set about to photographing a group of influential jazz musicians in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Review here.