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New Books This Week (February 5th, 2018)

New month, new books! Click those titles to find these books in our catalog, put them on hold for yourself, and order them if they’re already checked out. Let’s dive right in.



Between the Blade and the Heart, by Amanda Hocking.Between the Blade and the Heart, by Amanda Hocking.
Wednesday Books, 2017.

“When the fate of the world is at stake, loyalties will be tested.

“As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin Krigare’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin, along with her best friend and ex-girlfriend, must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.” From the publisher.


That Thing We Call a Heart, by Sheba Karim.That Thing We Call a Heart, by Sheba Karim.
Harper Teen, 2017.

“High school has ended, and Shabnam Qureshi is facing a summer of loneliness and boredom. She’s felt alienated from her gutsy best friend, Farah, ever since Farah started wearing the Muslim head scarf—without even bothering to discuss it with Shabnam first. But no one else comes close to understanding her, especially not her parents.

“All Shabnam wants to do is get through the summer. Get to Penn. Begin anew. Not look back.

“That is, until she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack and meets her there every afternoon.

“Shabnam sees Jamie and herself like the rose and the nightingale of classic Urdu poetry, which, according to her father, is the ultimate language of desire. Jamie finds Shabnam fascinating—her curls, her culture, even her awkwardness. Shabnam quickly finds herself in love, while Farah, who Shabnam has begun to reconnect with, finds Jamie worrying.

“In her quest to figure out who she really is and what she really wants, Shabnam looks for help in an unexpected place—her family.” From the publisher.


Blood and Sand, by C. V. Wyk.Blood and Sand, by C. V. Wyk.
Tor Teen, 2017.

Roma victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire—an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

“Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to the gladiator Xanthus, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is now the Champion of Rome, the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

“Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end—and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…” From the publisher.



White American Youth, by Christian Picciolini.White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out, by Christian Picciolini.
Hachette Books, 2018.

“As he stumbled through high school, struggling to find a community among other fans of punk rock music, Christian Picciolini was recruited by a now notorious white-power skinhead leader and encouraged to fight with the movement to ‘protect the white race from extinction.’ Soon, he had become an expert in racist philosophies, a terror who roamed the neighborhood, quick to throw fists. When his mentor was arrested and sentenced to eleven years in prison, sixteen-year-old Picciolini took over the man’s role as the leader of an infamous neo-Nazi skinhead group.

“Seduced by the power he accrued through intimidation, and swept up in the rhetoric he had adopted, Picciolini worked to grow an army of extremists. He used music as a recruitment tool, launching his own propaganda band that performed at white-power rallies around the world. But slowly, as he started a family of his own and a job that for the first time brought him face to face with people from all walks of life, he began to recognize the cracks in his hateful ideology. Then a shocking loss at the hands of racial violence changed his life forever, and Picciolini realized too late the full extend of the harm he’d caused.

“Raw, inspiring, and heartbreakingly candid, White American Youth tells the fascinating story of how so many young people lose themselves in a culture of hatred and violence and how the criminal networks they forge terrorize and divide our nation.” From the publisher.


Graphic Novels

To Your Eternity, vol. 1, by Yoshitoki Oima.To Your Eternity, vol. 1 & 2, by Yoshitoki Oima.
Kodansha Comics, 2017.

“An orb was cast unto the earth. After metamorphosing into a wolf, It joins a boy on his bleak journey to find his tribe. It learns and evolves, transcending death, even when those around It cannot…

“March, the girl who was chosen as a gift for the Oniguma gave It the name ‘Fushi.’ Parona, who once escaped a similar fate, plans to save March yet again. Fushi witnesses their struggles and begins to learn, taking Its first step toward agency…” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (January 29th, 2018)

As you recover from your mid-terms, why not spend a little time with some reading for fun? These are all the new arrivals at the library this week, and if you see one you like and want to check if it’s in, just click on the linked title. While you’re in our catalog, go ahead and put it on hold for yourself so we can set it aside for you.



Love, Hate, and Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed.Love, Hate, & Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed.
Soho Teen, 2018.

“American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems ‘suitable.’ And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

“There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.” From the publisher.


A Conspiracy of Stars, by Olivia A. Cole.A Conspiracy of Stars, by Olivia A. Cole.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Olivia should be overjoyed.

“But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—being attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

“With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.” From the publisher.


Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly.Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018.

“The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

“Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since she was a baby, she has been able to control the shadows around her. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

“Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to cure Emmeline of magic. Dar promises to change the noble’s mind if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees, and the next morning, the man in charge is in a coma. Frightened, Emmeline and Dar flee.

“With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not entirely sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone tethered to your feet.” From the publisher.


Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson.Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

“Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tychoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. ‘A place,’ he said, ‘where learning is a game.’

“In 1936, shortly after the school opened, Ellingham’s wife and daughter, Iris and Alice, were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym ‘Truly Devious.’ It became one of the great crimes of American history. Something like that could never happen again, of course…

“Years later, true-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.” From the publisher.


The Flip Side, by Shawn Johnson.The Flip Side, by Shawn Johnson.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2016.

“Charlie Ryland has a secret. She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

“Because outside of school, Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts on the planet. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold… especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

“Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real.” From the publisher.


Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman.Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2018.

“The Thunderhead is the perfect ruler of a perfect world, but it has no control over the scythedom. A year has passed since Rowan has gone off grid. Since then he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.

“As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans withcompassion and openly challenges the ideals of the ‘new order.’ But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

“In the thrilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe, old foes and new enemies converge. And as corruption within the scythedom spreads, Rowan and Citra begin to lose hope. Will the Thunderhead intervene?

“Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?” From the publisher.



Racial Profiling, by Alison Marie Behnke.Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality, by Alison Marie Behnke.
Twenty-First Century Books, 2017.

“In the United States, racial profiling affects thousands of Americans every day. Both individuals and institutions—such as law enforcement, agencies, government bodies, banks, and schools—routinely use race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of an offense. Profiling is linked to racial prejudices and stereotypes rooted in the nation’s legacy of slavery as well as in twenty-first century immigration and terrorism.

“The high-profile deaths of unarmed people of color at the hands of police officers have brought renewed national attention to racial profiling and have inspired grassroots activism from groups such as Black Lives Matter. Yet the issue runs deeper than any single incident, and Americans are debating the legality and effectiveness of this controversial practice. Combining rigorous research with powerful personal stories, Racial Profiling explores the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of this form of social injustice.” From the publisher.


Facing Frederick, by Tonya Bolden.Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man, by Tonya Bolden.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017.

“Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was more… More than a once-enslaved abolitionist. More than an electrifying speaker. More than the author of that famous Narrative

“Drawing on new scholarship, nineteenth-century newspapers, a collection of Douglass’s correspondence, the Library of Congress’s Frederick Douglass Papers, and other resources, Tonya Bolden’s Facing Frederick captures what a multifaceted man he was.

“Alongside the many high points in his rags-to-riches life, Facing Frederick chronicles the shortcomings, controversies, and low points in the legend’s life as well. This is the story of a great and mighty abolitionist and orator, but also of a newspaperman, women’s rights activist, statesman, diplomat, public servant, author of more than one autobiography, and lover of travel, music, and books. And photography—Bolden uses the nineteenth century’s most-photographed American’s love of photography to help tell his story. Incorporating captivating images of the icon, his family, and his colleagues along with paintings, prints, and ephemera, Bolden provides a compelling and absorbing portrait of this relentless warrior for liberty and justice for all.” From the publisher.



Graphic Novels

All-Star Batman, vol. 1, by Scott Snyder.All-Star Batman, vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy, by Scott Snyder.
DC Comics, 2017.

“He is Gotham City’s silent guardian. Its Dark Knight protector. But he ain’t in Gotham anymore.

“The sinister machinations of Two-Face have taken Batman hundreds of miles from the city streets he calls home, into the cornfields, dirt roads and lost highways of Middle America. But he isn’t there alone.

“An entire legion of assassins drawn from the depths of the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery is on the prowl, out to destroy the Bat and collect the bounty on his head. Meanwhile, an unholy trinity of crime bosses back home—Great White, Black Mask and the Penguin—are ready to make a killing after the Dark Knight’s demise. Even Jim Gordon and the GCPD are on the Batman’s trail.

“Cut off from the Batcave and all his Gotham partners, Batman has only two allies on this road trip from hell: Duke Thomas, his latest protege… and Harvey Dent, the good-hearted side of Two-Face’s split personality.

“Will Batman make it back to Gotham alive? Or will Two-Face double down on the Dark Knight’s death?” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (January 22nd, 2018)

More snow, more cold, more new books! Swing by the library to check out our latest arrivals, or just read on to get a glimpse of what’s on offer. Remember to click on the titles to see each book in the catalog, and if one catches your eye, you can place it on hold for yourself. That way, it’ll be here with your name on it when you come in.



Fireworks, by Katie Cotugno.Fireworks, by Katie Cotugno.
Balzer + Bray, 2017.

“It was always meant to be Olivia. She’s the talented one, the one who’s been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, is the levelheaded one, always on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on.

“But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

“It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift… and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

“Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.” From the publisher.


The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie DimalineThe Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline.
Dancing Cat Books, 2017.

“Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks.

“The Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.

“In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden… but what they don’t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.” From the publisher.


Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu.Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu.
Random House, 2018.

“Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City. The city’s elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey.

“Bruce Wayne is next on their list. Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most nefarious criminals.

“Madeleine Wallace is a killer… and Bruce’s only hope. The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She’s the mystery he has to unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?” From the publisher.


Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds.Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds.
Atheneum, 2017.

“Sixty seconds. Seven floors. Three rules. One gun.

“Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot. Dead. Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood there are the Rules:

“No. 1: Crying. Don’t. No matter what.

“No. 2: Snitching. Don’t. No matter what.

“No. 3: Revenge. Do. No matter what.

“But bullets miss. You can get the wrong guy. And there’s always someone else who knows how to follow the rules…” From the publisher.


Escape from Aleppo, by N. H. Senzai.Escape from Aleppo, by N. H. Senzai.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018.

“Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ when her uncle calls from the living room, ‘Baba, brothers, you need to see this.’ Reluctantly, Nadia follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns.

“It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and , one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee.

“Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.” From the publisher.


Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff.Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff.
Amulet Books, 2017.

“Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven in a dangerous world. Thirteen-year-old novice Maresi arrived at the Abbey four years ago, during the hunger winter, and now lives a happy life under the protection of the Mother. Maresi spends her days reading in the Knowledge House, caring for the younger novices, and contentedly waiting for the moment when she will be called to serve one of the Houses of the Abbey.

“This idyllic existence is threatened by the arrival of Jai, a girl whose dark past has followed her into the Abbey’s sacred spaces. In order to protect her new sister and her own way of life, Maresi must emerge from the safety of her books and her childish world and become one who acts.” From the publisher.



March Forward, Girl, by Melba Pattillo Beals.March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine, by Melba Pattillo Beals.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

“Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a fountain marked ‘whites only’? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home—or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Melba had the heart of a fighter—and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.

“But what makes one little girl stand up against the injustice around her? With powerful documentation of her early journey and stunning black-and-white illustrations by Frank Morrison, March Forward, Girl—an ardent and profound childhood memoir of growing up in the Jim Crow South—seeks to answer that question. And to prove that a single young person’s actions truly can change the world.” From the publisher.


Through a Window, by Jane Goodall.Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe, by Jane Goodall.
Mariner Books, 2010.

Through a Window is the dramatic saga of thirty years in the life of an intimately intertwined community—one that reads like a novel, but is one of the most important scientific works ever published. The community is Gombe, on the shores of Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, where the principal residents are chimpanzees and one extraordinary woman who is their student, protector, and historian.

“In her classic In the Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall wrote of her first ten years at Gombe. In Through a Window she brings the story up to the present, painting a more complete and vivid portrait of our closest relatives. We watch young Figan’s relentless rise to power and old Mike’s crushing defeat. We learn how one mother rears her children to succeed and another dooms hers to failure. We witness horrifying murders, touching moments of affection, joyous births, and wrenching deaths. In short, we see every emotion known to humans stripped to its essence. In the mirror of chimpanzee life, we see ourselves reflected.

“This edition includes a new preface by Dr. Goodall and a new afterword where she reflects on Gombe and its residents over the past twenty years.” From the publisher.


Sex, by Nikol Hasler.Sex: An Uncensored Introduction, by Nikol Hasler.
Zest Books, 2015.

“Thinking about having sex? Or just thinking about sex, period? Well, that’s certainly a good place to start—because there’s a lot to think about, and a lot to learn. And Nikol Hasler is here to help. This honest, funny, and uncensored guide covers everything from sexual orientation and masturbation to foreplay, first-time concerns, birth control, and protection against diseases. New sections in this revised edition also address online dating, sex-related bullying, important new sex-related legislation, and sexting—a topic of particular interest and concern today. No subject is off-limits and no question is taboo in this hilarious, in-depth, all-in-one guide.” From the publisher.


Graphic Novels

Attack on Titan, vol 23, by Hajime Isayama.Attack on Titan, vol. 23, by Hajime Isayama.
Kodansha Comics, 2017.

“The dream of freedom dies.

“The truth revealed through the memories in Grisha’s journals shakes all of Eren’s deepest beliefs. There is no rugged but free land beyond the Walls—there is a whole other world, equally full of oppression and war. Suddenly, the ambitions that have animated the Survey Corps for generations seems small and naive. What is there left to fight for?” From the publisher.


A Silent Voice, vol 1, by Yoshitoki Oima.A Silent Voice, vol. 1-7, by Yoshitoki Oima.
Kodansha Comics, 2015.

“Learning to listen.

“Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes his favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?” From the publisher.

We were lucky to get all seven volumes of this manga at once. To save space, only the first volume is being added to the new arrivals in the manga area—the rest of the series can be found shelved below.


Before the Fall, vol 12, by Ryo Suzukaze.Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, vol. 12, by Ryo Suzukaze.
Kodansha Comics, 2017.

“A plan in motion.

“Angel and Xenophon’s Device, meant to help humanity combat the Titans, has always confounded those who were meant to use it. But years later, after Sharle successfully brings Angel out of his underground home, he is ready to correct its fatal flaw for good. But that’s only half of the problem—the Survey Corps will need a grueling new training program to make use of it!” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (January 15th, 2018)

As we continue on into 2018 and keep the new arrivals rolling, have you checked out some of our recently added teen programs yet? Just look a couple of posts down and see what looks appealing, or swing by the teen section and pick up a calendar of events.



Tower of Dawn, by Sarah Maas.Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas.
Bloomsbury, 2017.

“Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

“After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

“In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all…” From the publisher.


The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson.The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2016.

“Andie had it all planned out.

“Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

“But that was before her dad’s political scandal. Before having to be in the same house with him. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

“Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?” From the publisher.


You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, by Rachel Solomon.You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon.
Simon Pulse, 2018.

“Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina years to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

“But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

“When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

“These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

“From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.” From the publisher.


Graphic Novels


Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, vol. 1, by Julie Benson.Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, vol. 1: Who Is Oracle? by Julie Benson.
DC Comics, 2017.

“Gotham city is about to be hacked!

“Barbara Gordon is no stranger to secrets. She’s the daughter of GCPD bigwig Jim Gordon… and she’s the streetwise vigilante known as Batgirl. But her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet, has been kept completely hidden… until now.

“Someone new has resurrected the Oracle mantle, and whoever is behind it is sending Batgirl on a wild-goose chase all across Gotham City. By her side are two equally dangerous vigilantes—Dinah Lance, the rock-star-turned-hero known as Black Canary, and Helena Bertinelli, the lethal spy codenamed the Huntress.

“Can this mismatched trio come together in time to solve the mystery of the new Oracle and defeat the villainous forces arrayed against them? Or will these Birds of Prey have their wings clipped before they can even get off the ground?” From the publisher.


Batgirl, vol. 1, by Hope LarsonBatgirl, vol. 1: Beyond Burnside, by Hope Larson.
DC Comics, 2017.

“Gotham’s guardian goes global!

“Barbara Gordon’s heart belong to Burnside, the ultra-cool Gotham City neighborhood she and her friends (superheroic and otherwise) call home. But some threats are bigger than Burnside. And when those threats come calling, Batgirl will spread her wings and fly!

“When Babs plans a trip to Japan to train with one of the greatest fighters in the Far East, she has no idea she has a target on her back. Lethal warriors from a host of combat disciplines are out to take her down. Each bears the mysterious mark of ‘The Student.’ And where there are Students, there must also be… a Teacher.

“Batgirl’s quest to track down her enemies’ master will take her from Okinawa to Singapore to Seoul to Shanghai. Along the way, she’ll hone her martial arts skills, meet a legendary hero—and just maybe make some time for romance. But if Teacher’s plan succeeds, Babs’ time will be up…” From the publisher.


Blue Exorcist, vol. 18, by Kazue Kato.Blue Exorcist, vol. 18, by Kazue Kato.
VIZ Media, 2009.

“Fight hellfire with hellfire!

“After dealing with the demons of Shura’s past, Shura, Rin and Yukio return to True Cross Academy. While Yukio recovers from his wounds, Rin and his friends get back to their lives. But trouble is brewing as the Illuminati continue to advance their plans. Lightning launches an investigation of the Illuminati, intending to get to the bottom of things. With Suguro in tow, he heads for True Cross Academy’s restricted archives, looking for leads that will help him solve the mystery of the events surrounding the ‘Blue Night.’ Back on campus, an old adversary makes an unwelcome return…” From the publisher.


Witchcraft Works, vol. 10, by Ryu Mizunagi.Witchcraft Works, vol. 10, by Ryu Mizunagi.
Vertical Comics, 2017.

“A whole world inside a pendant.

“Kazane gets Honoka and Kagari to help rebuild her house (along with the aid of some furry, feral friends). Since Medusa and her minions moved in next door, Honoka asks for her help in unlocking a mysterious pendant. Inside is a world of memories which reveal the forgotten history of the Kagari estate, and a fiery familiar that once terrorized the residents…” From the publisher.


Assassination Classroom, vol. 19, by Yusei Matsui.Assassination Classroom, vol. 19, by Yusei Matsui.
VIZ Media, 2012.

“Koro Sensei’s lessons in verbal defense are put to the test when Karma must use his brains instead of his brawn to rescue a classmate. Then things finally begin to go smoothly for the students of 3-E. Everyone receives some good news about their futures and Nagisa settles on a career goal. But the peace is broken when the world’s nations miraculously manage to coordinate their efforts long enough to launch a new plan to assassinate Koro Sensei—with the aid of the strongest mercenary in the world and an ultimate weapon! Will anyone break ranks to protect everyone’s favorite tentacled teacher?” From the publisher.


Wonder Woman, vol. 1., by Greg Rucka.Wonder Woman, vol. 1: The Lies, by Greg Rucka.
DC Comics, 2017.

“Heroic. Iconic. Unstoppable. Armed with her Lasso of Truth and imbued with the power of the gods themselves, Princess Diana of Themyscira—known to the world as Wonder Woman—is one of the greatest superheroes in history.

“But who is she really? Not even Wonder Woman herself knows for sure. Memories of a life she never lived are at the edges of her mind, yet she feels them in her heart to be true. And most shocking of all: she cannot find her way to Themyscira, the mythical island of the Amazons. Though hidden from the outside world, the path to her home has always been open to her… and now it has vanished, possibly forever!

“Unfortunately, there’s only one person on Earth with the knowledge that could get her back to the island: her greatest enemy, the feral beast-woman known as Cheetah. Will this unlikely alliance shine the light of truth on Diana’s darkest secrets, or bury them—and her—forever?” From the publisher.

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New Books This Week (January 2nd, 2018)

It’s time for the first books of the New Year! Okay, fine, technically these are the last books of the Old Year, but they’re still worth your attention. If you see one you like, go ahead and click on the title to see it in our catalog and place it on hold for yourself.



Kaleidoscope Song, by Fox Benwell.Kaleidoscope Song, by Fox Benwell.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2017.

“Neo loves music, and all she ever wanted was a life sharing this passion, on the radio. When she meets Tale, the lead singer in a local South African band, their shared love of music grows. So does their love for each other. But not everyone approves. Then Neo lands her dream job working at a popular radio station, and she discovers that using your voice is sometimes harder than expected, and there are always consequences.

“Fox Benwell delivers a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores the relationship between two girls obsessed with music, the practice of corrective rape, and the risks and power of using your voice.” From the publisher.


The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily Danforth.The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth.
Balzer + Bray, 2012.

“When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

“But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.

“Then Coley Taylor moves into town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.” From the publisher.


Monster, by Michael Grant.Monster, by Michael Grant.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.

“It’s been four years since a meteorite hit Perdido Beach and everyone disappeared. Gone.

“Everyone, except the kids trapped in the FAYZ—an invisible dome that was created by an alien virus. Inside the FAYZ, animals began to mutate and teens developed dangerous powers. The terrifying new world was plagued with hunger, lies, and fear of the unknown.

“Now, four years later, meteorites are hitting earth with a virus that is even deadlier. Humans will mutate into creatures with power… and the whole world will be exposed.

“But power corrupts. As some teens begin to morph into heroes, they will find that others become dangerously out of control and that the world is on the brink of a monstrous battle between good and evil.

“And there is only one thing more terrifying than the fear of the unknown: when history repeats itself.

“In this first of a trilogy, Michael Grant has created a stunning follow-up to the globally bestselling Gone series.” From the publisher.


Renegades, by Marissa Meyer.Renegades, by Marissa Meyer.
Feiwel & Friends, 2017.

“New from Marissa Meyer, author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling series The Lunar Chronicles, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

“The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

“Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.” From the publisher.


Plague Land, by Alex Scarrow.Plague Land, by Alex Scarrow.
Sourcebooks Fire, 2016.

“It’s in the air, and you only have an hour to live.

“The reports of an outbreak in Africa start slowly at first: a mention at the end of the evening news, a headline at the bottom of a news website. They’re easy to ignore, and most people do just that. Except for Leon. His mom shakes off his concerns, sure that they shouldn’t be worried about some illness on a distant continent. Until, one week later, the virus spreads worldwide and chaos ensues. The infected die within hours, dotting the countryside with the haunting skeletons of liquefied victims.

“But what scares Leon most is the way the virus moves—like it’s adapting. Like it has an agenda. If Leon’s going to fight back, he’ll need a plan. But first, he needs to stay alive.” From the publisher.



Queer, There and Everywhere, by Sarah Prager.Queer, There, and Everywhere, by Sarah Prager.
Harper, 2017.

“World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and otherwise queer people—and you’ve never heard of many of them. In Queer, There, and Everywhere, activist Sarah Prager gives voice to twenty-three people who invented, radicalized, and trailblazed. These inspiring true stories demonstrate how rich and varied gender and sexuality have always been in every culture, in every millennium. From long-ago heroes like the gender-ambiguous queen of Sweden and a transgender soldier who risked death fighting in the Civil War to modern figures like the transgender tennis player who won a court case to play as a woman and a drag queen who rallied against police brutality in San Francisco: not only have queer people always existed, they have thrived.” From the publisher.


Graphic Novels

Princess Princess, by Katie O'Neill.Princess Princess Ever After, by Katie O’Neill.
Oni Press, 2016.

“‘I am no prince!’

“When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie.

“Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what ‘happily ever after’ really means—and how they can find it with each other.” From the publisher.


Paper Girls vol. 3, by Brian Vaughan.Paper Girls vol. 3, by Brian K. Vaughan.
Image Comics, 2016.

Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, return with acclaimed colorist Matt Wilson and innovative letterer Jared K. Fletcher for the third volume of PAPER GIRLS, as the mind-bending, time-warping series continues.

“Newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in the prehistoric past, where they uncover the secret origins of time travel, and use any means necessary to get back home.

“It’s a story of violence, bloodshed, and motherhood, as seen through the eyes of four twelve-year-old girls from the mean streets of 1988.” From the publisher.

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Program Spotlight: Teen Takeover @ Your Library

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

Today, we talk about our last recurring program for 2018, and it’s a returning favorite: Teen Takeover @ Your Library.

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Program Spotlight: Teen Advisory Group

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

For today’s program, we’ll be taking a look at an opportunity for you to earn some community service hours at the library: the Teen Advisory Group.

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Program Spotlight: Fanfiction Club

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

Today, let’s discuss our latest literary inclusion: Fanfiction Club.

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Program Spotlight: Tabletoppers

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

Today, we’re taking a look at our first new program of 2018: Tabletoppers.

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Program Spotlight: Button Mashers

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

First up, we have a returning program: Button Mashers.

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