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New Titles for May! Part II

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The Dead Inside: A True Story, by Cyndy Etler.

Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious “tough love” program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”

“I never was a bada$$. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi’s jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight. From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was…well, it was something else.”

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.” Read Publisher’s Weekly review here.

Beck, by Mal Peet (with Meg Rosoff). Born of a brief encounter between a Liverpool prostitute and an African soldier in 1907, Beck finds himself orphaned as a young boy and sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. At age fifteen he is sent to work on a farm, from which he eventually escapes. Finally in charge of his own destiny, Beck starts westward, crossing the border into America and back, all while the Great Depression rages on. What will it take for Beck to understand the agonies of his childhood and realize that love is possible? Read Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.

P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West. Exchanging notes with a mysterious pen pal by writing them on her Chemistry desk, Lily discovers that her anonymous friend is a boy and realizes that she is falling for him before learning that he is the last person she ever expected to love. Read the TeenReads review here.

The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson. David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David’s deepest secret gets out that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them. Read The Guardian review here.

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New Titles for May! Part I

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Crazy Messy Beautiful, by Carrie Arcos. Falling repeatedly in love but unable to succeed in the style of the poet who inspired his name, 16-year-old Neruda Diaz is partnered on a school assignment with a girl unlike anyone he typically falls for and discovers the magic and mess of a romance born from friendship. Read Publisher’s Weekly review here.

Alex & Eliza, by Melissa de la Cruz. “Hamilton” for the YA set. The New York Times best-selling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants series brings to life the romance between young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Read the Historical Novel Society here.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, by Karen Blumenthal. The author of Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different presents an accessible, carefully researched portrait of the former first lady, senator and secretary of state that traces her unconventional upbringing, political achievements and devotion to activist causes. Read Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.

Nightstruck (Nightstruck Series, vol. 1), by Jenna Black. Struggling with her parents’ divorce and high expectations while working on her college applications, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds and unleashing magical monsters into her Philadelphia community. Read Tor review here.

 

 

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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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More Books for December!

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/91247On August 9, 1945, six-year-old Sachiko, who lived in Nagasaki, Japan, was playing outdoors with four other children. Moments later, those children were all dead. An atomic bomb had exploded half a mile away, destroying everything in its wake. In “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” author Caren Stelson shares the true story – using pictures and text – of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb, and chronicles her long journey to health and peace.

 

y450-293Also in: The first volume in Amy S. Foster’s The Rift Uprising trilogy is a fast-paced action-adventure, where a young soldier comes to question the monsters she’s trained to fight against, and the monsters she fights for.

 

 

 

25982606Finally, in “Burn Baby Burn” by Meg Medina, 17-year-old Nora Lopez lives through a freezing cold winter and a searing hot summer in 1977, when a serial murderer Son of Sam is terrorizing her hometown New York City, and the city seems on the verge to explode.

 

 

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Fun New Books Just In!

        

Fresh off her gold-medal wins at the Rio 2016 Olympics, gymnast Simone Biles takes you through her gymnastics career in her new autobiography “Courage to Soar,” beginning with her early childhood in foster care, followed by being adopted by her grandparents, and showing off the mad skills that has made her one of the most talented and medaled athletes in history.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues with “Double Down.” Same with Dork Diaries, with “Tales From a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy.” Another epic read: “The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever,” by Jeff Strand, about budding filmmaker Justin, who sets out to make great cinema, but ends up, well….the clue is in the title.

Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight (much like real teens), travel the world bring us this collection of exclusive, funny and intimate photos in their photo diary “Dan & Phil Go Outside.”

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