The best-selling classic Thirteen Reasons Why, a book that has sold over a million copies, tells the story about a young girl named Hannah who commits suicide and who leaves a package of cassette tapes on the porch of her friend Clay, detailing the 13 reasons why she decided to end her life. Author Jay Asher wrote this gripping book in 2007, and has not written another book since.
What Light is another emotional book, more poignant about hope, love and forgiveness. Sierra, the daughter of two Christmas tree farmers, travels to southern California to help her mom and dad with the annual harvest. While there meets a troubled boy named Caleb, and she finds herself attracted to him, despite his questionable past. Predictable and sweet, this book is the perfect holiday read while sipping hot chocolate and eating gingerbread cookies.
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What Light, by Jay Asher
Just in – the critically acclaimed graphic novel biography Fun House by Alison Bechdel, and the Two Boys Kissing, the newest title by acclaimed YA author David Levithan. We’ve also added the graphic novel series Squirrel Girl vols. 2 & 3 (vol. 1 is backordered – sorry), about a totally rad and hilarious super-hero series.
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Fun Home / Alison Bechdel. EW review here. The book was made into a musical, which won five Tony awards in 2015, including Best Musical.
Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now (Squirrel Girl vol. 2), and Squirrel, You Know It’s True (Squirrel Girl vol. 3) / Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Salon review here.
Two Boys Kissing / David Levithan. Boston Globe review here.
“Smoke and Shadow,” the newest addition to the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series, picks up where “The Search” left off. A troublesome new entity – the Kermurikage, menacing spirits believed to exist only in myth – make their debut. Follow Zuko as he grapples with the Kermurikage – their origins, their history, and the reasons why they’re making their appearance now – and learns new truths about himself in the process.
Also new: All We Have Left by Wendy Williams. The events of September 11 loom large over Jesse, a teenager who lost her older brother in the attacks on that terrible day. Interwoven with Jesse’s loss is the story of Alia, a young Muslim girl who finds herself trapped in the Twin Towers that sunny Tuesday morning when the towers fell. Beautifully written and moving. Read the starred Library School Journal review here.
Rick Riordan – author of “The Lightning Thief” – is back with yet another series, this one about the Norse gods of Asgard: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. In “The Sword of Summer,” the first book in the series, teenager Magnus Chase is surviving on his own on the streets of Boston, eventually finding out from his crazy uncle Randolph that Magnus is the son of a Norse god. Gripping and hilarious.
Rachel Renée Russell, author of “The Dork Diaries,” has also come out with a new series with “The Misadventures of Max Crumbly.” In the first book, “Locker Hero,” Max has just started middle school and is having a tough time dealing with being the new kid on the block, but also with staying out of the way of the school bully.
“The Leaving” by Tara Altebrando revolves around six children who disappeared as kindergartners and have returned year later as teenagers – mostly. They have no memory of the past eleven years of the lives, and Max, who left with them, has not returned.
Finally, “Graduation Day” by Joelle Charbonneau concludes the “Testing” series. The first book in the series – “The Testing” – was included in this year’s Flume nominees for Best Book for New Hampshire students grades 9 – 12.
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Just arrived! A suspenseful teen thriller, With Malice by Eileen Cook teases out the mystery of Yale-bound Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital with massive head injuries to discover that a) her best friend Simone is dead, and b) Jill is accused of murder.
Yeah. Trippy. A “seriously scary summer read” according to Entertainment Weekly. School Library Journal offers an interview with the author, here.
Also, dig into Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley, a gripping dystopian thriller that offers “skillful writing, masterful pacing, and a capable and quite likable female detective are just a few of the things to love about this fantasy-adventure.” Read more about it here and here.