|Before I started writing these New Release lists, I had no idea how few books were released in near the end of the calendar year. This week is another disappointment; there are only a small handful of new titles worth talking about. Several of this week's titles are sequels. I hope the new year brings us a lot of fresh new titles! Read more...|
YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+)
|True Power (Gary Meehan)|
True Trilogy, book 3. This is a dystopia with fantasy elements. In the first book, True Fire pregnant sixteen-year old Megan works to save her kidnapped twin sister after their village is razed and their grandfather murdered. Dystopia, fantasy.
|Black Moon (Romina Russell)|
Zodiac, book 3. I always love a good space opera! Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared. Science fiction, space opera.
|Elixir Project (Kary Oberbrunner)|
Sienna Lewis lives in a world constantly threatened by a hacktivist group known as SWARM. After SWARM executes its deadliest attack yet, Sienna and her three college friends learn they have been chosen for the ELIXIR Project--a master plan designed to overthrow SWARM--and participation is mandatory. Science fiction.
|Mind Games (Heather Petty)|
Sequel to: Lock & Mori. Before they were sworn enemies, Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty (Mori) were brilliant high school students who loved to solve mysteries. Set in modern-day London. Mystery, retelling.
|Air (Ryan Gattis)|
When 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore. Grey struggles to fit in to his new school and environment until his new friend, Akil, introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. Realistic fiction, sports.
|The Rebellion (Cass Morgan)|
The 100, book 4. Ever since I binge-watched the first season of the TV series, I've been meaning to give the books a try. Centuries after nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity struggles to rebuild. It’s been a month since the dropships landed and the Colonists joined the Hundred on the ground. The teens, once branded juvenile delinquents, are now leaders among their people. Science fiction, post-apocalypse.
|Spindle (E.K. Johnston)|
Sequel to: A Thousand Nights. It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained. Retelling.
MIDDLE GRADE (GRADES 5-8)
|Stormwalker (Mike Revell)|
Ever since his mother died, eleven-year old Owen has drifted further away from his father. Then one day, Owen is sucked into a world he knows well--the world of his father's newest novel.
|Jed and the Junkyard War (Steven Bohls)|
Jed is a regular kid with a normal, loving family...that is, if it's normal for a loving family to drop their child off in the middle of nowhere and expect him home in time for Sunday dinner. Luckily, Jed excels at being a regular kid who-armed with wit and determination-can make his way out of any situation. At least until the morning of his twelfth birthday, when Jed wakes to discover his parents missing. Something is wrong. Really wrong. Jed just doesn't realize it's floating-city, violent-junk-storm, battling-metals, Frankensteined-scavengers kind of wrong. Yet. Adventure.
|Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (Young Readers Edition) (Misty Copeland)|
Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland. Narrative nonfiction, biography.
EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS (GRADES 1-4)
|Pallas the Pal (Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams)|
Goddess Girls series, book #21. I listed this book under Early Chapter Books, but it is also a popular middle school choice, especially with girls. I love that it's short and easy, so it's great for ESL readers. Mythology is always an easy-sell. Pallas, the daughter of Triton and messenger of the sea, enrolls at Mount Olympus Academy in this twenty-first Goddess Girls adventure!
|Peter Powers and the Rowdy Robot Raiders (Kent Clark, Brandon T. Snider, Dave Bardin)|
Everyone in Peter Powers' family has super awesome superpowers--except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and flash freeze little stuff. At least his brother and sister have finally stopped picking on him--mostly. But at school, an even more menacing bully has it out for Peter and his friends. As if that wasn't enough, Boulder City is being raided by robots! Superheroes, robots.
PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)
Surprisingly, I didn't find any picture books this week! If you know any that I missed, please include the title and author in the comments, and I will add them!