|We have 35 featured new releases this week! I'm most excited about The Takedown, The Upside of Unrequited, Lucky Broken Girl, and The End of the Wild. What looks great to you?|
YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+):
|The Upside of Unrequited (Becky Albertalli)|
Awww...this sounds so cute. Molly is an overweight 17-year old whose twin Cassie has just fallen for a new girl at school. Now, Molly is feeling very alone and left out. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a plus...a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can make him fall for her, she'll get her first kiss and her twin back. The only problem with this plan? Molly's coworker Reid, a chubby Tolkien fan with a season pass to the Ren Fair. Surely, Molly won't fall for him...right? Romance.
|Alex and Eliza: A Love Story (Melissa de la Cruz)|
1777, Albany, New York. Eliza Schuyler meets the dashing Alexander Hamilton, a young colonel in George Washington's army, for the first time. Sparks fly, and so begins a romance we are still fascinated with over 200 years later. This is a great choice for historical romance fans. Historical fiction, American Revolution, romance.
|The Takedown (Corrie Lynn Wang)|
Kyla Cheng doesn't expect or need anyone to like her. She's popular, smart, and she and her three popular friends rule the school. Top it off with her swoon-worthy boyfriend, and Kyla has gotten through high school unscathed. Until someone uploads a sex-video of Kyla and her English teacher to the school website a week before college applications are due. Kyla is furious, especially since it isn't her in the video. Now, Kyla is trying to do the unthinkable: remove a video from the internet. Set in a near-future where privacy is no longer an issue. Pair with Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series or Doctorow's Little Brother. Thriller, dystopia.
|Given to the Sea (Mindy McGinnis)|
Why, yes, that long summary does sound confusing to me! This is four stories intertwined, so here goes. We have one girl, Khosa, who is a sacrifice to the ocean (to keep a tsunami at bay), but who must first produce an heir. There's also a bored, young prince who wants to protect Khosa and also wants her to fulfill her duty. Then we have twins Dara and Donil, magical natives who are the last of their kind. Give this to fans of Throne of Glass and The Red Queen. Fantasy.
|Spindle Fire (Lexa Hillyer)|
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of the "other" sister, Isabelle. Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close. And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora's blood, a Faerie Queen who is preparing for war, a strange and enchanting dream realm—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken. Retelling.
|Run the Risk (Allison van Diepen)|
Grace has done her best to move on since her ex-boyfriend Mateo chose gang life over her. But even though years have passed, she hasn’t forgotten him—especially since she’s seen her younger brother Alex drawn to a life on the streets. She can’t bear to think of Alex making the same mistakes as Mateo, but she feels him slipping away. So when Mateo suddenly resurfaces, insisting he’s left gang life behind him, Grace sees an opportunity. Maybe he could be the one to reach Alex and pull him away from the edge. Urban fiction, romance.
|Literally (Lucy Keating)|
Annabelle's life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she's writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But Annabelle doesn't want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? Realistic fiction, magical realism.
|Unearthly Things (Michelle Gagnon)|
After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs. The only person she can relate to is Daniel, a fellow surfer. Meeting him makes Janie feel like things might be looking up. Still, something isn’t right in the Rochester mansion. Contemporary retelling of JaneEyre.
|Beck (Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff)|
I think this title borders between YA and adult fiction. 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. Historical fiction, sexual abuse, racism.
|The Freemason's Daughter (Shelley Sackier)|
Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she met Lord Pembroke. Jenna's small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms at every stop for the exiled King James Stuart so that he may retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England. Jenna's father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke's inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke—nor mask her growing attraction to him. Historical fiction.
ALSO RELEASING THIS WEEK (YOUNG ADULT):
MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8):
|Lucky Broken Girl (Ruth Behar)|
Set in Queens, NY in 1960. Things are going great for 10-year old Ruthie Mizrahi. She's immigrated with her family from Cuba to New York City. Her father just6bought her Go-Go boots, she's being promoted from her "special" fifth grade class, and she's the reigning "Hopscotch Queen" of her neighborhood. But all that is derailed when her family is in a serious car accident, which leaves Ruthie stuck in a full-body cast for a year. Based on the author's own experience of spending a full year in a body cast. I know several girls I will give this book to at my school! Historical fiction.
|Shattered Sky (Erin Hunter)|
A Vision of Shadows, book 3. Yeah, these Warriors books are a no-brainer purchase for my library. They are eternally popular, and I have no doubt they will circulate well for a long time. It doesn't matter if I live in the USA or China; the Warriors series is always a hit.
|Star Thief (Lindsey Becker)|
Honorine's life as a maid at the Vidalia mansion is rather dull, dusting treasures from faraway places and daydreaming in front of maps of the world. But everything changes when she catches two brutish sailors ransacking Lord Vidalia's study, and then follows a mysterious girl with wings out into the night. Fantasy.
|Apartment 1986 (Lisa Papademetriou)|
Ferris Bueller's Day Off for middle school! Callie never meant to let it go this far. Sure, she may have accidentally-on-purpose skipped a day at her fancy new York City prep school, but she never thought she'd skip the day after that! And the one after that...and...uh...the one after that. But when everything in your real life is going wrong (fighting parents! bullied little brother! girls at school who just. don't. get. it!) skipping school starts to look like a valid mental-health strategy. And when Callie runs into Cassius, a mysterious and prickly "unschooled" kid doing research at museums all across the city, it seems only natural for her to join him. Because museums are educational, which means they're as good as going to class. Right? Realistic fiction.
|10 Routes That Crossed the World (Gillian Richardson, Kim Rosen)|
Explores famous roads, trails, and pathways across the globe that have played a significant role in human history. Chapter subjects include the first crossing of humans into North America across the Bering Strait; the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain; the Inca Trail in Peru; the war-torn Khyber Pass connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan; the building of the Trans-Siberian Railroad; the short but treacherous Chilkoot Trail; and the Serengeti migration trail, traveled by millions of animals and Maasai people for generations. Nonfiction.
ALSO RELEASING THIS WEEK (MIDDLE SCHOOL):
ELEMENTARY (GRADES 1-5):
|The End of the Wild (Nicole Helget)|
Just in time for Earth Day...Eleven-year-old Fern's rundown home borders a pristine forest, where her impoverished family hunts and forages for food. It's also her refuge from the crushing responsibility of caring for her wild younger brothers and PTSD-stricken stepfather. But when a fracking company rolls into town, Fern realizes that her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care. Realistic fiction, poverty, conservation.
|My Life as a Ninja (Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian)|
This is the sixth book in the My Life series. I've always been surprised how unpopular these are in my library, where Greg Heffley and Big Nate rule the roost. I really need to read one and talk up the series--I know they'd be a hit with my 6th graders. Derek Fallon has expanded his taste in cartoons to the world of manga and anime. Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto, Derek has fun learning about all the cool aspects of ninja culture. When someone starts vandalizing their school with graffiti of a mischievous troll-like figure, these ninjas-in-training are convinced they'll be able to crack the case. Humor.
|Willow Vs. Wolverines (Alison Cherry)|
Izzy Cervantes and her best friend, Mackenzie, have spent summers together at Camp Sweetwater since they were eight. So when their parents decide to ship them off to Camp Foxtail instead, the girls find themselves completely out of their element—and worse yet, in different cabins! Izzy feels like an outsider in Willow Lodge. But when she hears about the time-honored prank war between the Willows and the Wolverines, the rival boy cabin, she sees a chance to make her mark. Humor, summer camp.
|Cody and the Rules of Life (Tricia Springstubb, Eliza Wheeler)|
In Cody’s life, many things are hard to predict. Like why her older brother, Wyatt, is obsessed with his new bicycle called the Cobra, or why her best friend Pearl suddenly wants to trade favorite toys. Pearl says she will trust Cody with Arctic Fox because Cody is a trusty person. But Cody doesn’t want to give up her beloved Gremlin, and she regrets it as soon as she hands him over. When the Cobra goes missing, Cody has to decide for herself who is trusty and who is not. Realistic fiction.
ALSO RELEASING THIS WEEK (ELEMENTARY):
PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES):
|Escargot (Dashka Slater)|
A little French snail wants to get to the end of the book--and the big salad that waits for him there. But...please don't tell him that the salad has a carrot in it! He hates carrots! Pair this one with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar or, for more French fun, Kelly DiPucchio's Antoinette.
|Take Your Time: A Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise (Eva Furrow, Donna Jo Napoli, Laurel Molk)|
Harriet the tortoise likes to do things slowly. She explores her home on the Galápagos Islands—slowly. She eats—slowly. And when the sun goes down, she slumbers deeply all night long. When Harriet’s friends tell her to pick up the pace, Harriet decides to journey to a neighboring island to see what there is to see. She parades with penguins and rides with dolphins, encountering adventure at every turn. But is life in the fast lane right for a tortoise who loves to take her time? For more tortoise-y fun, pair this one with the nonfiction Owen and Mzee books.
|On Duck Pond (Jane Yolen, Bob Marstall)|
A boy and his dog observe the animals who live on Duck Pond. A great addition if you are needing "sense of wonder" titles.
|Pass It On (Sophy Henn)|
A picture book celebrating ways to share and spread kindness and joy. Illustrations feature a variety of ethnic groups.
|My Kicks: A Sneaker Story (Susan Verde, Katie Kath)|
Boys love sneakers. But when a child finds that his toes have outgrown his favorite shoes, and they’ve gotten too dirty and smelly, his mom says it’s time for a new pair. Resistant to let go, the boy reminisces about all the good times he’s had with his favorite kicks on the city streets.
ALSO RELEASING THIS WEEK (PICTURE BOOKS):