Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Releases for Teens and Tweens--July 18, 2017

The Collazo Family Summer of Craziness continues! Today, I am in my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia to visit my mom and little sis, as well as catch up with some childhood friends. I am so excited to be back in Roanoke, where I have not visited for 12 years. My husband is also from Roanoke, so we'll be dragging our boys around to all our old stompin' grounds! This week, we hope to hike The Peaks of Otter and go to the Roanoke Star and eat at Famous Anthony's, which according to their online menu, still has the taco salad I've loved since I was a teenager. YUMMY! New releases for July 18, 2017. We have TWO space operas this week, people!

On to today's new releases...I have picked out 11 featured titles this week, mostly YAs. Great news for space opera fans...there are TWO new space operas this week: Amid Stars and Darkness and What Goes Up. If you like creepy books, you'll want to check out The Special Ones. And for fantasy fans, The Last Magician is sure to fly off the shelves with that gorgeous cover and unique summary. Enjoy this week's list!

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YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+):

The Special Ones (Em Bailey)
Have I mentioned how much I love Australian authors? This creepy thriller was released in Australia in 2016 and is now available in the US. The Special Ones are children who were kidnapped and forced to live a lie in online chatrooms. The kids have "followers" that they must communicate with every day. Think The Truman Show mixed with The Village. Their lives are strictly controlled by someone known as "him." The first part of the book is from one of The Special Ones' perspective (a girl named Esther). The second half is narrated by "him." Thriller, suspense.
The Last Magician (Lisa Maxwell)
New York gangsters. Magical artifacts. Thievery. Time travel. Alchemy. Esta is a talented thief who steals magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. Esta can also manipulate time, which allows her to steal from the past. Now, Esta is about to start one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order. Fantasy, time-travel.
Wesley James Ruined My Life (Jennifer Honeybourn)
I always love books that feature teens working jobs, especially when those jobs are at restaurants. This one is about Quinn, a 16-year old girl working at Tudor Tymes, which sounds like Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Quinn's summer has had a rough start, and now, her old enemy Wesley has moved back to town. Worse, he's started working at Tudor Tymes. Quinn has had enough of Wesley's antics, so she develops a plan to get Wesley fired. Contemporary romance.
The Library of Fates (Aditi Khorana)
Love Indian folklore? To keep her people safe, Princess Amrita offers her hand in marriage to violent Emperor Sikander. But when the unthinkable happens, Amrita finds herself a fugitive, along with Thala, an oracle who was one of Sikander's slaves. Thala encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them. Fantasy, Indian mythology.
What Goes Up (Katie Kennedy)
Space opera #1 on this list! From the author of Learning To Swear in America. Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of testing they are appointed to Team 3. What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. Science fiction.
Amid Stars and Darkness (Chani Lynn Feener)
And...space opera #2! Xenith Trilogy, book 1. Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage. Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race. Science fiction, space opera.
No Good Deed (Kara Connolly)
Ellie Hunter is a front-runner for US Olympic archery. But when she takes a wrong turn in Nottingham Castle (yes, that Nottingham), she finds herself trapped in Medieval England. She just wants to get home, but the people of Sherwood Forest are suffering, and Ellie knows she has the skills needed to help them. Retelling (Robin Hood), time-travel.
Flight Risk (Jennifer Fenn)
Who is Robert Jackson Kelly? Is he a juvenile delinquent? A criminal mastermind? A folk hero? One thing is clear: Robert always defies what people think of him. And now, the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal and land a plane. Told as an investigation into Robert’s psyche, the narrative includes multiple points of view as well as documentary elements like emails, official records, and interviews with people who knew Robert. If you are looking to add more books that appeal to middle school boys, don't miss this one! Adventure.
Fragile Like Us (Sara Barnard)
I am always looking for good UKYA titles, so I know I'll be ordering this one for the library. This is about what happens when two girl friends become a threesome. Give this to Morgan Matson/Sarah Dessen fans. Realistic fiction, friendships.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8):

One for Sorrow (Mary Downing Hahn)
Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie's friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Horror/scary, ghosts.
The Emperor of Mars (Patrick Samphire, Jeremy Holmes)
If Edward thought life was going to be easy in Tharsis City, he was very, very wrong. The moment he intercepts a thief escaping from Lady Harleston’s townhouse, he is caught up in a terrible scheme that threatens the whole of Mars. Soon he’s fighting off vicious sea serpents, battling a small army of heavily-armored thugs, and trying to unpick an impossible mystery. Science fiction.

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