Tuesday, August 23, 2016

YA, MG, PB New Releases--August 23, 2016

Lots of really good titles on this week's new releases list! I just finished Under the Lights (review coming later this week), and I am really looking forward to reading The Rat Prince and 100 Days. In picture books, The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles also looks interesting and could be an early Caldecott contender.

Next week's list is going to be a whopper! I keep a running list of new releases in a notebook, and I have 65 new releases for August 30 listed so far. Obviously, that list will take me forever to write up, so I plan to focus on the 5-10 titles I am most likely to order in each of the three categories.


Under the Lights (Abbi Glines)
Field Party, book 2. I love Abbi Glines. I have read maybe 12 of her books, including the first book in this series, her first YA series. The previous book contains mature sexual content and language, but this one really only has the mature language. 17-year old Willa has moved back to Lawton, Alabama after living with her mother for the past six years. Willa isn't the tomboy she used to be; in fact, she's just spent the past six months in a correctional facility. But her childhood best friends Brady and Gunner have missed Willa, and they will both do anything to protect her. Contemporary romance.

Ghostly Echoes (William Ritter)
Jackaby, book 3. Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Mystery, paranormal.

100 Days (Nicole McInnes)
A unique tearjerker that will be popular with students who love books about teens with incurable diseases. We have three friends here: Agnes, Moira, and Boone. Agnes is a teen with progeria, which causes her to age at 10 times the normal rate. She's already outlived most children with her condition, and she knows her days are numbered. Moira is Agnes's best friend. Moira is overweight and sensitive. She dresses in goth and acts tough to show that she doesn't care. Boone is the girls' former childhood friend who is unexpectedly brought back into their lives. Contemporary fiction.

Scavenger of Souls (Joshua David Bellin)
Sequel to: Survival Colony 9. Querry and the members of Survival Colony 9 have defeated a whole nest of the creatures called Skaldi, who can impersonate humans even as they destroy them. But now the colony is dangerously low in numbers and supplies. Science fiction, dystopia.

Spontaneous (Aaron Starmer)
High school students have started to spontaneously combust, and no one really knows why. As panic and terror consume the world, high school senior Mara tries to make it to graduation in one piece. Contemporary fiction.

Eight Rivers of Shadow (Leo Hunt)
Sequel to: Thirteen Days to Midnight. It’s been a few months since reluctant necromancer Luke Manchett inherited a Host of eight hostile spirits from his dead father and made a deal with the devil to banish them. Luke’s doing his best to blend in to the background of high school, to ignore the haunting dreams spawned by his father’s Book of Eight, and to enjoy the one good thing to come from the whole mess: his girlfriend, Elza. And then it all begins again. Paranormal.

The Boyfriend Bet (Chris Cannon)
Sequel to: Blackmail Boyfriend. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health. Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Contemporary romance.

Unscripted Joss Byrd (Lygia Day Peñaflor)
A strong debut from author Lygia Day Peñaflor, who works as a private academic teacher for Hollywood child stars. Joss Byrd is a 12-year old child actress who is wise beyond her years. Because Joss is only twelve, this book lands somewhere between MG and YA. The themes are more mature--living in the limelight, loneliness, bad parenting, the exploitation and sexualization of young stars, and staying true to oneself. An interesting look at child stars behind the scenes of the movie industry. Realistic fiction.


Secret Sea (Barry Lyga)
Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Could it be a guardian angel? A ghost? No, that's crazy. But sometimes the voice is so real. . . . It warns him of danger. One day Zak is standing on the subway platform when the tunnel starts to fill with water. He sees it before anyone else. The voice warns him to run. His friends Moira and Khalid believe this is more than a premonition, and soon all three find themselves in an alternate universe that is both familiar and seriously strange. Science fiction, action-adventure.

Pod Vs. Pod (Jennifer Holm, Matt Holm)
Squish, book 8. I have invited many authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers to my libraries over the years, and Matt Holm's visit last year ranks as among my very favorite. Your students likely know the Squish series well. My boys have both read all the Squish books, which are super-fun and full of science vocabulary. Graphic novel, science.

The Wrong Side of Magic (Janette Rallison)
Hudson Brown stopped believing in magic long ago. That is, until the day he is whisked away to the magical land of Logos by a curious compass given to him by his off-beat neighbor, Charlotte. Not understanding the many rules of Logos, Hudson is quickly saddled with a troll curse. Charlotte, who, along with her father, was banished from Logos, can help get rid of the curse--but only if he agrees to find the lost Princess of Logos in return. Fantasy, adventure.

Talking Leaves (Joseph Bruchac)
Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect. But Sequoyah’s new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy, or worse—practicing witchcraft. What they don’t know, and what Uwohali discovers, is that Sequoyah is a genius and his strange markings are actually an alphabet representing the sounds of the Cherokee language. Historical fiction.

Not As We Know It (Tom Avery, Kate Grove)
Twins Jamie and Ned do everything together, from watching their favorite show, Star Trek, to riding their bikes, to beachcombing after a storm. But Ned is sick with cystic fibrosis, and he may someday leave Jamie behind. One day the boys find a strange animal on the beach: smooth flesh on one end, scales at the other, and short arms and legs with long webbed fingers and toes. Could it be a merman, like in the old stories Granddad tells? Pair with Almond's Skellig or Oppel's The Nest.

The Rat Prince (Bridget Hodder)
The dashing Prince of the Rats--who's in love with Cinderella--is changed into her coachman on the night of the big ball. And he's about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending. How cute is this? Early reviews praise this book's uniqueness, unexpected twists, interesting characters, and strong voice. I can't wait to read it! Retelling.

The Left-Handed Fate (Kate Milford, Eliza Wheeler)
During the War of 1812, a pirate's daughter, a philosopher's son, and a 12-year old ship captain set out to find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine they believe can stop the endless war raging between their home country of England and Napoleon Bonaparte’s France. Historical fiction, adventure.


The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo (Laura Murray, Mike Lowery)
A great way to introduce students to helpful teachers and staff within the school. When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, a deliciously sweet ending is served up for both the Gingerbread Man and the children who made him.

Quit Calling Me A Monster! (Jory John, Bob Shea)
Floyd Patterson is so much more than shaggy purple fur and pointy monster teeth—why can’t people just see him for him? Pair with The Pirate of Kindergarten (Lyon) or use with older students to introduce books like Wonder (Palacio) or Lily and Dunkin (Gephart).

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Michelle Cuevas, Erin E. Stead)
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles lives alone atop a hill. His job is to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. This is a quiet story about loneliness and friendship that will probably mean more to older readers.

Nanobots (Chris Gall)
A boy inventor creates the ultimate in high-tech superheroes that could one day save the world--but they have some smaller problems to take on first! NanoBots are tiny. They're almost too small to see, but they can each do a unique and important job. Includes fun facts about real nanotechnology in the backmatter.

A Perfect Mess (Steve Breen)
Read this one on class picture day! Henry McHenry is one messy rhino, but he tries his best to stay clean for a very important day. He jumps over a mud puddle (and splashes his friend), passes on a gooey jelly donut (just in time for a glob to land on his neighbor), and even manages to shake the ink from his leaky pen (all over his classmates). And while Henry is still neat and tidy at the end of the day, his classmates are anything but...

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