Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Spotlighting 32 new releases this week!

Another HUGE release week! I really did try to cut this one down a bit, even if only because of my own time constraints. Alas, I still ended up spotlighting 32 new releases this week! It's down from my original list of 67 titles, so I guess I should be proud that I cut that list in half.
A big shout-out to the picture book releases this week, which have all kinds of applications for both older and younger readers. There are two STEAM titles about perseverance in science, three about the writing and publishing process, one that would make a great gift for parents, a picture book celebrating the joy of reading, three biographies, and one surreal title that reminds me of Shaun Tan's artwork.


Empire of Storms (Sarah J. Maas)
Throne of Glass, book 5. The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. Fantasy.
Jack and Jack: You Don't Know Jacks (Jack Johnson, Jack Gilinsky)
More YouTubers! I'm going to have to do a post on these YouTuber books one day. This one is a biography of these two boys, their childhood in Nebraska, and how they became superstars. Biography.
Elite (Mercedes Lackey)
Sequel to: Hunter. Joy wants nothing more than to live and Hunt in Apex City without a target on her back. But a dangerous new mission assigned by her uncle, the city's Prefect, may make that impossible. Fantasy, dystopia.
The Possibility of Somewhere (Julia Day)
Alternating POV between Ash and Eden, two senior valedictorian rivals. Contemporary romance.
As Old As Time (Liz Braswell)
This is the third book in the Twisted Tales series, which re-imagines Disney classics and twists them into new stories for teens. In this one, Belle and her beastly captor must work together to unravel a mystery involving Belle's estranged mother and the beast. Retelling.
As I Descended (Robin Talley)
I loved Talley's beautiful writing style and careful attention to character details in her first book, Lies We Tell Ourselves, so I'm betting this one will be equally beautiful. All you need to know is this: It's a GLBT retelling of Macbeth. Early reviews are mostly positive. Retelling, Shakespeare, GLBT.
The Memory of Things (Gae Polisner)
Add this title to other 9/11 books released this summer: Nine, Ten and Towers Falling. Two teenagers find friendship, comfort, and first love in the days following 9/11 as their fractured city tries to put itself back together. I've read several very positive early reviews of this title. Realistic fiction, mystery, historical(?) fiction.
It Looks Like This (Rafi Mittlefehldt)
Mike's father wants him to toughen up and play sports, but Mike doesn't care for those things. He prefers to hang out with his new friend Sean. Realistic fiction, GLBT.
Sometimes We Tell the Truth (Kim Zarins)
Contemporary retelling of The Canterbury Tales. A group of teens on a bus ride to Washington, DC each tell a story—-some fantastical, some realistic, some downright scandalous—-in pursuit of the ultimate prize: a perfect score. Retelling, realistic fiction.
Girl Mans Up (M-E Girard)
Transgender understanding is a hugely hot issue right now, and I am so glad to see books like this one and Lily and Dunkin told from a transgender teen's point of view. All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. Realistic fiction, GLBT.
The Cat King of Havana (Tom Crosshill)
This sounds nice and quirky! Rick Gutierrez is...the Cat King of Havana! A cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution! At least that’s the plan. You had me at "cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire." Realistic fiction.
And the Trees Crept In (Dawn Kurtagich)
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor," a house the color of blood, is cursed. Horror, mystery.


Thunder and Shadow (Erin Hunter)
A Vision of Shadows, book 2. Whatever Erin Hunter is drinking, I want it. How many best-selling books can one person write? The Warriors books are forever popular in my school library--pretty much for my entire library career. I've put this one on my next order because these books are guaranteed to be checked out many, many times. Animal fantasy.

Dark Talent (Brandon Sanderson)
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, book 5. Alcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Fantasy, action-adventure.

The Mark of the Plague (Kevin Sands)
Sequel to: The Blackthorn Key. The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease and fear through town. A mysterious prophet predicts the city’s ultimate doom—until an unknown apothecary arrives with a cure that actually works. Historical fiction, mystery.

Tapper Twins Run for President (Geoff Rodkey)
Tapper Twins, book 3. Told as a series of interviews, screenshots, text messages, and social media bursts. Claudia Tapper wants to become President of the United States someday. She's the sixth grade class president, and has every reason to presume she'll get reelected. Reese Tapper could not care less about student government--until he learns becoming class president is his best shot at overturning a hated new rule. Humor, school stories.
The Most Frightening Story Ever Told (Philip Kerr)
Billy Shivers doesn’t have a lot of excitement in his life. He prefers to spend his days reading alone in the Hitchcock Public Library. So it is a bit out of character when he finds himself drawn to the Haunted House of Books, and a competition daring readers to survive an entire night inside. Mystery.
Bounce (Megan Shull)
Seventh-grader Frannie makes an hasty wish which causes her to relive the same day over and over again—each time as someone new. But reliving the same day in someone else's life gets old quick. Humor.
One Half From the East (Nadia Hashimi)
Set in modern-day Afghanistan. Obayda’s family is in need of some good fortune. Her father lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, forcing the family to move from their home city of Kabul to a small village, where life is very different and Obayda’s father almost never leaves his room. One day, Obayda’s aunt has an idea to bring the family luck—dress Obayda, the youngest of her sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh. Realistic fiction.
The Great Shelby Holmes (Elizabeth Eulberg)
Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen—always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes. When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. Easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack. Mystery.


The Day I Became A Bird (Ingrid Chabbert, Raúl Nieto Guridi)
The day he starts school, a young boy falls in love for the very first time. Sylvia sits in front of him at school, and he's so in love with her, she's all he can see. But sadly, Sylvia doesn't see him. In fact, it seems the only thing Sylvia has eyes for is birds. Picture book for older readers.
Ada Twist, Scientist (Andrea Beaty, David Roberts)
Pair this one with The Most Magnificent Thing or Walter's Wonderful Web for themes of perseverance, curiosity, trying new solutions to a problem, scientific method, and STEAM concepts. Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery.
A Squiggly Story (Andrew Larsen, Mike Lowery)
A little boy wants to write a story like his big sister. Though he knows the letters, he does not know many words. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire preschool and early primary children to try writing stories of their own. Use it to teach the writing process--in my experience, half of the battle with writing is just getting something down on the paper.
A Child of Books (Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston)
Prose-poem. This will be a hit with book lovers! A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination.
Hand In Hand (Rosemary Wells)
Need a gift for your mom or dad? Want an alternative to Love You Forever? This quiet book celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning: talking and walking, feeding and reading, playing and dreaming, and more.
How This Book Was Made (Mac Barnett, Adam Rex)
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille (Jen Bryant, Boris Kulikov)
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. So Louis invented his own alphabet—a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today. Biographical picture book.
Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature (Cindy Jenson-Elliot, Christy Hale)
As a child, Ansel Adams just couldn't sit still. He felt trapped indoors and never walked anywhere--he ran. Even when he sat, his feet danced. But in nature, Ansel felt right at home. Great for all those little ones who, like Ansel, just cannot sit still.
The Branch (Mireille Messier)
When a branch from her beloved tree snaps off in an icy storm, a plucky girl refuses to let it be hauled away. Her neighbor, Mr. Frank, says it's full of potential. So with imagination and spirit (and Mr. Frank's help), the girl creates something whole and new out of the broken branch. Use this one to teach about re-purposing broken or damaged items rather than tossing them out.
I Am A Story (Dan Yaccarino)
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together.
This Is My Book! (Mark Pett)
What happens when a writer learns that he doesn’t quite have as much control over his book as he thinks? When Mark Pett’s characters, led by a panda bear named Spike, take over his book and begin telling a story of their own, pandemonium ensues! Who’s really in charge of this book? Pair with B.J. Novak's The Book With No Pictures.
I Am Jane Goodall (Brian Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos)
Biographical picture book about Jane Goodall. Part of Ordinary People Change the World picture book series of that spotlights everyday people who inspired others and made impacted the world.

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