Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Releases for Kids and Teens--November 22, 2016

It's New Release Tuesday! This week is a weird one because I only found new releases for YA and picture books. Really, nothing new for middle grades or lower elementary? November has had far fewer new releases than October and September in general, actually.

So what's hot this week? Well, I'm totally psyched about Scythe, the new dystopia from Neal Shusterman. Of Fire and Stars looks pretty good, also. For picture books, Leonard's Beard looks like one I might get for my older readers.

Enjoy the list, and have a great Thanksgiving holiday this week! Here in China, it's just Thursday. No Thanksgiving for me, sadly. :(

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Scythe (Neal Shusterman)
Arc of a Scythe, book 1. A new Neal Shusterman series! I am a huge fan and so very excited about this one. In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do. Dystopia.
Girl Online: Going Solo (Zoe Sugg)
Girl Online, book 3. Zoe Sugg is an English fashion and beauty vlogger, YouTuber, and author. That means nothing at all to me, but to some of my middle school girls, it means a lot. I know I will hear some squeals when the scrolling PowerPoint of new books plays in the library this morning. This is the third book in the Girl Online series, and yes, I do have the other two in my library. They are POPULAR, y'all! Chick lit.
Of Fire and Stars (Audrey Coulthurst)
This sounds a bit like Graceling, with a GLBT twist. Princess Dennaleia is hiding a secret power: she can wield fire, a dangerous power for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden. She must learn to ride a formidable warhorse for her coronation, and her trainer is Mare, the prickly sister of her betrothed prince. But as Denna and Mare become friends, they realize their relationship has the potential to blossom into something more. Fantasy, GLBT.
Trouble Makes A Comeback (Stephanie Tromly)
Sequel to: Trouble Is A Friend of Mine. After a fall semester of fiascos: getting arrested, then kidnapped, then blown up in an explosion (all thanks to the weird but brilliant Philip Digby), Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring. Now that Digby has left town, she's finally built a regular high school life for herself. She's dating Miles, the alternate QB; she knows girls she considers friends; she's learning to enjoy being normal and semi-popular. Which of course is when Digby comes back: He's got a new lead on his missing sister and he needs Zoe's help. Mystery, romance.
Gap Life (John Coy)
Cray knows is that what's expected of him doesn't feel right. His family expects him to go to college to become a doctor. They're paying for it and everything. Cray doesn't know what he wants, but he knows it isn't the path his family wants him to take. The pressure to make a decision is huge. But when he meets Rayne, a girl who is taking a gap year, Cray finds his first real job, at a home of four adults with developmental disabilities. Coming of age, realistic fiction.
Game On!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More (Dustin Hansen)
Learn about the creators and inspiration (Mario was named after Nintendo’s landlord after he barged into a staff meeting demanding rent), discover historical trivia and Easter eggs (The developers of Halo 2 drank over 24,000 gallons of soda while making the game), and explore the innovations that make each game special (The ghosts in Pac-Man are the first example of AI in a video game). Nonfiction.
Fate of Flames (Sarah Raughley)
Effigies, book 1. I reviewed this for SLJ, and I remember not really liking it so much. I think the problem was with me more than the book itself. It reminded me of Clare's Mortal Instruments series, which I didn't love so much, either. It's about four girls who have the power to control the elements--air, fire, water, and earth--in order to fend off city-attacking monsters. Paranormal.
The Crown's Dog (Elise Kova)
The Golden Guard, book 1. Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that tourment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair. Fantasy, pirates.

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This presentation scrolls on my library TV every Tuesday during our students' break and lunch times. Not very many new titles this week...

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I found ZERO middle grade titles this week. Do you know of any? If so, please comment!

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I also found ZERO chapter books this week. Again, if you know of any good ones, please leave me a comment. I will add them! Independent authors? Anyone?

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Give Please a Chance (Bill O'Reilly, James Patterson)
A single word--"Please?"--is useful in a thousand different ways. From finding a lovable stray dog to needing a partner on a seesaw, from reading a bedtime story to really, really needing a cookie, Give Please a Chance depicts scenes and situations in which one small word can move mountains.
Plenty of Love to Go Around (Emma Chichester Clark)
Plum the dog loves being her family’s Special One. So when Binky the cat moves in next door and everyone showers him with attention, Plum feels left out. Cats are not her favorite thing! Binky follows Plum everywhere, even to the park, which everyone knows is not for cats. And on top of that, Binky is so annoyingly clever. Is he the new Special One? Or is there enough love for both of them?
Leonard's Beard (Nancy Cote)
Leonard is a writer with many stories to tell. In his house on a hill, with his dogs and his frog, he writes stories of adventures and excitement. He is so consumed with his stories, though, that he loses touch with all of his friends and feels very lonely. Each day Leonard’s beard grows longer and longer, and more wild and untamed, as he fills up pages and pages of stories. His life becomes dull and much less exciting as he focuses too much on his writing.
Cloudgirl (Sahag Gureghian, Annie Morcos)
Meet Sophie. She's a precocious five year old who lives in a secret kingdom on top of the clouds. With the help of her friends, the Faeiry Ballerinas, and a magical unicorn named Marina, Sophie keeps the clouds safe from the evil witch Katrina, who threatens the peace within the Kingdom.
If I Could Drive, Mama (Cari Best)
When Charlie turns a plain cardboard box into a zippy new car, he can’t wait for Mama to have the first ride. He adjusts the mirror, checks to be sure there is enough gas, and reminds Mama to buckle up. Then off they go—REV REV VROOM! There are places to visit and bumps along the way. There is even a traffic jam! By the time they return home, Mama is exhausted, but Charlie can’t wait for her nap to be over so he can drive her someplace else.
What Size Is It? (Jackie Walter)
What Size Is It? looks at how we can measure different things: size, height, weight, capacity, time, speed. It encourages children to think critically, taking a first look at mass and density, and stimulates discussion about the words we use to describe size.

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