YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+)
|The Goblin Crown (Robert Hewitt Wolfe)|
Billy Smith and the Goblins, book 1. Billy Smith is having a rough first day of high school. He embarrasses himself in front of fiery, beautiful Lexi Aquino. He makes an instant enemy in Kurt Novac, the school's star quarterback. Then suddenly Billy, Lexi, and Kurt are mysteriously transported to an underworld teeming with goblins, strange animal hybrids, and powerful magic. Fantasy, adventure.
|Red Barry: Undercover Man (Will Gould)|
Re-issue of a 1930s detective comic strip. Red Barry was one of the most visually innovative adventure strips of the mid-1930s, combining fluid brushwork and noir shadows (in bold blues and purples) with figures that were constantly in motion, plus a level of violence that brought cries of protest from its syndicate. Graphic novel.
|Hollywood Days with Hayes (Hayes Grier)|
Do I know who this person is? Nope! But my students do, and that's why I am likely to buy it. Like it or lump it, when so-called "social media superstars" write something, my students are sure to ask for it. Hayes Grier has just landed his first big Hollywood role, the lead in a big budget blockbuster film. There he meets Violet Reeves, an aspiring writer, who has also been given her first big break. If she aces her new job as Hayes’s assistant on the film, which means making sure he is on time, knows his lines, and doesn’t get himself killed, the director will read Violet's own screenplay. The only problem? Violet has a huge crush on Hayes. Autobiography? Romance? Not sure...
|Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Cassandra Clare, et. al.)|
Are these books still popular in your library? They've waned in mine, but they do still get some checkout. This is a collection of short stories about Simon Lewis as he trains at Shadowhunter Academy. Illustrated. Paranormal, fantasy.
|Flashfall (Jenny Moyer)|
This would appeal to fans of Brown's Red Rising. Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city. Science fiction, dystopia.
|The Nerdy and the Dirty (B.T. Gottfred)|
When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd? This one says YA, but the word "nympho" gives me pause. It sounds more New Adult to me, and I'll have to read this one first before ordering. Early Goodreads reviews are positive. Romance.
|The Girl in the Picture (Alexandra Monir)|
High school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods. The police are looking for the girl whose picture with Chace is the only clue found amongst his personal belongings. That girl is Nicole. Mystery.
|My Sister Rosa (Justine Larbalestier)|
What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister? Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control. Thriller.
|This Is Our Story (Ashley Elston)|
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. Mystery.
|The Turncoat's Gambit (Andrea Cremer)|
The Inventor's Secret, book 3. What if America really lost the Revolutionary War? Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is--or which of her compatriots is truly on her side. Historical fiction.
|Rendez-Vous in Phoenix (Tony Sandoval)|
Tony Sandoval was born and raised in northwestern Mexico, where the temptation to cross the border in the US becomes a matter of the heart. His urge to visit his American girlfriend can t wait for the lengthy, frustrating visa process standing in the way of their relationship, so he decides to smuggle himself across the border. Graphic novel, autobiography.
|Timekeeper (Tara Sim)|
Timekeeper, book 1. Seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows that his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. Steampunk, GLBT.
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (J.K. Rowling)|
Not sure how popular this will be with my students; they haven't really felt the love for The Cursed Child screenplay. When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone. Screenplay, fantasy.
MIDDLE GRADES (GRADES 5-8)
|Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy (Rachel Renee Russell)|
Dork Diaries, book 11. I have no doubt I'll be getting this one. This series flies off the shelves in my library. Nikki Maxwell has the worst luck. Of all the schools she could have been assigned to for the student exchange week program, she’s stuck at North Hampton Hills, her arch nemesis MacKenzie Hollister’s new school. Even worse, there might just be someone at NHH who can out-MacKenzie MacKenzie! Humor.
|The Crown of Fire (Tony Abbott)|
The Copernicus Legacy, book 4. Across the centuries, every Guardian who has protected one of the twelve relics of the Copernicus legacy has taken this vow. But never have the consequences of the promise been more profound. The secret network of the great astronomer’s spies is the target of an assassination plot, led by the despicable Galina Krause. And now the Kaplans are more alone than ever before as they race from France to Antarctica against a deadly ticking clock. Fantasy, adventure.
|Courage to Soar (Simone Biles)|
in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story—one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams. Autobiography.
EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS (GRADES 1-4)
|Ultimate Oceanpedia (Christina Wilsdon)|
My 4th grade son loves these National Geographic nonfiction titles, and I'm planning to get him this one for Christmas. From tsunamis and sea turtles to riptides and reefs, learn all about the creatures, science, and ecology of our oceans, which cover more of the planet than all the continents and are just as important! Travel through all parts of the ocean to learn how it affects of our world, including storms and climate. Amazing facts, photos, illustrations, and diagrams are found throughout this book, along with conservation tips, weird-but-true facts, and a mini ocean atlas. Nonfiction.
|Amica's World: How A Giant Bird Came Into Our Heart and Home (Meadow Shadowhawk)|
Amica is a rhea—a flightless bird in the ratite family, related to ostriches, emus, and kiwis. Amica was adopted as a young chick and in turn quickly adopted mother and son Meadow and Washo Shadowhawk as his flock and made himself at home in their living room. Now an adult, Amica stands nearly six feet tall, and has a six-foot wingspan. By day he roams the backyard, exploring, running, and building nests, along with his friends the chickens and the dog. At night, he watches television and sleeps in the living room with his friend the cat.
PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)
|Birthmark (Nathan Jurevicius)|
I LOVE books like this! An abandoned teen in a hostile city embarks upon a treacherous journey in search of riches to purchase his mother back from servitude. Through this layered work of fantasy, Jurevicius twists and transforms the picture book through searing color and characters whose cute surfaces are rippled with waves of weird. Great for fans of Shaun Tan. Picture book for older readers.
|Golden Girls of Rio (Nikkolas Smith)|
The women athletes of the 2016 Summer Olympics captivated the world: Simon Biles, the most decorated American gymnast of all time; Katie Ledecky, who shattered swimming records in multiple events; Michelle Carter, the first American gold medalist in shot put; Simone Manuel, the first African American woman to medal in individual swimming. Their accomplishments amazed us, as did their personal stories of persistence and hard work.
|The Cat from Hunger Mountain (Ed Young)|
Lord Cat has everything imaginable, but it is never enough for him. He hires builders to design the tallest pagoda; a world-famous tailor to make his clothing from silk and gold threads; and a renowned chef to cook him lavish meals with rice from the lord's own fields. Yet when drought plagues the land, Lord Cat is faced with his first taste of deep loss, he ventures down the mountain and what he discovers will change his life forever.
|The Bear Who Wasn't There (LeUyen Pham)|
This book is about Bear...so what happens when he doesn't show up on his page? Who will find him? Will it be Giraffe, who himself seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or Cow, or perhaps even the author herself?
|Baby Bear's Not Hibernating (Lynn Plourde)|
Baby Black Bear has had so much fun with his friends moose, owl, and rabbit, that he's decided not to join his parents in hibernation for the winter. So as the weather begins to turn cold and snow starts to fall, Baby Bear just keeps frolicking, all under the watchful but unseen eye of his dad.
|Good Morning, City (Pat Kiernan)|
While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn's first light peeks through the tree branches. Wake up, city! There is much to be done in neighborhoods all across the metropolis. As the morning gets brighter, the city streets bustle with people ready to begin the day.
|The Cow Said Meow (John Himmelman)|
No one likes getting caught out in the rain! One drizzly day on the farm, a cow overhears a cat meowing to be let into the house. When the kind old lady inside opens the door, the cow gets an idea--one that spirals out of control!
|One Minute (Somin Ahn)|
In one minute, you can blink your eyes twenty times, hug your dog, plant seeds, say good-bye, watch the rain, or even save a life. So much can occur in this sliver of time—one minute can feel like a singular experience. This poignant picture book is at once an introduction to time for young readers, an ode to living each moment with purpose, and a thoughtful exploration of how children experience one minute (may it seem short or long) playfully, profoundly, and with a boundless sense of possibility.
|Lines, Squiggles, Letters, Words (Ruth Rocha)|
A child who has not yet learned how to read looks out at the world and sees language as such a child would: as lines and squiggles that don't exactly make pictures but don't seem to make anything else either. Then, when the child starts to go to school and begins to learn his letters, his way of seeing begins to change.
|Candy Pink (Adela Turin)|
The book created by Adela Turin 40 years ago to promote equality between boys and girls arrives for the first time in the United States. This story of a transgendered elephant was controversial when it was first published in the 1970s. A girl elephant doesn't like doing the things the other girl elephants do, so she decides to go her own way. Great for young feminists or as a way to start discussions of gender issues with older readers. I'll be getting this one in my library.
|Every Color (Erin Eitter Kono)|
Bear longs to see color, but everything around him on the North Pole is white, white, white. When a seagull brings a gift from a little girl, Bear falls in love with the colors in her painting, but it's not enough. So the girl sets off in her boat to take Bear on an adventure and help him see the colors up close.
|Elliott's Guide to Dinosaurs (Elliott Seah)|
What did the world look like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth? Eight-year-old author Elliott Seah took it upon himself to find out, and in his first book, he takes readers on a fact-filled exploration of these amazing animals from our planet’s distant past.
|Mac & Cheese: A Friendship Story That Celebrates Being Different (James Proimos)|
Mac and Cheese are the very best of friends, but sometimes they have trouble understanding each other. Cheese is dazzled by Mac's big, big brain, and Mac is baffled by Cheese's artistic talent. But they soon learn that no amount of misunderstanding can get in the way of their unique friendship.
|How to Find a Fox (Nilah Magruder)|
Equipped with a camera and determination, a little girl sets out to track down an elusive red fox. But foxes are sneaky, and it proves more difficult than she thought.
|New Year (Rich Lo)|
After his family moves from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, a boy begins school in America. He has a difficult time adjusting with limited knowledge of the English language and American culture. His translator is embarrassed to have to speak her native language at school in front of her friends. The boy feels out of place and alone in his new environment, though his mother assures him that one day he will be proud of his Chinese heritage. Great for Chinese New Year.