Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New releases--November 29, 2016

I'm starting to wonder if the Christmas season isn't a great time to release a new book.

I found only 14 new releases this week, a far cry from the 60+ I was finding back in September and October. I'm not terribly excited about any of this week's new books, either. It's so disappointing that I didn't even bother with a New Releases powerpoint this week.

I also see several bad, boring, nothing-special covers. From a school librarian's perspective, I avoid bad covers unless I know the book is awesome enough to overcome a boring front cover. My students just do not check them out unless I talk up the book A LOT.

Anyway, here are this week's new releases. Maybe next week will be better?

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YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+)


Avalanche (Melinda Braun)
Two groups of teens—those waiting to be saved and those doing the saving—are in a race against time and a battle against Mother Nature after an avalanche traps them in an isolated cabin. Action-adventure, survival.
Girls in the Moon (Janet McNally)
This one has fantastic early reviews, but the front cover is 100% unremarkable. It does not draw me in at all. So sad. Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago. Realistic fiction, families.
Teach Me To Forget (Erica M. Chapman)
Like Girls in the Moon above, this one has a great summary and high Goodreads reviews, but that boring front cover will have a tough time drawing readers. Ellery's bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place. Now all she has to do is die. When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over--return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows--the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class. Realistic fiction, suicide.
Everyday Magic (Emily Albright)
For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative-spirit friendly, plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad. Realistic fiction.
Stay With Me (Mila Gray)
Didi Monroe has waited her whole life for happily ever after. So when charming Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one. Until she begins an internship at a military hospital in California. There she meets wounded marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s an irritating patient who refuses any care, keeping his distance from everything and everyone—including Didi. Romance.
Seriously Wicked (Tina Connolly)
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one. Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Paranormal.
Dear Yvette (Ni-Ni Simone)
All sixteen year old Yvette Simmons wanted was to disappear. Problem is: she has too many demons for that. Yvette’s life changed forever after a street fight over a boy ended in a second degree murder charge. Forced to start all over again, she’s sentenced to live in a group home far from anything or anyone she’s ever known. She manages to keep her past hidden, until a local cutie, known as Brooklyn, steps in. Slowly, Yvette lets him into her heart and he gives her the summer of her dreams... Realistic fiction, romance.

The Battle of Hackham Heath (John Flanagan)
Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years, book 2. In my experience, students who read the first book in The Ranger's Apprentice series, end up reading the entire series. I haven't read any of them, but my husband has read all 12. Very popular fantasy series, especially for boys. The Early Years is a spin-off series. When Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But the Rangers know Morgarath will be planning his next move. King Duncan must prepare for war. Halt volunteers for a seemingly impossible task - climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy on Morgarath. Fantasy.

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MIDDLE GRADES (GRADES 5-8)


Sugar and Spice (Sarah Mlynowski)
Whatever After, book 10. Yum! Our magic mirror has dropped me and my brother, Jonah, into the story of Hansel and Gretel. If we're lucky, we may even get to taste the cake-house...But we didn't count on accidentally getting trapped. The real Hansel and Gretel are on the run, and Jonah and I have taken their place. And the witch is making a kid casserole for dinner... Retelling.
The Charming Life of Izzy Malone (Jenny Lundquist)
When she gets sent to the principal's office one too many times, Izzy's parents enroll her in Mrs. Whippie’s Earn Your Charm School At first Izzy thinks it sounds stupid, but Mrs. Whippie’s first assignment proves intriguing. Tucked inside a letter is a charm bracelet and instructions telling her she will “Earn Her Charm” by performing a series of tasks. For each task Izzy completes, she’ll receive a charm to place on her bracelet. “Complete them all,” the letter says, “and you will have earned a prize unlike any other.” Chick lit, bullying, friendship.
Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition (Margot Lee Shetterly)
Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country. Narrative nonfiction.

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EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS (GRADES 1-4)


No early chapters this week. If you know of one, please leave a comment below, and I will add it!


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PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)


Are Pirates Polite? (Corinne Demas, Artemis Roehrig, David Catrow)
Are Pirates Polite? shows pirates' rowdy activities and teaches manners lessons. These pirates remember to say "please" and "thank you." If pirates can be polite, surely young readers can, too!
Big Bear, Small Mouse (Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman)
Bear is big, big, big, and mouse is small, small, small but these friends stick together through all the highs and lows! Join Bear and mouse as they spot all the opposites in their little glen.
Penguins Love Colors (Sarah Aspinall)
Mama loves brightly colored flowers and her little penguins too! Tulip, Tiger Lily, Dandelion, Bluebell, Violet and Broccoli use red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and green to color in their snowy world and paint a colorful surprise for Mama. Will she know who painted what? Of course she will! But will YOU know?


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