Could it be the presidential election? The post-Fall-Back-weekend hangover? The early-November-is-it-Christmas-yet confusion? I'm not sure why there aren't many new releases this week, but I didn't find nearly as many as I normally do. Usually, I have to make tough decisions about what to include, but this week, I included everything I could find. If you know of any good new releases I missed (kids and teens only, please!), post the title and author in the comments, and I am happy to add them.
Standouts for me on this list include Silent Songbird, All in Pieces, and Jess and Chunk. Interestingly, all four middle grade titles this week are fantasy, and for me, The Magician's Key looks the most interesting. It's the sequel to The Peddler's Road, which is a retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin story. How cool is that?
As usual, the downloadable powerpoint for the new releases is between the YA and MG releases below.
YOUNG ADULT (Grade 8+)
|Silent Songbird (Melanie Dickerson)|
Hagenheim, book 7. I've read five of the seven books in this series, and despite the heavily-Christian overtones, I really enjoyed all of them. These fun, squeaky-clean retellings are perfect for middle grade girls looking for adventure with chivalrous romance. In this one, Evangeline escapes an arranged marriage and joins a band of roaming servants. To keep her identity secret, she pretends to be mute as a result of a cruel master's beatings. Retelling of The Little Mermaid. Retelling, historical fiction.
|All in Pieces (Suzanne Young)|
“Anger-management issues.” That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center. The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Realistic fiction.
|Dead Girls Society (Michelle Krys)|
Hope has cystic fibrosis, but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan. She’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb. So when an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money. Mystery, thriller.
|Double Eclipse (Melissa de la Cruz)|
Sequel to: Triple Moon. After an ancient prophecy comes to light, twin witches Molly and Mardi notice some mysterious changes, changes that will put their sisterhood to the ultimate test. Mythology, paranormal.
|The Door That Led to Where (Sally Gardner)|
AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his major exams, and at almost seventeen years old, he sees a future that’s far from rosy. So when he’s offered a junior clerk position at a London law firm, he hopes his life is about to change—and it does, but he could never have imagined how much. While on the job, AJ finds an old key labeled with his birth date, and he’s determined to find the door it will open. When he does just that, AJ and his group of scrappy friends begin a series of amazing journeys to the past—1830, to be exact. Time travel.
|Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity (Kristin Elizabeth Clark)|
The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she's a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she's driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom's ex-best friend. It's not like Jess wasn't invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Realistic fiction, transgender.
|Four-Four-Two (Dean Hughes)|
Yuki Nakahara is an American. But it’s the start of World War II, and America doesn’t see it that way. Like many other Japanese Americans, Yuki and his family have been forced into an internment camp in the Utah desert. But Yuki isn’t willing to sit back and accept this injustice—it’s his country too, and he’s going to prove it by enlisting in the army to fight for the Allies. Historical fiction.
|Boomerang Effect (Gordon Jack)|
It all started with a harmless prank. But now high school junior (and resident stoner) Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he participates in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but the social skills of the periodic table. Realistic fiction.
|Heartfire (Kate A. Boorman)|
Winterkill, book 3. Emmeline and Matisa have arrived at the land of Matisa’s people, but the Dominion’s troops are moving in. Matisa’s people have prepared for battle, but the Dominion’s weapons are brutal. To secure their survival, they will need something so important the Dominion will have to leave them in peace. Matisa and Em think they know what they need: the remedy to the Bleed, a deadly sickness. Dystopia.
|Avenged (E.E. Cooper)|
Sequel to: Vanished. Everyone believes Beth’s death was an accident, except for Kalah. The girl she loved was stolen from her, and now Kalah’s broken heart wants revenge. In order to crack Brit’s perfect alibi, Kalah pretends to be Brit’s best friend—with the sole mission to destroy her. Mystery, thriller.
|Conviction (Kelly Loy Gilbert)|
Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has been arrested and accused of murder. The state’s star witness? Braden. Mystery.
|Die for You (April Fellner Dominy)|
When Emma meets Dillon, something just clicks. He's perfect, and he helps her deal with her parents' divorce. But Dillon isn't as perfect as he seems, and Emma is about to find out that Dillon will never let her go. Realistic fiction, abusive boyfriend.
SCROLLING POWERPOINT OF NEW RELEASES:
New release presentations like this one scroll in my library every week on Tuesdays. You can download and edit the presentation for free by clicking the SlideShare link below the presentation.
MIDDLE GRADES (Grades 5-8)
|Atlantis Lost (T.A. Barron)|
Atlantis Saga, book 3. Everyone has heard that the once-great island of Atlantis was destroyed...but who can tell you how it was created? Fantasy, mythology.
|The White Widow's Revenge (Jacob Grey)|
Ferals, book 3. Caw has defeated the dreaded Spinning Man and vanquished the Mother of Flies. But a new feral has appeared—one who intends to uphold the Spinning Man’s dark legacy. Known as the White Widow, this spider feral is determined to destroy Caw and bring Blackstone back into an era of crime and fear. Paranormal, fantasy.
|The Seelie King's War (Jane Yolen)|
Seelie Wars, book 3. Prince Aspen is a young, untried king; a king without a battle plan. But he has Snail, his first and only friend, and the only one who can raise the army Aspen needs—an army of changelings, like her. First, however, she has to convince the mysterious, dangerous Professor Odds, the changelings’ leader, who has a destructive plan of his own. Fantasy.
|The Magician's Key (Matthew Cody)|
Secrets of the Pied Piper, book 2. On the Summer Isle, siblings Max and Carter discovered the magical land where the villainous Pied Piper led the children of Hamelin centuries ago. But only Max made it back. Now she is determined to rescue her brother. To do so, she will have to find the one and only key to the Summer Isle. That key is controlled by Vodnik, a dastardly magician and soul stealer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Fantasy, retelling.
|The Battle for Urth (Lee Bacon)|
Legendtopia, book 1. Have you ever been on a school trip that went totally, epically wrong? That’s what happens when Kara visits Legendtopia, a fantasy-theme restaurant with her class. She’s just trying to retrieve her prized necklace when she stumbles through a small wooden door . . . and into a magical world where dragons breathe fire and an evil sorceress is out to get her!
|The Traitor of Belltroll (Lindsay Cummings)|
Albert and his Balance Keepers teammates have been called back to the Core for immediate action! There’s a serious Imbalance in the fantastical underground Realm of Belltroll, and without intervention everything from New York to Yellowstone above could be swallowed by earthquakes. It’s clear the mysterious traitor who caused last term’s chaos is at it again, and with a vengeance.
EARLY CHAPTERS (Grades 1-4)
|The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation (Shannon Hale)|
Princess in Black, book 4. After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. But her vacay doesn't stay peaceful for long...could that be a monster on the beach?
PICTURE BOOKS (all ages)
|Alphonse, That is Not OK To Do (Daisy Hirst)|
Once there was just Natalie. And then there was Alphonse, too. Natalie mostly doesn’t mind Alphonse being there—they both like naming pigeons ("Banana!" "Lorraine!"), bouncing things off bunk beds, and sharing a story together on the chair. But Alphonse sometimes draws on things that Natalie has made. And when she finds him eating her favorite book, she’s had enough!
|Natumi Takes the Lead (Gerry Ellis, Amy Novesky)|
Based on a true story. After losing her mother, shy Natumi is rescued by a team from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphanage for baby elephants. At the shelter, Natumi hides behind keepers' legs to watch the other elephants at the shelter. But soon, she meets several other orphans, and the eight of them play together in the surrounding bush. As the babies become closer and more like a real family, they need a leader, someone they can trust. Can Natumi grow into this role?
|Wonderful Winter (Bruce Goldstone)|
Winter is a season of wondering and waiting. We wonder why some trees lose their leaves while others stay green all winter long. We wait for the first snowfall—and then wonder at how amazing each snowflake is. We wonder how animals manage to live in the cold. And we can't wait to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
|Melena's Jubilee (Zetta Elliott, Aaron Boyd)|
At breakfast she learns she has been given a “fresh start,” and she decides to celebrate by doing things differently for the rest of the day. Melena chooses not to fight with her brother, and shares the money she has rather than demanding to be repaid by a less fortunate friend.
|Gary (Leila Rudge)|
Gary, a grounded racing pigeon, dreams of exploring the world—until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own.