Monday, January 16, 2017

New Release Spotlight--January 17, 2017

The big news this week is the release of Veronica Roth's new series, Carve the Mark, which will no doubt be a huge hit in my school. I am also excited about History Is All You Left Me, since I am always on the look-out for GLBT novels for high school boys. Also, watch for Undefeated on "best of" narrative nonfiction lists this year. The highly-engaging content (football) combined with the persecution of Native Americans will make this one easy to booktalk, especially with middle school boys.

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Carve the Mark (Veronica Roth)
Carve the Mark, book 1. As Veronica Roth's first new trilogy since Divergent, Carve the Mark is almost guaranteed to be a huge hit with teens and even adult readers. Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people and uses Cyra's currentgift to torture his enemies. When Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. Dystopia.
History Is All You Left Me (Adam Silvera)
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course, and it seems the only person who understands is Jackson. Realistic fiction, GLBT.
Drawn Away (Holly Bennett)
This is an Orca book (hi-lo for reluctant readers), based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Match Girl." One minute, Jack is in math class. The next, Jack is drawn into a dream-like world where a little girl asks him, "Matches, sir?" At first, Jack thinks it was just a dream. But the "dream" keeps happening, and the more Jack is around the Match Girl, the more alive she gets, and the more she becomes attached to Jack. Retelling, hi-lo.
The Radius of Us (Marie Marquardt)
Six months ago, Gretchen was assaulted and robbed. Now, she sees him everywhere, and she has the panic attacks to prove it. Phoenix has just left a detention center for immigrants from Mexico. Phoenix is escaping a perilous life in a barrio in El Salvador. When Gretchen and Phoenix cross paths for a brief 90-seconds, both of their worlds change forever. Realistic fiction, gang violence, anxiety.

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Secret Origins (James Riley)
Story Thieves, book 3. Owen and Bethany have sworn off jumping into books for good. But they didn’t make any promises about not jumping through strange portals that lead to a comic book world. Fantasy.
Robot Revolution (James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Juliana Neufield)
House of Robots, book 3. When Sammy's inventor mom becomes distracted by a top-secret project, the robots soon begin to fall into disrepair. Cue a robot revolt, with the droids wreaking harmless havoc in the house! Armed with pranks like glue in the shampoo bottles and flying toast missiles, the robots demand to be cared for. It's up to Sammy and his disabled sister Maddie to keep the peace until his mom reveals her secret project...and why it was worth the wait. Sci-fi, humor.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team (Steve Sheinkin)
When superstar athlete Jim Thorpe and football legend Pop Warner met in 1904 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. But this is not just an underdog story. It's an unflinching look at the persecution of Native Americans and its intersection with the beginning of one of the most beloved—and exploitative—pastimes in America. Narrative nonfiction.
The Wizard's Dog (Eric Kahn Gale)
Nosewise is Merlin's (yes that Merlin) curious, spunky little dog. When Merlin gets kidnapped, it's up to Nosewise to venture into the world of the Fae to get him back. Fantasy, dogs.
Horizon (Scott Westerfeld)
I'm seeing conflicting pub dates on this one--Amazon says March 28, but both Goodreads and Barnes & Noble say Jan. 17. Scott Westerfeld's website also says it's due out Jan. 17, but the date on the webpage is all the way back in July 2016. If the date is now March 28, I'm hoping they take some time to reconsider the front cover. It looks so 1982, and that's not exactly a compliment.

When a plane crash-lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with no way to get home and little hope of rescue. Survival.


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Agnes and Clarabelle (Adele Griffin, Courtney Sheinmel, Sara Palacios)
Agnes the pig and Clarabelle the chicken are best friends through every season! Whether it's planning the perfect birthday party in the spring, spending a summer day at the beach, braving a big department store in the fall, or making the very best pizza in winter, they help each other through every up and down. For Agnes and Clarabelle, everything is better when they're together! Give this to fans of Lobel's Frog and Toad series.


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The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist (Cynthia Levinson, Vanessa Brantley Newton)
At age 9, Audrey Faye Hendricks is the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. A fantastic way to introduce novels and units about the Civil Rights Movement.
This Book Is Magic (Ashley Evanson)
Interactive book that allows readers to become magicians. Tap a hat to make a bunny appear, recite a spell to make books bigger, say "Gone-zo!" to make a ship disappear, and much more. But beware: the clever magic tricks don't always turn out the way you'd expect!
Nope! (Drew Sheneman)
Nearly-wordless picture book about a baby bird who isn’t so sure it's a good idea to leave the nest.
Bunny Bus (Ammi-Joan Paquette, Lesley Breen Withrow)
The Bunny Bus is headed to the Easter parade. At first, the bus seems to have room for everyone who wants to ride, but what happens when there is one passenger too many?
Groggle's Monster's Valentine (Diana Murray, Bats Langley)
Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world.
Spring Hare (Eugene Yelchin)
A baby hare springs into an adventure, following his human friend up, up, and away in this flight of fancy. He follows his friend ever higher, flying through fluffy white clouds, chasing a red airplane through a flock of geese, and soaring into space on a rocket ship, before catching a ride on a shooting star back down to earth—and into his friend’s waiting arms.

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  1. The Scott Westerfeld cover would fit right in with the Animorphs.

  2. The BookTube community (people who make YouTube videos about books) strongly dislike the book "Carve the Mark" because of how they portray a master and slave relationship.

    1. Wow, this is so interesting. I see a lot of Goodreads reviews talking about stereotypes and weak worldbuilding also. And a lot of people who say they got paid to write reviews? I didn't even know that was a thing.


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