Monday, January 23, 2017

New Releases--January 24, 2017

Not too many new releases this week, but several of them really look good. I've seen a huge increase of the number of realistic fiction and mystery titles for tweens and teens over the past year or so, and this list is no different. Almost all of this week's titles are mysteries or realistic fiction.

Watch out for next week's list--lots of major YA releases!

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YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+)


The You I've Never Known (Ellen Hopkins)
This story is about two girls: Ariel and Maya. Since her mother disappeared when Ariel was only a baby, it's just been Ariel and her dad. But now, fourteen years later, Ariel's mother has returned and claims Ariel's dad kidnapped her all those years ago. Maya has run from her abusive mother into the arms of an older man she thought she could trust. Now she's pregnant, and she doesn't know what to do. Told in prose and free verse. Contemporary, LGBT, realistic.
City of Saints and Thieves (Natalie C. Anderson)
Tina and her mother have fled the Congo as refugees. Hoping to build a new life in Kenya, Tina's mother finds work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it. Mystery, thriller.
Allegedly (Tiffany D. Jackson)
Debut author! Six years ago, 9-year old Mary B. Addison was babysitting 3-month old Alyssa with her mother when Alyssa was found covered in bruises and no longer breathing. When police interviewed Mary, she stayed quiet and took the blame. Convicted in the court of public opinion, Mary has since said little in her own defense. Now 15, Mary has just been transferred from "baby jail" to a group home. But when Mary becomes pregnant in the group home and the authorities there threaten to take her baby away from her, Mary finally finds her voice and the courage to stand up for herself. Mystery, contemporary.
After the Fall (Kate Hart)
Another debut author! Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. Contemporary romance.
The Murderer's Ape (Jakob Wegelius, Peter Graves)
Sally Jones is an ape who lives among humans and understands everything, even though she cannot speak to anyone. Sally works on a cargo boat with her friend and caretaker, Chief, who after an employment deal ends badly, is falsely imprisoned for murder. Sally knows what happened the night of the murder, and it's up to Sally to figure out how to get Chief exonerated. Mystery, adventure.
The Ethan I Was Before (Ali Standish)
Another strong debut! This story of grief and loss reminds me a bit of Bridge to Terabithia. Ethan's family is moving from Boston to Georgia after Ethan's best friend Kacey is killed in an accident. Ethan has had a lot of trouble moving past it, and his family thinks maybe he will do better in another place. Ethan soon makes a new friend, Coralee, who has plenty of family problems of her own. Realistic fiction, grief.
Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Ashlee Vance)
This is the Young Reader's Edition of the best-selling book for adults, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Written with exclusive access to Elon, his family, and his friends, this book traces Elon’s journey from a kid in South Africa to a young man in the United States, his dramatic technical inventions, and his world-changing companies. Elon has sparked new levels of innovation in the world, and this book gives young readers a detailed but fast-paced look at his story. Biography.

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MIDDLE GRADE (GRADES 5-8)


The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals (Jordan Stratford, Kelly Murphy)
The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, book 3. The Wollstonecraft Detectives, Ada Byron Lovelace and Mary Shelley, take on a case from famed dinosaur fossil hunter, Mary Anning. Mary's precious dog has been snatched, and the kidnappers are demanding that Miss Anning authenticate some fake dinosaur bones up for auction at the British Museum in order to get him back. Ada and Mary have just three days to track down the fossil fakers, find the dog, and save the integrity of science! Mystery, adventure.
The Someday Birds (Sally J. Pla, Julie McLaughlin)
Charlie's life has been unraveling since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan. When Dad gets sent across country for medical treatment, Charlie must reluctantly travel to meet him. With his boy-crazy sister, unruly twin brothers, and a mysterious new family friend at the wheel, the journey looks anything but smooth. Realistic fiction, road trip, family.

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EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS (GRADES 1-4)


I Got This: To Gold and Beyond (Laurie Hernandez)
Sixteen-year old Latina Laurie Hernandez was on the 2016 Olympic Women's Gymnastics team, which won gold in Rio. Soon after, Laurie danced her way to first place on the TV show "Dancing with the Stars." Autobiography, sports.
Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang (Victoria J. Coe)
Fenway and Hattie, book 2. When evil bunnies invade the Dog Park, Fenway’s hot on their trail. Hattie seems understandably alarmed, though she clearly doesn’t appreciate his efforts. She shoos him out of the garden and fills in holes as fast as he can dig them! Then, Hattie brings home a cage with a bunny inside. He can hardly control his excitement--she captured one of the intruders! But when Fenway realizes Hattie actually likes the bunny, he’s crushed. Is his heart big enough to accept that Hattie can love another pet, too?


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PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)


I found no new picture books releasing this week.

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