Monday, January 30, 2017

New Releases--January 31, 2017

So many great YA releases this week, particularly for YA and middle grades. I've already read a few of them, but I'm still excited to read Wait for Me (I'm reading it now!) and Wires and Nerve.

I won't be surprised to see Short and The Crystal Ribbon nominated for our Panda reading list for international schools in Asia. I say that because I may nominate them myself! They are exactly the kinds of books we look for. I haven't read either yet, so I'll need to get my hands on copies and see if they are nomination-worthy.

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Caraval (Stephanie Garber)
Caraval, book 1. This book was awesome! You can read my whole review here, but believe me when I say that it's going to be a 2017 favorite. Two sisters flee an abusive father to compete in Caraval, a 5-day scavenger hunt adventure party where the prize is one magical wish. There's a whole lot more to the story, but I don't want to give anything away. Just read it! Fantasy, adventure.
Wires and Nerve (Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate)
I am super-excited about this graphic novel spin-off of Cinder, and I know it will be popular in my library. Wires and Nerve (love that title!) is about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. Graphic novel, fantasy, science fiction.
The Careful Undressing of Love (Corey Ann Haydu)
This is an alternate (recent) history. All the men living on Devonairre Street were killed in a Times Square bombing five years ago in 2001. Now, it is rumored that the girls of Devonairre Street are cursed and will kill any boy they fall in love with. Magical realism.
The Edge of Everything (Jeff Giles)
After their father's accidental death, Zoe and her brother are brutally attacked in a blizzard one night. Their savior comes in the form of X, a bounty hunter from hell, come to claim the soul of Zoe's attacker. X is not supposed to expose himself to anyone except his victims, but Zoe sees him. Paranormal romance.
How to Break a Boy (Laurie DeVore)
Olivia and Adrienne rule their small southern town as the resident mean girls. But when tragedy strikes Olivia's family and then Olivia catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia decides to turn a new leaf. But she can't resist getting revenge on Adrienne one last time. To help her, Adrienne convinces town golden boy Whit DuRant to be her fake boyfriend and her unwitting partner-in-crime. Contemporary romance.
Long Way Home (Katie McGarry)
Thunder Road, book 3. Seventeen-year old Violet has been taught to sit back and let the boys do the saving. It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life. Contemporary romance, gangs.
Loving Vs. Virginia (Patricia Hruby Powell)
I've talked about this book recently in Podcast #6. Loving Vs. Virginia is based on a Supreme Court case from 1969, which finally legalized interracial marriage in all 50 states. There are huge comparisons here to the more recent gay marriage decision from the Supreme Court. Narrative nonfiction.
Silver Stars (Michael Grant)
Sequel to: Front Lines. The summer of 1943, World War II. With heavy memories of combat, Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the rest of the American army are moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. War, historical fiction.
Wait for Me (Caroline Leech)
There is a front cover below for That Burning Summer. Similar cover to this one, but they are not the same at all.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? Historical fiction, romance.


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Wrath of the Storm (Jennifer Nielsen)
Mark of the Thief, book 3. I just checked out Mark of the Thief from my library because it's been very popular with my students. In this final book in the trilogy, Nic has to maneuver his way through scheming government officials and reawakened magical beasts to save the Empire. Fantasy.
Short (Holly Goldberg Sloan)
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she'll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn't ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. Realistic fiction.
The Uncommoners (Jennifer Bell)
When Ivy Sparrow's grandma is rushed to the hospital, she and her brother Seb are shocked to find their grandma's house ransacked while they were gone. Even weirder, a floating feather has left a mysterious warning scratched into the wall and two police officers in peculiar uniform are on the doorstep waving...toilet brushes. Pursued by the officers, Ivy and Seb take the only escape on offer: jumping into a suitcase wielded by a strange boy who claims to be able to save them. Fantasy, mystery.
The Crystal Ribbon (Celeste Lim)
Whoohoo, it's set in medieval China, and I know this will be popular among my international librarian friends here in China.

Li Jing's life hasn't ever been easy, and now, her parents have sold her in marriage to the Koh family, where she will be the wife and nursemaid to their three-year-old son, Ju'nan. She is treated poorly by the Koh's, and sold yet again into a worse situation that leads Jing to believe her only option is to run away to try to find home again. With the help of a spider who weaves Jing a means to escape, and a nightingale who helps her find her way, Jing embarks on a quest back to home--and to herself. Adventure, historical fantasy.
Jack & Louisa: Act 3 (Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kate Wetherhead, Ben Kirchner)
This one says middle grade, but it really looks and sounds young to me. I'm seeing this as a 5th or 6th grade book. Two weeks at Camp Curtain-Up is just what Jack and Louisa need to fuel their passion for theater: Broadway musical sing-alongs, outdoor rehearsals, and tons of new MTNs (musical theater nerds) to meet... maybe even a special someone. Realistic fiction, theater.
Me and Marvin Gardens (A.S. King)
Give this one to fans of Hiassen's Hoot. Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through his family's farmland. Obe worries about nearby development and the pollution it is causing. One day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody. Magical realism, conservation.
NewsPrints (Ru Xu)
Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There's a war going on, and girls are expected to help the struggling economy by selling cookies. But Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only paper in town that tells the truth. And what's printed in the newspapers now matters more than ever. Lots of early praise for this title! Graphic novel.

The Harlem Charade (Nataha Tarpley)
Three young strangers--Elvin, Jin, and Alex--join forces to find out what happened to Elvin's grandfather. Their digging leads them to a mysterious artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune. Mystery, adventure, art.

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Warrior Bronze (Michelle Paver)
Gods and Warriors, book 5. Hylas and Pirra return to Akea for their final confrontation with their arch-enemies, the Crows. They must recover the dagger of Koronos if they are to end the warriors' brutal rule. Only if old and new friends join forces can they hope to triumph - but the price of victory may be higher than either Hylas or Pirra has dreamed. Fantasy.
Journey Through Ash and Smoke (Kate Messner, Kelly McMorris)
Ranger in Time, book 5. Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training. In this adventure, he goes to Viking age Iceland. Usually it's Ranger's job to save the day before he can return to his family, but he meets a girl named Helga who rescues him more than once. Time travel, animal fantasy, survival.


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Beauty and the Beast (Cynthia Rylant, Meg Park)
Do we really need another Beauty and the Beast picture book? Probably not, but with the new Emma Watson movie, it's bound to find new popularity with elementary girls. Timing is good on this one, and well, it's Cynthia Rylant.
A Season to Bee (Carlos Aponte)
Join Miss V. McQueen and her band of fashion bugs as they flit and flutter their brilliant colors down the catwalk. Ladybug reds, butterfly golds, and grasshopper greens provide young readers with a chic introduction to the colors found all around us.


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See what I mean? So many great titles this week!


  1. FYI--Middle grade does not mean middle school. It means roughly 3rd-5th grade.

    1. Hi, Barbara, thanks for calling me out on that one. I tend to use them interchangeably, so that's why I defined what I mean in each section.


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