YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+)
|King's Cage (Victoria Aveyard)|
The Red Queen, book 3. Yep, my library girls are already asking me when we will get this book! The Red Queen trilogy is uber-popular with my middle school girls, who are eating it up and recommending it to each other. I just ordered more copies of the first two because they are ALWAYS checked out. Fantasy.
|Wintersong (S. Jae-Jones)|
This sounds like a mash-up of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series and Chloe Jacobs' Mylena Chronicles series. In this one, we have Leisl, whose sister Kathe has been kidnapped by goblins. Leisl strikes a deal with the Goblin King: Kathe's freedom for Leisl's hand in marriage. Fantasy.
|Empress of a Thousand Skies (Rhoda Belleza)|
Whoohoo--a space opera! I love these, and we have TWO of them on this week's list! This is about Princess Rhee, who vows to avenge the murders of her family, and Aly, a reality-TV star who has just been falsely accused of Rhee's murder. Space opera, science fiction.
|Starfall (Melissa Landers)|
Sequel to: Starflight. I LOVED Starflight! It was one of my favorite titles of 2016. I compared it to Guardians of the Galaxy meets Pirates of the Caribbean meets Overboard. A fun adventure featuring a rag-tag group of accidental space pirates. That makes it sound kind of dumb, but trust me! It's awesome! This one is Cassia and Kane's story, and it picks up after the end of Starflight. Space opera, science fiction.
|Returned (Kimberley Griffiths Little)|
Forbidden, book 3. Wait a minute! I missed book #2? I loved the first book, Forbidden, and I had no idea the second one came out last year! It came out in February 2016, which was a few months before I started doing these weekly release posts. Yep--that's why I'm doing these lists. I don't miss any of the big new releases now! This story is a forbidden romance set in ancient Mesopotamia. Jayden is betrothed to Horeb, a horrible and abusive tribe leader, but she loves Kadesh, a nomad. Historical romance.
|A Tragic Kind of Wonderful (Eric Lindstrom)|
Sixteen-year old Mel is bipolar and prefers to keep most people at arms-length. She's finally found a boy she likes, and he seems to like her back. But Mel is harboring secrets. Secrets that destroyed her last good friendship and are the reason Mel doesn't like to get close. Realistic fiction, mental illness.
|Denton Little's Still Not Dead (Lance Rubin)|
Sequel to: Denton Little's Deathdate. The good news: Denton Little has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He’s being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die any time. Huh. Cheating death isn’t quite as awesome as Denton would have thought…
|At the Edge of the Universe (Shaun David Hutchinson)|
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished. More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie. Science fiction, GLBT.
|Nowhere Near You (Leah Thomas)|
Sequel to: Because You'll Never Meet Me. Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone. Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible. Science fiction.
|Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel (Nancy Castaldo)|
Beastly Brains delves into the minds of animals and explores animal empathy, communication, tool use, and social societies through interviews and historical anecdotes. Researchers from Charles Darwin to Jane Goodall have spent years analyzing the minds of animals, and today’s science is revolutionizing old theories and uncovering surprising similarities to our own minds. Nonfiction, science.
|Crazy Messy Beautiful (Carrie Arcos)|
I'm always happy to find first love stories with a male protagonist narrator. This is about a boy named after romance poet Pablo Neruda. Neruda thinks he may have found his first love, but he quickly finds out that love is more crazy and messy and beautiful than he ever thought possible. Contemporary romance.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8)
|Squirrel Meets World (Shannon Hale, Dean Hale)|
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series. Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of...a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes.
|The House of Months and Years (Emma Trevayne)|
When her distant aunt and uncle die, Amelia Howling is forced to move into their home when they leave her parents in charge of their children. Her parents assure her that it will be like having a grand adventure with three new siblings, but Amelia is not convinced. Luckily, the house is large, filled with nooks and crannies perfect for hiding from her cousins. But even with all the nooks and crannies, the rumbling and crumbling rooms are more sinister than they seem. The house was built years ago by a creature named Horatio, and he’s been waiting for the perfect human inhabitant: Amelia. Paranormal.
|Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit (Aimee Carter)|
Sequel to: Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den. Simon Thorn's life is almost unrecognizable from a few months ago. Along with a surprise twin brother and an uncle he never knew, Simon has also found his first real friends to hang out, train, and study with at the secret Animalgam Academy. The only piece missing is his mother, held captive by his evil grandfather, Orion, who's bent on taking over the five kingdoms. To rescue his mother, Simon sets off cross-country with his friends to the reptile kingdom, battling rogue Animalgams and their own doubts and torn loyalties along the way. Fantasy.
|Bone Jack (Sara Crowe)|
As Ash trains for his town's annual Stag Chase--a race rooted in violent, ancient lore--he's certain that if he can win and make his father proud, life will return to normal. But the line between reality and illusion is rapidly blurring, and the past has a way of threatening the present. When a run in the mountains brings Ash face-to-face with Bone Jack--a figure that guards the boundary between the living world and the dead--everything changes once more. As dark energies take root and the world as he knows it is upended, it's up to Ash to restore things to their proper order and literally run for his life. Adventure.
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ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS (GRADES K-4)
|Jasper and the Riddle of Riley's Mine (Caroline Starr Rose)|
Desperate to get away from their drunkard of a father, eleven-year-old Jasper and his older brother Melvin often talk of running away, of heading north to Alaska to chase riches beyond their wildest dreams. The Klondike Gold Rush is calling, and Melvin has finally decided the time to go is now--even if that means leaving Jasper behind. But Jasper has other plans, and follows his brother aboard a steamer as a stowaway. Historical fiction, survival.
|A Pig, A Fox, and Stinky Socks (Jonathan Frenske)|
Pig and Fox are back—and so are their shenanigans! Told in a silly three-part story, A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks begins with a prank, with Fox "gifting" Pig with a pair of stinky socks. But what happens when his plan goes awry and the shoe (or sock!) is on the other foot?
PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)
|Tony (Ed Galing, Erin E. Stead)|
The story of the friendship between a boy named Tom and his hardworking horse, Tony. Tony and Tom deliver milk each day, making the rounds before sunrise, when most of the neighborhood is still asleep. Poetry.
|Malala: Activist for Girls' Education (Raphaële Frier, Aurélia Fronty)|
Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and fought for the right for all girls to receive an education. When she was just fifteen-years old, the Taliban attempted to kill Malala, but even this did not stop her activism. At age eighteen Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ensure the education of all children around the world. Illustrated biography.
|How to Trap a Leprechaun (Sue Fliess, Emma Randall)|
This is perfect for all those leprechaun trap projects out there! On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns show up to steal your treasures and then disappear as quickly as they came. However, if you’re careful you might be able to catch one and then he’ll grant you a wish. You’ll have to be sneaky and set just the right trap to trap a leprechaun.
|Things to Do (Elaine Magliaro, Catia Chien)|
There are wonders everywhere. In the sky and on the ground—blooming in a flower bed, dangling from a silken thread, buzzing through the summer air—waiting ...waiting to be found. Poetry.
|If I Had a Little Dream (Nina Laden, Melissa Castrillon)|
Nina Laden's lyrical picture book sees and appreciates through a child's eyes how fortunate we are to live in the world we do. Celebrate the wonder of the world in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty that is part of each and every day. Our world is full of possibilities if you look for them.
|The Hiding Game (Gwen Strauss)|
This book appears in Podcast #8, which will come out tomorrow. At their new home in the Villa Air-Bel, Aube and her family are used to things being hidden. Among the secrets kept at the château are a radio, a cow, and—most secret of all—Aube herself. Even with the threat of Nazi capture looming over their heads, life at the villa has been colorful for the refugees awaiting their escape to safety. Joined by writers, musicians, artists, and great thinkers like Marc Chagall and Max Ernst, Aube spends each day singing, playing games, and creating art. Together, this lively congregation are able to fight back fear and hatred with bravery and laughter—not just for young Aube, but for themselves as well.
|Chee-Kee (Sujean Rim)|
Chee-Kee, a young panda, moves with his parents to a new land of opportunity. Just when he's resigned to never fit in, Chee-Kee finds a way to use his own experience and ingenuity to save the day and show that he's one of a kind in all the best ways.
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