Monday, March 20, 2017

New Releases--March 21, 2017

It's Monday and time for new releases! This week's list is much shorter than it has been over the past few weeks.

I'm most excited about all four of the YA choices, all of which sound unique. And--hello?!--we have another teen space opera!!!! Also, check out the two picture books I've featured: one is a picture book biography of J.R.R. Tolkein; the other has the word "Catawumpus" in the title. Can't pass up either of those!


Nemesis (Brendan Reichs)
It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown--alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased. Thriller.
The Hidden Memory of Objects (Danielle Mages Amato)
Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. Realistic fiction.
Shadow Run (Michael Miller, AdriAnne Strickland)
Whoohoo! Another space opera, and this one sounds like a lot of fun! Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can't resist her, even if her ship is an antique. As for Nev, he's a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary. Science fiction, space opera.
Ten Miles One Way (Patrick Downes)
Nest and Q walk through the city. Nest speaks and Q listens. Mile by mile, Nest tells Q about her life, her family, her past ...and her Chimaera, the beast that preys on her mind and causes her to lose herself. Q knows only that his love for Nest runs deeper than the demon that plagues her thoughts, that he loves her in spite of—-or perhaps because of—-the personal battle she fights every day. Realistic fiction, mental illness.

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Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded (Sage Blackwood)
Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott’s School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel’s behavior becomes the least of her problems. Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. Fantasy.

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Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) (Julie Bowe)
Oh, I think I will love this book. This sounds like my own life when I was 12 and my own parents were getting divorced. It's the start of a new school year and Wren Jo Byrd is worried that everyone will find out her parents separated over the summer. No one knows the truth, not even her best friend, Amber. When even her new teacher refers to her mom as Mrs. Byrd, Wren decides to keep their divorce a total secret. But something else changed over the summer: A new girl named Marianna moved to town and wants to be Amber's next bff. Realistic fiction.
The Princess and the Pearl (E.D. Baker)
When Princess Annie's father and uncle fall ill and no doctors in Treecrest can cure them, there's only one person who might be able to help -- a healer who lives in Skull Cove, all the way on the other side of the world. To journey there, Annie and Liam must set sail on dangerous seas full of sea monsters and magical creatures. Adventure, fantasy.
Warren the 13th and Whispering Woods (Tania del Rio, Will Staehle)
Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around the countryside, transporting tourists to strange and foreign destinations. But when an unexpected detour brings everyone into the dark and sinister Malwoods, Warren finds himself separated from his hotel and his friends—and racing after them on foot through a forest teeming with witches, snakes, talking trees, and mind-boggling riddles. Illustrated. Adventure, fantasy.
Princess DisGrace #2: The Dragon Dance (Lou Kuenzler)
At Tall Towers Princess Academy, the Ballet of the Flowers is a very special performance. But Grace just can’t seem to get it right. First, she ruins the invitations when she falls off her unicorn and into the mud. Then she picks a flower called dragon’s heart...but it smells more like dragon poo! And graceful? Well, that’s just not Princess Grace. She has much more important things on her mind—like whether a real dragon is living near her school! Adventure.
The Memory Thief (Bryce Moore)
Another librarian-author! Twins Benji and Kelly wander off at the local county fair to escape their parents' argument. When Benji runs into a group of bullies, he escapes into a tent called The Memory Emporium, where he meets a strange old man inside. The old man shows him a magically vivid memory of a fighter pilot, in the hopes of getting Benji to pay to see other memories Louis has collected from people over the years. Benji asks Louis to teach him to be a “memory thief” so he can make his parents stop arguing. Adventure.


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The Catawampus Cat (James Carter Eaton, Gus Gordon)
The catawampus cat walks with a slant. And his skewed point of view has everyone in town looking at everything with fresh eyes. Even Bushy Brows Billiam who never notices anything, including what time class is over, spots the catawampus cat, and now he’s a star student! And when the town librarian sees the catawampus cat, she pulls the “wrong” book from the shelf, sending her into a life of adventure. The catawampus cat is in town and everything is about to change.
John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkein (Caroline McAlister, Eliza Wheeler)
John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own. Biography.


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