YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+)
|Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor)|
In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name. I love that this book stars a librarian! Strange the Dreamer is the first in a planned duology. It has huge early reviews, and with the massive popularity of Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, I expect this one to do well in my library. Fantasy.
|Radio Silence (Alice Oseman)|
Over the course of a year, two students--Francis and Aled--carve their own paths in a world that wants to follow a cookie-cutter path. Francis and Aled are both known for being smart and studious. Determined to show the world who they really are, Francis and Aled start a podcast together. Give this to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, or John Green. Realistic fiction, coming of age, GLBT.
|Blood Rose Rebellion (Rosalyn Eves)|
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden's family belongs to the Luminate, a group of powerful magicians. But Anna is Barren. She cannot perform any magic at all. When her sister is performing her debutante--where highborn women show off their magical prowess for the first time--Anna inadvertently breaks her sister's spell. Anna's family exiles her to Hungary, where Anna finds that she has an uncontrollable knack for breaking Luminates' spells. Fantasy.
|Just a Girl (Carrie Mesrobian)|
Despite that horrible cover, this book is actually starred by Booklist. By her senior year of high school, Rianne knows her reputation as an "easy girl," even though she's done nothing more than many of the guys at her school have done. She's also dealing with a weird situation at home, with her divorced parents inexplicably living together again. And why is it that, even though Rianne has a great boyfriend, Rianne is so drawn to the new Russian student who can barely speak English? Contemporary romance.
|Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) (Arden Rose)|
I'm a 40-something adult, and I think I could get something out of this book! It's a compilation of essays, lists, and artwork that teach elderly teens how to dress for success, travel alone, talk to strangers online, and date strangers (in PERSON!). Generally, it's a how-to guide about passing as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult. Very much needed for our graduating seniors (would make a great graduation gift, too!). Nonfiction.
|The Body Market (Donna Freitas)|
Sequel to: Unplugged. It's interesting to see how many new dystopias focus on our online overload and detachment from the natural world. Skylar Cruz found her sister in the Real World—only to learn that her sister has betrayed her and put everyone in the App World in danger. The Body Market is now open for business and everyone still plugged into the App World is for sale. Shaken by the betrayal of everyone she trusted, Skylar is through being a pawn. Science fiction, dystopia.
|A Crown of Wishes (Roshani Chokshi)|
Sequel to: The Star-Touched Queen. Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. The Star-Touched Queen is on-order for my library, and I already know who is getting it first. I have a super-strong seventh grade reader who loves adventure-fantasy stories with romance. Recently, she's read and loved Graceling, The Darkest Part of the Forest, The Red Queen, The Princess Bride, and My Lady Jane. I know she will love this series! Adventure, fantasy, romance.
|Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism (Marc Aronson)|
Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation's most important struggle—the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees—people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes. Narrative nonfiction.
|Just Fly Away (Andrew McCarthy)|
Yep, this book is by that Andrew McCarthy. Wonder if he'll do school visits? :) When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could Lucy’s father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn’t her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is? Realistic fiction, coming of age, families.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8)
|Jake the Fake Keeps It Real (Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach, Keith Knight)|
I LOVE this and know it will be a massive hit in my library. I've seen comparisons to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Jake has faked his way into a private arts and music school. The problem is, Jake can't even play a kazoo, and his art is more suited to Pictionary than Picasso. Jake has humor though, and he'll need it to survive this year. Bonus points because Jake is African-American, something we do not see enough in this format. Oh, and it packs plenty of gross-out gags, a fan-favorite among the sixth grade boys at my school. Humor, illustrated journal.
|Disney at Last! (Ridley Pearson)|
Kingdom Keepers: The Return, book 3. I've wanted to read this series ever since I went to Disneyworld in 2013! So guess what? I just bought the first book, Disney After Dark for my Kindle for $3.99! This one is the series finale. The Return Trilogy comes to an end with an unexpected and explosive finale. The stakes are high - both for the past and the future. The last book of The Return series leaves the Kingdom Keepers with unimaginable choices to make. Fantasy, retellings.
|Horizon (Scott Westerfeld)|
Horizon, book 1. I thought for sure this book had already come out, but I guess not. I remember talking with another librarian about the cover (I don't like it; she did). Anyway, put Scott Westerfeld together with a survival novel and you will have a hit, with or without a great cover. 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, adventure.
|Genevieve's War (Patricia Reilly Giff)|
Thirteen-year-old American girl Genevieve has spent the summer of 1939 at her grandmother’s farm in Alsace, France. Then she makes an impulsive choice: to stay in France. It proves to be a dangerous decision. World War II erupts. The Nazis conquer Alsace and deport the Jews and others. A frightening German officer commandeers a room in Meme’s farmhouse. And when Gen’s friend Remi commits an act of sabotage, Gen is forced to hide him in the attic―right above the Nazi officer’s head. Historical fiction.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-5)
|Princess Cora and the Crocodile (Laura Amy Schlitz, Brian Floca)|
Hey, kids! Feeling a bit overscheduled? Do you just want to run and play? Meet Princess Cora! Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile—a crocodile who does not behave properly. Fantasy.
|Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel (Kimberly Willis Holt)|
Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be homesick for Texas, but this title makes me miss the Texas sunrise and sunset so much I could cry. Stevie's life seems safe and full of love until the day tragedy strikes. Stevie is sent to live with her estranged grandfather Winston at his rundown motel. Though the colorful tenants who inhabit the motel are quickly charmed by Stevie, she struggles to connect with her grandfather. What dark secret is he keeping from her? It will take another difficult departure before Winston realizes just how strongly Stevie has taken root at the motel--and in his heart. Realistic fiction.
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PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)
|We're All Wonders (R.J. Palacio)|
YES! A picture book based on one of my favorite books for kids, Wonder! Auggie is an ordinary boy with facial deformities. He is used to being the subject of staring or even cruel words, but being used to it doesn't make it easy for Auggie. The message here is global--Choose Kind. This book is a must for every library, no matter what ages served. I've often said that the world would be a nicer place if everyone, even adults, read Wonder.
|Happy Dreamer (Peter H. Reynolds)|
This is the second book on this week's list that would make a great graduation gift! While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to become our own true dreamer maximus! Stay original, people! And dare to daydream!
|John Deere, That's Who! (Tracy Nelson Maurer, Tim Zeltner)|
In the 1830s, John Deere invented a steel plow that would help farmers slice through the thick prairie soil. A great book to explore inventions, innovation, necessity, and try, try again.
|Dad and the Dinosaur (Gennifer Choldenko, Dan Santat)|
Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That’s why he needs a dinosaur. After all, dinosaurs like the dark, bugs are nothing to them, and they eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner). With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can scale tall walls, swim in deep water, even score a goal against the huge goalie everyone calls Gorilla. But when the dinosaur goes missing, everything is scary again. Great to help children explore their fears.
|Mighty Truck: Muddymania (Chris Barton, Troy Cummings)|
Whenever there’s trouble in Axelburg, Clarence is ready to pump up, rev up, and transform into Mighty Truck to save the day! But when there’s danger at the biggest, muddiest event in town, Clarence is in a jam. Can he zoom into action without revealing his secret to best pal Bruno and the whole crowd?
|Thunder Underground (Jane Yolen, Josée Masse)|
Illustrated poetry book about all things underground: animal burrows, subways, ancient cities, fossils, caves, magma, and Earth’s tectonic plates.
|Keep a Pocket in Your Poem: Classic Poems and Playful Parodies (J. Patrick Lewis, Johanna Wright)|
This looks so cute! This is a playful introduction to classic poetry, but with a little twist on each one. For example, Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" becomes "Stopping By Fridge on a Hungry Evening." And Emily Dickinson's "Hope Is A Thing With Feathers" becomes "Grief Is A Thing With Tissues." Looks like fun!
|Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse (Tamera Will Wissinger; Matthew Cordell)|
Hiking in the great outdoors, catching fish, watching the stars come out at night—camping is fun. Until it’s time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent-mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears? Told in a variety of different poetry styles.
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