Tuesday, June 20, 2017

5 "Can't Miss" New Releases--Week of June 19, 2017

What's new for teens this week? Spotlighting five must-have titles for secondary libraries...

What are this week's "can't miss" reads for teens? Check it out!

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The Girl In Between (Sarah Carroll)
Debut author! An unnamed girl in an unnamed town lives in an old mill with her mother. The mother can leave the mill to beg for spare change, but she warns the daughter that the daughter cannot be seen else The Authorities try to take her away again. Though the mill is falling apart, the girl loves its high gates and trapdoors, and she dubs the mill her castle. This supernatural story is told from The Girl's point of view and will appeal to readers who loved Emma Donoghue's Room or A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Some professional reviews recommend this title for middle school as well as high school. Supernatural, gothic.
Two Roads from Here (Teddy Steinkellner)
Five high school students face difficult decisions. In first-person narrative, five teens each encounter a life-altering decision. Each decision is told twice, for each opposite choice the narrator makes and its potential outcome. Pair this with Kasie West's Pivot Point duology. Contemporary fiction.
Such a Good Girl (Amanda K. Morgan)
Riley Stone is a good girl, an overachiever who knows exactly where her life is headed. She's the homecoming queen, the valedictorian, and the community's favorite teen volunteer. When her French teacher--a married man nine years her senior--starts showing an interest in Riley, Riley is happy to reciprocate. When things start to unravel, Riley is determined to keep her control. Give this to fans of Pretty Little Liars (Shepard) or E. Lockhart's We Were Liars. Contemporary fiction, unreliable narrator.

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Superstar (Mandy Davis)
Debut author! Though this book is more upper-elementary than middle school, I am including it here because it reminds me of R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Like Wonder, I think this book can reach far beyond an elementary audience. After his homeschooling mother gets a new job, Lester starts public school for the first time. On his very first day of fifth grade, Lester finds the cafeteria far too loud, and his reaction to it lands Lester in the principal's office. Perhaps inevitably, Lester becomes the target of bullies and soon learns he is on the autism spectrum. Don't miss this one. Realistic fiction, autism spectrum disorder.
I Love You, Michael Collins (Lauren Baratz-Logsted)
In the summer of 1969, 10-year old Mamie Anderson and her class are given an assignment: write to one of the astronauts heading out on the moon mission in a few weeks. While most of the boys in her class are writing to Buzz Aldrin ("So cool!") and the girls are writing to Neil Armstrong ("So dreamy!"), Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the third astronaut who has to stay behind with the ship. Mamie writes to Michael about her family, who one by one, leave Mamie alone in the house with only her cat, who also ultimately runs off. Mamie wonders if anyone will stay with her ship. Historical fiction, family problems, letters.

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