Tuesday, July 25, 2017

14 New Releases for Teens and Tweens--July 25, 2017

This list tells me Halloween is not so far away--I've found several scary books for teens and tweens this week.
Where in the world is the Collazo Family this week? We have returned home to Texas after visiting my mom and sister in my hometown of Roanoke, VA. The mountains in Roanoke are so gorgeous, and I can't believe how much I took them for granted growing up there. Here is a picture from one of the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks, and a photo of my sister and me at Paint Night Roanoke. That's me in the purple shirt--hello!

Please do not download, share, or pin any images of my family. Thank you! Please do not download, share, or pin any images of my family. Thank you!

So this week, we are on a cruise to Mexico! I'm not taking my laptop on the cruise, so it is possible next week's new releases post may be shortened or skipped altogether.

I can really tell that Halloween is coming up because there are a few scary books and creepy mysteries on this week's list. Enjoy!

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Lucky in Love (Kasie West)
Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment--she wins! In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. Everyone is treating her differently, except for Seth, a boy she works with at the zoo. Seth doesn't seem to know Maddie's news, and because he is still treating her normally, Maddie doesn't want to tell him. Pair with Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. Contemporary romance.
The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash (Candace Ganger)
Told in alternating perspectives. Sebastian Alvarez and Birdie Paxton should never have met at a party. Almost-valedictorian Birdie wasn't supposed to be there at all, and Sebastian "Bash" should have been long-gone with his wild sort-of best friend. Before they can exchange numbers, they are reluctantly separated. But a horrible tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash again, even though neither knows it. Professional reviews are mixed, but Goodreads reviews are glowing. Give this to Dash and Lily fans. Contemporary romance.
The Wrong Train (Jeremy deQuidt)
If you are looking for some new short stories for Halloween, this is a great choice. It starts out with a boy who realizes he has gotten on the wrong train. He gets off at the next stop and finds that the station is empty except for a man and his dog. The man offers to wait with the boy for the next train, and he tells the boy scary stories to pass the time. This is a nice, creepy title that is fine for middle school. Short stories, horror.
First We Were IV (Alexandra Sirowy)
Five years ago, 12-year old friends Izzie, Viv, and Graham found the body of a murdered girl. Police at the time wrote the murdered girl off as a runaway, a statistic, but five years later, the memory of the girl still haunts them. The three friends, along with a new friend named Harry, form a group called The Order of the IV, whose mission is to bring attention to the girl's still-unsolved, forgotten murder. Pair with We Were Liars and This Is Our Story. Mystery.
Everything All at Once (Katrina Leno)
In her will, Lottie's aunt, the famous writer of the Alvin Hatter series, leaves one last writing project just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all. Contemporary fiction, magical realism, mental health.
Little Monsters (Kara Thomas)
After a fight with her mom, Kacey is sent to live with the father she's never met and his new family. As the new girl in a small town, Kacey is surprised to find that everyone in Broken Falls is really nice. Two girls, Jade and Bailey, invite Kacey into their circle of friends, and things seem to be looking up. But Jade and Bailey are suddenly cold to Kacey. Kacey is even more confused when they don't even invite her to the biggest party of the year. But it turns out that Bailey never made it home from the party that night, and all eyes in this small town quickly turn to the person they know the least: Kacey. Mystery.
Far From the Tree (Andrew Solomon)
This is a young adult edition of a 2012 book of the same title. Based on 10 years of research and interviews with over 300 families, Solomon tells the stories families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down's syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, and who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter. Narrative nonfiction.
Gallery of Unfinished Girl (Lauren Karcz)
Mercedes Moreno is an award-winning young artist, but lately, she's hit a creative block. It could be because of her grandmother's dementia, or maybe it's because Mercedes is secretly in love with her best friend, Olivia. Whatever it is, Mercedes can't get past it until one night, a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate. At the estate, Mercedes can create like she never has before. But Mercedes cannot take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. Magical realism, art.


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Spirit Hunters (Ellen Oh)
Seventh grader Harper Raine doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. Horror, mystery.
Refugee (Alan Gratz)
The stories of three young people in different time periods and places tie together by the end. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe. Historical fiction, war, refugees.
Dirt (Denise Orenstein)
Here's one for the animal lovers! Ever since eleven-year old Yonder's mother died, her father has sunk into a deep sadness. Yonder's only friend is Dirt, the Shetland pony next door. But Dirt has problems of his own. He's overweight, he's always in trouble, and his owner is the mean Miss Enid, who doesn't have the patience for a pony's natural curiosity. When Miss Enid makes the cruel decision to sell Dirt for horsemeat, Yonder knows she has to find a way to rescue him. Even if that means stealing Dirt away and sneaking him into her own house. Realistic fiction, animals, poverty.
Love From Lexie (Cathy Cassidy)
It looks like this one is only available in the UK, but I'm including it because I have international readers and because I am a huge fan of Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls series. Ever since Lexie's mum vanished, her world hasn't stopped spinning. Lexie has a new home, a new school, and a new family, but she's never given up hope that her mum will come back. Until that happens, Lexie writes letters to her mum every day to tell her all about her new life. And there's plenty to tell--Lexie has found a new group of friends, musical talent she never knew she had, and a gorgeous blue-eyed boy with secrets of his own. But the longer Lexie's letters remain unanswered, the more alone Lexie is starting to feel.
The Trail (Meika Hashimoto)
Toby has to finish the final thing on his list of brave, daring, totally awesome things that he and his best friend, Lucas, planned to do together. The only item left is to hike the Appalachian Trail, but now Lucas isn't there to do it with him. Toby's determined to hike the trail alone and fulfill their pact. When a storm comes, Toby finds himself tangled up in someone else's mess: Two boys desperately need his help. Give this to fans of Hatchet, Touching Spirit Bear, and Bear Grylls. Action-adventure, survival.
Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales (Kiersten White)
What about, once upon a time, a bunch of fairy tales got twisted around to be completely hilarious, a tiny bit icky, and delightfully spooky scarytales... in other words, exactly what fairy tales were meant to be. Retellings.

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