Tuesday, July 11, 2017

16 New Releases for Teens and Tweens--July 11, 2017

The best of this week's new releases for kids and teens!

If you are reading this in real-time, I am probably still flying over the Pacific, headed to my sister's house in Connecticut! From Shanghai, it's a 14-hour flight to Chicago, then we'll have another 2-hour flight to Connecticut. It will feel great to be back in the good ol' USA for a few weeks! First on the list of places to eat: Chick Fil-A. How have we lived without Chick Fil-A for an entire year? After Connecticut, we're headed to my husband's and my hometown in Roanoke, Virginia to see my mom, sister, and friends from high school. After that, we're off to Texas for more family, friends, and our first-ever cruise! I love summer, y'all!

This week, I am featuring 16 new titles for teens and tweens. I've seen so many contemporary romances lately, so unless your library is really starving for more romance, I wouldn't select this entire list. If you only pick one new romance this week, I suggest Lake Effect since it is from a boy's point of view.

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The Lake Effect (Erin McCahon)
High school overachiever Briggs Henry has lined up an interesting summer before his senior year. He will leave behind his ex-girlfriend, his parents' money troubles, and his aggressive grandmother to work as a personal assistant to eccentric Ms. Bosic. He'll live in a Victorian mansion on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. Along the way, he'll make new friends, attend a lot of funerals, and meet an interesting new girl next-door. Contemporary romance.
The Art of Starving (Sam J. Miller)
Debut author! Please ignore that boring front cover--I almost passed this book by because of its uninteresting, plain cover. But I love the idea of a bullied gay teen boy (Matt) who thinks he has superpowers from denying himself food. He decides to use his new-found powers to infiltrate the mind of high-school bully Tariq and find out Tariq's role in driving Matt's sister Maya out of his life. Realistic fiction, LGBT, eating disorders.
All the Ways the World Can End (Abby Sher)
Lenny (short for Eleanor) feels like the world is about to end. Her best friend is moving to San Francisco and her dad is dying. To cope with her stress Lenny is making a list of all the ways the world can end--designer pathogens, blood moon prophecies, alien invasion--and stockpiling supplies in a bunker in the backyard. Then she starts to develop feelings for her dad's very nice young doctor--and she thinks he may have feelings for her too. Spoiler alert: he doesn't, but a more age-appropriate love interest might. Contemporary romance.
Waste of Space (Gina Damico)
Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show "Waste of Space." The kids who are cast know everything about drama--and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. Give this to fans of Libba Bray. Science Fiction.
What to Say Next (Julie Buxbaum)
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David's blunt honesty--in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit's attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad's tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they'll find. Contemporary romance.
Because You Love to Hate Me (Ameriie)
Thirteen YA authors pair up with thirteen BookTuber to reimagine fairytales and classics, from the villain's point of view. Authors include: Marissa Meyer, Susan Dennard, Adam Silvera, Cindy Pon, and many others. Anthology, retellings.
Hello, Sunshine (Leila Howland)
After being rejected by every college she applied for, Becca Harrington packs it up and moves to Hollywood. She's giving herself one year to land an acting gig or die trying. But in just a few months, Hollywood is looking like the worst idea ever. She's running out of cash quickly. With the help of Becca's cute neighbor Raj, Becca and her friend Marisol post short videos online, which finally gets Becca attention from a TV producer. Could this be her big break? Contemporary romance.
Rosie Girl (Julie Shepard)
A troubled teen named Rosie hires a private investigator to find the mother she thought had died years ago. But the private investigator turns over the case to his cute nephew Mac. With the help of Mac and Rosie's best friend (and prostitute) Mary, Rosie runs head-on into long-buried secrets. Mystery, unreliable narrator.
This Is How It Happened (Paula Stokes)
Genevieve wakes up in a hospital after a fatal car accident. Her boyfriend Dallas, a well-known YouTuber, is dead. The driver of the other car, a man with DUI convictions, is being held responsible. Genevieve can't remember anything about the accident at first, but as the memories start to return, she panics. What was her role in the accident? To escape the media attention surrounding the accident, Genevieve escapes to her father's house and volunteers in the beautiful Zion National Park (Utah). Realistic fiction, grief.
Who's That Girl (Blair Thornburgh)
Seventeen-year old Nattie McCullough is okay with her average life. She's a Latin whiz. She's never been kissed. But when last summer's crush and Young Lungs singer comes out with a hit song called "Natalie," things start getting interesting. Everyone wants to know the identity of "Natalie's" identity. Could it be Nattie? Was there more to her summer crush than she realized? Contemporary romance.


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It All Comes Down to This (Karen English)
Los Angeles, 1965. All twelve-year-old Sophie wants to do is write her book, star in the community play, and hang out with her friend Jennifer. But she’s the new black kid in a nearly all-white neighborhood; her beloved sister, Lily, is going away to college soon; and her parents’ marriage is rocky. There’s also her family’s new, disapproving housekeeper to deal with. When riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, Sophie learns that life—and her own place in it—is even more complicated than she’d once thought. Historical fiction.
You May Already Be a Winner (Ann Dee Ellis)
I am sad to say that this situation is far too realistic. I have had some students in my classes who missed a lot of school to watch younger siblings. Booktalk this title with sixth and seventh graders, especially those who may identify with Olivia. Twelve-year old Olivia lives with her mother and little sister in a rundown trailer park. Life has been tough on the family since their father walked out, and now, Olivia has had to miss school in order to take care of her sister while her mom works (they can't afford daycare). But Olivia has a plan to leave the trailer park behind, once and for all. Realistic fiction.
A Dash of Dragon (Heidi Lang, Kati Bartkowski)
Thirteen-year old Lailu Loganberry has trained for years to be the best chef in the city. Her specialty? Monster cuisine. When her mentor agrees to open a new restaurant with Lailu as the head chef, she's never been more excited. But her celebration is cut short when she discovers that her mentor borrowed money from Mr. Boss, a vicious loan shark. If they can't pay him back, Lailu will not only lose her restaurant--she'll have to cook for Mr. Boss for the rest of her life. Fantasy, humor.
Pigs Might Fly (Nick Abadzis, Jerel Dye)
Looking for STEAM titles or books showing the scientific method in action? Lily Leanchops is a pig, but no one can convince her that pigs can't fly. The daughter of a renowned (pig) inventor, Lily thinks she knows why her father's flying machine won't fly. Working in secret and following the scientific method (with maybe a little magic), Lily makes her own flying machine. Give this to fans of Jeff Smith's Bone series. Graphic novel.
The Wild Bunch (Jan Gangsei)
Three unlikely friends—brainiac Hector, bullish Jack, and sarcastic Paul—go on a camping trip with their fathers, who are college buddies. Along the way, they will learn to survive the wilderness, get along, and maybe even find Bigfoot. This one is best for upper-elementary and lower-middles (maybe first half of seventh grade); it looks a bit young for more savvy eighth grade readers. Adventure, humor, wilderness.
The Pennybaker School Is Headed for Disaster (Jennifer Brown, Marta Kissi)
This is another title that works best for upper-elementary or lower-middles. Sixth-grader Thomas Fallgrout figures out a bit of magical chemistry and is whisked off to Pennybaker Academy for the Uniquely Gifted. But when a student goes missing, rumors fly that Thomas is to blame. Humor, adventure.


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