Tuesday, August 29, 2017

11 Can't-Miss New Releases--August 29, 2017

Yesterday was my school's first day! Everything went well and (mostly) smoothly. My boys are new students at our school, and they both had a great day. The highlight of my first day was a great conversation and collaboration session with our school's counselor. I love collaborating with our school counselors to help students who feel like they don't fit in. My heart is with these kids, and I especially want them to find a home in the library.

On to today's new releases list! This week, I added titles for upper-elementary students. I used to spotlight books for elementary students on these lists, but I stopped because it was so overwhelming to create my list each week. I wanted to focus on secondary titles since I am a secondary librarian. BUT. This week, there are several new titles for grades 4-6 that I just can't not mention. These could also be good for middles (particularly 6th graders), but they are very well-suited to elementary. I can see Auma's Last Run and Tumble and Blue making state award lists next year. So even if you are middle school, you might want to check out the choices in the elementary section below.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Leigh Bardugo)
DC Icons, book 1. Considering the success of the Wonder Woman movie this summer, as well as author Leigh Bardugo's popularity, I'm betting this will have lots of fans. Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Kirkus starred. Action-adventure.
You Don't Know Me But I Know You (Rebecca Barrow)
Debut author! In the back of Audrey's closet, there is a box she rarely thinks about. And inside the box is a seventeen year-old letter, from a mother Audrey has never met, her birth mother. Being adopted is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life. But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels her heart cracking, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves. Kirkus starred. Realistic fiction, teen pregnancy.
Backfield Boys (John Feinstein)
Best friends and football stars Jason and Tom are a perfect, though unconventional, pair: Jason, the Jewish kid, is lightning fast and a natural wide-receiver, while African-American Tom has an amazing arm and a quarterback's feel for the game. After summer football camp at an elite sports-focused boarding school, the boys are thrilled to enroll on scholarship for their freshman year. But they are stunned when the coaches make Tom a receiver and Jason a quarterback, a complete contradiction to their skills and training. Could this be a racial issue? Sports, racism, football.

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The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade (Jordan Sonnenblick)
Just in time for back to school! In sixth grade, bad things can happen to good kids. Bullies will find your weakness and jump on it. Teachers will say you did something wrong when really didn't mean to do anything wrong. The kids who joke the loudest can drown out the quieter, nicer kids. Maverick wants to change all that. Booklist starred. Realistic fiction, bullying.
Thornhill (Pam Smy)
Gather your reluctant reader horror fans! This one has two parallel stories. The first, set in 1982, features a lonely Thornhill Academy orphan named Mary. Thornhill is about to shut its doors, and Mary is about to get revenge on a volatile bully. The second story is set in 2016. Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill's shadowy past. Multiple starred reviews. Horror, mystery.

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Tumble & Blue (Cassie Beasley)
When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night's fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both...and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors' mistakes and banish the bad luck that's followed them around for all of their lives. Give this to fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon or Holes. Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, SLJ, and Kirkus all starred this title. Magical realism.
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Dav Pilkey)
Dog Man, book 3. I would normally put in the sequels section below, but I had to feature this one here because my 10-year old son just LOVES this series! If you do not know Dog Man yet, it's worth a look for elementary libraries, and possibly middles as well. Great for struggling readers and ELLs. Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Graphic novel, humor.
Auma's Long Run (Eucabeth Odhiambo)
This is another debut author with multiple starred reviews! In 1980s Kenya, 13-year-old Auma must decide whether to pursue a track scholarship that will let her attend high school or stay home to help her struggling family as AIDS ravages her village. Historical fiction, Africa.
Unschooled (Allan Woodrow)
Friends George and Lilly have been looking forward to Spirit Week all year. They might be complete opposites, but they can't wait to be on the winning team together. When their classes end up rivals, with Lilly leading Team Red and George leading Team Blue, the friends swear they can compete and remain best friends. Realistic fiction, humor.
Ban This Book (Alan Gratz)
A fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don't mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Great for Banned Books Week coming up next month (September 24-28). Realistic fiction.

Laugh Out Loud (James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Jeff Ebbeler)
My students don't really go crazy for the James Patterson middle school books, but I think that might be because most of my students are not from the USA and cannot relate to the American middle school experience. Even our American middle schoolers haven't actually attended middle school in the USA. This is about Jimmy, a boy who loves reading so much, he decides to create his own book factory. Humor.


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1 comment:

  1. I love these list. It is a great way to get a feel for what is going to be coming out for release in New Zealand. I will definitely keep an eye out for the new James Patterson my students can't get enough. Thank you for making my buying decisions just a little bit easier.


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