Tuesday, August 8, 2017

9 Can't-Miss New Releases--August 8, 2017

Goodbye to Texas, and ni hao to Shanghai! A few weeks ago, I warned that the following week's new release post may not happen because we were on a cruise. That may happen again next week. No, we are not on another cruise (sadly); this time, we are headed back to our new apartment in Shanghai! Starting next week, I will be the Senior School Librarian and Head of Libraries at a new-to-me international school in Shanghai. It's the same position I had in Suzhou, but at a different international school in a much larger city. Because we are moving into a new apartment, I have no idea when our internet connection will be working. Someone at my new school is arranging our home internet service, so it could be ready immediately or it could be a few days. School starts for me next Monday, too, so time is also a huge factor.

I'm excited to see several starred new releases this week, and I am just itching to put together my first book order for my new school. Once I set up LM_Net with my new school's email, I will start posting these weekly lists on LM-Net once again.

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (F.C. Yee)
Debut author and my featured title of the week! Kirkus, SLJ, and LJ all starred this title, plus it features an Asian protagonist. The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged. Pair with Yang's graphic novel American Born Chinese for more Monkey King folklore. Fantasy, Chinese mythology.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found (Moïra Fowley-Doyle)
One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewelery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about. Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses--and holding tight to secrets. When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realize it might be their chance to set everything right. Give this to fans of Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. SLJ starred. Magical realism, GLBT.
Little & Lion (Brandy Colbert)
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse. Booklist, SLJ, and Kirkus all starred this title. Contemporary fiction, mental illness, GLBT.
This Is Not the End (Chandler Baker)
If you could choose one person to bring back to life, who would it be? Seventeen-year-old Lake Deveraux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on your eighteenth birthday or lost forever. You only have days to decide. Pair with Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Pearson's Jenna Fox Chronicles, or Frost's Fear My Mortality. Science fiction.
The Hearts We Sold (Emily Lloyd-Jones)
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil--her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life--she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming "heartless" is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined. Urban fantasy.
The Bakersville Dozen (Kristina McBride)
Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Mystery.
The Authentics (Abdi Nazemian)
Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real. But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer. Kirkus and Booklist both starred this title. Realistic fiction.


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In Some Other Life (Jessica Brody)
Jessica Brody's books are always so easy to booktalk, and they often have a great book trailer to go along with them (Haven't seen them? Here's a playlist!). Kennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams. Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice. But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life where she chose to attend the private school, she finds that maybe it’s not as perfect of a world as she once thought. Pair with If I Were You (Margolis) or West's Pivot Point. Contemporary romance.
The Real Us (Tommy Greenwald)
This is a good choice for the younger middles or even upper-elementary. Laura Corbett and Damian White are loners, and not by choice. Kids make fun of smart, sarcastic Laura for her weight and artistic Damian for his tendency to sweat through his shirts. Calista Getz, however--well, everyone agrees that Calista is the prettiest girl in the whole school. Maybe even the whole state. Let's just say that she sits at the popular lunch table. Laura and Damian don't. But when Calista wakes up just before the school dance with the BIGGEST pimple she has EVER seen right in the middle of her face, and her attempts to hide it backfire spectacularly, Laura and Damian are the only ones who don't ignore her. Realistic fiction.

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  1. Love your middle grade picks for this week!

  2. Best of luck with the new job, Leigh! :-)

    1. Thank you! Always interesting, starting in a new library!


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