Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Can't-Miss New Releases--August 15, 2017

The Collazo Family has returned to China! I was worried this week's post might not happen since we moved to Shanghai this week, but here we are! This week is super-busy for me as I started at my new school on Monday! There is so much to learn and do, but it's always fun and interesting being in a new (to me) school. This is my fifth (yes, FIFTH!) school library and my second international library. School starts on August 28th for my school and for both my boys, who will join me as 5th and 7th graders there.

Part of the reason I was able to complete this week's post is the fact that there are so few new releases this week. August does tend to release fewer new titles, but watch out for September! September, January-February, and May tend to be big release months for new teen titles. Don't miss my featured title this week; it's actually for adults who love children's literature. I can think of a few such adults...

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Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult (Bruce Handy)
My featured title of the week! A must-read for all of us adults who love reading YA and children's literature! Vanity Fair contributing editor Bruce Handy revisits children's classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Charlotte's Web, and Little House on the Prairie to examine what today's adults get from reading them. Includes backstories, author bios, and political and social context (such as absentee parenting in The Cat in the Hat. Well-researched and nostalgic. Starred by Library Journal,Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. Don't miss it!
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A Castle in England (Jamie Rhodes, various illustrators)
A collaboration with the National Trust and inspired by Scotney Castle in Kent. Graphic novel that tells five stories, all set in the Scotney Castle in a different era. Eras include: Medieval, Elizabethan, Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian. Adults are the target audience, but this certainly has a place in high school libraries. Graphic novel, short stories, historical fiction.
Wicked Like a Wildfire (Lana Popovic)
Hibiscus Daughter, book 1. All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. Fantasy.
How to Disappear (Sharon Huss Roat)
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable. So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. Realistic fiction.
A Map for Wrecked Girls (Jessica Taylor)
This is a Fall 2017 JLG selection (Mystery High, September). Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until the girls wash up on a watery shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. Give this to fans of Gone Girl. Mystery.


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In Other Lands (Sarah Rees-Brennan)
Sometimes it’s not the kid you expect who falls through to magicland, sometimes it’s...Elliott. He’s grumpy, nerdy, and appalled by both the dearth of technology and the levels of fitness involved in swinging swords around. He’s a little enchanted by the elves and mermaids. Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise) he finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possible. Give this to Percy Jackson fans looking for something new. Fantasy.
Monsterland (James Crowley)
It’s Halloween, and everyone in Charlie’s small town is excited for this year’s festivities. But for Charlie, Halloween’s just one more reminder that his cousin Billy isn’t around anymore. Charlie plans to keep to himself this year, hanging out in the haunted barn with his trusty dog Ringo. But when neighborhood bullies chase Charlie into the woods, Charlie quickly gets lost. He spots a kid he thinks is Billy, and follows him deeper into the woods and into Monsterland. Kirkus starred. Fantasy.

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