Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Holy Smokes! 21 Seriously-Amazing New Releases for Kids and Teens--September 5, 2017


Welcome to September, a HUGE month for new releases! We are starting September with a whopping 21 noteworthy new releases, many of which boast multiple stars from major professional book review journals. Like last week, I have noted my favorite titles in purple shading below. This was a tough week to pick out only a few featured titles--lots of exciting stuff here!

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HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9+):

They Both Die at the End (Adam Silvera)
Could the title be a spoiler? On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure--to live a lifetime in a single day. Pair with Denton Little's Deathdate. Booklist, SLJ, Publisher's Weekly, and Kirkus all starred this title. Fantasy, GLBT.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass (Melissa Bashardoust)
Sixteen-year old Mina will grow up to one day become a fabled wicked queen. Today though, she is just Mina, a girl whose magician father cut out her heart and replaced it with glass. Fifteen-year old Lynet looks just like her dead mother, even though Lynet was made entirely from snow. Told in alternating perspectives, Lynet and Mina are doomed to become rivals in this retelling of Snow White. Kirkus and SLJ starred. Retelling.
I Hate Everyone But You (Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin)
Told through a series of texts and emails, two best friends head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship survive the distance? Pair with We Are Still Tornadoes. SLJ starred. Realistic fiction.
Genuine Fraud (E. Lockhart)
From the author of When We Were Liars, a book that is incredibly easy to booktalk in my library. Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. Multiple starred reviews and the JLG selection for October 2017. Suspense, thriller.
The Lost Causes (Jessica Etting and Alyssa Schwartz)
They're the last people you'd ask to help with anything, much less a murder investigation. The rich girl, the obsessive, the hypochondriac, the addict and the hot-tempered athlete. Lost causes. But with the help of a dangerous serum, the FBI erases the teens' past problems and unlocks a psychic ability within each of them. Mystery.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares (Krystal Sutherland)
Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can't be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck. The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them. Psychological thriller, mental illness.
Light Years (Emily Ziff Griffin)
Computer coding prodigy Luisa's life is thrust into chaos as a deadly virus sweeps across the globe, killing thousands and sending her father into quarantine. When Lu receives a cryptic message from someone who might hold the key to stopping the epidemic, she knows she must do something to save her family--and the world. Supernatural thriller.
Even the Darkest Stars (Heather Fawcett)
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, but everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit. Booklist starred and JLG selection for October 2017. Adventure.
Poppies of Iraq (Brigitte Findakly, Lewis Trondheim)
This is an adult graphic novel, but I think it is a great choice for high school libraries. Memoir about an Orthodox Christian's childhood in Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus both starred this one. Graphic novel, memoir, Iraq.
The Agony of Bun O'Keefe (Heather T. Smith)
Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. When Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets until Busker Boy, a street musician, takes her in. Kirkus starred. Realistic fiction, mental illness.
The Border (Steve Schafer)
I already have this one on-hold on OverDrive, and I can't wait to read it. This story starts out with a bang...literally. After the slaughter of their families in Northern Mexico, teens Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys narrowly escape into the Sonoran Desert, pursued by the La Frontera gang. Action-adventure, crime.
Black Bird of the Gallows (Meg Kassel)
This kind of reminds me of the movie The Crow. Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human. Paranormal romance.
Nothing (Annie Barrows)
Nothing is a new YA title from the author of the children's series Ivy & Bean. Nothing ever happens to Charlotte and Frankie, whose lives are nothing like the YA novels they love to read. They just go to high school and live at home with their parents. But when Charlotte decides to write down everything that happens during their sophomore year to prove that nothing happens in real life, she’s surprised to find that being fifteen isn’t as boring as she thought. Kirkus starred this one, but early Goodreads ratings are mixed. Realistic fiction.
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary (Martha Brockenbrough)
Looks at the life of American statesman, lawmaker, writer of the Federalist Papers, and first secretary of treasury under George Washington, Alexander Hamilton. SLJ starred. Biography.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 6-8):

All's Faire in Middle School (Victoria Jamieson)
Whoohoo! A new graphic novel from the author/illustrator of Roller Girl! Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted. Multiple starred reviews. Graphic novel.
Click'd (Tamara Ireland Stone)
After spending the summer at coding camp, Allie Navarro is excited to share the app she built with her friends, until it starts to cause problems between them. Realistic fiction.
Alan Cole Is Not A Coward (Eric Bell)
Hoping to keep his older brother Nathan silent about his secret crush on another boy at their school, twelve-year-old Alan agrees to a ruthless sibling competition involving nearly impossible tasks--from standing up to their demanding father to getting a first kiss. Realistic fiction, GLBT.
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UPPER-ELEMENTARY (GRADES 3-5):
One Mixed-Up Night (Catherine Newman)
Frankie and Walter aren't really running away. Just like the kids in their favorite book, they are running to somewhere. Specifically, a massive furniture store. They've been obsessed with the Ikea catalog for years. So they make a plan, pack their backpacks, give their parents the sleepover switcheroo...and they're in. One night all on their own, with no grown-ups or little brothers. One night in IKEA. Realistic fiction, friendship, family.
Brave Red, Smart Frog (Emily Jenkins, Rohan Daniel Eason)
Contemporary, humorous retellings of seven fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, Snow White, and Hansel and Gretel. These would be great for after-lunch storytime. Publisher's Weekly starred. Retellings, fairy tales, short stories.
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Alexandra Bracken)
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type. The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. Booklist and Publisher's Weekly starred. Fantasy.
Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels (Linda Skeers, Livi Gosling)
omen have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they're rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. Illustrated with bibliographical references and index. Featured biographies include: Annie Edson Taylor (first person who dared to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel), Valentina Tereshkova (the first woman to fly in space), and Helen Gibson (the first woman to be a professional stunt person). Nonfiction, collected biography.

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