Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Releases for Kids & Teens--September 12, 2017


It finally feels a little like fall in eastern China! Temps are still in the middle-80s here, but there is a breeze and humidity seems to have come down just a little bit. This week, I've been hard at work rearranging library shelves and creating colorful new signage (photos posted on my MrsReaderPants FaceBook page). We also had our annual "Sundowner" event at my new school this past weekend, which featured delicious food and lots of our students, parents, and teachers up on stage showing off their talents.

This week's new release list continues the September tradition of LOTS of new book releases. My featured titles are once again highlighted in purple; these are can't-miss titles that are truly a must for school and public libraries.

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HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9+):

Neighborhood Girls (Jessie Ann Foley)
When Wendy Boychuck's father, a Chicago cop, was escorted from their property in handcuffs, she knew her life would never be the same. Her father gets a years-long jail sentence, her family falls on hard times, and the whispers around their neighborhood are impossible to ignore. If that wasn't bad enough, she gets jumped walking home from a party one night. Wendy quickly realizes that in order to survive her father's reputation, she'll have to make one for herself. Booklist starred. Contemporary fiction.
Warcross (Marie Lu)
Cyberpunk set in Tokyo. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Multiple starred reviews. Science fiction, dystopia.
Before She Ignites (Jodi Meadows)
Fallen Isles Trilogy, book 1. Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful--or at least that's how she's forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic--before her very world collapses. Pair with Kagawa's Talon Saga. Fantasy, dragons.
Landscape With Invisible Hand (M.T. Anderson)
When jobs typically done by humans are replaced with alien technology, Adam's parents have no money for food, clean water, or medicine. This forces Adam and his girlfriend Chloe to get creative. Highly recommended for all high school libraries. Multiple starred reviews. Science fiction, dystopia.
When I Cast Your Shadow (Sarah Porter)
Need something new for the Halloween bookshelf? After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn't know is that Dashiell's ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well. This is one of those situations where early Goodreads reviews do not jive with professional reviews. As of today, When I Cast Your Shadow has an abyssmal 3.16 rating on Goodreads, with 51 ratings. But both Booklist and SLJ starred it. Personally, I won't order When I Cast... until I either read it (and love it), or the Goodreads reviews improve significantly. Horror, ghosts.
Water in May (Ismee Williams)
Debut author! Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she's carrying will finally mean she'll have a family member who will love her deeply and won't ever leave her--not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who's in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined. Kirkus starred. Contemporary fiction.
Nyxia (Scott Reintgen)
The Nyxia Triad, book 1. Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth...forever. Emmett is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts, who will work to earn the right to travel to the planet of Eden. There, those who make the cut will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. Science fiction, space travel.
Spinning (Tillie Walden)
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the figure skating team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. Click here to view a free chapter sampler. Graphic memoir.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 6-8):

Lone Stars (Mike Lupica)
Excellent for fall football! When Coach Coop, a former star player for the Dallas Cowboys, starts exhibiting side effects from the many concussions he suffered while playing professionally, twelve-year-old wide receiver Clay Hollis becomes determined to help him get through the football season until Thanksgiving, when Coach plans to attend a ceremony honoring him and his former Super Bowl-winning teammates. Sports, football.
Trell (Dick Lehr)
On a hot summer night in the late 1980s, in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, a twelve-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire. Amid public outcry, an immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged, and--wrongly--convicted of the crime. Historical fiction.
You Bring the Distant Near (Mitali Perkins)
Great for upper-middles and high school. Narrated by five girls over three generations: Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity. Multiple starred reviews. Contemporary fiction, Indian culture.
Shaken (Tim Tebow)
This is a young readers adaptation of Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms. Tim Tebow is an American football player who turns to God to help him through life's ups and downs. This book is designed for young Christians but will undoubtedly appeal to football fans as well. Kirkus starred. Nonfiction, Christianity, self-help.
Slider (Pete Hautman)
Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother's credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother. Multiple starred reviews. Realistic fiction.

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UPPER-ELEMENTARY (GRADES 3-5):


Swing It Sunny (Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm)
Sequel to: Sunny Side Up (click link for special price for September!). I absolutely adore the Holm siblings' graphic novels, so even though this is a sequel, it's getting a featured box from me. In the mid-1970s Sunny Lewin is back, star of her personal show, facing the prospect of Middle School, and dealing with the problems of her somewhat dysfunctional family--in particular her older brother, Dale, who has been sent off to a military academy because of his delinquent behavior. Kirkus and SLJ starred. Graphic novel.
The Night Garden (Polly Horvath)
Twelve-year-old Franny Whitekraft lives quietly with her adopted parents on a farm on Vancouver Island until the spring of 1945 when the three Madden children move in, UFOs and ghosts appear, an important military airplane disappears, and wishes made in Old Tom's forbidden night garden will hopefully get everyone out of trouble. Pair with The Mysterious Benedict Society. Fantasy.
The Exact Location of Home (Kate Messner)
Believing his long-absent father is missing and leaving clues behind through geocaching, Zig, thirteen, relies on his love of electronics, a garage sale GPS unit, and his best friend, Gianna, to search for answers. Kirkus and SLJ starred. Realistic fiction, adventure.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez)
Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. Picture book biography.


THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS:



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1 comment:

  1. This week looks good, but I am so excited about next week and MOXIE!!!!! Obviously, I've already read it, but I can't wait for everyone, girls and guys, to get their hands on it! <3

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