Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Releases--October 17, 2017


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YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 7+):


Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
Need something new for fans of The Hate U Give and All American Boys? Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him. Booklist starred. Realistic fiction, race relations.
A Line in the Dark (Malinda Lo)
When Chinese American teenager Jess Wong's best friend Angie falls in love with a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess expects heartbreak. But when everybody's secrets start to be revealed, the stakes quickly elevate from love or loneliness to life or death. Kirkus starred. Mystery, LGBT.
I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Erika L. Sánchez)
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. SLJ starred. Realistic fiction, romance.

La Belle Sauvage (Philip Pullman)
The Book of Dust, book 1. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua. Set ten years before The Golden Compass. Fantasy.
The 57 Bus (Dashka Slater)
Sasha and Richard were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public school. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. Multiple starred reviews. Narrative nonfiction.
The Innocence Treatment (Ari Goelman)
Oh, I know I'll be reading this! Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her--and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done? Dystopia.
Like Water (Rebecca Podos)
When her father is diagnosed with Hungtington's disease, eighteen-year-old Vanni abandons her plan to flee her small New Mexico hometown after high school graduation and instead spends the summer keeping herself busy with part-time jobs and boys, but that changes after she meets Leigh, whose friendship dares Vanni to ask herself big questions and make new plans. Realistic fiction, GLBT.
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You (Vicki Grant)
Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for joining the university psychology study that asks the simple question: Can love be engineered? The study consists of 36 questions, ranging from "What is your most terrible memory?" to "When did you last sing to yourself?" By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they've laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back and driven each other almost crazy. They've also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide. Romance.
A Skinful of Shadows (Frances Hardinge)
Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret. Booklist starred. Paranormal, ghosts.
Munro Vs. The Coyote (Darren Groth)
Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Evie, sixteen-year-old Munro Maddux has been having flashbacks and anger-management issues. He has a constant ache in his right hand. And there's a taunting, barking, biting voice he calls "the Coyote." Munro knows a six-month student exchange will not be the stuff of teenage dreams, but in Brisbane he intends to move beyond his troubled past. It is there, at an assisted living residence called Fair Go Community Village, that Munro discovers the Coyote can be silenced. Realistic fiction, grief.


THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS (YA):


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MIDDLE GRADES (GRADES 4-7):


Open If You Dare (Dana Middleton)
Their last summer before going to different middle schools, best friends Birdie, Ally, and Rose follow clues found in a mysterious box labeled "Open If You Dare." Realistic fiction, friendship
The Player King (Avi)
In 1486 England, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is told by a mysterious friar that he, Lambert, is actually Prince Edward, the true King of England, setting him on a dangerous course to regain the throne. Based on a true story. Historical fiction.
HelloFlo: The Guide, Period (Naama Bloom)
I am a huge fan of puberty books in school libraries. These should always be easy for students to access, even in elementary libraries. When I was in fourth grade, I had TWO friends who started their periods at age nine. Nine! This was in the 1980s, and I am hearing that this happens more today than it did back then. For some young readers, puberty books may be the only accurate information they get about these life changes. Not all parents talk about this subject with their children. If they do not talk with their parents about it, where else will they get this vital information? Their friends? The internet? Anyway, this book is a great resource for elementary and middle school libraries. It features full-color illustrations, approachable text, and lots of infographics, cartoons, and diagrams. Another huge plus--the characters are racially-diverse. As its title suggests, HelloFlo is for girls, but it won't hurt for middle school boys to read it, too. Nonfiction.
Fallingwater (Marc Harshman, Anna Egan Smucker, LeUyen Pham)
In Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a home unlike any other perches atop a waterfall. The water's tune plays differently in each of its sunlight-dappled rooms; the structure itself blends effortlessly into the rock and forest behind it. This is Fallingwater, a masterpiece equally informed by meticulous research and unbounded imagination, designed by the lauded American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Great for STEAM projects! Booklist and Publisher's Weekly both starred this title. Nonfiction.
The Theory of Hummingbirds (Michelle Kadarusman)
Sixth-grader Alba is strengthening her left leg after a final surgery to correct her congenital clubfoot. Her friendship with intellectual classmate Levi is threatened when he scoffs at Alba's plans to run in an upcoming cross-country race, and she responds by scorning his theory that the school librarian has discovered a wormhole in her office. Pair this with The War That Saved My Life. Realistic fiction, disability.


THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS (MIDDLE GRADES):


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