Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Releases--October 24, 2017

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Calling My Name (Liara Tamani)
Debut author! Taja Brown has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are--do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating. Booklist starred. Coming of age.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase (Cynthia Hand)
Love YA Christmas novels! On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn't. And then she died. Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge-as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable. But this year, everything is about to change... Retelling of A Christmas Carol.
Expelled (James Patterson)
Expelled over the photo that was posted to his Twitter account, Will Foster, seventeen, is determined to find out who took the picture and why he and three other students were targeted. Thriller.
The Glass Spare (Lauren DeStefano)
Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of the world's wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father--whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war--Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance. Fantasy.
Meant to Be (Julie Halpern)
Give this one to fans of Matched or The Selection. It started happening a few years ago: the names of MTBs--"meant to be" mates--appeared emblazoned on the skin at age eighteen. Agatha's best friend has embraced the phenomenon and is head over heels in love with her MTB. But Aggy isn't so sure. As she struggles with accepting her MTB fate, she finds herself falling for a coworker at the local amusement park. Is he a better match? What does Agatha really want in a mate, and moreover, what does she want for herself? Publisher's Weekly starred. Dystopia.
Us Kids Know (JJ Strong)
Bullied, outcast siblings Ray and Bri O'Dell meet storied delinquent Cullen Hickson, who introduces them to the tempting world of crime and romance that leads them down a dark path that will forever alter the course of their lives. Realistic fiction.

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Pelé: The King of Soccer (Eddy Simon, Vincent Brascaglia)
Graphic novel biography of Brazilian soccer star Pelé. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pele, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen. Within two years he was celebrated internationally, when he led Brazil to victory at the world cup. Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly starred. Graphic novel, biography.
Ruby and Olivia (Rachel Hawkins)
Cute Halloween read for 4th and 5th graders! Ruby is bold and opinionated, while Olivia has always been respectful and well behaved. But Olivia's good-girl image is tarnished when she takes the fall for her twin sister's misdeed. And now Olivia is stuck with Ruby all summer--at a community service day camp for troublemakers. Mystery, lightly scary.
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid (Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis)
It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks. Illustrated. Booklist starred.
My Brigadista Year (Katherine Paterson)
When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro's army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Lora has barely been outside of Havana -- why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody's kitchen? Historical fiction, Cuba.
The Elephant Whisperer: Young Readers Adaptation (Laurence Anthony)
When Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a rogue herd of elephants in his reserve in South Africa, it was the last chance for these elephants. If Anthony didn't take them, they would be shot. But he had no experience with elephants at all. Narrative nonfiction, memoir.


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