Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Releases--November 21, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving week to all my people in the USA! Unfortunately for me, it's business as usual here in China. I've worked on Thanksgiving Day since 2014, and this year will be no different. It's okay though...while I do miss the homey feeling of Thanksgiving, I do not miss the food hangover, the loud chaos of a big Texas family, the mountain of dirty dishes, trying to figure out where to put all the leftovers, or all that ridiculous football-watching everyone in my extended family goes so crazy over. And, since this is my first Thanksgiving as a vegan, it's just as well that I won't have to try to navigate all the foods I won't allow myself to eat anymore. Plus, just like many of you, I will still be watching the After-Thanksgiving sales online from China. Anything I order will be waiting for me, safe and sound in my sister's closet until next summer.

How's that for looking on the bright side? Really, I do miss Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you look around this week and savor all the Thanksgiving stuff, even if it is annoying football, a loud crowd, and a huge mess. Give out lots of hugs and know that all that loud and mess and chaos means you have family around. Even if they drive you nuts this week, they are still yours and you are still theirs.

This week's book list is shorter than normal, probably due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be the same around Christmas time. Of the books I found this week, probably the most interesting are the Kareem Abdul-Jabaar memoir and maybe the graphic novel about what consent means. Enjoy this week's list, and have a great Thanksgiving week!

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YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 7+):

Not Now, Not Ever (Lily Anderson)
Features the return of some major characters from Lily Anderson's first novel, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You. Elliot decides while away at summer camp to start over andreinvent herself completely, beginning with her new name, Ever Lawrence. Professional reviewers rank this one between Grades 8-12. Contemporary fiction, identity.
The Temptation of Adam (Dave Connis)
Reviews on this title are mixed, but I'm including it because of its unique subject: pornography addiction in teens. A teenager has to face the causes and effects of his addiction to porn before he loses his new friends, his prodigal sister, and his almost, semi-, sort-of girlfriend. Professional reviewers recommend this for Grades 9-12. Realistic fiction.
What Does Consent Really Mean? (Pete Wallis, Joseph Wilkins, Thalia Wallis)
Following the sexual assault of a classmate, a group of teenage girls find themselves discussing the term consent, what it actually means for them in their current relationships, and how they act and make decisions with peer influence. Joined by their male friends who offer another perspective, this graphic novel uncovers the need for more informed conversations with young people around consent and healthy relationships. Includes bibliographical references and sexual health resources for students and teachers. Publisher's Weekly recommends for ages 13+, and SLJ recommends Grades 8+.SLJ starred. Sex education, graphic novel.
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld)
An autobiography about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his life growing up in New York, becoming the basketball star he's known to be, and getting involved in the world around him as an activist for social change. Recommended ages are all over the place: Grades 9-12 (Booklist), ages 10-16 (Kirkus), and Grades 7+ (SLJ). All three of these reviews are starred. Autobiography.


THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS (YA):


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MIDDLE GRADES (GRADES 4-7):


The Magic Misfits (Neil Patrick Harris, Lissy Marlin)
Yes, this is by that Neil Patrick Harris, the long-time actor and total cutie-pie. Six young magicians and illusionists team up to save their small town from a crooked carnival owner and his goons. Give Misfits to fans of Lemony Snicket and Chris Grabenstein. Major review publications rate this for Grades 3-6. Illustrated. Fantasy, adventure.
Martha and the Slave Catchers (Harriet Hyman Alonso, Elizabeth Zunon)
When the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law passes, thirteen-year-old Martha, the daughter of abolitionists living in Connecticut, embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she travels south to save her kidnapped adopted brother Jake, the orphan of a runaway slave. Recommended ages from 8-14 and Grades 6-10. Historical fiction, slavery.

THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS (MIDDLE GRADES):


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PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES):

The Secret to Clara's Calm (Tamara Levitt, Jeremy Bondy)
Looking for picture books about mindfulness? Clara was a happy and popular girl. But when she lost her temper one too many times, she lost her friends with it. Clara was left all alone for summer vacation, until she received an unexpected visit from the coolest customer around: Brodhi the Bird. Over butter tarts, Brodhi teaches Clara to calm her temper through the art of meditation. Kirkus recommends ages 8-12, but I would say this will probably work with younger readers as well.


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