Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New Releases--November 28, 2017

We made it through Thanksgiving and put up the Collazo Family Christmas tree this weekend! Christmas is most definitely a thing here in Shanghai, and we have already started seeing Christmas decorations going up all over the city. What's interesting about China is that some of the holiday decorations will remain up through April and May. I can even remember hearing "Silver Bells" being played over our spring break (in April) last year.

This week is another slow one for new releases, and if I remember correctly from last year, it will be this way until January.

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Ready to Fall (Marcella Pixley)
When Max Friedman's mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his head. It's a terrible tenant--isolating him from family, distracting him in school, and taunting him mercilessly about his manhood. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus starred. Professional reviewers suggest this book for grades 8-12. Realistic fiction, grief.
ISIS: The Global Face of Terrorism (Brendon January)
ISIS conquers territory and rules savagely. ISIS terrorists manipulate social media brilliantly, shocking viewers around the globe with brutal video footage. Government leaders and agencies all over the world are working to prevent the next ISIS attack. This book explores the roots of ISIS, how it plans attacks and recruits adherents, and global efforts to stop the group. How can nations combat ISIS? Nonfiction.
R.I.P. Eliza Hart (Alyssa Sheinmel)
When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Mystery, mental illness.
The Chaos of Standing Still (Jessica Brody)
Now, that is a beautiful cover! Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it's been there for almost a year. She hasn't tried to read it. She can't. She won't. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died. But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year's Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend's death, fate literally runs into her. Publisher's Weekly starred, grades 9-12. Romance, New Year's Eve.
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Oddity (Sarah Cannon)
Welcome to Oddity, New Mexico, where normal is odd and odd is normal. Ada Roundtree is no stranger to dodging carnivorous dumpsters, distracting zombie rabbits with marshmallows, and instigating games of alien punkball. But things haven't been the same since her twin sister, Pearl, won the town's yearly Sweepstakes and disappeared. Professional reviews recommend Oddity for grades 4-8. Ada is only 11-years old, so I would personally say grades 4-6 is the more likely readership. Adventure.
In the Country of Queens (Cari Best)
Set in 1961. Eleven-year-old Shirley Alice Burns lives with her domineering mother, Hurricane Anna, and loving Grandmother. One day she unexpectedly discovers that her beloved father isn't in Absentia as her family would have her believe, but dead. And she understands all too well why they haven't told her; she's always been shy and quiet, and Anna has always been protective of her. But if Shirley doesn't start speaking up, she isn't going to be able to do the things she wants to do: go on vacation to Lake Winnipesaukee with her cousins, stop taking ballet lessons, and talk about her father. Kirkus starred. Historical fiction, coming of age.

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1 comment:

  1. I was wondering if you would be willing to share an updated list of your genres. We are in the process of beginning our genrefication in our middle school library. Also, which nonfiction sections did you include in your genres.


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