Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Releases--November 7, 2017

Happy Tuesday! Apologies for posting a little later than usual this week--I had some VPN issues last night when I usually post. Because of China's "Great Firewall" internet censorship, VPNs are required in China if you want to access websites like FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, and Blogger. Last night, I just couldn't make my VPN work, but thankfully, it is working beautifully now. Enjoy this week's list! Keep reading...

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Renegades (Marissa Meyer)
The Renegades are humans with extraordinary abilities who helped clean up a chaotic world. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. Nova hates the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice--and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. Publisher's Weekly starred. Fantasy, dystopia.
Rosemarked (Livia Blackburne)
Rosemarked, book 1. When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she's destined to live her last days in isolation until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill. Dineas has been broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, and thirsts for vengeance. The pair couldn't be more different but they find themselves thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital. As they grow closer, they must unite to protect those they love. Fantasy.
Now Is Everything (Amy Giles)
The McCauleys look perfect on the outside, but nothing is ever as it seems. Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed. When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking. Pair with We Were Liars. Booklist and VOYA starred. Realistic fiction.
Kat and Meg Conquer the World (Anna Priemaza)
Kat and Meg couldn't be more different. Kat's anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They're both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos. Realistic fiction, friendship.
Here We Are Now (Jasmine Warga)
While her mother is out of town, sixteen-year-old Taliah accompanies her estranged father--a famous rock star who one day appears on her doorstep--to Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his dying father and the rest of his family, and on the way, Taliah learns about how her parents met and separated, her mother's experience as a Jordanian immigrant, and her own ability to accept change and open up to others. VOYA starred. Realistic fiction, grief.
The Closest I've Come (Fred Aceves)
Debut author! Marcos Rivas wants to find love. He’s sure as hell not getting it at home, where his mom’s racist boyfriend beats him up. Or from his boys, who aren’t exactly the “hug it out” type. Marcos yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood—which seems impossible. When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program for troubled teens with potential, he meets Zach, a theater geek whose life seems great on the surface, and Amy, a punk girl who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. Publisher's Weekly starred. Realistic fiction, abuse.


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The Getaway (Jeff Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, book 12. How old is Greg Heffley now? By my calculations, he should be 25 or so now. It doesn't matter though because we all know we're going to buy this for the library (or deal with students questioning us relentlessly about when we will get it). With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. Illustrated. Humor.
Mutant Bunny Island (Obert Skye, Eduardo Vieira)
Ten-year-old Perry Owens has learned everything he needs to know from comic books. So when Perry receives a troubling message from his favorite uncle, Zeke, he knows exactly what's wrong. Obviously, evil newts wearing trench coats must have kidnapped Zeke. Now they're holding him hostage somewhere on Bunny Island, the remote vacation destination that Zeke calls home. Illustrated. Humor, adventure.
The Real McCoys (Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr)
When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, fourth grader Moxie is on the case. She's forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away. Moxie must interview her classmates--both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can't save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie's little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he's a good listener. Multiple starred reviews. Illustrated. Humor, mystery.
CiCi's Journal (Joris Chamblain, Aurélie Neyret)
Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people,especiallyadults. She's been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what's hiding inside them. But now she's discovered something truly strange: an old man who disappears into the forest every Sunday with huge pots of paint in all sorts of colors. What is he up to? Why does he look so sad when he comes back? Graphic novel with journal notes.


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  1. Leigh....as Thanksgiving approaches soon in the US, it is appropriate and timely that I thank you for ALL you do to keep librarians current in all that is new coming out. I look forward to your Tuesday emails and use them every time they come out. Thank you for influencing my job and my students across the miles!


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