Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Releases for Kids & Teens--Jan. 2 and Jan. 9, 2018

Wow, so many starred titles on this week's list! 26 new books this week and last week...
Happy 2018! I have been on hiatus from my weekly new release posts since early-December. There just aren't that many new titles coming out in December, so I took that time off and enjoyed a holiday in The Philippines. It was positively beautiful in Boracay; it's just too bad my husband and son both ended up with the flu for several days of our trip. C'est la vie, I guess! At least we got some paddleboarding and kayaking in in the days before the flu hit.

This week, I have included a whopping 26 new releases that released either last Tuesday or today. And WOW, what a list of titles we have, especially with the middle grade titles! Can I just highlight the entire middle grade section in purple? There are lots of library must-haves there, so be sure to scroll all the way to the very end. If you are looking for new titles for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or Black History Month in February, this week's list is a jackpot!

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The Cruel Prince (Holly Black)
The Folk of the Air, book 1. Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. Give this to fans of The Darkest Part of the Forest and Kagawa's Iron Fey series. Multiple starred reviews. Professional reviewers recommend Grades 9+. Fantasy, faeries.
Batman (Marie Lu)
DC Icons, book 2. Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy. The first book in this series, Wonder Woman: Warbringer, is very popular in my library, and I've ordered two copies of Batman: Nightwalker because I know this will be at least as popular. Next up? Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, due in August. Recommended for Grades 7+. Fantasy, superheroes.
Everless (Sarah Holland)
Debut author! In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency that is extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. Ten years ago, Jules Ember escaped from Sempera, but now, she must return to help her dying father gain more time. Give this to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Leigh Bardugo. Recommended for Grades 7+. Fantasy, dystopia.
Gunslinger Girl (Lyndsay Ely)
Debut author! In a post-Second Civil War lawless West, sharpshooter Serendipity "Pity" Jones stars in, and lives at, the Theater Vespertine, but there is a dark cost to her freedom that Pity may not be willing to pay. Professional eviews are a bit ho-hum on this one, but I'm including it here because early Goodreads reviews are generally positive, and it's a YA Western, which I wish we had more of. Pair with Moira Young's Blood Red Road or Rae Carson's Gold Seer Trilogy. Recommended for Grades 8+. Science fiction, dystopia, Western.
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone (Rachel Lynn Solomon)
Eighteen-year-old twins Adina, a viola prodigy, and Tovah, a future surgeon, find their relationship tested when they learn that one of them will develop Huntington's, the degenerative disease ravaging their mother. VOYA starred. Recommended for Grades 9+. Realistic fiction, illness.
A Conspiracy of Stars (Olivia Cole)
Faloiv, book 1. Octavia has always dreamed of becoming a whitecoat, one of the prestigious N'Terra scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. So when the once-secret labs are suddenly opened to students, she leaps at the chance to see what happens behind their closed doors. However, she quickly discovers that all is not what it seems on Faloiv, and the experiments the whitecoats have been doing run the risk of upsetting the humans' fragile peace with the Faloii, Faloiv's indigenous people. Booklist and VOYA starred. Recommended for Grades 8+. Science fiction, dystopia.
Unearthed (Amie Kaufman/Megan Spooner)
Unearthed, book 1. When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an ancient alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study...as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. This is a planned duology. Recommended for Grades 9+. Science fiction.
Nice Try, Jane Sinner (Lianne Oelke)
Jane Sinner, a 17-year-old dropout, sets out to redefine herself through a series of schemes and stunts, including participating in a low-budget reality TV show at her local community college. Booklist starred. SLJ recommends Grade 7+; PW and Booklist say Grade 9+. Realistic fiction, humor.
Thunderhead (Neal Shusterman)
Arc of a Scythe, book 2. While I love Neal Shusterman, the first book in this series was a bit too dark for me. I'm including it here because it received multiple starred reviews and is likely more popular in your libraries than it is in mine (I don't booktalk it much). Multiple starred reviews. Recommended for Grades 9+. Science fiction, dystopia, overpopulation.
Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 (Albert Marrin)
Isn't the 1918 flu what originally killed Edward Cullen in the Twilight series? I've heard about the 1918 flu pandemic several times in the past few weeks due to the nastiness of this year's flu. This book examines the history, science, and impact of the influenza pandemic of 1918. Read it, then wash your hands. With soap. Twice. Booklist starred. Recommended for Grades 7+. Nonfiction.
A Taxonomy of Love (Rachael Allen)
From age thirteen to nineteen, Spencer experiences an ever-changing relationship with Hope, the girl next door who helps him cope with his Tourette syndrome but likes his Neanderthal brother, Dean. Recommended for Grades 8+. Contemporary romance, unrequited love, Tourette's Syndrome.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Sara Barnard)
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. Recommended for Grades 9+. Contemporary romance, deaf community.

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Escape from Aleppo (N.H. Senzai)
Finally! A book that gives a voice to Syrian refugees and helps our students understand what is going on there. After 14-year old Nadia is separated from her family while fleeing the civil war, she spends the next four days with a mysterious old man who helps her navigate the checkpoints and snipers of the rebel, ISIS, and Syrian armies that are littering Aleppo on her way to meeting her father at the Turkish border. Booklist starred. Professional reviewers recommend for Grades 4-8. Realistic fiction, recent history, Syria.

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 (Claire Hartfield)
On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. Includes archival photos and prints, source notes, bibliography, and index. VOYA starred. Professional reviewers recommend Grades 7-10. Nonfiction, civil rights.
Betty Before X (Ilyasah Shabazz, Renee Watson)
Author Ilyasah Shabazz is the daughter of Malcolm X and co-author of 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor book X: A Novel. Renee Watson is the author of Pieces of Me. Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940s Detroit, where she learns about the civil rights movement. Multiple starred reviews. Professional reviewers recommend Grades 3-6, and this is another one I can see on state reading lists. Nonfiction, biography.
Astronaut Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact (Jennifer Swanson)
Space and the ocean. If you don't think they go together, think again! Both deep-sea and space explorers have to worry about pressure, temperature, climate, and most importantly, how to survive in a remote and hostile environment. Join us on an amazing journey as we go up in space with astronauts and dive deep down in the ocean with aquanauts to explore the far-off places of our planet and the solar system. Great for STEAM. Recommended for Grades 3-6. Nonfiction, science.
Just Like Jackie (Lindsey Stoddard)
For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it's just been her and Grandpa. He taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else worth knowing. But Grandpa's memory has been getting bad-so bad that he sometimes can't even remember Robbie's name. She's sure that she's making things worse by getting in trouble at school, but she can't resist using her fists when bullies like Alex Carter make fun of her for not having a mom. Now she's stuck in group guidance-and to make things even worse, Alex Carter is there too. There's no way Robbie's going to open up about her life to some therapy group, especially not with Alex in the room. Besides, if she told anyone how forgetful Grandpa's been getting lately, they'd take her away from him. Kirkus and PW starred. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Realistic fiction, Alzheimer's Disease.
A Sky Full of Stars (Linda Williams Jackson)
Standalone sequel to Midnight Without A Moon. After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. Recommended for Grades 5-7. Historical fiction, civil rights.
A Dash of Trouble (Anna Meriano, Mirelle Ortega)
Love, Sugar, Magic, book 1. Leonora Logrona discovers her sisters and mother are not just bakers but also witches and tries to prove herself as good as them by helping a friend. Perfect for El Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Professional reviewers recommend Grades 3-6. Fantasy, witches, cooking.
Shadow Weaver (MarcyKate Connolly)
This is the first book of a planned duology. Attention Coraline fans! Twelve-year-old Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows, but when her magical powers are threatened by a noble family she desperately turns to Dar, her shadow friend. Dar offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again. Unfortunately for Emmeline, this bargain only puts Emmeline's life in further jeopardy. Booklist starred. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Supernatural, mystery.
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney)
Presents a collection of poems that looks at the final months of Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Multiple starred reviews. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Includes biographical references. Nonfiction, biography, poetry.
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy (Tui T. Sutherland and Mike Holmes)
Clay and the other four MudWing dragonets were stolen from their homes while they were still in their eggs and hidden for years in order to fulfill a prophecy claiming that the dragonets would end the war between the dragon tribes, but not all of the dragonets want their destiny. Kirkus starred. Recommended for Grades 3-6. Graphic novel, fantasy.
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man (Tonya Bolden)
Chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass, discussing his years as a slave, escape to freedom, acclaim as a famous orator, journalist, and presidential advisor, work as an abolitionist, and other related topics. Multiple starred reviews. Professional reviewers recommend ages 10+. Nonfiction, biography.
Winterhouse (Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol)
Debut author! Eleven-year old Elizabeth spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery. Give to readers who loved Mr. Lemoncello's Library and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Recommended for Grades 4-6. Mystery, puzzles.
Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin (James L. Swanson)
The latest nonfiction title from the author of Chasing Lincoln's Killer. James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two very different life journeys -- but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives, the history of the time, and a blow-by-blow examination of the assassination and its aftermath. Watch for this one on state reading lists. Multiple starred reviews. Professional reviewers recommend Grades 7+. Nonfiction, civil rights.

The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel (Nora Twomey, Deborah Ellis)
This graphic novel adaptation of The Breadwinner tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan. 5-8. Recommended for Grades Recent history, Middle East, Afghanistan.


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