Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Releases--January 16, 2017

Happy Tuesday! I usually like to start my new releases lists by giving a little taste of what's going on in my life in China. This week, however, my life is perfectly mid-January. There is nothing at all going on, I'm afraid. It's cold. It's semester-end at school and quite busy and rushed. We're taking care of my son's friend's dog this weekend while they are out of town. I ate popcorn and three Medjool dates for breakfast this morning.Even with the ho-hum boredom that inevitably visits every January, I'm actually pretty happy that this week's list is so short...

Even with the ho-hum boredom that inevitably visits every January, I'm actually pretty happy that this week's list is so short. It gives me more time to finish reading The Book Thief, which has been on my TBR for years. I haven't even seen the movie because I wanted to read the book first! As of this writing, I am about 60% finished, and I know it is about to get really, really sad. What did I expect when Death is narrating a book set in Nazi Germany?

I've only found a handful of new releases this week, but you won't want to miss Love, Hate, and Other Filters, especially if you are looking for diverse books for your library. And who isn't always on the lookout for diverse books?

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Love, Hate, and Other Filters (Samira Ahmed)
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school. Multiple starred reviews. Grades 8+. Realistic fiction.
Truly Devious: A Mystery (Maureen Johnson)
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. But shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. Publishers Weekly starred. Recommended for Grades 8-12. Mystery, thriller.
Heads Up Sociology (DK Publishing)
I love these DK topics books, and they do get some checkout in my library, particularly among Extended Essay students and students interested in the subjects. This one explores key sociology topics, including poverty, gender, class, and crime. A great general reference for any library. Nonfiction, reference.
Blood and Sand (C.V. Wyk)
Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation. Give this to fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir. PW andSLJ starred. Grades 8+. Historical fiction, fantasy.
All That Was (Karen Rivers)
Piper and Sloane were best friends. They grew up together, from childhood to first love, and in spite of how different they were, their friendship was supposed to last forever. That is, until Piper caught Sloane kissing her boyfriend—-and just days later, Piper was found dead, washed ashore on a beach. Early Goodreads reviews and professional reviews are all over the place with this title. VOYA starred it, while SLJ advises librarians to "skip it." The Goodreads average as of today--with only 12 ratings, so not-so reliable--is a dismal 2.83. Age recommendations are also widely varies from ages 12+ (Publishers Weekly) to Grades 10+ (SLJ). I can't say one way or the other because I haven't read it. Any thoughts or insight on this one? Contemporary fiction.


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Stella Diaz Has Something To Say (Angela Dominguez)
Stella Diaz is very shy. This school year, her best friend Jenny is in another class, and Stella feels lonely. When a new boy arrives in Stella's class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn roja. Contains some Spanish words. SLJ starred. Realistic fiction.


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