Sunday, April 15, 2018

New Release Spotlight: April 10, 2018

Phew! Lots of YA amazingness on this week's (slightly late) Spotlight! April is seriously kicking my butt! We have so many activities happening at school that I can barely breathe. I am really looking forward to a much calmer May.

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For Every One (Jason Reynolds)
Looking for a graduation or baby gift? This one is perfect! This inspirational letter-poem was originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Recommended for Grades 6-12. Kirkus and SLJ starred. Poetry, inspiration.
Ace of Shades (Amanda Foody)
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Fantasy, casinos.
Beyond a Darkened Shore (Jessica Leake)
The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara's unearthly ability to control her enemies' minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Eirinn but the entire world. Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara's enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he's something more. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Fantasy, Vikings.
Picture Us in the Light (Kelly Loy Gilbert)
Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Multiple starred reviews. Realistic fiction, coming of age, LGBTQIA.
The Summer of Broken Things (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town. But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Recommended for Grades 7+. Realistic fiction, surrogacy.
Isle of Blood and Stone (Makiia Lucier)
Eighteen years ago two princes of the island kingdom of St. John del Mar were kidnapped and murdered, a deadly plot by the rival kingdom of Mondrago. Everyone knows the story, but for Elias, Mercedes, and Ulises, the aftermath of that tragic day is deeply personal. Elias grew up without his father, who was killed trying to protect the princes. Mercedes is half-Mondragan, leaving her to grow up in the shadow of del Mar's hate. And Ulises, as the youngest and only remaining prince, inherited the throne meant for his older brothers. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Booklist and Publishers Weekly starred. Fantasy.
Devils Unto Dust (Emma Berquist)
Daisy "Willie" Wilcox and her family struggle to survive after the Civil War when a horrifying sickness in which infected people--shakes-- attack the living in West Texas, but when her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the shake hunters in town, Willie, with two hunters as guides, sets out across the desert to find her father. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Publishers Weekly starred. Historical fiction, adventure.
Boots on the Ground: American's War in Vietnam (Elizabeth Partridge)
In March 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson sent troops into Vietnam. 57,939 American soldiers would be killed and seventeen years would pass before this controversial chapter of American history concluded with the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. Recommended for Grades 7-10. Multiple starred reviews. Narrative nonfiction, Vietnam War.
The Diminished (Kaitlyn Sage Patterson)
First book in a planned duology. A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Fantasy, romance.
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (multiple YA authors)
Popular YA authors like Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, and more recount their own experiences with mental illness in this raw, real, and powerful collection of essays that explores everything from ADD to PTSD. Recommended for Grades 9+. Multiple starred reviews. Narrative nonfiction, mental illness, depression.

Sam and Ilsa's Last Hurrah (Rachel Cohn, David Levithan)
Despite the low Goodreads rating right now, I will have to get this for my library. My students won't have it any other way! Siblings Sam and Ilsa Kehlmann have spent most of their high school years throwing parties for their friends--and now they've prepared their final blowout, just before graduation. The rules are simple: each twin gets to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn't know who's coming until the partiers show up at the door. With Sam and Ilsa, the sibling revelry is always tempered with a large dose of sibling rivalry, and tonight is no exception. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Realistic fiction, LGBTQIA.
Lizzie (Dawn Ius)
A modern-day retelling of the Lizzie Borden story! Seventeen-year-old Lizzie Borden has never been kissed. Polite but painfully shy, Lizzie prefers to stay in the kitchen, where she can dream of becoming a chef and escape her reality. With tyrannical parents who force her to work at the family's B&B and her blackout episodes--a medical condition that has plagued her since her first menstrual cycle--Lizzie longs for a life of freedom, the time and space to just figure out who she is and what she wants. Recommended for Grades 9+. Kirkus starred. Retelling, crime, murder.


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The Orphan Band of Springdale (Anne Nesbet)
On the verge of World War II, eleven-year-old Gusta is sent from New York City to Maine, where she discovers small-town prejudices--and a huge family secret. It's 1941, and as the Second World War rages in Europe, eleven-year-old Gusta's life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreign-born labor organizer, has had to flee the country, and Gusta has been sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother, lugging her one precious possession: a beloved old French horn, her sole memento of her father. Recommended for Grades 4-7. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and Publishers Weekly starred. Historical fiction, WWII.

The Island at the End of Everything (Kiran Millwood Hargrave)
Ami lives on Culion, an island in the Philippines for people who have leprosy. Her mother is among the infected. Ami loves her home: with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion contains all she knows and loves. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr. Zamora changes her world forever. Islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave for a neighboring island, where the children are placed in an orphanage. Banished across the sea, Ami is desperate to return to Culion before her mother's death. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Booklist and Kirkus starred. Historical fiction, leprosy.


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  1. Just want to thank you again for putting this all together every week! Great resource for me and many others!!

    1. Thanks, Amy! It can be difficult to get it out on time (Tuesdays), but I really do enjoy putting them together!


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