Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Release Spotlight: April 24, 2018

I've almost made it through April! This week is especially busy because my 13-year old son got to show off his drama skills in the Language and Literature Festival on Monday. I also have a slam poet visit tomorrow (Harry Baker) and an author/musician visit on Friday (Stan Cullimore). So three days of five this week are big events. It's exciting and exhausting to host authors coming to China from other countries, but my students will love it. It's always worth it in the end. Next week, I'll post photos from each visit. For now, here's this week's Spotlight, which features a huge number of sequels for both YA and Middles!

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Ash Princess (Laura Sebastian)
Debut author! Give this to fans of The Red Queen and The Winner's Curse. Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace, a victim of relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Fantasy, princesses.
Sky in the Deep (Adrienne Young)
How about a bit of Norse mythology featuring action-packed scenes and a strong female protagonist? Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield--her brother, fighting with the enemy--the brother she watched die five years ago. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Kirkus starred. Fantasy, Norse mythology.
Stay Sweet (Siobhan Vivian)
Awww, I love this title and front cover, and I bet Stay Sweet will be popular among my middle school girls. Seventeen-year-old Amelia has looked forward to her last summer before college working at the famous Meade Creamery, but when the owner of the local landmark passes away her nephew has big changes in mind. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Publishers Weekly starred. Romance, summer jobs, best friends.
White Rabbit (Caleb Roehrig)
Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on from a difficult breakup with his ex-boyfriend Sebastian, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney. April swears she didn't kill Fox, but Rufus knows her too well to believe she's telling the whole truth. Recommended for Grades 7-12. VOYA starred. Mystery, thriller, GLBT.
Love Songs and Other Lies (Jessica Pennington)
Told in alternating viewpoints. Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she'll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Recommended for Grades 8+. Romance, summer, reality TV, music/bands.
A Prom to Remember (Sandy Hall)
Cute front cover! This is the story of seven very different teens and their various school, family, and social experiences, all of which orbit around Prom season. Told from various alternating perspectives and intertwining stories. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Romance, realistic fiction, high school stories, Prom.
Atlas Fallen (Jessica Pierce)
Cyber Crown, book 1. Debut author! I couldn't find this one in Titlewave, probably because it's an independent publisher. Goodreads reviews are glowing, and you know how much I love a good space opera! Tesla Petrov, daughter of an infamous traitor, no longer lives a life of promise in the Atlas space station's elite flight training program. Stripped of her military rank and banished to the slums, she now scrapes out a brutal existence competing in illegal robot fights for Minko, ruthless leader of the Red Ashes crime syndicate. But when a wrong move costs her a fight—and a fortune—for the crime lord, Tesla knows her days aboard the Atlas are numbered. Science fiction, space opera.


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Be Prepared (Vera Brosgol)
All Vera wants to do is fit in--but that's not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera's single mother can't afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range--Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares! Great for the scores of Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson fans. Recommended for Grades 6-9. Booklist and Publishers Weekly Annex starred. Graphic novel, realistic fiction.
The Lifters (David Eggers)
Twelve-year-old Granite "Gran" Flowerpetal has just moved from the sunny coast to a hilly inland town full of trouble and mystery. He feels unheard at home and invisible at school--and then there's the issue of the many buildings in town collapsing into the earth. What can be done? One person, Gran's intriguing but difficult-to-please classmate, Catalina Catalan, knows what to do. But she avoids Gran like the plague. Recommended for Grades 3-7. Fantasy, action-adventure.
Chasing Helicity (Ginger Zee)
Give this to fans of Messner's Eye of the Storm (Kindle on sale right now). The word Helicity means to spin, and for as long as 13-year old Helicity can remember, she has been fascinated by the weather. The weather is Helicity's escape from her own reality, whether that's school, her father's strict discipline, or her brother's imminent departure for college. One fateful day, Helicity and her horse head out on a long ride to take a break from life at home. Even with her vast experience with weather, Helicity is unprepared for the elements she faces. The choices Helicity makes before, during, and after that storm will have a lasting effect on her family and her future. Recommended for Grades 4-6. Realistic fiction, meteorology.
The City on the Other Side (Mairghread Scott, Robin Robinson)
Sheltered within her high-society world, Isabel plays the part of a perfectly proper little girl--she's quiet, well-behaved, and she keeps her dresses spotlessly clean. She's certainly not the kind of girl who goes on adventures. But that all changes when Isabel breaches an invisible barrier and steps into another world. She discovers a city not unlike her own, but magical and dangerous. Here, war rages between the fairies of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Only Isabel, with the help of a magical necklace and a few new friends, stands a chance of ending the war before it destroys the fairy world, and her own. Recommended for Grades 4-7. Graphic novel, fantasy, faeries.


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