Tuesday, May 29, 2018

New Release Spotlight: May 29, 2018

I guess the week of Memorial Day isn't a big one for new book releases! I've found a few this week, but not much really stands out except maybe the highly-anticipated release of Legendary, the sequel to Caraval and Holly Jolly Summer, which has ignited a kerfuffle about the author's politics on Goodreads.

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Give Me Some Truth (Eric Gansworth)
In 1980 life is hard on the Tuscarora Reservation in upstate New York, and most of the teenagers feel like they are going nowhere: Carson Mastick dreams of forming a rock band, and Maggi Bokoni longs to create her own conceptual artwork instead of the traditional beadwork that her family sells to tourists--but tensions are rising between the reservation and the surrounding communities, and somehow in the confusion of politics and growing up Carson and Maggi have to make a place for themselves. Recommended for Grades 9-12. SLJ starred. Coming of age, Native Americans, music.
LIFEL1K3 (Jay Kristoff)
Lifelike, book 1. This reminds me a little of the movie AI. But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering mega-cities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Science fiction, androids.
Lies You Never Told Me (Jennifer Donaldson)
Narration alternates between Gabe, a skateboarding teen in Austin, and Elyse, a girl with a troubled homelife in Portland. Both are about to find themselves in abusive, dangerous romantic relationships. Pair this with Demetrios's Bad Romance. Recommended for Grades 9+. Thriller, dating abuse.
Questions I Want to Ask You (Michelle Falkoff)
Patrick “Pack” Walsh may not know where he’s going in life, but he’s happy where he is. Then, on his eighteenth birthday, a letter from his past changes everything. As Pack begins a journey to uncover the truth about the parents he thought he knew, the family he didn’t know he had, and the future he never realized he wanted, he starts to have a whole different understanding of his life—and where he wants to go from here. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Realistic fiction, mystery.
Holly Jolly Summer (Tiffany Stewart)
Wow, Goodreads reviewers really do not care for this author's politics. This could be the greatest book ever, and the GR rating will be low because of author behavior. I wish people would rate the book on Goodreads and not the author's personal choices. In Christmas, Kentucky, fifteen-year-old Darby Peacher stumbles her way into a job at the town's run-down holiday-themed amusement park, Holly Jolly Land, but her summer quickly goes from merry to miserable when the boy of Christmas present is absent, the boy of Christmas past is her supervisor, and the town seems to be losing its cheer as it strives to become more commercial. Recommended for Grades 7-10. Romance, Christmas.
I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain (Will Walton)
For most of his young life Avery has dealt with his alcoholic mother with the help of his grandfather Pal--he immerses himself in poetry and popular music, and now that high school is over for the summer, he makes out with his best friend Luca (who understands about alcoholic mothers), but the death of his grandfather creates a hole in his life that he can not seem to crawl out of. Recommended for Grades 9-adult. SLJ starred. LGBT, addiction.
Listen to Your Heart (Kasie West)
When Kate Bailey lets her best friend, Alana, talk her into joining their high school's podcast she did not expect to find herself as the host, or to enjoy answering calls and giving advice on the air, but she is actually pretty good at it--but when she gets an anonymous call from a boy (possibly Diego Martinez) about his secret feelings for a girl (probably Alana) she is faced with a problem, because she is developing feelings for Diego herself. Recommended for Grades 7+. Romance.
The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan (Gia Cribbs)
No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan. Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it's officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don't want me talking to you. But I don't care. I have to tell someone. Recommended for Grades 8-12. Mystery, thriller.


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Grump (Liesl Shurtliff)
Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed Grump) has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind. At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems. Recommended for Grades 3-6. Fantasy, retelling.
Float (Laura Martin)
Emerson can float--he just can't do it very well. His uncontrollable floating is his RISK factor, which means that he deals with Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind. The last place Emerson wants to be is at a government-mandated summer camp for RISK kids like him, so he's shocked when he actually starts having fun at camp--and he even makes some new friends. But it's not all canoeing and capture the flag at Camp Outlier. The summer of fun takes a serious turn when Emerson and his friends discover that one of their own is hiding a deadly secret that puts all of their lives in danger. Recommended for Grades 3-6. Fantasy, superpowers, summer camp.
Annie's Life in Lists (Kristin Mahoney)
Annie's a shy fifth grader with an incredible memory and a love of making lists. It helps her keep track of things when they can seem a little out of control, like her family, her friends, and her life in a new place. Recommended for Grades 3-6. Realistic fiction.


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Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word (Sarah Jane Marsh, Edwin Fotheringham)
As an English corset-maker's son, Thomas Paine was expected to spend his life sewing women's underwear. But as a teenager, Thomas dared to change his destiny, enduring years of struggle until a meeting with Benjamin Franklin brought Thomas to America in 1774-and into the American Revolution. Recommended for Grades 1-5. Picture book biography (unpaged, but it's around 80 pages).

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