Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Release Spotlight: July 10, 2018

We made it to the USA! I am currently in Connecticut, but we leave tomorrow morning for my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia! I can't wait to see my mom and some childhood friends. We also get to stay in our very first AirBNB. The first two titles on this week's list--Spinning Silver and Fawkes--have the most gorgeous covers, don't you think?

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Spinning Silver (Naomi Novik)
An adult title that sounds great for HS students, too. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. Library Journal and Publishers Weekly starred. Fantasy, retelling (Rumpelstiltskin).
Fawkes: A Novel (Nadine Brandes)
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th-century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death. Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn't do something soon, he'll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot--claiming it will put an end to the plague--Thomas is in. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Historical fiction, fantasy.
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge (Lisa Jenson)
They say Chateau Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can't believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. Recommended for Grades 7+. Retelling, fantasy.
Notes From My Captivity (Kathy Parks)
Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college, becoming a revered journalist, and making her late father proud of her. So when Adrienne is offered the chance to write an article that could get her into her school and debunk her foolishly optimistic stepfather's claim--no, belief--that a legendary family of hermits is living in the Siberian wilderness, there's no question that she's going to fly across the world. But the Russian terrain is even less forgiving than Adrienne. And when disaster strikes, nothing--not the flirtatious guide or her stepdad's obsessively detailed preparations--can protect Adrienne from the sheer force of nature. Kirkus starred. Recommended for Grades 7-adult. Realistic fiction, humor, survival.
Camp Valor (Scott McEwen and Hof Williams)
When Wyatt gets framed for a friend's crime, he thinks his life is over. But then a mysterious stranger visits him in jail with an unusual proposal: spend three months in a secret government camp and have a ten-year prison sentence wiped clean. Wyatt agrees, and finds himself in a world beyond his wildest dreams, with teenagers like him flying drones, defusing bombs, and jumping out of helicopters. This is no ordinary camp. Camp Valor is a secret training ground for teenage government agents, filled with juvenile offenders--badasses who don't play by the rules--who desperately need a second chance. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Thriller, adventure.
Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It (Kerry Winfrey)
Jolie's a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn't one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain, headaches are a common occurrence, and she's never been kissed. She's months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, and she cannot wait to be fixed. Jolie becomes paralyzed with the fear that she could die under the knife. She and her best friends, Evelyn and Derek, decide to make a "Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It" list. Things like: eat every appetizer on the Applebee's menu and kiss her crush Noah Reed. Recommended for Grades 7-11. Publishers Weekly starred. Realistic fiction, romance.
The Supervillain and Me (Danielle Banas)
Never trust a guy in spandex. In Abby Hamilton's world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees--they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby's older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind. That is, until the city's newest vigilante comes bursting into her life. After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston's fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he's not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. Recommended for Grades 7-11. Superheroes, romance.
The Unfortunates (Kim Liggett)
When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done. But those consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: due to his father's connections, Grant is going to get away with murder. As a family tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian Trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Horror, survival.
I'm Not Missing (Carrie Fountain)
Debut author! It's senior year, and Miranda Black's best friend, Syd, has run away--suddenly and inexplicably, leaving behind nothing but a pink leopard print cell phone with a text message from the mysterious HIM. Everyone wants to know why Syd left, but the truth is, Miranda has no idea. Miranda's been left behind to untangle the questions of why Syd left, where she is, and if she's even a friend worth saving. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Realistic fiction.
Legacy (Jessica Blank)
Ever since her older brother Andy died, Alison's life has been just as dark as her home in Tacoma, Washington. Her mom is in perpetual mourning, her father ran out on them, and after hanging out with Andy's hard-partying friends for a year, Alison's reputation is trashed. After a massive fight with her mother, Alison runs away and joins a group of radical environmentalists. Recommended for Grades 8+. Realistic fiction, grief.


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Willa of the Wood (Robert Beatty)
Willa of the Wood, book 1. In the late 1800s, a twelve-year-old nightspirit living in the Great Smoky Mountains despairs as homesteaders destroy her forest habitat, until a chance encounter with a "day-folk" man changes everything she thought she knew about her people--and their greatest enemy. Recommended for Grades 3-6. No starred reviews, but Goodreads reviews are glowing. Fantasy.
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe (Jo Watson Hackl)
Debut author! When Cricket's Aunt Belinda accidentally forgets her in the grocery store, Cricket decides to run away once and for all. But Cricket has to stay close by because even though her mama hasn't been in touch since she disappeared, she'll surely come back. And Cricket has to be there when she does. Recommended for Grades 3-6. Kirkus starred. Realistic fiction, mystery, runaways.
The Rhino in Right Field (Stacy Dekeyser)
Set in 1948. Nick wants to change his life. For twelve whole years, he's done what his hard-working, Greek immigrant parents want him to do. Now he's looking for his own American dream and he thinks he's found it. The local baseball team is having a batboy contest. But the contest is on a Saturday--the day Nick has to work in his father's shop. There's one other tiny--well, not so tiny--problem. A 2,000-pound rhinoceros named Tank. Nick and his friends play ball right in the city zoo--and Tank lives just beyond the right field fence. Nick's experience getting the ball out of Tank's pen has left him frozen with fear whenever a fly ball comes his way. Recommended for Grades 3-7. Kirkus starred. Historical fiction.
My Year in the Middle (Lila Quintero Weaver)
Sixth-grader Lu Olivera just wants to keep her head down and get along with everyone in her class. Trouble is, Lu's old friends have been changing lately--acting boy crazy and making snide remarks about Lu's newfound talent for running track. Lu's secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but in 1970 Red Grove, Alabama, blacks and whites don't mix. Recommended for Grades 4-7. Historical fiction, desegregation.
Curse of the Werewolf Boy (Chris Priestley)
Maudlin Towers, book 1. Mildew and Sponge don't think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when somebody steals the School Spoon and the teachers threaten to cancel their holiday break until the culprit is found, our heroes must spring into action and solve the crime! But what starts out as a classic bit of detectivating quickly becomes weirder than they could have imagined. Who is the ghost in the attic? What's their history teacher doing with a time machine? And why do a crazy bunch of Vikings seem to think Mildew is a werewolf? Recommended for Grades 3-8. Mystery, humor.


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All Are Welcome (Alexandra Penfold)
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school. Kirkus starred.
Not One Damsel in Distress (Jane Yolen, Susan Guevara)
A great addition to 398.2! These fifteen folktales have one thing in common: brainy, bold, brave women--and not one damsel in distress! There is Bradamante, the fierce medieval knight; Li Chi, the Chinese girl who slays a dreaded serpent and saves her town; Makhta, a female warrior who leads her Sioux tribe into battle; and many more women who use their cunning, wisdom, and strength to succeed. Illustrated. 134 pages.

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