Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Release Spotlight--July 17, 2018

I have had a great visit this week in my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. We stayed in our first-ever AirBNB, and I don't think I'll ever stay in a hotel again after experiencing an AirBNB. The most fun this week was going "flat-footin'" at the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store in Virginia. For those of you not from Appalachia, "flat-footin'" is a type of dance set to bluegrass music. It was awesome! I even managed to get my husband and kids and my little 2-year old cousin out on the dance floor.

Once again, this week's list is a little slim with only ten titles. Coming at you next week from the face of the sun (also known as Dallas, Texas)!

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YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 7+):

The Price of Duty (Todd Strasser)
Jake Liddell is a hero, at least, that's what everyone says. The military is even awarding him a Silver Star for his heroic achievements. Now he's home, recovering from an injury, but it seems the war has followed him back. He needs pills to get any sleep, a young woman is trying to persuade him into speaking out against military recruitment tactics, and his grandfather is already urging him back onto the battlefield. He doesn't know what to do; nothing makes sense anymore. There is only one thing that Jake knows for certain: he is no hero. Recommended for Grades 7-10. Booklist starred. Realistic fiction, PTSD, veterans.
Hullmetal Girls (Emily Strutskie)
Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor's salary isn't enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. Recommended for Grades 7-11. Science fiction, space odyssey.
Campfire (Shawn Sarles)
While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims' foreheads. The next day, the story comes true. Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods--with no way out--being stalked by their worst nightmares. Because there were other, more horrifying stories told that night--and Maddie's about to find out just how they end. Recommended for Grades 8+. Horror.
Wrong in All the Right Ways (Tiffany Brownlee)
Mixed reviews on this one, so be sure to check that it fits your collection. Everything in Emma's life has always gone according to her very careful plans. But things take a turn toward the unexpected when she falls in love for the first time with the one person in the world who's off-limits-her new foster brother, the gorgeous and tormented Dylan McAndrews. Recommended for Grades 8-12. Retelling (Wuthering Heights), romance.
Letting Go of Gravity (Meg Leder)
Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites. Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful. Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please. Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved. And of course, there's the one other major difference: Charlie got cancer. Parker didn't. Recommended for Grades 7-12 (esp. Rainbow Rowell and John Green fans). Realistic fiction, twins, cancer.
Like Never and Always (Ann Aguirre)
Another title this week with mixed reviews. On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn't get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever. Liv wakes in the hospital. At first she's confused when they call her Morgan, but she assumes it's a case of mistaken identity. Yet when the bandages come off, it's not her face inthe mirror anymore. It's Morgan's. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Thriller, romance.
When Life Gives You Demons (Jennifer Honeybourn)
Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy--a Catholic priest--has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn't trust her to do an exorcism on her own. High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time. But Shelby knows how to keep a secret--even a big one. Recommended for Grades 7+. Horror, humor.

THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS (YA):


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MIDDLE GRADES (GRADES 4-7):

Rad Girls Can (Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl)
This new book from the creators of Rad Women, A-Z tells the stories of 50 girls who overcame gender stereotypes and made a big impact on the world before age 20. Featured girls include: Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer; Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13; and Mary Beth Tinker, who wore an armband to school to protest the Vietnam War, which led the Supreme Court to uphold free speech rights for students. Illustrated. Recommended for Grades 5+. Nonfiction, collected biography.
My Family Divided (Diane Guererro, Erica Moroz)
This is a young readers edition of In the Country We Love: My Family Divided. Before she became an actress and ambassador for immigrant rights, Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerrero's life, which had been full of the support of a loving family, was turned upside down. Recommended for Grades 3-8. SLJ starred. Nonfiction, memoir, immigration.
Game Masters of Garden Place (Denis Markell)
Sixth graders Ralph, Jojo, Noel, Persephone, and Cammi are hooked on fantasy tabletop role-playing games. When they somehow manage to summon their characters to Ralph's house, things take a truly magical turn! The five are soon racing around town on a wild adventure that tests their both their RPG skills and their friendship. Will Ralph and crew be able to keep their characters out of trouble? Trying to convince a sticky-fingered halfling rogue not to pickpocket or a six-foot-five barbarian woman that you don't always have to solve conflicts with a two-handed broadsword is hard enough. How will they ever send the adventurers back to their mystical realm? Recommended for Grades 4-8. Fantasy, adventure.

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