Tuesday, July 24, 2018

New Release Spotlight: July 24, 2018

Welcome to Dallas, Texas, where the high for the past three days has been a record-breaking 109 or 110 degrees! And it feels like it--I can feel my skin cooking every time I step outside. Ugh! We'll sweat it out in Dallas for two more weeks, then we head to Chicago for the last leg of the trip before we head home to Shanghai.

Once again, this week's list is pretty skimpy with only seven titles. It will pick up a lot in August and September, just in time for Back to School. Stay cool, Texas!

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Scream All Night (Derek Milman)
Dario Heyward knows he never wants to go back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. Dario left three years ago after after getting legally emancipated from his infamous director father. Now, Dario’s brother has invited him home to a mysterious ceremony involving a tribute to his father's first film. Dario goes reluctantly, hoping to at least get closure on his past and reunite with his first love. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Publishers Weekly starred. Black humor, horror movies.
Contagion (Erin Bowman)
After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project--including its members' dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried--and some monsters are only too ready to awaken. Recommended for Grades 6-12. Publishers Weekly starred. Science fiction, space opera.
The Future Will Be BS Free (Will McIntosh)
In a Putin-esque near-future America, the gifted and talented high school has just been eliminated, and Sam and his friends have been using their unexpected free time to work on a tiny, undetectable, utterly reliable lie detector. They're all in it for the money--except Theo, their visionary. For Theo, it's about creating a better world. A BS-free world, where no one can lie, and the honest will thrive. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Science fiction, dystopia.
Sanctuary (Caryn Lix)
Debut author! As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar's space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she's excited to prove herself to her company--and that means sacrificing anything that won't propel her forward. But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners. At first, she's confident her commanding officer--who also happens to be her mother--will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely. Recommended for Grades 7+. Science fiction, dystopia.
I Am Still Alive (Kate Alice Marshall)
Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Booklist and Kirkus starred. Adventure, wilderness survival.


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Denis Ever After (Tony Abbott)
Denis Egan is dead. He's okay with that. It's been five years since he died, and the place where souls go is actually pretty nice. Sure, there are some things about his life and how it ended he can't quite recall, but that's how it's supposed to be. Remembering could prevent Denis from moving on to whatever's next. However, something is standing in his way. His twin brother Matt can't let go of him, and as long as the living are holding on to his memory, Denis can't rest in peace. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Booklist starred. Mystery, ghosts, twins.
Lucky Little Things (Janice Erlbaum)
Eighth-grader Emma Macintyre could use some good luck. The popular kids at her school ignore her, the boy she likes is out of her league, and her best friend has been ditching her for the mean girls. Worst of all, her beloved Aunt Jenny died recently, leaving Emma and her single mom reeling with grief. Then Emma receives a mysterious letter that promises that ten lucky little things will happen to her over the next thirty days--she just has to make a list of what she wants. When the things on her list start coming true, she races to understand what's happening. Recommended for Grades 5-8. Realistic fiction, grief, luck.

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  1. WOW! We're headed up to Dallas this weekend. I'm excited to pick up a few of these titles. Look forward to this e-mail every week. Stay cool and safe!

    1. Oh, wow, that's neat! It has thankfully "cooled down" just a bit--only in the upper-90s and low 100s the last couple of days. And next weeks looks to be downright frigid--only the low 90s on Monday! Glad you love the weekly Spotlights!


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