Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Release Spotlight--July 3, 2018

By the time this post goes live, I will be miles above the earth, probably catching up on my movie-watching! Yes, it's finally summer break, and we are headed to the USA for the next six weeks. We'll land in Chicago, go through Customs, and then get right back on a plane to Connecticut. I've packed light (we buy a lot in the US), bought a bunch of vegan snacks, charged up all the electronics, and loaded up the Kindle. I can't wait to see my sisters, my Dad, and my nieces and nephew! My posts over the next few weeks may be a bit sporadic, but I'll try to at least keep the New Release Spotlights coming on Tuesdays. Next week's list looks pretty lengthy, so we'll see how I do!

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)
This one was released in the UK in 2017. The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents' tragic deaths left her alone on the 'Infinity,' a spaceship speeding away from Earth. Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can't help but feel like something is missing. Recommended for Grades 8-12. Science fiction, thriller, space opera.
Zen and Gone (Emily France)
Because their mother is usually high, Essa, seventeen, must be responsible for her sister, nine-year-old Puck, but when Puck disappears during a hike outside of Boulder, Essa must rely on her newfound spiritual strength and boyfriend Oliver. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Realistic fiction, Zen Buddhism, sisters.
Doing It (Hannah Witton)
Hannah Witton, a YouTube vlogger, discusses a wide variety of topics related to sex. Includes index. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Nonfiction, sex education.
Game of Secrets (Kim Foster)
In Victorian London, sixteen-year-old Felicity Cole is awaiting execution when she is rescued and taken to a secret spy school for the Tainted--those born with special physical and mental abilities. I found no professional reviews for this one, but since it is YA, I would say Grades 8-12. Historical fiction, thriller, Victorian period.

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The Door to the Lost (Jaleigh Johnson)
There was no warning the day magic died in Talhaven. It happened with a giant explosion and the arrival of a skyship full of children, all with magic running through their veins and no memory of home. Rook and Drift are two of those children, and ever since that day, they've been on the run, magical refugees in a world that doesn't trust magic. Because magic doesn't die right away--it decays, twists, and poisons all that it touches. And now it's beginning to poison people. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Kirkus starred. Fantasy.
The Secret of the Wind (Jim Pascoe, Heidi Arnhold)
Cottons, book 1. To her neighbors in the Vale of Industry, Bridgebelle is an ordinary rabbit. All day long, she toils at the carrot factory. After a hard day, she returns home to care for her ailing auntie. And whenever she's out, she's watchful of the murderous foxes who prey on her kind. But Bridgebelle is not ordinary--she's a rabbit with talents beyond her own understanding. Recommended for Grades 5-8. Graphic novel, fantasy, rabbits.

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