Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Book Releases for Kids and Teens: September 11, 2018

We've finally had a break in the Shanghai heat and suffocating humidity! I just love September in Shanghai--blue skies, white puffy clouds...It's gorgeous! We start our third week of school this week, and I've wrapped up library orientation week. This week, I will booktalk this year's Battle of the Books titles. I have a group of 10th grade girls who are really excited to hear about our new high school version of Battle of the Books this year!

As I mentioned last week, September is typically a big month for new book releases for young readers. I've highlighted my favorite picks in purple, but for my library, I am most excited to purchase Dream Country, Impostors, We Are Not Yet Equal, Rule (for my Kendare Blake fans), Game Changer, and No Fixed Address. Also, don't miss Imagine!, which along with last week's Dreamers, is one of my picks for for the 2019 Caldecott Award (I'm not alone--SLJ also lists it as a favorite). September is a huge month for new book releases for kids, teens, and tweens! Check out this week's 21 most-anticipated books...

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YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 7+):

Summer Bird Blue (Akemi Dawn Bowman)
Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn't have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of--she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. Recommended for Grades 7+. Multiple starred reviews. Realistic fiction, grief, sisters.
The Echo Room (Parker Peevyhouse)
Rett wakes on the floor of a cold, dark room. He doesn't know how he got there, only that he's locked in. He's not alone--a girl named Bryn is trapped in the room with him. When she finds a mysterious bloodstain and decides she doesn't trust Rett, he tries to escape on his own--Rett wakes on the floor of the same cold, dark room. He doesn't trust Bryn, but he'll have to work with her if he ever hopes to escape. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Kirkus starred. Thriller.
Dream Country (Shannon Gibney)
Seventeen-year-old Kollie Flomo is starting to crack under the strain of his life as a Liberian refugee in Minneapolis. When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia to reform school, the story shifts. Like Kollie, readers travel back to Liberia, but also back in time, to the early twentieth century and the point of view of Togar Somah, an eighteen-year-old indigenous Liberian on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people. Recommended for Grades 9+. Multiple starred reviews. Historical fiction, Africa, Liberia.
Impostors (Scott Westerfeld)
Frey and Rafi are inseparable, but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadow’s of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Recommended for Grades 7+. Science fiction, twins.
The Lantern's Ember (Colleen Houck)
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare. Recommended for Grades 7+. Paranormal romance.
We Are Not Yet Equal (Carol Anderson, Tonya Bolden)
When America achieves milestones of progress toward full and equal black participation in democracy, the systemic response is a consistent racist backlash that rolls back those wins. We Are Not Yet Equal examines five of these moments. Recommended for Grades 7-12. Kirkus starred. Nonfiction, essays.
Rule (Ellen Goodlett)
Rule, book 1. Debut author! Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown. The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos. Or rather, three unexpected options. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Fantasy, sisters.
Attack of the 50-Foot Wallflower (Christian McKay Heidicker, Sam Bosma)
Phoebe Lane is a lightning rod for monsters. She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, blobs from outer space, and radioactive ants. They survive thanks to Phoebe's dad-an invisible titan, whose giant eyes warn them where the next monster attack will take place. All Phoebe wants is to stop running from motel to motel and start living a monster-free life in New York or Paris. But when her mom mysteriously vanishes, Phoebe is left to fend for herself in small-town Pennybrooke. Recommended for Grades 8-12. BCCB and Booklist starred. Graphic novel, B-movie horror.
A Spark of White Fire (Sangu Mandanna)
In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back. Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she'll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali. Recommended for Grades 9+. Science fiction, space opera.
The House of One Thousand Eyes (Michelle Barker)
Life in East Germany in the early 1980s is not easy for most people, but for Lena, it's particularly hard. After the death of her parents in a factory explosion and time spent in a psychiatric hospital recovering from the trauma, she is sent to live with her stern aunt, a devoted member of the ruling Communist Party. Visits with her beloved Uncle Erich, a best-selling author, are her only respite. But one night, her uncle disappears without a trace. Government spies are everywhere, but Lena refuses to give up her search, regardless of the consequences. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Kirkus starred. Historical fiction, Germany, 1980s.
Confessions of a Teenage Leper (Ashley Little)
Abby Furlowe is hot, popular, and a cheerleader. This year, she's going to break out of her small Texas town and make it big. Fame and fortune will all be hers. But then she notices some spots on her skin. What started as a rash quickly gets worse. She's tired all the time, her hands and feet are numb and her face starts to look like day-old pizza. She tries every cream and medication the doctors have thrown at her, but nothing works. When she falls and slips into a coma, her mystery illness goes into overdrive and finally gets diagnosed: Hansen's Disease, aka leprosy. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Realistic fiction, illness, leprosy.

ALSO RELEASING THIS WEEK (YA):


THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS (YA):


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MIDDLE GRADES (GRADES 4-7):

Lights, Camera, Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker (Mara Rockliff, Simona Ciraolo)
Alice Guy-Blaché made some of the very first movies. Driven by her passion for storytelling, Alice saw a potential for film that others had not seen before, allowing her to develop new narratives, new camera angles, new techniques, and to surprise her audiences again and again. Recommended for Grades 3-6. SLJ starred. Nonfiction, biography, filmmaking.
Someone Else's Shoes (Ellen Wittlinger)
Twelve-year-old Izzy's life just seems to get more and more complicated: she is upset by her father's new marriage, and a new baby on the way; she is expected to look out for her ten-year-old cousin, Oliver, who has moved in with her family since his mother committed suicide, because his father is depressed and having trouble coping; and now Ben, the rebellious sixteen-year-old son of Izzy's mother's boyfriend, is also living with them--but when Oliver's father disappears, the three children put aside their differences and set out to find him. Recommended for Grades 4-8. BCCB starred. Realistic fiction, families.
Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography (Louise Borden)
Ever since he first strapped on his mother's wooden skis when he was seven, Pete Seibert always loved to ski. At 18, Pete enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the 10th Mountain Division, soldiers who fought on skis in World War II. In the mountains of Italy, Pete encountered the mental and physical horrors of war. When he was severely wounded and sent home to recover, Pete worried that he might never ski again. But with perseverance and the help of other 10th Mountain ski soldiers, he took to the slopes again and fulfilled his boyhood dream--founding the famous ski resort in Vail, Colorado. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Biography, skiing, WWII.
Mac Undercover (Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery)
One day, Mac (smartest boy in his class in a small town in California) receives a telephone call from the Queen of England, recruiting him to find the crown jewels (well, actually just the Coronation Spoon) and so Mac embarks on his first adventure as a secret agent--with the assurance that the Queen will give him a note excusing him from school. Illustrated. Recommended for Grades 3-6. SLJ starred. Humor, spies.
No Fixed Address (Susin Nielsen)
Twelve-year-old Felix's appearance on a television game show reveals that he and his mother have been homeless for a while, but also restores some of his faith in other people. Recommended for Grades 4-8. Kirkus and SLJ starred. Realistic fiction, homelessness, TV game shows.
Game Changer (Tommy Greenwald)
Thirteen-year-old Teddy Youngblood is in a coma fighting for his life after an unspecified football injury at training camp. His family and friends flock to his bedside to support his recovery--and to discuss the events leading up to the tragic accident. Was this an inevitable result of playing a
violent sport, or was something more sinister happening on the field that day? Told in a multimedia format combining dialogue, texts, newspaper articles, transcripts, an online forum, and Teddy's inner thoughts. Recommended for Grades 5-8. Realistic fiction, sports, football.

ALSO RELEASING THIS WEEK (MIDDLE GRADES):



THIS WEEK'S SEQUELS (MIDDLE GRADES):







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PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES):

Imagine! (Raúl Colón)
Is this a 2018 Caldecott contender? Oh, I think so! After passing a city museum many times, a boy finally decides to go in. He passes wall after wall of artwork until he sees a painting that makes him stop and ponder. Before long the painting comes to life and an afternoon of adventure and discovery unfolds, changing how he sees the world ever after. FIVE starred reviews! Wordless picture book, imagination, art, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Me and My Fear (Francesca Sanna)
When a young immigrant girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like "how can you hope to make new friends if you don't understand their language?" But this little girl is stronger than her Fear. Publishers Weekly starred. Immigration, moving, fear.
Paul Writes (a Letter) (Chris Raschka)
Caldecott Medal-winner Chris Raschka gives life to the letters of Paul the Apostle, distilling the main themes of Paul’s epistles into approachable language. Paul’s sincerity and compassion, sadness and pain, give readers a true sense of who Paul really was. Publishers Weekly starred.
Night Job (Karen Hesse, G. Brian Karas)
When the sun sets, Dad’s job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There’s the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy’s time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. Multiple starred reviews.

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