Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New Release Spotlight: October 2, 2018

I thought October might bring me a break in the huge new release lists, but as you can see from the length of this post, I was very wrong. I've spotlighted 22 titles, with another 24 sequels and other new releases. The book I most want to read on this list is Everlasting Nora, mainly because of its setting. It's about a young girl who lives with her mother in Manila North Cemetery, which doubles as a shanty town for Manila's homeless. Sounds really interestingI thought October might bring me a break in the huge new release lists, but as you can see from the length of this post, I was very wrong.

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Dry (Neal Shusterman)
The drought--or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it--has been going on for a while now. Everyone's lives have become an endless list of don'ts: don't water the lawn, don't fill up your pool, don't take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa's quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don't return and her life--and the life of her brother--is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she's going to survive. Recommended for Grades 7+. Multiple starred reviews. Thriller, survival.
Swing (Kwame Alexander)
Seventeen-year old Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah has loved for years. When Noah finds old love letters, Walt hatches a plan to woo Sam. But as Noah's love life and Walt's baseball career begin, the letters alter everything. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Kirkus starred. Realistic fiction, free verse.
On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden)
Two timelines. Second chances. One love. A ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love--only to learn the pain of loss. Recommended for Grades 8-12. Booklist and Publishers Weekly starred. Science fiction, graphic novel, LGBTQIA.
Shadow of the Fox (Julie Kagawa)
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple's greatest treasure--one part of the ancient scroll. Recommended for Grades 8+. Fantasy, Japan.
Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Novel (Anne, Frank, Ari Folman, David Polonsky)
I'm kind of surprised this doesn't exist already. This is a graphic novel adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. It includes extensive quotations from the original diary. Titlewave lists this as an AD (adult) title, but I will most definitely purchase it for my Grade 6-12 library. Publishers Weekly and SLJ starred. Graphic novel, Holocaust, diary, Anne Frank.
Broken Things (Lauren Oliver)
It's been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called 'The Way into Lovelorn,' the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly. The only thing is: they didn't do it. On the anniversary of Summer's death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Booklist starred. Thriller, mystery.
Grim Lovelies (Megan Shepherd)
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood--and Anouk is accused of the crime. Recommended for Grades 8+. BCCB starred. Fantasy, witches.
Damsel (Elana K. Arnold)
I purpled this one, but please read Goodreads reviews before you purchase this title for your library. It does include sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse, and animal cruelty. I just put it on-hold at the public library, and I'll decide about including it in the library after I read it. The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Booklist and SLJ starred. Fantasy, retelling, feminism.
The Chaos of Now (Erin Jade Lange)
Recruited to join a team in a prestigious hacking competition, Eli soon discovers that his teammates' real purpose is seeking revenge for the bullying that led to their former member's suicide. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Kirkus starred. Realistic fiction, bullying.
The Perfect Candidate (Peter Stone)
Debut author! When recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship with Congressman Billy Beck in Washington, DC, he thinks it is his ticket out of small town captivity. What he lacks in connections and Beltway polish he makes up in smarts, and he soon finds a friend and mentor in fellow staffer Ariel Lancaster. That is, until she winds up dead. As rumors and accusations about her death fly around Capitol Hill, Cameron's low profile makes him the perfect candidate for an FBI investigation that he wants no part of. Before he knows it--and with his family's future at stake--he discovers DC's darkest secrets as he races to expose a deadly conspiracy. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Thriller, mystery, law.
History Vs. Women: The Defiant Lives They Don't Want You To Know (Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams)
Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villains. Women are, and have always been, all these things and more. Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. Illustrated. Nonfiction, biography, women's history.
Sawkill Girls (Claire Legrand)
Three girls' stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight...until now. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Multiple starred reviews. Horror, monsters.
After the Fire (Will Hill)
Told from inside the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, 1993. Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything―and Father John liked rules. But there are lies behind Father John's words. Outside, there are different truths. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences. Recommended for Grades 9-12. Kirkus starred. (Recent) historical fiction, religious cults.
The Boneless Mercies (April Genevieve Tucholke)
Retelling of Beowulf. Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies--girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life. When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere. Recommended for Grades 7+. Multiple starred reviews. Fantasy, retelling, monsters.



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Everlasting Nora (Marie Miranda Cruz)
Debut author! Read more about Manila North Cemetery--what a crazy story! After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila's North Cemetery, which is the largest shantytown of its kind in the Philippines today. When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone. With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places. Recommended for Grades 3-8. Kirkus and SLJ starred. Realistic fiction, homelessness, The Philippines.
Dear Sister (Alison McGhee, Joe Bluhm)
Brother chronicles life with his frequently-annoying Sister, from the time she is born until she is ten and he leaves for college, through a series of letters and drawings. Illustrated. Recommended for Grades 5-8. Epistolary, siblings.
Louisiana's Way Home (Kate DiCamillo)
Companion to: Raymie Nightingale. When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. Recommended for Grades 4-7. Six starred reviews!!! Realistic fiction, foster children.
The Reckless Club (Beth Vrabel)
On the last day of middle school, five kids who couldn't be more different commit separate pranks, each sure they won't be caught and they can't get in trouble. They're wrong. As punishment, they each have to volunteer one beautiful summer day-the last one before school-at Northbrook Retirement and Assisted Living Home, where they'll push creamed carrots into toothless mouths, perform the world's most pathetic skit in front of residents who won't remember it anyway, hold gnarled hands of peach fuzzed old ladies who relentlessly push hard candies, and somehow forge a bond with each other that has nothing to do with what they've done and everything to do with who they're becoming. Recommended for Grades 5-8. Realistic fiction, nursing homes.
A History of Pictures for Children: From Cave Paintings to Computer Drawings (David Hockney, Martin Gayford)
From cave paintings to video games, this book shows how and why pictures have been made, linking art to the human experience. Hockney and Gayford explain each piece of art in the book, helping young minds to grasp difficult concepts. The book tracks the many twists and turns toward artistic invention, allowing readers to fully appreciate how and why art has changed and includes an illustrated timeline of inventions. Recommended for Grades 5-8. Kirkus starred. Nonfiction, art history, STEAM.
On the Origin of Species: Young Readers Edition (Rebecca Stefoff, Charles Darwin)
Buying this for my science-obsessed 11-year old! Charles Darwin's famous theory of natural selection shook the world of science to its core, challenging centuries of orthodox beliefs about life itself. Darwin's boundary-shattering treatise was captured in On the Origin of Species, originally published in 1859, a groundbreaking and detailed study on ecological interrelatedness, the complexity of animal and plant life, and the realities of evolution. This Young Reader's Edition makes Darwin's cornerstone of modern science accessible to readers of all ages. Recommended for Grades 5-10. Nonfiction, biology.
Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle (Hilda Eunice Burgos)
Her last name may mean "kings," but Ana Maria Reyes REALLY does not live in a castle. Rather, she's stuck in a tiny apartment with two parents (way too lovey-dovey), three sisters (way too dramatic), everyone's friends (way too often), and a piano (which she never gets to practice). And when her parents announce a new baby is coming, that means they'll have even less time for Ana Maria. Then she hears about the Eleanor School, New York City's best private academy. If Ana Maria can win a scholarship, she'll be able to get out of her Washington Heights neighborhood school and achieve the education she's longed for. Recommended for Grades 3-6. Kirkus starred. Realistic fiction.



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Regina Persisted (Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Margeaux Lucas)
From a young age, Regina Jonas loved to read stories from the Bible. She loved to read Hebrew. She wanted to be a rabbi. There had never been a woman rabbi before, and some people said, "You should learn to cook and sew like the other girls." But Regina persisted. They said, "Don't make trouble." But Regina persisted. They said, "Women are not smart enough." Regina heard, but still she persisted. Finally, in 1935, Regina Jonas became the first woman ever ordained as a rabbi. Her story inspires us to pursue our dreams and to persist even in the face of great challenges. Kirkus starred. Biography.

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