Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New in July

The Crossover
By Kwame Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.







Oblivion
By Sasha Dawn

Sixteen-year-old Callie Knowles fights her compulsion to write constantly, even on herself, as she struggles to cope with foster care, her mother's life in a mental institution, and her belief that she killed her father, a minister, who has been missing for a year.





The End or Something Like That
By Ann Dee Ellis

As the first anniversary of her best friend Kim's death nears, fourteen-year-old Emmy tries to fulfill her promise to make contact with Kim's spirit, but she gains new perspective from unexpected connections.






Exile
By Kevin Emerson

As band manager for the up-and-coming DangerHeart, seventeen-year-old Summer Carlson navigates a relationship with the lead singer and decides whether to act on information that could rocket the band to stardom.






To All The Boys I've Loved Before
By Jenny Han

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox, until one day those letters are accidentally sent.







Life By Committee
By Corey Ann Haydu

A girl puts her heart, reputation, and friendships on the line when she spills her deepest secrets to a website that may not be as innocent -- or as anonymous -- as it seems.






V is for Villian
By Peter Moore

In a smart, action-packed superhero/villain showdown that offers a surprising take on good versus evil, Brad Baron and his friend Layla discover dangerous secrets about the superheroes who are running their society, a finding that pulls them into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles and startling family secrets.




Wish You Were Italian
By Kristin Rae

Seventeen-year-old Pippa Preston, sent to Italy for a three-month art history program, decides instead to see the country on her own, armed with a list of such goals as eating an entire pizza and falling in love with an Italian, but soon finds herself attracted both to a dangerous local boy and an American archaeology student.




Curses and Smoke
By Vicky Shecter

Tagus is a medical slave who wants be a gladiator, Lucia is the daughter of Tag's owner and betrothed to an older man, and the two teenagers are in love with each other -- but it is the year 79 and soon Vesuvius will alter their lives forever.





Hung Up
By Kristen Tracy

When a wrong number blossoms into a phone friendship for Lucy and James, two Vermont high school students, James wants to meet in person, but Lucy is strangely resistant. Told in the form of telephone calls and voice mail messages.





Cristiano Ronaldo: The Rise of a Winner
By Michael Part

The gripping life story of a boy who rose from the streets of Madeira to become one of the greatest soccer players ever. A heartfelt, startling tale of his journey to glory and what made him the man he is.






The Flea: The Amazing Story of Leo Messi
By Michael Part

The captivating story of soccer legend Lionel Messi, from his first touch at age five in the streets of Rosario, Argentina, to his first goal on the Camp Nou pitch in Barcelona, Spain. The Flea tells the amazing story of a boy who was born to play the beautiful game and destined to become the world's greatest soccer player.




Chasing the Storm: Tornadoes, Meteorology, and Weather Watching
By Ron Miller

In Chasing the Storm , you'll meet real storm chasers and meteorologists, hear their stories, and discover how they do their work. You'll learn tornado basics, get a great window into the science of meteorology, and learn how to pursue a career in the field. You might even decide to become a storm chaser yourself!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

New In June

I Kill the Mockingbird
By Paul Acampora

When best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic.
The Secret Side of Empty
By Maria E. Andreu

As her friends make plans for life after high school, M.T. struggles to envision her future as an undocumented immigrant and becomes determined to make a life for herself in the only place she has ever known as home.
Prisoner of Night and Fog
By Anne Blankman

In 1930s Munich, the favorite niece of rising political leader Adolph Hitler is torn between duty and love after meeting a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter.





Mafia Girl
By Deborah Blumenthal

As the daughter of an infamous mob boss, seventeen-year-old Gia struggles to come out of the shadow of her family's notorious reputation and be her own person.

Guy in Real Life
By Steve Brezenoff

The lives of two Minnesota teenagers are intertwined through the world of role-playing games.








Torn Away
By Jennifer Brown

In the aftermath of a tornado that has devastated her hometown of Elizabeth, Missouri, sixteen-year-old Jersey Cameron struggles to overcome her grief as she is sent to live with her only surviving relatives.


Big Fat Disaster
By Beth Fehlbaum

A shy, overweight, and insecure girl named Colby finds her place in a family of extroverted politicians, beauty queens, and other cookie-cut personalities.






The Chapel Wars
By Lindsey Leavitt

Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she'd rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip.




We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.





Since You've Been Gone
By Morgan Matson

Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.






After the End
By Amy Plum

Searching for fellow survivors of World War III, a girl from a remote Alaskan village discovers that the war never actually happened and that she must now adapt to a strange and dangerous modern world.



Skin and Bones
By Sherry Shahan

Jack, who is sixteen and has anorexia, spends the summer in an eating disorder ward for teenagers and befriends both his overweight roommate and a dangerously thin dancer.





Second Star
By Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling sets out to find her missing surfer brothers and finds herself on a secluded California beach, where she meets Pete, Belle, Jas, and others, learns to surf, helps some of them steal while avoiding the other's drug trade, and falls in love.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

New in May

 
Love Letters to the Dead
By Amy Dellaira

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister's mysterious death, her mother's departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.






Prince of Shadows
By Rachel Caine

The star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, told through the eyes of Romeo's cousin, Benvolio, a thief known as the Prince of Shadows.

Promise of Shadows
By Justina Ireland

As a human/god offspring, Zephyr Mourning is destined for a life of servitude but when she uses a forbidden dark power to kill the minor god who murdered her sister she is sent to Tartarus, where she discovers that she may be the Nyx, a dark goddess prophesied to change the balance of power.





Nil
By Lynne Matson

Transported through a "gate" to the mysterious island of Nil, seventeen-year-old Charley has 365 days to escape . . . or she will die.







Mistwalker
By Saundra Mitchell

Forbidden to set foot on her family's lobster boat after her brother's death, sixteen-year-old Willa will do anything to help her grieving, financially-troubled family, even turn to the weird Grey Man who haunts the lighthouse near her small Maine village.





ACID
By Emma Pass

In the year 2113, seventeen-year-old Jenna Strong is helped to escape from Mileway Maximum Security Prison outside London in order to help destroy ACID, the most brutal and controlling police force in history.






The Summer of Letting Go
By Gae Polisner

Four years after her brother, Simon, drowned while in her charge, Francesca, now fifteen, begins to move on after a summer caring for Frankie, who seems to be Simon reincarnated, and getting closer to her best friend's boyfriend.






Heartbeat
By Elizabeth Scott

Struggling with grief over a mother who is on life support as well as her slipping grades and her anger with her stepfather, Emma forges an uncharacteristic connection with a local bad boy, Caleb, who makes her heart feel alive again.





Sekret
By Lindsay Smith

Follows a group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia who are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB.







This Side of Salvation
By Jeri Smith-Ready

After his older brother is killed, David turns to anger and his parents to religion, but just as David's life is beginning to make sense again his parents press him and his sister to join them in cutting worldly ties to prepare for the Rush, when the faithful will be whisked off to heaven.

Where the Rock Splits the Sky
By Phillip Webb

Long after the Visitors split the moon and stopped Earth from turning, Megan and two friends mount their horses and set out across the Zone, where laws of nature do not apply, hoping to solve the mystery of her missing father and of the paralyzed planet itself.





The Haven
By Carol Lynch Williams

Established in the year 2020, The Haven is home to teens who are classed as Terminals, whose education, food, rest, and behavior are strictly monitored to save them from Disease, but Shiloh and Gabriel remember a different kind of life, and are on the verge of rebellion.





Silver
By Chris Wooding

When the students at Mortingham Boarding Academy find a group of strange, silvery beetles on school grounds they are excited, but when the beetles attack them and a mysterious virus starts spreading, a group of mismatched students must work together to survive.





Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
By Shyima Hall

The author relates how she was sold by poor parents into slavery and forced to endure brutal servitude in California until a neighbor's anonymous call to the police began her journey to freedom and her subsequent efforts to fight for child slaves.





Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game That Changed Everything
By Daniel Goldberg

The creator of the popular "virtual Lego" game, Minecraft, traces his unlikely rise from a disaffected youth who rose from a family marked by drug abuse and conflict to a multi-millionaire and international icon.





K-pop: Korea's Musical Explosion
By Stuart Kallen

Traces the evolution of South Korean pop music from the 1950s, when American pop music was brought to the country by soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through the present.






Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive
By Ann Love

The Black Death. Yellow Fever. Smallpox. Pandemic Survival presents in-depth information about past and current illnesses; the evolution of medicine and its pioneers; cures and treatments; strange rituals and superstitions; and what we're doing to prevent future pandemics. Full of delightfully gross details about symptoms and fascinating facts about bizarre superstitious behaviors, Pandemic Survival is sure to interest even the most squeamish of readers.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

New in April

Teen Spirit
By Francesca Lia Block

Fearing that her less-than-perfect world will unravel after losing her beloved grandmother, Julie meets an equally damaged Clark, with whom she tries to contact the ghost of her grandmother, only to receive a response from a haunting figure from Clark's past.





Before My Eyes
By Caroline Bock

Told in three separate voices, dreamy Claire, seventeen, with her complicated home and love life, shy Max, also seventeen, a state senator's son whose parents are too focused on the next election to see his pain, and twenty-one-year-old paranoid schizophrenic Barkley teeter on the brink of destruction.





Relic
By Renee Collins

In a world where the bones of magical creatures are used as relics to grant the user special powers, Maggie trains to wield the powerful relics until a series of fires similar to the one that killed her parents reappears in neighboring towns.






The Shadow Prince
By Bree Despain

In this modern retelling of the Persephone myth, Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, is sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead.


Poor Little Dead Girls
By Lizzie Friend

Starting her junior year at an exclusive East Coast girls' boarding school on a lacrosse scholarship, small-town Sadie uncovers a murder mystery after being inducted into a powerful secret society.






Lady Thief
By A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet's true identity has been revealed and she has been forced to marry Lord Gisbourne and participate at court, acting the part of a noblewoman in hopes of helping her beloved Robin Hood's cause and forging a future with him.






Firstborn
By Lorie Ann Grover

Tiadone has been forced to live her entire life as a female accepted as male in her community in order to survive as a firstborn child. But when she needs to pass the rites of manhood, she finds the Creator may have use for her feminine traits after all.





Why We Took the Car
By Wolfgang Herrndorf

Mike Klingenberg is a troubled fourteen-year-old from a dysfunctional family in Berlin who thinks of himself as boring, so when a Russian juvenile delinquent called Tschick begins to pay attention to him and include Mike in his criminal activities, he is excited--until those activities lead to disaster on the autobahn.




The Mirk and the Midnight Hour
By Jane Nickerson

A tale inspired by the Scottish fairy tale "Tam Lin" finds 17-year-old Southern girl Violet rescuing an injured Union soldier and struggling to keep him alive in the face of dark magical adversaries.






Threatened
By Eliot Schrefer

Escaping his jailer by fleeing into the forest with a scientist who is not entirely what he seems, an African street youth helps the scientist with his studies of chimpanzees and must join the chimps to save their habitat from unwelcome intruders. By the author of Endangered.





Bright Before Sunrise
By Tiffany Schmidt

Jonah and Brighton are about to have the most awkwardly awful night of their lives. For Jonah, every aspect of his new life reminds him of what he has had to give up. All he wants is to be left alone. Brighton is popular, pretty, and always there to help anyone, but has no idea of what she wants for herself.





The Edge of Falling
By Rebecca Serle

Caggie's life of privilege in Manhattan appears near-perfect but blaming herself for her younger sister's death and being acclaimed for saving a classmate from suicide cause her to withdraw from friends and family until Astor arrives at school, hiding a past at least as dark as her own.





Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains
By Jane Yolen

"Well-behaved women seldom make history," is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women "bad?" Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong? In BAD GIRLS, readers meet twenty-six of history’s most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter.

Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports
By Fran Zimniuch

As long as people have played games, there has been a temptation to win (or intentionally lose) by cheating. In this entertaining and informative book, sports historian Fran Zimniuch recalls the notorious scandals that have tainted our most popular sports, concluding that such incidents are often a reflection of the times.