There is something for everyone among the new books at the library. Check out our display of several sci-fi series and a great selection of ‘real’ lit as well.
Free as a Bird by Gina McMurchy-Barber
This short book is the story of Ruby Jean Sharp, told in her own voice, who is institutionalized because of her Down syndrome. A finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada Council for the Arts.
Craig Gilner knows what he’s got to do. He’s got the get into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job. So how, then, does Craig end up instead in a mental hospital, his own anxiety nearly killing him? Vizzini’s own experience informs this witty and moving tale of insight into the real meaning of happiness.
Kirkus Reviews calls this story of a violent school event perpetrated by two boys who have been mercilessly bullied “vivid, distressing and all too real.” Booklist gave it a starred review and said ‘the book deserves a wide readership, discussion, and debate.’
“Moving easily between cartoons and painterly black-and-white illustration, this epistolary novel of a young teen’s reinvention of self is subtle and effective… Poignantly real journal entries, e-mails and chat sessions allow readers to see into Happyface’s world… [an] engaging and absolutely heartfelt tale. (Kirkus, starred review )
Here is a collection of the Master’s greatest works: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars; Slaves of Spiegel; The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death; The Last Guru; and Young Adult Novel. Daniel Pinkwater is so obviously the funniest writer of children’s books that he should be made a Living National Treasure.” —The Washington Post Book World
A sequel to the National Book Award winning The House of the Scorpion, The Lord of Opium has Matt taking on the lordship of the eejit army, charged with figuring out who is friend and enemy and how, in this devastated world, he can find a way to survive.
Siobhan Vivian has taken on the challenges of teen girlhood before and been chosen for Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and Best Book for Teens by the American Library Association in the process. The List offers, “An intense look at the rules of high school attraction — and the price that’s paid for them.” (Publisher’s blurb)
We’ve certainly had novels about societies with power-hungry regimes and suffocating rules but Derting manages to squeeze one more juicy and unique story out of the dystopian orange along with creating a character who has (yes, of course) a secret but one we actually care about and want to follow to her conclusion.
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
This is a true story about Aaron Hartzler’s experience as the child of Evangelical Christians who believed that the Rapture could happen at any moment. As a teen, Aaron began to question his parents’ perspective and wondered what life might be like if he stayed on earth for awhile and pursued the person he might become without losing the love of his family.
Sixth book in The Missing series, time travelers Jonah and Katherine find themselves in Russia during the Russian Revolution, responsible for saving the Romanov children from a grisley fate. If you missed earlier contributions to the series, you may want to start there as the backstory is a little difficult to slog through if you don’t know what’s going on.
Alien conspiracy. Romance. Secret government facilities. Adaptation has it all with a fast-paced sci-fi ride that is left hanging enough to earn its sequel.
In a twist on multi-installment series, Huntress is actually a prequel to Lo’s highly acclaimed first novel Ash. Full of magic and otherwordly threats to survival, the Chinese culture and I Ching influences make this a compelling read.
Much more than a ‘twist on the Cinderella tale,’ as this book has been hypped, it is more of a crash and burn obstruction of the very assumptions that Cinderella is based on – salvation by a charming prince, the contribution of magic as a force for rescue, girl as victim of her circumstances instead of a heroine in her own life. While the lesbian theme may cause some to place this in the GLBTQ category, this is an exciting and daring book for everyone.
The starred Kirkus Review for this book reads: A nuanced, heart-wrenching and ultimately empowering story about bullying….Interweaving themes of identity, escapism and body image, Medina takes what could be a didactic morality tale and spins it into something beautiful: a story rich in depth and heart…Far more than just a problem novel, this book sheds light on a serious issue without ever losing sight of its craft.
Comic writing at its best, Winger appears to be a simple tale of teen struggle among the rich and jock-y at a rugby-centered boarding school. Insecure, dorky, and girl-obsessed, Ryan Dean West doesn’t exactly come across as a hero. But give him time. He’s a survivor. And we’ll definitely want to take the journey with him.
It’s here! Finally! Publisher’s blurb says about Requiem: A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, this exciting finale to Lauren Oliver’s acclaimed Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. With lyrical writing, Lauren Oliver seamlessly interweaves the peril that Lena faces with the inner tumult she experiences after the reappearance of her first love, Alex, the boy she thought was dead. Named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, this sophisticated and wide-ranging novel brings the New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy to a thrilling conclusion.
Nation has been compared to everything from Robinson Crusoe to Harry Potter. On the surface, a survival story in which two teenagers, one ‘native’ and one European, believe they are the only survivors of a devastating tsunami, but, more deeply, an exploration of culture, identity, race, religion, and what it means to be humane and courageous at the same time.
King has a way of taking us deeply into her characters’ psyches, making them unique, familiar and memorable. Vera Dietz is no exception, finding herself haunted by all the contrasting feelings she has for a friend – love, resentment, disappointment – for whom she can no longer express them after he dies in tragic and mysterious circumstances. Well-paced and profound.