NEW BOOKS for NOVEMBER

These New Books Have Arrived! Check them out on our new ‘new book’ shelf in the Teen Space.

The Extra by Kathryn Lasky

Based on actual events, this moving novel tells the story of Lilo, a gypsy girl in Nazi Germany picked out of a line-up by the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to serve as a movie extra. Though this initially seems to be a life-giving reprieve, the working and living conditions to which Lilo and her friend Django are subjected are little better than those of a prison. Lilo decides to take her survival into her own hands.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

The time-traveling gene was supposed to have skipped Gwyneth Sheperd. Consequently, she is taken completely by surprise when her ordinary life is thrown into upheaval not only by the amazing clothes, strange habits, and secret societies introduced by time travel but also by a companion who is as infuriating as he is handsome. Adventure and romance ensue.

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Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

As a Native American scholar, author Bruchac is well-positioned to add unique cultural elements to a post-tech dystopian setting.  With a rare combination of survival abilities and magical powers, Lozen fights the monsters that are threatening her world while hunting down the Ones who have kidnapped her family. Her increasing powers and an ancient legend make her realize that she may be destined for something far beyond anything she has so far confronted.

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Now I’ll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

This is the final book in Naylor’s popular Alice McKinley series. All the loose threads introduced over the years will get wrapped up here including Alice’s career, her friends and, of course, what happens to her relationship with Patrick.

Moped Army by Paul Sizer

Sizer’s graphic novel pits Simone and her wealthy, privileged background against the allure of the moped gangs. It’s 2277 and war is coming. Where will Simone’s loyalties lie?

It’s Not All Black and White – Multiracial Youth Speak Out

“I am a mix of dark and darker/I am black and Spanish/Sometimes being both is a great thing,/and I fit in anywhere/But sometimes I feel rejected by both…

St. Stephen’s Community House is a social service agency in Toronto that collected this rare expression of youth voices in forms ranging from poems to rants, personal reflections to interviews.

Heart to Heart – edited by Jan Greenberg

The paintings, sculpture and photography in this beautiful book document the evolution of artistic movements through the 20th century. Each work is then accompanied by a commissioned poem from one of our century’s most esteemed writers, offering unique and affecting perspectives on some of the most iconic images of our lives.

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

In her personal heaven, Liga believes she is safe from the horrors of the world. But she and her daughters are not as protected nor are the boundaries between the worlds as impermeable as she might have hoped. In her award-winning exploration of transformation, Lanagan provides a contemplation on some of the most timeless questions of existence.

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

Though many other authors have based stories on selkie mythology, Lanagan captures the lore of a seal  who can emerge onto land as a woman with mastery and power. Highly regarded for her narrative skills, Lanagan uses them to the fullest in this tale of magic, treachery, and redemption.

Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton

Recipient of numerous awards, Chanda’s Secret tells the story of some of the most painful and heartbreaking circumstances of our time – the potent combination of sickness and shame around the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The book, and then the movie (called Life, Above All) captures a kind of poignancy that few authors are able to achieve and, without overstating or minimizing harsh truths, manages to express  the resilience of the human spirit.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

A Dan Brown-style thriller for teens  full of crime, mystery and romance. Nora’s friend is dead and another friend is accused of the murder. Nora follows a trail of both criminal and historic significance to unlock the secrets of the crime, prove her friend’s innocence and reveal a centuries-old web of conspiracy.

Eon by Alison Goodman

Physically-lame Eon is probably the least likely candidate to be chosen as the next Dragoneye. And when the time comes, he isn’t chosen after all. But, instead, the great Mirror Dragon, unseen  for 400 years, selects Eon as his apprentice and so begins her dangerous accession to the complicated world of courtiers and power. And, on top of all that, Eon has a secret which, if it comes to light, could mean her death.

Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy Book One by Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass has set herself apart from her family and the others in her town by failing to keep secret the boy who resides only in her head. But when strange things start to happen, that voice may provide the answers to all the questions swirling around Sorry-in-the-Vale. This is a unique twenty-first century Gothic romance with a brave and intriguing heroine.

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

In this fantasy romance, Emmeline Thistle has lost everything and cheated death herself, making her basically an outcast until she discovers an amazing gift: the magical ability to turn milk into chocolate, considered a valuable delicacy. Suddenly, everyone wants to use Emmeline for their own purposes and she must discover what it is that she actually wants for herself.

The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall

Hope Long is desperate to prove her older brother Jeremy innocent of the murder of a local baseball coach. But Jeremy isn’t talking, hasn’t done so for 12 years, and the police have no other suspects. How will a 16-year-old girl manage to serve as the only witness in a trial seemingly pre-destined to find her brother guilty?

The Creeps (A Samuel Johnson Tale) by John Connolly

Horror, breath-holding drama and quirky comedy keep this follow up to The Gates and The Infernals moving at a rapid pace. Samual Johnson, along with a cast of pets, policement, and polite monsters, not to mention vampieres, elves, and a girl with an unnatural fondness for spiders, must solve the latest threat to the Multiverse.

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Poetic both in form and content, this is the story of one girl’s journey away from everything she thought was important and safe to a new world where navigating family and relationships is a lot more complicated but, hopefully and eventually worth the trip.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A case of the grass always being greener on the other side, Samantha is sure that if she could just be a member of the family next door, everything would be better. Then, when she actually does fall in love with the neighbor boy, she is confronted with choices she never could have imagined.

The Peculiars by Mareen Doyle McQuerry

This award-winning steampunk adventure has Lena Mattacascar leaving her comfortable home with her mother to search for her father in the Peculiar-inhabited northern wilderness of Scree. Lena crosses paths with a wide variety of mysterious characters on her journey and finds herself confronting some of her own deepest fears.

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