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New Books for September!

I’m Just Mehspace=2 by M G Higgins

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Nasreen and Mia are two very different girls. But they stand out at Arondale High. And kids make assumptions about the only Muslim and the new black girl–the only African American–in school. “Who let you into the suburbs?” Samantha asks. Everyone gawks. Nasreen has kept her head down for years. Eighteen months and she’s out, she tells herself. Off to college. Mia is bold. Yeah, she wishes she were somewhere else, but she’s not going to take the bullying lying down. She has to live her life. Graduate. Get into a good school. The school administrators are ignorant. And worse. The bullying escalates. Both at school and online. The girls come up with a plan to fight back. To regain some dignity. To turn the tables on the bullies.

 


hspace=2Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists by Courtney E Martin. 

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When did you know you were a feminist? Whether it happened at school, at work, while watching TV, or reading a book, many of us can point to a particular moment when we knew we were feminists. In “Click, ” editors Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan bring us a range of women–including Jessica Valenti, Amy Richards, Shelby Knox, Winter Miller, and Jennifer Baumgardner–who share stories about how that moment took shape for them. 

Sometimes emotional, sometimes hilarious, this collection gives young women who already identify with the feminist movement the opportunity to be heard–and it welcomes into the fold those new to the still-developing story of feminism.


hspace=2Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

 

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Revenge is a dish best served cold. 

In Ann Aguirre’s “Mortal Danger,” Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget. 

In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who–or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind.


hspace=2Lazy Intellectual: Maximum Knowledge, Minimum Effort by Richard J Wallace

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‘The Lazy Intellectual’ is an accessible dip-in, dip-out recap of various academic disciplines. An interesting collection of facts delivered in a variety of ways, it provides an enlightening review at a reader-friendly pace.


hspace=2Blind by Rachel DeWoskin

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When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she’s about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why–in order to see for herself what makes life worth living. 

Unflinching in its portrayal of Emma’s darkest days, yet full of hope and humor, Rachel DeWoskin’s brilliant “Blind “is one of those rare books that utterly absorbs the reader into the life and experience of another.


hspace=2Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” –Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of “Eleanor & Park” and “Fangirl”

“Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Etienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love–set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona–is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

 

hspace=2Yolo by Lauren Myracle

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Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends. Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart. Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country.In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets. 

 

hspace=2 Gap Year: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs by Joseph O’Shea

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With some of the most prestigious universities in America urging students to defer admissions so they can experience the world, the idea of the gap year has taken hold in America. Since its development in Britain nearly fifty years ago, taking time off between secondary school and college has allowed students the opportunity to travel, develop crucial life skills, and grow up, all while doing volunteer work in much-needed parts of the developing world.

Until now, there has been no systematic study of how the gap year helps students develop as young scholars and citizens. Joseph O’Shea has produced the first empirically based analysis of a gap year’s influence on student development. He also establishes a context for better understanding this personal development and suggests concrete ways universities and educators can develop effective gap year programs.


hspace=2100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

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Destiny takes a detour in this heartbreakingly hilarious novel from the acclaimed author of “Winger,” which “Kirkus Reviews “called “smart” and “wickedly funny.”

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned–and learn how to write their own destiny.


 Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers  by hspace=2Mike Sacks 

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Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Packed with behind-the-scenes stories–from a day in the writers’ room at “The””Onion “to why a sketch does or doesn’t make it onto “Saturday Night Live “to how the BBC nearly erased the entire first season of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus–Poking a Dead Frog “is a must-read for comedy buffs, writers and pop culture junkies alike.

Handpicked August 2014

Science Bookhspace=2
by DK Publishing
Published 2014 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781465419651
 

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With over 225,000 copies in print, DK’s “Big Ideas” series has struck a chord with readers fascinated-but also intimidated-by complex subjects like philosophy, psychology, politics, and religion.

The newest title in this successful and acclaimed series is “The Science Book,” an inventive visual take on astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. With eye-catching artwork, step-by-step diagrams, and illustrations that break down complicated ideas into manageable concepts, “The Science Book” will have readers conversant in genetic engineering, black holes, and global warming in no time. Along the way are found mini-biographies of the most well-known scientists, and a glossary of helpful scientific terms.

For students, and students of the world, there is no better way to explore the fascinating, strange, and mysterious world of science than in “The Science Book.”

hspace=2Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders
by Geoff Herbach
Published 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781402291418Find this book in our catalog.

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 From Geoff Herbach, the award-winning author of the hit young adult novels “Stupid Fast” and “Nothing Special,” comes a tale that will resonate with fat kids, nerds, dorks, gamers, geeks and teen outcasts of all kinds-an authentically funny story for anyone who has suffered from teasing and bullying at the hands of the high school social hierarchy. And decided to do something about it. 

Join a cast of quirky misfits as fat boy Gabe, aka Chunk, goes up against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school’s soda machine. A marching band geek who drowns his dysfunctional family woes in a voracious soda habit, Gabe relishes his role as class clown, fending off harassment from students and teachers with his own brand of irreverent, self-deprecating humor. But when the cheerleading team takes over the funds previously collected by the band, Gabe will not stand for it. Something must be done. 

It’s geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages! 

Hilarious and poignant, “Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders” will have teen boys and girls alike cheering on this underdog turned unlikely hero. Reluctant readers and fans of Chris Crutcher, K.L. Going, and Andrew Smith’s “Winger” will love Herbach’s straightforward writing style and realism. “One of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while” (YALSA).”

hspace=2Catch a Falling Star
by Kim Culbertson
Published 2014 by Point
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780545627047Find this book in our catalog.

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A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

 Publishers Weekly 03/10/2014

Carter Moon loves stars the kind in the night sky, not the ones that crash and burn to the delight of the media and the celebrity-obsessed masses. But this summer, while Carter is working at her family’s diner, the manager of one of Hollywood’s most notorious young actors, Adam Jakes, enlists her to pretend she is Adam’s small-town sweetheart to help restore his fallen image. Carter would never normally agree to such a thing, but her brother is in trouble because of unpaid gambling debts, and the faux-girlfriend gig pays well. Culbertson (Instructions for a Broken Heart) is a capable writer, and she gives Carter a good heart that shines through in the way Carter handles her friendships and that also catches Adam’s eye. Fans of recent “Hollywood Blvd. meets Main St.” novels like Cherry Money Baby and This Is What Happy Looks Like will enjoy following Carter and Adam through the familiar cycle of the rom-com relationship, from dislike to like, complication to realization, and finally to love. Ages 12 up. Agent: Melissa Sarver, Folio Literary Management. (May) Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.


hspace=2Ask Me
by Kimberly Pauley
Published 2014 by Soho Teen
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781616953836Find this book in our catalog.

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Paranormal gets a Stephen King makeover: An oracle in a small-town Florida uses her troubling gift to stop a murderer–before he comes for her.

Aria Morse is an Oracle, blessed–or cursed–with the gift of prophecy. Ask her anything, and the truth spills out immediately. But Aria’s answers sound like nonsense, even to herself… just as they did at Delphi 2500 years ago.

To cope, Aria has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight–until Jade Price, the closest person she has to a friend, disappears. All of a sudden, everyone around her has questions. The “nonsense” Aria spouts becomes a matter of life and death.

She may be the only one who can find out what happened to Jade. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to being the next target of someone else who hides in plain sight. Someone with a very dark plan.

 Publishers Weekly 02/03/2014

Pauley (Cat Girl’s Day Off) updates the conceit of a compulsively truthful, Cassandralike protagonist in this well-executed mystery. Aria, 17, is both mysterious and familiar the girl cringing in the corner, mumbling weird stuff. It’s not awkwardness or a wretched home life that makes her behave this way, though. Aria is an oracle, who must answer truthfully every question she hears. She doesn’t have conscious access to most of this knowledge, and she’s often confused by what she says. After classmate Jade goes missing, it’s Aria who gives the crucial clue that leads to discovery of the body. But when she is drawn into the quest to discover Jade’s killer, the twists of her oracular gift obscure the answer until it’s nearly too late. Pauley’s characterizations are superior, and the startling, sometimes painful things Aria says make for sharp dialogue. The only stumble is in the denouement, when the emotions built over the preceding pages unravel too quickly and superficially. For the most part, however, this is an absorbing and resonant read. Ages 14 up. Agent: Susanna Einstein, Einstein Thompson Agency. (Apr.) Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.


hspace=2Exile
by Kevin Emerson
Published 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780062133953Find this book in our catalog.

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Kevin Emerson’s Exile combines the swoon-worthy romance of a Susane Colasanti novel with the rock ‘n’ roll of Eleanor & Park. Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional–minus the whole falling-for-the-lead-singer-of-the-latest-band part. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy–he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. She also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

Publishers Weekly 03/17/2014

Emerson (the Atlanteans series) wields his chops as a musician in this series opener about a Los Angeles arts high school rock band trying to make it big. Senior Caleb Daniels’s new band, Dangerheart, has all the components of the next big thing a dreamy singer (in Caleb), a brooding female bassist, and lyrics that make girls swoon. There’s only one problem: Caleb doesn’t want to owe his fame to his biological father, a rock legend who drowned years earlier, and whose connection to Caleb has only recently been revealed. When Summer Carlson Dangerheart’s manager, Caleb’s girlfriend, and the novel’s narrator sets up the band’s breakout tour to San Francisco, the circumstances surrounding Caleb’s legacy grow murkier, including rumors of his father’s three missing songs and a record label demanding answers that no one seems to have. Emerson’s seasoned music references and deep knowledge of the business (including its slimy side) will draw readers in, but it’s the emerging conspiracy theories that give the book its edge and provide the perfect setup for the sequel. Ages 14 up. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (May) Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.


hspace=2Call Me by My Name
by John Ed Bradley
Published 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781442497931Find this book in our catalog.

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From former football star and bestselling author John Ed Bradley comes a searing look at love, life, and football in the face of racial adversity. “Heartbreaking,” says Laurie Halse Anderson, author of “Speak.”

Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, Tater Henry has experienced a lot of prejudice. His town is slow to desegregate and slower still to leave behind deep-seated prejudice.

Despite the town’s sensibilities, Rodney Boulett and his twin sister Angie befriend Tater, and as their friendship grows stronger, Tater and Rodney become an unstoppable force on the football field. That is, until Rodney sees Tater and Angie growing closer, too, and Rodney’s world is turned upside down. Teammates, best friends–Rodney’s world is threatened by a hate he did not know was inside of him.

As the town learns to accept notions like a black quarterback, some changes may be too difficult to accept.

hspace=2Shelter
by Patricia H Aust
Published 2014 by Luminis Books, Inc.
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781935462996Find this book in our catalog.

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A young teen comes of age in an abusive home Miguel’s dad is at it again–physically abusing his mom and sister and terrorizing Miguel for no good reason. But when Miguel’s mom and sister, who have been whispering to one another for some time, decide to stand up to the abuse and decide to move to a women’s shelter, Miguel’s life begins to take turns he never expected. After the family moves out, it isn’t long before Miguel’s dad promises to change his ways before once again becoming abusive; leaving Miguel to summon the courage to stand up to the man he thought he loved. This emotional and stirring novel is told from the point of view of a young man who is torn between the love he feels for his abusive father and the responsibility to protect his family.

 

hspace=2Killer Instinct
by S E Green
Published 2014 by Simon Pulse
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781481402859Find this book in our catalog.

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A teen girl version of “Dexter” meets the high stakes danger and mystery of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” in this riveting debut.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After-school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.

Why?

Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals and delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder, but with each visceral rush, the line of self-control blurs. And when a young preschool teacher goes missing–and returns in pieces–Lane gets a little too excited about tracking down “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer who has come to her hometown.

As she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her own past, Lane realizes she is no longer invisible or safe. Especially after the Decapitator contacts her directly. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she–or someone she loves–becomes the next victim…


hspace=2License to Spill
by Lisi Harrison
Published 2014 by Poppy Books
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316222426Find this book in our catalog.

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Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.

The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries…

“When our parents were growing up they were encouraged to make mistakes. That’s how they learned. But us? Our mistakes go viral. There is no delete button on the Internet. What kind of future do we have if we can’t escape our embarrassing pasts? I must come off as quite the hypocrite; complaining about our overexposed lives in a book of secret journals I have leaked. But these pages hold proof of how this pressure affects the “best” of us… so until the heat’s turned down, keep reading. 


hspace=2Fallen
by Charles Higson
Published 2014 by Disney – (Hyperion)
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781423165668Find this book in our catalog.

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The Enemy is among us . . .First the sickness rotted the adults’ minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets of London, hunting human flesh.

The Holloway crew are survivors. They’ve fought their way across the city and made it to the Natural History Museum alive–just barely. But their fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there’s another way. . . .

The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies.To get them they must venture down unfamiliar streets, where it isn’t only crazed, hungry sickos who lurk in the shadows.

In this fifth terrifying entry in Charlie Higson’s Enemy series, suddenly it’s not so clear who–or what–the enemy is.

New and Handpicked Young Adult Books: July, 2014

Infographic History of the World
by Valentina D’Efilippo
Published 2013 by Firefly Bookshspace=2
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781770853164Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

 Review of the UK edition: “The authors have put as much effort into the design as the data and their book is meant to entertain as much as to inform.” — “The Economist”

“The Infographic History of the World” starts at the dawn of time and launches into a 13.8 billion-year journey. Four sections–In the Beginning, Getting Civilized, Nation Building, and The Modern World–present world history as a visual essay of facts, trends and timelines. It is history done in a new way, a beautifully designed collection of insightful and revealing infographics that tell us where we’ve been and where we’re heading.

The book’s design cleverly mirrors the content, opening with parchment-like paper stock, primitive typography and no color and progressing to glossy pages, minimalist design and brilliant color.

Seventy-four topics, 100 infographics and 224 pages weave a story of civilization and conquest, of war and peace, of science and invention, as well as some of the big issues of the day. When did everything in the universe come into being? When did the crusaders set sail? Is religion growing or disappearing? Which countries are eating all the food, causing all the pollution and taking all the drugs? Do more guns equal more gun deaths? What are we dying of and how quickly are we changing? Will we survive the next millennium?

“The Infographic History of the World” is as entertaining a reference as is possible. It will inspire and inform from its permanent place on the coffee table. It is for all ages and all interests and perfect for a society hooked on instant information.


hspace=2Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word
by Julie Zeilinger
Published 2012 by Seal Press (CA)
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781580053716Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

FBomb blog creator Zeilinger debunks myths about modern youth in the first book about feminism for young women in their teens and twenties to actually be written by one of their peers.

Publishers Weekly 04/30/2012

Zeilinger, an undergraduate at Barnard College and the creator of TheFBomb.org, a feminist blog for teens and young adults, consolidates the ideas and goals of her website into this informative (and hilarious) debut. Zeilinger elucidates the importance of feminism for a new generation by offering a comprehensive view of the movement and how it relates to young women today, detailing its history from Ancient Mesopotamia to the digital age, addressing global issues like sex trafficking, eschewing unrealistic beauty standards, and positing that feminism is “Your Secret Weapon for Surviving High School.” Her colloquial use of wit and sarcasm in addressing serious gender issues makes the complex world of feminism approachable, though Zeilinger never claims to be path-breaking. The text’s ultimate goal is to prove that despite having made great strides in terms of economic, social, and political equality, the feminist cause is still entirely relevant to women and men. While the book’s snarky criticism of sexually conservative politics may be off-putting to some, this is ultimately an empowering and timely treatise, complete with resources for further reading (though neither Mina Loy nor Simone de Beauvoir make an appearance). Zeilinger’s honesty and straightforwardness will appeal to the often jaded members of Generation Facebook, encourage newcomers to climb on board, and reenergize those already on the bandwagon. (May 15) Copyright 2012 Reed Business Information.


hspace=2Rapture Practice
by Aaron Hartzler
Published 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316094658Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

“Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places: a true story.”

Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. That Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven. As a kid, Aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on planet Earth.

But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord. He begins to realize he doesn’t want the Rapture to happen just yet–not before he sees his first movie, stars in the school play, or has his first kiss. Eventually Aaron makes the plunge from conflicted do-gooder to full-fledged teen rebel.

Whether he’s sneaking out, making out, or playing hymns with a hangover, Aaron learns a few lessons that can’t be found in the Bible. He discovers that the best friends aren’t always the ones your mom and dad approve of, and the tricky part about believing is that no one can do it for you.

In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him. It’s a story about losing your faith and finding your place and your own truth–which is always stranger than fiction.

Publishers Weekly 05/06/2013

Hartzler makes his debut with this accessible memoir about coming of age in a very strict Christian family. Aaron, the oldest of four children, has always been a stellar son, following his parents’ edicts to the letter no television, secular music, or movies even when he doesn’t fully understand them. He’s also a joyful soldier of the Lord, happy to help his mother lead their neighborhood Good News Club, or lend accompaniment to his preacher father at church services. But when Aaron turns 16, his natural desire to explore the larger world outside his faith, including listening to pop music, dating and experiencing sexual attraction, and experimenting with alcohol, is perceived as rebellion, stirring up big trouble at home and at his ultra-conservative Christian school. Many readers may find the circumstances of Aaron’s sheltered upbringing hard to believe. What rings very true, however, is the author’s thoughtful search for answers to his heart’s biggest questions, and his pragmatism and sense of humor on the journey. Ages 15-up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.) Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.


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by Willy Vlautin
Published 2014 by Harper Perennial
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780062276742Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters looking for meaning in distressing times.

Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy Kervin has lived in a group home for eight years. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.

Freddie McCall, the night man at Leroy’s group home, works two jobs yet still can’t make ends meet. He’s lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative–and dangerous–proposition.

Pauline Hawkins, a nurse, cares for the sick and wounded, including Leroy. She also looks after her mentally ill elderly father. Yet she remains emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway who touches something deep and unexpected inside her.

In crystalline prose, both beautiful and devastating, this “major realist talent” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) considers the issues transforming ordinary people’s lives–the cost of health care, the lack of economic opportunity, the devastating scars of war–creating an extraordinary contemporary portrait that is also a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.

Publishers Weekly 10/07/2013

This strong fourth novel from Portland singer/songwriter and author Vlautin (The Motel Life) follows three protagonists who find the strength to make the best of difficult situations. Leroy Kervin, an Iraq War veteran gravely wounded in a roadside-bomb explosion seven years ago, is an inpatient at a male group home in Washington State, where his longtime girlfriend, Jeanette, and mother, Darla, sometimes come to visit. Severely depressed, he attempts suicide by jumping out of an upper-story window, which leaves him bedridden. Freddie McCall, a night orderly at the home, works a second job at a paint store to pay off the debts incurred by medical treatment for his young, physically handicapped daughter, Virginia, who lives with his ex in Las Vegas. Pauline Hawkins, a hospital nurse now caring for Leroy, lives alone with her pet rabbit and keeps an eye on her dysfunctional father. As Leroy succumbs even more to his depression, he has a series of increasingly bizarre, violent dreams involving him and Jeanette being pursued by a relentless vigilante militia calling itself “the Free.” Pauline tries to save a 16-year-old patient who’s become addicted to heroin, while Freddie learns he may have a chance to be reunited with his family. Despite the grim trajectory of Leroy’s story, Pauline and Freddie’s innate decency adds a refreshingly positive note to Vlautin’s character-driven novel. Agent: Anna Stein O’Sullivan, Aitken Alexander Associates, (Feb.) Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.


hspace=2On the Road to Find Out
by Rachel Toor
Published 2014 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780374300142Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what she doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges–including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love–and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined, in “On the Road to Find Out “by Rachel Toor.

Publishers Weekly 03/24/2014

All Alice Davis “champion taker of standardized tests, favorite of teachers, and only child of two achievement-focused parents” wants is to get into Yale. So when the Early Action rejection comes, it sends her into a downward spiral that even her beloved pet rat, Walter, can’t shake her from. Alice vows to start running as her New Year’s resolution, which turns out to be both a challenge and a lifeline. Through running, she meets Joan, a former top-ranked marathoner who shows Alice how to find joy in life, and Miles, a homeschooled, shaggy-haired guy who wins local races and Alice’s heart. Even though Toor doesn’t throw in any real surprises except, perhaps, for Alice’s lengthy discourses on the many upsides to rats her heroine’s rejection and doldrums are relatable, as is her winding journey to figuring out who she is. For many readers who are just starting to feel the pressures of college apps, as well as those who love running (and maybe rats) as much as Alice does, this is a road worth taking. Ages 12 up. Agent: Elise Capron, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (June) Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.


hspace=2Business Book
by Sam Atkinson
Published 2014 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781465415851Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

Packed with innovative graphics and simple explanations of business concepts, from managing risk and alternative business models to effective leadership and thinking outside the box, “The Business Book” covers every facet of business management.

Big ideas make great business thinkers and leaders. From Adam Smith and Andrew Carnegie to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, “The Business Book” is perfect for college students, would-be entrepreneurs, or anyone interested in how business works.

“The Business Book” is the perfect primer to key theories of business and management, covering inspirational business ideas, business strategy and alternative business models. One hundred key quotations introduce you to the work of great commercial thinkers, leaders, and gurus from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, and to topics spanning from start-ups to ethics.


hspace=2Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
by Shaun Usher
Published 2014 by Chronicle Books (CA)
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781452134253Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history–the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher’s eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening–surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, this handsome hardcover is a visual treat too, making Letters of Note an utterly distinctive gift, and an instant classic.


hspace=2One Man Guy
by Michael Barakiva
Published 2014 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780374356453Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Why bother, when their home cooking is far superior to anything “these Americans” could come up with? Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshmen year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan. Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. When Ethan gets Alek to cut school and go to a Rufus Wainwright concert in New York City’s Central Park, Alek embarks on his first adventure outside the confines of his suburban New Jersey existence. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend–he’s barely ever had a girlfriend–but maybe it’s time to think again. Michael Barakiva’s “One Man Guy” is a romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud-funny story about what happens when one person cracks open your world and helps you see everything–and, most of all, yourself–like you never have before.

Publishers Weekly 03/03/2014

Being forced to attend summer school becomes a blessing in disguise for 14-year-old Alek Khederian when it sparks a romance with an older boy named Ethan, who runs with a crowd of skateboarders and perceived burnouts. Alek’s Armenian heritage is the ever-present frame for the boys’ budding relationship in suburban New Jersey. Early on, they bond over the Armenian version of string cheese (just one of many culinary specialties described in detail); the strength of Alek’s character, due in no small part to his strict upbringing, is part of what attracts Ethan to him; and, toward the end of the novel, debut author Barakiva draws sharp parallels between homophobia and the ongoing enmity between Armenians and Turks due to the Armenian genocide. While the story tends to favor heightened, romantic comedy moments and dialogue over realism (Ethan is a particularly idealized hybrid of bad-boy/nonthreatening sweetie-pie), Barakiva avoids stereotypes and cliches to create a sweet portrait of nascent adolescent love between two boys growing up and finding themselves (with some help from nearby New York City). Ages 12 up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (May) Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.


hspace=2Truth about Alice
by Jennifer Mathieu
Published 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781596439092Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask “anybody.” Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.


hspace=2I Just Graduated… Now What?: Honest Answers from Those Who Have Been There
by Katherine Schwarzenegger
Published 2014 by Crown Archetype
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385347204Find this book in our catalog.Jacket Notes:

Determined to power through the uncertainty of post-graduation, Katherine Schwarznegger embarked on a year-long quest to gather the best guidance possible from more than 30 highly successful people. Along the way, she uncovers the essential and often surprising advice they have for graduates about job seeking, family support, financial struggles, moving out on their own, taking risks and following their dreams, even when others tell them to give up or that it couldn’t be done.

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hspace=2Living with Jackie Chan
by Jo Knowles 
Published 2013 by Candlewick Press (MA)Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763662806

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After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt — and find a way to forgive. 

This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home — new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can’t forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just “not knowing” are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella’s jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn’t happen. And maybe it doesn’t matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man? Readers first met Josh in “Jumping Off Swings” which told the story of four high school students and how one pregnancy changed all of their lives. In thiscompanion book, they follow Josh as he tries to come to terms with what happened, and find a way to forgive.

hspace=2Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design
by Chip Kidd 
Published 2013 by Workman PublishingHardcover, English. ISBN: 9780761172192

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An excellent introduction to graphic design through [the author s] own excellent work. Anyone interested in the subject, including most practitioners, will find it delightful. Milton Glaser

Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature whether making posters for school, deciding what to hang in their rooms, or creating personalized notebook covers. Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is a stunning introduction to the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. It s written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.

Chip Kidd is the closest thing to a rock star in the design world (USA Today), and in Go he explains not just the elements of design, including form, line, color, scale, typography, and more, but most important, how to use those elements in creative ways. Like putting the word go on a stop sign, Go is all about shaking things up and kids will love its playful spirit and belief that the world looks better when you look at it differently. He writes about scale: When a picture looks good small, don t stop there see how it looks when it s really small. Or really big. He explains the difference between vertical lines and horizontal lines. The effect of cropping a picture to make it beautiful or, cropping it even more to make it mysterious and compelling. How different colors signify different moods. The art of typography, including serifs and sans serifs, kerning and leading.

hspace=2Guardian of the Gate
by Michelle Zink 
Published 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersHardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316034470

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The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she’ll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister’s role in the prophecy, and that’s not the only thing she wants: There’s also Lia’s boyfriend James. 

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn’t know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

 

hspace=2I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai 
Published 2013 by Little Brown and CompanyHardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316322409

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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. 

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. 

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

 

hspace=2Reality Boy
by A S King 
Published 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersHardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316222709

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In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” struggling to break free of his anger.

Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth–which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle–and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they’re all just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that…until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

hspace=2Allegiant
by Veronica Roth 
Published 2013 by Katherine Tegen BooksHardcover, English. ISBN: 9780062024060

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What if your whole world was a lie?What if a single revelation–like a single choice–changed everything?What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

 

hspace=2Just One Year
by Gayle Forman 
Published 2013 by Dutton BooksHardcover, English. ISBN: 9780525425922

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After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, “Just One Year “is Willem’s story, picking up where “Just One Day “ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.

 

hspace=2Eye of Minds
by James Dashner 
Published 2013 by Delacorte PressHardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385741392

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From James Dashner, the author of the “New York Times” bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares. 

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific–the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom–and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

hspace=2Sick
by Tom Leveen 
Published 2013 by ABRAMSHardcover, English. ISBN: 9781419708053

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Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers–the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department–far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates. 

hspace=2Juvie
by Steve Watkins 
Published 2013 by Candlewick Press (MA)Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763655099

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Heart-wrenching and real, “Juvie” tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice — and who will be there to help you after you take the fall. 

Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older sister, Carla, who leaves her three-year-old daughter, Lulu, with Aunt Sadie while she parties and gets high. But when both sisters are caught up in a drug deal — wrong place, wrong time — it falls to Sadie to confess to a crime she didn’t commit to keep Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care. Sadie is “supposed “to get off with a slap on the wrist, but somehow, impossibly, gets sentenced to six months in juvie. As life as Sadie knew it disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell, her anger — at her “ex”-boyfriend, at Carla, and at herself — fills the empty space left behind. Can Sadie forgive Carla for getting her mixed up in this mess? Can Carla straighten herself out to make a better life for Lulu, and for all of them? Can Sadie survive her time in juvie with her spirit intact?