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New Books for December!

Stronger Than You Know

by Jolene Perryhspace=2

Published 2014 by Albert Whitman & Company

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780807531556

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After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she’s sure she’ll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother’s trial. Can she face her old life without losing her way in the new one? Will she ever truly belong in a world that seems too normal to be real?

One Death, Nine Stories

by Marc Aronsonhspace=2

Published 2014 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763652852

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How could one teenage boy’s life elicit other kids’ first experiences — even after he dies? Nine interconnected stories from nine top YA writers.

Kev’s the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he’s dead, he’s not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job — at the mortuary. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin’s sister as she collects his surprising effects — and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn’t know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts — first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It’s an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.

With stories by

Chris Barton

Nora Raleigh Baskin

Marina Budhos

Ellen Hopkins

A.S. King

Torrey Maldonado

Charles R. Smith Jr.

Will Weaver

Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

by Arin Andrewshspace=2

Published 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781481416757

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Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning memoir.

We’ve all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point, and we’ve all been told that “it’s just a part of growing up.” But for Arin Andrews, it wasn’t a phase that would pass. He had been born in the body of a girl and there seemed to be no relief in sight…

In this revolutionary memoir, Arin details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a girl, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes–both mental and physical–he experienced once his transition began. Arin also writes about the thrill of meeting and dating a young transgender woman named Katie Hill…and the heartache that followed after they broke up.

“Some Assembly Required” is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

by Michaela Deprincehspace=2

Published 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385755115

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“Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!” –Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer

The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet.

Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.

At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary “First Position,” as well as on “Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America,” and “Nightline.”

In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars.
Elite Bicycle: Portraits of Great Marques, Makers and Designers

by Gerard Brownhspace=2

Published 2013 by VeloPress

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781937715083

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“The Elite Bicycle” brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling’s most prestigious brands. Their materials and methods could not be more disparate, yet their pursuit is the same: the perfect bicycle.

In chapters featuring some of cycling’s greatest craftspeople, “The Elite Bicycle” offers up a conversation with the men and women who make the most coveted bicycles. Lavish, oversize photographs and personal interviews invite readers into their workshops to show the melding of old-world craftsmanship with space-age materials in fascinating studios and factories that fabricate superb machines.

“The Elite Bicycle” is both an homage to the bicycle maker and a collector’s piece in its own right, celebrating the stories behind the greatest bicycles and components in the world.

Famous Last Words

by Katie Alender

Published 2014 by Pointhspace=2

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780545639972

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Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem — and the movies.
Laughing at My Nightmare

by Shane Burcawhspace=2

Published 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781626720077

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With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw’s “Laughing at My Nightmare” describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a “you-only-live-once” perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.

 

Good Sister

by Jamie Kainhspace=2

Published 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781250047731

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The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.

Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there.

Jamie Kain brings us “The Good Sister,” a stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond.
Perfectly Good White Boy

by Carrie Mesrobianhspace=2

Published 2014 by Carolrhoda Books

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781467734806

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After losing his virginity to an older girl who dumps him at the end of summer, Sean decides to join the Marines. However, he must first get through his senior year of high school.
Seventeen Ultimate Guide to College: Everything You Need to Know to Walk Onto Campus and Own It!

by Ann Shoket

Published 2014 by Running Press Book Publishers

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780762451937

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Starting college can be a totally angst-ridden experience. “Seventeen” offers advice on manuevering life on campus.

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New Books for November!

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Minecraft: Construction Handbook: An Official Mojang Book
(Fourth book in the Minecraft series)
by Inc. Scholastic
Published 2014 by Scholastic Inc.

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780545685177

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If you can dream it, you can build it in Minecraft! This OFFICIAL guide will give you tips and tricks on how to be a creative genius!

You can make theme parks with incredible waterslide rides, or entire pirate coves complete with galleons! Is there nothing that can’t be achieved in Minecraft? Here the experts talk you through amazing constructs which range from awe-inspiring cathedrals to wacky inventions–like the hilarious animal cannon that catapults cows out to sea! Find out which are Notch’s personal favorites and get step-by-step instructions to fuel your own creative genius. Be ORE-some!

Egg & Spoon
by Gregory Maguire
Published 2014 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763672201

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In this tour de force, master storyteller Gregory Maguire offers a dazzling novel for fantasy lovers of all ages.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
by Stephanie Perkins
Published 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781250059307

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If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with “My True Love Gave to Me” Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
by A S King
Published 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316222723

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In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last–a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities–but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

On a Clear Day
by Walter Dean Myers
Published 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385387538

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Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the “New York Times” bestselling author of the Printz Award-winning “Monster.”

It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite.

Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources–and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?

Walter Dean Myers was a prolific author for young people, writing over one hundred books and receiving every major award in the field of children’s literature during his lifetime. He was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature during 2012 and 2013.

Pen & Ink: Tattoos & the Stories Behind Them

by Isaac Fitzgerald

Published 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781620404904

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Every tattoo tells a story, whether the ink is meaningful or the result of a misguided decision made at the age of fourteen, representative of the wearer’s true self or the accidental consequence of a bender. These most permanent and intimate of body adornments are hidden by pants legs and shirttails, emblazoned on knuckles, or tucked inside mouths. They are battle scars and beauty marks, totems and mementos. “Pen & Ink” grants us access to the tattoos-and the stories behind them-of writers Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay; rockers in the bands Korn, Otep, and Five Finger Death Punch; and even a porn star. But it also illuminates the tattoos of the ordinary people living in our midst-from professors to thrift store salespeople, cafe owners to librarians, union organizers to administrators-and their extraordinary lives.Curated and edited by Isaac Fitzgerald, who sports twelve tattoos himself, each story “is like being let in on . . . secrets by . . . strangers who passed you on the street or sat across from you on the train” (Strayed) and features Wendy MacNaughton’s gorgeously rendered full-color illustrations of the tattoos on black-and-white drawings of the bearer’s body. At its heart, beneath its colorful skin, “Pen & Ink” is an exploration of the decision to scar one’s self with a symbol and a story.

Get Even
by Gretchen McNeil
Published 2014 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780062260857

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common–at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought–and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
Of Scars and Stardust
by Andrea Hannah
Published 2014 by Flux

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780738740829

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After the attack that leaves her little sister, Ella, close to death in a snowy cornfield, Claire Graham is sent to live with her aunt in Manhattan to cope. But the guilt of letting Ella walk home alone that night still torments Claire, and she senses the violence that preyed on her sister hiding around every corner. Her shrink calls it a phobia. Claire calls it the truth.

When Ella vanishes two years later, Claire has no choice but to return to Amble, Ohio, and face her shattered family. Her one comfort is Ella’s diary, left in a place where only Claire could find it. Drawing on a series of cryptic entries, Claire tries to uncover the truth behind Ella’s attack and disappearance. But she soon realizes that not all lost things are meant to be found.
At All Costs
(Fourth book in the Red Zone series)
by Patrick Jones
Published 2014 by Lerner Classroom

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781467744751

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Kyle and Mike dream of playing college football. But Mike has taken some serious hits in their high school games. To keep Mike playing, Kyle helps him cheat the school’s concussion tests. But at what risk?
Blood of My Blood
by Barry Lyga
Published 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316198707

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Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?

The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

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New and Handpicked Books October 2014

Push Girl1push

by Chelsie Hill

Published 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781250045911

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An inspiring, real, and fresh novel about how life can change in an instant co-authored by Hill, one of the stars of Sundance Channel’s unscripted series “Push Girls, ” based on her own life.

White Space2white
(First book in the Dark Passages series)
by Ilsa J Bick
Published 2014 by Egmontusa
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781606844199

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In the tradition of “Memento” and “Inception” comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy “Matrix” meets “Inkheart “story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.

Latitude Zero3lat
by Diana Renn
Published 2014 by Viking Children’s Books
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780670015580

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“”I have to run,” said Juan Carlos. “You will call? Please? It is very important.” “

“”Yes. I will call. Definitely. At two.””

That’s what Tessa promises. But by two o’clock, young Ecuadorian cycling superstar Juan Carlos is dead, and Tessa, one of the last people ever to speak to him, is left with nothing but questions. The media deems Juan Carlos’s death a tragic accident at a charity bike ride, but Tessa, an aspiring investigative journalist herself, knows that something more is going on. While she grapples with her own grief and guilt, she is being stalked by spies with an insidious connection to the dead cycling champion. Tessa’s pursuit of an explanation for Juan Carlos’s untimely death leads her from the quiet New England backwoods to bustling bike shops and ultimately to Ecuador itself, Juan Carlos’s homeland. As the ride grows bumpy, Tessa no longer knows who’s a suspect and who is an ally. The only thing she knows for sure is that she must uncover the truth of why Juan Carlos has died and race to find the real villain–before the trail goes cold.

Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices4trans
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Published 2014 by Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
Library Binding, English. ISBN: 9780761390220

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Seven young transgender individuals share how they came to understand, accept, and express their gender identities, as well as the sorrows and successes they experienced. Readers will explore the challenges transgender Americans face, including discrimination, prejudice, bullying and violence, unequal access to medical care, and limited legal protections.

llegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant 5illegal
by Jose Angel N
Published 2014 by University of Illinois Press
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780252038310

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A day after ‘N’ first crossed the US border from Mexico, he was caught and then released onto the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, he crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States forever. In this book, he details the constraints, deceptions, and humiliations that characterize alien life amid the shadows.

Camp Utopia: & the Forgiveness Diet6camp
by Jenny Ruden
Published 2014 by Koehler Books
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781940192314

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Sixteen-year-old Baltimore teen Bethany Stern knows the only way out of spending her summer at Camp Utopia, a fat camp in Northern California, is weight-loss. Desperate, she tries The Forgiveness Diet, the latest fad whose infomercial promises that all she has to do is forgive her deadbeat dad, her scandalous sister, and the teenage magician next door and (unrequited) love of her life. But when the diet fails and her camp nemesis delivers the ultimate blow, Bee bids sayonara to Camp-not-Utopian-at-all to begin what she believes will be her “real” summer adventure, only to learn that running away isn’t as easy–or as healing–as it seems.

Her wry and honest voice bring humor and poignancy for anyone, fat or thin, tired of hearing “you’d be so pretty if…[insert unwelcome judgment about your appearance from loved one or perfect stranger].”

Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight7bird
by Matt Higgins
Published 2014 by Penguin Press
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781594204654

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A heart-stopping narrative of risk and courage, “Bird Dream” tells the story of the remarkable men and women who pioneered the latest advances in aerial exploration–from skydiving to BASE jumping to wingsuit flying–and made history with their daring.

“Bird Dream” shows that recent decades have witnessed an unprecedented revolution in human flight. By the end of the twentieth century BASE jumping was the most dangerous of all the extreme sports, with thrill-seeking jumpers parachuting from bridges, mountains, radio towers, and even skyscrapers. Despite numerous fatalities and legal skirmishes, BASE jumpers like Jeb Corliss of California thought they had discovered the ultimate rush. But all this changed for Corliss in 1999, when, high in the mountains of northern Italy, he and other jumpers watched in wonder as a stranger–wearing a cunning new jumpsuit featuring “wings” between the arms and legs–leaped from a ledge and then actually flew from the vertiginous cliffs. This dude’s flying, thought Corliss with a start. This changes everything.

What Corliss had witnessed was a wingsuit, an innovation more flying squirrel than bird or plane. Wingsuits were not new; they had fascinated men for centuries. Yet a modern design had improved safety and performance, allowing wingsuit pilots to leap from a helicopter or high cliff and soar for miles–using little more than their bodies–before deploying a parachute to reach the ground safely. The best pilots could fly close to the earth, rapidly navigating narrow canyons and mountain ranges. Still, colossal dangers remained, and the beauty of exploring human flight with such unprecedented grace would exact the ultimate cost for some pilots–they would pay with their lives.

Drawing on intimate access to Corliss and other top pilots from around the globe, “Bird Dream “tracks the evolution of the wingsuit movement through the larger than life characters who, in an age of viral video, forced the sport onto the world stage. Their exploits–which entranced millions of fans along the way–defied imagination. They were flying; not like the Wright brothers, but the way we do in our dreams.

Some dared to dream of going further yet, to a day when a wingsuit pilot might fly, and land, all without a parachute. A growing number of wingsuit pilots began plotting ways in which a human being might leap from the sky and land. A half dozen groups around the world were dedicated to this quest for a “wingsuit landing,” conjuring the pursuit of nations that once inspired the race to first summit Everest.

Given his fame as a stuntman, the brash, publicity-hungry Corliss remained the popular favorite to claim the first landing. Yet Bird Dream also tracks the path of another man, Gary Connery–a forty-two-year-old Englishman–who was quietly plotting to beat Corliss at his own game. Accompanied by an international cast of wingsuit devotees–including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian computer programmer, a gruff hang-gliding champion-turned-aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African costume designer–Corliss and Connery raced to leap into the unknown, a contest that would lead to triumph for one and nearly cost the other his life.

Based on five years of firsthand reporting and original interviews, “Bird Dream” is the work of journalist Matt Higgins, who traveled the world alongside these extraordinary men and women as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Offering a behind-the-scenes take on some of the most spectacular and disastrous events of the wingsuit movement, Higgins’s “Bird Dream” is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled adventure at the very edge of human experience.

 

Rule of Thoughts 8rule
by James Dashner
Published 2014 by Delacorte Press
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385741415

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From the “New York Times” bestselling author of the Maze Runner series that’s soon to be a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox comes “The Rule of Thoughts,” the exciting sequel to “The Eye of Minds.” Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and “The Hunger Games” will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.

Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life–and the world–completely upside down.

He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine–and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears.

Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality.

The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body.

And the takeover has already begun.
College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year9college
by Julie Zeilinger
Published 2014 by Prufrock Press
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781618211774

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College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year is a comprehensive and authentic guide for girls to everything related to the college process. Unlike other college guides, College 101 is written from the honest, humorous, and relatable first-person perspective of a young woman who recently experienced the process, while also offering the advice of experts and unique experiences of other college-aged women. This guide shows girls what to really expect from the college planning process as well as their first year of college, including pro tips and common pitfalls to avoid. From test-taking tips, to finding the right college for you, to how to make the most of your freshman year, this book answers all young women’s questions, including those they didn’t even know they had! Presented in a dynamic and varied format, College 101 imparts seriously valuable information and secrets about the process in an extemporaneous and entertaining way.

Schizo10schizo
by Nic Sheff
Published 2014 by Philomel Books
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399164378

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The fascinating, shocking, and ultimately quite hopeful story of one teen’s downward spiral into mental illness by the bestselling author of “Tweak.”

Miles’s little brother Teddy is missing. The police believe he drowned at the beach–the very same day Miles had his first schizophrenic episode. But Miles knows better–Teddy is alive. Kidnapped. There was even a witness! Fueled by guilt, Miles sets off to rescue Teddy.

There is so much to overcome, though. The endless pills he must take. The girl who steals his heart and plays with it. The black crows that follow him.

As seen through Miles’s distorted perception, his world closes around him as he pushes to keep it open. What you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, though, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.

The “New York Times” bestselling author of “Tweak” offers a fascinating and ultimately quite hopeful story of one teen’s downward spiral into mental illness.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.


hspace=2Free
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?

 

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