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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New non-fiction.  
Self help

The mindful twenty-something : life skills to handle stress & everything else / Holly B. Rogers MD (call # YA 158.1 Rogers)
The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything ElseStress is a modern-day epidemic, and with the tumult of busy schedules and major life changes that young adults experience, theyre particularly vulnerable to its negative effects. InThe Mindful Twenty-Something, the founder of the extremely popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University presents a unique, evidence-based approach to help twenty-somethings reduce stress and make important life decisions with respect to school, relationships, sex, career, and more with clarity and confidence.

Helping teens who cut : using DBT skills to end self-injury / Michael Hollander, PhD (call # YA 616.85 Hollander)
Helping Teens Who Cut, Second Edition: Using DBT® Skills to End Self-InjuryMichael Hollander, a leading expert on treatment for cutting, uses vivid stories to illustrate how out-of-control emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves, how DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) can help, and what other approaches can be beneficial. Parents get practical strategies for talking to teens about self-injury without making it worse, teaching them specific skills to cope with extreme emotions in a healthier way, finding the right therapist, and managing family stress. Incorporating the latest research, the revised edition offers a deeper understanding of the causes of self-injury.

Teens and eating disorders / Don Nardo  (call # YA 618.92 Nardo)     Teens and Eating Disorders (Teen Mental Health)
Examines the nature of eating disorders, including what causes them, what it is like to live with one, and how they can be treated.

Almost adulting : all you need to know to get it together (sort of) / Arden Rose (call # YA 646.7 Rose)
            Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)A social media celebrity and lifestyle vlogger explains how to survive future adulthood, from how to travel alone to being in an actual relationship.

Obsessed : a memoir of my life with OCDAllison Britz 
 (call # YA BIO BRITZ)        Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCDA brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder--and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side--in this powerful and inspiring memoir. Until sophomore year of high school, fifteen-year-old Allison Britz lived a comfortable life in an idyllic town. She was a dedicated student with tons of extracurricular activities, friends, and loving parents at home. But after awakening from a vivid nightmare in which she was diagnosed with brain cancer, she was convinced the dream had been a warning. Allison believed that she must do something to stop the cancer in her dream from becoming a reality. It started with avoiding sidewalk cracks and quickly grew to counting steps as loudly as possible. Over the following weeks, her brain listed more dangers and fixes. She had to avoid hair dryers, calculators, cell phones, computers, anything green, bananas, oatmeal, and most of her own clothing. Unable to act "normal," the once-popular Allison became an outcast. Her parents questioned her behavior, leading to explosive fights. When notebook paper, pencils, and most schoolbooks were declared dangerous to her health, her GPA imploded, along with her plans for the future. Finally, she allowed herself to ask for help and was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. This brave memoir tracks Allison's descent and ultimately hopeful climb out of the depths.

Cracked, not broken : surviving and thriving after a suicide attempt / Kevin Hines(call # YA BIO HINES)
This is an excellent resource for anyone who has suffered the devastation of a loved one’s suicide or suicide attempt. This book should be an inspiration and a comfort to those who are suffering directly with mental illness. And it is a tribute to those who have lost their lives to these illnesses. (New York Journal of Books)
Few new Teen Fiction. 
Trying to sort out feelings and relationships.

A taxonomy of love : a novel / Rachael Allen                 
Taxonomy of LoveThe moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it's . . . something at first sight. He knows she's special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of 'friend' gets messier, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn't always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it's this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

Love & other train wrecks / Leah Konen         Love and Other Train Wrecks
When their train breaks down during a snowstorm, Noah, a hopeless romantic, and Ammy, who refuses to believe in true love, are forced to travel together to reach their destinations.

The dangerous art of blending inAngelo Surmelis    The Dangerous Art of Blending In
Seventeen-year-old Evan struggles to deal with his mother's abuse and his new feelings for his friend Henry.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Another batch of self help titles  (shelved with new books)

The emotionary : n. a dictionary of words that don't exist for feelings that do /
 words by Eden Sher ; comics by Julia Wertz     (call # YA 302.2 Sher)

All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up. The result of this is The Emotionary, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful. Chock full of words you always wanted/never knew you needed, often accompanied by illustrations of hilarious and all-too-familiar situations, The Emotionary will be a cherished tool for you or the world-class feelings-haver in your life. At long last, all your complicated feelings can be put into words, so you can recognize them for what they are, speak their names aloud, and move on. Finally!

My anxiety handbook : getting back on track /
 Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher, and Phoebe McEwen    (call # YA152.4 Knowles)

Helping young people with anxiety learn to recognize and manage their symptoms, this anxiety survival guide teaches 12 to 18 year olds how they can overcome their biggest worries. Showing that anxiety is a normal human emotion that many people face, this book helps young people understand the ins and outs of their own anxiety and helps them to challenge the difficult patterns they may get into. Co-written with a college student who has experienced anxiety herself, it is a relatable and straightforward guide. As well as providing tried-and-tested advice and exercises that are proven to reduce feelings of anxiety, it includes recovery stories from young people who have managed their symptoms successfully.

Mindfulness for teen worry : quick and easy strategies to let go of anxiety, worry, and stress / Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD       (call # YA155.418 Bernstein)

Letting go : a girl's guide to breaking free of stress and anxiety / Christine Fonseca
                                             (call # YA 155.5 Fonseca)

Do you ever feel like you'll never be perfect? Do you worry that what you say or do or wear will be how people remember you? It's time to let go of those worries and embrace who you are. Letting Go: A Girl's Guide to Breaking Free of Stress and Anxiety has everything you need to help you understand and manage the very real pressures you're facing from life. Designed to provide strategies for managing stress and anxiety, this book is filled with practical evidence-based advice and stories from teen and young adult women like you who have found ways to manage their anxieties. Every chapter features a discussion of different types of stress and anxiety so you can understand better what you're experiencing, activities to help you remember all the things you love about yourself and to help you understand yourself better, strategies for combating both stress and anxiety, and a stories of other girls who've learned to move past their stress and love their lives and themselves to the fullest.

I would, but my damn mind won't let me! : a teen's guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings / Jacqui Letran        (call # 155.5 Letran)

Self-Compassion workbook for teens / Karen Bluth          (call # YA 155.519)

Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are.
The think confident, be confident workbook for teens : activities to help you create unshakable self-confidence & reach your goals / Leslie Sokol, PhD, Marci G. Fox, PhD
                                               (call # 155.519 Sokol)

A teen's guide to getting stuff done : discover your procrastination type, stop putting things off & reach your goals / Jennifer Shannon         (call # YA 155.52 Shannon)

It's not what you're eating, it's what's eating you : a teenager's guide to preventing eating disorders -- and loving yourself / Shari Brady           (call # 616.85 Brady)

Follow practical advice to stop destructive emotional eating habits, and learn to love your body and establish your self-worth.
New Teen Self Help books:
(shelved with the new books)

The anxiety workbook for teens : activities to help you deal with anxiety & worry /
    Lisa M. Schab (call # YA 155.5 Schab)          The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry
Provides a selection of forty-two activities designed to help teens deal with anxiety, discussing how to change anxiety-producing thoughts, do breathing exercises, and develop problem-solving skills to help cope with the issue.

The self-esteem habit for teens : 50 simple ways to build your confidence every day /
          Lisa M. Schab, LCSW (call # YA 155.5 Schab)                The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens: 50 Simple Ways to Build Your Confidence Every Day (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
Are you your own worst critic? Do you compare yourself to friends, classmates, and celebrities? You aren't alone. It's easy to get caught up in the comparison game -- especially on social media. But over time, these negative habits feed your insecurities and make you feel like you just aren't good enough. So, how can you break free from self-criticism and start being a true friend to you? With this fun and friendly guide, you'll discover 50 simple ways to make self-esteem a daily habit. You'll find tips to help you focus on your strengths, learn from your mistakes, practice gratitude, build healthy relationships, and more. If you're looking for quick ways to hep build your self-esteem every day, this little book is chock-full of wisdom to help you be your best self -- you can start now!

Surviving the emotional roller coaster : DBT skills to help teens manage emotions /
       Sheri Van Dijk, MSW (call # YA 155.512 Van Dijk)                  Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster: DBT Skills to Help Teens Manage Emotions (The Instant Help Solutions Series)A guide for teens having trouble handling strong emotions outlines self-management skills based in dialectical behavioral therapy, covering the practices of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Transforming stress for teens : the HeartMath solution for staying cool under pressure /
 Rollin McCraty, PhD ; Sarah Moor ; Jeff Goelitz ; Stephen W. Lance, MS 
    (call # YA 155.518 McCraty)             Transforming Stress for Teens: The HeartMath Solution for Staying Cool Under Pressure (The Instant Help Solutions Series)
Learning to transform stress -- Resilience : the key to de-stressing and becoming the real you -- Your heart and brain : the power of working together -- The emotional landscape : understanding how emotions affect your body -- Positive change : the stress-busting power of a shift in attitude -- Intuition : listening to your heart -- Invisible communication : the unseen effect of emotions on attitudes -- Coherent communication : taking the stress out -- Relationships : building deeper connections -- Three key strategies : building and sustaining your resilience.

What does consent really mean? / Pete Wallis, Thalia Wallis, and Joseph Wilk
 (call # YA GRAPHIC 306.708 Wallis)              What Does Consent Really Mean?

Teens and suicide / Cherese Cartlidge   (call # YA 362.28 Cartlidge)           Teens and Suicide (Teen Mental Health)
Examines the nature of suicide, including what causes it, what it is like to live with suicidal feelings, and how suicide can be prevented.

Understanding suicide : a national epidemicConnie Goldsmith (call # YA 362.28 Goldsmith)
Understanding Suicide: A National Epidemic
What causes people to take their lives? How can suicides be prevented? Looking beyond common myths and misconceptions, Understanding Suicide examines common risk factors including mental illness, substance abuse, domestic abuse, and bullying.

The opioid epidemic / Hal Marcovitz   (call # YA 362.293)                  The Opioid Epidemic

When synthetic opioids were developed a quarter-century ago, many physicians believed the drugs would help alleviate the pain caused by severe injuries and debilitating diseases. But while the drugs do deaden pain, they can lead to devastating addiction as well as death through overdose. Meanwhile, the natural opioid heroin continues to be a much-abused illegal drug that threatens the lives of its users.
Just in time for the February Vacation!
A new batch of Teen Fiction.

All about Mia / Lisa Williamson            
All About MiaOne family, three sisters. Grace, the oldest, is a straight-A student. Audrey, the youngest, is a future Olympic swimming champion. Mia is in the middle. Mia is wild and daring, great with hair and selfies, and the undisputed leader of her friends, not attributes appreciated by her parents or teachers. When Grace makes a shock announcement, Mia hopes that her now-not-so-perfect sister will get into the trouble she deserves. But instead, it is Mia whose life spirals out of control -- boozing, boys and bad behaviour -- and she starts to realise that her attempts to make it 'All About Mia' might put at risk the very things she loves the most.

Alone / Cyn Balog            
AloneSeda's mom inherited an old, crumbling mansion, and it was fun to explore the beautiful grounds for a summer. When her mom decided to renovate and live there, Seda isn't happy. And the coming of winter they'll be cut off from the outside world. When a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard, Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion-- and in herself.

Starfish / Akemi Dawn Bowman               
Calling My NameKiko Himura yearns to escape the toxic relationship with her mother by getting into her dream art school, but when things do not work out as she hoped Kiko jumps at the opportunity to tour art schools with her childhood friend, learning life-changing truths about herself and her past along the way.

The Knowing / Sharon Cameron     The Knowing            The underground city of New Canaan is safe from the Forgetting which afflicts Canaan above ground, but in her rigidly controlled and repressive city eighteen-year-old Samara, one of the Knowing, is plagued by her memory of the horrors she has seen, and determined to seek answers in the cursed city above--where she will find Beckett Rodriguez and his parents, on a mission from Earth to study the lost colony.

Reign the earth / A.C. Gaughen            
Reign the Earth (Elementae)Having sacrificed her freedom to establish peace with a neighboring kingdom, Shalia discovers that she has the power to control earth the day she marries Calix, whose only motivation is to eliminate the Elementae.

I never / Laura Hopper               
I NeverAfter learning that her seemingly-happy parents are separating, and that a popular senior is interested in her, seventeen-year-old Janey King's priorities shift from track, school, friends, and family to something more.

Batman : Nightwalker / Marie Lu       Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series)   
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list ... Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Before I let go / Marieke Nijkamp            
Before I Let GoWhen Corey moves away from Lost Creek, Alaska, she makes her friend Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger. With every hour, Corey's suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets-- but piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.

As you wish / Chelsea Sedoti           
As You WishMadison is a small town in the Mojave desert on the road between nothing and nowhere. The town has a secret: in Madison, everyone can make one wish on their eighteenth birthday-- and that wish always comes true. Eldon has seen how wishing has hurt the people around him. His parents' marriage is strained, his sister is a virtual ghost in their house, his ex-girlfriend is dating his ex-friend.... Now he has only twenty-five days to figure out what to wish for-- and the rest of his life to live with the consequences.

First we were IV / Alexandra Sirowy        
First We Were IV
Hoping to ensure their friendship will outlast high school, Izzie and her friends form a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts, but it spirals out of control when the whole town wants to participate.

Calling my name / Liara Tamani         
Calling My Name
Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Alex Awards
Want to broaden your horizons?
The Alex Awards have lots to offer!

YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year.

About the Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.
The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

2017 Winners
“The Queen of Blood,” by Sarah Beth Durst
Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.

“The Regional Office is Under Attack!”, by Manuel Gonzales
Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.

“In the Country We Love: My Family Divided” by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.

“Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,” by Hannah Hart
 Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.

“Arena,” by Holly Jennings
Virtual gaming: Kali's team is competing to win, not to die.

“Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire
Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.

“Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure” by Ryan North
Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.

“Die Young with Me: A Memoir” by Rob Rufus
A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.

“The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar” by Matt Simon
 Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories that range from creatures adapting to find food to having sex.

“The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko” by Scott Stambach
He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.