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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Posted: 27 Mar 2017 03:56 AM PDT
From Goodreads:
Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.

Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.
My Thoughts: I haven't seen this film (yet) but man was this book ever powerful. First - the pictures were great and very vibrant. I love how the book had details about the girls after the movie ended. I also loved the back of the book for the How to Help section because after reading this, you DO want to help. I loved this book because these girls were strong, determined, intelligent, brave, and inspiring. A heartbreaking reading but so inspiring at the same time. 

Cover Thoughts: Powerful

Monday, March 27, 2017

 New Fiction for Teen Room


Frostblood / Elly Blake         Product Details     
     Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who must use her powers of heat and flame to help two Frostblood rebels overthrow a maniacal Frostblood king.

Moon chosen / P.C. Cast  (Tales of a new world, v1)         Product Details
           Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has cast her duties aside until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before. Now, evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready to save her people, herself and Nik, and ready to embrace her true destiny--and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

Boy robot / Simon Curtis                  Product Details
                  Seventeen-year-old Isaak learns of his nefarious techno-genetic origins, and the underground force that has come together to fight against the secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him.

Under rose-tainted skies / Louise Gornall      Product Details
               Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. She meets Luke when her groceries are left on the porch, and she can't even step out to get them. As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn't so screwed up. Can she let him go, or will she find the strength to face her demons?

The edge of every-thing / Jeff Giles      Product Details
             Holed up in their missing neighbors' cabin in a Montana blizzard, Zoe and her little brother are rescued from an intruder by X, a bounty hunter sent from the Lowlands to claim the souls of evil men. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but breaks the rules for Zoe. Together they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

Frannie and Tru / Karen Hattrup           Product Details
             When fifteen-year-old Frannie's seventeen-year-old cousin Tru moves in for the summer after a bad coming-out experience, Frannie feels desperate to impress her worldly older cousin, only to discover that his charismatic facade may hide a dark secret.

Aerie : a Magonia novel / Maria Dahvana Headley      Product Details
                   The stunning sequel to Maria Dahvana Headley's critically acclaimed Magonia tells the story of one girl who must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes--and two versions of herself. Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She's living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you've spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world. As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground. When Jason's paranoia over Aza's safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever.

Dreamland burning / Jennifer Latham       Product Details
                  When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery.

Because you'll never meet me /Thomas Leah              Product Details
                  Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.
Daughter of the pirate king / Tricia Levenseller          Product Details
                      Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map, the key to a legendary treasure trove, pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies. Now the only thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. Her power to enchant with song makes her a formidable foe-- Alosa is only half-human, the daughter of a pirate king and a siren.

Long may she reign / Rhiannon Thomas            Product Details
               When the king and his closest allies are poisoned at a banquet, Freya finds herself on the throne and must uncover the identity of the murderers if she hopes to survive.

Well, that was awkward / Rachel Vail            Product Details
                        Tall and weirdly good-looking A.J. makes Gracie feel ways she's never felt before. But it turns out A.J. likes Gracie's beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna, and helps her compose the best texts, responding to A.J.'s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Gracie has had lots of practice being the sidekick, but this time she find that even with all the heartbreak, there can be explosions of hope and moments of perfect happiness.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


  ANOTHER BATCH OF NEW TEEN BOOKS

fiction:

 The bone witch / Rin Chupeco        Product Details
Tea's gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.

The impostor queen / Sarah Fine            Product Details
Sixteen-year-old Elli was chosen as the heir to a queen who wields powerful ice and fire magic. But when the queen dies, the magic doesn't enter Elli and she uncovers devastating new information about the magic, and those who wield it

Four-four-two / Dean Hughes       Product Details
Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.

Wintersong / S. Jae-Jones          Product Details
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. Now eighteen and helping to run her family's inn, Liesl can't help but feel that her dreams and fantasies are slipping away. But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl must journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds--and the mysterious man who rules it--she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

We are okay : a novel / Nina LaCour          Product Details
After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

Elite / Mercedes Lackey (A Hunter novel)            Product Details
While fighting monsters that break through the barriers surrounding Apex City, Joy and her pack of magical hounds begin finding dead Psimons, and reporting the incidents only causes more trouble.

Wait for me / Caroline Leech             Product Details
On her father's farm in Scotland in 1945, Lorna Anderson's life consists of endless chores, rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Laura is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him--from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany--the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she's always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.-

Optimists die first / Susin Nielsen             Product Details
Since her sister's death, Petula de Wilde sees danger in everything. A mandatory art therapy class with a groups of teenage misfits is the worst part of each week. She wants nothing to do with them-- especially Jacob and his prosthetic arm. When they work together on a project, he helps her with her fears. But a secret he's been keeping from her could unravel everything....

Life in a fishbowl / Len Vlahos            Product Details
Fifteen-year-old Jackie is determined to reclaim her family's privacy and dignity by ending a reality television program about her father's terminal brain tumor. 

GRAPHIC NOVEL


Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars             Product Details
Fifteen-(Earth)-year-old Trish "Trash" Nupindju dreams of derby stardom. When you come from a multiracial family of poor moisture farmers on Mars, making the local hover derby team seems like the only way out. But when Trish finally gets (AKA sneaks into) a tryout, will this "fresh meat" have what it takes to make the cut? 


non-fiction:

The Borden murders : Lizzie Borden & the trial of the century / Sarah Miller        Product Details
Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened.

Florence Nightingale : the courageous life of the legendary nurse / Catherine Reef            Product Details
Most people know Florence Nightingale was a compassionate and legendary nurse, but they don’t know her full story. This riveting biography explores the exceptional life of a woman who defied the stifling conventions of Victorian society to pursue what was considered an undesirable vocation.
Lots of new fiction for the Teen Room:

Diplomatic immunity / Brodi Ashton          Product Details
A seventeen-year-old aspiring reporter decides to write a scathing exposé on an elite Washington, D.C., private school, but her life changes when her subject comes to her for help.

King's cage / Victoria Aveyard        Product Details
With Mare powerless as a prisoner of Maven Calore, the boy she once loved, her rebel Reds continue to organize and train as they prepare for war, while exiled prince Cal sets out to rescue Maven from captivity.

No parking at the end times / Bryan Bliss   Product Details  
Abigail's parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

How to break a boy / Laurie Devore          Product Details
A cheerleader questions whether she can quit her mean girl ways--or if she is just rotten at the core.

The cursed queen / Sarah Fine          Product Details
Ansa has always been a fighter. As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe, but the day the Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.

Beheld / Alex Flinn        Product Details
Kendra, a witch, meets James, another witch, in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials, and he rescues her. This is the story of the three hundred years Kendra spends looking for James, while helping those around her find love.

Silver stars : a Front lines novel / Michael Grant            Product Details
During the summer of 1943, women soldiers Frangie, Rainy, and Rio accompany the American Army to Sicily to fight on the front lines.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

New Arrivals for Teen Room fiction:

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy / Cassandra Clare ; Sarah Rees Brennan ; Maureen 
Johnson ; Robin Wasserman    
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Collects short stories chronicling Simon's journey from amnesia to Ascension, as he works to regain his lost life.

This is our story / Ashley Elston                                                         Product Details        When a hunting accident claims a boy's life, his best friends all come under suspicion.

Blood for blood / Ryan Graudin                Product Details
In this alternate version of the 1950s, after the Axis powers win World War II, Yael, a Jewish skinshifter, fails in her mission to kill Hitler and finds herself being hunted while trying to finish what she started.

Star Wars Ahsoka / E.K. Johnston       Product Details    
Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance.

The last true love storyBrendan Kiely                 Product Details
Hendrix and Corrina bust Hendrix's grandfather out of assisted living, and leave LA for New York in pursuit of freedom, truth, and love.

I'm not your manic pixie dream girl / Gretchen McNeilBeatrice                                Product Details
Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini is starting senior year at the top of her class, she's a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she's got a new boyfriend she's crazy about. But through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying. So Bea uses her math skills to come up with a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. When her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea reinvents herself as Trixie, a manic pixie dream girl in order to win Jesse back.

The safest lies / Megan Miranda             Product Details
When Kelsey's agoraphobic mother disappears after years of claiming the kidnappers she escaped from were coming back for her, Kelsey quickly discovers that her mother isn't who she thought she was -- and she's not the abductor's only target.
When Kelsey's agoraphobic mother disappears after years of claiming the kidnappers she escaped from were coming back for her, Kelsey quickly discovers that her mother isn't who she thought she was -- and she's not the abductor's only target.

Beast / Brie Spangler             Product Details
After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New teen Fiction:

The lost and the found / Cat Clarke              Product Details
A twisty psychological thriller about a girl whose older sister is found thirteen years after she was abducted from their front yard. But is she really who she claims to be?

The odds of lightning / Jocelyn Davies            Product Details
The night before their SATs, four former best friends get struck by a magical bolt of lightning that gives them special powers and sends them on an all-night adventure throughout New York City.

Caraval / Stephanie Garber            Product Details
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Allegedly : a novel / Tiffany D. Jackson           Product Details
When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old

My sister Rosa / Justine Larbalestier       Product Details
When his father's business takes the family to New York City, a seventeen-year-old Australian boy must balance his desire to protect his ten-year-old sister, a diagnosable psychopath, from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.
Pasadena / Sherri L. Smith
When Jude's best friend is found dead in a California swimming pool, her family calls it an accident, her friends call it suicide, but Jude calls it murder, and the suspects are family and friends.

Spontaneous / Aaron Starmer        Product Details
A darkly funny and spectacularly original exploration of friendship, goodbyes--and spontaneous combustion

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New batch of fiction:

City of saints & thieves / Natalie C. Anderson        
Product Details
Sixteen-year-old Tina and two friends leave Kenya and slip into the Congo, from where she and her mother fled years before, seeking revenge for her mother's murder but uncovering startling secrets.

Saving Hamlet / Molly Booth         
Product Details
Fifteen-year-old Emma is acting as stage manager for her school's production of Hamlet when she finds herself transported to the original staging of Hamlet in Shakespearean England.

Merrow / Ananda Braxton-Smith          
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Enduring whispers about her absent mother's alleged merrow origins after her father drowns, twelve-year-old Neen questions her identity as she becomes increasingly torn between the worlds of the sea and her island home.

Of fire and stars / Audrey Coldhurst   
                                                              
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Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden. Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed. When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought—and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more. But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

The nerdy and the dirty / b.t. gottfred       
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Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated--and not quite sure that she's like other girls. Do they have urges like she does? His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself. When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?

Soldier / Julie Kagawa (Talon saga bk. 3)        Product Details
Ember stands with Riley and his band of rogue dragons, instead of becoming an assassin for Talon. Meanwhile, she's lost contact with her twin brother Dante, as well as with Garret, a former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

Gemina / Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ; journal illustrations by Marie Lu (The Illuminae Files bk. 2)           
Product Details
When the space station Heimdall is invaded, Hannah and Nik must work together to defeat the enemy".

United as one / Pittacus Lore (Book seven of the Lorien legacies)            Product Details
[I am number four book] The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities--like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi--and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own. The Garde have always known there is power in numbers. If they can find these new allies and join forces with them, they just might be able to win this war. The time has come for the Garde to make their final stand.

The end of fun / Sean McGinty            
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Seventeen-year-old Aaron is hooked on FUN, a new augmented reality experience that is as addictive as it is FUN. But when he sets off on a treasure hunt, left by his late grandfather, Aaron must navigate the real world and discover what it means to connect--after the game is over.

Lucy and Linh / Alice Pung       
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In Australia, Lucy tries to balance her life at home surrounded by her Chinese immigrant family, with her life at a pretentious private school.

Frost like night / Sara Raasch       
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The final book in the Snow Like Ashes series, a high-fantasy adventure following Meira as she tries to defeat the evil king of Spring.

History is all you left me / Adam Silvera   
Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.
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Sons from afar / Cynthia Voigt (Tillerman cycle bk. 6)             Product Details
Six years after coming to live with their grandmother, James and Sammy Tillerman go in search of their long-lost father.