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Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Graphic Novel:

Wires and nerve. Volume 1 / Marissa Meyer ; art by Doug Holgate with Stephen Gilpin     

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When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous alliance between Earth and Luna, android Iko joins up with a handsome royal guard to hunt down the rogue leader.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Latest books added to YA:

Honestly Ben / Bill Konigsberg             Product Details
Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship--but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father.

Bang / Barry Lyga          Product Details
Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend--Aneesa--to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out.

Just fly away / Andrew McCarthy            Product Details
Fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father had an illegitimate child, now an eight-year-old boy who lives in the same town, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her family and life.

Frogkisser! / Garth Nix           Product Details
Princess Anya has a big problem: Duke Rikard, her step-stepfather is an evil wizard who wants to rule the kingdom and has a habit of changing people into frogs, and her older sister Morven, the heir, is a wimp--so with the help of the librarian Gotfried (who turns into an owl when he is upset), and the Royal Dogs, she must find away to defeat Rikard, save her sister, and maybe even turn Prince
Denholm back into a human being.

The darkest corners / Kara Thomas               Product Details
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light.

Gem & Dixie / Sara Zarr              Product Details
Gem has never known what it is to have security. She's never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they've always had each other. When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie--on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that to save herself, she may 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sandman / Gaiman, Neil - vols. 3 -10 added to YA

The sandman. Volume 3, Dream country / Neil Gaiman            Product Details
The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream.

The sandman. Volume 4, Season of mists / Neil Gaiman, writer ; Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III...[et al.] ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Steve Oliff, Daniel Vozz, colorist ; Dave McKean, covers ; introduction by Harlan Ellison.                                                         Product Details
Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love — and Hell’s ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him.

The sandman. Volume 5. A game of you / Neil Gaiman ; illustrated by Shawn McManus ... [et al.] ; lettered by Todd Klein ; colored by Danny Vozzo ; covers by Dave McKean ; introduced by Samuel R. Delany.                                                                                                                          Product Details
Take an apartment house, add in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the SANDMAN series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in THE DOLL’S HOUSE and now finds herself a princess in a vivid dreamworld.

The Sandman. volume 6 : Fables and reflectionsNeil Gaiman ; illustrated by Bryan Talbot ... [et al.] ; lettered by Tod Klein ; colored by Daniel Vozzo, Digital Chameleon, Sherilyn van Valkenburgh.
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THE SANDMAN: FABLES AND REFLECTIONS continues the fantastical epic of Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he observes and interacts with an odd assortment of historical and fictional characters throughout time. Featuring tales of kings, explorers, spies, and werewolves, this book of myth and imagination delves into the dark dreams of Augustus Caesar, Marco Polo, Cain and Abel, Norton I, and Orpheus to illustrate the effects that these subconscious musings have had on the course of history and mankind.

The Sandman. Volume 7, Brief lives / Neil Gaiman, writer ; Jill Thompson, penciller ; inker, Vince Locke ; letterer , Todd Klein ; colorist, Danny Vozz ; covers and design, Dave McKean.                  Product Details
Older and more powerful than the gods themselves, the Endless are a dysfunctional family of cosmic beings that have ruled over the realms of dream, desire, despair, destiny, destruction, death, and delirium since the beginning of time. But three hundred years ago, one of the mythical beings gave up his duties and left his realm, never to be seen again. BRIEF LIVES tells the tales of Delirium and older brother Dream on a mission to find their missing sibling, as they encounter immortal humans and various deities while trying to locate the prodigal Destruction. But as their adventure draws Dream into a final, tragic confrontation with his son Orpheus, the eternal being learns the true meaning of fate and consequences.

The sandman. Volume 8, Worlds' endNeil Gaiman ; pencilled by Bryan Talbot, [et al.] ; inked by Dick Giordano [et al.] ; colored by Danny Vozzo ; color separations by Android Images, Digtal Chameleon ; lettered by Todd Klen.                                                                                         Product Details
Reminiscent of the legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS' END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a "reality storm." Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two stranded travelers are entertained by mesmerizing myths of infamous sea creatures, dreaming cities, ancient kings, astonishing funeral rituals and moralistic hangmen.

The sandman. Volume 9, The kindly ones Neil Gaiman, [artists] Marc Hempel ... [et al.]].
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Volume 9 of The Sandman, is about revenge and repercussions, and at thirteen issues, it explores these topics in the longest story arc in the series. The Kindly Ones refer to the Three Furies, whom we’ve met in previous volumes. These three female entities help a wronged woman seek revenge, enlarging her fury and giving it power beyond all imagination. The object of their combined fury has much to fear, as we see by the close of the arc.

The sandman. Volume 10, The wake / Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli, Jon J. Muth, Charles Vess.
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In the final Sandman tale, Morpheus made the ultimate decision between change and death. As one journey for the Endless ends another begins for the Lord of Dreams and his family. All the final pieces come together for the final moments of the Sandman.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Teen Fiction:

A psalm for lost girls / Katie Bayerl           Product Details
Determined to protect her sister Tess's memory, Callie da Costa sets out to prove Tess wasn't really a saint and finds herself pulled into a kidnapping investigation.

Wayfarer / Alexandra Bracken             Product Details
 Robbed of the powerful object she needed to save her mother, time traveler Etta Spencer is stranded far from home and the privateer she loves before resolving to destroy the astrolabe, a mission that is challenged by a shattering revelation.

Shadowcaster / Cinda Williams Chima (shattered realms bk. 2)           Product Details
 Alyssa ana'Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn't pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death.  Lyss and Hal's intricately linked fates become inseparable when they fall under the shadow of a new enemy—a force that threatens to extinguish the last rays of hope in the Shattered Realms.

The countdown / Kimberly Derting           Product Details
 In the concluding book in the otherworldly Taking trilogy, Kyra struggles to understand who she is as she races to save the world from complete destruction. Ever since Kyra was abducted by aliens and then returned to earth, she has known there was something different about her. Now she knows the truth: she is an alien too. Her alien captors replaced all her human DNA with their own -- gifting her with supernatural powers like incredible healing, enhanced eyesight, and telekinesis. But when she's captured by an unexpected enemy, Kyra begins to wonder if her abilities are also a curse. And is she, as her enemies believe, meant to play some key role in helping an impending alien invasion? Is it programmed into her, something inescapable? Or can she fight that destiny? No matter what the truth is, Kyra is sure of one thing: She just rescued the love of her life, Tyler, and she is not going to stand by and let anyone hurt him or her friends. Whatever it takes, Kyra will do everything in her power to save the world...even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

The Dark Days pact / Alison Goodman (A Lady Helen novel bk. 2)          Product Details In 1812, Lady Helen, taking refuge for the summer in Brighton, learns the Dark Days Club has a secret mission for her.
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The ship beyond time / Heidi Heilig (Sequel to The Girl from Everywhere)      
Sixteen-year-old Nix confronts a terrible choice about her relationship with best friend and thief Kashmir when she learns that she is destined to lose the person she most loves.


At the edge of the universe / Shaun David Hutchinson        Product Details
 When his best friend-turned-boyfriend goes missing and seems to be remembered by nobody else, Ozzie begins to believe that the universe is shrinking and forges ties with a new friend while struggling to figure out what is happening.

Spontaneous / Aaron Starmer               Product Details
 Mara Carlyle's senior year in high school is going along fine until a classmate spontaneously combusts, bringing the FBI and the attention of the nation to her suburban New Jersey town.

Piecing me together / Renee Watsonby              Product Details
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

The pearl thief / Elizabeth Wein            Product Details
Fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in a hospital not knowing how she was injured, and soon befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her, and later, when a body is discovered, she experiences the prejudices his family has endured and tries to keep them from being framed for the crime.

A season of daring greatly / Ellen Emerson White          Product Details
 Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school's star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she'll join the Pittsburgh Pirates' Class A Short Season team... but not everyone is happy to have her there. On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time.

Someone I wanted to be / Aurelia Wills             Product Details
Tiring of being a studious girl when nobody sees anything about her beyond her weight, Leah calls an older man, pretending to be her thin, popular friend, only to find her life spinning out of control as she discovers herself and her true friends.

Monday, May 8, 2017

So you want to read a Sarah Dessen book?

If you’ve never read a Sarah Dessen book before, it’s time to start. She’s a master of contemporary fiction with female leads. Her books have been nominated for the Teens’ Top Ten list several times. Check out this interview from 2012 when What Happened to Goodbye? landed in the top ten.
 
You could of course read them in order of publication date. There is something to be said for reading them in order as some of the characters are referenced in later books.
Order of Publication:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything

But it’s not necessary to read them in order. Summer is the perfect time to read Sarah Dessen’s books because most of them take place during the summer. The books are set in two different towns, Colby and Lakeview. You could read them based on setting.
Colby:
Along for the Ride
Keeping the Moon
The Moon and More

Lakeview:
That Summer
Someone Like You
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock and Key
What Happened to Goodbye
Saint Anything

Of course you can read them in a random order. If that’s the case and you’re not sure where to start, check out this list to find your answer. (This list has a hint of the book’s subject)
To Read about:
1. Music, read Just Listen
2. Giving up a stuffy library job for chaos in the kitchen, read The Truth About Forever
3. Reinventing yourself, read What Happened to Goodbye
4. Experiencing moments you wish you had in your childhood, read Along for the Ride
5. Falling for your BFFs brother, read Saint Anything
6. The summer before college, read The Moon and More
7. A reluctant Cinderella, read Lock and Key
8. Breaking all your dating rules, read This Lullaby
9. Getting out from your sister’s shadow, read Dreamland
10. Seeing yourself in a new light, read Keeping the Moon
11. Role reversal in your relationship with your best friend, Someone Like You
12. Seeing the past differently, That Summer
Happy Reading!
~ Jennifer Rummel, currently reading Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

 Did you miss out on this one?

Never always sometimes / Adi Alsaid - 2015

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliche high school kids--the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Additions to Teen Fiction:

Lucky strikes / Louis Bayard                   Product Details
Set in Depression Era Virginia, this is the story of orphaned Amelia and her struggle to keep her siblings together.

The fever code / James Dashner        Product Details
Before the trials, WICKED found Thomas, the perfect boy, to help them build the Maze and find the cure for the Flare, a disease that plagues the world. But the truth of what is really going on is a secret and Thomas must uncover it before time runs out.

Symptoms of being human / Jeff Garvin                       Product Details
A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students.

You're welcome, universe / Whitney Gardner            Product Details
When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up. Out in the 'burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

A million worlds with you / Claudia Gray (Firebirds bk. 3)        Product Details
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite's hands in the final installment of the Firebird trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray. Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent's invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension's Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead. Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite's side, the Triad's last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It's a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win. In the epic conclusion to the sweeping series that kicked off with A Thousand Pieces of You, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed.

Done dirt cheap / Sarah Nicole Lemon          Product Details
Tourmaline Harris and Virginia Campbell, two teenagers from opposite sides of the track, join forces to overthrow the people in their southern Virginia town who exploit them.

The midnight star / Marie Lu (Young Elites bk. 3)         Product Details
With new threats looming, Adelina's forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in.

The wish granter : a Ravenspire novel / C.J. Redwine        Product Details
In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, follows the adventures of Ari, an illegitimate princess who in an effort to escape her twin brother's fate, trains to be a fighter so that she can defeat an evil wish granter.

The inexplicable logic of my life : a novel /
Benjamin Alire Sáenz               Product Details
A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn't mean about who he is.