Friday, February 15, 2019

New Fiction

The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Folk of the Air; Book Two
“As seneschal to High King Cardan, Jude must fight to keep control of the Faerie throne while her younger brother, Oak, enjoys the childhood she never knew.” –WorldCat

Tradition by Brendan Kiely
“At Fullbrook Academy, where tradition reigns supreme, James Baxter and Jules Devereux take on privilege, sexism, and the importance of consent.” –WorldCat

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus
“While true-crime afficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.” –WorldCat

What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee
“Since his father's suicide, Will, sixteen, has mainly walked, worked at Dollar Only, and tried to replicate his father's cornbread recipe, but the rape of his childhood friend shakes things up.” –WorldCat

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
“A heartbreaking and lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate-whether they inherited their mother's Huntington's disease.” –WorldCat

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New Fiction

All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
“When Long Island teens Miri, Soleil, Penny, and Jonah befriend a bestselling YA novelist, they find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next novel, with devastating consequences. Told from different perspectives as interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts.”

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
“The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father's disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge--for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?” –WorldCat

Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather
“Indira Ferguson has done her best to live by her Grammy's rules-to study hard in school, to be respectful, and to never let a boy take advantage of her. But it hasn't always been easy. When Indy is sent to live with distant relatives in Nassau, trouble follows her. Now she must hide an unwanted pregnancy from her aunt. Completely broke with only a hand-me-down pregnancy book as a resource, Indy desperately looks for a safe space to call home. After stumbling upon a yoga retreat, she wonders if perhaps she's found the place. But Indy is about to discover that home is much bigger than just four walls and a roof-it's about the people she chooses to share it with.” –WorldCat

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Twelve-year-old Felix has a knack for trivia. His favorite game show is Who What Where When; he even named his gerbil after the host. Felix's mom, Astrid, is loving but can't seem to hold on to a job. So when they get evicted from their latest shabby apartment, they have to move into a van. Astrid swears Felix to secrecy; he can't tell anyone. If he does, she warns him, he'll be taken away from her and put in foster care. As their circumstances go from bad to worse, Felix gets a chance to audition for a junior edition of Who What Where When, and he's determined to earn a spot on the show. Winning the cash prize could make everything okay again. But things don't turn out the way he expects….” –Amazon

The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston
“Owen Foster is pulled from his elite New Orleans boarding school when his father's assets are seized and, back in his small town, begins to piece together his father's past despite mounting danger.” –WorldCat

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Nonfiction

Becoming by Michelle Obama
“This book takes us through modest Iowa kitchens and ballrooms at Buckingham Palace, through moments of heart-stopping grief and profound resilience, bringing us deep into the soul of a singular, groundbreaking figure in history as she strives to live authentically, marshaling her personal strength and voice in service of a set of higher ideals. In telling her story with honesty and boldness, she issues a challenge to the rest of us: Who are we and who do we want to become?" –WorldCat

Educated by Tara Westover
“Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.” –WorldCat

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
“With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies.” –WorldCat

Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto
“Mark Sakamoto's grandparents endured much hardship during the Second World War. His maternal grandfather Ralph MacLean was a Canadian soldier, who spent years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. His paternal grandmother Mitsue Sakamoto was one of thousands of Japanese‐Canadians interned by the Canadian government during the war. But instead of being bitter about their experiences, they taught Sakamoto about forgiveness, a lesson he documented in his book Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents.” –WorldCat

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
"Over the span of ten years, seven high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave their reserve because there was no high school there for them to attend. Award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city that has come to manifest, and struggle with, human rights violations past and present against aboriginal communities." –WorldCat

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum
“Former White House speechwriter, Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful book that is a warning for democracy and America's future.” –Amazon

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Fiction

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller
“Arthur Louis Pullman the Third has been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle. He discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, a Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. Using the journal as a guide, Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather's last week. His journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base.” –WorldCat

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M. T. Anderson; Eugene Yelchin
“The anarchic and outlandish tale of warring elf and goblin kingdoms follows one elf on a mission to spy on the goblin kingdom, from which no elf has ever returned alive.” –WorldCat

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
“India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.” –WorldCat

The Place Between Breaths by An Na
“Grace, sixteen, fears that she will succumb to the schizophrenia that took her mother away, while she and her father work for a genetics lab rushing to find a cure.” –WorldCat

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
“Talented, multiracial teen T.J. Jones shuns organized sports but agrees to help his favourite teacher pull together a swim team. He attracts a group of misfits who become buddies and champions--earning the ire of the school jocks, whose bullying erupts into violence. “ –WorldCat

Monday, February 11, 2019

New Fiction

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Rick Riordan presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min.
"Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces." –WorldCat

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah Maas
Throne of Glass; Book Seven
"The final battle is here. Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day ... With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation." –WorldCat
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
The Dark Artifices; Book Three
“While the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and focus on saving the world of Shadowhunters before the parabatai curse destroys everyone.” –WorldCat

Someday by David Levithan
Companion book to Every Day and Another Day
“When A learns he is not the only person waking up in a different person's body every day, he gains new understanding of the extremes where love and loneliness can lead. Told from multiple perspectives.” –

The Storyteller by Traci Chee
The Reader Trilogy; Book Three
“The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna into war, but it requires a boy--Archer--and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take any more from her--especially the boy she loves. But escaping the Guard and the Book's prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass.” –Amazon

Thursday, February 7, 2019

New Fiction

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children; Book Four
“Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery of a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob's grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe's double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited - truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine's time loop.” –WorldCat

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
“It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for A Room to Talk), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.” –Amazon

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
When Louise Wolfe's boyfriend mocks Native people in front of her, she dumps him over e-mail. It's her senior year and she'd rather spend her time working on the school newspaper. In no time the paper's staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director's inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash. –Summary

Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher
“When it comes to family, Annie is in the loser’s bracket. While her foster parents are great (mostly), her birth family would not have been her first pick. And no matter how many times Annie tries to write them out of her life, she always gets sucked back into their drama. Love is like that. But when a family argument breaks out at Annie’s swim meet and her nephew goes missing, Annie might be the only one who can get him back. With help from her friends, her foster brother, and her social service worker, Annie puts the pieces of the puzzle together, determined to find her nephew and finally get him into a safe home.” –Amazon

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
“For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on ‘climbing boys’--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived--and a girl. With her wits and will, she's managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears her time has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature--a golem--made from ash and coal. This is the creature that saved her from the fire.” –Amazon

Monday, February 4, 2019

Teen Reader's Choice Award

Read one, read some, read them all and have your say in this year's TRCA vote.  

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57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagersand the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

One of Us Is Lying by Kearen McManus

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson;illus. by Emily Carroll

Friday, February 1, 2019

28 Fiction Books to Read in Honor of African Heritage Month

We're observing African Heritage Month by sharing some of our library’s books written by authors of color. These books, most of them written for a young adult audience, go above and beyond when it comes to representation—and it’s something that the library community, authors, and readers continue to fight for every day. So, in honor of Black History Month, we want to take a look at some of the books that have been influential in this wave of representation and encourage you to read your way through the month!

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Everything Everything by NicolaYoon
Game by Walter Dean Myers
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Sun Is Also A Star by NicolaYoon
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

Friday, November 30, 2018

New Fiction

Bluecrowne by Kate Milford
A Greenglass House Novel
"In 1810, Lucy Bluecrowne, twelve, is bored living ashore with her stepmother and half-brother until two nefarious strangers identify her little brother as the pyrotechnical prodigy they need for their evil plan." –WorldCat

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
"When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, her senior year starts off exactly as planned ... until she uncovers her boyfriend's dark secret.” –WorldCat

Buried Beneath the Boabab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
“A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband -- these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. But a girl's dreams turn to nightmares when her village is attacked by Boko Haram, a terrorist group, in the middle of the night.” –WorldCat

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
“For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn't actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it's seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can't wait to leave behind.” –WorldCat

Everlife by Gena Showalter
Everlife; Book Three
“Tenley 'Ten' Lockwood knows the fate of the Everlife rests on her ability to unite the realms and destroy the Prince of Ravens. When betrayal leads to defeat and Ten finds herself bonded to the enemy, an unthinkable choice may be the only answer.” –WorldCat

Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Ember In The Ashes; Book Three
“Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger as the Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, Laia of Serra, and Elias Veturius all face increasing dangers.” –WorldCat

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
Sequel to Wintersong
"Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King―who he was, who he is, and who he will be.” –WorldCat

The Dark Beneath The Ice by Amelinda Berube
“Something is wrong with Marianne. It's not just that her parents have finally split up. Or that life hasn't been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital. She's losing time. Doing things she would never do.And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close. Something is after her. And the only one who seems to believe her is the daughter of a local psychic.” –WorldCat

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns; Book Three
“Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. Her sisters are not dead but in hiding, and dealing with repeated visitations by a specter that may be the fabled Blue Queen, whose bony finger pointing out to sea urges them to return to Fennbirn. Jules, too, is being urged on to Fennbirn but in the role of a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine's doorstep.” –WorldCat

What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi
“Alternating journal entries chronicle the powerful fight for Mellie's right to choose after she becomes pregnant by rape.” –WorldCat

Words On Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
“Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren't there….It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't. Still, there's hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.” - WorldCat

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

New Graphic Novels

Chimpanzee Chum by Vicki Low and Faith Erin Hicks
“In Chimpanzee Chum Kenneth Mtiti, an African village boy, befriends an orphan chimp after his father accidentally kills its mother. Kenneth needs to protect his new friend from humans and a school visit from real-life chimp expert, Jane Goodall, changes everything.” –WorldCat

In A Class Of Her Own by Kathleen Gould Lundy and Jeff Alward
In a Class of her Own tells the story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old girl who makes history in America in 1960 by being the first African-American child to attend an all-white school in New Orleans. What is she up against?” –WorldCat

Lumberjanes Vol. 8: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters
“Excited to have Barney starting their first week at the camp, the Roanokes run over to the Zodiac cabin, only to find everyone turned to stone! Between strange shadows and Diane being back, it looks like April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are going to have their hands full trying to find a cure for their friends ... as long as they don't look the wrong thing in the eye first.” –WorldCat

Nellie In The News by Claire Kelly and Faith Erin Hicks
Nellie in the News is the story of Rosie Freedman, a gifted young African-American girl who drops out of school when her family falls on hard times. It is only when she meets Nellie Bly, a journalist on an amazing mission, the Rosie starts to dream again.” –WorldCat

Nomad King by Jack Booth
“Temujin, king of Mongolia, extends his power and empire beyond Mongolia and China. Includes historical facts and timeline.” –WorldCat

Rescue In Rwanda by Nicholas Woolley
“A young doctor working for a relief organization arrives in Rwanda as violence escalates.” –

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson
"’Speak up for yourself -- we want to know what you have to say.’ From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless -- an outcast -- because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.” –WorldCat

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
“Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!” –WorldCat

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
The Unwanted is an important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.”  -WorldCat

Trapped In Gallipoli by Barbara Winter
“In the midst of the First World War, a young orphan named Duyal joins his uncle, Mustafa Kemal, commander of the Turkish forces, at Gallipoli. When the Allies attack, Duyal is captured by Australian soldiers and kept as a prisoner of war!” –WorldCat

Monday, November 26, 2018

New DVDs

A Plastic Ocean
“An international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors goes on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface our seemingly pristine ocean. The result will astound viewers, just as it did our adventurers, who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.” –WorldCat

First Peoples
“200,000 years ago we took our first steps in Africa. Today there are 7 billion of us living across the planet. How did our ancestors beat the odds and spread from continent to continent? What was the secret to their success? This is a global detective story, featuring the latest archaeological discoveries and genetic research.” –Container

Good Things To Do
“Our planet's quest for sustainability takes many forms. One such effort has yielded results that could very well teach all of us methods of success. The Danish island of Samsa is an experimental site for renewable energy production: wind turbine farms, biomass power plants, and solar panels. All are used to generate electricity, heat, and hot water for the island. This green revolution is showing the world that Denmark can change our relationship with energy resources, and those at the forefront of the revolution have a new mission: to make Denmark completely eco-sustainable by 2030.” –Container

Killer Floods
“Scientists investigate floods occurring in the remote past that evidence shows to have been of a magnitude far greater than even the more extreme floods of today. The possibility of such floods recurring and the connection between cataclysmic floods and climate change are discussed.” –WorldCat

Making North America
“Mighty, elemental forces molded North America. Fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets, and massive impacts from space all shaped our land. Now, for the first time, NOVA presents a bold and sweeping biography of our continent and how it came to be.” –Container

The Great Human Odyssey
“Dr. Niobe Thompson takes a journey of discovery in the footsteps of our human ancestors, and unlocks the mystery of our unlikely survival and miraculous emergence as the worlds only global species.” –WorldCat

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
“In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.” –WorldCat

Thursday, November 22, 2018

New Fiction

American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
“Brothers Teodoro and Manny Avila take a road trip to address Manny's PTSD following his tour in Iraq, and to help T. change his life and win the heart of Wendy Martinez. Includes information and resources about PTSD.” –WorldCat

And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
"Presents a twist on themes from Moby Dick in the story of a proud warrior whale pod that attacks a ship before pursuing a near-mythical adversary on a vengeful hunt that risks the worlds of both whales and humans." –WorldCat

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
“When 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.” –WorldCat

Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden
“When Mariah and her young brother Zeke are suddenly freed from slavery, they join Sherman's march through Georgia. Mariah wants to believe that the brutalities of slavery are behind them, but even as hope glimmers, there are many hardships yet to come. When she meets a free black named Caleb, Mariah dreams in a way she never dared . . . of a future worth living and the possibility of true love. But even hope comes at a cost, and as the difficult march continues toward the churning waters of Ebenezer Creek, Mariah's dreams are as vulnerable as ever.” –Amazon

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
“Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend.” –WorldCat

From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon
“Told through letters, this is the story of aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra, who learns a lesson about love while directing a movie for the Midsummer Night arts festival, in which her longtime crush and his twin brother are also participating.” –WorldCat

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
“Follows six teenagers as they are brought into close contact over the course of one tense week, in a town with political and personal tensions that build until one fires a fatal gunshot.” –WorldCat

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
"In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world.” –WorldCat

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
“At nine years old, Frankie Presto is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. But Frankie's talent is unique, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King and even KISS.” –WorldCat

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
“After being punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.” –WorldCat

The War Outside by Monica Hesse
"World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado--until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Thrown together at Crystal City, a family internment camp, Margot and Haruko find solace in their growing, secret friendship. But in a prison the government has deemed full of spies, can they trust anyone-even each other?" –WorldCat

When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer
“T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she's not developing schizophrenia. But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can't abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf's life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.” –Amazon

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New Biographies

Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything by Aly Raisman
“Discover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games-and beyond.” –WorldCat

Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey by Ken Dryden
“This is the story of NHLer Steve Montador--who was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2015--the remarkable evolution of hockey itself, and a passionate prescriptive to counter its greatest risk in the future: head injuries.” –WorldCat

Obsessed: A Memoir by Allison Britz
"A 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." -WorldCat
Proud: My Fight For The American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad
“Ibtihaj Muhammad's path to Olympic greatness has been marked with opposition and near-debilitating challenges because of her race, religion, and gender. As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on the U.S. women's saber team, she had to push past sterotypes, misconceptions, and negativity to find her own path to success and Olympic Glory. Her reflection provides an unflinching and honest portrayal of how she managed to stay true to herself and still play by the rules.” –Publisher

Stalin: A Biography by Oleg V. Khlevniuk
“This essential biography, by the author most deeply familiar with the vast archives of the Soviet era, offers an unprecedented, fine-grained portrait of Stalin the man and dictator.” –Amazon

Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything by Jane Hawking
"The wife of the reknowned British physicist describes their courtship and marriage, her years caring for his physical needs, his rise to prominence as a scientist and world celebrity, their bitter divorce, and later reconciliation." –Publisher

William the Conqueror: The Bastard of Normandy by Peter Rex
“A masterful biography of the Norman king who conquered England in 1066 and changed the country forever.” –WorldCat

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New Nonfiction

Canada’s Three Korean Wars by Bob Orrick
Canada’s Three Korean Wars is a capsule account of Canada’s army, navy, and air force during the Korean War.” –Publisher

Marching As To War by Pierre Berton          
"Between 1899 and 1953, three generations of young Canadians marched off to distant battlefields to fight in four different wars. From the African veldt to the fields of Flanders, the beaches of Dieppe, and the Korean highlands. The half-century also saw Canada transformed from an agricultural nation beholden to the British Empire to an industrial powerhouse closely linked to the Unites States.” –WorldCat

On War by Carl von Clausewitz
On War is a treatise about a military art which Prussian officer Carl Philipp Gottflib von Clausewitz had been working on for 15 years. It is commonly believed that Clausewitz's treatise had a greater impact on military leaders of the late XIX and XX centuries than any other book.” –Amazon

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege by Antony Beevor
“In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five-month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost; then, in an astonishing reversal, encircled and trapped their Nazi enemy. This battle for the ruins of a city cost more than a million lives.” –Amazon

The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings
“For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought.” –Amazon

The Mythical Battle: Hastings 1066 by Ashley Hern
“The Battle of Hastings is one of the key events in the history of the British Isles. This book looks at themes such as how Harold died and why the English lost, but also at other crucial issues, such as the diplomatic significance of William of Normandy's claim to the English throne, the Norman attempt to secure papal support, and the extent to which the Norman and Anglo-Saxon armies represented diametrically opposed military systems.” –Publisher

The Norman Conquest by Teresa Cole
“A re-examining of the Norman Conquest of England, the genocide committed in northern England, the wholesale transfer of lands to Norman lords, and the Domesday Book designed to enable every last drop of riches to be extracted from a subdued kingdom.” –Publisher

The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games by Tony Perrottet
“Piecing together ancient eyewitness accounts, this history is a fascinating mix of the familiar and the wildly exotic, exploring the often harsh conditions the spectators endured, the bizarre events that were held, and even Plato's changing room pick up' lines.'” –Publisher.

Vimy by Pierre Berton
“The action is placed within the context both of the Battle of Arras, of which this attack was part, and as a milestone in the development of Canada as a nation.” –WorldCat

Monday, November 19, 2018

New Fiction

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
“As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.” –Publisher

After The Fire by Will Hill
“Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She's starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. Then a fire engulfs life as she knew it, and Moonbeam is forced outside The Fence into a world she does not recognize.” –WorldCat

American Panda by Gloria Chao
“A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths--that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.” –WorldCat

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
“In Renaissance Italy, Artemisia Gentileschi endures the subjugation of women that allows her father to take credit for her extraordinary paintings, rape and the ensuing trial, and torture, buoyed by her deceased mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.” –WorldCat

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
“After her sister and song writing partner, Lea, dies in an automobile accident, seventeen-year-old Rumi is sent to Hawaii with an aunt she barely knows while she and her mother grieve separately.” –WorldCat

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
“The events of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein unfold from the perspective of Elizabeth Lavenza, who is adopted as a child by the Frankensteins as a companion for their volatile son Victor.” –WorldCat

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
“Fifteen years ago, in Mitch Albom's beloved novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran- turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie's journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Albom reveals Annie's story.” –WorldCat

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
"On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one. Fast forward to contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby's. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century." –Publisher.

What The Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
“Liberated from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945, sixteen-year-old Gerta tries to make a new life for herself, aided by Lev, a fellow survivor, and Michah, who helps Jews reach Palestine.” –Publisher