Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Fiction

Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
“Travis is missing his old home in the country, and he’s missing his old hound, Rosco. Now there’s just the cramped place he shares with his alcoholic grandpa, a new school, and the dreaded routine of school. But that’s before Travis meets Mr. McQueen—a rare teacher whose savvy persistence has Travis slowly unlocking a book on the natural world. And it’s before Travis is noticed by Velveeta, a girl whose wry banter and colorful scarves belie some hard secrets of her own.”—Goodreads

Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston
“Kaz Barrett is spending the summer before his last year of high school working at a sketchy laundromat, saving every penny so that he can send his mother, who suffers from an extremely rare sleep disorder, to an expensive sleep clinic in New York. Then one day smart, mysterious, pink-haired Zoey walks past the laundromat window and sends his ordered life spinning out of control.”—WorldCat

Catherine by April Lindner
“In this retelling of Wuthering Heights, Catherine explains how she fell in love with a brooding musician and left her family to return to him, and her daughter describes searching for her mother many years later.”—WorldCat

The Hidden Summer by Gin Phillips
“When twelve-year-old Nell and her best friend, Lydia, are forbidden to see each other, they hatch a plan to spend their summer days in an abandoned miniature golf course, where they soon find others in search of a home.”—WorldCat

Home Ice Advantage by Tom Earle
“Jake dreams of becoming a hockey star, but an abusive father gets in the way of this dream. He leaves his suburban home and seeks refuge in the bustling streets of downtown Toronto, where he hides out in the long-empty building that was once Maple Leaf Gardens. But he discovers that he is not alone, and his experiences while there will determine whether he will realize his dream or throw it all away.”—WorldCat

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis
"The day Farrin meets Sadira, she no longer feels alone. And when the two fifteen-year-old girls become close friends, they dream of a future where they will live together, where they will make something of their lives, and where no one will notice or care that they love each other. But Farrin and Sadira live in Iran under a regime so repressive that it considers homosexuals as deviants who must be eradicated. Unless they learn to hide their relationship from their families and the overzealous school monitor who watches their every move, Farrin and Sadira will never have a future together. And if they are reported to the Revolutionary Guard, only a miracle will save them."—WorldCat

Pinned by Sharon Flake
“Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.”—WorldCat

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
“When thirteen-year-old Henry and his family move to the city to leave behind a secret tragedy, Henry finds a journal is his best friend.”—WorldCat

Ultra by David Carroll
“Quinn, at age 13, is an amazing distance runner. He enters his first ultra-marathon that will push him to the limits of his endurance. While Quinn struggles to go on, we learn why the ultra-marathon is only the second hardest thing he has endured in his young life. And maybe a devastating event from his past is exactly what Quinn has been running from.”—WorldCat

Zomboy by Richard Scrimger
“From the imagination of one of Canada’s funniest writers comes the story of a young zombie who is integrated into a regular classroom in southern Ontario. Clashes, heroics and hilarity ensue as the community’s tolerance for difference—and narrator Bob's tolerance for an undead rival—are pushed to the limit in this exciting and surprisingly touching novel.”—Goodreads