Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Fiction

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
“Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.” –Publisher

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
“Fig looks back on her life and relates her experiences, from age six to nineteen, as she desperately tries to save her mother from schizophrenia while her own mental health and relationships deteriorate.” –WorldCat

Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
“Lillian Firestone is Chinese, but the kids in her 1951 Kansas City high school can't separate her from the North Koreans that America is at war with. Sick of the racism she faces at school and frustrated that her adoptive white family just sees it as 'teasing,' Lily begins to search for her birth mother.” –Amazon

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Thirteen-year-old Habo, with his light eyes and skin, has always looked different. Because of this difference he feels isolated. Although he is loved by his sister Asu, Habo is abandoned by his father, treated cruelly by his brothers and shunned by the village children. When the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, Habo knows he is to blame. Habo and his family, fleeing persecution, journey to the home of his aunt in Mwanza. But Habo is an Albino and they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. Soon Habo is being hunted. To survive he must do two things: run and find a way to love and accept himself. –Summary

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
It has been a decade since Alice Metcalf, devoted mother, wife, and scientist, went missing.  All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna, Alice’s thirteen year old daughter, refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. As a result, she seeks help from the two people who might still be able to locate her mother: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance.  Together this trio discovers truths destined to forever change their lives. –Summary

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Companion book to: Between The Lines
”Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah's world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver's role in Delilah's favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after.” –WorldCat

 The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi
“Two teens from different ethnic groups in present-day Afghanistan must fight their culture, tradition, families, and the Taliban to stay together as they and another village boy relate the story of their forbidden love.” –WorldCat

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
”After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.” –Amazon

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
“Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance -- so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who's grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.” –WorldCat

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
“When a celebrated New York City teenager, known for her subversive street art, mysteriously dies, her life is examined in a series of interviews with her parents, friends, boyfriends, mentors, and critics.” –WorldCat