New This Month: February 2017

Here are six of the many new titles Douglas County Libraries added this month. Check them out!

piecingmetogetherPiecing Me Together by Renee Watson 

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity, and she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful, like the invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.

Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. Maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

Friendship, race, privilege, identity — this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.

 

 

tragickindofwonderfulA Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

For 16-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. When a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about how their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst — that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

 

 

attheedgeoftheuniverseAt the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town — and then Tommy vanished.

More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.

Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking.

When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.

Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy — once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.

 

silverstarsSilver Stars by Michael Grant (Front Lines #2)

The summer of 1943, World War II. The Germans have been bloodied, but Germany is far from beaten. The North African campaign was only the beginning of the long journey for Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the millions of other allies.

Now the American army is moving on to its next target: the Italian island of Sicily. Frangie, Rainy and Rio now know firsthand what each of them is willing to do to save herself — and the consequences. With their heavy memories of combat, they will find this operation to be even tougher.

Frangie, Rainy, and Rio also know what is at stake. The women are not heroes for fighting alongside their brothers — they are soldiers. But the millions of brave females fighting for their country have become a symbol in the fight for equality. In this war, endless blood has been spilled and millions of lives have been lost, but there could be so much more to gain.

The women won’t conquer Italy alone. They will brave terrible conditions in an endless siege; they will fight to find themselves on the front lines of World War II; and they will come face to face with the brutality of war until they win or die.

 

bonejackBone Jack by Sara Crowe

Ash’s dad has just returned from war, close to a breakdown and far from the war hero Ash was expecting. Ash is going to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. He’s been waiting to tell his dad he’s following in his footsteps, to make him proud. But his dad is stuck in a world of imaginary threats.

When Ash’s grieving best friend pushes him away too, his world suddenly seems lonely and threatening. So Ash retreats to the mountains, to his punishing training runs. But dark things are stirring in the mountains: The hound boys of old haunt his running steps and Ash hears the death cry of a stag boy. Ash starts to wonder if the sinister pagan stories about the Stag Chase are true, and what they have to do with his friend’s anger and grief.

As death haunts his every step, Ash has to find a way to live again.

 

 

empressofathousandskiesEmpress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Empress: Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive: Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation — and his life.

Madman: With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

 

 

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