Fiction Feature: New Mysteries

Start off your summer with some thrilling new mysteries! Check these out:

The Pearl Thief

by Elizabeth Wein

When 15-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.

Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julia grows closer to this family, she experiences firsthand some of the prejudices they’ve grown accustomed to, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.

Julia’s memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julia must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.

One of Us Is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive, and according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right?  What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Firebrand (Alternative Detective #2)

by A.J. Hartley

Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. When government plans for a secret weapon are stolen, their investigation leads right to the doorsteps of the city’s super-exclusive social club, Elitus. Ang has a chance to catch the thief, but only if she can pass for a foreign princess. Her best chance to learn the ways of royalty lies in the aloof Dahria Willinghouse and the intense Madame Nahreem, a woman possessing high standards and unusual pets.

Yet Ang has other things on her mind. Refugees from the north are trickling into the city, but an ambitious politician is proposing extreme measures to get rid of them. She soon discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that threatens the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm. Unless she can stop it.

Sherlock: A Study in Pink

by Steven Moffat
Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit BBC America/Hartswood Films TV show that sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) tackling brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London, this stunning manga is presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialized. Meet Sherlock and Watson for the first time … all over again!

The Disappearances

by Emily Bain Murphy

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly disappeared? Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: Vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother, Miles, are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home — and the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own, a place where the experiences that weave life together — scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream — vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But residents of Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible, and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

Books for ‘X-Files’ Fans

If you’re attracted to stories about the strange and unexplained, give these titles a shot — they’re perfect for X-Files fans!

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Agent of Chaos

by Kami Garcia
In the spring of 1979, 17-year-old Fox Mulder is the new senior in high school — his father’s way of trying to help the family move on after the disappearance of Mulder’s little sister. But when a local boy turns up dead and another child is abducted, Mulder can’t stop himself from getting involved, and he finds himself on the trail of a serial killer.

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Devil’s Advocate

by Jonathan Maberry
In the spring of 1979, 15-year-old Dana Scully is the new girl at school in Craiger, Maryland. But worse than that, her dreams — some of which, in the past, came true — have become more vivid and disturbing, and are haunted by a shadowy figure that could be an angel, or the devil. When a classmate who recently died in a car accident appears in Dana’s dreams, she begins to investigate, uncovering more suspicious deaths. With the evidence mounting, she must face the dangerous knowledge that evil is real.

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Meteor Men (Graphic Novel)

by Jeff Parker
On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more — the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden save humanity from oblivion?

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The Taking

by Kimberly Derting

When 16-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed, yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. She turns to Austin’s kid brother, Tyler. As they retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and to reclaim the life she once had. But what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Adaptation

by Malinda Lo

Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the U.S. government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner, and longtime crush, David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are, or how they’ve been miraculously healed.

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We Are the Ants

by Shaun Hutchinson

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t. Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and she’s coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was 13, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

Douglas County Libraries Staff Recommendations

Here are a few staff favorites you might enjoy — two are contemporary YA fiction and one is an autobiography.

boysdontknitBoys Don’t Knit (In Public)

by T.S. Easton

Ben Fletcher must get a grip on his more “feminine” side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. It was all a big misunderstanding, of course.

To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group, so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets “stuck in.” Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is a god. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates, and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper, has a bit of a thing for him.

Symptoms of Being Humansymptoms

by Jeff Garvin

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: punk rock, snarky, rebellious, and gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is, Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for re-election in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure — media and otherwise — is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school, the blog goes viral and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: Walk away from what the blog has created — a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in — or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

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We Should Hang Out Sometime (Embarrassingly, a True Story)

by Josh Sundquist
Why was (Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor) Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong? The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous putt-putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (close fast dancing), to a misguided “grand gesture” at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love — or at least a girlfriend — in all the wrong places.

New This Month: March 2017

Try a new book while you are enjoying spring break!

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The first day of senior yearEverything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss and grief. Suddenly, Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is. But if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

 

 

 

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The End of Oz by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series #4)

Dorothy Gale was buried when the Emerald Palace crashed to the ground; Ozma has been restored to the throne. But girls from Kansas are harder to kill than you’d think. Now Amy Gumm is following the Road of Yellow Brick toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. Surprise! He has a gingham-clad bride. And the line between good and wicked is blurring.

 

 

 

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The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier

Imagine you live with your aunt who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts — and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned. Now imagine the first people you encounter after your escape are a mysterious stranger and a ghost boy who seem to need you desperately, though you don’t understand who they are or exactly what they want you to do. So you set off on a treacherous journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world.

 

 

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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?

 

 

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