New Books Released in August

Here are a few new books out this month!

The Special Ones

by Em Bailey

Esther is one of the Special Ones — four teens who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existence, safe in their endless work. He watches them every moment of every day, ready to punish them if they forget who they are — all while broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside.

Esther knows he will renew her if she stops being Special. And yet she also knows she’s a fake. She has no ancient wisdom, no genuine advice to offer her followers. But like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

The Way It Hurts

by Patty Blount

Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town … until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program — and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can’t take his eyes off Kristen’s performance, and he snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online — they follow them into real life.

The Wood

by Chelsea Bobulski

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister — torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

 

 

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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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