New This Month: January 2017

Check out these brand-new titles!

 

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (book two of the Passenger series)

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All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut. Instead, she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. Alone in an unknown place and time, Etta is exposed to threats from two groups that would like to see her dead. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—a man who has long been presumed dead and whose dangerous alliance with someone from Etta’s past could put them both at risk. Will time run out for Etta and those seeking to help her?

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

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Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, 16-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking — all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: Falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly realizes that falling in love isn’t always a choice you make.

 

 

 

 

 

The Runaway by Kate O’Hearn (book two of the Valkyrie series)

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Fourteen-year-old Freya is a Valkyrie: a Norse goddess, a reaper of souls from human battlefields. She has the power to cause death with just one touch. But Freya has not followed in the footsteps of the legends before her. She has been to the World of Man to befriend humans, not to reap their souls. Now she must go to the World of Man again on a new quest to track down the runaway Valkyrie of legend. There she will discover a dark secret and new enemies. But this time she has friends to rely on and lots more to gain, like creating a new Valkyrie legend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sports Feature: Basketball

Basketball season is upon us! Here are some fast-paced reads for b-ball fans.

boy21Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont and takes care of his disabled grandfather. At school he’s called “White Rabbit,” the only white kid on the varsity basketball team. He’s always dreamed of getting out, but until then, when he puts on his number 21 everything seems to make sense.

Russ, a former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, has just moved to the neighborhood. Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21 — his former jersey number — and has an unusual obsession with outer space.

As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21” may turn out to be the answer they both need.

 

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Foul Trouble by John Feinstein

Terrell Jamerson is the no. 1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win state, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. But it only takes one false step to lose everything.

Danny Wilcox is Terrell’s best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself, but it seems like everyone wants to get close to Terrell. They say they just want to help, but their kind of help could get Terrell DQ’d.

Danny and Terrell better keep their eyes on the ball if they hope to last the season.

 

hoopsHoops by Walter Dean Myers

All eyes are on 17-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a citywide basketball tournament. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure, which he knows firsthand.

As the tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want him kept on the bench. As the last seconds of the game tick away, Lonnie and Cal must decide: Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?

 

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Sports Feature: Football

Here are some exciting books for all the football fans out there!

Ccoverupover-Up by John Feinstein

The Super Bowl — America’s biggest sports spectacle. Over 95 million fans will be watching, but teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol know that what they’ll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams has failed the doping tests. They know the owner is trying to cover up the results. The only thing they don’t know is how to prove it.

 

 

 

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Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

Felix “Red” O’Sullivan’s world is crumbling around him: The mine that employs most of the town is on the brink of closing, threatening to shutter the entire town and his high school with it. But Red’s got his own burdens to bear. His older brother, Bobby, died in the war, and he’s been struggling to follow in his footsteps ever since. That means assuming Bobby’s old position as quarterback and leading the last-ever Muckers team to the championship.

But the only way for the hardscrabble Muckers to win State is to go undefeated and tackle their biggest rival, Phoenix United, which would be something of a miracle. Luckily, miracles can happen on the field all the time.

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 2003

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A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she’s keeping a big secret — sounds, numbers and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

 

 

 

 

 

persepolisPersepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Wise, funny and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages 6 to 14, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Satrapi’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 2002

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it; but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

 

 

city-of-the-beastsCity of the Beasts by Isabel Allende

Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America on a mission to document the legendary yeti of the Amazon, known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery.

 

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