Here are six of the many new titles Douglas County Libraries added this month. Check them out!
Piecing 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.
A 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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Here are some exciting books for all the football fans out there!
Cover-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.
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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Enjoy these reads from 2001!
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself — even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission. Even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl — and herself — than first meets the eye.
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The new millennium was thrilling, and here are four thrilling books from that year.
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider’s world is turned upside down when he discovers that his uncle, who was also his guardian, has been murdered. The 14-year-old makes one discovery after another until he is sucked into his uncle’s undercover world. The Special Operations Division of MI6, his uncle’s real employer, blackmails the teen into serving England. After two short weeks of training, Alex is equipped with several special toys, like a Game Boy with unique cartridges that allow it to scan, fax, and emit smoke bombs. Alex’s mission is to complete his uncle’s last assignment: to discover the secret that Herod Sayle is hiding behind his generous donation of supercomputers to every school in the country. When Alex enters Sayle’s compound in Port Tallon, he discovers a strange world of secrets and villains, including Mr. Grin, an ex-circus knife catcher, and Yassen Gregorovich, professional hit man.
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Hope Yancey and her Aunt Addie, a much-sought-after diner cook, have toured the country one diner at a time. With each move, the teen leaves her mark, “HOPE WAS HERE,” in ballpoint pen somewhere on the premises. Now in Mulhoney, Wisconsin, she has no idea that the residents of this small town will make their mark on her. G.T. Stoop, the Quaker owner of the Welcome Stairways diner, has leukemia, and while the disease can keep him from running the diner he loves, it can’t keep him from running for mayor against a corrupt incumbent. Taking part in his campaign allows Hope to get to know Braverman, a fellow worker at the Welcome Stairways and G.T.’s greatest supporter.
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World War II is drawing to a close, leaving hoards of refugees in its wake. Seeking to begin a better life on the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German military ship evacuating civilians and wounded soldiers, are four teenagers: Continue reading “Salt to the Sea”