Start off your summer with some thrilling new mysteries! Check these out:
The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco
Tea didn’t mean to raise her brother from the dead. It was a complete accident. While witchcraft is normal in her world, necromancy is another thing, and now she’s an outcast. Tea journeys to another land to learn more about her powers — powers that will come in handy as dark forces gain strength and threaten the land.
This is the first in a new series, due out in March.
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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Every day, Starr Carter feels like she’s being torn in two. At home, she’s one person, at school she’s another. But really, she doesn’t feel like she fits in either place. She can’t be herself at the private prep school she attends because she is one of just a few black students. And she doesn’t fit in with her poor neighborhood because she attends a private prep school rather than the nearby public high school. It’s not easy, but she manages.
But then one day, she accepts a ride home from a party from a neighborhood friend, Khalil.
They get pulled over by the police.
Khalil is shot and killed.
Khalil is black.
The officer is white.
Khalil was unarmed.
As the only witness, Starr is suddenly in the middle of a national media frenzy.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas explores race with an emphatic, approachable voice. The book’s not even out yet, but there is already talk about a movie adaptation. Rumor has it Amandla Stenberg, who you’d recognize as Rue from The Hunger Games, will star as Starr. Get your name on the hold list now.
Here are six of the many new titles Douglas County Libraries added this month. Check them out!
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.
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?
Attention all YA writers: Have you heard of the awesome website Swoon Reads?
I just finished the first book it published, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. It is a sweet and unique romance story told with 14 different perspectives. At the end of the book there is an author interview, where Sandy Hall talks about getting her book published through Swoon Reads. I looked up this website and it is a great resource for anyone interested in writing a book or reading new books. Here is some info excerpted from Swoon Reads’ FAQs page.
What is Swoon Reads?
Swoon Reads publishes young adult and new adult novels. Writers can submit their original, unpublished manuscript to the Swoon Reads website, and readers who sign up can rate and comment on manuscripts to help choose which titles are published. Swoon Reads is an imprint of Macmillan publishing under Feiwel & Friends and was founded by Jean Feiwel. For more information, please see the site’s About page.
How does the site work?
Writers can upload their unpublished, original young adult or new adult manuscript and community members are able to read, rate and comment on those submissions. The Swoon Reads staff uses community reviews and ratings to help choose which books to publish. Chosen manuscripts are published in both print and e-book formats.