Monday, July 8, 2019

Getting to Know...Brylee

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Brylee Murphy! A 16-year-old 12th grader, Brylee has accumulated 11.25 hours to date.

Favorite Book Genres: Realistic fiction and non-fiction Christianity books

Someone I Look Up To: My mom and Mrs. Hudkins

Favorite TV Shows: Friends, Gilmore Girls, The Fosters

A Topic That I Can Talk About For An Hour: Why women should be allowed to preach

An Invention That I Would Uninvent: Roller coasters - they're horrible

Person I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island: My friend Hannah or Hailey

My Happy Place: Mrs. Hudkins' classroom, reading on my porch

My Spirit Animal: A squirrel, definitely

Something Interesting About Myself: I've been in my school's color guard and winter guard since 5th grade

Future Plans, Possible Career Paths: College somewhere, elementary teacher

Favorite Quote: "I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun. Not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else." - C.S. Lewis

Monday, July 1, 2019

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

Taking a look at some of the most recent additions gracing the shelves of our YA department:

Sinews of Thy Heart by Jennifer Skogen

After an unthinkable tragedy on Halloween, Jackson must decide if he should stay in Grey Hills, or pack up everything and leave with Sam and the others. A new start is appealing, but Dominick has made it clear that Jackson is not welcome. When Jackson starts sleepwalking and hearing voices, he isn't sure if he is going crazy, or if he has inherited an unspeakable power. 

Book #4 in The Haunting of Grey Hills series

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

A collection of ten short stories that follow Jem Carstairs as he travels through the many Shadow Markets around the world, searching for a relic from his past.

"There's no shortage of atmosphere, emotion, and yearning hearts." -- Kirkus Reviews 

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Emma Saylor doesn't remember a lot about her mother, who died when Emma was twelve. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges. Now it's just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable. That is, until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother's family that she hasn't seen since she was a little girl. 

"A rich, patient story about a teen girl who craves family and an understanding of her roots after suffering a tragic loss." -- Publishers Weekly

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery - magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library's most dangerous grimoire. 

"A slow-burning love story, and a world worth staying lost in." -- Kirkus Reviews

Duel at Araluen by John Flanagan

King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped in the south tower of Castle Araluen and under near-constant attack from the Red Rox Clan. Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are holed up in an old hill for, surrounded by the enemy. And Ranger's apprentice Maddie is the only one who can save them all. 

Book 3 in the Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger series

The Missing Season by Gillian French

After moving to a new town for her father's job, Clara learns that kids go missing from Pender every October and that a monster named the Mumbler may be responsible.

"French's most recent YA mystery brims with lyrical prose and striking imagery...the foreboding atmosphere, rich setting, and gorgeous prose make for a rewarding read." -- School Library Journal 

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

Two queens, separated by thousands of years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength -- and their hearts. 

Sequel to the New York Times bestseller Furyborn 

Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Fiona claims she doesn't remember anything about the night her best friend left a party early and walked into the ocean. But the truth is, she wishes she could forget. Trixie's disappearance is rule a suicide, but Fiona starts to believe that Trixie isn't really dead.

"Fans of E. Lockhart, Karen M. McManus, and Flynn's other work will revel in this mystery/thriller and the authenticity with which its characters are rendered." -- Booklist 

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world.

 Amazon Best Book of the Month

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Isabelle is one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters, who cut off their toes in an attempt to fit into the glass slipper; but there is more to her story than a maimed foot, for the Marquis de la Chance is about to offer her a chance and the opportunity to change her fate -- there will be blood and danger, but also the possibility of redemption and triumph, and most of all the chance to find her true self.

"Focusing on beauty's many guises, what contributes to hatred and cruelty, and people's power to take charge of their destinies, the retold fairy tale advocates autonomy and empowerment." -- Publishers Weekly