Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

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

Your Brain Needs a Hug by Rae Earl

Rae Earl offers her personalized advice on the A to Zs of mental health, social media, family and friendship. 

"A validating, hopeful, and practical guide to mental health...heartfelt and honest...teens struggling with mental illness will find comfort and valuable information in this superlative guide." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last -- the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge -- and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. 

"Equal parts gothic fairy tale and romance...compulsively readable." -- School Library Journal

Vow of Thieves by Mary Pearson

Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them -- the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor's Watch will be a kingdom, and Kazi and Jase will meet all challenges side by side, together at last. 

"This breathtaking sequel to Dance of Thieves delivers." -- Booklist, starred review

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way. Until the day he learns about the "squip." A pill-sized supercomputer that you swallow, the squip is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life. 

2004 Today Show Book Club Pick
2004 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books for Teens
2005 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers
2005 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.

"Power's evocative, haunting, and occasionally gruesome debut will challenge readers to ignore its bewitching presence." -- Booklist, Starred Review

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to...fall in love? 

"A tender story about friendship and love." -- Kirkus Reviews 

We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler 

Seventeen-year-old Victoria escapes an abusive father by joining the VanDrexel Family Circus in 1965, and fifty years later her writings guide her granddaughter, sixteen-year-old Callie, in facing the uncharted waters of public high school.

"A compelling story of identity and family that resonates most powerfully in its historical voice." -- Kirkus Reviews

Queen of Ruin by Tracy E. Banghart

Nomi Tessaro joins her sister, Serena, on the volcanic prison island of Mount Ruin for a fight to usher in a new age of freedom for all.

"The nonstop action of the second installment makes this novel very hard to put down. Each hard-won battle seems destined to fail." -- VOYA 

Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore

When the United Nations takes drastic measures against the Human Garde to keep them in check, the students at the Academy must go on the offensive while those who have defected face off against a new and equally dangerous threat.

The final book in the epic New York Times bestselling Lorien Legacies Reborn series 

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Once-popular Rob and overachiever Maegan, both dealing with serious family issues, quickly form a bond that is threatened when Rob confides plans to repair damage his father caused. 

"A heartfelt read." -- Booklist

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