Monday, November 25, 2019

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

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

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he's even...flirting?

"A touching look into one girl's high school experience as she seeks the funny moments even in the midst of tragedy. Charming and affecting." -- Kirkus Reviews

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

Sixteen-year-old Jemma, who has severe cerebral palsy, must grapple with dark truths that only she knows, and is unable to communicate.

"Joelson writes a compelling, emotional story with a mystery tied in...Hand to fans of character-driven thrillers." -- Booklist

Hero by Michael Grant

When an alien-virus infested rock hits New York, giving rise to a powerful rockborn sociopath, the Rockborn gang members race to prevent him from spreading deadly disease while uncovering truths about the Rock Watchers and the Fourth Dimension.

"New characters and old favorites abound in this follow-up. The cast is fairly diverse, covering a wide variety of skin colors, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Longtime fans will surely be excited by the novel's final moments. A bombastic, engaging start to a sequel series full of potential." -- Kirkus Reviews

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Sent by a banished Merlin to protect King Arthur, a sixteen-year-old impersonating the deceased Guinevere struggles to fit in at Camelot where the magic she practices is banished.

"With immersive prose, White captures the spirit of Arthurian legend while adding diversity and a bit of powerful feminist flair in this appealing series opener...Leaves much to be explored in future installments." -- Publishers Weekly

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality. Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it. Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer...and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.

"We have not yet finished loving these characters and exploring their world." The Bulletin, Starred Review

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

In the finale of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy, dictator, prophets, and tensions rise. In a world that's conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created?

"Shusterman weaves together story lines of old and new characters to create an explosive series end...Fans of the first two books will be (and have been) clamoring for this finale. Get it to them as soon as possible." -- School Library Journal, Starred Review

Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters by Emily Roberson

In a reality TV retelling of the myth of the Minotaur, seventeen-year-old Ariadne fights to save her brother, Asterion, and make her own destiny in a world of celebrity, surveillance, and feigned authenticity.

"Roberson expertly modernizes Greek mythology with a very Kardashian twist." -- Publishers Weekly

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

Zora Novak is framed for a crime she didn't commit--in a town obsessed with ghosts, will she be able to find the culprit and clear her name before it's too late?

"Doesn't skimp on supernatural spookiness, slapstick, or teenage snark...A darkly humorous, rapid-fire read in which the living are sometimes scarier than the dead." -- Kirkus Reviews

Conceal, Don't Feel: A Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita

What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other? As the future Queen of Arendelle, Princess Elsa's life is full of expectations and responsibilities--not to mention, questions. What type of ruler will she be? When will she have to pick a suitor? And why has she always harbored the feeling that some critical piece of herself is missing?

"Dive back into the world of Frozen with stories that twist and turn and go far to explore Arendelle and beyond in new ways." -- Disney Press

Rebel by Marie Lu

In this fourth installment of the Legend series, Lu revisits Daniel "Day" Altan Wing; his brilliant younger brother, Eden Bataar Wing; and Day's love interest, June Iparis.

"This tale of intrigue, alliances, and love will draw Legend fans and new readers into a fascinating world whose combined layers of privilege and surveillance draws comparisons to many present-day social ills." -- Publishers Weekly

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