Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

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

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

At an exclusive prep school on Long Island, Jill Newman looks forward to her senior year as a member of the school's most elite clique, the Players, until new evidence surfaces about the murder of her close friend Shaila.

"This debut murder mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep its pages turning." -- Booklist

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, but when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

"Familiar territory for readers who straddle two cultures, for anyone who has had to be a newcomer, and, in this era, anyone who has ever worried about the impact of deportation on families. A timely addition to most collections." -- School Library Journal

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

An Amazon Best Book of August 2020

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Throughout the years both Rowan and Neil have been at competition with one another on everything from who has the best ideas for school functions to which one will be their graduating class's valedictorian. However, in the twenty-four hours left they have as high school students, the two learn they share something much deeper than a rivalry.

"This funny, tender, and romantic book is fresh and wholly satisfying." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Maia Tamarin has returned from her journey to a kingdom on the brink of war; the boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor's bride-to-be to keep the peace.

"Elements of Chinese culture enrich the nail-biter plot, and the beautifully written prose delivers a satisfying conclusion to a standout duology." -- Booklist

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Soraya has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family. She is a princess, and her touch is poisonous. As the day of her twin brother's wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she is willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time.

A lovely entwining of Persian culture and myth with well-known fairy tales. One of the best books of the year, hands down." -- BuzzFeed

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Working as a nanny in the Hamptons before starting college, Anna learns of her weird connection to a missing girl, but after she confesses to manslaughter a podcast producer helps reveal life-changing truths.

"Strong heroines and an intriguing flip of whodunnit tropes will keep readers engaged to the surprising resolution." -- School Library Journal

Geese Are Never Swans by Kobe Bryant and Eva Clark

Gus channels all his emotions, about his older brother and his death by suicide, into training to earn a spot on the Olympic swim team.

"This emotional novel contains lyrical prose that beautifully captures the energy of swimming." -- Kirkus Reviews

Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

Tormented by her guilt and classmate's taunts since she accidentally set a lethal fire as a child, Cassidy is implicated in her worst bully's murder and must find the killer before someone else dies.

"Thrilling...Guaranteed to keep young readers guessing until the final pages...will satisfy the appetites of all manner of mystery fans." -- Booklist

What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

Lex was taken, trafficked, and now she's Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn't quite know how to be Lex again.

"This story of resilience and recovery is gritty and heavy but ultimately hopeful...A gut-punch story with an uplifting ending." -- Kirkus

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