Welcome back to another exciting school year! We did a lot of work on the library over the summer, including a new paint job, some new databases, a new Twitter feed and, of course, NEW BOOKS! I’ll be highlighting some of our newest titles over the next few posts, starting with this one: NEW RELEASES!
Look for all of these in the New Books section of the library!
Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry — 22 short stories based on the ‘Rot & Ruin’ series in which fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends fight a zombie plague in a post-apocalyptic America. “There are still plenty of spine-tingling battles, but the emphasis here is philosophical, allowing readers to pause and consider Maberry’s weighty turns of phrase.An entertaining divergence from the solid series.” — Kirkus Reviews
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett — Seventeen-year-old Ash Larkin finds out her family is involved in a centuries-old saga of love and murder, alchemy and immortality when she follows her mother to an isolated settlement in the cornfields of Kansas. “Vengeful ghosts, dead bodies in cornfields, and a centuries-old secret kept me flipping the pages until the thrilling end.” — Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter
Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories by Davild Almond — Master storyteller David Almond presents a beautiful collection of short fiction, interwoven with pieces that illuminate the inspiration behind the stories. “The sights, sounds, smells, and emotions evoked in these stories will long resonate with readers and act as reminders of the joys, tragedies, and magic of childhood.” — Publishers Weekly
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King — A surrealist novel about four teenagers who find unconventional ways to escape standardized tests and their perilous world, and discover that the only escape from reality is to face it. ” Beautiful prose, poetry, and surreal imagery combine for an utterly original story that urges readers to question, love, and believe—or risk explosion.” — Booklist starred review
Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings — Seventeen-year-old Lea Lane must navigate a complex web of friendships and relationships after she and her mother move into the guest cottage of the fabulously wealthy West family in Honolulu. “Wryly funny, generous-hearted, garnished with sun, surfing, and shave ice–a genuinely literary beach read.” — Kirkus starred review
Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs — Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. “Every bit as mysterious, surprising, and gratifying as I’d hoped it would be.” — Seira Wilson, Amazon.com
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski — The dark will bring your worst nightmares to light in this gripping and eerie survival story, perfect for fans of James Dashner and Neil Gaiman. “This fast-paced story relies more on psychological suspense than graphic horror…and emphasizes self-reliance and the unbreakable bonds between family and friends.” — Booklist
Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow — In the future, the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage—if a war begins, they pay with their lives. “A smart, compelling read that explores the complicated nature of love, family, peace, war, and technology; fans of The Hunger Games who are searching for an empowering and intelligent read-alike need look no further.” — Horn Book Magazine
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell — In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White’s (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty’s (almost) stories. “This highly recommended visually stunning twist on two classic fairy tales will be well received by fans of graphic novels and fantasy stories.” — School Library Journal
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson — A brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony. “In a gripping narrative, helped by ample photos and shockingly accurate historical details, Anderson offers readers a captivating account of a genius composer and the brutally stormy period in which he lived.” — Booklist starred review
The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear series, Book 2) by Michael Grant — The games continue in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s sequel to Messenger of Fear—a haunting tale for fans of Stephen King that combines fantasy with real-world horror stories. “An absorbing morality tale of guilt and redemption.” — Kirkus Reviews
Ungodly (The Goddess War series, Book 3) by Kendare Blake — As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the final Goddess War novel by Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed In Blood). “An above-average addition to the updated-mythology genre and a satisfying conclusion for the series’ fans.” — Kirkus Reviews
Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson — In this first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Carson, a young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. “With an organically diverse cast, three-dimensional characters, a vividly evoked setting, and the lightest touch of romance, Carson’s novel captures the trepidation and exhilaration of journeying into the unknown.” — Horn Book Magazine
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler — An unflinching look at what happens to a small town when some of its residents commit a terrible crime. This honest, authentic debut novel will resonate with readers who’ve ever walked that razor-thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time. “Debut-novelist Hartzler (Rapture Practice) pulls no punches in his depiction of rape culture. A stirring, important read.” — Booklist
Zom-B Fugitive by Darren Shan — The 11th book in bestselling author Shan’s Zom-B series. After learning the dark secrets hidden in Mr. Dowling’s twisted mind, B is on the run. She escapes the clown’s clutches and weaves her way through London’s abandoned Underground, only to find that Mr. Dowling has laid siege to the Angels’ base in County Hall.