Monday Morning Book Buzz

Welcome to the Monday Morning Book Buzz, a preview of notable books being released this week. Some of them will be added to the Academy Library collection; if you read about a title that you would like added to the collection, let me know by either commenting on this post or by contacting me directly at the Library.

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This week’s releases are listed by category: Teen Fiction, General Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.

Notable New Releases for the week of May 20th:

Teen Fiction

  • Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham (5/21/2013) — Aspiring lawyer Theodore Boone takes the stand to protect his political and environmental freedoms in the fourth installment of the series.
  • All I Need by Susane Colasanti (5/21/2013) — When Skye, a hopeless romantic, meets Seth, hurt by a recent break-up, at an end-of-summer party they connect instantly, but their love is tested when she returns to high school and he begins to work his way through an Ivy-League college. “This is an ideal summer beach book.” — Kirkus reviews
  • TimeRiders: The Eternal War by Alex Scarrow (05/21/2013) — Continuing the time-bending action of the TimeRiders series, The Eternal War brings readers back to a pivotal time period in American history: the Civil War. Only this alternate history is one where a young Abraham Lincoln has somehow followed Liam into the present from 1831, and the entire course of American history has changed.
  • September Girls by Bennett Madison (05/21/2013) — Vacationing in a sleepy beach town for the summer, Sam is pursued by hordes of blonde girls before falling in love with the unusual DeeDee, who compels him to uncover secrets about the community’s ocean-dwelling inhabitants. “A surprising story of a kid finding love and himself, when he wasn’t looking for either.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Absent by Katie Williams (05/21/2013) — Seventeen-year-old Paige Wheeler died in a fall off the high school roof and now her spirit seems bound to the school grounds, along with Brooke and Evan, two other teen ghosts who died there–but maybe if she can solve the mystery of her apparent suicide they will all be able to move on. “Readers will be engrossed until the very end, when the students, both living and dead, finally find what they need to move on.” — School Library Journal

General Fiction



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