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March 2017

Jackson, Tiffany D. Allegedly : a novel. 1st ed. New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Book, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017].

A young girl, convicted of murder as a child, serves her sentence only to be placed in a group home, where, upon her release, she must grapple with starting over and an unplanned pregnancy.

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street. New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017].

Fabiola Toussaint, a young Haitian immigrant to the United States, must navigate her life, school and relationships, while dealing with her loud cousins after her mother is detained by the United States immigration department.

Poulsen, David A., 1946-. And then the sky exploded. Toronto : Dundurn, 2016.

“While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War”–Back cover.

Jennings, Holly, 1985-. Arena. 1st ed.: April 2016. New York : Ace Books, 2016.

“Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier… The RAGE tournaments–the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator–leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real. Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world–until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game–and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.”–Provided by publisher.

O’Connor, George, author, illustrator. Artemis : wild goddess of the hunt. First edition.

Shunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, wild goddess of the hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and might bow. She slays those who prey on the young and helpless. She is the protector of women and young girls, helps in childbirth, soothes the fearful, and is an unrivaled hunter.

Jackson, Joe, 1955-. Black Elk : the life of an American visionary. 1st ed., 2016. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

A definitive biography of Black Elk, the Native American holy man known for his endurance, spirituality, and life of heroism amidst the Great Plains.

Hart, Hannah, 1986-. Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded. 1st ed. New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2016].

“The popular YouTube personality presents a collection of personal narrative essays on faith, family, love, sexuality, self-worth, and friendship”–OCLC.

Garber, Stephanie. Caraval. 1st U.S. ed.: January 2017. New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.

Two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, leave their cruel father to attend Caraval–a faraway once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show–and, along the way, Tella is kidnapped and Scarlett is aided by a mysterious sailor and finds herself enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.

Arcos, Carrie, author. Crazy messy beautiful.

When your namesake is Pablo Neruda – the greatest love poet of all time – finding “the one” should be easy. Callie could be that one for aspiring artist Neruda Diaz. She’s creative and edgy, and nothing like hte girls Neruda typically falls for. But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of love – and art – in more ways than one. And when the relationships he’s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realized.

Rufus, Rob. Die young with me : a memoir. 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. September 2016. New York : Touchstone, 2016.

Unknown road — My basement life — Everyone you’ll never know — Shitsville, USA — Parked cars — The outline of a heart — Kids today — The days just get away from you — Dead boys — Die young with me — Half in/half out — Staggered rays of color and light — A/S/L — Cheap thrills — Pity tucks — A sense of an ending — Skeleton crew — This nightmare place — The summer that was — Prodigal son/weeping saint — Skin-deep — The blackest black — Symptoms of me — The imprints of angels — Out of tune — Miracle child. Rob Rufus, an identical twin, reflects on growing up with his brother in a punk band, and how his plans were cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Hughes, Dean, 1943-. Four-Four-Two. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016].

Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the “Four-Four-Two,” a segregated Japanese American regiment.

Silvera, Adam, 1990-. History is all you left me. New York, NY : Soho Teen, [2017].

Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

Stambach, Scott. The invisible life of Ivan Isaenko. 1st ed.: August 2016. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2016.

“Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born severely deformed, yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan. That is until the seventeen-year-old Polina arrives at the hospital. At first, Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. But eventually, he is drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. And now Ivan wants something, whereas before he survived by being utterly detached from things and people: Ivan wants Polina to live”–Dust jacket.

Cavallaro, Brittany. The last of August. 1st ed. New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017].

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, while on winter break from their Connecticut boarding school, team up again to try to find Charlotte’s uncle, Leander, who goes missing while on his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring.

Roe, Robin. A list of cages. 1st ed., January 2017. Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2017.

“Adam,a high school senior, rescues Julian, a freshman, from an abusive situation”–.

Bausum, Ann. The March against Fear : the last great walk of the civil rights movement and the emergence of Black power. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2017].

“Mississippi. 1966. On a hot June afternoon an African-American man named James Meredith set out to walk through his home state, intending to fight racism and fear with his feet. A seemingly simple plan, but one teeming with risk. Just one day later Meredith was shot and wounded in a roadside ambush. Within twenty-four hours, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and other civil rights leaders had taken up Meredith’s cause, determined to overcome this violent act and complete Meredith’s walk… brings this crucial turning point of civil rights history back to life, escorting you along the dusty Mississippi roads where heroic marchers endured violence, rage, and fear as they walked more than 200 miles in the name of equality and justice.”–Provided by publisher.

Turtschaninoff, Maria, 1977-. Maresi : the Red Abby chronicles. New York : Amulet Books, [2017].

“Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the hunger winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge, her favorite place–Jacket flap.

Gaiman, Neil. Norse mythology. 1st Ed. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2017].

Neil Gaiman presents a version of the great Norse myths, fashioning primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

Marquardt, Marie F., 1972-. The radius of us. 1st ed.: January 2017. New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017.

A boy running away from his homelife in El Salvador looks for a safe place to call home, only to cross paths with an American girl also seeking salvation.

Gonzales, Manuel, 1974-. The Regional Office is under attack! New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.

“When a prophecy suggests that an insider might bring about the downfall of a powerful underground organization known as the Regional Office, devoted recruit Sarah and young assassin Rose find their respective lives clashing in a dispute that threatens everything they know.”–Provided by OCLC.

Fulton, Sybrina, 1966-. Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin. 1st ed. New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017].

“[A]… portrait of Trayvon Martin shares previously untold insights into the movement he inspired from the perspectives of his parents, who also describe their efforts to bring meaning to his short life through the movement’s pursuit of redemption and justice”–OCLC.

North, Ryan, 1980-. Romeo and/or Juliet : a chooseable-path adventure. New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.

A humorous choose-your-own adventure retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

Cottman, Michael H. Shackles from the deep : tracing the path of a sunken slave ship, a bitter past, and a rich legacy. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2017].

“Presents an investigation into the wreck of the Henrietta Marie and how it reflects the tragic history of slavery in England, West Africa, the Caribbean and America.”–OCLC.

Grant, Michael, 1954-. Silver stars : a front lines novel. 1st ed. New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017].

“The summer of 1943, World War II. With heavy memories of combat, Frangie, Rainy, Rio and the rest of the American army are moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. The women won’t conquer Italy alone. They are not heroes for fighting alongside their brothers-they are soldiers. But Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the millions of brave females fighting for their country have become a symbol in the fight for equality. They will brave terrible conditions in an endless siege; they will fight to find themselves on the front lines of WWII; and they will come face-to-face with the brutality of war until they win or die”–Amazon.

Atkins, Jeannine, 1953-. Stone mirrors : the sculpture and silence of Edmonia Lewis. 1st ed. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2017].

“A biographical novel in verse of a half Native American, half African American female sculptor, Edmonia Lewis, working in the years right after the Civil War”–.

Jones, Patrick, 1946- author. Teen incarceration : from cell bars to ankle bracelets.

History — Evidence — Detained — Reformed — Imprisoned — Alternatives — Reentering — Horizons. In the United States, the conversation about teen incarceration has moved from one extreme to another. For centuries, execution of juvenile offenders was legal. By the twenty-first century, the US Supreme Court had moved closer to banning all executions of minors, regardless of the severity of the crime. Since the 1990s, the US juvenile justice system has moved away from harsh punishment and toward alternative, evidence-based models that include education, skills building, and therapy.

Sheinkin, Steve. Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team. 1st ed. 2017. New York, N.Y. : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.

“A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team”–.

Freedman, Russell. Vietnam : a history of the war. 1st ed. New York : Holiday House, [2016].

The last man to die in Vietnam — The Vietnamese: the long road to revolution — Ho Chi Minh: the making of a revolutionary — Ho Chi Minh meets the OSS — The French war in Vietnam: the elephant and the tiger — Tumbling dominoes — Ngo Dinh Diem: America’s miracle man in Saigon — The last days of President Diem — From the Tonkin Gulf to Rolling Thunder — The American war in Vietnam — The antiwar movement — The Tet Offensive — The beginning of the end — The fall of Saigon — Reconciliation. “Provides a succinct account of perhaps the most puzzling and contentious of America’s wars. Describing how a superpower caught up in Cold War politics became increasingly enmeshed in a conflict over 8,000 miles away, he then explains why twenty years later an exit was so difficult. In words and photographs he chronicles the unfolding events in Vietnam and at home as increasing numbers of young men were sent into the jungles to fight”–Amazon.com.

Simon, Matt. The wasp that brainwashed the caterpillar : evolution’s most unbelievable solutions to life’s biggest problems. New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, [2016].

Explores the weird and unusual solutions that have developed through evolution to the challenges of survival in the animal world. Includes the tongue-eating isopod, the diving bell spider, the assassin bug, and more.

LaCour, Nina. We are okay. New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2017].

“After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.”–OCLC.

Thrash, Maggie, author. We know it was you : a Strange truth novel. Simon Pulse Hardcover edition.

Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague – dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot – hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River. Just like that, she’s gone. Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.

Jae-Jones, S. Wintersong. 1st ed.: February 2017. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

“All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel her dreams and fantasies are slipping away. But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl must journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange captivating world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed”–Publisher.

Thompson, Jill, 1966-. Wonder Woman : the true Amazon. Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2016].

“Young Diana has the fawning attention of her nation, but she soon grows spoiled and ungrateful. When a series of tragic events takes its toll, Diana must learn to grow up, take responsibility, and seize her destiny”–Amazon.com.

Gardner, Whitney, author. You’re welcome, universe. First edition.

Friends are a liability. Julia learns this the hard way when she covers up a slur about her best friend with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural, sprayed right across the gymnasium wall of the Kingston School for the deaf. But then her (supposed) best friend snitches, her principal expels her, and her moms set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s outcast as the only deaf student. Here, Julia finds herself dragged into a graffiti war, and she must risk arrest and expulsion to go toe to toe with her rival…or face losing the only piece of her identity that still makes sense.