Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Up and Coming: All of This is True by Lygia Peñaflor

Librarian M. has one for your hold list that will keep you turning pages to unravel secrets!
All of This is True by Lygia Peñaflor

Release Date: May 15, 2018

Four teens become friendly with their favorite YA author, Fatima Ro, and find themselves embroiled in a scandal when her second novel is a thinly-veiled portrayal of their lives. One of them ends up in a coma and the other three have differing feelings about who is to blame.

This story is told both from the point of view of the teens (via interviews, journal entries, and text message conversations) and via excerpts from the book that Fatima wrote. Secrets are slowly revealed and dirty laundry is aired.

This might sound like a slight story, but Peñaflor gets into obsessive behavior, authorial manipulation, and group dynamics in an interesting way. Is Fatima a misunderstood genius? A cruel backstabber? A sociopath? Read All of This is True and see what you think!

More to read:

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig


Friday, April 13, 2018

The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Have you ever had a song that you almost couldn't listen to anymore because it reminded you of someone that you lost? The music of Unraveling Lovely has that effect on Shay, Autumn and Logan, three teens who are struggling to put their lives back together after each losing someone whose death left them shattered.

Autumn can't stop sending messages to her best friend Tavia. Tavia should be walking through the halls arm in arm with her, laughing in her voice mail and the two girls should be tangled up in each other's families just like always.

With the death of her twin sister Sasha, Shay feels like she's missing more than half her heart. She can barely stand to be around her old friends or the music scene that she and Sasha had loved, embraced and promoted for so long.

Logan can't figure out why the death of his ex-boyfriend is messing him up so much, but it's an open wound and no amount of destructive behavior seems to be able to distract him from the pain. Normally he'd put his feelings into his songwriting, but even that's been blocked since Bram's death.

The Beauty that Remains is a gorgeously written book about loss and grief, but it's also about the strength of friends, family, love and community to pull you out of the darkness. It's also a perfect read for those who know that sometimes what you really need is to be in a crowd where everyone is screaming along to your favorite song.

More to read:

Up and Coming: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Radio Week:The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

The Piper's Son, Melina Marchetta

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Up and Coming: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Today Librarian M shares about one of our most anticipated titles!

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

In this alternative history the Civil War ended when the dead rose at Gettysburg and shamblers started to overrun the country. Slavery is over, but black people are expected to be on the front lines of fighting the shamblers. Jane is just about to finish her education at an elite combat school for black girls when things take a turn for the worst and she finds herself on an unexpected, terrifying journey.

Jane is an amazing protagonist: she’s smart, she’s an excellent fighter, and she’s good at uncovering plots. She’s also not afraid to make hard decisions to ensure future safety. Along with a motley crew of allies she fights corruption and the undead with equal zeal.

This book is the first in a duology and I can’t wait for the second one!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Always Available: New E-Audio from Hoopla


Did you know that with your Arlington Public Library card, you have access to lots of cool new audiobooks that you can play from your computer or your mobile device? We have them from several vendors, but today we're going to highlight a few that are always available once you've downloaded the Hoopla App or visited the collection through our website.

All descriptions from the catalog:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser

Through the success of their video game, Andy and Sophie got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen. Their video game and their commitment to inspiring young women have been covered by the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, CNN, Teen Vogue, Jezebel, the Today show, and many more.

Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world. Andy and Sophie reveal not only what they’ve learned about opportunities in science and technology but also the true value of discovering your own voice and creativity.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Brand New Titles for Checkout on E-Audio

Did you know that with your Arlington Public Library card, you have access to lots of cool new audiobooks that you can play from your computer or your mobile device? We have them from several vendors, but today we're going to highlight a few that are brand new on Overdrive!

Grab a pair of headphones and download one!

All descriptions from the catalog:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

In Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Thunderhead  by Neal Shusterman

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.

As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the "new order." But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj's livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he's suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves—and his own life.

Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable series opener that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Quick Pick Friday: Get a Jump on Your Weekend Reading

Sometimes all you need to figure out your next great read is a tiny taste. Here are some quick picks from our librarians:

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Lola has it all together--hot boyfriend, great parents, fun friends, and the beginning of a career in fashion and costume. But what happens when the boy next door comes back and Lola can no longer ignore how she feels? (see all our posts on the author here)

Water Song by Suzanne Weyn
In this intriguing reworking of the Frog Prince, aristocratic Emma is trapped behind enemy lines during WWI where she discovers Jack, who sought solace in her well after being attacked with chlorine gas.  

And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin
What would you do if a building collapsed around you? The five teens in this story barely escape with their lives, but their ordeal is just beginning. Is it true that their parents are trying to kill them all? And how can they work together to save themselves?  

Friday, February 23, 2018

What's On Hold: Springy Edition

Get a jump on what's new and exciting in our stacks. Here's what TATAL has on hold: 

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

Devils Within by S.F. Henson
Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi


The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Librarian M
In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira
Lizzie by Dawn Ius
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi