Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Always Available: New E Audio Books on 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.

These are available today! Grab a pair of headphones and download one!

All descriptions are from the catalog: 

Talon by Julie Kagawa 

Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught.

All Fall Down by  Ally Carter

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay—in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity.

But when first-year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding-and what it truly means to dream there.

More to read:

Read This, Watch That: All Eyes on Us Edition

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Monday, October 10, 2016

Spotlight on Graphic Novels: Jughead: Volume One by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson

Jughead: Volume One by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson

Everyone knows Jughead is a man with a plan. And that plan is normally to have a stomach full of hamburgers and a brain full of video games. When all goes to plan, he is a happy man with a keen insight on the daily problems of his best friend Archie.

But when a new principal gets in the way of Jughead's quest for happiness (by changing the school menu and getting his gaming privileges revoked), he fears there is something much more dastardly afoot. Now he needs to get some supporters who believe him. Unfortunately, his tendency to daydream and imagine more exciting adventures for his day-to-day life (like being a secret agent from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E) do not help him when he needs to convince his friends that there really is something underhanded going on with the administration.

Jughead is a smart, sarcastic narrator but also a super loyal friend. This is the first volume in the companion series to Archie and features lots of call outs to the Mark Waid (Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish) comics. This is a fun, fast read that's full of fun day dreams that send the reader out of Riverdale and to Westeros, a pirate ship or a superhero hideout. But wherever Jughead takes you, it will be a trip!

More to read:

Spotlight on Graphic Novels: Archie: Vol. One, The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish

Middle School Monday: "Ms. Marvel #2, Generation Why" writer, G. Willow Wilson ; artists, Jacob Wyatt (#6-7) & Adrian Alphona (#8-11)

Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) by: G. Willow Wilson ; artist, Adrian Alphona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Friday, October 7, 2016

What's On Hold: Falling into October

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

And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteA Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff
Run by Kody Keplinger
When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Librarian M:

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew Kirby
Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynne Barnes


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Every Falling Star by Sunju Lee
Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by JK Rowling
What Light by Jay Asher

Rachel L:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Gemina by Amie Kaufman

Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson and Andre Szymanowicz
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrigisa:

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold 
We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash


Kids of Appetite by David Arnold 
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Monday, October 3, 2016

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Hanneke has become great at being just another girl in the crowd, one that soldiers don't notice as she passes them. This is exactly what is needed when her basket is full of materials that her boss is selling on Amsterdam's black market in 1943. Hanneke is good at her job even though it's not the secretarial work her parents think she's doing.

On her rounds, Hanneke hears all sorts of things from the clients she delivers to. Rumors about why some of her clients are not on her route any more, news about what businesses are being ordered to close down. Then there's the news she's trying to forget, the letter telling what happened to Bas, the boy she loved.

Hanneke doesn't get involved in her client's lives. She doesn't want the responsibility that comes with being anyone's friend or confidant. But, when one of the ladies on her route wants her to find a young Jewish girl who has gone missing from the hidden cupboard in her apartment, Hanneke finds she can't put the girl out of her mind so easily.

But, looking into the missing girl means searching for someone the soldiers want to find as well. The Girl in the Blue Coat is a very tense mystery where it's never clear who to trust or where to turn. Before taking up the search, Hanneke blinded her eyes to what was really happening to the neighbors who have gone missing since the Nazis took over her city, but looking for the girl will change that forever.

More to read:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I Second That: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

What We're Reading: Book Thief

Friday, September 30, 2016

Five Books for Coffee Lovers on (the day after) National Coffee Day

We are a little late for the actual holiday, but it's always a good day to celebrate the hot drink that fuels many a YA character. Here are five books with baristas, cool coffee shops and characters who just really love their lattes. A little something to give your rainy weekend a pick-me-up.

Descriptions from the catalog unless otherwise noted

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

At college, Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world. . . For Cath, the question is: Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? Open her heart to someone? Or will she just go on living inside somebody else’s fiction? (read our posts on this title here).

Bonus: If you want to really experience Levi's Pumpkin mocha Breve, here's a barista's tips on what to do.

Georgia Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?

 The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

Madison, whose life is turned upside down by a family friend's visit, and heartbroken barista and guitarist Jesse, who is trying to find the inspiration to write music again, form a friendship that soon grows into romance.

Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

Each book in this exciting series could pretty much stand alone, there's a different set of narrators and a different quest in each. Though if you have read all three, in Infinityglass, they come together into one very satisfying conclusion. It's Southern, full of super powers, kissing and good coffee (from this review).

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Elizabeth Gehrman

While working at the Triple Shot Betty during summer break, Geena's great plans are ruined when her best friend and cousin meet and instantly hate one another, but as the weeks go on and endless dramas unfold, the three finally put their silly differences aside in order to have great group adventures that no one will ever forget!

More to read:

Radio Week: You Belong With Me-- Taylor Swift

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Spotlight on Summer Reading: The Winner's Circle

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Monday, September 26, 2016

New E-Only Novellas from Danielle Paige

Whenever we get new E-Only Novellas from authors you love, we want to tell you about them. Here are a few ones to check out:

All descriptions are from our catalog.

Before the Snow: a Stealing Snow novella by Danielle Paige

Young Nepenthe is half-princess, half-mermaid. Though she longs for the sea, her father wants her to stay on land. But only love can make a mermaid give up the water, and Nepenthe doesn't love anyone the way her mother loves her human father. She wants to live as a mermaid and become the River Witch, like her mother.

Then Nepenthe meets Prince Lazar, the son of the all-powerful Snow King of Algid, and she can't help but fall for him. After a horrible tragedy strikes, Nepenthe joins forces with a young fire witch named Ora to save Lazar and protect the kingdom. But it soon becomes clear that Ora loves Lazar just as much as Nepenthe does... And now Nepenthe must decide: inherit the power of the River Witch, or betray her friend to be with the boy she loves.

And Nepenthe's role in the prophecy is only just beginning. . . In the future, she is destined to cross paths with a girl named Snow, who will have the power to change Algid forever-for better, or for worse.

Queen Rising: a Stealing Snow novella by Danielle Paige

Margot grew up as an apprentice to the witches Nepenthe and Ora, but she doesn't possess the incredible magic that they have. So when the old Snow King asked her to kidnap Ora, she obeyed his command, hiding her true motives from the witches. Though the witches could kill Margot for her betrayal, they showed her mercy--and without her old friends at her side, she must find her own way.

Leaving the world she knows behind, Margot decides to put her affinity for thieving to use by embracing the Robber trade. But she is set for a much greater fate. . . and more of the prophecy foretelling Algid's future will be revealed. Along the way, Margot must find her way from being a magic-less apprentice to be becoming a queen in her own right.

And Margot's role in the prophecy is only just beginning. . . In the future, she is destined to cross paths with a girl named Snow, who will have the power to change Algid forever-for better, or for worse.

More to read:

New E-Only Novella: Order of the Wicked by Danielle Paige

New E-Only Novella: The Straw King by Danielle Paige

More New E-Only Novellas

Y'all Fest Recaps: Gender Studies 101 Panel

Friday, September 23, 2016

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:

As I Descended by Robin Talley
Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. Golden child Delilah is a legend at exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. But Delilah doesn’t know that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to unseat Delilah for the scholarship.

Together, Maria and Lily harness the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school. But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what’s imagined, the girls must attempt to put a stop to the chilling series of events they’ve accidentally set in motion.

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—which would ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper realizes that access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish Ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Except Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it will destroy the boy she just might love?

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
A beloved part of the Miss Peregrine series mythology, Tales of the Peculiar is a deluxe illustrated collection of the fairy tales introduced in Riggs’s #1 bestselling series.