Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

Jane Connolly is determined to show her mom that she can be both independent and responsible, so that means taking a summer job as a babysitter. When it turns out the mom she's working for is also the mom of her archenemy's best friend, there's not much she can do to get out of it.

But when it turns out Teo Garcia is nothing like his best friend, and in fact really nice and a great help with his 3 little sisters, Jane wants to do something nice to thank him. When she finds out Teo is looking for his birth father and Jane happens to be a fairly good internet detective, she thinks looking into the missing parent might be the key to making sure Teo sees her as more than just her best friend's enemy.

Then there's Margo, Jane's big sister who is home from college. Her mom wants Jane to be more like Margo, more studious and organized. Margo wishes that Jane knew she was just as confused about things as she is.

Teo, Jane and her sister Margo are all working through some big questions during their school break. Mixed in with all that soul searching is a lot of cute banter and a first kiss or two. This is a summer rom com for fans of Jennifer E. Smith

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Monday, November 23, 2015

New E-Only Novella: Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore

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

Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore

At first, Daniela Morales thought the spaceship attacking New York City on the television was just part of some science fiction movie. Then the horrible truth became clear: it was happening in real life. Aliens do exist, and they were invading the planet.

Unable to reach her mother, Daniela makes it her mission to get to her mom's job downtown to find her. But with the city under fire, trying to make it from her apartment in Harlem to the Financial District proves nearly impossible—until Daniela makes an incredible discovery. When a squad of Mogs get the jump on her, she is somehow able to throw them across the street, using telekinesis. Daniela doesn't know where this power came from or why she suddenly has it, but she is sure as hell going to use it. Aliens are tearing up her city and she'll destroy every last one of them that gets in her way. But when she comes face-to-face with the Garde, will she be a friend or a foe?

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Friday, November 20, 2015

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

A boy is in the hospital after being beaten up by a police officer. It's all over the news. They say he stole chips. They say he's a thug. They say that no one can really know what went down in the store that night. But that's not true.  Rashad knows, because he's the one whose face is on every screen. And so does Quinn, who saw it all go down... even if he hasn't told anyone he did.

Besides being the focus of news stories, Rashad is a high school student, an ROTC member, an artist and a son. He also attends the  same school as Quinn.

Quinn's best friend is the officer's brother. Quinn grew up in and out of their house and he's known Paul Galluzzo since he was a kid. But he also knows what he saw.

This is about as timely a book as you can get.  The two authors give authentic voices to their two narrators. Both are struggling with the events of that night and the idea that no one might believe them The story puts the fact that the names you read in newspapers belong to teenagers, young people with most of their lives still to come, front and center, and that's a major reason to love this book.  

All American Boys is already starting to populate the 'best of the year' award lists and we expect that will only continue as more and more people read this important title.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New E-Only Novella: Half Truths by Sally Green

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:

Descriptions from the catalog:

Half Truths by Sally Green

Half Truths follows Gabriel’s story from the time he arrives Switzerland, seeking help in recovering his magical powers from the conniving Black Witch Mercury, and goes up until the moment when he first meets Nathan and their paths become forever intertwined.

For the new reader, this is the perfect bite-sized introduction to the world of Half Bad, where witches and humans live alongside one another. And for the returning reader, this story sheds new light on one of the trilogy’s most beloved characters.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Our resident award predictor, Librarian M, is throwing her weight behind one of the NBA finalists:
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

One day, Nimona shows up in the lair of Lord Blackheart and declares herself his sidekick. At first Blackheart is not enthusiastic about this turn of events, but she eventually grows on him and they become a pretty good team. Blackheart is out to defeat his nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and take down the Institution of Law Enforcement. With Nimona at his side, his evil plans can’t fail!

At first this is a standard revenge plot, but it soon starts to morph into something more and you won’t be able to stop turning the pages until you get to the end. So, the plot is great, the art is gorgeous, and Stevenson has been shortlisted for the National Book Award. What are you waiting for? Read it ASAP!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

New E-Only Novella: The Straw King by 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:

Descriptions from the catalog:

The Straw King by Danielle Paige

Once upon a time, the Scarecrow's only wish was to have a brain. This digital original novella is the fifth installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and thrilling New York Times bestsellers Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise and follows the Scarecrow after he finally gets his wish.

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow received the gift of a brain from the Wizard and was appointed the new ruler of Oz. In The Straw King g, the Scarecrow's tale takes a crooked turn when his reign is threatened. With faith in his newfound wisdom shaken, the Scarecrow will turn to anyone who can help—even if others have their own interests at heart.

The Straw King  by Danielle Paige is a dark and compelling reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Middle School Monday: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Librarian M recommends a scary new book:

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Steve’s baby brother is very sick and his parents spend a lot of time taking the baby to various appointments and even the ER when there is an emergency. Steve was already anxious before the baby came and the added stress on him and his family is starting to get to him. He used to have bad nightmares about a strange presence standing over him while he slept, but now he has nice dreams about an angel who says that she and her workers can help his brother get better. All she needs is a promise from Steve that he will help when the time comes. Steve agrees to help without getting enough information and soon finds himself caught up in a horrible situation. The being he thought was an angel is really a wasp and she does not plan to help Steve’s brother at all.

The wasps in this creepy book are a perfect manifestation of the kind of anxiety one feels in a situation where something is going very wrong, but there is nothing to do that will help. I recommend this book for younger horror fans who would like a little depth to their scares.
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