Thursday, March 16, 2017

Up and Coming: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Release date: April 11, 2017

The summer before her senior year Molly has a ton going for her. She has a new job at a trendy shop in her Takoma Park neighborhood. She's a Pinterest queen who is unstoppable in the craft department. But, the only thing her twin sister Cassie and their best friend Olivia seem to care about is that Molly has had 26 crushes and 0 relationships or kisses.

When Cassie starts a new relationship of her own, she becomes even more convinced that Molly needs to stop hiding from rejection. But Molly isn't sure that this is what she's been doing or that there's any point in pursuing her crush, Will, when she is positive he is out of her league (even if her friends insist they'd be perfect together).

With a summer suddenly full to the brim of wedding planning for Cassie and Molly's moms and long shifts at the shop, Molly doesn't have a lot of time left over for pondering her lack of romantic opportunities.

With all her friends and her sister paired up, Molly can't help feeling left out. But is she brave enough to attempt to turn crush #27 into possible relationship #1?

The latest from Becky Albertalli gives us a main character who is so kind, funny, and real that you will want her to keep narrating her life to you! Albertalli gives us a cast of characters who have different body types, orientations, and backgrounds and every one of them is someone you'd like to spend the day with. There are fights and things get awkward, but it all is written in such a warm way that it really feels like friendship and family. If you loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda or are a Nina LaCour fan, this book is not to be missed.

More to read:

Simon Week: Becky Albertalli Talks to Us About Georgia, Theater, Simon and, of course, Blue!

Simon Week: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Week: You Oughta Be In Pictures

Simon Week: Read This, Watch That: Your Turn In the Spotlight Edition

Up and Coming: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Friday Lit Spotlight: Anna and the French Kiss? Yes, Please!

L-O-L-A! Lola is finally here!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Are You Ready for NoVA Teen Book Festival??

We are so excited for this Saturday's Festival! We hope to see everyone at Washington-Lee High School tomorrow! To get you pumped and ready, here is a list of our authors and their books for you to put holds and check out - plus TATAL reviews when we have them!

Our Keynote is Nina LaCour!

The rest of the fabulous author list includes:

Renée Ahdieh - “The Rose and the Dagger

Natalie C. Anderson - “City of Saints and Thieves”

Martina Boone - “Illusion“  

Jaye Robin Brown- “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit”

Julie Buxbaum - “Tell Me Three Things”

Zoraida Córdova - “Labyrinth Lost”

M.E. Girard - “Girl Mans Up”  

Alwyn Hamilton - “Traitor of the Throne”  

Wendy Higgins - “The Great Pursuit”

Tiffany D. Jackson - “Allegedly”  

Christina June - “It Started with Goodbye”

Miranda Kenneally - “Defending Taylor”

Brendan Kiely - “The Last True Love Story”

Sarah Nicole Lemon- “Done Dirt Cheap”

Kristen Lippert-Martin - “Incognita”

Leslie Livingston - “The Valiant”

Lisa Maxwell - “Unhooked”

Katie McGarry - “Long Road Home”

Jodi Meadows - “My Lady Jane”

Rafi Mittlefehldt - “It Looks Like This”

Caroline Tung Richmond - “The Darkest Hour”

Caleb Roehrig - “Last Seen Leaving”

Lance Rubin - “Denton Little's Still Not Dead

Lindsay Smith - “A Darkly Beating Heart

Jessica Spotswood - “Wild Swans”

Robin Talley - “Our Own Private Universe”

Mary G. Thompson - “Flickr and Mist”

Katy Upperman - “Kissing Max Holden”

Peternelle Van Arsdale - “The Beast is an Animal”

Will Walton - “Anything Could Happen

Ibi Zoboi - “American Street”

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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:

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn't say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

There wasn't a point to setting the record straight before, but now she's got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary's fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?

We are Okay by Nina LaCour

 Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love

Flying Lessons edited by Ellen Oh

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.   In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.   From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

More to read:

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Up and Coming: We are Okay by Nina LaCour

What's on Hold: February Blues Edition

Watch Out Censors: It's Banned Books Week!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Middle School Monday: Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Release date: March 14, 2017

Amina loves to sing and play piano. Her teacher tells her that she has perfect pitch and her parents love to hear her practice. Her best friend Soojin even thinks Amina should be a contestant on “The Voice.” But Amina is positive that will never happen because even the thought of singing in front of a crowd makes her voice dry up and disappear.
So being a superstar singer probably isn’t in her future. She has other things to worry about anyway--her uncle is coming from Pakistan to stay with her family for three months and her dad is so worried about impressing him that he has warned Amina and her brother that they had better be on their best behavior for the entire time her uncle is in town. As if Amina could get along with him for that long!

Instead of worrying about her family, Amina would rather hang out with Soojin, but when another girl starts trying to become best friends with Soojin, even this area of her life seems complicated.

Can Amina find a way to speak up for herself with her parents, her uncle, and her best friend? Or will this be just like her singing--something she longs to do, but just can’t make happen? Find out by reading Amina's Voice by Hena Khan.

Find out by reading Amina's Voice by Hena Khan.

More to read:


Middle School Monday: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Middle School Monday: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson



Friday, February 24, 2017

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

 We're getting closer to NoVA Teen Book Festival! Today Librarian M highlights another of the festival's featured authors:

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Sixteen-year-old Mary Addison lives in a group home after spending  six years in jail. What did she do to serve time at such a young age? She killed a baby—allegedly.

When Mary gets pregnant she realizes she has to put more effort into her life if she’s going to keep her baby so she starts preparing to take the SAT and makes plans for the future with her boyfriend. She even contacts a lawyer on the advice of a fellow resident because there’s more to the story about what happened the night baby Alyssa died.

This story is a look into the mind of a girl who has suffered mental and physical abuse, both before the crime and in jail. I recommend it for anyone interested in how the criminal justice system works or anyone looking for a unique thriller. And the ending—CHILLS!