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October 2015

Cool & New

October 2015

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the highly anticipated science fiction book written in the form of emails, medical reports and more about two recently broken-up teens whose planet is being destroyed; A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston, an enchanting, supernatural twist on the classic THE ARABIAN NIGHTS; and THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu, the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series.

In paperback titles this month, we have MONSTER: A Graphic Novel written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile, an adaptation of Myers’ multi-award-winning coming of age tale about a teen awaiting trial for a murder and robbery; SIGNS POINT TO YES by A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT author Sandy Hall, which follows Jane as she babysits for her crush’s siblings and helps her own sister develop the courage to come out; and WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT'S HIS NAME by Meagan Brothers, about a couple of secrets that come between Lula’s and Rory’s friendship and change everything.

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston - Fiction

September 6, 2016


Lo-Melkhiin killed 300 girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice --- leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king...if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster. 

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet - fiction

October 11, 2016


When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks --- and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.  

Believarexic by JJ Johnson - fiction

September 1, 2017


Jennifer has to force her family to realize that she needs treatment for her eating disorder. But her experience in an eating disorder treatment unit isn't quite what she expected. In 1988, when she was 15, JJ Johnson was hospitalized for treatment of bulimarexia, a combination of bulimia and anorexia. 

Blue Voyage by Diana Renn - Mystery/Thriller

October 13, 2015


Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - Fantasy

May 9, 2017


CARRY ON --- The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story --- but far, far more monsters.

Either the Beginning or the End of the World by Terry Farish - fiction

October 1, 2015


When Sofie is forced to stay with her mother and grandmother while her dad's away, she is confronted with their memories of the ruthless Khmer Rouge, a war-torn countryside, and deeds of heartbreaking human devotion. 

Endgame: Sky Key by James Frey - fiction

June 7, 2016


Endgame is here. Earth Key has been found. Two keys --- and nine Players --- remain. The keys must be found, and only one Player can win.

Fighting Chance by B.K. Stevens - Mystery

October 6, 2015


Seventeen-year-old Matt Foley has a typical set of problems: feeling alienated from his perpetually perky family, struggling to focus on classes when sports seem far more interesting, chafing at the slow pace of life in his small Virginia town. Until his coach and mentor is killed at a tae kwon do tournament. During a sparring match, Bobby Davis, a baby-faced stranger from Richmond, crushes the coach’s larynx with a powerful spinning hook kick. To the police, it looks like a tragic accident. To Matt, it looks like deliberate murder. A few of his friends agree, including the attractive but puzzling Graciana Cortez, editor of the school paper. Matt knows it doesn’t make much sense for teenagers to investigate a murder, but if he doesn’t do something, who will? 

First and Then by Emma Mills - Fiction

October 4, 2016


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE meets “Friday Night Lights” in this contemporary novel about falling in love --- with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen - Fiction

October 6, 2015


Jen Larsen, author of the critically acclaimed memoir STRANGER HERE and a subject of the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show “In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod,” tells a liberating story of hard-won self-acceptance --- a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau - Science Fiction

October 6, 2015


She wants to put an end to the Testing. In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight. But she can't do it alone.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - Fiction

October 6, 2015

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At 13, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives, wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else --- an even more unpredictable new force in her life.

If You're Lucky by Yvonne Prinz - Fiction

September 20, 2016

When 17-year-old Georgia’s brother drowns while surfing halfway around the world in Australia, she refuses to believe Lucky’s death was just bad luck. Then a stranger named Fin arrives in False Bay, claiming to have been Lucky’s best friend. Soon Fin is working for Lucky’s father, charming Lucky’s mother and dating his girlfriend. Georgia begins to wonder if Fin murdered Lucky in order to take over his whole life. She is certain she’s getting closer and closer to the truth, but as she does, her mental state becomes more and more precarious, and no one seems to trust what she’s saying.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Fiction

October 20, 2015


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents --- including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more --- ILLUMINAE is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt - Fiction

October 6, 2015


Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. 

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers - Historical Fiction

October 11, 2016

Walter Dean Myers' last novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today's tap, jazz and step dancing. With meticulous and intensive research, Myers has brought to life Master Juba's story. The book includes photographs, maps and other images from Juba's time and an afterword from Myers' wife about the writing process of JUBA!

MARTians by Blythe Woolston - fiction

August 14, 2018


In a near-future world of exurban decay studded with big box stores, daily routine revolves around shopping --- for those who can. For Zoë, the mission is simpler: live.

Monster: A Graphic Novel by Dawud Anyabwile and Walter Dean Myers - Graphic Novel

October 20, 2015


MONSTER is a multi-award-winning, provocative coming-of-age story about Steve Harmon, a teenager awaiting trial for a murder and robbery. As Steve acclimates to juvenile detention and goes to trial, he envisions the ordeal as a movie. MONSTER was the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award recipient, an ALA Best Book, a Coretta Scott King Honor selection, and a National Book Award finalist. Now MONSTER has been adapted into a graphic novel by Guy Sims, with stunning black-and-white art from Dawud Anyabwile, Guy's brother.

Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins - Fiction

October 6, 2015


Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission –-- Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But Zo quickly learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt - Youth Fiction

October 6, 2015


Kevin has a bad attitude. He's the one who laughs when you trip and fall. In fact, he may have been the one who tripped you in the first place. He has a real knack for rubbing people the wrong way—and he's even figured out a secret way to do it with poems. But what happens when the tables are turned and he is the one getting picked on? Rhyme Schemer is a touching and hilarious middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh grader's journey from bully-er to bully-ee, as he learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on people's lives.

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light: A Novel by Ann Jacobus - fiction

October 6, 2015


Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on the right track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can't shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city --- and way out of her depth.

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall - Fiction

October 20, 2015


Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She's babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo. Meanwhile, at Jane's house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she's terrified of how her parents will react.

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis - Fiction

October 6, 2015


Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid.

Stone Cove Island by Suzanne Myers - Young Adult Fiction

October 13, 2015


When a catastrophic hurricane devastates Stone Cove Island, a serene New England resort community, everyone pulls together to rebuild. Seventeen-year-old Eliza Elliot volunteers to clean out the island’s iconic lighthouse and stumbles upon a secret in the wreckage: a handwritten, anonymous confession to a thirty-year-old crime. Bess Linsky’s unsolved murder has long haunted the island, and the letter turns the town inside out. Everyone who knew Bess is suddenly a suspect. Soon Eliza finds herself in the throes of an investigation she never wanted or asked for. As Stone Cove Island fights to recover from disaster, Eliza plunges the locals back into a nightmare they believed was long buried.

The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil by Dan Howell and Phil Lester - Nonfiction

October 13, 2015

Since uploading their first ever videos as teenagers, Dan and Phil have become two of the world's biggest YouTube stars. Now they invite you on a behind-the-scenes journey, filled with absolutely essential advice, tons of humor, lots of awkwardness and TMI honesty that they will probably regret.

The Chess Queen Enigma: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason - fiction

August 9, 2016

In this third installment of the Stoker and Holmes series, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes have reluctantly agreed to act as social chaperones and undercover bodyguards for Princess Lurelia of Betrovia, who has arrived in London to deliver a letter that details the secret location of an ancient chess queen that's been missing for centuries. But when the letter --- which will heal a centuries-old rift between England and the Betrovians --- is stolen out from under Evaline and Mina's watchful eyes, the two girls are forced into a high-stakes race to ensure they find the chess queen before anyone else does.

The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Brenna Yovanoff , Tessa Gratton, and Maggie Stiefvater - Fiction

October 1, 2015


A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck; bad guys, clever girls and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing; a world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream). These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction. 

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus - Fiction

October 25, 2016


Twenty minutes after his murder on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1896, seventeen-year-old Zebulon Finch awakens, resurrected to suffer an eternity upon the planet. Over the next century --- or two --- he will try to find out. With a sly aristocratic voice and a healthy appetite for women and anarchy, Zebulon Finch spins a tale of his travels across a young America, watching the country grow and mature, knowing that his mind and body will never do the same.

The Rig by Joe Ducie - fiction

October 6, 2015


Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at the Rig, a special juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from the Rig. After hatching some escape plans --- and making the first real friends of his life --- Drake quickly realizes that all is not as it seems on the Rig. The warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X, a blue glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom --- but can they survive long enough to make it? 

The Rose Society by Marie Lu - Fiction

October 4, 2016


Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

The Winter Place by Alexander Yates - Fiction

November 8, 2016

There is a middle world between life and death, and Tess must navigate it to save her brother in this heart-wrenching story infused with the fractured and fantastical realms of Finnish mysticism.
Axel and Tess are bewildered when a stranger shows up in their backyard accompanied by a giant brown bear, but before they can investigate the bizarre encounter, something more harrowing happens: their father is killed in a freak car accident.
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly - Fiction

October 25, 2016


Set in gilded age New York, THESE SHALLOW GRAVES follows the story of Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat. When her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish. With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.

Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle - fiction

October 13, 2015

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest It Girl, Paige Townsen, has a blockbuster film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price. No matter where Paige goes, someone is always watching. Soon she finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and weathering tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart --- and end her career as quickly as it began.
Waterfire Saga, Book Three Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly - fiction

October 4, 2016


Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme's giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can't return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina's betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia's parents become suspicious, his life --- and all of Sera's hopes --- will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga.

Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers - fiction

October 13, 2015


In the tiny podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, 17-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts” --- the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers. 

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley - fiction

September 6, 2016


Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, meets a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship. While Toni worries that Gretchen won't understand Toni's new world, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in this puzzle. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begin to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide --- have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?c

Wild Sky: A Night Sky novel by Melanie Brockmann and Suzanne Brockmann - fiction

October 6, 2015


Skylar is a girl with extraordinary power. A girl with a mission to use her Greater-Than gifts to stop the makers of Destiny from getting people hooked on their deadly drug. But Sky is still mastering her new abilities, and her first mission to destroy a Destiny lab leaves her best friend addicted to the drug. For a few days Cal will be able to walk again –-- until it kills him. Time is running out for Sky to save the world without sacrificing her friends, to become truly Greater-Than...

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin - Fiction

October 4, 2016

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.

Zen Doodling Inspiration: Earth, Air, Fire and Water by Carolyn Scrace - Arts and Crafts

October 1, 2015


By turning to the four elements --- Earth, Air, Fire and Water --- ZEN DOODLING INSPIRATION explores the creative stimulation that can be found in the natural world around us. Raindrops, puddles, wind-blown grass, or a flickering flame are all full of exciting patterns, shapes and colors. As you learn to look at things differently, you will develop a whole new appreciation for the miraculous world in which we live.