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February 15, 2010

This Week's New Releases

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We're spotlighting some great new releases this week, including Sharon G. Flake’s YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ME: Stories and Poems About Boys, a poignant look at the lives of young black males; Justina Chen Headley’s NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL, dealing with a young, “flawed” girl who must find what true beauty means; LOOK BOTH WAYS, Jacquelyn Mitchard’s sequel to MIDNIGHT TWINS, which chronicles the adventures of a pair of psychic siblings; and QUAKING by Kathryn Erskine, a novel about a girl standing up for love and peace in a time of hate and war.


New Releases for February 16th

Hardcover

YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ME: Stories and Poems About Boys by Sharon G. Flake (Disney-Hyperion)
I sit in your class

I play by the rules

I'm young

I'm fly

I'm black.

In 9 stories and 13 poems, Sharon G. Flake gives readers insight into the minds of a diverse group adolescent African American males. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age 17 to the love of his life, who's pregnant. He knows it's the right thing to do, but he's scared to death. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, which threatens to pull James down, too. Tyler explains what it's like to be a player with the ladies. In a letter to his uncle, La'Ron confesses that he's infected with HIV. Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July, when the heat could make a guy go crazy. Still, he loves his hood. These and other unforgettable characters come to life in this poignant, funny, and often searing collection of urban male voices.


New Releases for February 17th

Paperback

NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen Headley (Little, Brown and Company)
As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked --- and I repeat --- Why not fix your face?

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.


New Releases for February 18th

Paperback

LOOK BOTH WAYS by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Razorbill)
In the second book of the Midnight Twins trilogy, Meredith and Mallory Brynn are finally coming to terms with their special gifts: Meredith to see into the past, Mallory to see into the future. But they never expect that their powers will reveal danger so close to home.

Mallory must help her best friend, Eden, find the strength to defy her destiny as a shape-shifter, before Eden gets hurt --- or hurts somebody else. And Merry has her own friends to worry about when her visions reveal trouble brewing on the cheerleading squad in the form of Kim Jellico.

Mallory and Meredith must join together to rescue their friends before it’s too late.

QUAKING by Kathryn Erskine (Speak)
Goth girl Matt lives her life by simple rules: stay under the radar, never go by Matilda (only Matt), and don’t let anyone get too close. But everything changes when she moves in with a peaceful Quaker family in Pennsylvania. As the country fights a war in the Middle East, Matt fights her own personal war, battling bullies of her past and present and fighting to stand up for her belief in peace. Then violence erupts in town, and Matt finds that she will need to fight even harder to save the family she is starting to love.