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August 2015

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August 2015

This month's round up includes Sonia Manzano’s memoir BECOMING MARIA, in which the "Sesame Street" star shares how her turbulent childhood in the South Bronx eventually led to her tor realize her dreams of becoming an actress; A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD by Hannah Moskowitz, a powerful and stunning fantasy about a fairy stuck in the middle of a war; and David Lubar's SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS, the companion novel to the author's beloved SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE about a boy discovering the truths of high school.

In paperback titles this month, we have THE RIGHTS OF THE READER by Daniel Pennac with illustrations by Quentin Blake, a quirky ode to reading; the new SwoonReads title HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU OUT LOUD by Karole Cozzo, which features a girl who is torn between the boy she kissed last summer and keeping her autistic brother a secret; and STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW by Jolene Perry --- a heart-wrenching novel about a hopeful girl who just needs to hold on.

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A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz -

August 18, 2015


Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined.

Another Day by David Levithan - Fiction

January 3, 2017

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day --- a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all.

Awake by Natasha Preston - Thriller

August 4, 2015


Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of four. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question --- until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past. When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it…because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents. And they want her back.

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano - Memoir

August 25, 2015

Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on "Sesame Street" for an astounding 44 years, plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving --- and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. Spiced with culture, heartache and humor, BECOMING MARIA paints a lasting portrait of Sonia's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond - Fiction

August 9, 2016

Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together?

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz - Historical Fiction

March 27, 2018


Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to enlist in the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted. And then everything implodes. Darius is accused of being a terrorist. Kamran refuses to believe it, but the evidence is there --- Darius has been filmed making threats against his country, hinting at an upcoming deadly attack. Kamran's friends turn on him --- suddenly, in their eyes, he's a terrorist, too.
Crushed: The Witch-Game 1 by Kasi Blake - Fiction

August 4, 2015


The Noah girls have beauty, powers and brains. They use all three to play their games. They blow the dust, the boys are crushed, and no one is ever the same. Each year the Noah girls play a secret game --- Crushed. The rules are simple.

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire - Fantasy/Adventure

September 9, 2014

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside with her mother, who is slowly dying in their tiny cabin. But then a train arrives in the village, carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity; a monk locked in a tower; a prince traveling incognito; and Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez - Nonfiction

August 2, 2016

In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

From Where I Watch You by Shannon Grogan - Fiction

June 14, 2016


The past holds many secrets, and they come to light as Kara faces an anonymous terror: Someone is leaving her handwritten notes. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what she’s doing. She starts to catch glimpses of her dead sister. If Kara doesn’t figure out who her stalker is, and soon, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. 

Goosebumps The Movie: The Movie Novel by R. L. Stine - Fiction

August 25, 2015


Zach, 16, has just moved from NYC to a creepy small town. He soon realizes his new neighbor, Hannah (also 16), is in danger. When he tries to rescue her, he accidentally unleashes the monsters created and brought to life by her writer father, R.L. Stine.

How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo - Fiction

August 4, 2015

When Jordyn Michaelson's autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she's determined not to let anyone know they're related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can't shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.

Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak - Fiction

August 18, 2015


Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to make classic art. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her art teacher urges her to go to college. What does she want? What kind of artist am I? Ror’s journey is a seamless blend of words and pictures, cinematic in its scope--a sharp-edged, indelible work of art that will live inside your head.

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals) by Eleanor Herman - Historical Fiction

May 3, 2016


Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains, and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise. Alexander, Macedon's 16-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world, but finds himself drawn to a newcomer… 

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell - Fiction

August 2, 2016

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday --- and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse --- Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself.  Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

Oh My Goddess! Omnibus, Volume 1 by Kosuke Fujishima - Graphic Novel

August 11, 2015

College student Keiichi Morisato thought it was a prank when a strange, beautiful young woman appeared in his dorm room one night. But his unexpected visitor is literally a goddess from Heaven, Belldandy, come to grant him any single wish of his choosing.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas written by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Maris Wicks - Fiction

August 4, 2015


Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, PRIMATES is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. 

She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World by Michael Elsohn Ross - Nonfiction

March 5, 2019


A source of inspiration for young women with strong social convictions, SHE TAKES A STAND highlights 16 extraordinary women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, reproductive/sexual rights, and world peace. 

Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood - Fiction

September 6, 2016


Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a whole heap of problems, including a reversal of family fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and a massive crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things… In this charming story of one guy's efforts to get it together when his life is falling apart, award-winning author Fiona Wood introduces an irresistible voice and a delightfully awkward character who is impossible to forget.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke - Fiction

September 6, 2016


For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror. A host of the smartest young adult authors came together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA author April Genevieve Tucholke.

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust written by Michael Gruenbaum with contributions by Todd Hasak-Lowy - Nonfiction

April 25, 2017


Michael “Misha” Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father. All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded Prague. The Gruenbaum family was forced to move into the Jewish Ghetto. Then, after a devastating loss, Michael, his mother and sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp.

Sophomores and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar - Fiction

May 3, 2016


Scott Hudson has somehow managed to survive Freshman year. But with a new baby brother in the house and a whole host of adventures awaiting him at school, Sophomore year promises to be anything but boring.

Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Perry - Fiction

August 1, 2015


Joy’s fifteen. Her normal life began just three months ago. Before that was another life that she doesn’t like to remember. When the police came, it was supposed to be all over. Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy --- the panic attacks, the meds she’s on, and the hard-to-breathe feeling she gets when she has to talk to someone new. Yet hope has a way of taking hold, and Joy just might find a way to hold on.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle - Fiction

August 2, 2016

Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season --- when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17 --- is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender -

August 30, 2016

Delia's new house isn't just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females --- an insane asylum nicknamed "Hysteria Hall." However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself. But the house still wants to keep "troubled" girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that's when she learns that the house is also haunted.

The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreak Chronicles) by Ali Novak - Fiction

August 4, 2015


Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because that cute boy she met at Starbucks is Oliver Perry --- lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number.  But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver --- dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band --- when her sister could be dying of cancer?

The Rights of the Reader Written by Daniel Pennac with illustrations by Quentin Blake. Translated by Sarah Ardizzone. - Nonfiction

August 4, 2015


First published in 1992 and even more relevant now, Daniel Pennac's quirky ode to reading has sold more than a million copies in his native France. Drawing on his experiences as a child, a parent and an inner-city teacher in Paris, the author reflects on the power of story and reminds us of our right to read anything, anywhere, anytime, so long as we are enjoying ourselves. In a new translation with a foreword and illustrations by Quentin Blake, here is a guide to reading unlike any other: fresh, sympathetic and never didactic, it is a work of literature in its own right.

The Silent Striker by Pete Kalu - Fiction

August 15, 2015


Marcus is the best player on his soccer team --- a graceful, fluid force who can dominate the pitch. He’s good enough, in fact, that there are rumblings that he is being scouted by Manchester United and could be playing for them as early as next year.

Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt - Fiction

August 25, 2015


When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement. Once they figure out that Luke has no clue how to manage them, they become increasingly belligerent, and eventually mutiny. Halloween (the night when ghosts reach the height of their power) is fast approaching, and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. 

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly - Fiction

June 7, 2016


When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He's rude and he treats her like a book he's already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Digby --- annoying, brilliant and somehow attractive? --- has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to an investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.