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February 2016

Cool & New

February 2016

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by debut author Heidi Heilig, a fantasy in which 16-year-old Nix and her father travel across the world and through time in their not-so-ordinary ship; STARS ABOVE, a collection of stories based on Marissa Meyer’s best-selling series The Lunar Chronicles; and SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys, a work of historical fiction inspired by the real-life sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff at the end of World War II.

In paperback titles this month, we have THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL: Book One by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel, a novel based on the famous YouTube series about a girl who knows her new house isn’t quite right; THE TRAGIC AGE: A Novel by Stephen Metcalfe, where two teens help the disenchanted Billy Kinsey learn to love and trust our completely absurd world; and MORTAL HEART, the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFevers’ bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy.  

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig -

February 7, 2017


Nix's life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, modern-day New York City and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he's uncovered the one map he's always sought --- 1868 Honolulu, before Nix's mother died in childbirth. Nix's life --- her entire existence --- is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past.

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer - Fantasy

May 2, 2017


The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Historical Fiction

August 1, 2017

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. But just when it seems that freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes, and all 10,000 people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel - Fiction

February 2, 2016


Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just...creepy.
In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening --- and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger --- Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
The Tragic Age: A Novel by Stephen Metcalfe -

February 16, 2016


This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work --- not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college. 
Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. 
With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.
Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is --- Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It's the age he's at.  The tragic age.  
Mortal Heart: His Fair Assassin, Book 3 by Robin LaFevers - Fiction

October 2, 2018


Annith has patiently awaited her own turn to serve Death as an assassin of St. Mortain. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the convent. Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has.

Of Better Blood by Susan Moger - Fiction

February 1, 2016


It's 1922, and eugenics --- the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding --- has taken hold in America. After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at 16 to play a born cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But gutsy, outspoken Dorchy befriends Rowan and helps her realize her own inner strength and bravery. The two escape to a summer camp on an island where they discover something is happening to the children. Rowan must find a way to stop the horrors on the island…if she can escape them herself.

Women of Colonial America: 13 Stories of Courage and Survival in the New World by Brandon Marie Miller -

February 1, 2016


Using a host of primary sources, author Brandon Marie Miller recounts the roles, hardships, and daily lives of Native American, European, and African women in the 17th and 18th centuries. With strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness, these women and many others played a vital role in the mosaic of life in the North American colonies. 

A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World's First National Park by Erin Peabody -

February 2, 2016


The summer of 1871, a team of 32 men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day’s most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched and photographed the region’s breathtaking wonders --- from its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma. At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development.

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers - Fantasy

May 9, 2017


17-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn't stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she's confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.

She awakens one night to a house full of smoke. and she narrowly escapes, but she isn't able to save her Family as their home is consumed by flames. With horror, she realizes that Val and his Family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there's just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay.

The Unpopular Ones: Fifteen American Men and Women Who Stood Up for What They Believed In by Jules Archer - History

February 2, 2016


When she wore pants, Amelia Bloomer was a “hussy,” subjected to jeers and catcalls. As the only female doctor in the entire western United States, Bethenia Owens was so unpopular that she was threatened and driven out of town. And when Jonathan Walker was caught helping escaped slaves, he was branded with the letters “SS,” for “slave stealer.” Today we recognize these unpopular ones as both brave and in the right. Their stories remind young readers that sometimes it is important to speak out against the popular opinions of the time. What are those opinions in today’s world? These fifteen men and women set examples of standing up for what's right. Whose unpopular beliefs today will be the truths of tomorrow? Will you be one of the unpopular ones?

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman -

February 21, 2017


Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history's most infamous pirate --- Blackbeard --- and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and ultimately set him on his path of destruction.From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach's father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden.

Little White Lies by Brianna Baker and F. Bowman Hastie - Fiction

February 9, 2016

Auto mechanic Sawyer did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. When she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life --- her father's identity --- she braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. 
Red Ink by Julie Mayhew -

February 9, 2016


When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce her to a living, breathing father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete. But at least Melon has The Story. The Story is the Fouraki family fairy tale. A story is something. This time-shifting novel follows a narrator as she struggles with sudden grief—and the unfolding process of finding out who she really is

Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse -

February 9, 2016


Five teens, five futures. Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world. Brixney must escape a debtor colony by finding a way to increase the number of hits on her social media feed so she’ll attract corporate sponsorship. Epony goes “High Concept” and poses as an otherworldly being to recapture her boyfriend’s attention. Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard. And Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey - Science Fiction

August 1, 2017


Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed --- marked --- as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible.

Riders by Veronica Rossi - Fiction

May 16, 2017

Eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, an aspiring U.S. Army Ranger, is definitely dead from an accident that leaves him with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny of becoming War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Now, he and the other horsemen --- Conquest, Famine, and Death --- must help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence. When they fail, Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine -

December 20, 2016


Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen. To do that, Lorelai needs to be stronger, faster and more powerful than Queen Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol's father and older brother are killed, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own. He makes a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promising to become her personal huntsman --- and bring her Lorelai's heart.

Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman --- who she likes far more than she should --- Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn't going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

The Word for Yes by Claire Needell -

February 16, 2016


The gap between the Russell sisters --- Jan, Erika, and Melanie --- widens as each day passes. Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence.

And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.

Dreamfever by Kit Alloway - Fantasy

February 23, 2016


Finding out that she is the True Dream Walker hasn't gone at all the way Joshlyn Weaver would have expected it to. In addition to her inability to connect with the Dream, she has also started having nightmares that are so terrible she can't tell anyone about them. Just when Josh thought her life couldn't get any more complicated, the lost dream walker princess returns to claim her parents' right to the throne, right as the Lodestone party threatens to take control of the government. With the clock running down, Josh must rely on not only her friends, but also her enemies, to stop the radicals from taking power and controlling the Dream. But how can she expect to save everyone else when she's struggling to pick up the pieces of her own shattered life?

Firstlife by Gena Showalter - Young Adult Fantasy

February 23, 2016

Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average 17-year-old girl…who has spent the past 13 months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Her refusal to let her parents choose where she'll live --- after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death. In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul.

It's Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change by Bridget Heos -

February 23, 2016


Tackling the issue of global warming head-on for a teen audience, Bridget Heos examines the science behind it, the history of climate change on our planet, and the ways in which humans have affected the current crisis we face.

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky - Fiction

March 28, 2017

Just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That's why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying. We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him --- his room key, his cell phone and his secrets. We were not planning on what happened next. We swear.

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan - Fiction

June 6, 2017


For two years, what has mattered most for 15-year-old Amadou are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. The higher the number the safer they are because the bosses won’t beat them, and the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home to Moke and Auntie.  The problem is Amadou doesn’t know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won’t tell him.  Tricked into forced labor on a plantation in the Ivory Coast, they spend day after day living on little food and harvesting beans in the hot sun. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive --- until Khadija comes into their lives.

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The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice - Fiction

January 31, 2017

When Ruth Ann (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she's driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Everyone thinks she's in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome --- she can see, hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo's sister and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo and inadvertently caused the accident. Now, Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo's boyfriend, Newton --- the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through.

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Historical Fiction

February 21, 2017


Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home --- until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

The Awkward Phase: The Uplifting Tales of Those Weird Kids You Went to School With by Tyler Gillespie and Claire Linic - Advice

February 2, 2016


Based on the hit Tumblr “The Awkward Phase,” this book answers that question with personal stories and cringe-worthy photos from seasoned comedians, YouTube stars, and people like the rest of us that cover everything from sweaty-palm moments to bad band photos.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas -

February 9, 2016


England, 1882. When her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes. Evelyn ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. A reclusive young gentleman, Sebastian Braddock, is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true―and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Cake Pop Crush by Suzanne Nelson - Fiction

February 23, 2016


Alicia Ramirez has always loved baking. Her family owns Say It With Flour, the small bakery in town. And Ali's specialties are cake pops. But Ali's sweet life turns sour when a sleek coffee shop opens across the street, giving her bakery a run for its money. Worst of all, the owner's son, Dane McGuire, likes to bake, too. He's the new kid in Ali's school...and happens to be annoyingly cute. When Dane and Ali engage in a bake-off to prove who is the cake-pop master, it's Ali's chance to save Say It With Flour. But will she be able to rise to occasion...and ignore what her heart might be telling her?

Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor -

February 29, 2016


Seventeen-year-old Kettle, an orphaned Japanese American, is struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to --- the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having "one drop of Japanese blood in them." He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job and his gang of Lost Boys. Eighteen-year-old Nora --- the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans, is desperate to run away. When Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide.