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August 2016

New in Paperback

August 2016

This month’s New in Paperback roundup includes THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, in which a girl and her family become unavoidably accident-prone every October. Also featured are WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach, which follows four high schoolers reflecting on their lives and futures as an asteriod hurtles towards Earth and SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older, wherein a girl named Sierra Santiago discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into different forms of art.

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons - Young Adult Fantasy

February 10, 2015


Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. The best any girl can hope for is to end up as some man’s forever wife, but most are simply sold and resold until they’re all used up.

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith - Fiction

February 26, 2015


Ariel, the sole survivor of an attack on his village in the Middle East is 'rescued' from the horrific madness of war in his homeland by an American soldier and sent to live with a family in suburban Virginia. And yet, to Ariel, this new life with a genetic scientist father and resentful brother, Max, is as confusing and bizarre as the life he just left. Things get even weirder when Ariel and Max are sent to an all-boys summer camp in the forest for tech detox. Intense, funny and fierce friendships are formed. And all the time the scientific tinkerings of the boys' father into genetics and our very existence are creeping up on them in their wooden cabin, second by painful second...

Queen of Ashes (Blood of Gods and Royals) by Eleanor Herman - Fantasy

August 1, 2016


If you look away from her face, you will die. This is the warning given to the suitors of Queen Laila of Sharuna, who must compete against one another to win the royal Egyptian's affections. One by one, men cower under her penetrating gaze, and one by one, they are executed. That is, until Laila meets two brothers who do not cower before her: Brehan, noble and courageous...and Riel, intelligent and ambitious. But when Brehan and Riel turn on each other, Laila must choose where her heart truly lies, before the brothers she loves reduce her kingdom to ash.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it. Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage and the discovered diary --- and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Now Stella is 17, and she’s over it. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown - Nonfiction

August 2, 2016

 
Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler. 
The Conjuror's Riddle by Andrea Cremer - Historical Fantasy

August 2, 2016


Charlotte leads her group of exiles west, plunging into a wild world of shady merchants and surly rivermen on the way to New Orleans. But as Charlotte learns more about the revolution she has championed, she wonders if she's on the right side after all. Charlotte and her friends get to know the mystical New Orleans bayou and deep into the shadowy tunnels below the city --- the den of criminals, assassins and pirates --- Charlotte must decide if the revolution's goals justify their means, or if some things, like the lives of her friends, are too sacred to sacrifice.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape…and even less of being together. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon - Historical Fiction

August 2, 2016


Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies --- after all, his father has been murdered, his mother has been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age 20, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

A Monster Calls written by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay - Fiction

August 2, 2016


At seven minutes past midnight, 13 year old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting --- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. 

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana -

August 2, 2016


Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It's been six years since she chose to live with her affluent father in Miami instead of her history-obsessed eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead. But while Sleepy Hollow was made immortal by literature, the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica's Cuban family and the secrets of their heritage that her mother obsessed over. But ghostly voices whisper in the wind, questioning whether her mother’s death might not have been an accident after all, and Mica knows there's a reason she's here.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne - Romance

August 2, 2016


Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives.

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Who will be left after lights out? At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game --- it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "Killed" during a series of thrilling pranks and only the Game Master knows who the "Killer" is. When Cate's finally invited to join the Assassins' Guild, she know it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs. But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she's the next target?

The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno - Fiction

August 2, 2016


For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she's missed bits and pieces of her life. Now she's figuring out why. Now she's remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led . . . and the love that she can't let go.

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini - Romance

August 2, 2016


Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together but that isn't landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother's dance studio. Enter Eddie. He's intense, driven and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment, but when she's with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. Except Eddie is hiding a secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else...

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?

Eureka! 50 Scientist Who Shaped Human History by John Grant - Nonfiction

August 2, 2016


Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Darwin, Hawking --- we know the names, but how much do we really know about these people? Galileo gained notoriety over his battle with the Vatican, but did you know that this “father of modern science” was also an accomplished lute player? And Darwin of course discovered the principle by which new species are formed, but his bold curiosity extended to the dinner table as well. (And how many people can say they’ve eaten an owl!) In EUREKA! John Grant --- author of DEBUNK IT!, DISCARDED SCIENCE, SPOOKY SCIENCE and many others --- offers fifty vivid portraits of groundbreaking scientists. From lutes and owls to astronomy and evolution, EUREKA! explains how these scientific geniuses have shaped our understanding --- and how they spent their free time as well.

Clariel by Garth Nix - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel by William Ritter - Fiction

August 2, 2016


In the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed JACKABY,  Abigail Rook and Sherlockian detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby are back and on the trail of a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

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.

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo - Fiction

August 2, 2016


The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That's all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl's suicide. Now Nikki's been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can't look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates --- almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake completely shatters your life. 

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Though she's formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra's not sure she can trust him. And with James's fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

It's All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett - Fantasy

August 2, 2016


When Allison’s best friend, TJ, convinces her to come along for an epic game of LARP (live-action roleplaying), she reluctantly agrees despite her reservations about the geeky pastime. TJ’s weekends are filled with powerful wizardry, mystical creatures and intense battles with his LARP group. Each adventure is full of surprises, but the goal is always the same --- to defeat the monsters and find the treasure. Not long after their quest begins, the friends discover that something has gone wrong. The fantasy world they’ve built has transformed and the battle they’re in the midst of is no longer make-believe.

Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine - Steampunk

August 2, 2016


In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago --- but it can’t quell her fears for him.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Movie Tie-In Edition) by Ransom Riggs - Fiction

August 2, 2016


When a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, he discovers the crumbling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned mansion, he wonders if the children who once lived here --- including his own grandfather --- were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow --- impossible though it seems --- they may still be alive.

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.

Reawakened by Colleen Houck - Fiction

August 2, 2016


When 17 year old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.

The Evolution of Gabriel Adam by S.L. Duncan - Fantasy

August 9, 2016


Stuck in the Dark Realm, teen-turned-archangel Gabriel Adam must remember who he was in the world. A familiar face guides him through an apocalyptic landscape, the only way home, but a relentless destructive force hunts them.

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.

Falter Kingdom by Michael J. Seidlinger - Young Adult Fantasy

August 9, 2016


Hunter Warden just wants to watch unboxing videos and be lulled to sleep by the monotone voices and smooth talking YouTube hosts. He wants his parents to either totally leave him alone or be around for once. After a few beers, Hunter decides to go for a run in Falter Kingdom. When you run the gauntlet at Falter Kingdom, a tunnel next to a park on the outskirts of suburbia, one of two things can happen --- nothing or you catch a demon. The cold spots, locked doors, scratches on the wall and disappearing laptop immediately alert Hunter to the fact that a demon is haunting him. Hunter knows that he should get rid of it, but he can't help but enjoy the company of "H," despite this demon's sinister intentions.

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey - Fiction

August 9, 2016


They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Monsters. 

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?

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King - Fiction

August 16, 2016

 
Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin - Fiction

August 23, 2016


From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more.

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins - Humor

August 23, 2016


Listen in as 10 YA authors --- some familiar, some new --- use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poignant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.

Caminar by Skila Brown - Fiction

August 23, 2016


Set in 1981 Guatemala, a lyrical debut novel tells the powerful tale of a boy who must decide what it means to be a man during a time of war.  After the soldiers arrive in his village, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree with a sign on his neck: Communist. Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her...Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’s abuela lives.  A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war,  CAMINAR is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.

Persuasion by Martina Boone - Fiction

August 23, 2016


Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts. The man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences. While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing feelings for Eight Beaufort.

The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges - Romance

August 30, 2016


Natalie Roman isn’t much for the spotlight. But performing "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in an old theatre beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. And no one in the cast knows her backstory. Except for Lucas --- he was in the psych ward, too. He won’t even meet her eye. But Nat doesn’t need him. She’s making friends with girls, girls who can hide their liquor in Coke bottles and laugh at the theater’s ghosts. Natalie can keep up. She can adapt. And if she skips her meds once or twice so they don’t interfere with her partying, it won’t be a problem. She just needs to keep her wits about her.

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 Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough - Fiction

August 30, 2016


Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920's, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg -

August 30, 2016


Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know.  Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret about Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without an explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family and discover the PORCUPINE OF TRUTH in all of their lives.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach - Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction

August 30, 2016


Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton - Fiction

August 30, 2016


A spine-tingling collection of ghost stories. When a boy finds himself drawn into an empty house one cold night, he enters a room in which twelve unusual-looking people sit around a table. And the thirteenth chair is pulled out for him. One by one, each of those assembled tells their own ghost story: tales of doom and death; of ghostly creatures and malevolent spirits; of revenge and reward. It is only at the end of the night that the boy starts to understand what story he must tell. 

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older - Fantasy

August 30, 2016

 

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then her grandfather becomes sick and he starts apologizing repeatedly. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears…Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on. With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one --- and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall - Fiction

August 30, 2016


Robin Loxley is seven years old when his parents disappear without a trace. Years later the great love of his life, Marian, is also taken from him. Driven by these mysteries, and this anguish, Robin follows a darkening path into the ancient heart of Sherwood Forest. What he encounters there will leave him transformed...

Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano - Fiction

August 30, 2016


Following her parents’ high-profile divorce, Paige and her brother are forced to move to Idaho with their mother, and Paige doesn’t have very high hopes for her new life. Pretty soon, strange things start to happen around the house. Things only get creepier and the more Paige investigates, the clearer it all becomes: there’s something in the house, and whatever it is…it won’t be backing down without a fight.

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall - Fiction

August 30, 2016


Gideon always has a plan. It includes running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee and having his choice of colleges. It does NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend, Kyle. Kyle is already dating the head cheerleader, Ruby --- and Gideon doesn’t know what to do. Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. When both Ruby and Gideon start acting weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong.

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLER: SECRETS, The Lost Girl and Can You Keep a Secret? by R. L. Stine - Horror

August 30, 2016


In PARTY GAMES, Rachel is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear's exclusive birthday party on Fear Island. When Rachel arrives at the island, a scavenger hunt turns up some horrifying surprises. Soon, Rachel has to fight to survive the deadliest game of all --- the game of murder. In DON'T STAY UP LATE, Lisa is plagued by nightmares and hallucinations after a horrible accident that landed her in the hospital for weeks. Lisa is happy to take a babysitting job to get her mind off of the terrible events of the past. But then her friends begin dying one by one. Are Lisa's nightmares coming true?

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch - Fiction

August 30, 2016


Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron is hopeful and excited --- with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira knows that the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe --- even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Lament by Alexandra Adornetto - Fiction

August 30, 2016


After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger.

Kook by Chris Vick - Fiction

August 30, 2016


A heart-pounding love story that grips like a riptide, and doesn’t let go...Fifteen-year old Sam has moved from the big city to the coast --- stuck there with his mum and sister on the edge of nowhere.
Then he meets beautiful but damaged surfer-girl Jade. Soon he’s in love with her, and with surfing itself. But Jade is driven by an obsession: finding and riding a legendary huge wave no one has ever ridden. As the weeks wear on, their relationship barrels forward with the force of a deep-water wave --- into a storm, to danger...and to heartbreak.
No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown - Young Adult Fiction

August 30, 2016


Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends Friday nights hanging out at the house of her best friend, Devon. But when she learns about an audition at a prestigious arts school, Amber decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out. The more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.