New Books

Check out these new books in the Tween section and the YA corner. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

For Tweens:

The Hiddenseek by Nate Cernosek
A brother and sister are transported to a strange world based on the game hide-and-seek, where they are pursued by a cursed witch.

One Kid’s Trash by Jamie Sumner
When his father moves them halfway across Colorado, eleven-year-old Hugo O’Donnell is surprised that his remarkable talent for garbology makes him popular for the first time in his life.

Indiana Bones by Harry Heape 
Indiana Bones is a shaggy dog with a difference. He’s got superpowers and can sniff out criminals and – with his young friend and owner Aisha – solve mysteries that would flummox the world’s more expert detectives! In their first case, they are on the trail of treasure hidden centuries ago by a legendary knight known as The Lonely Avenger, an adventure which takes them all the way to Egypt and the Pyramids.

Lilla the Accidental Witch by Eleanor Crewes (Graphic Novel)
Shy thirteen-year-old Lilla discovers a book of magic that reveals she is a witch, but also draws the attention of an ancient evil hidden in the woods.

For Teens:

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
Teenaged Briseis, who possesses a supernatural power over plants, including poisonous ones, inherits a dilapidated estate in rural New York and must protect herself and her family from centuries-old secrets that threaten their lives.

Violet Ghosts by Leah Thomas
Loner Dani and his best friend Sarah, the ghost of a teen murdered decades earlier, team up to help other murdered women who are still tethered to this life.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
Nancy Luo, Krystal Choi, Akil Patel, and Alexander Lin, juniors at Manhattan’s elite Sinclair Prep, are forced to confront their secrets after Jamie Ruan, once their closest friend, is found dead.

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis
Sixteen-year-old Katrell uses her witchy powers to talk to the dead and escape her home life, but when she disregards the dead’s warnings to stop, dark forces begin to close in forcing Ketrell to make some hard decisions.

Eyes of the Forest by April Henry
After a bestselling fantasy author disappears, only his biggest fan believes he’s in danger and has the courage to uncover the truth in this fast-paced mystery with a chilling psychological twist.

Teen Book Review

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (The House of Hades, Book Four)

Seven demigods (children with both mortal and godly parents) set off on a quest to close the doors of death and stop Gaea (the earth goddess) from destroying civilization. The storyline was exciting and kept me on edge. I also learned a lot about Greek mythology. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in mythology or enjoys a action-filled book.

Review by Abby G.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-Ocotber 15, 2021) with books by these great authors.

Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X (YA)
Clap When You Land (YA)

Julia Alvarez
Return to Sender (TWEEN)

Jennifer De Leon
Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (YA)

Margarita Engle
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (TWEEN)
Your Heart, My Sky: Love in a Time of Hunger (YA)

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe (YA)
Sia Martinez and the Moonlight Beginning of Everything (YA)

Meg Medina
Burn Baby Burn (YA)
Merci Suarez Changes Gears (TWEEN)

Daniel José Older
Shadowshaper (YA)

Celia C. Pérez
The First Rule of Punk (TWEEN)
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers (TWEEN)

Pam Munoz Ryan
Echo (TWEEN)
Mananaland (TWEEN)

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (YA)
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life (YA)

Erika L. Sanchez
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (YA)

Jenny Torres Sanchez
The Fall of Innocence (YA)
We Are Not From Here (YA)

Adam Silvera
More Happy Than Not (YA)
They Both Die at the End (YA)

A Librarian Reads…

How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

When Sandra Uwiringiyimana was ten years old her family was forced to flee their home and settle into a refugee camp. This was the first time, and she didn’t expect it to be any different than in the past. Then the men came with guns and fire, leaving Sandra’s little sister dead and her family shattered. This remarkable true story paints a picture of a happy childhood that changed in an instant. Eventually her remaining family was relocated to the United States, where Sandra became an advocate for those who were not as lucky as herself, still in refugee camps around the world.

Sandra is a real-life hero who started her work in social justice at a young age. Her story of the struggles she went through in Africa and the United States are inspiring. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up who care about social justice across the globe.

2021 Teen Reading Challenge

New Books

Check out these new books in the Tween section and the YA corner. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

For Tweens:

We are Family by LeBron James and Andrea Williams
When Jayden and his teammates find out there’s not going to be a Hoop Group this year–and maybe ever again–they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball season.

Fast Pitch by Nic Stone
Shenice Lockwood dreams of leading the Fulton Firebirds to the U12 softball regional championship. But Shenice’s focus gets shaken when her great-uncle Jack reveals that a career-ending-and family-name-ruining-crime may have been a setup. It’s up to Shenice to discover the truth about her family’s past-and fast-before secrets take the Firebirds out of the game forever.

The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron
Etan has stopped speaking since his mother left. His father and grandfather don’t know how to help him. His friends have given up on him. When Etan is asked to deliver a grocery order to the outskirts of town, he realizes he’s at the home of Malia Agbayani, also known as the creature. Malia stopped going to school when her acute eczema spread to her face, and the bullying became too much. Soon, other kids tease Etan for being friends with the creature. But he believes he might have a cure for Malia’s condition, if only he can convince his family and hers to believe it, too. Even if it works, will these two outcasts find where they fit in?

Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez (Graphic Novel)
For 12-year old Alyssa, this means splitting time between her Puerto Rican dad’s apartment in Manhattan and her white mom’s new place in Queens, navigating the trials and tribulations of middle school, and an epic crush on a new classmate. The only way to make sense of it all is to capture the highs and lows in doodles and hilarious comics in a diary. Then life abruptly changes on September 11, 2001. After the Twin Towers fall and so many lives are lost, worries about gossip and boys feel distant and insignificant. Alyssa must find a new sense of self and purpose amidst all of the chaos, and find the strength to move forward with hope.

For Teens:

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Julián Luna has a plan for his life: Graduate. Get into UCLA. And have the chance to move away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the suffocating expectations of others that have forced Jules into an inauthentic life. Then in one reckless moment, with one impulsive tweet, his plans for a low-key nine months are thrown–literally–out the closet. 

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
Attending an elite prep school in Connecticut on a scholarship with his best friend (and secret love) science genius Delaney Doyle, sixteen-year-old Cash Pruitt, from a small town in East Tennessee, struggles with emotional pain and loss until his English teacher suggests writing poetry.

The Endless Skies by Shannon Price
Sixteen-year-old Rowan is about to become one of the famed Leonodai Warriors – the elite shapeshifting fighters who protect the floating city Heliana from the world of Men – but when disaster strikes the city’s children, Rowan sets out on her own, risking everything to save her beloved city.

The Companion by Katie Alender
Margot was handpicked by the Suttons from the orphanage to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha. At first, helping with Agatha–and getting to know her handsome older brother–seems much better than the group home. But soon, the isolated, gothic house begins playing tricks on Margot’s mind, making her question everything she believes about the Suttons…and herself.

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
When seventeen-year-old Star Fuentez reaches social media stardom, her polar-opposite twin, Moon, becomes “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and the grumpy but attractive Santiago Philips.

Teen Book Review

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

A woman who becomes a suffragist to support the women who funded for her to go to Oxford. While handing out flyers, she happens upon the Duke of Montgomery. Later on in the book she goes to a ball hosted by the duke. The duke was not supposed to be at the ball and the woman (Annabelle) falls asleep in one of his libraries, in his chair. In the end the end up getting married (sorry for the spoilers!). I enjoy romance, steampunk, Victorian era, and fantasy books. This one had a strong female protagonist and was a romance so I loved it! I would recommended this to my older sister. Definitely for someone who loves romance.

Review by Mary P.

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A Librarian Reads…

Hollow Chest by Brita Sandstrom

Charlie is counting down the days until his brother Theo will come home after being wounded in World War II. But people keep warning him that sometimes soldiers come home different than when they left. Sure enough, happy and loving Theo has turned into someone who is cold, distant—sometimes even cruel. Charlie needs to know what happened to Theo, and he discovers something called “Hollow Chest.” It is what happens to people whose hearts have been eaten by War Wolves. Charlie cannot accept that his brother’s heart is gone forever, so sets out to do something no one has ever done before—try to find the War Wolves.

This historical fiction is full of beautiful language, vivid descriptions of a London left ravaged by war, tender relationships, and hope. Highly recommended for all readers in middle school and up. One of the best books I have read this year!

Teen Library Council