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:

Friend Me by Sheila M. Averbuch
Roisin turns to Hailey, her online friend, to escape the constant abuse from a school bully, but Roisin begins to suspect Hailey isn’t who she claims she is.

The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza
Abandoned as a baby in a forest to be eaten by Shadow Creatures, twelve-year-old Bo and his pet fox embark on a quest to return the wish-granting Stars to the Ulvian sky before the Shadow Witch can steal the star magic.

Serena Says by Tanita S. Davis
After her best friend, JC, has a kidney transplant, Serena feels that they are falling out of touch, especially as JC makes a new best friend in the hospital.

The Sisters of Straygarden Place by Hayley Chewins
Seven years ago, the Ballastian sisters’ parents left them in the magical Straygarden Place with a warning saying never to leave the house or go into the grass. Ever since then, the house itself has taken care of Winnow, Mayhap, and Pavonine–feeding them, clothing them, even keeping them company. Until one day, when the Winnow does the unthinkable and goes outside into the grass, and everything Mayhap thought she knew about her home, her family, and even herself starts to unravel.

For Teens:

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
After receiving an invitation to spend the summer with their estranged grandmother, the Story cousins arrive at her house only to discover that she is not there, and the longer they stay on the island, the more they realize their mysterious family history has some deadly secrets.

What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini
While summering in her grandparents’ small Oregon town, where a serial murderer lurks, eighteen-year-old Magdalena faces recovery from a scandal at her Manhattan private school, schizophrenia, and falling in love with “Wildboy.”

January Craft Kit: Hand Warmers

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:

This Town Is Not All Right by M. K. Krys
Twins Beacon and Everleigh McCullough are moving from their home in sunny LA to Driftwood Harbor, a rainy fishing village in New England. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s something strange about this town and the mysterious group of too-perfect students called The Gold Stars. After Everleigh is recruited into their ranks, Beacon must uncover Driftwood Harbor’s frightening secret before he loses his sister forever.

Spindlefish and Stars by Christiane M. Andrews
When Clo’s father goes missing, she takes the mysterious items he left behind and journeys across the sea to find him, but is stranded on a strange island and must learn to spin fish into yarn to unravel the secret of all that has happened

Atty at Law by Tim Lockette
Atticus “Atty” Peale fights for the rights of animals, copes with having a racially-mixed family in small-town Alabama, navigates the social scene of middle school, and determines to help her father prove Jethro Gersham innocent of murder.

No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt
Cowslip Grove seems like the perfect place to raise a family until the children start disappearing. Nobody looks for the children because nobody can remember them. Nobody except Levi and Kat. Now they must figure out what terrible presence is taking the chilren and fight it to save the missing kids, before the whole town disappears.

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte (Graphic Novel)
Having just moved to Seattle from Taiwan, twelve-year-old Cici enters a cooking competition to win the chance to see her grandmother again, but she only knows how to cook Taiwanese food.

For Teens:

Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky
Alex just wants to be a Real Boy, to feel like he belongs in his home, his family, his skin. Then comes Tracy, who thinks he’s adorably awkward, who lives Alex’s goofy smile and his awkwardness. When they begin dating, Alex feels strange in his role of “boyfriend.” In his daydreams, Alex tries on dresses and swipes on lipstick.Then he meets Andre, a gay boy who is beautiful and unafraid to be who he is. Slowly, Alex begins to realize: maybe his name isn’t Alex at all. Maybe it’s Sasha Masha.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
When Anna Chiu is not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father’s restaurant, she’s taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction, and soon Anna is starting to feel like a normal teen. But as her mother’s condition continues to decline, her family questions everything they understood about themselves and one another.

The Other Side by Heather Camlot (Graphic Novel)
In this poignant coming of age young adult novel a twelve-year-old boy is swept up in the mystery of a young girl’s death as he comes to terms with his German grandfather’s past during World War Two.

Publishers’ Weekly Best Books 2020: Middle Grade

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:

Not Your All-American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Lauren and Tara have always done everything together so it is only natural that they both try out for their middle school musical play, about an “all-American” girl in 1958; Tara gets the lead role, as usual, because in the teacher’s mind Lauren, half-Jewish and half-Chinese, does not fit the image of all-American girl–Lauren is hurt but resolved to support her friend, but her two grandmothers are furious and they intend to do something about it.

Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
Lou Montgomery’s life has been centered on her mother’s terrifying plan to make her a singing star, but a crisis reveals Lou’s sensory processing disorder and people determined to help her address it.

Class Act by Jerry Craft (Graphic Novel)
Eighth grader Drew Ellis recognizes that he is’t afforded the same opportunities, no matter how hard he works, that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted, and to make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids and is finding it hard not to withdraw, even as their mutual friend Jordan tries to keep their group of friends together.

The Nerviest Girl in the World by Melissa Wiley
Pearl lives on a ranch where her chores include collecting eggs and feeding ornery ostriches. She has three older brothers, who don’t coddle her at all. And she knows a thing or two about horses, too. One day, Pearl’s brothers get cushy jobs doing stunts for this new form of entertainment called “moving pictures.” They’re the Daredevil Donnelly Brothers, a Death-Defying Cowboy Trio. Before she knows it, Pearl has stumbled into being a stunt girl herself-and dreams of becoming a star. The only problem is, her mother has no idea what she’s up to. And let’s just say she wouldn’t be too happy to find out that Pearl’s been jumping out of burning buildings in her spare time.

Of Salt and Shore by Annet Schaap 
Every night Lampie, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter lights the lantern which warns the ships away from the rocks, but when the light goes out one night, a ship is wrecked and Lampie is sent to the Admiral’s Black House in disgrace–there she finds and befriends the Admiral’s son, who was born with a tail, and together they are pulled into an adventure of mermen and pirates, and secret identities long concealed but soon to be revealed.

For Teens:

Like Spilled Water by Jennie Liu
Na has always lived in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents’ cherished son. When Bao-bao dies suddenly, Na realizes how little she knew him. Did he really kill himself because of a low score on China’s all-important college entrance exam? She learns that Bao-bao had many secrets– and that his death may not be what it seems. When Na’s parents expect her to quit her vocational school and go to work, it forces her to confront traditional expectations for and pressures on young women.

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly
In this adaptation of the fairy tale Snow White, the huntsman follows the queen’s order to kill Sophie, but the princess is brought back to life by the seven men of the woods, who, along with other brave friends, help Sophie overcome the story’s true villain and reclaim her throne.

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her.

January Craft Kit: Penguin Bookmarks

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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:

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone’s hero. But lately life at ZJ’s house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can’t remember it.

City of Secrets by Victoria Ying (Graphic Novel)
Since his father’s death, Ever Barnes has secretly been in charge of an amazing mechanical building but now, ruffians are after him and his new friend Hannah, the building owner’s spunky daughter.

The True Definition of Neva Beane by Christine Kendall
Neva and her older brother Clayton have been left with their grandparents for the summer, and she is having a difficult time dealing with change: the changes to her body, changes with her relationships with her brother who is becoming involved with social activism and their multicultural community (and with Michelle, the sexy girl across the street), and with her best friend, Jamila, whose father is from Ghana–Neva is growing up and she is not sure that the dictionary has the right words to describe everything she is experiencing.

Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
Eleanor has just moved to Eden Eld to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother was killed in a fire. Her birthday, which falls on Halloween, is just around the corner, and she hopes that this year will be a fresh start at a new life. But then one morning, an ancient grandfather clock counting down thirteen hours appears outside of her bedroom. And then she spots a large black dog with glowing red eyes prowling the grounds of her school. A book of fairytales she’s never heard of almost willingly drops in front of her, as if asking to be read. Something is wrong in the town of Eden Eld.

Ghost Hunter’s Daughter by Dan Poblocki
Claire doesn’t believe in ghosts, even though her dad is a ghost hunter on TV. But then her dad disappears. And a strange boy in her class, Lucas, knows something about ghosts. One of them has a message for her: Her dad has been taken, and he’s in grave danger. Together, Claire and Lucas set out for the town of Hush Falls, where her dad was last seen. Legend says that a tall man in a dark tattered coat lurks near the local reservoir, and anyone who gets too close to old Lemuel Hush is never heard from again. Claire and Lucas are determined to rescue her father. But how can they save him from the ghost of Hush when everyone knows that seeing the ghost means that you’re destined to die…

For Teens:

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
Seventeen-year-old Lila Reyes, furious when her parents send her to the English countryside to recover from grief and heartbreak, unexpectedly falls in love with a teashop clerk–and England, itself.

My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo
Reeling from her father’s coma and kissing a female teacher, seventeen-year-old Corazon suddenly finds herself in the Philippines with a half-brother she had never met.

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon
It’s fine that Lilliana’s best friend, Jade, is all caught up in her new boyfriend lately. It’s fine that her inner-city high school is disorganized and underfunded. It’s fine that her father took off again, and she’s left with her increasingly crazy mom, her heathen little brothers. But it turns out before he left, he signed Liliana up for a school desegregation program called METCO. At Westburg, Liliana– half-Guatemalan and half-Salvadorian– must struggle with being a minority. The only way to survive is to whiten up. When she discovers the truth about her father– he’s undocumented and he’s been deported back to Guatemala– nothing is fine. And Lili is done changing who she is, denying her culture and where she came from.

December Craft Kit: Snowflake Suncatcher

Watch a video demonstration of the Snowflake Suncatcher that is part of the December craft kit for tweens and teens.