The Best New Books...

you may have missed!

These books are all pretty new in the library (since the spring), and teens are the recommended audience for all of them. (That means I wouldn't necessarily recommend these to the 5th graders!) There is something here for everyone!

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

- realistic fiction

- Intro to book from author:

- I read Threatened this summer, another book by this author. If this is anything like that one, you will feel like you are in Africa with the animals.

- reviews: thrilling, nail-biter, must-read!

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

- nonfiction/collective biography

- In 1961, John Glenn and other astronauts were making history. At the same time, 13 women, were passing all the tests that showed they were qualified to go to space as well. They were denied. The women did not give up. This is their story.

- reviews: fascinating, well-researched, important

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

- realistic fiction

- There are two girls, both named Sloane Jacobs. Sloane Emily Jacobs is a competitive figure skater from Washington DC who has some family drama going on. Sloane Devon Jacobs is a hockey player who has hit a rough patch in her game.

- They accidentally meet, and decide to switch places in order to get away from the problems of their lives.

- reviews: fun, lighthearted read

Second Impact by David Klass

- realistic fiction

- told from two perspectives: Jerry, the star quarterback on the high school football team, and Carla, the school newspaper's lead sports reporter

- story told in blog posts and emails--not a normal narrative form

- When Jerry's friend suffers a concussion during a game, Carla follows the story and starts to write about how soon is too soon to let players back into games after being hurt. Not everyone appreciates the information Carla is reporting.

- reviews: action-packed and especially thought-provoking

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

- science fiction

- Khemri is a prince in a futuristic world. The problem is, there are hundreds of other princes, too, and they're all out to get him. He has to go through all kinds of battles, trusting only himself, to figure out who he really is.

- book trailer:

- reviews: classic science fiction/space adventure, funny moments, really fast-paced

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

- historical fiction, but based on a true story

- Tells the story of Yanek Gruener, who 10 years old in 1939 and was living in Poland. The Nazis invaded, deported his parents, and sent him to his first--of 10!--concentration camps. How will Yanek survive?

- reviews: amazing, powerful, moving--makes you grateful for what you have!

Check out one of these books--or put one on hold--today!