Home Alone Movie Review

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Home Alone (1990)
Call #: BLU-RAY+DVD HOLIDAY HOME
Rating: 5/5 stars
Series: Home Alone, Movie 1
Review by David D.

 

Today I’m going to give a review about the best and most enjoyable Christmas movie of all time, Home Alone. This is the first movie in the series out of five, but in my opinion it’s the best one. I would personally rate this movie a 5 out 5 because it’s so entertaining to watch with your family, especially if it’s during Christmas.

The story is about a family who plan a trip to Paris, but the main character Kevin behaves badly the night before the trip. His mom makes him sleep in the attic where she will forget about him in the morning when they are all in a hurry to get to the airport. When Kevin finds out that he was left alone, at first he is terrified, but then he is excited for all the things he is able to do! That excitement will only be with him after some intruders try to break in into his house, but in order to find out more you will have to see the movie!

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Other Broken Things by Christa Desir

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Other Broken Things by Christa Desir
Rating: 4/5 stars
Review by Layla C.

 

Other Broken Things is about a 17-year-old girl named Natalie who, after receiving a DUI, is required to go to AA meetings. She meets an older man named Joe who she ends up falling in love with. Throughout the book, we see Natalie struggle with sobriety, self-control, self-esteem, family conflicts, and her past mistakes.

This book is one of my favorites because of the mature themes it covers. Personally, I’m not the biggest reader. It takes a plot that remains interesting throughout the book to keep me engaged. This book exceeded that and always left me wanting to read more. I found many topics in the book very relatable to my personal life such as the topic of family conflicts and self-esteem. I thought the way the author portrays the dark and difficult aspects of the struggles of a recovering alcoholics made the tone of the book much more personal than other young adult novels I’ve read.

I would recommend this book to older teens (age 16+). This book does include mature themes, and I would not recommend it to children. Overall, after reading it, I felt that I took away more perspective on controversial topics. When picking a good read I prefer one that makes me think hard about it even after I finish. This is definitely a tear-jerker that can help some gain insight when going through a difficult time in life.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Call #: TEEN SHUSTERMAN
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Series: Scythe, Book 1
Review by Ariana K.

 

Scythe is a book set in the future, where death is caused naturally all with the help of an advanced computer system: Janine as the “Thunderhead” that controls society. Everyone lives in a world with no misery and danger. Scythes are the only ones who can kill and end life on command in order to keep the population under control. Now two teenagers named Citra and Rowan are taken under the control of Scythe Goddard, who abuses his powers and enjoys to kill.

I really like the book. I personally enjoy science fiction books, so this book really caught my attention. Scythe would be perfect for young adults who also enjoy science fiction and action. I had to read this book for the summer going into my freshman year of high school as a summer reading project. I really never read anything like this book, but the only similar book I can think of would sort of be The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I really liked the characters in the book as well, and I like the relationship between Citra and Rowan. This book is just absolutely amazing, and I would definitely recommend it.

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Display Spotlight: Non-Fiction

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Whether you’re looking to follow a real-life adventure or learn more about a topic, our Non-Fiction collection in the Teen Room has something to offer everyone! Stop by the Teen Room in March to see our display of fantastic Non-Fiction titles.

 

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

81wEdiG5UFLShane Burcaw is a YouTuber, gamer, and writer who has used his sense of humor to write this absolutely hilarious memoir about his life. Burcaw has spinal muscular dystrophy, and Laughing at My Nightmare discusses everything from his girlfriend to a laugh-out-loud bathroom experience. Whether you’re already a fan of his youtube channel, enjoy in-your-face humor, or just want to read a funny, true story about someone living with a disability, you’ll find something to enjoy in Laughing at My Nightmare!

 

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists by Mikki Kendall & A. D’Amico

91s+PKeLToLAmazons, Abolitionists, and Activists tells the famous stories of women fighting for their rights throughout history, and includes many lesser known. If you’re looking for a good introduction to women’s rights and women’s history, this is an excellent book to pick up- you’ll fall in love with the drawings and the historical women, and you’ll learn something new too!

 

March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

March_Vol_1Although the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century may be something we’re used to seeing in history books, Congressman John Lewis lived it. The March series of graphic novels are his account not only of his early life, but his involvement in the movement. From organizing a lunch-counter sit-in to preparing for the inauguration of the country’s first black president, Congressman Lewis uses this graphic novel to tell a compelling story about who he is, what struggles he endured, and why he fought.

 

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

81WxHPCjCZLThe 57 Bus follows the story of Sasha and Richard, the fateful day they met, and the aftermath of their meeting. Veteran journalist Dashka Slater details the lives of Sasha (a white agender teen), Richard (a black teen), the history and geography of the city of Oakland, and the justice system with tact and detail; serious and complex topics like racism, LGBTQ+ violence, the education system, and more are deftly handled in The 57 Bus.

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Educated by Tara Westover

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Educated by Tara Westover
Call #: 371.042 WES
Rating: 4/5 stars
Review by David D.

 

This book is about a woman named Tara who overcomes the tough obstacles put in her life by her family. Since she was a child, her parents were very anti-government, so she never went to a hospital and never attended school. Her parents believed that the government was just brainwashing their minds into going to a hospital, taking medicine, or even learning information from a school.

I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it motivates and teaches you that anything is possible even if you have a lot of problems in your life. Tara Westover is a great example of this because she never got a proper education when she was young, but ended up going to Cambridge University and earned a degree in writing. I would highly recommend that you read this book because you will notice that there is people out there who have it much harder than you do, but with motivation and a strong attitude they can overcome these struggles and succeed in life.

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Display Spotlight: Romance-Free

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Last month was Valentine’s and like many people, we got into the spirit at the library with romance-themed book displays. But sometimes it’s nice to get a break, and read a book that has absolutely no romance in it whatsoever; whether you’re burnt out on romance, never have enjoyed it, or are just in the mood for something different, try one of these books with little or no romance at all!

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

71MJtpebF6LThis is an older book, but still good for plenty of laughs! When Australian teen Amal, inspired by Rachel from Friends, decides to begin wearing a hijab full-time, her life changes in both expected and unexpected ways. From run-ins with school administration to adventures with her friends, Amal’s story combines laughs with feels in an unforgettable mixture.

 

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

81fJ1hJO4FLWhen Claudia gets back from a summer vacation, her best friend Monday is missing. But nobody seems to care. The two girls have always been inseparable, and Claudia worries not just for her friend, but about what might happen to her without Monday. Despite resistance from those around her, Claudia starts trying to figure out where Monday has gone, as well as navigate a world without her. But the more she investigates, the more questions she has. Just where is Monday, and why isn’t anyone else looking for her?

 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

nimona-coverLord Ballister Blackheart is a villain, locked in a feud with Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. But when Lord Blackheart hires shapeshifter Nimona to be his apprentice in this graphic novel, chaos ensues for both sides of the feud. Nimona is full of suprises, and this graphic novel is full of laughs. The phrase “I’m a shark” will never have the same meaning after Nimona.

 

 

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

9780545474337_mresWhat happens when you’ve lost all hope and given up – but find you’re still here? That’s what Vicky Cruz has to figure out in The Memory of Light. When depressed teen Vicky wakes up in a hospital after a suicide attempt, she isn’t sure how to move forward. But as she meets other teens facing their own mental health challenges, and gets help from an empathetic therapist, she slowly begins to remember the light. This is a slow, emotional, thoughtful novel inspired by the author’s own experiences with depression.

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Aladdin Movie Review

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Aladdin (2019)
Call #: J DVD + BLU RAY DISNEY ALADDIN
Rating: 4/5 stars
Movie Series: Aladdin, Movie 1
Review by Andrea A.

 

Aladdin is set in the early days of the made up city of Agrabah, Iraq. It is about a young “street boy” who befriends and falls in love with Jasmine, the princess of Agrabah. He desperately wants to be with her and finds no hope in trying, until he finds a magic lamp that holds a genie inside who is willing to grant Aladdin three wishes as a thank you for freeing him. Meanwhile, Princess Jasmine attempts to fight cultural norms that prevent a woman from ruling the city on her own.

I really enjoyed this movie, as it included clever humor throughout the whole two hours and entertaining song and dance scenes. A lot of the time, remakes or any movie after an original movie in a series are usually not as good as the original film. The 2019 version of Aladdin goes against this typical belief. Another thing I really appreciated about this film was all the examples of support for feminism it included throughout the movie. Princess Jasmine was the main feminist icon in the film because of the way she fought for her independence and her say in what she wanted in her life. She also fought against the demanding rules of her own father and city overall that lived in fear of the powerful antagonist of the story, Jafar. Jasmine was such a powerful character because she was able to do both fight for her rights over her own life and also fight to be able to lead her city properly and keep them safe from evil.I was able to relate most to Princess Jasmine in the sense that she had to face a lot of discrimination and double standards as a woman growing up in a male-dominated society.

I decided to see this movie because I was a big fan of the original as a kid and was excited to see how Disney would improve it in a new way. I would recommend this movie to anyone of any age because it includes important lessons and topics that are relevant in today’s society and can also bring out the kid in you at the same time. I feel that the casting of the movie was done very well. Mena Massoud, who played Aladdin, and Naomi Scott, who played Princess Jasmine, both portrayed their characters personalities exactly as they were written; Scott especially brought a very feisty and intense performance to the film. Will Smith had very large shoes to fill as the genie, as Robin Williams was the voice of the original, but his energy and acting was perfect for his role. Overall, this movie brought me back to my childhood while also showing me some important lessons and topics that I might not have picked up on when I was younger. The movie is very dream positive and shows that anyone can be a leader.

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Author Spotlight: Robin Talley

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It’s time for our monthly author spotlight, and in March we’re highlighting a favorite author of Teen Services Librarian Hannah: Robin Talley!

Robin Talley grew up in southwest Virginia and worked in digital communications for LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, educational equity, and other progressive causes for fifteen years before she turned to writing full-time. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading about queer characters, analyzing Disney movies, and chocolate. She lives in Washington D.C. with her wife and daughter. 

Robin’s work addresses the many identities of the queer spectrum throughout time and genre, and here’s her books that you can find in the Teen Room! All summaries are taken from Goodreads.

 

Lies We Tell Ourselves

9780545823821_mresIn 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

 

What We Left Behind

81kDtKvf2oLToni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, theirs is bound to stay rock-solid.

The reality of being apart, though, is very different than they expected. Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, meets a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen won’t understand Toni’s new world, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

 

As I Descended

AsIDescended-highres-1200x1813Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

 

Our Own Private Universe

81vThn5TMDLFifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex.

No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual—even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too.

Actually, Aki’s theory is that she’s got only one shot at living an interesting life—and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try.

So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa—slightly older, far more experienced—it seems her theory is prime for the testing.

But it’s not going to be easy. For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you’re in love? It’s going to be a summer of testing theories—and the result may just be love.

 

Pulp

91ToeiM+iBLIn 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.

 

Music From Another World

81HJy5ap9+LIt’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others—like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom—and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.

 

For more information about Robin and her upcoming work, visit her website at https://robintalley.com/.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Giver by Lois Lowry
Call #: J SCIENCE FICTION LOWRY
Rating: 5/5 stars
Movie: The Giver (2014)
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Series: The Giver Quartet, Book 1
Review by Morgan G.

 

This book is set in a futuristic world where there is no such thing as pain, poverty, and even war. In this society, people who have turned the age of 12 are assigned jobs that they must do until they are “released”. Jonas, the main character, has been assigned as the Receiver of Memory. During his training, Jonas receives the memories from the current Receiver of Memory, also known as the Giver. No one in the community has memories besides the Giver; it is kept this way because the society eliminated memories to have a “perfect” world. Along the journey of becoming the Giver, Jonas sees and feels emotions he has never felt before. He also takes big risks in order to try save the ones he loves. This a book full of twists and turns, sadness, and even a little action too.

Personally, I think The Giver is an amazing book. I mostly read it because I saw a trailer of the movie and I thought it looked very interesting, so I decided to read the book first; this ended up being a good decision because it is now my favorite book. When I read The Giver I realized so many things that I never had before, like appreciating every moment you have in your life, no matter if they are good or bad. Citizens in The Giver weren’t allowed to feel like we do or have memories like us. I would rather feel something then not feel anything. This book inspired me to appreciate everything in my life more, even if it wasn’t going my way.

I definitely encourage anyone to read this book! Even if you’re interested in other genres, I recommend you still read The Giver because it is a great story filled with many interesting themes. I give this book a 5 star rating because it’s just that good. Lois Lowry did a really nice way of detailing the story and every little thing!

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Staff New Release Picks: March 2020

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It’s a new year full of amazing books, so you know what that means: new release picks! Looking for a new book and a guaranteed good read? Check out one of these 14 titles hand-selected by our Teen Services staff-all summaries are from Goodreads:

March 3rd Releases

Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco
Fantasy
810e-Tc687LTala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
Fantasy
81bNu1rYutLKeeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Contemporary
819mUBnVKpLSummer love…gone so fast.

Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s aunt’s health takes a turn for the worse and his family decides to stay in North Carolina to take care of her, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at a school party and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and comfortably queer) guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.

Will is more than a little shocked to see Ollie the evening of that first day of school. While his summer was spent being very much himself, back at school he’s simply known as one of the varsity basketball guys. Now Will is faced with the biggest challenge of his life: follow his heart and risk his friendships, or stay firmly in the closet and lose what he loves most.

The First 7 by Laura Pohl
Sequel to: The Last 8
Science Fiction
916BTuV+N7LWelcome home. Someone’s been waiting.

Clover Martinez and The Last Teenagers on Earth are busy exploring the galaxy after leaving earth behind…even if they can’t help but be a little homesick.

So when their ship receives a distress signal from their former planet, they hope against hope that it means other survivors. But as soon as they arrive, they realize something’s deeply wrong: strange crystal formations have popped up everywhere and there’s some sort of barrier keeping them from leaving.

Seeking the origin of the formations and the reason for the barrier, the group discovers a colony of survivors hidden in the mountains. But the survivors aren’t who they seem…

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
Fantasy
34460349Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

 

March 10th Releases

A Phoenix Must First Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope, edited by Patrice Caldwell
Short Stories
81Up483xQ6LSixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp & Manuel Preitano
Graphic Novel
91RUtFUV2xLAfter a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham’s teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss. Within these walls, strange sounds escape at night; patients go missing; and Barbara begins to put together pieces of what she believes to be a larger puzzle.

But is this suspicion simply a result of her trauma? Fellow patients try to connect with Barbara, but she pushes them away, and she’d rather spend time with ghost stories than participate in her daily exercises. Even Barbara’s own judgment is in question.

In The Oracle Code, universal truths cannot be escaped, and Barbara Gordon must battle the phantoms of her past before they swarm her future.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Nonfiction
Stamped_FINAL SchuThis is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
Contemporary
WYWE-coverYou can’t rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again.

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.

Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.

Now, Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex–best friend. But pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she’s assigned to be Layla’s tutor. Despite budding new friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

Alternating between time lines of Then and Now, When You Were Everything blends past and present into an emotional story about the beauty of self-forgiveness, the promise of new beginnings, and the courage it takes to remain open to love.

 

March 17th Releases

Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer
Mystery/Thriller
71Y6YumnHhLEveryone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….

No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.

But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.

Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Nonfiction/Graphic Novel
91-fFiExhILGene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.

But Gene doesn’t get sports. As a kid, his friends called him “Stick” and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it’s all anyone can talk about. The men’s varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that’s been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.

Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he’s seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn’t know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons’s lives, but his own life as well.

 

March 24th Releases

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
Magical Realism
91oNUtj7axLThe Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

 

March 31st Releases

Music From Another World by Robin Talley
Historical Fiction
81HJy5ap9+LIt’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others—like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom—and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.

Heavy Vinyl: Y2k-O! by Carly Usdin & Nina Vakueva
Sequel to: Heavy Vinyl: Riot on the Radio
Graphic Novel
81m8Y5k-CaLSAVE THE INTERNET, SAVE THE WORLD (OF MUSIC)!

It’s 1999 and Chris is living her dream: working at Vinyl Destination by day and fighting for (musical) justice by night (okay, maybe during the day too) in the world’s coolest teen girl vigilante fight club. But when the girls of Vinyl Destination enter a Battle of The Bands – to investigate and, of course, win – they learn that the shadowy corporate masters of the music industry plan to destroy the fledging world of digital music and blame it on Y2K. Now it’s time for Chris and the gang to dial up 56k (or more, pretty please) of justice so they can save the day once again!

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