Monday, September 26, 2016

New Biographies










Born Survivors by Wendy Holdern
“Relates the true account of three pregnant women who met in Auschwitz, where they concealed their pregnancies from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele and fought for their survival as well as the survival of their newborns as they embarked on a treacherous journey to freedom.” –WorldCat

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile by Helen Rappaport
“In this work, the author, a Russian historian, narrates the compelling story of Lenin's life and political activities in the years leading up to the revolution. As he scuttled between the glittering capital cities of Europe, from London and Munich to Vienna and Prague, Lenin found support among fellow emigres and revolutionaries in the underground movement. He came to lead a ring of conspirators, many of whom would give their lives in service to his schemes. An account of Lenin's little known early life, this book tracks in detail the formation of one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century.” –WorldCat

Graveyard For Dreamers: One Woman’s Odyssey in Africa by Joan Baxter
“Graveyard for Dreamers is a personal and colourful account of living, travelling and reporting on coups and customs in seven West African countries.” –Amazon

Hitler’s Secretary: A Firsthand Account of Life With Hitler by Traudl Junge
”In 1942 Germany, Traudl Junge was a young woman with dreams of becoming a ballerina when she was offered the chance of a lifetime. At the age of twenty-two she became private secretary to Adolf Hitler and served him for two and a half years, right up to the bitter end. Junge observed the intimate workings of Hitler's administration, she typed correspondence and speeches, including Hitler's public and private last will and testament; she ate her meals and spent evenings with him; and she was close enough to hear the bomb that was intended to assassinate Hitler in the Wolf's Lair, close enough to smell the bitter almond odor of Eva Braun's cyanide pill. In her intimate, detailed memoir, Junge invites readers to experience day-to-day life with the most horrible dictator of the twentieth century.” –WorldCat

The Rise of Barack Obama by Pete Souza
“Photojournalist Pete Souza documents the meteoric rise of the charismatic Barack Obama from his first day in the U.S. Senate up to the Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza, who also accompanied the senator to seven countries including Kenya, South Africa, and Russia, had access to photograph the senator and presidential candidate in private and public moments during Obama's rise to political stardom. Most of these have not been seen before. Souza provides extended commentary about each photo to place it in context, and describe the scene and participants.” –WorldCat

Tommy Douglas by Vincent Lam
“Tommy Douglas was a prairie politician who believed in democratic socialism and the crucial role of civil rights. Douglas, a championship boxer and Baptist minister, later exchanged his pulpit for politics, sitting as a federal MP and then serving for 17 years as premier of Saskatchewan, where he introduced the universal health-insurance system that would eventually be adopted across Canada. As leader of the national NDP, he was a staunch advocate of programs such as the Canada Pension Plan.” –WorldCat

Friday, September 23, 2016

Music CDs










Art Blakey
Tracks from the greatest hard-bop drummer of 'em all! Includes; ‘Confirmation’; ‘Blues March’; ‘Evidence’ (with Thelonious Monk); ‘Free for All’, and more. –Summary

Benny Goodman
”This 77 minute survey of Benny Goodman's music begins with a teenaged clarinet virtuoso first establishing himself in the context of late 1920s Chicago jazz, then rapidly moving on to New York. In the process, he recorded with leading bands of the day…. Goodman virtually created the swing era by combining the work of the best African American arrangers, such as Fletcher Henderson and Mary Lou Williams, with the best white musicians, like himself and drummer Gene Krupa, wrapping it up in a tightly rehearsed package. Goodman also broke down social barriers when he featured black musicians on stage in his small groups, and those bands are well represented here.” –Amazon

Charles Mingus
This CD includes nine of the most famous tunes from the indomitable Charles Mingus; American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader.  Includes ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’; ‘Better Git It in Your Soul’; ‘Mood Indigo’, and more. –Summary

Coleman Hawkins
”Coleman Hawkins had one of the longest creative careers in jazz, and this compilation, spanning every decade in which he recorded (and accompanying Ken Burns's documentary Jazz), shows that his imagination was as enduring as his ruggedly bristling tenor saxophone sound.” –Amazon

Dizzy Gillespie
From small-combo bebop to big-band Latin excursions, Dizzy was always the innovator. Sixteen tracks include ‘A Night in Tunisia’; ‘Groovin’ High’; ‘Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac’, and more. –Summary.

Ella Fitzgerald
“From her early Decca sides with Chick Webb to her classic Verve songbooks, 18 tracks spanning 25 years! Includes ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’; ‘Night and Day’; ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’; ‘Sophisticated Lady’; ‘Blue Skies’ (with Paul Weston & His Orchestra); ‘Mack the Knife’ , and more.” –Amazon

Herbie Hancock
Tracks from this legendary pianist and innovator include ‘Speak Like A Child’; ‘Rockit’; ‘Watermelom Man’, and more. –Summary.

Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. This 76 minute survey of his music includes ‘Lonely Woman’; Blues Connotation’; ‘Ramblin’, and many more. –Summary

Sidney Bechet
This CD contains twenty songs by master soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet. Includes ‘Wild Cat Blues’; ‘Polka Dot Rag’; ‘Shake It and Break It, and more. –Summary.

Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis 
Sketches of Spain, with its emphasis on flamenco, rich orchestrations, and relaxed tempos, is one of Davis's most popular recordings. This CD includes ‘The Pan Piper’; ‘Will O’ The Wisp’, and ‘Solea.’ –Summary

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Music CDs










A Proud Canadian by Stompin’ Tom Connors
This is a great CD and a good one to introduce anyone to Stompin’ Tom as it's gives a great cross section of his career and his range of songs. Titles include ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’, ‘Margo’s Cargo’ and The Hockey Song’.  –Summary

Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“Deluxe digitally remastered CD/DVD edition of this classic 1967 album from the Rock guitar legend. This edition is housed in a lavish six-panel digipak with 36 page booklet including detailed session info, liner notes, photos and memorabilia. The DVDs contain an exclusive ‘making of’ mini documentary.” –Amazon

Dangerous by Michael Jackson
MJ's 1991 blockbuster was the fastest seller of his career on the back of hits like ‘Black or White’; ‘Remember the Time’; ‘In the Closet’; ‘Heal the World’ and ‘Who Is It’. –Summary

Featuring by Norah Jones
This CD is a compilation of previously released cameos, duets and collaborations as a guest appearance. –Summary

It’s Time by Michael Buble
“Young crooner Michael Buble delivers an album of love songs as powerful as chocolate and candlelight. From covers such as Ray Charles' ‘You Don't Know Me’ to ‘Home,’ penned by Buble and Amy Foster-Gillies, the album is a romantic treat.” –Amazon

Not Too Late by Norah Jones
“On top of the musical world since her spectacular 2002 début album Come Away With Me, Norah Jones' 2007 release Not Too Late is considered by some critics to be the best showcase of her true vocal talents. The album was her first for which she wrote or co-wrote every song, and according to her, some of them are much darker than those on her previous albums.” –Amazon

Ten by Pearl Jam
“Pearl Jam's debut CD made a huge impact on the music scene upon its release in 1991. Ten added to the growing grunge scene and featured the singles ‘Even Flow’; ‘Jeremy’; ‘Alive’; and more.” –WorldCat

Use Your Illusion l by Guns N’ Roses
1991 release from the L.A. hard rockers, one of two albums released at the same time. Features 'Live And Let Die', 'Don't Cry', 'November Rain' and more. –Summary

Use Your Illusion ll by Guns N’ Roses
1991 release from the L.A. hard rockers, one of two albums released at the same time. Features fourteen songs including ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ and ‘Don’t Cry’. –Summary

Van Halen by Van Halen
“Considered to be one of the best debut albums by a hard rock band, Van Halen's 1978 debut album features ‘Runnin' With the Devil’; ‘Jamie's Cryin'’; and more.” –WorldCat

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DVD's










Branford Marsalis Quartet Performs Coltrane’s A Love Supreme
“Recorded at the Bimhuis Jazz Club in Amsterdam in 2003, presents the music of the Branford Marsalis Quartet while on tour.” –WorldCat

Charles Mingus Live in ‘64
Charles Mingus showcases three exceptional concerts performed in April 1964 featuring his most celebrated lineup.  Recorded within an eight-day span, the three concerts showcase Mingus's visionary leadership and the band's incredible depth and diversity with unique performances and arrangements of classics.” –WorldCat

Count Basie Live in ‘62
“Features one of the greatest big band orchestras captured at the height of their considerable powers. This recently discovered concert is the earliest known complete concert of Count Basie and his orchestra released on DVD.” –WorldCat

Ella Fitzgerald Live in ’57 & ‘63
“Features Ella Fitzgerald in two distinct performances. The first is the earliest known complete concert of Ella to be captured on film.” –WorldCat

John Coltrane Live in ’60, ’61 & ‘65
John Coltrane provides an epic 95-minute overview of a true giant of 20th-century music. Three separate shows reveal Coltrane's ascending creative arc from hard bop innovator as a member of the Miles Davis Quartet in 1960 to consummate bandleader in 1961 to unrivalled jazz visionary in 1965.” –Amazon

Life and Debt
“This documentary examines the effects of World Bank and the International Monetary Fund loans on the infrastructure Jamaica established in the wake of independence from the UK in 1962. Seven billion in debt (circa 2000), Jamaica has seen its agricultural industries laid to waste by the impossibility of competing with subsidized, multi-national American based companies. The poverty of an "average" Jamaican in a shantytown near Kingston is in stark contrast to the luxurious tropical fantasy paradise experienced by tourists in posh Montego Bay. In a dog-eat-dog global economy, the US and its multinational corporate clients have all the advantages, while Jamaica has no agriculture, no industry, and no tax base--only ever-growing debt. “ –WorldCat

 My Sister’s Keeper
“Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. Suddenly, their baby girl falls ill, and her only hope for survival rests in her parents' ability to find a compatible bone marrow donator. Their desperate decision to conceive another child raises both ethical and moral questions and begins to erode their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart.” –WorldCat

Sonny Rollins Live in’65 & ‘68
“Performances featuring the jazz saxophonist filmed for Danish television. The first is from the 1965 Copenhagen Jazz Festival and the second for the 1968 television program, Saxophone colossus.” –WorldCat

The Music Instinct: Science and Song
The Music Instinct provides a ground-breaking exploration into how and why the human organism is moved by the undeniable effect of music, and the deep connection between music and our bodies and brains. The program follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture in search of answers to music's deep mysteries.” –WorldCat

Wes Montgomery Live In ‘65
“Features Wes, in intimate studio settings, leading three different lineups through some of his best-known tunes. This rare footage illuminates Wes's extraordinary musical vocabulary and unconventional picking technique.” –WorldCat

Where To Invade Next
“Presents the theory that the American dream, all but abandoned in the United States, has been adopted successfully in other countries, including Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia, and Iceland, looking at such areas as worker benefits, public expenditure for the common good, and state-funded higher education.” –WorldCat

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Fiction










A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
“Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, so when she is taken to the king's dangerous court she believes death will soon follow. But night after night Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, leading her to unlocking years of fear that have tormented and silenced the kingdom, and soon she is dreaming of bigger, more terrible magic, power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to rule of a monster.” – WorldCat

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen; Prequel
 “In two revealing prequels to Red Queen, Queen Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life. Meanwhile, Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance--and stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to an attack on the Nortan capital: Mare Barrow.” –WorldCat

Forest of Ruin by Kelly Armstrong
Age of Legends: Book Three
“The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade. Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, whose hold on the people grows stronger every day, Emperor Tatsu begs Moria to put aside past grievances and ally with Gavril--at least long enough to make an attempt on Alvar's life. Meanwhile, reunited with her long-lost grandfather, Ashyn discovers that she is the key to a ritual that could reawaken an ancient dragon and turn the tide of the coming battle in their favour.  But with lies and betrayal lurking around every corner, Ashyn and Moria will have to decide once and for all where their allegiances lie. And it may not be where their hearts would lead them.” –Amazon

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Aza Ray Boyle's life has been defined by a unique lung disease and her evolving friendship with Jason, but just before her sixteenth birthday, she is swept up into the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity.” –WorldCat

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle; Book Four
“Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.” –Amazon

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
“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. Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There's a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she'll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she'll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she's ready or not.” –Amazon

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl; Book Two
“Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions – intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control – and hoping for answers to her never-ending questions – she agrees to undergo training with her Luiseach mentor, even though she still hopes to give up her powers someday.” –Amazon

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
“Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the things that no one is brave or clueless enough to ask. That is, except for Normandy Pale and her friends Dusk and Neil. They are juniors at Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design, and they have no fear. They are the Truth Commission. But Normandy’s passion for uncovering the truth is not entirely heartfelt. The truth can be dangerous, especially when it involves her sister, Keira, her brilliant older sister, the creator of a best-selling graphic novel series, who has left college and come home under mysterious circumstances, and in complete silence.” –Amazon

We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
“Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend--Ashley's mother, whose gay ex-husband lives in their guest house.” –WorldCat

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Fiction












Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
“Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man.” –Amazon

Dorothy Must Die Stories: Vol. 2 by Danielle Paige
“Follow Dorothy’s iconic companions from the beloved classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as each of their gifts becomes key to the downfall of Oz. After Dorothy Gale wished her way home and long before Amy Gumm found herself in Oz, Dorothy’s friends left the Road of Yellow Brick to go their separate ways. But in a place like Oz, where magic and temptation lurk, the gifts from the Wizard begin to take on a life of their own. The Tin Woodman becomes twisted with longing. The Scarecrow develops a taste for plotting. And doubt consumes the Cowardly Lion.” –Amazon

Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E. K. Johnston
“At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.” –WorldCat

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen, Book Two
“Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?” –Amazon

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
“Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself.” –WorldCat

Soldier by Julie Kagawa
Talon; Book Three
“Ember stands with Riley and his band of rogue dragons, instead of becoming an assassin for Talon. Meanwhile, she's lost contact with her twin brother Dante, as well as with Garret, a former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.” –WorldCat

The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux
Asylum; Novellas
“Before Dan, Abby, and Jordan ever set foot inside the Brookline asylum, its legacy of terror stretched far and deep. Be careful where you go digging in history. Sometimes the past is better off buried….Enter the twisted world of the Asylum series with these three bone-chilling novellas, available in print for the first time and featuring new found photographs. Also includes bonus sneak peeks at Asylum, Sanctum, and Catacomb, for readers who are brave enough to put the pieces together.” –Cover

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Trials of Apollo; Book One
“After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor. But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.” –Amazon

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die; Book Three
“My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because—just like Dorothy—I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin. The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it. But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened. And if I don’t find a way to close it? Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. Now it’s up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all.” –Amazon

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Battle of the Books






The Battle of the Books is a competition organized by CEC librarian Ms. Allen.  This is the first year for the program which involved four participating schools throughout CCRSB. Students in participating schools read twelve books from which questions were taken. The books comprising the battle are former Teen Reader’s Choice Award titles. The battles were held at CEC on 30 May 2016.

The Battle of the Books was undertaken this year as a means of celebrating five years of the Teen Reader’s Choice Award. The battle is also seen as a way to encourage and promote the joy of reading while fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation.

The competition was fierce! The final results, after six rounds of competition, were as follows:
1st place: Cobequid Educational Centre 
2nd place: North Colchester High 
3rd place: Hants North
4th place: Bible Hill Junior High

For further information regarding the participants and books please see


Tuesday, May 31, 2016










And The Winner Is…

The results are in! 565 votes were cast and the winner is Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

The full list of nominees, ordered by number of votes received, is:

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (99 votes)
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (98 votes)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (62 votes)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (57 votes)
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (51 votes)
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist (50 votes)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (49 votes)
The Crossover by Kwane Alexander (42 votes)
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (29 votes)
Greenglass House by Kate Milford (28 votes)


CCRSB Library Services would like to extend a huge thank you to all participating students for making this program a great success! It couldn’t have happened without you!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Fiction










Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae Files; Book One
“The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.” –Amazon

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
“Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids….They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. Some of the rules have been easy to follow….But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.” –Amazon

See How They Run by Ally Carter
Embassy Row; Book Two
“For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest. But the truth has only made her a target. And the past? The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim; love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive; and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.” –Amazon

Something Beautiful by Jamie McGuire
A Beautiful Disaster Novella
"America Mason, a sassy undergrad at Eastern State University, is in love with a Maddox--Shepley Maddox. Unlike his cousins, Shepley is more lover than fighter, but a road trip to her parents' home in Wichita, Kansas could mean the next step, or the end of everything." –WorldCat

The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Elemental Trilogy; Book Three
“When Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, demands that Titus hand over Iolanthe or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage, Iolanthe and Titus decide to infiltrate Bane's crypt, the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis.” –WorldCat

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Gold Seer Trilogy; Book One
"Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend -- who might want to be something more. She also has a secret. Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it. When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California -- where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey."–WorldCat

Wandering Star by Romina Russell
Zodiac; Book Two
“Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn. But news has spread that the Marad--an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy--could strike any House at any moment. Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight. Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there's much more to her Galaxy--and to herself--than she could have ever imagined.” –Amazon

Monday, April 4, 2016

New Fiction











Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms; Book Four
“While Cleo sets aside her feelings about Magnus to fulfill her royal duties, a betrayed Lucia teams up with a vengeful Fire god; Jonas becomes a pawn in the hunt for the Kindred; and King Gaius sails across the Silver Sea to forge a dubious alliance.” –WorldCat

Gathering Deep by Lisa Maxwell
Companion to Sweet Unrest
“Chloe Sabourin’s world was turned upside down three times over when she learned that the unspeakable murders in her native New Orleans―the ones that nearly claimed the life of her friend Lucy―were committed by her own mother, the dark witch Thisbe. Moving on from that is the toughest thing she’s ever had to do. Now a new series of ritualistic killings suggests that Thisbe is plotting again. Chloe seeks help from the mysterious Mama Legba, even though she’s unsure whether or not she can trust the Voodoo Queen. But when her boyfriend Piers vanishes, all signs point to Thisbe, and Chloe must quickly learn all she can from Mama Legba to save the one person she has left . . . even if it means bringing down her mother.” –Amazon

Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
Millennium; Book Four
“Late one night, journalist Mikael Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker -- a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it.” – WorldCat

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes; Book Two
“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 sees this find as an opportunity -- with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses -- the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay.” –Amazon

See Me by Nicholas Sparks
“Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At twenty-eight, he's focused only on walking a straight line-getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rain swept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life. As for Maria, the hardworking lawyer and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Colin will challenge every notion she's ever had about herself and her future, making her question what truly makes her happy.” –WorldCat

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Firebird; Book Two
“Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse -- even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul's soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.” –Amazon

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
“After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by ‘Father,’ a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her ‘siblings’ begin to think he might be God. When Father disappears, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which may hold the power to all Creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come she has a plan. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.” –Amazon

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
“A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.” –WorldCat

Friday, April 1, 2016

New Fiction










Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
“Dubbed ‘Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.” –Amazon

Lungdon by Edward Carey
Iremonger; Book Three
“The dirt town of Foulsham has been destroyed, its ashes still smoldering. Darkness lies heavily over the city, the sun has not come up for days, and inside the houses of people throughout the capital, ordinary objects have begun to move. Strange new people run through the darkened streets. There are rumours of a terrible contagion. From the richest mansion to the poorest slum people have disappeared. The police have been instructed to carry arms. And rats—there are rats everywhere. Someone has stolen a certain plug. Someone is lighting a certain box of matches. All will come tumbling down. The Iremongers are in London.” –Amazon

Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Reawakened; Book One
“When seventeen-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 cant imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe. But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.” –Amazon

The Game of Lives by James Dashner
The Mortality Doctrine; Book Three
“The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.” –Amazon

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Young Elites; Book Two
“Adelina Amouteru's heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?” –WorldCat

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard ; Book One
 “Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die….” –Amazon

Untamed by Anita G. Howard
A Splintered Series Companion
"Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.” –WorldCat

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Fiction










A School For Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Stranje House; Book One
“Scientific-minded Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to a school for unusual high society girls for the ostensible purpose of being reformed into a respectable lady, but is instead secretly enlisted into the war effort alongside Lord Sebastian Wyatt.” –WorldCat

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
”When Emily sees her developmentally disabled classmate Belinda being attacked, she does nothing at all. Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a center for disabled people. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?” –WorldCat

Dime by E. R. Frank
”As a teen girl in Newark, New Jersey, lost in the foster care system, Dime just wants someone to care about her, to love her. A family. And that is exactly what she gets—a daddy and two ‘wifeys.’ So what if she has to go out and earn some coins to keep her place? It seems a fair enough exchange for love. Dime never meant to become a prostitute. It happened so gradually, she pretty much didn’t realize it was happening until it was too late. But when a new ‘wifey’ joins the family and Dime finds out that Daddy doesn’t love her the way she thought he did, will Dime have the strength to leave? And will Daddy let her?” –Amazon

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
“Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities--but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions--and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women's rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.” –Amazon

Hit Count by Chris Lynch
“Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becoming ‘Starlo’ on his way to the top. Arlo’s dad cheers him on, but his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch games. Arlo’s girlfriend tries to make him see how dangerously he’s playing; when that doesn’t work, she calls time out on their relationship. Even Arlo’s coaches begin to track his hit count, ready to pull him off the field when he nears the limit. But Arlo’s not worried about tallying collisions. The winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince Arlo that everything is OK—in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.” –Amazon

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
“After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.” –WorldCat

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
“Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death….There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.” –Amazon

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
“What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.” –WorldCat

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
“When Kate Thompson's father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.” –Amazon

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
"The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory.” –WorldCat

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New Graphic Novels










Gris Grimly's Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
“Retells, in graphic novel format, Mary Shelley's classic tale of a monster, assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies, who develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.” –WorldCat

Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
“Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.” –Amazon

Lumberjanes: Beware of the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes; Book One
"Friendship to the max! At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together-- and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!" –WorldCat

Lumberjanes: Friendship To The Max by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
Lumberjanes; Book Two
“Five girls become instant best friends when they go to camp and discover there is a lot more to the summer than learning to how to paddle a canoe. Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is not your average summer camp and Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers. Between the river monsters, magic, and myths, this summer is only just beginning!” –WorldCat

Old School by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Book Ten
"Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn't cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive?" –WorldCat

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 1 by Aya Shouoto
"On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she's never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!" –WorldCat

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 2 by Aya Shouoto
"Himari Momochi inherits Momochi House, an estate that exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Aoi is the human Omamori-sama, or guardian of the house, who can transform into a powerful spiritual being. But once Momochi House had chosen Aoi as its protector, all evidence of his existence in the human world was erased, and he has never been able to leave. Can Himari break Aoi free?"

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 3 by Aya Shouoto
"Himari Momochi inherits Momochi House, an estate that exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Four friends come over to visit Himari, but Aoi can sense that one of them is no longer alive. This spirit is absorbing Momochi House's power and is quickly transforming into a demon. Will Himari be able to stop its progression and save her friends?" –WorldCat

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
“The Sandman Overture heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman's origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.” –Amazon