Monday, August 2, 2021

The Inheritance Games

The Inheritance Games
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Little, Brown, and Company, 2020. 376 pages. Young Adult Mystery 

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why -- or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch -- and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive. 

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Truly, Devious
By Maureen Johnson
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018. 420 pages. Young Adult Mystery 

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
By Holly Jackson
Delacorte Press, 2020. 390 pages. Young Adult Mystery 

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone. Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Adeleke chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip's dangerous reality... 

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Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation

Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation 
by Candace Owens 
Threshold Editions. 2020. 300 pages. Nonfiction. 

It's time for a black exit. Political activist and social media star Candace Owens explains all the reasons how the Democratic Party policies hurt, rather than help, the African American community, and why she and many others are turning right. Well-researched and intelligently argued, Blackout lays bare the myth that all black people should vote Democrat – and shows why turning to the right will leave them happier, more successful, and more self-sufficient. 

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by Ezra Klein 
Avid Reader Press. 2020. 312 Pages. Nonfiction 

America's political system isn't broken: it's working exactly as designed. In this book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us-- and how we are polarizing it-- with disastrous results. In examining the structural and psychological forces behind America's descent into division and dysfunction, he shows that everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Now our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together.


by Timothy Ballard 
Shadow Mountain. 2018. 254 pages. Nonfiction

Although they have lived centuries apart, two stories come together about fighting the evils of slavery and sex trafficking. Told in alternating chapters are the stories of Harriet Jacobs, a brave African-American Woman born into slavery in North Carolina in 1813, and Timothy Ballard, a former special agent for the Department of Homeland Security and now the founder of the modern "underground railroad", an organization called Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R). Ballard tells the story of how Harriett never lost faith or courage to win her freedom and how her example has provided the blueprint he needed to start O.U.R and save the slaves in the modern world. 


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Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir
Ballantine Books, 2021. 476 pages. Science Fiction

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him.

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How to Astronaut
by Terry Virts
Workman Publishing, 2020. 310 pages. Science Nonfiction

Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts offers an insider's guide to astronauting with a behind-the-scenes look at the training, the basic rules, lessons, and procedures of space travel, including how to deal with a dead body in space, what it's like to film an IMAX movie in orbit, what exactly to do when nature calls, and much more.




Goldilocks
by Laura Lam
Orbit, 2020. 340 pages. Science Fiction

A gripping science fiction thriller where five women task themselves with ensuring the survival of the human race. Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.

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Any Way The Wind Blows


Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3)

by Rainbow Rowell

Wednesday Books, 2021. 579 pages. Fiction.

 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell's epic fantasy, the Simon Snow trilogy, concludes with Any Way the Wind Blows. In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. 

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages — and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough. 

Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet. This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest. Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us. Make sure to have a box of tissues near. 

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1)

by Mackenzie Lee

Katherine Tegen Books, 2017. 513 pages. Fiction.

Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Heartstopper Vol. 1

by Alice Oseman

Graphix, 2020. 263 pages. Graphic Novels.

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn't think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.



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Friday, July 30, 2021

Storm Front

Storm Front: Dresden Files #1
By Jim Butcher 
Roc, 2000. 322 pages. Fantasy 

As far as he knows, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of importance, Harry needs to find work soon. A call from a distraught wife, and other from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago Police, makes Harry believe that things are looking up. In fact, they are about to get much worse. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. 


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By Richard K. Morgan 
Del Rey, 2018. 528 pages. Science Fiction 

On a Mars where ruthless commercial interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement, as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-corporate enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that's made him a human killing machine. But he's had enough of the turbulent red planet, and all he wants is a ticket back home--which is just what he's offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator. It's a beyond-easy gig for a heavy hitter like Veil . . . until it isn't. When Veil's charge, Madison Madekwe, starts looking into the mysterious disappearance of a lottery winner, she stirs up a hornets' nest of intrigue and murder. And the deeper Veil is drawn into the dangerous game being played, the more long-buried secrets claw their way to the Martian surface. Now it's the expert assassin on the wrong end of a lethal weapon--as Veil stands targeted by powerful enemies hellbent on taking him down, by any means necessary 

By Ilona Andrews 
CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013. 227 pages. Science Fiction/Fantasy 

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shi-tzu, and is a perfect neighbor. But Dina is different: her broom is a deadly weapon and her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can't leave the grounds because she's responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, 'normal' is a bit of a stretch for Dina. And now, something with wicked claws and teeth has begun to hunt at night. Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans, an alpha-strain werewolf, and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she's facing is unlike anything she's ever encountered before. It's smart, vicious, and lethal; and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

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Don't Hate the Player

Don’t Hate the Player
By Alexis Nedd 
Bloomsbury, 2021. 378 pages. Young Adult Fiction 

Emilia Romero is living a double life. By day, she's a field hockey star with a flawless report card. But by night, she's kicking virtual butt as the only female member of a highly competitive eSports team. Emilia has mastered the art of keeping her two worlds thriving, which hinges on them staying completely separate. When a major eSports tournament comes to her city, Emilia is determined to prove herself to her team and the male-dominated gaming community. But her perfectly balanced life is thrown for a loop when a member of a rival team recognizes her. 

Jake Hooper has had a crush on Emilia since he was ten years old. When his underdog eSports team makes it into the tournament, he's floored to discover she's been leading a double life. The fates bring Jake and Emilia together as they work to keep her secret, even as the pressures of the tournament and their non-gaming world threaten to pull everything apart. 

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By Rainbow Rowell 
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. 438 pages. Young Adult Fiction 

Feeling cast off when her best friend, and sister, outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father. 




By Eric Smith 
Inkyard Press, 2020. 357 pages. Young Adult Fiction 

At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds ... and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron's dreams and Divya's actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line ... And she isn't going anywhere without a fight. 


By Lana Wood Johnson 
Scholastic Press, 2021. 341 pages. Young Adult Fiction 

Skylar Collins of Lovelace Academy intends to win at the Scholastic Exposition, (an extremely nerdy academic competition) using her latest app, which she considers a brilliant piece of coding; but first she has to assemble a team, and she will do anything to accomplish that, even if it means playing Cupid for teammates Joey and Zane--but her people skills are not as good as her coding, and when she starts to feel attracted to Zane things get even more complicated.

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All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe

All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe
By Josi Kilpack
Shadow Mountain, 2017. 336 pages. Historical Fiction

Resolving to pursue her literary life and retain her identity after marrying the supportive, deeply religious Calvin Stowe, Harriet Beecher is overwhelmed by a pregnancy while her husband travels in Europe, a situation that makes her question her place in her husband's heart.




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Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Dutton, 2013. 356 pages. Historical Fiction

Chosen as the personal modiste for Mary Todd Lincoln, freedwoman Elizabeth Keckley is drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family as she supports Mary in the loss of her husband from the assassination that stunned the nation and the world.

 

 

The Invention of Wings
By Sue Monk Kidd
Viking Adult, 2014. 384 pages. Historical Fiction

Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science


Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science
by Erika Engelhaupt
National Geographic Partners, 2020. 336 pages.

Erika Engelhaupt of National Geographic’s Gory Details blog has compiled some of the fascinating and provocative tales of the natural world. In this volume, you’ll find stories about gross anatomy, creepy crawlies, cultural taboos, and murderous mammals. 





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by J.W. Ocker Quirk Books, 2020. 271 pages.
Ocker profiles the infamous real-life items that have intersected with some of the most notable events and people in history-- leaving death and destruction in their wake.







by Caitlin Doughty W.W. Norton & Company, 2019. 222 pages.
Funeral director Caitlin Doughty blends her scientific understanding of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five urgent questions posed by her youngest fans.
by Mary Roach W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. 348 pages.
Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Furia

By Yamile Saied Mendez
Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin, 2020. 357 pages. Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Camila "la Furia" Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina, dreams of playing professionally, despite her father's wishes. She keeps her passion for soccer a secret until her team qualifies for the South American tournament, which means she has to come clean to her parents. Camila must find the strength to pursue her goals despite living in a community that doesn't support her ambitions. 


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By Elizabeth Acevedo
HarperTeen, 2019. 389 pages. Young Adult

Navigating the challenges of finishing high school while caring for a daughter, talented cook Emoni Santiago struggles with a lack of time and money that complicate her dream of working in a professional kitchen. 




By Erika Sanchez
Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017. 344 pages. Young Adult

When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who lings to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed. 




By Julian Winters
Duet, 2018. 305 pages. Young Adult

Sebastian Hughes, star goalie on the high school's soccer team, is looking forward to his senior year until his estranged childhood best friend, Emir Shah, shows up to summer training camp. 





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Friday, July 23, 2021

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
by Malcolm Gladwell
Little, Brown & Company, 2021, 240 pages. History

Using a variety of interviews and primary sources, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the impact the concept of precision bombing had during World War II, and its varied successes when tried against both Germany and the Japanese. This book especially focuses on the decisions leading up to the deadliest night of World War II—the bombing of Tokyo. Although this book is a great read, listen to this book if you can, since it was first created as an audiobook/podcast hybrid, then adapted into a written book. The listening experience is incredibly rich, with interviews and clips that highlight Gladwell’s points about how the use of precision bombing changed the way we fight.  

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by Erik Larson
Crown, 2020, 585 pages. History

Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann. 

by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
Alfred A. Knopf, 2017, 640 pages. History

Those who enjoy the high production quality of Gladwell’s Bomber Mafia will enjoy this book based on the Ken Burns documentary series. Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war—US and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did, and to clarify its complicated legacy.

by David Grann
Doubleday, 2016, 338 pages. Nonfiction

The Bomber Mafia talks about the development of the US Air Force; Killers of the Flower Moon talks about an interesting true crime story that helped guide the formation of the FBI. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case and slowly unveiled on the of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age 
by Annalee Newitz
W.W. Norton & Co, 2021. 297 pages.

Science journalise Annalee Newitz explores the history of urban life through four ancient cities from across the globe. If you are interested in archaeology and the ancient past, you may be familiar with Catalhoyuk, Pompeii, Angkor, and Cahokia. Newitz presents the latest research on these four cities and dives into the rise and fall of these metropolises from the four corners of the globe. 




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House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest
by Craig Shields 
Little, Brown and Co, 2007. 496 pages.

The greatest unsolved mystery of the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi, the native peoples who in the eleventh century converged on Chaco Canyon (in today's northwestern New Mexico) and built a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world.




Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval N. Harari 
Harper, 2015. 443 pages.

A narrative history of humanity's creation and evolution explores how biology and history have defined understandings of what it means to be human, detailing the role of modern cognition in shaping the ecosystem, civilizations and more.

Imagined Life: A speculative Journey Among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals

Imagined Life: A speculative Journey Among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals 
by James Trefil and Michael Summers 
Smithsonian Books, 2019, 232 pages. Nonfiction. 

Curious about what sort of life is out there when you gaze up at the night sky? Professors James Trefil and Michael Summers answer our burning hypothetical questions of just what kind of aliens one might encounter on distant (and not-so-distant planets). The planets described are all hypothetical, but they feel very familiar to what we have in our solar system—planets with crushing forces of gravity (Jupiter), planets with ice caps (Mars), and planets with liquid oceans trapped under ice (Europa). This fun, imaginative exploration of alien life is a great read for anyone interested in space, space tourism, or real-life science fiction. 

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Out there: A Scientific guide to alien life, antimatter, and human space travel (for the cosmically curious) 
by Michael Wall Grand Central Publishing, 2018. 245 pages.

This is a layman's guide to the cosmos, discussing astronomy, physics, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, the practical realities of life for humans in outer space, and insights into space exploration.






Packing for Mars
by Mary Roach W.W. Norton, 2010. 333 pages.

Popular nonfiction writer Mary Roach takes on space and describes the weirdness of space travel, answers questions about the long-term effects of living in zero gravity on the human body, and explains how space simulations on Earth can provide a preview to life in space.

Everybody Fights: So Why Not Get Better At It

W. Publishing, an Imprint of Thomas Nelson, 2021. 230 pgs. Self-Help

Kim and Penn Holderness are best know for their viral internet video where they are dancing around in their Christmas jammies. There is a more serious side to the couple though. For the past several years they have been working hard on their relationship with their pastor and marriage coach, Dr. Christopher Edmonston. This book shares the things they learned during this time, but in a fun and lighthearted way. They share actual fights they have had and then analyze how they went wrong and what they can improve for next time. The book also includes scripts for how to start, continue, and wrap up hard conversations. The book is geared for couples, but the principles they teach can apply to any relationship. I highly recommend the audiobook on Libby. It is narrated by the authors and there are spontaneous songs and comments sprinkled throughout. 

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By John M. Gottman and Nan Silver
Harmony Books, 2015. 295 pgs. Self-Help

Gottman offers strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve any problem, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family, or anything else. 





By Willard F. Harley, Jr.
Revell, 2011. 234 pgs. Self-Help

Identifies the ten most vital needs of men and women and shows husbands and wives how to satisfy those needs in their spouses. This edition highlights the special significance of intimate emotional needs in marriage. 





By Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Zondervan, 2017. 346 pgs. Self-Help

If you've ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself. 


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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

You Have A Match


You Have a Match

by Emma Lord

Wednesday Books, 2021. 305 pages. Young Adult

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it's mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie...although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front. But she didn't know she's a younger sister. When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents. The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby's growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

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The Rest of the Story

by Sarah Dessen

HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. 440 pages. Young Adult

Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates.



Say Yes to Summer

by Lindsey Roth Culli

Delacorte Press, 2020. 256 pages. Young Adult

Graduating at the top of her class after years of following the rules, Rachel makes plans for a summer of saying yes to new experiences before big mistakes, rekindled friendships and romance take her in unexpected directions.




To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

by Jenny Han

Simon and Shuster, 2014. 355 pages. Young Adult

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.



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Monday, July 19, 2021

El Príncipe del Sol

El Príncipe del Sol (El Príncipe del Sol, #1)
Por Claudia Ramírez Lomelí
Planeta, 2018. 341 páginas. Ficción Juvenil

La nación del sol y el reino de la luna han logrado mantener la paz durante un milenio, pero hoy todo parece estar perdido: la reina Virian ha desaparecido y los vientos de guerra amenazan ambos territorios. Emil es el príncipe heredero a la corona del sol y en ausencia de su madre deberá asumir el trono a pesar de su juventud. Elyon, su mejor amiga, lo convence de emprender un arriesgado viaje por Fenrai para dar con el paradero de la reina. Pero la travesía se torna cada vez más peligrosa y desconcertante cuando descubren la verdad detrás de algunos secretos que era mejor no revelar.

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La Ladrona de la Luna (El Príncipe del Sol, #2)
Por Claudia Ramírez Lomelí
Planeta, 2019. 387 páginas. Ficción Juvenil

Ha pasado un año desde que Emil fue coronado como el rey de la nación del sol. A pesar de que no ha logrado olvidar los terribles sucesos ocurridos en la Isla de las Sombras, ha intentado ser el soberano que Alariel necesita en tiempos oscuros. Emil y el resto de la corte están preocupados por el extraño comportamiento del sol, que no ha salido a la hora habitual y con frecuencia aparece más tarde, señal de un peligro inminente. Es muy probable que los antiguos rencores del reno de la luna tengas algo que ver con el desconcierto y el temor que se han propagado en Alariel. Una vez más, Emil tendrá que recurrir a sus amigos para encontrar una respuesta que no solo ayudara a la nación del sol, sino que también les permitirá sanar viejas heridas. Gianna hará todo lo posible por estar a la altura de su nuevo cargo. Ezra y Bastian viajaran a Ilardya para desenmascarar una misteriosa secta que adora a Avalon. Mientras, Mila y Gavril tendrá que preocuparse por proteger al rey contras los atentados que han estado ocurriendo y que van en aumento. Sin embargo, hay algo que todos están pasando por alto y tal vez ahí este la respuesta que cada uno desea encontrar.


Dama de Humo (Princesa de cenizas, #2)
Por Laura Sebastian
Penguin Random House, 2019. 446 páginas. Ficción Juvenil

Princesa. Prisionera. Huérfana. Rebelde. Un trono arrebatado. Ella deberá luchar para devolvérselo a su pueblo. Llega la segunda parte de «Princesa de cenizas». Theo ya no lleva la corona de cenizas, ha recuperado su título y con él, un rehén: Prinz Soren. El pueblo sigue bajo la terrible dictadura del Kaiser, y ella está a miles de kilómetros de distancia de su trono. Theo sabe que la libertad tiene un precio, pero está decidida a encontrar un camino para salvar al pueblo sin perderse a sí misma.

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