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January 2017

Cool & New

January 2017

Our Cool & New roundup for January includes several books to help you begin your 2017 TBR list. Up first, we have STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN, a charming novel from Jennifer Torres in which young Stef Soto must come to her family's aid when their livelihood is threatened. Next we have MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON from newcomer Linda Jackson. In this historical novel, a young girl realizes she may need to help her fellow African Americans in the south before she can move north to freedom herself. Finally we have SHORT, a hilarious book from Holly Goldberg Sloan about a young girl whose diminutive size ends up being a huge advantage when her school puts on a production of "The Wizard of Oz."

A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies by Kathleen Krull and Anna DiVito - Nonfiction

January 3, 2017

Find out what our country’s First Ladies thought, did, and advocated for as they moved into the White House.

Batgirl at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls) by Lisa Yee - Superheroes

January 3, 2017

Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara’s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She’s always had the heart of a hero...but now she’ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!

The Warden's Daughter by Jerry Spinelli - Historical Fiction

January 3, 2017

Cammie O'Reilly is the warden's daughter, living in an apartment above the entrance to the Hancock County Prison. But she's also living in a prison of grief and anger about the mother who died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. And prison has made her mad. This girl's nickname is Cannonball. In the summer of 1959, as twelve turns to thirteen, everything is in flux. Cammie's best friend is discovering lipstick and American Bandstand. A child killer is caught and brought to her prison. 

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer - Fantasy

January 3, 2017

Lolly Salt has three beautiful sisters. When they're not in school or running their small town's diner, they're secretly luring ships to their doom from the cliffs of Starbridge Cove, Maine. With alluring voices that twelve-year-old Lolly has yet to grow into (not that she wants to anyway) the Salt sisters do the work mandated by the Sea Witch, a glamorously frightening figure determined to keep the girls under her control. With their mother dead after a mysterious car accident, and their father drowning in grief, the sisters carry on with their lives and duties until a local sea captain gets suspicious about the shipwrecks.

Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping: The Stories, Characters, and Inventions of Roald Dahl by Roald Dahl - Short Stories

January 10, 2017

A brilliant extension to Dahl's wonderful stories, this book gives fascinating insights into the characters and events from Roald Dahl's writing in a humorous, exciting and downright gloriumptious way. For the very first time, the stories behind the stories are brought to life in this brand new title. Inside, Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations are combined with imagined letters, artifacts and news clippings and editing notes from Dahl himself, to bring all of Roald Dahl's characters alive. 

Inspector Flytrap in the Goat Who Chewed Too Much (Book #3) by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell - Fiction

January 10, 2017

In this new caper, what happens when Flytrap loses his partner in crime solving? All the clues point to his assistant, Nina the Goat, as the culprit, leading the city to arrest her and leaving Flytrap goatless. To save the city, Flytrap must unveil the true master criminal. But, can he do it alone?

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres - Fiction

January 17, 2017

Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for Papi to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be a distant memory. Then maybe everyone at school will stop seeing her as the Taco Queen. But when her family's livelihood is threatened, and it looks like her wish will finally come true, Stef surprises everyone (including herself) by becoming the truck's unlikely champion.

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin - Nonfiction

January 17, 2017

Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition by Ashlee Vance - Nonfiction

January 24, 2017

There are few people in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and vision. A modern combination of famous inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs, Elon is the man behind companies such as SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and PayPal that are transforming the way we live.

Storm Horse by Nick Garlick - Historical Fiction

January 31, 2017

With his mother missing and his father dead, twelve-year-old Flip's new home is a remote Dutch island. Menaced by the local bullies and followed everywhere by a mysterious girl, he wonders how he'll ever adapt to life on his uncle's farm. But everything changes the day a sinking ship leaves a horse drowning in the waves. Risking his life to rescue it, Flip is told he may keep the horse --- but only if he can teach it how to work for its keep. From that moment on a friendship grows. 

The Uncommoners #1: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell - Fantasy

January 31, 2017

When their grandmother Sylvie is rushed to the hospital, Ivy Sparrow and her annoying big brother Seb cannot imagine what adventure lies in store. Soon their house is ransacked by unknown intruders and a very strange policeman turns up on the scene, determined to apprehend them...with a toilet brush. Ivy and Seb make their escape only to find themselves in a completely uncommon world, a secret underground city called Lundinor where ordinary objects have amazing powers. But the forces of evil are closing in fast.

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O'Connor - Graphic Novel

January 31, 2017

Shunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and mighty bow. She slays those who wish to do harm to the innocent and takes care of the young and helpless. She protects women and young girls, helps in childbirth, soothes, and is unrivaled in her hunting abilities.

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson - Historical Fiction

December 5, 2017

It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man’s cotton plantation. Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till’s murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change...and that she should be part of the movement. 

A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman - Fantasy

January 2, 2018

No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift --- he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip’s sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King’s plans.

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan - Fiction

January 9, 2018

Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she'll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn't ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive --- one of the adults with dwarfism who've joined the production's motley crew of Munchkins. With her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia's own sense of self as an artist grows.

Shadows of the Lost Sun (The Map to Everywhere) by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis - Fantasy

January 16, 2018

Fearless adventurers Marrill and Fin have just barely stopped the Iron Tide and the evil wizard Serth from destroying the Pirate Stream. Now they're on a mission to find Fin's missing mother, but before they can blink, Fin's people have found him--and they're not as friendly as he'd hoped. In fact, they're after a powerful wish orb that could resurrect the debilitating Iron Tide and end the world as we know it. 

Long Live the Queen: Magnificent Tales of Misadventure Written by Gerry Swallow with Illustrations by Valerio Fabbretti - Fantasy

January 23, 2018

For Elspeth Pule, life is dull and lonely in the real world, where she misses her good friends, Humpty Dumpty, Bo Peep, and Rodney, a giant talking wheel of cheese. So when she gets a surprise visit and a desperate plea for help from Georgie Porgie and Gene the blabbermouth stick, Elspeth agrees immediately. After holding her breath until she is blue in the face, Elspeth opens her eyes and finds herself back in a land where storybook characters are real. Here she learns that a horrible witch named Mary Mary Quite Contrary has kidnapped King William the Umpteenth's wife and taken her into a dark forest. 

I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez - Nonfiction

January 23, 2018

Poignant and funny, Laurie’s story is about growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talks about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. Be prepared to fall in love with and be mesmerized by America’s newest sweetheart all over again.

The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley - Fiction

April 24, 2018

Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family's bodega. Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can't tell anyone who she really is. Elvin's living on Harlem's cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked. When these three strangers join forces to find out what happened to Elvin's grandfather, their digging leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune-one that might save the neighborhood from development by an ambitious politician who wants to turn it into Harlem World, a ludicrous historic theme park.