Friday, July 10, 2015

Ouachita Parish New Book Releases!

Recent Releases
Crimson Bound
by Rosamund Hodge

Fantasy. Despite knowing the dangers of the dark forest, apprentice woodwife Rachelle strays from the path and pays the price: she is marked as "bloodbound" to the wolfish, supernatural forestborn and forced to become a killer. As penance, Rachelle pledges to use her deadly new powers to protect  the kingdom from evil. The king, however, orders her to guard his son, Armand, which not only gets in the way of Rachelle's personal mission, but also kicks off an angsty love triangle involving fellow bloodbound Erec. This "unusual, intricately woven story" (Kirkus Reviews) based on Red Riding Hood is sure to captivate fans of the author's previous fairy tale retelling, Cruel Beauty.
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
by Brian Katcher

Fiction. Overachiever Ana couldn't care less that this year's Washingcon sci-fi convention conflicts with her quiz bowl team's championship, but geeky Zak, a reluctant quiz bowl alternate, is disappointed to miss the con. So when Ana's brother (and teammate) Clayton ditches the quiz bowl for Washingcon, Ana enlists Zak to help her find him. The two of them take turns narrating their wild night-long search, which includes cosplayers, gamers, card collectors, felons, a Star Wars/Star Trek wedding...and a growing attraction that Zak and Ana can't ignore. Similar to Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, this opposites-attract romance offers both genuine emotions and pop culture-inspired humor.
The Porcupine of Truth
by Bill Konigsberg

Fiction. Carson hasn't seen his alcoholic father in years, but now that the guy is dying, 17-year-old Carson is forced to spend the summer with him in Billings, Montana. There, Carson meets Aisha, who's been sleeping at the local zoo since her ultra-conservative father kicked her out for being a lesbian. The two quickly become friends, and after they discover some surprising clues regarding Carson's long-absent grandfather, they take off on a road trip to learn the truth and bring Carson's dad some closure. If you prefer realistic fiction that's both funny and unflinching, don't miss this bittersweet story about prejudice, forgiveness, and family.
Scarlett Undercover
by Jennifer Latham

Supernatural Mystery. At 16, talented sleuth Scarlett has already finished high school and started her own detective agency. Though her latest job seems normal enough, it leads to an ancient supernatural conspiracy in Scarlett's family history; to crack the case, Scarlett will have to re-examine not only her personal beliefs, but also her father's unsolved murder. Told in a tough-talking, hard-boiled style, this debut novel introduces a memorable teen detective and a suspenseful, mythology-infused mystery. Readers who want another smart Muslim American heroine may enjoy G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel comics, while those looking for another teen gumshoe should try Sean Beaudoin's You Killed Wesley Payne.
by Noelle Stevenson

Graphic Fantasy. When exuberant, gleefully violent Nimona first offers to be his sidekick, villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart turns her down. Once she reveals that she's a shapeshifter, however, Blackheart is intrigued. And Nimona does have some good ideas for overthrowing Blackheart's archenemies, Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics... But does she really have her powers under control? Adorably edgy cartoons provide the perfect visuals for this witty and heartfelt fantasy that overturns stereotypes about good and evil. Whether you're a new fan or you've been following Nimona since its beginning as a webcomic, you may find it hard to resist the adventures of this irrepressible anti-heroine. 
If You Like: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Combining humor, profanity, and insight, these unconventional reads about friendship, creativity, and the things that change (or don't change) your life will appeal to fans of Jesse Andrews' Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The movie of Me and Earl opened in U.S. theaters in June.
Dear Life, You Suck
by Scott Blagden

Fiction. Outspoken, irreverent, and a little too quick with his fists, 17-year-old Cricket doesn't see a lot of options for himself once he leaves the Naskeag Home for Boys. He might survive on his boxing skills, or by taking over for a local drug dealer, but with such a bleak future and an unthinkable past, Cricket's not even sure that life is worth living anymore. Enter Wynona Bidaban, the girl who offers Cricket unexpected new perspectives. Like Me and Earl's Greg, Cricket confronts both the excitement and the bitter unfairness of life with sarcasm, self-awareness, and lots of movie references.
Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath
by Steven Goldman

Fiction. Junior year is turning out to be eventful for Mitchell Wells: his best friend has just come out to him (and only him); he's turned in a somewhat obscene claymation short film instead of a paper about The Grapes of Wrath (didn't go over so well); and one of the most popular girls at school suddenly likes him (?!?!). Prom is coming up, and at this rate, there's no predicting what will happen. If you liked Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's a pretty good bet that you'll like Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath, a drily hilarious and painfully honest slice of high school life.
An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green

Fiction. Recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin Singleton falls in love easily. Since third grade, he's had a grand total of 19 girlfriends, all named Katherine, who have all dumped him. Freshly rejected by Katherine XIX, Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend Hassan, a chubby, Judge Judy-obsessed Muslim with dreams of becoming a stand-up comic. They make it as far as Gutshot, Tennessee, where they befriend a girl who is NOT named Katherine, and where Colin works to perfect a mathematical formula that can predict how long romantic relationships will last. This offbeat male-bonding story should appeal to anyone who thinks that math is fun, road trips have curative powers, or that everyone's story matters.
Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II
by Ronald Koertge

Fiction. Having been ditched one too many times by his flaky sort-of girlfriend, Colleen, aspiring filmmaker Ben Bancroft wonders whether someone his overbearing grandmother approves of -- like popular, pretty, academically driven A.J., who is just as big of a film nut as Ben -- might be a better match for him. But can A.J. really see past Ben's cerebral palsy like Colleen does? Fans of the 1st book, Stoner & Spaz (and other all-about-the-attiude novels like Barry Lyga's The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl), will be pleased to find the same sort of witty, electric banter in Now Playing, and film buffs will appreciate the movies that are mentioned throughout.
King Dork
by Frank Portman

Fiction. Smart, cynical Tom Henderson is a typical high school loser whose pastimes include coming up with band names (never mind the fact that he's not in a band) and trying to attract "semihot girls." Tom is baffled and annoyed by his teachers' cultish allegiance to The Catcher in the Rye, a book that changed their lives when they were teenagers. But Tom's own life is about to be changed by a copy of the same book -- the copy that his recently deceased father filled with cryptic notes that might explain his mysterious death. Tom's sardonic humor and esoteric musical references continue in the sequel, King Dork Approximately.  

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