Thursday, July 09, 2015

Tween Reads @ Your Library

Tween Reads
July 2015
"No matter how 'normal' people look, living 'ordinary' lives, everyone has a story to tell. And may be, just like you, everyone else is a misfit too."
~ Sanhita Baruah, Indian poet and novelist
Recent Releases
Wild Boy & The Black Terror
by Rob Lloyd Jones

Historical Fiction. They may have escaped from the freak show where they used to perform, but it's still hard for acrobat Clarissa and fur-covered, aspiring detective Wild Boy to blend into everyday life in Victorian England. The two friends find allies in the secret crime-fighting society known as the Gentlemen, and are soon handed a perilous case: to find the source and the antidote for a rare poison that’s spreading death and terror throughout London -- all the way to the queen herself. This "thrilling, gory, head-rushing" (Kirkus Reviews) sequel to Wild Boy is perfect for readers who like steampunk-style historical adventures.
I Am Princess X
by Cherie Priest

Thriller. Princess X, the sword-swinging, sneaker-clad comic book superheroine created by fifth-grade friends May and Libby, died on the day that Libby was killed in a car crash. So why is May, now 16, suddenly seeing stickers and graffiti featuring Princess X? It all leads back to a recent underground webcomic about the princess – a webcomic full of cryptic details which indicate that Libby might be alive, in danger, and purposefully leaving clues for May to find. Alternating between Princess X's illustrated exploits and May's investigation (both on the internet and in real-life Seattle), this techno-thriller is short, savvy, and satisfying. 
How to Speak Dolphin
by Ginny Rorby

Fiction. Since her mom died, 12-year-old Lily spends a lot of time taking care of her four-year-old brother, Adam. Though it seems clear that Adam is on the autism spectrum, Lily's stepdad doesn't want to admit it, or seek out support for Adam. When Adam meets and bonds with Nori, a wild dolphin being treated for cancer at a local marine park, Lily is excited that Adam has found a friend. But she can't help but wonder: is continuing Adam's dolphin-assisted therapy worth keeping Nori in captivity? For another realistically complicated look at family and human-animal relationships, try Hurt Go Happy, also by Ginny Rorby.
The Disappearance of Emily H.
by Barrie Summy

Mystery. You'd think that the ability to see memories attached to objects would be useful when starting a new school, but it's not much help to eighth-grader Raine. She still has to put up with the school's mean-girl clique, whose bullying seems more sinister when memories reveal that they know more than they're telling about the recent disappearance of fellow student Emily. Though following Emily's memories becomes increasingly risky, Raine feels compelled to find the missing girl. Combining authentic middle school social drama with supernatural mystery, Raine's dogged search for the truth is bound to keep you turning pages. 
Focus on: Misfits, Loners, and Outsiders
If I Ever Get Out of Here
by Eric L. Gansworth

Historical Fiction. As the only American Indian kid in the gifted program at a mostly white school, seventh-grader Lewis Blake feels like he may as well be from a different planet. He's just about given up hope of making friends when he and new student George connect over their shared love of the Beatles. Still, Lewis is afraid that he can never be honest with George about his messed up family and their life on the poverty-stricken reservation. Set in 1975 against a backdrop of classic rock (there's even a playlist included), If I Ever Get Out of Here is an unhurried, authentic story of unlikely friendship.
There Will Be Bears
by Ryan Gebhart

Fiction. Breaking Gramps out of the nursing home wasn't the original plan. It's just the result of several disappointments for awkward, eccentric Tyson. First, his best friend ditched him because Tyson likes Taylor Swift more than football. Then, his long-awaited hunting trip with Gramps was cancelled due to Gramps' failing health (and some recent grizzly bear attacks in the area). These setbacks only made Tyson more determined to prove his worth as an outdoorsman, which is why he and Gramps are sneaking off for some illicit elk hunting. But is Gramps' health -- or Tyson's courage -- up to the challenge? Similar to Jack Gantos or Jordan Sonnenblick, debut author Ryan Gebhart skillfully balances realistic emotions with irreverent humor.
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied
by Jess Keating

Fiction. It's not exaggerating to say that Ana's life feels like a zoo -- after all, her family lives in one. Moved there by her zookeeper parents, Ana doesn't want her seventh grade classmates to know about her unorthodox new neighborhood. Too bad her famous grandfather is making a reality show about the family! Facing unwanted fame and missing her best friend (who recently moved away), Ana copes by making zoological "creature files" about her classmates. Honest, funny, and poignant, Ana's story continues in the sequel, How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel. If a zoo sounds like your ideal habitat, you might also enjoy Stuart Gibb's Belly Up and Poached
13 Gifts
by Wendy Mass

Fiction. Shortly before her 13th birthday, usually timid Tara gets caught trying to steal a goat -- the school's mascot -- from the principal's office. As punishment, Tara's parents send her to spend the summer with her aunt and uncle in tiny Willow Falls rather than taking her to Madagascar with them. But instead of the boredom she expects, Tara finds mystery and a bit of magic in the charmed little town and its unusual inhabitants. While she may be shy, Tara has a lot of personality, and her wry narration is a highlight of this companion novel to 11 Birthdays and Finally. For more birthday tales full of colorful characters, but touched by a good bit more magic, check out Ingrid Law's Savvy and Scumble.

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