Monday, May 11, 2015

S. A. Bodeen will be visiting us!





Acclaimed young adult author S. A. Bodeen will visit the Durham Public Library on Saturday, June 6th from 2-4 pm.  There is no fee to attend this event, but preregistration is suggested by calling the Library at (860) 349-9544 ext. 1.

Ms. Bodeen has received numerous writing awards, including an American Library Association (ALA) Quick Pick for Young Adults for her books The Compound and The Gardener, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year for The Raft, and a Publisher’s Weekly “Flying Start” profile article in 2008.

She is well-known in Connecticut for her two Nutmeg Award-nominated books, The Compound (2012) and The Raft (2015).  She is also the author of The Fallout and Shipwreck Island. The sequel to Shipwreck Island is due out this summer.

So, mark your calendars!  Saturday, June 6th 2-4pm!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 10)

US Government Through Infographics by Nadia Higgins
Nonfiction 
Trying to comprehend the US government can almost make your mind shut down. You need to understand how it stacks up to governments around the world (from democracy to dictatorship), how systems and laws change over time (years ago, women couldn't vote!), and who holds the power today (how do big decisions get made?). 

What If I'm a(n) Atheist?: A Teen's Guide to Exploring a Life without Religion by David Seidman
Nonfiction 
Can you have guidance without God? This thoughtful, one-of-a-kind guide offers answers to all of your questions about atheism and nonbelief. Have you ever wondered what religion and belief means for your life? Maybe you believe in nothing at all. Does that mean you're an atheist? What does atheism even mean? Regardless of the religious background you grew up with, it's natural to question what you believe...or what you don't. Establishing your views about religion and spirituality is part of becoming an individual, but outside pressures can make it tough to know what is right for you. What If I'm an Athiest? offers a thoughtful exploration of how atheism or the absence of religion can impact your life. From discussing the practical significance of holidays to offering conversation starters and tips, this guide is an invaluable resource about religion, spirituality, and the lack thereof. This compassionate, nonjudgmental guide includes peer interviews featuring both religious and atheist teens and provides a safe space to find answers to the questions you may not want ask out loud, so you can decide what you believe-or don't-for yourself.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Fantasy 
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria's crown prince is the event of a lifetime, but to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making, so as she aches to tell the truth about her engagement, she becomes a skilled practitioner of deceit and as a spy passes information and gets close to uncovering a shocking secret.

Wonder Woman vol 4: War by Brian Azzarello
Graphic Novel 
Wonder Woman's world is shocked to its core when her eldest brother, the First Born, is freed from his slumber. Now, with her family in ruins and her friends scattered, she must turn to Orion and the New Gods of New Genesis to save herself and Zola's newborn from the First Born's wrath! Collects Wonder Woman #19-23.

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
Science Fiction 
As seventeen-year-old Carr 'the Raptor' Luka rises to fame in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations.

MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 9)

Thrift Shopping: Discovering Bargains and Hidden Treasures by Sandy Donovan
Nonfiction 
A guide to shopping for secondhand goods provides information and advice on searching for and evaluating items at thrift shops, flea markets, online sites, and similar sources; purchasing skills; remaking purchased items; and selling.

Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian
Action/Adventure 
When Jake Lukin, eighteen, reveals his psychic ability he is forced to become a government asset in order to keep his mother and sister safe, but Rachel, the girl he likes, tries to help him live his own life instead of tunneling through others.

Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand
Nonfiction 
On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Historical Fiction 
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.

The Untold History of the United States: Volume 1 1898-1945 by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick
Nonfiction 
The Untold History of the United States by Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and renowned historian Peter Kuznick, this first of four volumes presents young readers with a powerful and provocative look at the past century of American imperialism. This is not the kind of history taught in schools or normally presented on television or in popular movies. This riveting young readers' edition challenges prevailing orthodoxies to reveal the dark reality about the rise and fall of the American empire for curious, budding historians who are hungry for the truth. Based on the latest archival findings and recently declassified information, this four-volume series will come as a surprise to the vast majority of students and their teachers-and that's precisely why these books are such crucial counterpoints to today's history textbooks. Complete with photos, illustrations, and little-known documents, this first of four volumes covers crucial moments in American history from the late nineteenth century to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 8)

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Contemporary Fiction 
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.

The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and other Galatic Recipes by Robin Davis
Nonfiction 
Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. Wookiee Cookies is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the Star Wars frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic Star Wars cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations, Wookiee Cookies even includes a sheet of shiny Star Wars stickers. Age is no issue when it comes to Star Wars cuisine-kids as well as adults will have a great time with this book. Whether you drove to your first Star Wars flick or just had your fifth birthday, there's no reason you can't whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed.

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Chris Alexander
Nonfiction 
Kids love origami--and what could be cooler than transforming a piece of paper into Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, or R2-D2? And not just any paper, but custom-designed paper illustrated with art from the movies. Star Wars® Origami marries the fun of paper folding with the obsession of Star Wars . Like The Joy of Origami and Origami on the Go , this book puts an original spin on an ancient art. And like Star Wars® Scanimation® and Star Wars® Fandex® , it's a fresh take on Star Wars mania. Chris Alexander is a master folder and founder of the popular website StarWarsOrigami.com, and here are 36 models, clearly explained, that range in difficulty from Youngling (easy) to Padawan (medium), Jedi Knight (difficult), and Jedi Master (tricky!). A front section introduces origami definitions and basic folds. Bound in the back is the book's unique folding paper, two sheets for each figure. Illustrated with original art, it makes each creation--the essential lightsabers, the Death Star, and much more--true to the movies. 

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Paranormal 
Shelby Cooper, nearly eighteen, has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby's mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby's father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

Thor: God of Thunder: vol 4: The Last Days of Midgard by Jason Aaron
Graphic Novel 
Thor battles on two fronts to save the Earth! Thor has always fought to save his adopted home of Earth. But who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? Thor's ally, environmental secret agent Roz Solomon, has a few ideas... namely the world's most nefarious energy company, Roxxon and its ruthless new CEO known as 'the Minotaur!' Meanwhile, many millennia from now, a future Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the Earth - a battle against Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds!


MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 7)

Naruto vol 69 by Masashi Kishimoto
Graphic Novel 
Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja!
With Obito finally defeated, all attention now turns to the man behind everything bad that has happened, Madara. Naruto and Sasuke will need to work together if they have any chance of stopping this fearsome foe. But what will happen when the Nine Tails fox demon is forcibly removed from Naruto?!

A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
Science Fiction 
The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group set during the legendary "Dark Times" between Episodes III and IV of the popular films tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths.

The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
Action/Adventure 
Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.

Promposal by Rhonda Helms
Contemporary Fiction 
Camilla hopes her secret crush, Benjamin, might ask her to prom but feels pressured into accepting the invitation of a casual acquaintance, and Joshua has worked up the courage to ask his best friend, Ethan, to be his date when Ethan asks his help in crafting the perfect "promposal" for another boy.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Fantasy 
After years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a Seeker, Quin Kincaid, fifteen, learns that she will be using the ancient artifacts and sacred knowledge as an assassin.


MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 6)

Kiss of the Rose Princess by Aya Shouoto
Graphic Novel 
Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being named Ninufa falls from the sky and hits her. Ninufa gives Anise four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding
Contemporary Fiction 
Sixteen-year-olds Riley and Reid make a pact to pursue their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook they call "The Passenger Manifest."

Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca
Historical Fiction 
For Poni, life in her small village in southern Sudan is simple and complicated at the same time. But then the war comes and there is only one thing for Poni to do. Run. Run for her life. Driven by the sheer will to survive and the hope that she can somehow make it to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, Poni sets out on a long, dusty trek across the east African countryside with thousands of refugees. In Kakuma she is almost overwhelmed by the misery that surrounds her. Poni realizes that she must leave the camp at any cost. Her destination is a compound in Nairobi. There, if she is lucky, she can continue her education and even one day convince authorities that she is worthy to go to the land of opportunity called America.

Love & Profanity: True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life by various
Nonfiction 
A collection of short, true stories by well-known and up-and-coming YA authors on the teenage experience.

Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Contemporary Fiction 
Through a series of lists, a narrator reveals how fifteen-year old Darren's world was rocked by his parents' divorce just as his brother, Nate, was leaving for college, and a year later when his father comes out as gay, then how he begins to deal with it all after a stolen weekend with Nate and his crush, Zoey.


MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 5)

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Action/Adventure 
Not every gift is a blessing. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh. Melanie is a very special girl. Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The girl with all the gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

Harley Quinn vol 2: Power Outage by Amanda Conner
Graphic Novel 
When bona fide super hero Power Girl drops outta the sky and into Harley Quinn's new Coney Island 'hood, there's only one thing the former moll to do: sew herself a new costume so the amnesiac Power Girl believes their a pair of crime-fighting super heroines! But how long can Harley keep up the act now that she's pretending to be on the straight and narrow? Plus! A look into the future of the greatest power couple in crime as Harley and the Joker are reunited in Futures End! Double plus! Harley puts the "con" back in "Comic Con" with a wild trip to San Diego.

Hawkeye vol 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction
Graphic Novel 
Ace archer Clint Barton faces the digital doomsday of - DVR-Mageddon! Then: Cherry's got a gun. And she looks good in it. And Hawkeye gets very, very distracted. Plus: Valentine's Day with the heartthrob of the Marvel Universe? This will be...confusing. Marvel architect Matt Fraction continues his exciting, adventurous reinvention of the arrowed Avenger!

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Contemporary Fiction 
Skylar Evans, seventeen, yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but after her mother's job loss puts her dream at risk, a rekindled friendship with Josh, who joined the Marines to get away then lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise motel lead her to appreciate her home town.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, & Liz Welch
Nonfiction 
Chronicles the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from Zimbabwe, discussing how a class assignment was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

The Kidney Hypothetical: Or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee
Contemporary Fiction 
A week before high school graduation, Harvard-bound Higgs suddenly finds his life falling apart and the other students turning against him, and somehow it all started with a hypothetical question about donating a kidney--but really it goes much deeper, all the way back to the death of his older brother.

MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 4)

Fairy Tail vol 17 by Hiro Mashima
Graphic Novel 
WITH THE LIGHTS OUT, IT'S LESS DANGEROUS?
After Wendy is abducted by the dark guilds, she is exposed to the destructive magical properties of NIRVANA, which drastically alter the light and darkness within her body. Can Fairy Tail rescue Wendy and save her precious soul... or will the dark guilds have the last laugh?

The Fearless by Emma Pass
Science Fiction 
Seven years after the Fearless army invades England and injects everyone with a serum that strips them of humanity, Cass and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors, but when Jori is taken by the Fearless, she will risk everything to get him back.

Finding Paris by Joy Preble
Mystery 
When Leo's sister Paris goes missing, she and her new friend Max must follow Paris's secret notes and clues to find her.

The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi
Mystery 
Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest does not seem to be in tune with the rest of her body, and after she discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and intoa rough life on the streets, Georgie is compelled to find the truth before she loses herself completely.

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Historical Fiction 
In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.


MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 3)

Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin
Paranormal 
In a world where everyone knows the day they will die, a teenage boy is determined to outlive his upcoming expiration date.

Dragonball vol 6 by Akira Toriyama
Graphic Novel 
Collects volumes 16-18.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
Paranormal 
Liv Silver, fifteen, has lived in six countries in eight years and she and her sister yearn for a real home and normalcy, but soon after moving in with her mother's boyfriend in London, Liv's dreams turn bizarre, filled with talking stone statues, mysterious corridors, and strange rituals conducted by four boys who happen to be her new classmates.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Fantasy 
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
Fantasy 
Separated while trying to save the children of their village, twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must draw on all their power and influence to defeat enemies of legend and avert war in the empire.

Endangered by Lamar Giles
Mystery 
When Lauren (Panda), a teen photoblogger, gets involved in a deadly game, she has to protect the classmates she despises.


MAY I have some New Books please? (May new books part 2)

Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy
Action/Adventure 
Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She's tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn't play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunriseby Matthew Crow
Contemporary Fiction 
Life threatening cancer brings Francis and Amber together. But Francis's recovery is taking a different path from Amber's. He's actually getting better. And although he knew who he was before cancer, before Amber, now he has no idea how to live--or how to let go.

Choices of One by Timothy Zahn
Science Fiction 
Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca head for Candoras Sector to evaluate an alliance proposed by the governor that would provide the rebels a new base, while Mara Jade and five renegade stormtroopers also head for Candoras to smash the rebels.

Conspiracy of Blood & Smoke by Anne Blankman
Historical Fiction 
In 1933, eighteen-year-old Gretchen, niece of Adolph Hitler, reunites with her Jewish boyfriend when she leaves the safety of England to return to Germany to investigate a murder and expose the evil of the Nazi regime.

Death Marked by Leah Cypess
Fantasy 
After killing the leader of a clan of assassins and falling in love with his heir, a young sorceress discovers she is the one person to bring down the evil Empire that has been oppressing her people for centuries, and now, in the heart of the Empire, Ileni herself is the deadliest weapon the assassins have ever had.