Monday, February 1, 2016

Curl Up With One of February's New Books (part 1)

1 Year, 100 Pounds: My Journey to a Better, Happier Life by Whitney Holcombe
At age 14, Whitney Holcombe bravely stepped onto her bathroom scale, coming face to face with a hard fact: She weighed 230 pounds. That number controlled every aspect of her life until one day she chose to take charge and go from being the fat girl to a healthy, confident young woman who's dedicated to helping others make positive life choices. Part cheerleader, part drill sergeant, Whitney challenges and helps transform teens battling obesity and embarrassment, to become self-assured, healthy young adults. With 1 Year, 100 pounds, Whitney not only shares her incredible story in inspiring and intimate detail, but she outlines the practical tips, exercises, and habits you need to truly change yourself. No expensive gym memberships, trainers, surgeries, or crash diets are required Simply follow Whitney's incredible guide and take the first steps to learning how to love your body and yourself.

250 Hours by Colleen Nelson
Contemporary Fiction 
Jess is an angry loner trying to escape a troubled past, Sara Jean is a dutiful granddaughter trying to escape a strait-jacketed future. They come together over a 250-hour community service sentence to clean out a garage full of secrets that has implications for them both.

All the Major Constellations by Pratima Cranse
Contemporary Fiction 
Andrew is leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his not-so-secret infatuation: Laura Lettel. But when a terrible accident leaves him without the companionship of his two best friends, Andrew is cast adrift and alone--until Laura unexpectedly offers him comfort, friendship, and the support of a youth group of true believers, fundamentalist Christians with problems and secrets of their own. Andrew is curiously drawn to their consuming beliefs, but why? Is it only to get closer to Laura? And is Laura genuinely interested in Andrew, or is she just trying to convert him?

Assassination Classroom vol 7 by Yusei Matsui
Graphic Novel (Manga) 
The 3-E students hope to kill on their final exams to win not only respect but a special reward.  Over summer break, Nagisa, Sugino and Maehara play amateur entomologist with ... a girl?  After rigorous training with the greatest assassin of all, the class launches their best assassination plan yet!  Now who will save our would-be assassins from a mysterious biological weapon?!

Attack on Titan vol 8 by Hajime Isayama
Graphic Novel (manga) 
Blood on his hands!
The expedition outside the wall was Eren’s chance to prove himself. But it failed, and the female Titan is free once more!
With his squad dead, Eren faces a royal summons. Will Mikasa and Armin have to betray their king to save their friend? And can they discover the female Titan’s identity before she kills again?

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & The Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller
With murder, court battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the story of Lizzie Borden is compulsively readable and perfect for the Common Core. Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. Most of what is known about Lizzie's arrest and subsequent trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper reports; as Miller sorts fact from fiction, and as a legal battle gets under way, a gripping portrait of a woman and a town emerges. With inserts featuring period photos and newspaper clippings--and, yes, images from the murder scene--readers will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction. "Sure to be a hit with true crime fans everywhere."

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