December 2016- January 2017

BookPage is a pamphlet that is available at the library but can also be found here!

Top Pick

Book page has picked A List of Cages by Robin Roe as this month’s Top Pick.

“Julian an Adam are friends turned brothers by way of tragedy. Though years apart in age and on opposites ends of the personality spectrum, the boys bond over their shared disabilities, their respect for one another’s differences and the fact that they save each others’s– more than once.

a-list-of-cagesAdam is a charismatic high school senior with ADHD. Julian is is shy and sweet former foster brother, an incoming freshman with dyslexia. Prior to the start of school, the last time they’d seen each other was five years ago, when Julian’s parents died in a sudden and horrific car accident. Back then Adam cared for Julian like an older, patient brother, helping him cope with his tragic loss. That was until Julian’s uncle showed up out of nowhere and ripped him from the safe and healthy life he’d had with his foster family. Julian’s strict uncle has no patience for his odd behavior, his quietness or his appreciation for children’s books. And even thought everything looks fine to outsiders , all of Julian’s pain is boxed up and pushed beneath the surface. when Adam finally begins to notice the signs, it falls to him to save the sensitive Julian from a dangerous home.

Debut author Robin Roe drew from experiences counseling and mentoring at-risk teens to create A List of Cages. In the same vein as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this is a raw and eye-opening story, destined to spark important and necessary conversations.” (Bookpage 26, Barisich).

Expected Publication date: January 10th 2017

More honorable mentions from BookPage include:

Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis by Jeannine Atkins:

“Jeannine Atkins brings to life the poignant story of a half Native-American and half African-American artist’s persistent journey to greatness. Atkins offers a believable fictionalized biography in Stone Mirrors: the Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis. Stone mirrors.jpg

In 1862, while attending the recently racially integrated Oberlin College, Edmonia is falsely accused of poisoning two of her classmates. Days later, she is viciously raped and beaten. Although acquitted of the poisoning charges, Edmonia is accused of stealing art supplies, and her one-year stay at the historic college is terminated and she is sent to Boston. While working as a housekeeper, Edmonia is given the opportunity to lean sculpture.

Stone Mirrors provides a window into the achievements of a tenacious woman of color in a white mans’ world.” (Book page 26, Lock).

Expected Publication date: January 10th 2017

You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando:

“Reagan started martial arts training at the age of 4. At 10, she was shooting high-powered assault rifles. As the daughter of two Black Angels, Reagan is destined to join the elite, top-secret group of international operatives. you-dont-know-my-name

This action-packed suspense novel is the first in a new series that features a kick-ass female protagonist whose training regimen and smoldering love interest rival that of Divergent’s Tris Prior. The lightness of the contemporary high school setting is offset by an undercurrent of grisly violence, and Reagan’s tortured contemplation of her own future offers a choice between happiness of ordinary life and the darkness of the Black Angels legacy. A cliffhanger ending ensures a following of eager readers.” (Bookpage 26, Colson).

Expected Publication date: January 10th 2017

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser:

“Sixteen-year-old Amy Lennox has inherited waht she calls her family’s ‘crazy gene.’ She and her mother are crazy enough to spontaneously decide to move from their home in Germany one morning and be on a plane that afternoon. Their destination? The island of Stormsay off teh coast of Scotland, where Amy’s gradmother, Mairead Lennox, Lady of Stormsay, lives in a mansion called Lennox House.

In Lennox House, books are everywhere. There are paintings of people reading, a the book jumber.jpgspctacular oak banister carved in the shape of books and a mysterious, ancient library on teh moor nearby, set deep in a cave at teh foot of a hill. Amy idscovers she has inherited a secret family birthright: She is a book jumper, with the ability to jump insde stories adn interact with the characters she finds there. Most of all, as a book jumper she has a duty to protect literature.

Originally published in Germany, Mechthild Glaser’s  novel combines romance, fantasy and adventure. Like Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned SilverThe Book Jumper celebrates the enduing power of literature and the integral role that stories can play in young lives.

Expected Publication: January 3rd 2017

Some other found in BookPage include:

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist:

Expected Publication: January 3rd 2017

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti:

Expected Publication: January 3rd 2017

The Truth of Right Now by Kara Lee Corthron

Expected Publication: January 3rd 2017


Remember to check out the library’s new books!


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