……….September is almost over and I hope you have gotten off to a great school year. This weekend was beach worthy, even though the autumn colors are starting to show on the foliage, and that means more time to sit around and enjoy a good read outdoors. We are still waiting for most of our new books to arrive to the LMC, but they have started to trickle in. Here then, are five new titles to our collection, along with descriptions lifted from various sites (with proper attribution, of course), and links to Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble.
From Booklist: “… A lad discovers that he can walk between alternate Earths—and is swept up in a war between them in this fast-paced, compulsively readable tale. Joey gets lost in his own house, but when he steps into a patch of fog and finds himself in a world where he died, a trillion Earths lie open to him—arranged in a vast arc, with an empire of science-based planes at one end and a realm where magic rules at the other …” Reviewed by John Peters
From the publisher: “… Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He’s always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay …”
From Booklist: “ … The narrator is smart, desperate 15-year-old Luther (not Loser, as some call him) Farrell, who speaks with wit, wisdom, and heartbreaking realism about family, work, school, friends, and enemies. He hates his vicious mom (the “Sarge”), who has made herself rich by milking the system, including evicting poor families from slum housing. Luther’s job is to care for four men in Sarge’s Adult Rehab Center, another scam. At school he wants to win the science fair medal again, even if his rival is the girl he has loved since kindergarten. Bits of philosophy from Luther’s various mentors, who range from Socrates to Judge Judy, blend with the comedy and sorrow… ” Reviewed by Hazel Rochman
From the publisher: “… Cam’s down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it’s the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!”
From the publisher: “Former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration David Kessler, M.D., argues forcefully that our brain chemistry is being hijacked by the food we eat: that by consuming stimulating combinations of sugar, fat, and salt, we’re conditioning our bodies to crave more sugar, fat, and salt—and consigning ourselves to a vicious cycle of overeating. Adapted from the adult trade bestseller The End of Overeating, Your Food Is Fooling You is concise and direct and delivers the same message, many of the fascinating case studies, and the same advice for breaking bad eating habits in a voice and format that’s accessible, positive, and affirming for teenagers … ”
……….Mind you, these are just a few of our new arrivals and you can find these titles and more near the circulation desk, right next to the magazines (yes, we still order and encourage our students to read magazines … on paper). I will highlight more of our new arrivals in future posts and encourage everyone to stop by to check them out for yourselves. Hope you find something useful, and as always, thank you for stopping by.
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