• New Titles in the Library

  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

    by Dusti Bowling Year Published: 2017 Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction


    Aven Green didn't lose her arms in an alligator wrestling match or a wildfire in Tanzania.  That's just what she tells people when she gets the "looks."  The truth is Aven was born without arms, but, at age 13, that hasn't stopped her from doing almost anything.  Then her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown Western theme park in Arizona, and Aven has to leave everything she knows behind.

    Aven struggles to make friends at her new school, where the kids can't seem to see past her missing arms.  But her life takes another unexpected turn when she meets Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability.  Together, they discover an old storage shed at the park that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined.  It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your fears.  But Aven's about to find out what she's capable of... and how far from insignificant she is.

    -Provided by the publisher

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  • Akata Witch

    by Nnedi Okorafor Year Published: 2011 Middle Grade, Fantasy


    Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City.  She looks West African, but she's albino.  She's a terrific athlete, but she's so sensitive to the sun that she can't play soccer during the day.  She doesn't seem to fit in anywhere.

    Then she learns why.

    Her classmate Orlu and his friend Chichi reveal that they have magical abilities - and so does she.  Sunny is a "free agent," overflowing with latent power.  And she has a lot of catching up to do.

    Soon, Sunny's taking a crash course in magical history, spells, juju, shapechanging, and dimensional travel.  Her new world is a secret from her family, but it's well worth all of the exhaustion and sneaking around.

    But... there is a dark side.  Just as she's finding her footing, Sunny, with Orlu, Chichi and their American friend Sasha, is asked by the magical authorities to help track down a criminal.  Not just a run-of-the-mill bad guy.  A real-life, hard-core serial killer - with abilities far stronger than theirs.

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  • Spill Zone

    by Scott Westerfeld Year Published: 2017 Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction


    No Entry - No Photos - No Survivors

    The Zone defies understanding.

    Three years ago in upstate New York, an event destroyed Addison's hometown and forever changed reality within its borders.  Overnight, Poughkeepsie became a waking nightmare, home to unearthly and lethal dangers.  Now quarantined from the rest of the world, few dare to enter the Spill Zone.

    Armed with only a camera, Addie ventures nito the Zone to photograph its twisted phenomena.  But getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death - or worse.

    Within the Spill Zone, something sinister awaits.  And calls Addison's name.

    -Provided by the publisher

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  • Turtles All the Way Down

    by John Green Year Published: 2017 Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Mental Illness


    Sixteen year old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionare Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.  So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.

    Aza is trying.  She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

    In his long awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking For Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

    -Provided by the publisher

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