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New Books or New Fiction Fall 2015" or

other recent periods, or look at Science Fiction or some other Genre lists.

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Are you a GUY?  Are you a short story fan?  Then this new series is for you!  Edited by Jon Scieszka, and featuring your favorite authors like: Haddix, Horowitz, Myers, Patterson, Riordan, Shusterman, and more.... these are collected stories around a theme, such as: Other Worlds, Thriller, Sports, Funny Business, and so on.  Here are a few of them:

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Funny Business - Jon Scieszka;
Call Number: SC GUY
ISBN: 9780061963742
Publication Date: 2010
A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.

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Terrifying Tales - Jon Scieszka
Call Number: SC GUY
ISBN: 9780062385581
Publication Date: 2015.
An imaginary friend who won't let go; a recluse bird-hunter who kidnaps girls; and a magician with sinister tricks. A collection of suspenseful stories from eleven masterful children's authors.

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The Sports Pages - Jon Scieszka
Call Number: SC GUY
ISBN: 006196378X
Publication Date: 2012.
A collection of sports stories featuring everything from fighting to friendship, and in a variety of settings from the tennis court to the hockey rink.

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True Stories - Jon Scieszka
Call Number: SC GUY
ISBN: 9780061963827
Publication Date: 2014.
Contents: Sahara shipwreck / Sheinkin – Tarantula heaven / Montgomery – Hugh Glass: Dead man crawling / Hale – A Jumbo story / Fleming – Uni-verses / Florian – This won’t hurt a bit / Murphy – A Pack of brothers / Lai – Mojo, moonshine, and the blues / Partridge – A cartoonist’s course / Sturm – The River’s run / Nickens.

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Other Worlds - Jon Scieszka
Call Number: SC GUY
ISBN: 0061963798
Publication Date: 2013.
Contents: Percy Jackson and the singer of Apollo / by Rick Riordan -- Bouncing the grinning goat / by Shannon Hale -- The scout / by D. J. Machale -- Rise of the RoboShoes / by Tom Angleberger -- The dirt on our shoes / by Neal Shusterman -- Plan B / by Rebecca Stead -- A day in the life / by Shaun Tan -- The Klack Bros. Museum / by Kenneth Oppel -- The warlords of recess / by Eric Nylund -- Frost and fire / by Ray Bradbury.

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Thriller - Jon Scieszka
Call Number: SC GUY
ISBN: 0061963755
Publication Date: 2011.
A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenage terrorist, a mysterious wish-granting machine, and the world's worst private detective.


Which was better? The book or the Movie?

So many popular movies now are also books in our library!  Check some of these out!

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The Finest Hours - Michael J. Tougias; Casey Sherman
Call Number: 910.9163 TOU
ISBN: 9780805097641
Publication Date: 2014.
On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker's sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, coxswain Bernie Webber takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds.

Movie has same title, PG 13 starring Chris Pine and Eric Bana.

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A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness; Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC NES
ISBN: 0763660655
Publication Date: 2013
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill, an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Call Number: FIC RIG
ISBN: 1594744769
Publication Date: 2011
Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.

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The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey
Call Number: FIC YAN
ISBN: 0399162410
Publication Date: 2013
The challenge? Surviving the genocide of the human race when aliens attack Earth in the not-too-distant future. Sixteen-year-old Cassie, her brother Sam and her dad survived the first four gruesome waves of the attack. Together, the three wait out the titular fifth in a military base for survivors until school buses arrive to take all children to safety, including her brother Sam. Cassie, her dad and the rest of the adults are then divested of their weapons and marched into a bunker by their protectors. Cassie escapes, only to see her dad (and everyone else) brutally executed by their so-called protectors. She then embarks on a mission to rescue her brother. [Copyright: Kirkus, 2013]



New Non-Fiction that "read" like a novel!

A Storm Too Soon: A remarkable true survival story in 80 foot seas by Michael J. Tougias.  

When three men set out to sail from Florida to France, they hardly suspect the terrifying fate awaiting them. After several peaceful days aboard the Sean Seamour II, the sailors are overtaken by a sudden storm. Gigantic waves sink the boat, along with the men's supplies. The exhausted sailors cling to a damaged life raft that provides little defense against the wind and waves. Meanwhile, back on land, a search-and-rescue plane deploys with the nearly impossible mission of locating the raft in the maelstrom. Once the raft is spotted, it is a constant struggle to track it while the helicopter crew maneuvers a rescue swimmer into 80-foot waves-large enough to possibly take down the aircraft. This true story, adapted from the 2013 adult book of the same title, reads like a thriller, with one thing after another going wrong and each challenge seemingly impossible to overcome. The courage displayed by the team may inspire readers to learn more about their exciting (if life-threatening) careers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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True books can be great reads too!  There is even a "teacher term" for it.... LITERARY NON-FICTION.  Here are some great examples!  Check them out!


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The Finest Hours - Michael J. Tougias; Casey Sherman
Call Number: 910.9162 TOU
Publication Date: 2014
"On the night of February 18, 1952, during a horrible winter storm,...two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of a harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors." MOVIE COMING OUT SOON - around Christmas 2015!

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Lost Boy Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan - John Bul Dau
Call Number: 962.4 DAU
ISBN: 1426307098
Publication Date: 2010
One of thousands of children who fled strife in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau survived hunger, exhaustion, and violence. His wife, Martha, endured similar hardships. In this memorable book, the two convey the best of African values while relating searing accounts of famine and war. There's warmth as well, in their humorous tales of adapting to American life. Inspiring story of human resilience.

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Facing the Lion: growing up Maasai on the African Savanna - Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
Call Number: 967.62
ISBN: 0792251253
Publication Date: 2003.
Acclaimed memoir of a member of the Maasai who grows up in a northern Kenya village and travels to America to attend college.

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Revenge of the Whale - Nathaniel Philbrick
Call Number: 910.91 PHI
ISBN: 039923795X
Publication Date: 2002.
Philbrick is a great storyteller, and this story of the Whaleship Essex (made famous in Moby Dick) will grab your attention. It can be gruesome, is all true!

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Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin
Call Number: 782.802 Li
ISBN: 0802797792
Publication Date: 2008.
Chosen from millions of children to serve in Mao's Cultural Revolution by studying at the Bejing Dance Academy, Li chose ballet to help his family escape bitter poverty. An engrossing memoir of perseverance as he becomes one of the premier dancers in the world.


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Another New Series

Num8rs by Rachel Ward!

‘Since her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number pops into her head – the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen.’

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Numbers - Rachel Ward
Call Number: FIC WAR
ISBN: 9780545143004
Publication Date: 2011

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The Chaos - Rachel Ward
Call Number: FIC WAR
ISBN: 9780545263559
Publication Date: 2012

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Infinity - Rachel Ward
Call Number: FIC WAR
ISBN: 9780545381918
Publication Date: 2013


New Books Recommended for 8th Grade

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The Distance Between Lost and Found - Kathryn Holmes
Call Number: FIC HOL
ISBN: 0062317261
Publication Date: 2015
Sophomore Hallie Calhoun, her former friend Jonah, and new friend Rachel leave a church youth group hike in the Great Smoky Mountains and become lost for five days, struggling to survive as Hallie finally speaks about the incident that made her a social pariah and Jonah admits why it hurt him so much.

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Peace, Locomotion - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: FIC WOO
ISBN: 039924655X
Publication Date: 2009
Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.

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Girl, Stolen - April Henry
Call Number: FIC HEN
ISBN: 9780312674755
Publication Date: 2012
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than his greedy father. Look for other suspenseful reads from April Henry like: The Body in the Woods, and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter
Call Number: FIC CAR
ISBN: 1423100034
Publication Date: 2006
First in the Gallagher Girls Series. As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission. Others in the series: Cross my heart and hope to spy, Don't judge a girl by her cover, Only the good spy young, Out of sight out of time, and United we spy.


New Books Recommended for 7th Grade

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The Summer I Saved the World ... in 65 Days - Michele Weber Hurwitz
Call Number: FIC HUR
ISBN: 0385371063
Publication Date: 2014
Inspired by her late grandmother, thirteen-year-old Nina spends a summer secretly doing good deeds for her neighbors and enjoying the changes she brings about, even as she is dealing with changing friendships and family issues.

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Tell Me - Joan Bauer
Call Number: FIC BAU
ISBN: 9780451470331
Publication Date: 2014
Feeling scared and powerless when her father's anger escalates and her parents separate, twelve-year-old Anna spends the summer with her grandmother and decides to make a difference when she sees what seems to be a girl held against her will.

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The Skeleton Tree - Iain Lawrence
Call Number: FIC LAW
ISBN: 038573378X
Publication Date: 2016
Twelve-year-old Chris' mother is at first dubious about letting him fly to Alaska to join his daredevil uncle Jack in sailing down the coast, but she quickly relents, thinking that maybe a bit of adventure is what the boy needs. And an adventure is what he gets. Arriving in Alaska, Chris is surprised to learn that he will have another shipmate on the voyage: sullen, obnoxious 15-year-old Franklin. The two natural antagonists are left together to survive in the wilderness when their boat sinks and Uncle Jack is lost at sea. Will the boys remain enemies or will they affect a rapprochement in order to survive? And what is the significance of the eerie, desiccated tree they find, its limbs holding four coffins containing skeletons? Told in Chris's first-person voice, the plot is fast-paced and suspenseful. Gary Paulsen and Will Hobbs fans will doubtlessly welcome this one. [Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.]

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The Hidden Oracle - Rick Riordan
Call Number: FIC RIO
ISBN: 148473274X
Publication Date: 2016
Spin-off series, "Trials of Apollo" in this first book, Apollo has done something to anger his father, Zeus, and he's been cursed to walk the earth as gawky, mortal 16-year-old Lester Papadopolous. If that weren't bad enough, he's required to obey the command of whichever demigod he encounters first, and in his case, that's grouchy, volatile Meg, a 12-year-old with a powerful ability to wield garbage as a weapon. Together, the pair make their way to Camp Halfblood, only to discover that demigods are going missing, and it has something to do with whispering trees, the blocked Oracle of Delphi, and a dangerous new threat.


Recommended for 6th Grade

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Powerless - Matthew Cody
Call Number: FIC COD
ISBN: 037595595X
Publication Date: 2009
Soon after moving to Noble's Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen, unless he can use his brain power to protect them.

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The Thing about Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin
Call Number: FIC BEN
ISBN: 0316380865
Publication Date: 2015.
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death. National Book Award Finalist. If you loved Counting by Sevens, or Rain Reign, you'll love this one!

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One for the Murphys - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Call Number: FIC HUN
ISBN: 9780399256158
Publication Date: 2012
An award-winning first novel follows the experiences of foster kid Carley, who uses humor and street smarts to cope with her unpredictable life until the loving, bustling Murphy family offers her more stability and a greater sense of belonging than she ever thought possible. Read the first chapter on Titlepeak! (Destiny)

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Stay Alive #4: Flood - Joseph Monninger
Call Number: FIC MON
ISBN: 9780545563598
Publication Date: 2014
New Series: Stay Alive. In Flood, when heavy rains cause the Illinois River to flood, one building's tenants band together to survive the rising waters. Trapped on the upper floors of a small three-flat, 13-year-old Kuru and her grandmother work with two brothers to gather supplies and care for a baby and an injured girl. With no power or working phones, it's impossible to get news or call for help. As they await rescue, the floodwaters bring plenty of dangers and surprises, including deadly snakes that escaped from their basement cages. Survival tips offer real-life advice for emergency conditions, anchoring this otherwise adrenaline-fueled entry into the Stay Alive series. [Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews]


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Wearing of This Garment Does Not Enable You to Fly - Jeff Koon; Andy Powell; Tim Carroll (Illustrator)
Call Number: 818 KOO
ISBN: 0743244753
Publication Date: 2003
A collection of 101 really dumb warning labels!

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Wheels of Change - Sue Macy
Call Number: 796.6082 MAC
ISBN: 9781426307621
Publication Date: 2011
Subtitle: "How women rode the bicycle to freedom (with a few flat tires along the way)" From National Geographic: In the late 19th century, the bicycle wasn't just a fun new way to get around. It too society by storm. It permeated the media, impacted fashion, and more!


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