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      Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe

      by Carole Boston Weatherford

      Nov 2020

      History High

      In a powerful novel in verse, an award-winning author offers an eye-opening look at the life of Marilyn Monroe.

      From the day she was born into a troubled home to her reigning days as a Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe (née Norma Jeane Mortenson) lived a life that was often defined by others. Here, in a luminous poetic narrative, acclaimed author Carole Boston Weatherford tells Marilyn’s story in a way that restores her voice to its rightful place: center stage. Revisiting Marilyn’s often traumatic early life—foster homes, loneliness, sexual abuse, teen marriage—through a hard-won, meteoric rise to stardom that brought with it exploitation, pill dependency, and depression, the lyrical narrative continues through Marilyn’s famous performance at JFK’s birthday party, three months before her death. In a story at once riveting, moving, and unflinching, Carole Boston Weatherford tells a tale of extraordinary pain and moments of unexpected grace, gumption, and perseverance, as well as the inexorable power of pursuing one’s dreams. A beautifully designed volume.

      All He Knew

      by Helen Frost

      Oct 2020

      Advanced Readers Plus

      Henry has been deaf from an early age—he is intelligent, aware of language, but by age seven, he was considered unteachable. With his impoverished family, including older sister Molly, feeling powerless to help him, Henry is sent to Riverview, a mental institution where he is misunderstood, underestimated, and treated without mercy.

      Victor is a conscientious objector to the war, sent to Riverview instead of to battle. And to him, Henry is far from unteachable. As their friendship grows, Henry learns—to trust, to keep his family and friends close, and ultimately, to believe in the enduring power of human kindness.

      This is Helen Frost's eleventh novel in verse.

      The Black Flamingo

      by Dean Atta

      Sep 2020

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      This is not about
      being ready,
      it’s not even about
      being fierce
      or fearless,
      IT’S ABOUT BEING FREE.


      Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he’s navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican—but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough.

      A fierce coming-of-age novel about identity and the power of drag, from acclaimed UK poet and performer Dean Atta.

      Control Room

      by Ryan Wolf

      Sep 2020

      Hi-Lo Mature

      16-year-old Maggie is pulled from her high school after her mother begins dating a member of a small "forward-thinking" group led by a man who proclaims secret knowledge of life and death. Maggie begins homeschooling at the group's compound where she is educated in their cult beliefs. As the group's leader becomes progressively unhinged and her mother becomes more connected to the cult, Maggie must rescue her mother and other cult members from a horrific fate before it's too late.

      Kent State

      by Deborah Wiles

      Sep 2020

      History High

      May 4, 1970.
      Kent State University.

      As protestors roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in. In the chaos of what happens next, shots are fired and four students are killed. To this day, there is still argument of what happened and why.

      Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points—protestor, Guardsman, townie, student—Deborah Wiles's Kent State gives a moving, terrifying, galvanizing picture of what happened that weekend in Ohio…an event that, even 50 years later, still resonates deeply.

      The Vanishing Place

      by Theresa Emminizer

      Aug 2020

      Hi-Lo Mature

      Out of stock
      When Brooke, Eva, Nate, and Jay take a nighttime sail off the Florida coast, they never imagine that their lives are about to change forever. Shipwrecked by a storm at sea, the teenagers become castaways on an island that seems designed to test their very natures. Faced with loss, trauma, and the harsh reality of day-to-day survival, will they find the strength to confront their inner demons and escape the Vanishing Place? Or are mysterious forces at work to keep them stranded for all time?

      The Bird in Me Flies

      by Sara Lundberg

      Jul 2020

      Arts Elementary Plus

      What do you do when it feels impossible to live up to everything expected of you? When the only person who understands you disappears? When you are young and long for something that seems out of reach?

      Berta dreams of being an artist, but as a girl growing up in a small Swedish farming village in the 1920s, she has little hope. She finds solace in nature, and in drawing and shaping birds from clay for her mother, the only person who seems to truly understand her. When her mother succumbs to tuberculosis, Berta feels alone, in despair and even more burdened by all the work on the farm. Can she find the courage to defy her father and the social conventions of her time, and fly free?

      This beautifully illustrated novel in verse, inspired by the paintings, letters and diaries of Swedish artist Berta Hansson (1910-1994), is a universal story of grief, longing and following your dreams.

      Clap When You Land

      by Elizabeth Acevedo

      Jul 2020

      High-Interest High Plus

      Camino Rios lives for the summers, when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this year, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

      In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

      Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

      And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

      A Perfect Blank

      by Rye Duran

      Jun 2020

      Hi-Lo PG Middle/High

      Project Apogee had one mission: to create biologically engineered perfect teenagers. The teenagers were supposed to be expressions of a perfect genetic mapping of traits, an example of the New Human. But when the teens go before the project committee, they are found to be utterly normal and unremarkable, a disappointment. Then there's Alex, the lost teen who failed years ago, who might just be the most remarkable of them all.

      Turtle under Ice

      by Juleah Del Rosario

      Jun 2020

      Hi-Lo Mature

      Rowena feels like her family is a frayed string of lights that someone needs to fix with electrical tape. After her mother died a few years ago, she and her sister, Ariana, drifted into their own corners of the world, each figuring out on their own separate ways how to exist in a world in which their mother is no longer alive.

      But then Ariana disappears under the cover of night in the middle of a snowstorm, leaving no trace or tracks. When Row wakes up to a world of snow and her sister’s empty bedroom, she is left to piece together the mystery behind where Ariana went and why, realizing along the way that she might be part of the reason Ariana is gone.

      Three Things I Know Are True

      by Betty Culley

      Apr 2020

      PG High Plus

      The reminder is always there—
      a dent
      on the right side
      of Jonah’s forehead.
      The spot you’d press
      when you felt a headache
      coming on.
      The bullet tore away bone,
      the way dynamite blasts rock—
      leaving a soft
      crater.


      Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv seems to be the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body. With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.

      Under the Broken Sky

      by Mariko Nagai

      Mar 2020

      PG Middle Plus

      Twelve-year-old Natsu and her family live a quiet farm life in Manchuria, near the border of the Soviet Union. But the life they’ve known begins to unravel when her father is recruited to the Japanese army, and Natsu and her little sister, Cricket, are left orphaned and destitute. In a desperate move to keep her sister alive, Natsu sells Cricket to a Russian family following the 1945 Soviet occupation. The journey to redemption for Natsu's broken family is rife with struggles, but Natsu is tenacious and will stop at nothing to get her little sister back.

      Literary and historically insightful, this is one of the great untold stories of WWII. Much like the Newbery Honor book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Under the Broken Sky is powerful, poignant, and ultimately hopeful.

      Afterword. Black-and-white photograph.
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