Friday, December 4, 2020

Hunted by the Sky... perfect for Fans of An Ember in the Ashes

Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bathena is a new series-opener that is full of magic, court intrigue, rebellions, and a tantalizing enemies to lovers trope. Gul was born with a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, the prophesied one to be the downfall of a tyrant king. Only she was one of many girls with star-shaped birthmarks, cut down by the king and his sky warriors. After her parents die protecting her from the same fate, she is taken in by a group of forced her into hiding. When a group of rebel women who train her in warrior magic. But Gul only wants one thing: revenge. Cavas, a lower-class non-mage, is ready to sign his life over to the king's army in exchange for money and medicine for his sick father. But when he meets Gul in the capital's bazaar, their chemistry grows, and he becomes entangled in her mission of vengeance--and discovers secrets of his past that change the course of his future. Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India.

Reserve a copy for curbside pickup or in-person checkout or borrow a digital copy on Overdrive!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Apple (Skin to the Core)... a compelling memoir in verse for fans of Jason Reynolds and Sherman Alexie

Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth, a tribally enrolled Onondaga living among the Tuscarora, plays off the derogatory term apple (red on the outside; white on the inside), often used in Native communities. In his memoir-in-verse, Gansworth explores the realities of growing up on the rez, being subjected to racism and poverty, and learning to navigate the white world. With intermittent Beatles references and evocative black and white art interspersed throughout, this compelling story of a life is sure to pull you in. Reserve a copy to for curbside pickup or in-person checkout, or check it out on Overdrive.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky... step aside, Percy Jackson!

 Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia is the first in a new series under the Rick Riordan presents imprint... so if you're a fan of Percy Jackson, then this Coretta Scott King award winner is your next read! What's it about? When seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass, he must team up with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit to entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky.

So if you like series with contemporary heroes, powerful gods, allies out of myth, legend, and folklore, and plenty of fun and action, reserve a copy to check out via curbside pickup or during in-person hours. You can also snag a copy on Hoopla or Overdrive! Need help? Call the library at 781-835-5535.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Finding a Way Home is out today! ... learn the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving

Do you know the story of Mildred and Richard Loving? This book that -- released today! -- is about the landmark Supreme Court case that made marriage equality a reality across the US. Decades before the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges case legalized same-sex marriages across the country, the 1967 Loving v. Virginia case legalized interracial marriages across the country. This slim volume tells the remarkable story of love and determination and is packed with photos. 

Check out Finding a Way Home by Larry Dane Brimner today via curbside pickup or come in tomorrow during in-person hours. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Heartstopper... for fans of realism, comics, and romance

Just a friendly update that Heartstopper 2 is out in print and available to check out. But wait, what's the first one about? Originally a webcomic, Heartstopper is an adorkable story of coming out and first love. 

From the cover: Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn't think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.

So get ready to binge because both Heartstopper and Heartstopper 2 are here for you, ready to give you all the feels.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Teen Pick: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a heartwarming story about Augie Pullman who has a facial deformity disorder and his first time ever going to a real school.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Teen Pick: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is a very suspenseful mystery. There are many characters, so you really don't know who did it until the end. At the same time you would think with so many characters it would get confusing but the author does a good job of balancing things out.