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NEW BOOKS are Big NEWS in the Library!
by Nic Netzel on
This email is begun during a lull in the Voter Forum presentations in the library, which has me thinking about the crucial civic value of an informed electorate (thanks Mr. Stuckart!), and also on a morning where headlines on news websites are still discussing the murder of a Saudi journalist, and revisiting the physical assault (by a now Congressman) of a Montana journalist, AND on a morning where the state of Oregon is in the news for a groundbreaking trial that will (or may) occur in the state in 10 days (AND in a week where there's some big annual news in the book/reading/library world). So, in comparison, a small batch (but not, organic, craft, locally sourced) of New Books in the library would almost seem like small news... but it's the biggest news out of the library right now.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is the founder of the "Earth Guardians" organization, and one of the young adults behind the
Lawsuit being brought against the U.S. Government over Climate Change
, which is set to begin in Oregon on October 29th (unless the
Supreme Court gives the Justice Department what they want
). His book
was on the long-list for last summer's Social Justice Activism reading list, and gives both the history of his organization, and instruction on how to get involved with "solution-oriented" environmental activism. Worth reading,
in light of things like this
Speaking of social justice summer reading, Bryan Stevenson recently published a Young Adult adaptation of
Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight For Justice
, so if you didn't give it a chance over the summer, you have another option now. It's a great book, and an important one, and I am so glad an even more accessible version exists.
In Book News, the National Book Award (NBA) short lists were announced last week. We have all three of the non-elementary-level Young Adult Nominees now that we have
Jarret Krosoczka's graphic novel memoir of being raised by his Grandparents, his opioid-addicted mother, and how his family and teachers supported and inspired his career as an artist. It's a quick, heartfelt, read, and you should
also watch the TED Talk that helped him realize he needed to write it
--Other NBA nominees include:
The Poet X;
and, from the last book order,
The Assasination of Brangwain Spurge
(which Mr. Netzel highly recommends). And see also our display of the ALA Teen Read Week "Teens Top 10".
Another, very short, very powerful, almost poetic, illustrated read is Khaled Hosseini's (
The Kite Runner)
which featured prominently in the Refugee experience held in the commons last week, and was inspired by a tragic news story.
By student request, a poetry collection,
Don't Call Us Dead
, by Dantez Smith.
New books from a few big name YA authors: Markus Zusak's (
The Book Thief)
Bridge of Clay;
(Scythe; Challenger Deep)
and Jarrod Shusterman's
(about a near-future mega-drought); Albertalli & Silvera's
What if It's Us
; and many many favorites (Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon, Daniel Jose Older, Eric Gansworth, etc. etc.) contribute to
Fresh Ink: an Anthology
edited by the co-founder of "We Need Diverse Books".
Malinda Lo has a story in
, but she also has a new horror tale called
A Line in the Dark
, which is not the only scary-story-because-October book we've acquired in the last month.
The Sawkill Girls
is a thriller by Claire Legrand (and has already been placed on hold by a teacher), and the Zombie-action/Reconstruction-
by Justina Ireland, is another take on a story with a strong Black Woman protaganist.
See last month's New Books list here
to see a few more scary stories (and be on the look out for another next week).
Two more titles round out the new fiction:
The Future Will be BS Free
by Will McIntosh (in a Putin-esque future America, with privatized police, gifted high-schoolers invent an infallible lie detector), and
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
by Tahereh Mafi (a young Muslim woman discovers break-dancing and unexpected friendship in a climate of post 9/11 prejudice and stereotype).
It's a non-fiction light order, but
The Indian World of George Washington
The first president, the first Americans, and the birth of the nation
is a National Book Award finalist, and may interst AP History and Government students (and teachers).
All this plus... well, actually that was all of the books in this batch, but we do have a few more that are...
(like, next week): Two copies of the book that inspired that Netflix series:,
The Haunting of Hill House,
by Shirley Jackson,
by Kwame Alexander,
This Story is a Lie
("a YA thriller described as a cross between
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
and John LeCarre" and clearly not about reporters) by Tom Pollock,
Why Learn History (When it's On Your Phone)
by Sam Wineburg (of Stanford's History Education Group)
and the final volume of Jason Reynolds' "Track" series,
(especially for Ms. Pinder).
The Indian world of George Washington : the first President, the first Americans, and the birth of the nation
Calloway, Colin G. (Colin Gordon), 1953-
Just mercy : adapted for young adults : a true story of the fight for justice
We rise : the earth guardians guide to building a movement that restores the planet
Don't call us dead : poems
DVD 920.073 MEN
Men who built America : Frontiersmen
DVD DRAMA COM
Zeinabu Davis; Marc Arthur Chéry.
What if it's us
Legrand, Claire, 1986-
A line in the dark
A very large expanse of sea
The future will be BS free
Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Bridge of Clay
GNOV B KRO
edited by Lamar Giles, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books.
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