October 5, 2018
Mid-Continent Public Library will be honoring the 20th anniversary of Teen Read Week™ on October 7 – 13. Teen Read Week™ celebrates the amazing contributions of teen readers to their community and our libraries. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages teens to read and vote on the Teens’ Top Ten.
MCPL is celebrating the theme “It’s Written in the Stars . . . READ!” by recommending new titles with “Star” in the title and some favorites from our Youth Services associates.
New and Forthcoming Books!
Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
In this thrilling conclusion to Mask of Shadows, we follow gender-fluid Sal in their quest for vengeance against those who destroyed their family and homeland.
As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are. They must enlist the help of some old friends and enemies while ignoring a growing distaste for the queen…
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to her popular Lux universe to begin a new series with installment one of the Origin Series, The Darkest Star.
From the author’s website (jenniferlarmentrout.com):
When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’s only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…
From Jen at Liberty Branch
Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown
Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers comes from a family of stargazers, and his quest to find life on other planets is unstoppable.
But when Arty's family announces they're moving to Las Vegas, the City of Lights threatens to put an end to his stargazing dreams forever—especially when he has to stay with his scary next-door neighbor while his parents look for a house. As it turns out, “Mr. Death” isn't terrifying at all—he's actually Cash Maddox, a bonafide astronaut! But when Cash falls ill, will Arty find the courage to complete his mission by himself? And might he actually prove, once and for all, that there is life on Mars?
For fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce's Cosmic and Jack Gantos's Dead End in Norvelt comes a heartwarming story of true friendship—earthly or otherwise.
From Juliana at Blue Springs North
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
After the death of her father, Harry Crewe moves in with her brother and a surrogate family out in Damar—a bleak, intensely hot desert land shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk. Her life is quiet and ordinary—until the night Corlath, the Hillfolk King, kidnaps her and takes her deep into the desert. She doesn’t know the Hillfolk language; she doesn’t know why she has been chosen, only that the desert calls to her. The kelar of the Hillfolk, the magic of the blood, the weaver of destinies, has foretold of a hero who will wield the legendary sword Gonturan. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of the king’s men. Does she have the courage to accept her destiny?
This is one of my favorite books. Harry is a very relatable and likable character. She questions her abilities and decisions, but follows her heart and bravely confronts any evil and obstacle in her path. In contrast, Corlath is a stubborn man determined to do anything to ensure his people’s safety. A magnificent coming-of-age fantasy brought to life by the author’s words and world-building, this book has engaging adventures and memorable supporting characters that make it a well-rounded fantasy.