Some more new books! We will soon run out of shelf space – which is why you need to borrow them.
The Boxer and the Spy, by Robert B. Parker (210 pages) – A mystery for younger readers. Boxer-in-training Terry Novak and his pal Abby try to solve an alleged suicide that may be related to steroid abuse. Very good, according to critics!
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, by Jody Gehrman (225 pages) – Triple Shot Betty is the name of the coffee shop where Geena and her cousing and her best friend all work. There is drama, romance, and, well, more romance in this story of ‘mistaken identities and romantic summer high jinks’. The book cover has a ‘scratch and sniff’ cover!
Wake, by Lisa McMann (210 pages) – Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.
Hugging The Rock, by Susan Taylor Brown (172 pages) – Rachel’s mother runs away from home, and as she discovers why she gradually becomes closer to her father, the ‘rock’ in the title. The story is told in poems – lots of poems. None are haiku, unfortunately.
Off Campus : An Upper Class Novel, by Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne and Caroline Says (267 pages) – This is the third book in the Upper Class series, which is set in the vicious world of an exclusive school for privileged girls. Apparently it is better than the first two books – and the first book has been well-received.
The Goldsmith’s Daughter, by Tanya Landman (290 pages) – Itacate is a girl born in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, where her life is austere and grim. She falls in love with a Spanish invader and she must try to survive in a changing world. Like ‘Cormac McCarthy for kids – brilliant’, according to the book cover.
Blood Roses, by Francesca Lia Block (129 pages) – This is a collection of nine magical short stories, all about transformation in one way or another. Francesca Lia Block is a great author, and this book comes highly recommended – especially if you’re already a fan of books.
Birthday Vicious : The Ashleys, by Melissa de la Cruz (248 pages) – This is the third book in The Ashleys series. “Ashley Spencer smoothed the soft folds of her Proenza Schouler black-and-white-striped skirt, crossed her spray-tanned, power-yoga-toned legs, and told herself everything was going to be okay …”