Friday, January 15, 2016

New Books at HSS! from Sarah Mustoe

This post is written by Sarah Mustoe, Media Specialist at High School South

A new shipment of books arrives only once or twice a year in our library, so it’s a pretty special event. We now have over 100 new books of all kinds, primarily fiction, but also a few graphic novels and some non-fiction. A few classic titles were replaced because our titles were well worn or had gone missing. Kurt Vonnegut continues to appeal to teens, for example, and our copies were falling apart.

Most of the new fiction is high interest YA, including series titles, in some cases, an entire trilogy, such as the one that begins with “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin and the “Clockwork Angel” series by Cassandra Clare. An attempt was made to purchase any missing titles from a series and/or to get the latest title in a series we already have on our shelves. Some new books by authors that followers of YA fiction will recognize: Patrick Ness, Sarah Maas, Marissa Meyer, Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater, M.T. Anderson, Matt de la Pena, and Neal Shusterman, to name a few. These books tend to fall into the following genres popular with teens today, including genre “mash-ups”: fantasy, dystopia, cyberpunk, re-told fairy tales and myths, and sci-fi. Realistic fiction that does well with teens often has elements of the magical or fantastic (or is by John GreenJ). “The Trouble in Me” by Jack Gantos and “I Crawl Through It” by A.S. King are two recent titles in this category. “Freakboy” by Kristen Elizabeth Clark is about a boy with transgender leanings, and “The Emperor of Any Place” by Tim Wynne-Jones is a mystery novel that develops out of the diary left by a stranded Japanese WWII soldier.

Authors of books for “advanced readers,” but of high interest for teens, include titles by Jonathan Franzen and Haruki Murakami, some of the most popular “literary” authors writing today. We have several new books by the ever popular and prolific James Patterson, titles for YA and adults, both.

High interest new non-fiction titles include “The Mathematics of life” and for the college bound, a guide to getting into college, as well as “Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be.” The author of the immensely popular “The Devil in the White City” has a new book out: “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson about the Lusitania disaster. Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” covers a topic potentially interesting to teens --  the 100,000 hours (of practice) theory of success with many colorful real life examples. Nathaniel Philbrick’s outstanding and very engaging books about historical topics, such as “Mayflower,” has a new book out about the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Ada’s Algorithm is a new biography about, to quote the subtitle, “How Lord Byron’s Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age.” Noted journalist, author, and food writer, Michael Pollan, has a young reader’s edition of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” This condensed, illustrated version of the best-selling original is like a cheat-sheet to the much longer tome. The final NF book I’ll mention: “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” by Amanda Ripley challenges certain assumptions about education in profiling the highly successful education systems in three other countries from the perspectives of American students on exchange programs. 

Come and see the new books for yourself. They are already flying off the shelves!

As a reminder, we also have an initial collection of fiction and nonfiction ebooks available through our Follett Shelf account.  If you or any of your students prefer reading an ebook, or want to try it out for the first time, please come see me about setting up your Follett Shelf accounts.

Some current ebook titles on our Follett Shelf include:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Encyclopedia of Revolutionary America by Paul A. Gilje 
  • Emma by Jane Austin
  • The Great Depression by David F. Burg

For some of our ebook titles, we have multiple copies (up to 20 per book, and others are even unlimited). We expect to be adding to our current list of titles in the near future.

If you have any requests for either print or ebooks, please let me know.


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