“The Hate U Give” is set to become a modern classic, a stunning contemporary read that captures with unflinching insight the current climate for growing up young and black in America, from the creative voice of an author who has lived and breathed what she writes. The most highly anticipated book of 2017, the debut YA novel from author Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give” is a heartbreakingly gripping, honest, furious read.
Sixteen-year-old Valya learned to fly planes from her father, and there’s nothing she loves more than being in the sky. When WWII begins, Valya knows her place is fighting Nazis with the Night Witches – an all-female battalion of fighter pilots.
Nell Perkins sees things no one else can. Perfectly ordinary people will appear to her in the shapes of animals, and recently she’s been seeing a dark purple cloud over her town, Mist Falls. Nell’s almost gotten used to no one believing her visions, but when mothers start disappearing into the cloud without a trace, Nell knows she’s got to do something.
Callie’s older sister, Tess, died a few months ago. Since then, she’s been fighting with her mom, skipping school, pulling pranks – anything to keep her from remembering that her best friend is gone. Of course, things are complicated by the fact that Tess was kind of a local celebrity – of the religious sort.
In the fun-packed sequel to “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures”, Pip and Tomas must help get the scaredy-unicorn Regent Maximus ready to compete in the Triple Trident show. As if that wasn’t already hard enough, someone is sneaking into the show stables and cutting off the luxurious tails of Regent’s competition. Can Pip solve the mystery and keep her unicorn friend from panicking?
This dystopian racing extravaganza is reminiscent of both “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Hunger Games”. Author Chris Wooding’s thrilling races and desert wastelands conjure the excitement of Mad Max’s best races, and the dangerously engineered tracks Cassica and Shiara must race will immediately bring to mind Katniss’s arena. Still, Velocity doesn’t quite live up to its (admittedly intimidating) precedents.
All Anya wants to do is sit in her library and read books about sorcery. Unfortunately, her wicked step-step-father Duke Reginald has turned her older sister’s true love, Denholm, into a frog, and Anya has sworn to change him back (even if only to get Morven to stop screaming). But before she’s able to complete her task, the royal dogs have sent Anya away on a Quest.
In “Harry Potter and the Art of Spying: Young Agent Edition”, authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest introduce younger “Potter” readers to the tactics Harry and his friends use to gain information about Voldemort and his Death Eaters so that they can finally defeat the Dark Lord.
“The Crystal Ribbon” chronicles the life of 11-year-old Jing after her aunt sells her in marriage to a cruel family. Jing’s husband is only three years old, and Jing is expected to be both his nursemaid and the family’s servant.
“Fantastic Secrets Behind Fantastic Beasts” is a must-read for anybody interested in uncovering the mysteries of J.K. Rowling’s five-part movie series before the final story hits the screen. S.P. Sipal is deliciously thorough, leaving no stone unturned in her search for Rowling’s famous clues.