A lot of new graphic novels again this week, along with some great non-fiction and audiobooks. Follow the links to place holds on your favorites.
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan – Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote. This book is a companion to Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, Volume 3 by Tsubasa Haduki, Reki Kawahara, and Abec – Having defeated General Eugene of the salamanders and aided the alliance between sylphs and cait siths by protecting their leaders, Kirito and Leafa reach Alne, the town at the foot of the World Tree, at long last. But before they can tackle the tree–and their main objective–server maintenance begins, and they are forced to log out. Back in the real world, Kazuto and Suguha Kirigaya, each unaware of the other’s in-game identity, pay a visit to Asuna Yuuki, who still lies asleep in her hospital room. While there, Suguha suffers a terrible shock when she realizes just how strongly her beloved brother cares for Asuna. Meanwhile Asuna, still imprisoned atop the World Tree within the game world of ALfheim Online, sets her escape plan in motion…The adventure in ALO finally reaches its climax! Enjoy the conclusion of the Fairy Dance arc in this massive final volume!
Souleater, Volume 25 by Atsushi Ohkubo – Kid’s sense of order stands in sharp contrast to the unpredictable madness of the Kishin. But order and madness are two sides of the same coin. When Asura challenges the “tyrannical” Shinigami and his laws that serve to control humans’ lives, Kid can feel the tendrils of madness within himself seeking purchase. The bonds of his friendships and his faith in order are tested to their limits as Asura makes his final stand against the forces of DWMA. When the moondust settles, who will emerge as lord of this world–Shinigami or Kishin?
Are You Alice?, Volume 8 by Ikumi Katagiri – After the Alice Fixed Holiday, Alice is ready to return to the task at hand: killing the White Rabbit. But Hatter, determined to break his fealty to the Queen of Hearts and get his time moving again, has other ideas. He leaves Alice in the hands of a courtly armed stranger with a horse-drawn carriage ready to take Alice to the Land Through the Looking-Glass… as its queen?! When Alice and Hatter meet again through the looking-glass not long after, will bodyguard and Ward still be on the same page?
All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, and Takeshi Obata – Young warrior Keiji Kiriya is sent out on the battlefield to fight alien invaders, only to find himself in a cycle of dying and being reborn to fight again, until he meets a mysterious girl known as Full Metal Bitch, who may provide a way out.
Pokémon: Black and White, Volume 18 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto – Pokémon trainer Black fights his young friend Iris in his next Pokémon League battle, then he discovers that his friend Cheren is mistreating his fans and his own Pokémon.
All-New Ultimates, Volume 1: Power for Power by Michel Fiffe and Amilcar Pinna – Spider-Man, Black Widow, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger unite to tackle the vicious, rampant crime wave overtaking Hell’s Kitchen! But the young Ultimates are put to the test as they try to survive their first mission: going head-to-head with the city’s most ruthless gang, the Serpent Skulls, led by Diamondback! Meanwhile, Detective Brigid O’Reilly and her anti-gang unit are on the hunt for a serial mask killer called Scourge! As Jessica Drew adjusts to the mantle of Black Widow, Spider-Man falls for a villainess, and Bombshell’s life is changed by tragedy, Crossbones joins the Fray! These young heroes have fought Galactus, but can they survive super-powered street gangs and psychopaths?
All-New Ultimates, Volume 2: No Gods, No Masters by Michel Fiffe, Giannis Milonogiannis, and Amilcar Pinna – Spider-Man, Black Widow, Kitty Pryde and Cloak & Dagger can barely hold back the carnage of vengeful sewer leaders Vermin and Agent Crock! Meanwhile, the Bengal joins the police squad just in time to deal with Scourge’s murderous aftermath…but will Scourge break out of prison and continue his killing spree of costumed crusaders? And will the hunt for Crossbones reveal a deeper, darker secret behind the city’s rampant crime wave? As the all-new Ultimates battle superpowered mercenaries the Femme Fatales and the white supremacist meth-head militia the Watchdogs, the team’s ultimate nemesis makes his first deadly play – and Miles and co. will never be the same when it hits! It’s the deadliest battle of the super street war!
Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz – When heroic teammates Starling and Black Canary face being exposed, and are drawn into conflict with terrorists for hire and killers in stealth suits, they recruit the help of Katana and Poison Ivy to help them save Gotham.
Birds of Prey, Volume 2: Your Kiss Might Kill by Duane Swierczynski and Travel Foreman – A dangerous enemy familiar with Black Canary’s every weakness works to take her down, while the Birds of Prey must take a gravely injured Poison Ivy deep into the Amazon to be healed.
Captain America, Volume 3: Loose Nuke by Rick Remender, Carlos Pacheco, and Nic Klein – After returning home from Dimension Z, Captain America must adjust to the life he once knew while facing the deranged super-soldier Nuke and the Iron Nail, who is bent on revenge.
Captain America, Volume 4: The Iron Nail by Rick Remender, Nic Klein, and Pascal Alixe – With Captain America gone, Jet Black and Falcon must try to stop Iron Nail from assassinating the heads of the five largest corporations, while the reopening of the Weapon Minus Program threatens to unhinge the Cap.
Avengers – X-men: Axis by Rick Remender, Adam Kubert, Leinil Francis Yu, Terry Dodson, and Jim Cheung – The Red Skull has exploited the gifts of the world’s greatest telepath to broadcast pure hatred across the globe. Now, born of the murder of Charles Xavier, World War Hate has begun. Tony Stark discovers a secret truth that will upend not only his life, but also the lives of everyone he cares for. Can The Avengers and X-Men finally unite? Would their combined strength be enough to hold back the darkness of the Red Onslaught? Magneto murdered the wrong man, releasing the greatest evil the Marvel Universe has ever known. Now Rogue and Scarlet Witch are all that stand in its way. COLLECTING: Avengers & X-Men: Axis 1-9
Attack on Titan. Volume 15 by Hajime Isayama – Hange’s interrogation of a Military Police squad has revealed that Krista (a.k.a. Historia Reiss) is the true heir to the throne. The Corps quickly moves to enthrone her as queen, but a homicidal MP leads a squad that abducts Eren and Krista and throws the Corps into disarray. With Erwin arrested and the Survey Corps on the edge of dissolution, are Levi and Hange finally out of options?
Day 21: The 2nd Book in The 100 Series by Kass Morgan – It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, the hundred struggle to survive the only way they can–together, as secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested.
Homecoming: The 3rd Book in The 100 Series by Kass Morgan – Humanity is coming home. Weeks after landing on Earth, the hundred have managed to create a sense of order amid their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space. These new arrivals are the lucky ones–back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone–but after making it safely to Earth, Glass’s luck seems to be running out. Clarke leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can’t stop thinking about her parents, who may still be alive. Meanwhile Wells struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and Bellamy must decide whether to flee or face the crimes he thought he’d left behind. It’s time for the hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they’ve found on Earth, or risk losing everything–and everyone–they love.
Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee – Move over Project Runway. Get ready to chuckle your way through centuries of fashion dos and don’ts! In this humorous and approachable narrative, kids will learn about outrageous, politically-perilous, funky, disgusting, regrettable, and life-threatening creations people have worn throughout the course of human history, all the way up to the present day. From spats and togas to hoop skirts and hair shirts, why people wore what they did is an illuminating way to look at the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.
Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue by Susan Casey – Susan Casey gives 20 remarkable girls and women the spotlight they deserve in this lively collection of biographical profiles. These women took action in many ways: as spies, soldiers, nurses, water carriers, fundraisers, writers, couriers, and more. Women Heroes of the American Revolution brings a fresh new perspective to their stories resulting from interviews with historians and with descendants of participants of the Revolution and features ample excerpts from primary source documents.
Global Street Art: The Street Artists and Trends Taking Over the World by Lee Bofkin – A comprehensive gallery of the best street art from around the world. For years, graffiti art sat on the fence separating vandalism and public art. Today it’s matured into street art — a form of public art marking cities around the world. Global Street Art is a splendid collection of some of the best around the world, investigating the media the artists work with, the “canvases” they work on, the themes that arise through their work, and the “galleries” in which they choose to set their work.
Infandous by Elana K. Arnold – Seventeen-year-old Sephora, a surfer and artist who loves fairy tales and mythology, struggles with a secret so horrible she cannot speak it aloud, especially not to her beautiful, single mother, although they have always been unusually close.
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – The lives of four high school seniors intersect weeks before a meteor is set to pass through Earth’s orbit, with a 66.6% chance of striking and destroying all life on the planet.
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks – Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his wealthy father’s home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he is soon joined by five others, ranging in age from nine to seventy, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.
Silence by Deborah Lytton – After an accident robs Stella of her hearing and her dream of going to Broadway, she meets Hayden, a boy who stutters, and comes to learn what it truly means to connect and communicate in a world filled with silence.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee – In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.
Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You: A Novel in Lists by Todd Hasak-Lowy – Through a series of lists, a narrator reveals how fifteen-year old Darren’s world was rocked by his parents’ divorce just as his brother, Nate, was leaving for college, and a year later when his father comes out as gay, then how he begins to deal with it all after a stolen weekend with Nate and his crush, Zoey.
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel – In an apocalyptic future where girls from the losing faction are forcibly married to boys of the winning faction, sixteen-year-old Ivy is tasked to kill her fiance Bishop, although when she finally meets him, he is not the monster she has been led to believe.
Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel – When it is time to choose a path for her life, Darlena rashly decides on red magic, which makes her responsible for chaos and mayhem.
Hostage Run: The 2nd Book in The Mindwar Trilogy by Andrew Klavan – Rick Dial is faced with an impossible choice: save the life of his best friend Molly, or save the free world. Rick Dial’s career as a superstar quarterback ended when a car accident left him unable to walk. But his uncanny gaming ability caught the attention of a secret government organization trying to stop a high tech terrorist attack on America. He’s been to the fantastical cyber world called the MindWar Realm and returned to Real Life victorious. But the stakes have just gone up. Another attack is imminent and Rick is the only one who can stop it. How can he, though, when terrorists have kidnapped his best friend Molly and are threatening to kill her if Rick returns to the Realm? As Molly uses every resource of mind and body to outwit her brutal captors, Rick races against time inside a nightmare video game where a fate worse than death may be waiting for him. Hundreds of miles apart, both will have to test the power of their faith and the strength of their spirits. They are being forced to a moment of sacrifice, one that could cost them everything.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne – After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kate Quinn meets the father she did not know she had, joins his presidential campaign, falls for a rebellious boy, and when what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide what is best.
Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer – Fourteen year-old Eva tries to be a good disciple of Righteous Path, a polygamy cult in Colorado, but her forays into the ‘heathen world’ cause her to question all she knows.
Covenant’s End: The 4th Book in the Widdershins Adventure Series by Ari Marmell – A teenage thief and her partner, an invisible minor god who lives in her head, battle against the might of monsters and the machinations of men in a French-flavored fantasy world.
Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan by Christine Mari Inzer – The summer before she turned sixteen, Christine Inzer traveled solo to Tokyo to get reacquainted with her birthplace. Through charming illustrations, photos, and musings, Christine takes us on a journey through modern Japan: she explores the fashion hub of Harajuku; she hunts down geisha in Kyoto; she eats the best sushi of her life in Tsukiji; and she meets many interesting characters along the way. Halfway home is an engaging, and often hilarious, look at a fascinating country and a girl rediscovering her roots.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
All book descriptions were pulled from our catalog