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February 25th New Releases

28 Feb

Tin-Star-Cecil-Castellucci-Book-CoverTitle: Tin Star
Author: Cecil Castellucci
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Genre: science fiction
Page Count: 240
Blurb: On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist’s leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station. When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula’s desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.
Excitement Factor: Yes, please!

The-Hit-Melvin-BurgessTitle: The Hit
Author: Melvin Burgess
Publisher: Chicken House
Genre: dystopia
Page Count: 304
Blurb: A new drug is on the street. Everyone’s buzzing about it. Take the hit. Live the most intense week of your life. Then die. It’s the ultimate high at the ultimate price. Adam thinks it over. He’s poor, and doesn’t see that changing. Lizzie, his girlfriend, can’t make up her mind about sleeping with him, so he can’t get laid. His brother Jess is missing. And Manchester is in chaos, controlled by drug dealers and besieged by a group of homegrown terrorists who call themselves the Zealots. Wouldn’t one amazing week be better than this endless, penniless misery? After Adam downs one of the Death pills, he’s about to find out.
Excitement Factor: Yes, please!

tsarina-j-nelle-patrickTitle: Tsarina
Author: J. Nelle Patrick
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: fantastic/historic
Page Count: 352
Blurb: Natalya knows a secret. A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace. It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics. A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov. Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.But it’s in the wrong hands.
Excitement factor: Yes, please!

9780545551434_zoomTitle: Threatened
Author: Eliot Schrefer
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: realistic/adventure
Page Count: 288
Blurb: When he was a boy, Luc’s mother would warn him about the “mock men” living in the trees by their home — chimpanzees whose cries would fill the night. Luc is older now, his mother gone. He lives in a house of mistreated orphans, barely getting by. Then a man calling himself Prof comes to town with a mysterious mission. When Luc tries to rob him, the man isn’t mad. Instead, he offers Luc a job. Together, Luc and Prof head into the rough, dangerous jungle in order to study the elusive chimpanzees. There, Luc finally finds a new family — and must act when that family comes under attack.
Excitement Factor: Sure, if I’ve got nothing else to read.

boy-on-the-edge-fridrik-erlingsTitle: Boy on the Edge
Author: Fridrik Erlings
Publisher: Candlewick
Genre: realistic
Page Count: 240
Blurb: Henry has a clubfoot and he is the target of relentless bullying. One day, in a violent fit of anger, Henry lashes out at the only family he has — his mother. Sent to live with other troubled boys at the Home of Lesser Brethren, an isolated farm perched in the craggy lava fields along the unforgiving Icelandic coast, Henry finds a precarious contentment among the cows. But it is the people, including the manic preacher who runs the home, who fuel Henry’s frustration and sometimes rage as he yearns for a life and a home. Author Fridrik Erlings offers a young adult novel that explores cruelty and desperation, tenderness and remorse, but most importantly, kindness and friendship.
Excitement Factor: Sure, if I’ve got nothing else to read.