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New Books: For Teens

The following is a selection of fiction and nonfiction books recently added to the library's young adult collection.

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Cover Image: The burning: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

The burning: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 Beard, Hilary

"One of the worst acts of racist violence in American history took place in 1921, when a White mob numbering in the thousands decimated the thriving Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Burning recreates Greenwood at the height of its prosperity, explores the currents of hatred, racism, and mistrust between its Black residents and Tulsa's White population, narrates events leading up to and including Greenwood's devastation, and documents the subsequent silence that surrounded this tragedy. Delving into history that's long been pushed aside, this is the true story of Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre, with updates that connect the historical significance of the massacre to the ongoing struggle for racial justice in America." -- inside front jacket flap. A young adult adaptation of Tim Madigan's The Burning, which discusses the circumstances of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

Cover Image: How to be a difficult bitch: claim your power, ditch the haters, and feel good doing it

How to be a difficult bitch: claim your power, ditch the haters, and feel good doing it Bondy, Halley

"Being a powerhouse is a choice, a lifestyle, a code of ethics. It takes work, a thick skin, and perseverance. Learn the basics of being a Difficult Bitch, from school to friends to body to life"-- One of the most empowering things you can do as a human being is to figure out who you are, and be that person unapologetically. The authors know sometimes that is easier said then done. They are here to help you be a "difficult bitch" -- an agent of change-- all in the name of self-love, confidence, and the greater good. -- adapted from back cover

Cover Image: The teen witches guide to palm reading

The teen witches' guide to palm reading Chown, Xanna Eve

"Master the secrets of divination through hand shapes, minor and major lines, and the art of palmistry. Find out what your hands say about your personality, what your life path has in store for you--and delight your friends by giving them accurate readings too"--Page 4 of cover.

Cover Image: Become an app inventor: the official guide from MIT App Inventor : your guide to designing, building, and sharing apps

Become an app inventor: the official guide from MIT App Inventor : your guide to designing, building, and sharing apps Lang, Karen

"Have you ever wanted to build your own mobile apps? App Inventor, a free and revolutionary online program from MIT, lets you do just that. With the help of this companion guide chock-full of colorful graphics and easy-to-follow instructions, readers can learn how to create six different apps, including a working piano, a maze game, and even their own chat app to communicate with friends--then use what they've learned to build apps of their own imagination. User-friendly code blocks that snap together allow even beginners to quickly create working apps. Readers will also learn about young inventors already using their own apps to make a difference in their communities, such as the girls from Moldova whose app helps alert residents when local well water is contaminated. Or the boys from Malden, Massachusetts, whose app lets users geotag potholes to alert city hall when repairs are needed. With this inspiring guide, curious young dreamers can become real inventors with real-world impact."--Publisher's website.

Cover Image: Urchin

Urchin Story, Kate

While questioning her gender identity, a young girl is pulled between the dark world of fairylore and the dynamic world of early 20th-century scientific experimentation as she struggles to save her missing mother. The house Dorothea's great-great grandfather built on the south side of St. John's is said to lie on a fairy path, a gateway to the world of the Little Strangers. It seems to be cursed, and ever since electricity came to the island things have worsened. When Marconi arrives in Newfoundland with a secret mission-- to receive the first wireless trans-Atlantic radio signal-- experiments in the new technology put her family in real peril. Disguised as a boy, Dor joins Marconi's team-- and then the Little Strangers kidnap her mother. Must Dor sabotage Marconi's experiments to save her? -- adapted from front flap

Cover Image: Jamilah at the end of the world

Jamilah at the end of the world Zeitoun, Mary-Lou

"When electricity over-consumption during a summer heat wave causes a city-wide blackout, Jamilah's eco-anxiety kicks into high gear. After years of doomscrolling and being inundated by warnings of a looming climate change catastrophe, she knows this is it--the end for the planet and life as she knows it. So why is no one in her family taking her plans to save them by converting the garage into a bunker, stockpiling L?rabars or using her university fund to buy a generator seriously? Is it really up to Jamilah to save the world on her own?"--Back cover.

Cover Image: The gathering dark: an anthology of folk horror

The gathering dark: an anthology of folk horror

A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the curses and monsters lurk, refusing to be forgotten.

Cover Image: More than stress: understanding anxiety disorders

More than stress: understanding anxiety disorders Pedrick, Cherry

"Many teens struggle with anxiety disorders, the symptoms of which include elevated stress hormone levels, depression, and heart problems. The prevalence of anxiety disorders among today, and teens makes this a timely, informative, and helpful book for readers. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of anxiety disorders as well as coping strategies and treatments. Resources for identifying, managing, and treating anxiety disorders are provided in the text"--

Cover Image: Not just about food: understanding eating disorders

Not just about food: understanding eating disorders Sonenklar, Carol

"In the United States, approximately 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder. The prevalence of disordered eating among teens and young adults makes this a timely, informative, and helpful book for readers. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of eating disorders as well as treatments. Resources for identifying, treating, and recovering from eating disorders are provided in the text"--

Cover Image: Trans futures now: a queer guided journal on finding your allies, demanding liberation, and using your voice

Trans futures now: a queer guided journal on finding your allies, demanding liberation, and using your voice Stewart, Milo

With Trans Futures Now, YouTuber and social justice activist Milo Stewart compiles stories of trans and nonbinary people to give readers insight into the fight for trans rights. Each chapter shares anecdotes from both Stewart and other creatives of all identities both within and outside the gender binary (Stewart themself being nonbinary), as well as narratives on transgender history, the varied trans liberation experience, and the effects of the gender binary on both cis and transgender communities.

Cover Image: Time travel for love and profit

Time travel for love and profit Lariviere, Sarah

When math prodigy Nephele invents a time travel app so she can redo her terrible freshman year of high school, there are unexpected consequences. Nephele's friend made new friends in high school. Now as Nephele looks ahead, all she can see is three very lonely years. A whip-smart lover of math and science, she makes a plan: Step one: invent time travel. Step two: go back in time, do-over 9th grade, become beloved and popular. Nephele creates a time loop, and she's the only one looping. Now, facing ninth grade for the tenth time, Nephele knows what to expect-- or does she? She's figured out how to go back-- has she found something worth staying for? -- adapted from jacket

Cover Image: The teen witches guide to astrology

The teen witches' guide to astrology Chown, Xanna Eve

Use the ancient discipline of astrology to discover the secrets of zodiac signs, and harness the power of the planets to uncover insights about your personality and life. Inside you will find everything you need to explore the hidden wisdom of the cosmos, and shine a light on your own life.

Cover Image: The teen witches guide to crystals

The teen witches' guide to crystals Chown, Xanna Eve

Tune into the mysterious powers of the Earth with this invaluable guide to crystals and gemstones. With everything you need to know about this exciting branch of witchcraft, this is a must-have for every girl who's ready to explore the hidden magic of the universe ... and discover the dazzling power of crystals!

Cover Image: Luminary: a magical guide to self-care

Luminary: a magical guide to self-care Scelsa, Kate

"Self-care is not only necessary, it's magical! Your road to self-care can be a mystical journey that leaves you feeling more confident, determined and ready to accomplish all those bucket-list items and dreams you have scribbled in your journal. So why not start that journey now? Within Luminary you will find both mystical and practical tools to help deal with stress, depression, and other challenges. Gorgeously illustrated and highly designed, this guide offers different creative ways of living a heart-centered, mindful, and magical life through concrete tools for self-care and advice from a diverse group of practitioners in areas like tarot, astrology, energy work, and much more. Luminary is a book of practical magic that will empower you to pursue mental wellness with curiosity and confidence. But it's also a book of possibility that pushes the boundaries of what self-help can be"--

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"From first kisses to embarrassing encounters, dark secrets to heroic moments--these tales, recorded on Storybooth, the wildly popular YouTube channel, connect you to someone you never knew. A real person, sharing their own experience"--Back cover.

Cover Image: The teen witches guide to spells

The teen witches' guide to spells Chown, Xanna Eve

"Discover the wisdom and wonder of ancient and modern spellcraft in this invaluable introductory guide to magic. Inside you'll find everything that you need to get started with potions, charms, and enchantments. There is magic inside everyone just waiting to be unleashed--and this book will show you how"--Page 4 of cover.

Cover Image: Black Internet effect

Black Internet effect Charles, Shavone

"Musician and technology phenom Shavone Charles explores how curiosity and nerve led her from a small college in Merced, California, to some of the most influential spaces in the tech world: from Google to Twitter to eventually landing a spot on the coveted Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Grateful for being the first in many spaces, but passionate about being neither the last nor the only, Charles tells her story in the hopes of guiding others and shaping a future where people, particularly women of color, feel empowered to make space for themselves and challenge society's status quos"--

Cover Image: Life skills for teenage girls: how to be healthy, avoid drama, manage money, be confident, fix your car, unclog your sink, and other important skills teen girls should know!

Life skills for teenage girls: how to be healthy, avoid drama, manage money, be confident, fix your car, unclog your sink, and other important skills teen girls should know! Harris, Karen

"Getting through life as a teenage girl is no easy feat! From dealing with body changes to perfecting your personal hygiene routine, maintaining good physical health, and prioritizing your mental health, there's a lot you can expect to go through over the next few years. And while it may seem challenging, having a copy of Life Skills for Teenage Girls can make navigating your teenage years much more manageable. Life Skills for Teenage Girls details some of the most common yet hardly discussed situations and experiences young women have as they age. If you often feel like you have nowhere to turn while dealing with the trials and tribulations of life, reading this book can help you understand how to overcome different situations and focus more on making yourself a priority!"--Amazon.

Cover Image: Socrates: a life worth living

Socrates: a life worth living Lehmann, Devra

"Socrates: A Life Worth Living traces the life and ideas of one of Western Civilization's founding philosophers, whose influence is still felt more than two thousand years later. Socrates is famous for how he died, executed by the Athenian government for corrupting the youth of Athens, but his most important contribution was to challenge the people around him to test their ideas and beliefs in conversation with each other, in the belief that in this way we could become a society that knows the difference between truth and falsehood, and find what makes a life worthwhile. He did not claim to have definitive answers, but he knew that knowledge was the key to finding them, and he invited everyone he met to join him in his quest"--

Cover Image: Five survive

Five survive Jackson, Holly

"Red Kenny is on a road trip for spring break with five friends: Her best friend - the older brother - his perfect girlfriend - a secret crush - a classmate - and a killer. When their RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere with no cell service, they soon realize this is no accident. They have been trapped by someone out there in the dark, someone who clearly wants one of them dead. With eight hours until dawn, the six friends must escape, or figure out which of them is the target. But is there a liar among them? Buried secrets will be forced to light and tensions inside the RV will reach deadly levels. Not all of them will survive the night"--

Cover Image: A thousand heartbeats

A thousand heartbeats Cass, Kiera

"Princess Annika has lived a life of comfort--but no amount of luxuries can change the fact that her life isn't her own to control. The king, once her loving father, has gone cold, and Annika will soon be forced into a loveless marriage for political gain. Miles away, small comforts are few and far between for Lennox. He has devoted his life to the Dahrainian army, hoping to one day help them reclaim the throne that was stolen from them. For Lennox, the idea of love is merely a distraction--nothing will stand in the way of fighting for his people. But when love, against all odds, finds them both, they are bound by its call. They can't possibly be together--but the irresistible thrum of a thousand heartbeats won't let them stay apart." --

Cover Image: JavaScript coding for teens: a beginners guide to developing websites and games

JavaScript coding for teens: a beginner's guide to developing websites and games Yueh, Andrew

"Want to try your hand at coding but need help getting started? Then JavaScript Coding for Teens is the book for you! It doesn't matter if you aren't sure what a variable is, are stumped about syntax, or don't even know how to use JavaScript on your computer! This simple guide walks you through every part of the process with easy-to-understand language and straightforward directions, ensuring you feel confident about your newfound coding knowledge. No experience necessary. This beginner-friendly guide starts out with the basics, providing the perfect foundation for coding novices. A variety of uses. Stretch your skills and discover how amazingly flexible and powerful JavaScript is as you learn to use it for coding websites and games. Practical practice. Gain confidence by completeing exercises that test your knowlege and ability to modify existing programs or create new ones." --

Cover Image: My real name is Hanna

My real name is Hanna Masih, Tara L

"A riveting story of courage and strength in the face of Nazi terror ... about Hanna, a young Jewish girl, age 14, from a small Ukrainian village and how she and her family survived the Holocaust and eventually emigrated to America."-- Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of fourteen when Hitler's army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. The Gestapo is determined to make the shtetele she lives in "free of Jews." Now she, her friend Leon, and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest, and then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits. They battle sickness and starvation. When Hanna's father disappears, it's up to Hanna to find him-- and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive. -- adapted from jacket

Cover Image: Charm

Charm Wolff, Tracy

Unravel the mystery of the missing four months between Grace and Hudson--when she finds herself trapped with the last boy she ever expected, and certainly the most obnoxious one she's ever met. If he doesn't shut up, she just might kill him...if she doesn't kiss him first. He's under my skin...

Cover Image: Friendship: insights and tips for teenagers

Friendship: insights and tips for teenagers Rawitt, Jean

"In this age of social media, where so many friendships exist almost solely online, this book explores the greater meaning of friendship as an enduring and emotionally important area of life. It is a valuable resource for teenagers who are struggling to make friends, are in a toxic friendship, or just want to build more meaningful relationships"--

Cover Image: Written in starlight

Written in starlight Ibañez, Isabel

Banished from Inkasisa to the Yanu Jungle, Catalina knows her life is in danger but is absolutely certain her destiny is to rule. Rescued by the son of her former general, she is incorporated into a years-in-progress plan to ally with the fierce Illari people and raise an army to retake her throne -- and Catalina's abilities as a seer may be the only thing that will convince them to help. If only she was actually able to predict the future....

Cover Image: Gleanings

Gleanings Shusterman, Neal

A collection of stories that span the time when humans live in a world without hunger, disease, or death and Scythes act as the living instruments of population control.

Cover Image: Strike the zither

Strike the zither He, Joan

As three warring fractures try to gain control of the kingdom, orphaned Zephyr, a strategist serving Xin Ren, infiltrates an enemy camp where she encounters the enigmatic Crow, an opposing strategist who might just be her match. The year is 414 of the Xin Dynasty, and chaos abounds. A puppet empress is on the throne. The realm has fractured into three factions and three warlordesses hoping to claim the continent for themselves. But Zephyr knows it's no contest. Orphaned at a young age, Zephyr took control of her fate by becoming the best strategist of the land and serving under Xin Ren, a warlordess whose loyalty to the empress is double-edged--while Ren's honor draws Zephyr to her cause, it also jeopardizes their survival in a war where one must betray or be betrayed. When Zephyr is forced to infiltrate an enemy camp to keep Ren's followers from being slaughtered, she encounters the enigmatic Crow, an opposing strategist who is finally her match. But there are more enemies than one--and not all of them are human.--

Cover Image: Inuunira: my story of survival

Inuunira: my story of survival Koonoo, Brian

"In this harrowing survival story, Brian Koonoo takes off on a hunting trip in Canada's Arctic. After his snowmobile breaks down, his GPS loses signal, and his camping fuel runs low, Brian is left alone to survive for seven days. He experiences close encounters with planes, blizzards, and hunger, all while much of his gear is lost, and walking 60 kilometres in search of safety. He uses the knowledge his father and Elders taught him--modern and traditional means of navigation, finding water, making shelters, and keeping his spirits up--to continue on. This true tale of survival is presented in a journal style with illustrations, photos, and diagrams."--

Cover Image: Music mavens: 15 women of note in the industry

Music mavens: 15 women of note in the industry Walker, Ashley

"Music Mavens transports readers around the world (and beyond)--to a jazz performance in Genoa, an instrument lab in London, a Tokyo taiko dojo, a New York City beatbox battle, and even a film scoring session aboard the starship Enterprise, to name a few. Along the way, it spotlights artists whose work spans musical genres and industry roles, including composing and songwriting, performing and conducting, audio engineering, producing, and rock photography. In Music Mavens, 15 extraordinary women reveal how they turned their passions into platforms and how they use their power to uplift others."--Amazon website.

Cover Image: We are all we have

We are all we have Budhos, Marina Tamar

After her mom is taken by ICE, seventeen-year-old Rania's hopes and dreams for the future are immediately put on hold as she figures out how take care of her younger brother and survive in a country that seems to be closing around them. Her mom said their case with immigration was fine. If this was a lie, what else is? Alone in Brooklyn with her younger brother, Kamal, Rania will have to figure out how to survive. When they wind up in a home with other kids waiting to hear if they can stay in this country, she meets Carlos. He persuades Rania to go to her high school graduation. And from there, they just keep driving. Feeling trapped by circumstances beyond their control, Rania begins to fall for Carlos. She uncovers painful truths about her family, and this country, where being an asylum seeker or an undocumented immigrant can mean anything but freedom. -- adapted from jacket and Goodreads

Cover Image: The truth about everything

The truth about everything Farr, Bridget

Gut a fish. Rewire a truck. Survive the collapse of the US government. All lessons fifteen-year-old Lark has learned during "homeschool" with her conspiracy-theorist-Doomsday-prepping parents. If only she'd also learned the fundamentals of human biology or even how to read. When Lark gets her first period and realizes how much she doesn't know, she ignores her fears of everything outside their rural Montana farm and secretly attends school for the first time. At high school, Lark discovers the world is very different than she has been told, from the basics of the internet to government takeovers that never happened. Lark uncovers the holes in her parents' beliefs and realizes that she must decide her own truth. But it won't come without sacrifices.

Cover Image: The heartbeat of Wounded Knee: life in Native America

The heartbeat of Wounded Knee: life in Native America Treuer, David

"Since the late 1800s, it has been believed that Native American civilization has been wiped from the United States. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee argues that Native American culture is far from defeated-if anything, it is thriving as much today as it was one hundred years ago. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee looks at Native American culture as it exists today-and the fight to preserve language and traditions"--

Cover Image: Miss Peregrines museum of wonders: an indispensable guide to the dangers and delights of the peculiar world for the instruction of new arrivals

Miss Peregrine's museum of wonders: an indispensable guide to the dangers and delights of the peculiar world for the instruction of new arrivals Riggs, Ransom

"Gloriously rich and utterly delightful, Miss Peregrine's Museum of Wonders is an indispensable guide to the peculiar world, perfect for longtime fans and new readers alike. Covering everything from how to blend in with suspicious normals to the most popular time loops to visit as a temporal tourist, this essential volume is ideal for anyone curious about the world of Miss Peregrine: its strange history, curious practices, fascinating places, most famous (and infamous) names, and much more. Written in Miss Peregrine's inimitable style, it's also a dramatic expansion of the universe fans have already come to love, introducing countless new peculiars, enemies, time loops, stories, and secrets, in addition to hundreds of never-before-seen vintage found photographs and select illustrations"--

Cover Image: The 99 boyfriends of Micah Summers

The 99 boyfriends of Micah Summers Sass, Adam

"Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far)--though he's never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love--for real this time."--Amazon.

Cover Image: When the angels left the old country

When the angels left the old country Lamb, Sacha

"Uriel the angel and Little Ash (short for Ashmedai) are the only two supernatural creatures in their shtetl (which is so tiny, it doesn't have a name other than Shetl). The angel and the demon have been studying together for centuries, but pogroms and the search for a new life have drawn all the young people from their village to America. When one of those young people, Essie, goes missing. Uriel and Little Ash set off to find her. Along the way the angel and demon encounter humans in need of their help, including Rose Cohen, whose best friend (and the love of her life) has abandoned her to marry a man, and Malke Shulman, whose father died mysteriously on his way to America. But there are obstacles ahead of them as difficult as what they've left behind. Medical exams (and demons) at Ellis Island. Corrupt officials, cruel mob bosses, murderers, poverty. The streets are far from paved with gold. With cinematic sweep and tender observation, Sacha Lamb presents a totally original drama about individual purpose, the fluid nature of identity, and the power of love to change and endure."--

Cover Image: What big teeth

What big teeth Szabo, Rose

Returning to Maine after years at boarding school, Eleanor Zarrin barely remembers her monstrous family, but she sets off a series of events that could destroy them all.

Cover Image: Thronebreakers

Thronebreakers Coffindaffer, Rebecca

"Alyssa Farshot never wanted to rule the empire. But to honor her uncle's dying wish, she participated in the crownchase, a race across the empire's 1,001 planets to find the royal seal and win the throne. Alyssa tried to help her friend, Coy, win the crownchase, but just as victory was within their grasp, Edgar Voles killed Coy--and claimed the seal for himself. Broken-hearted over her friend's death, Alyssa is hell-bent on revenge. But Edgar is well protected in the kingship. Alyssa will have to rally rivals, friends, and foes from across the empire to take him down and change the course of the galaxy"--Amazon

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Soul of the deep Bowen, Natasha

When signs of the eight ajogun begin to appear, Simi teams up with the corrupt trickster god Esu to stop the demon warlords before they enter the human realm and ruin humankind.