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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, illustrated by Rovina Cai Levine Querido Publication Date: August 25, 2020 ISBN: 978-1646140053
Lipan Apache teenager Elatsoe “Ellie” Bride lives in an alternate modern world populated by ghosts and vampires and fairy rings. Ellie has inherited the power to call on animal spirits, and she is content to explore her abilities slowly and quietly. But then her cousin Trevor dies in a violent car accident, and his ghost appears in a dream to warn Ellie that he’s been murdered, begging her to protect his family. Now Ellie must tread carefully to track a killer in a seemingly perfect small town, helped by her overly-enthusiastic best friend, her ghost dog Kirby, and the stories she’s learned about the abuses suffered and powers wielded by her powerful sixth-great-grandmother.
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Burn by Patrick Ness; narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt HarperAudio Release date: 06-02-20 ISBN: 978-1094167534
In 1950’s rural Washington state, mixed race Sarah’s father hires a dragon as a last ditch attempt to save their farm. Meanwhile she doesn’t realize she is the coming end of an ancient dragon prophecy. Meanwhile a boy trained to be her assassin is on his way, and the local policeman has his cruel eye on her and her Japanese boyfriend.
One of Us is Next: The Sequel to One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus Delacorte Press / Random House Children’s Publication Date: January 7, 2020 ISBN: 978-0525707967
Bayview High School is no stranger to dead
teenagers, blackmail, gossip, and cover-ups. When a new “Truth or Dare” game
pops up, it appears someone is trying to keep Simon’s legacy alive. If you
choose not to play, a dark truth is revealed. If you choose dare, beware.
Things could become deadly.
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I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson Razorbill / Penguin Random House Publication Date: October 8, 2019 ISBN: 978-1595148544
Ruthie returns home to Anchorage, Alaska after several years away, only to discover her former best friend, Zahra, has gone missing. Ruthie plays teen detective, putting all of her time into investigating Zahra’s friends and family to track her down, since the police have come up short. As Ruthie closes in on who she thinks took Zahra, the plot reveals major twists, and the reader must question everything they thought they knew.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House Publication Date: January 8, 2019 ISBN: 978-1524714727
After their mother is sent to rehab, Ellery, a true-crime enthusiast, and her twin brother Ezra move in with their grandmother, who lives in Echo Ridge. This small town in Vermont with a history of unsolved cases involving missing and murdered teenage girls, includes the disappearance of their mother’s identical twin sister over two decades ago. When new threats emerge targeting the homecoming queen and yet another girl goes missing, Ellery enlists the help of Malcolm, the younger brother of prime murder suspect Declan Kelly, determined to solve the mystery.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus; Narrated by Sophie Amoss and Kirby Heyborne Random House, Inc., Listening Library Publication Date: January 8, 2019 ISBN: 9781984882370
True crime fan, Ellery, and her twin brother Ezra move to live with their grandmother in a town where two girls have gone missing or been killed near homecoming, including Ellery and Ezra’s aunt. Five years ago, a girl was found dead after homecoming, and the murderer was never caught. Malcolm has not had any easy go at high school, his brother was dating the girl who was killed five years ago and was the prime suspect. Since then, Malcolm and his family have been outcasts within the small town. When new threats start to appear near homecoming, Malcolm is suspected and Ellery could be in danger.