New Books: Week of September 13th, 2015

The Marvels, Brian Selznick


Details: 640 pages | Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Scholastic Press | ISBN 0545448689 (ISBN13: 9780545448680)

Description: In The Marvels, two seemingly unrelated stories–one in words, the other in pictures–come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

About the Author: Brian Selznick is I’m the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He was born in 1966 in New Jersey. He has a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, and five nephews and one niece. He studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and began work at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City after college.  His books include The Houdini Box (both story and illusions) and The Boy of a Thousand Faces. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

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Dumplin, Julie Murphy


Details: 384 pages | Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Balzer + Bray (first published September 8th 2015) | ISBN 0062327186 (ISBN13: 9780062327185)

Description: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

About the Author: Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she’s not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie’s debut novel.

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Ash and Bramble, Sarah Prineas


Details: 464 pages | Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by HarperTeen | ISBN 0062337947 (ISBN13: 9780062337948)

Description: The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story. Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker. Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after. Ash and Bramble is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.

About the Author: Sarah Prineas is the uthor of the Magic Thief series and the Winterling trilogy.

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Tonight the Streets Are Ours, Leila Sales


Details: 342 pages | Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Description: Tonight the Streets Are Ours is the story of the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet. Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom. Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him. During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

About the Author: Leila Sales was born in 1984 and grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in psychology in 2006. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in the mostly glamorous world of children’s book publishing. Leila spends most of her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write.

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Breakaway, Kat Spears


Details: 304 pages | Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin | ISBN 1250065518 (ISBN13: 9781250065513)

Description: Breakaway asks the question: when a group of four best friends begin to drift apart, what will it take to bring them back together? When Jason Marshall’s younger sister dies, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates — Mario, Jordie, and Chick — to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on. Breakaway is the witty and emotionally moving tale of friendship, first love, and loss.

About the Author: Kat is a novelist, bartender, mother of three freeloading kids, non-profit management guru, and, apparently, the only person on the planet who reads in the shower. Her debut YA novel, Sway, was released in September 2014 by St. Martin’s Press. 

(via goodreads)