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Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019

Hello and welcome to our look at some new releases at the Johnson County Library! Each month we look at five fiction titles making their debut that we think you should know about. You might not find these books on the bestseller lists, but that's okay, as we love putting the spotlight on books you might not have heard about. Give one - or more - of these titles a chance to make it in your hold list. We hope you find something new!

Cover of A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in A Body in the World

Deb Caletti
4
Rated by
Megan K.
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019

A 2019 Printz Award Honor Book, Deb Caletti (author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, and The Nature of Jade) has written another must-read. The novel takes on powerful themes such as survivor’s guilt, sexual violence and mental health. I was blown away by this book, and I highly encourage both adult and teen readers to give Caletti’s newest book a try.

Queen's Shadow Cover

Queen's Shadow

E.K. Johnston
5
Monday, Jun 3, 2019

This book is a lovely, in depth look at Padmé's transition between Queen and Senator. It delves into the the inner workings of the galactic Senate and how Padmé finds her place there. I loved the cover! The art was gorgeous and it did a good job of conveying the theme of the book. I also loved how Padmé's handmaidens were their own characters, and how the author fleshes out characters that were only present for seconds in the movies. It's as compelling as some of the best fics I've read, which is truly the highest compliment I can give a novel.

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

Ally Condie
4
Rated by
Anne G
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

"Some people always burn." - Ally Condie, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

Poe Blythe is the seventeen-year-old captain of the last mining ship from the Outpost. In this dystopian fiction, she wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River. She is looking for revenge, and she is going to use her steampunk-ship to do. Poe has vowed vengeance on the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. This woman of steel navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine. As she does so, she realizes there might be a traitor among her crew.

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Internment

Samira Ahmed
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, May 24, 2019

“Rebellions are built on hope" - Samira Ahmed, Internment

The military of this dystopian futuristic United States forces Layla Ahmed into an internment camp. This internment camp is for Muslim American citizens, and the issues brought up due to intolerance are horrific. Layla begins her journey to fight for freedom, raising her voice whenever she can.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

What do you think of when you imagine Scotland? Do you picture the rolling, verdant fields of the Highlands? Maybe you think of the craggy, stony mountains or the foggy moors filled with sheep. How about 6,000 miles of windswept coastline? Scotland sounds like a dream but what should I really expect? The perfect way to discover a place is through reading!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you jumped into a black hole? Or maybe you're curious about what would happen if you traveled to another planet, like Jupiter or Venus? Could this book kill you while you're reading it and, if so, how? And Then You're Dead examines these and dozens of other scenarios to offer a scientific explanation for how you would meet your demise in these unlikely and unlucky ways.

Before We Were Yours cover photo

Before We Were Yours

Lisa Wingate
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Before We Were Yours is a moving, fascinating portrayal of an upper class Southern family dealing with dementia care, cancer, secrets and a family in 1939 ripped apart just because they live on the river. Have your Kleenex ready and Google pulled up. This novel presents many topics to discuss for book groups.

The Electric War Cover

The Electric War

Mike Winchell
5
Thursday, May 16, 2019

In The Electric War, readers dive into the initial application of electricity in late 19th century America and the substantial struggle that sprung from it. A decade-long conflict is waged on the effectiveness, danger, and control of direct and alternating current. Great minds such as George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison utilize their knowledge and prowess of electricity to compete in the race of lighting the world.

The most compelling aspect of The Electric War is the focus on the false portrayal of alternating current by Thomas Edison and the extent that these...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Every January, new reading challenges float around the bookish realm of the internet.

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