Articles tagged "boarding school"

Thriller Thursday (8/2/18 Edition)

Twisty thrillers and series favorites return in today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

BLOODY SUNDAY by Ben Coes
Also available in audio
“A simple premise drives bestseller Coes’s excellent eighth thriller featuring indomitable CIA agent Dewey Andreas: North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is dying of cancer. It’s a complicated mission, and in the end only Dewey has the skills, courage, and sheer badass tenacity to pull it off. A ticking clock ratchets up the tension in the best entry in the series so far.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by Michele Campbell
Also available in audio
When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed…and leaves one girl dead. “…Campbell’s skillful characterization and her shocking final twist make this follow-up to IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND well worthwhile. Readers who enjoyed Simone St. James’ boarding-school mystery, THE BROKEN GIRLS, should give this a try.” — Booklist

REQUIEM by Geir Tangen
The first in a new Nordic crime series starring journalist Viljar Gudmundsson and Investigator Lotte Skeisvoll. “Already an international best seller, this initially self-published debut by a Norwegian crime book blogger is true to the genre. A dark and slightly creepy thriller that fans of Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason will appreciate.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Day’s YA – DEAR READER

Happy Wednesday, YA pals!

Do you love classic literature with a modern twist? Well, dear reader, have I got just the book for you!

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell

Available now in hardcover and audio from Flatiron Books YA and Macmillan Audio

Available in trade paperback on December 4, 2018 from Flatiron Books YA

Ages 13 and up

When seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields’ favorite teacher (Miss Sweeney) misses class, Flannery knows something is tragically wrong. Flannery temporarily forgoes her good-girl persona, ditches school, and steals Miss Sweeney’s beloved copy of Wuthering Heights to gain more insight into Ms. Sweeney’s disappearance. But when Flannery opens the book, she finds a strange account of her teacher’s day, leading Flannery on a spontaneous trip to New York City. As Flannery wanders the city, following the clues she finds in the magical pages of Wuthering Heights, she ends up at Columbia University and meets Heath Smith—a handsome and mysterious boy from England who bears an uncanny resemblance to Brontë’s Heathcliff. Heath joins Flannery on her search for Miss Sweeney (who is spiraling downwards with every turn of the page), and the two of them end up on a magical, literary adventure.

Mary O’Connell’s novel is incredibly lovely. She has truly crafted a love letter to classic literature, but with a unique contemporary twist. The contrasting voices of Flannery’s third-person narrative and Miss Sweeney’s first-person account are thoughtful and captivating—I was completely swept up in their adventures. The touch of magical realism is just enough to add a hint of the fantastical to an otherwise totally plausible story. Ideal for fans of Gilmore Girls and THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart (and, of course, Wuthering Heights), DEAR READER is a boarding school tale like no other. readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (3/26/2018 Edition)

Happy Monday, YA librarians, and welcome to today’s special *Monday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month!

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
9781250143839
Ages 14 to 18
IN SIGHT OF STARS is an emotional, full-hearted teen novel about love, loss, and mental health from award-winning author, Gae Polisner. When seventeen-year-old Klee’s father dies, he’s forced to move to the suburbs and live with his mother. Klee then meets Sarah in art class and it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy, until an act of betrayal sends him to a psychiatric hospital. Told in alternating timelines leading up to the event that gets him committed and working towards getting back out, this is a novel about what makes us fall apart and how we can put ourselves back together again.

“Polisner captures the chaos and fog in Klee’s brain as he tries to grab hold of his life. The result is a raw, enthralling rendering of pain that overwhelms a teen.” —Booklist, starred review

“An unapologetic and wry story about a teen finding his way out of a personal crisis.” —Kirkus Reviews

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
9781250147073
YA/Adult Crossover
When shy, introverted Imogene Abney is offered a teaching position at the Vandenberg School for Boys, an all-boys prep school in Westchester, New York, she immediately accepts, despite having little teaching experience—and very little experience with boys. It’s there where she meets Adam Kipling, a popular and handsome student who exudes charm and status and ease. As an obsessive, illicit affair begins between them, Imogene is so lost in the haze of first love that she’s unable to recognize the danger she’s in. The danger of losing her job. The danger of losing herself in the wrong person. The danger of being caught doing something possibly illegal and so indecent.

“This is an affecting novel, examining self-doubt, self-sabotage, and the lasting impact of both.” —Publishers Weekly

A good read for those who enjoy boarding school-based novels, including Jessica Anya Blau’s THE TROUBLE WITH LEXIE, and Amy Poeppel’s SMALL ADMISSIONS.” —Library Journal

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EVERYBODY RISE signed galley giveaway

StephanieCliffordEarlier this week New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford dropped by the Flatiron Building to tell us about her debut novel, EVERYBODY RISE.

In her day job as a court reporter, Clifford has a word limit for her stories but she wanted to go beyond those limits and write an epic, sweeping story. The inspiration? Memories from her days at an East Coast boarding school. Born and raised in Seattle, she experienced culture shock upon entering an elite world full of people from old money who all seemed to know who to hang out with and all the right clothes to wear.

Set that against the years just before the 2008 financial meltdown and you have EVERYBODY RISE: the story of 26-year-old Evelyn Beegan who is trying to jockey for social power and discovers that class, especially on the Upper East Side, still holds sway. In order to be accepted by this rarefied set, Evelyn must be seen as someone with established old money. Her lies start small, but quickly grow, and as she relentlessly elbows her way up the social ladder, the ground underneath her begins to give way.

To celebrate this exciting new talent, we’re giving away 5 signed galleys of EVERYBODY RISE! To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Everybody Rise) by Sunday, March 1. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print after the break.

Praise for EVERYBODY RISE:

“A superb debut. Everybody Rise is a 21st century version of a grand 19th century novel—a smart, moving tale of class, ambition, and identity.” — Malcolm Gladwell

“Full of ambition and grit. Clifford provides sharp-eyed access to a moneyed world and its glamorous inhabitants.” — Emma Straub

“A masterful tale of social climbing and entrenched class distinctions… Tense, hilarious, and bursting with gorgeous language. Stephanie Clifford is a 21st century Edith Wharton.” — J. Courtney Sullivan

UPDATE 3/2/15: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners Jennifer Jumba of Cuyahoga County Public Library,  Maple Heights OH; Maria Colon of Ocean County Library, Manchester NJ; Mary Heinzman of St. Ambrose University Library, Davenport IA; Mary Schmotzer, Earl Gregg Swem Library, Williamsburg VA; and Joan Laderberg of City of Virginia Beach Library, Virginia Beach VA.
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A New Breed of Teen Vampire Novel

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways,
your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding
School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive
and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain.  But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering
five-hundred-year-old vampire queen.  After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires
have -- to be human again.  After
performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a
century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the
eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

 

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