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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is a smart, funny, superhero obsessed teen growing up in Jersey City. After sneaking out one night to attend a forbidden party, she is enveloped in a mysterious fog and wakes up with the power to morph into anyone or anything she wants. Feeling obligated to use her powers to help people like her idol, Captain Marvel, Kamala struggles to negotiate life with the rules set by her loving, but strict Pakastani parents, her social life, and her new powers. 

Graphic Novel Ms. MARVEL

The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick

William Bostwick’s compulsively readable book takes us through the history of western civilization through the lens of beer and its brewers. He keeps the focus on the human side of beer, with complete reverence for the process and creative mind behind the beverage. Each section looks at a historical period through a specific type - from saisons, to abbey ales, to IPAs - by examining the social, economic, and political factors that brought about the new brew.

Visible City by Tova Mirvis

In Visible City, author Tova Mirvis explores the anonymity and intimacy of life in New York City, juxtaposing the public and private lives of community members in a transitioning neighborhood of pre-war apartments. Recovering attorney Nina, now a stay-at-home mom, uses her son’s toy binoculars to scrutinize the lives of an older couple living opposite her family on the block. When an innocuous meeting at Starbucks leads to a budding friendship with one half of the couple, Nina struggles to reconcile what she once imagined with what she now knows about their lives.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

The Wooden Barn is a last-resort boarding school where “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers” go to recover from personal trauma. Jam Gallahue is sent there by her parents after losing the boy she loved, and finds herself selected to be part of the elite class Special Topics in English with the beloved, soon-to-retire teacher Mrs. Quenell. The class focuses on a specific author – this time, Sylvia Plath – and as the students begin their assigned journal entries, they realize that writing in the journals brings unexpected transformation.

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Will is an artistic boy whose father works on the new mega-train, The Boundless.  It is miles long, and is considered the greatest train ever built.  It is so enormous that it even has a traveling circus!  When Will stumbles upon a crime in progress, he needs to hide on the train to protect himself from the criminals. As he works his way from the caboose to the front, he encounters a circus owner/performer with designs on a magical painting in the front of the train. Together, and with a girl aerialist, they outwit the criminals.  

Mindwar by Andrew Klaven

Rick Dial was the best quarterback in Putnam Hills High’s history, the unstoppable Number 12.  But when an accident destroyed his legs, his heroic life ended. Around the same time, his dad disappeared, leaving Rick and little brother alone with his financially-strapped mom. To cope, Rick disappears into his room and loses himself in his video games. Badgered by his mother to get out of his dark room, Rick teeters on crutches and painfully walks to the corner where he is grabbed and a syringe is plunged into his neck . . .

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

This is the story of Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, the wealthiest monarch in the world, who ruled over 130 million people. It’s also the story of his powerful wife, their friend Rasputin, and their five children. Included throughout are pictures and diary entries from the family, as well as from the peasants who were struggling to survive. Miss Kelly says. “This is a fascinating history of Imperial Russia, for people who normally would not read a history book.

The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason

Beautiful and charming Evaline Stoker, sister of famous Bram, and intelligent, inventive Mina Holmes, niece of renowned Sherlock, team up for a second time in this steampunk mystery. London’s beloved princess calls upon Evaline and Mina for a personal request. One of her best friends, Miss Willa Ashton, is a seventeen-year-old beauty who is heir to a large fortune. Miss Ashton’s mother has passed away, and her ten-year-old brother has recently disappeared. Out of grief, Miss Ashton has been consulting spiritual mediums.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso loved to shop for vintage clothes, little did she know that she could turn her pet-project ebay shop into a top grossing online retailer in just a few short years. Her eye for style has allowed Nasty Gal to flourish and her no-nonsense attitude is seriously inspiring for entrepreneurs and misfits alike!  Not quite memoir, not quite self-help nor how-to, #Girlboss is simply the story of Amoruso's success and her particular brand of can-do attitude.

 

BIOGRAPHY AMORUSO, S.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

A decade ago, a mysterious event known as the Calamity transformed ordinary people into powerful beings with incredible powers and abilities. Known as Epics, these corrupt superheroes have subjugated humanity and taken over the world. As a child, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic. Now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners, who are trying to eliminate the Epics and end their tyrannical rule. 

Call Number: Teen Fiction SANDERSON, B.

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