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jacket-jpgEverything you need to ace science in one big fat notebook: the complete middle school study guide borrowed from the smartest kid in class ; double-checked by Michael Geisen.

“An exciting book for all middle schoolers (6th-8th grade) who wish they had taken better notes in science class or just want to jump to the head of the class. Each Big Fat Notebook is like getting to borrow the notebook of the best student in science class, the one who not only writes down the important points the teacher makes—noting those crucial  “you will get tested on these” facts—but also meticulously transcribes key points from the chalkboard and pastes teacher handouts into his notebook. Part “CliffsNotes,” part workbook, this study hack will help kids focus on the things they need to remember in order to rock their middle school exams and ace science.Each notebook was written by a graduate of a prestigious university, and all the writers graduated with honors in their respective subjects. Everything You Need to Ace Science Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook is based on state standards and has been vetted by a middle school science teacher who has won a teacher-of-the-year award.Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook includes:• Illustrative and memorable doodles, such as a girl’s hair standing up straight to symbolize static charge and the movement of electrons.• Chapter review quizzes with answers• Clever mnemonics, such as “Great Mighty King Henry Died By Drinking Chunky Milk Monday Night” to remember the SI system measurement prefixes: giga-, mega-, kilo-, hecto-, deka-, deci-, centi-,milli-, micro, and nano-. Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook covers the following topics and more:Experiments, Matter, Chemical Reactions, and Solutions,The Periodic Table, Atoms, Forces and Work, Energy, Electricity and Magnetism, The Earth, Minerals and Rocks, Weather and Climate, Cells, Genetics, Fossils, The Solar System, Ecology and Ecosystems, Plants and Animals, The Human Body.”

Rick Steves Great Britainjacket-jpg

“You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Great Britain. With this guide, you will explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush green fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Wander the sheep-dotted hillsides of the Lake District, and stroll the promenade at the kitschy beach resort of Blackpool. On Edinburgh Royal Mile, ask a proud Scot about the local whisky. Trace Britain history from prehistoric Stonehenge to Roman Bath, and from stout Welsh castles to Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax at a neighborhood pub, sharing a chat and a pint with a friendly local. Rick candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B & Bs, and restaurants in big cities and small villages. You will learn how to travel by train, bus, or car and discover which sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket”, –Amazon.com.

jacket-jpgCan you survive the zombie apocalypse?: Zombie Apocalypse series — 1 by Max Brallier.

“Inside these pages lies unspeakable horror. Bloodsplattering, brain-impaling, flesh-devouring horror. You’ve probably read your fair share of zombie stories. But this time it’s different. No longer can you sit idle as a bunch of fools make all the wrong moves. All hell is about to break loose—and YOU have a say in humanity’s survival.You have choices to make. Moral dilemmas. Strategic decisions. Weapons. Vehicles. Will you be a hero? Or will you cover your own ass at all costs? Can you withstand the coming hours, days, weeks, and months? Or will you die amidst the chaos and violence of a zombie uprising? Or, worst of all, will you become one of them?”

Dark matter by Blake Crouchjacket-jpg

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.”

jacket-jpgDragon marked: Supernatural Prison series — 1 by Jaymin Eve.

“As a wolf shifter with razor-sharp senses, Jessa Lebron can perceive the slightest change in the air. And her lupine instincts go into overdrive right before her mother, who abandoned her years ago, returns to the pack bearing secrets that change everything. The biggest secret of all: Jess is dragon marked, a designation that places her in grave danger. The dragon marked are destined to resurrect the dragon king, a fearsome ancient warmonger. And they must be eliminated” — back of book.

The wom­an in ­cab­in 10 by Ruth Ware.jacket-jpg

“From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware–this time, set at sea. In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for–and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.”

jacket-jpgBe­com­ing al­pha: Al­pha Gir­l series — 1 by Aileen Erin.

“One stupid party. One stupid boy. One stupid kiss. And my life was virtually over.Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as? Freaky Tessa” behind. But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves.Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of ?them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.”

And the trees crep­t in by Dawn Kurtagich.

jacket-jpg“A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich. When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.”

jacket-jpgCold burn of ­mag­ic: Black­ Blade series — 1 by Jennifer Estep.

T”here Be Monsters Here. . .It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick. But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. . .”

Fury ris­ing: Dark In­sid­e series — 3 by Jeyn Robertsjacket-jpg

“It’s been nine months since the earthquakes destroyed most of the world and the Baggers awakened. Now Aries, Mason, Clementine and Michael must fight the final battle for their lives. Only this time, the sides aren’t quite so clear. And it looks like the only people who can help, are the very killers themselves. There’s a new threat to survival. The Ferals. Baggers who have gone so completely insane, they will kill anything that crosses their paths, including their own kind. Mason knows he can’t trust Leon, the Bagger leader. He knows exactly what kind of monster Leon is. But without the Baggers help, they can’t stop the Ferals from killing all the survivors, especially the ones still being held hostage at the Plaza of Nations. And it doesn’t help that Daniel is back, determined to save Aries from everyone, including himself. With the Ferals closing in, the four friends must make tough decisions. Who can you trust in a world where everyone wants you dead? Trust nothing.”

jacket-jpgDVD: Se­in­feld — Sea­son­s 1 & 2

“Special features: approximately 13 hours of exclusive special features from the creative talents behind the show, including all-new interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander; “How it began”: An hour-long look at how Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David first came up with the idea for the show; “Notes about nothing”: Behind-the-scenes scoop and production notes; “Inside looks”: The cast and creators talk about what was happening behind the scenes of certain episodes; “In the vault”: Saved from the cutting room floor … ; “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”: Never-before-seen outtakes and bloopers; “Yada, yada, yada”: Creator and cast audio commentaries; “Master of his domain”: See Jerry Seinfeld in exclusive, never-before-seen stand-up comedy footage; “Sponsored by Vandelay Industries”: Original NBC promotional ads and trailers; Featuring the original (1-2 minutes longer) NBC network versions, not seen since their original broadcast runs.”

DVD: The walk­ing dead­: The walking dead­ — The ­com­plete ­first sea­sonjacket-jpg

“After an epidemic turns people around the world into zombies, a police officer leads a band of survivors as they look for safety and try to find a cure.”

jacket-jpgOverDrive (Advantage) eBook: The Beau­ty of Dark­ness: The Rem­nan­t Chron­i­cles, Book 3 by Mary E. Pearson

“The Komizar has been killed, Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda, and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed. Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.”

OverDrive (Advantage) eBook: Bullseye: Michael Ben­net­t Series, Book 9 by James Pattersonjacket-jpg

“Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattan’s exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice. Their next mission may very well turn the Cold War red-hot once again. Stepping directly into the line of fire, the president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart—and ignite a war the likes of which the world has never seen. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can save the president—and the country—before the assassins’ deadly kill shot hits its mark.”

jacket-jpgOverDrive (Advantage) eBook: Har­ry Pot­ter and the Cursed Child: Part­s One and T­wo: The Of­fi­cial Scrip­t Book of the O­rig­i­nal West End Pro­duc­tion by J. K. Rowling

“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

 

All of the new selections can be found on the “New Book” shelves located in the different areas of the library. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

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