Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

Staff Pick

Miraji is an unforgiving place, where monsters roam the sands and djinn perform magic. Amani has survived thus far by the barrel of her gun: she’s a sharpshooter with perfect aim, and dreams of escaping the town of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, she finally sees a way out. It turns out, however, that meeting him is just the start of Amani’s adventure. The Middle East meets the Wild West in Alwyn Hamilton’s debut fantasy. With heart-stopping action, gorgeous world building, and characters as fiery as the desert setting, Rebel of the Sands (Viking, $18.99) makes for a wickedly fun read. Ages 12-15.

The Singing Bones - Shaun Tan

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Master illustrator Shaun Tan (The Arrival) has now turned to sculpture to capture the essence of 75 of the Grimms’ most famous fairy tales. The photographed tableaux in The Singing Bones (Arthur A. Levine, $24.99) harken back to the campfires and hearths where tales were once told and retold. Inspired by Inuit and pre-Columbian art, Tan’s small sculptures are spooky, wondrous, and whimsical. As Neil Gaiman notes in his foreword, these talismanic objects have a tactile quality; they seem to invite the reader to reach through the page and touch them. Excerpts from the Grimms’ tales translated by Jack Zipes accompany each tableau and are summarized in a paragraph at the end of the book. Ages 12 and up.

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By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545946124
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 11th, 2016

The Reader - Traci Chee

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Sefia has been on the run from her father’s assassins for years with only her Aunt Nin for company. When Nin is captured and Sefia suddenly finds herself utterly alone, she decides that learning more about the mysterious object she carries with her that her pursuers so desperately desire might help her rescue Nin and avenge her father. Teens will be amused by Sefia’s puzzlement over the rectangular object with patterns of black lines printed on its pages, easily recognizable as  a book. In her debut novel The Reader (Putnam, $19.99), Traci Chee weaves Sefia’s tale with that of other characters to provide a full picture of a world in which words are magic, literacy is nonexistent, and the powerful want to keep it that way. Ages 13-16.

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ISBN: 9780399176777
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016