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The ugly animals : we can't all be pandas

Watt, Simon, author.

590 WATT

'The Ugly Animals' is a collection of 60 of the world's most ugly (and endangered) animals, featuring rare imagery and explanatory text.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Salt to the sea : a novel

Sepetys, Ruta, author.

TEEN SEPETYS

As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Need

Charbonneau, Joelle, author.

TEEN CHARBON

In this exploration of the dark side of social media, and government control and manipulation, the teenagers in a small town are drawn deeper and deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need--regardless of the consequences.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Amazing fantastic incredible : a marvelous memoir

Lee, Stan, 1922-

BIO LEE LEE

In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee--comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes--shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be. Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life--and into the mainstream--some of the world's best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories--filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity--added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century. In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir--illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran--Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


The secret language of sisters

Rice, Luanne, author.

TEEN RICE

Mathilda (Tilly), fourteen, and Ruth Anne (Roo), sixteen, are sisters and best friends in Connecticut, but when Roo crashes her car while texting she is confined to a hospital bed with "locked-in syndrome," aware of her surroundings, but apparently comatose--and Tilly must find a way to communicate with her sister, while dealing with her own sense of guilt.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


The sign of the cat

Jonell, Lynne, author, illustrator.

J JONELL

Duncan, eleven, is very smart--with the rare ability to speak Cat--but his mother has always insisted he appear only average, and when a perfect test score draws attention to him, he not only discovers the wisdom of his mother's rules, he finds himself crossing the seas on a quest for his true identity.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Up from the sea

Lowitz, Leza, author.

TEEN LOWITZ

A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenaged boy.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Stars above

Meyer, Marissa, author.

TEEN MEYER

A collection of six stories from the universe of the Lunar Chronicles answer such questions as: How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


The girl in the well is me

Rivers, Karen, 1970- author.

J RIVERS

Eleven-year-old Kammie reflects on her life as she fights claustrophobia while waiting to be rescued from a well she fell into while trying to impress some mean girls.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know

Horowitz, Alexandra, author.

J 636.7 HOROWIT

Do you want to know what dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you finally can. The answers will surprise and delight young readers as scientist and dog-owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Rocket and Groot : stranded on planet strip mall!

Angleberger, Tom, author.

J ANGLEBE

Stranded on a planet filled with dry cleaners, nail salons, and chain restaurants Rocket and Groot face killer robots bent on customer service and raccoon eating toilets.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


The abyss surrounds us

Skrutskie, Emily, 1993-

TEEN SKRUTSK

Cassandra Leung--a seventeen-year-old trainer of Reckoners, sea beasts bred to defend ships--is kidnapped by the pirate queen Santa Elena and ordered to train a Reckoner pup to defend Santa Elena's ship.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Cats on the job : 50 fabulous felines who purr, mouse, and even sing for their supper

Rogak, Lisa, 1962-

636.8 ROGAK

Around the world, there are cats earning their keep. Some are mousers, like Princess, a black cat who works at Mill Ridge Farm's stables. Some are circus performers, like Tuna and her furry friends in The Amazing Acro-Cats. And some are even politicians, like Mayor Stubbs, an orange tabby who holds office in Talkeetna, Alaska. In Cats on the Job, we meet these and other whiskered workers who keep their human colleagues company from 9 to 5--with the occasional break for a nap or a belly rub--and make every day at the office better.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Lumberjanes. 1, Beware the kitten holy

Stevenson, Noelle, author.

J STEVENS

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what's not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Chiggers

Larson, Hope.

J LARSON

When Abby returns to the same summer camp she always goes to, she is dismayed to find that her old friends have changed, and the only person who wants to be her friend is the strange new girl, Shasta.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Zombie High yearbook '64

Busch, Jeff.

TEEN 398.45 BUSCH

Printed in blood-spattered black and white, this lovingly, gorily constructed tribute to high school yearbooks of old is hilarious in its attention to period detail even as it celebrates the 1960s zombie youth "afterlifestyle."

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


The unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 1, Squirrel power

North, Ryan, 1980- author.

TEEN NORTH

Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There's one hero that's beaten them all-and now she's got her own ongoing series! (Not that she's bragging.) That's right, you asked for it, you got it, it's Squirrel Girl! (She's also starting college this semester.) It's the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Rad American women A-Z

Schatz, Kate.

J 920.72 SCHATZ

Profiled are 26 American women from the 18th through 21st centuries, who have made-or are still making--history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes. The women come from a variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds and many had to overcome extreme hardships. One woman represents each alphabetical letter beginning with Angela Davis, an activist, teacher, and writer, and concludes with Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and writer.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Dumplin'

Murphy, Julie, 1985- author.

TEEN MURPHY

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked... until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant -- along with several other unlikely candidates -- to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City -- and maybe herself most of all.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Lucky Penny

Hirsh, Ananth.

TEEN HIRSH

If Penny Brighton didn't have bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. She lost her job. And her apartment. In the same day. But it's okay, her friend has a cozy storage unit she can crash in. And there's bound to be career opportunities at the neighborhood laundromat- just look how fast that 12-year-old who runs the place made it to management! Plus, there's this sweet guy at the community center, and maybe Penny can even have a conversation with him without being a total dork. Surely Penny is a capable of becoming an actual responsible adult, and if she can do that her luck's bound to change! Right?

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Scowler

Kraus, Daniel, 1975-

TEEN KRAUS

In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys, including one called Scowler, to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Have a little pun : a illustrated play on words

Clements, Frida.

TEEN 818.602 CLEMENT

Artist Frida Clements' beautifully illustrated puns playfully combine charming flora and fauna drawings with amusing, hand-lettered word play. Honey, bee yourself! Don't be koi. Like puns? That's coo, says the pigeon. Hate puns? Oh whale, says the whale. Featuring dozens of creating and colorful pairings, this clever collection is a lovely and lighthearted gift for fans of witty illustration.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Stonewall : breaking out in the fight for gay rights

Bausum, Ann, author.

TEEN 307.766 BAUSUM

A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Username: Evie

Sugg, Joe, 1991- author.

FIC SUGG

A socially-isolated teenage girl is given the opportunity to save a virtual world, which her father created for her, from descending into chaos. All the while, she must fend off high school bullies and help her ailing father.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Half a man

Morpurgo, Michael, author.

J MORPURG

Follows the experiences of a young man who after years of being told not to ask his World War II veteran grandfather about his injuries learns how his grandfather survived a torpedo attack on his ship.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


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