May 31, 2016
Three fantastic new additions to our collection!
The Art of Being Normal
Debut author Williamson depicts two British transgender teens who try to come to terms with their lives while facing serious bullying at their school. David Piper has always been an outsider. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl. Transfer student Leo on the other hand, was born with a girl's body but has lived as a boy most of his life. He arrives at his new school with the reputation of being a tough guy who just wants to be left alone. After Leo stands up for the frequently bullied David, the two become friends and share each other's secrets. But things are about to get messy because secrets have a habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl. Together, David and Leo find the support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.
Beware That Girl
Toten’s (The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, 2015) powerful psychological thriller is set against the backdrop of an elite New York City school. Kate O’Brian's life has been a series of setbacks but she’s determined to change all that. By using street smarts and lies, she’s managed to land a scholarship at the prestigious Waverly School where her plan is to climb the social ladder and eventually land a spot at Yale. Kate knows that connections and money can't hurt either, so she befriends the deeply damaged Olivia Sumner who considers Kate the best friend and sister she never had. When the gorgeous Mark Redkin joins the staff at Waverly, Olivia becomes a victim of his predatory charm. Only Kate senses that there is something terribly wrong and discovers that Redkin is a dangerous psychopath with a past as dark and carefully concealed as her own.
In Hammel’s debut mystery, best friends, Chelsea and Evie spend their summers at the elite New England tennis club where their parents work. Both girls are wounded souls and social outcasts. Evie, who is bullied for being overweight, discovers she has a natural gift for tennis, though her tennis pro father doesn’t seem to notice. Meanwhile, Chelsea is still trying to recover from the horrific abuse she suffered before being adopted by the club’s manager. When the body of golden girl Annabel Harper is found by the pool, Evie and Chelsea are determined to uncover who murdered the popular teen. As club fixtures, the girls are largely invisible and able to go unnoticed as they shadow the lead detective and the main suspects in the case. As summer temperatures soar, tensions rise, fingers are pointed and Chelsea and Evie make some dangerous discoveries.