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Unboxing – Jump for Joy!!

We just recently received our last book order from last school year! It was placed before the Covid-19 shut down and sat languishing in a warehouse somewhere until we could finally welcome it to our Media Center. We were overjoyed to have the chance to do one of our favorite library things together again: the book unboxing. Enjoy this time lapse video of all the fun and catch a peek of what new items are available for check out. Below, we’ll tell you some of the ones we checked out to take home immediately. You can also see a scrolling list of all the new books from this order in our school catalog. So, if any of these new titles make you want to jump for joy, look back at last week’s blog post about how to request a book for curbside pickup!

Ms. T’s most anticipated from this order:

#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

The cover and title first attracted me to this book, and then the premise described in the front flap drew me in. Particularly that the main character’s crew is known as the Death Row Breakfast Club, which made me think of the movie The Breakfast Club.

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

I have loved everything that Gene Luen Yang has written and am always excited when a new title by him is published. Mrs. FL gave it a glowing review, and I’m looking forward to diving in and sharing it with students!

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall MunroeI very much enjoy Munroe’s xkcd webcomic. And when I read that this book is a guide to accomplishing a task in “a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it” I was sold. I absolutely want to know the most ridiculous (yet scientifically accurate) way to dig a hole.

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

The title drew me to this one. “Don’t read the comment” are wise words to live by, and something I’m always reminding myself of when I fall down the rabbit hole of comments on social media. Then I read the blurb on the front flap: gamers standing up to and fighting against online trolls. I’m definitely intrigued.

Magus of the Library volumes 2+3 by Mitsu Izumi

I don’t normally read manga, but Mrs. FL assured me that I would enjoy this series. I picked up the first volume over the summer and fell a little bit in love with Theo and the librarians that come and change his life. Libraries are revered. Our hero loves books. What’s not to like?

The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance by Lynn Curlee

First, the cover drew my eye. Then I flipped through a few pages, and the artwork is gorgeous. Finally, the bio of Nijinsky. I took ballet lessons when I was very young, and I’ve always enjoyed watching ballet, and I’m looking forward to learning more about this legendary dancer.

Mrs. FL’s most anticipated from this order:

Attack on Titan 29 by Hajime Isayama

I mean, once you get into this series, you just have to keep going to see how it ends. This has been quite a journey and I hope we get some answers to really big questions soon, but you never know… I’ll just have to read to find out!

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

I read Mr. Kendi’s last book How to Be and Antiracist, and have loved Jason Reynolds fiction, so I’m excited to check out this team-up.

Chronin, Volume 1 by Alison Wilgus

I like the cover design and was intrigued by the time-travel plot. It seems like a really unique story!

Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson

Here I am again, wanting to read a book because of its cover. This is also a fantasy, find your true identity, overthrow the evil overlords kind of book, which is my fav.

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

Two girls get caught up in a fight that spills into a protest and they’re trying to make it home safely. They have to rely on each other and end up confronting a lot of biases and stereotypes along the way. This is timely and relevant. 

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Magic goes awry, love and friendships on the line, and, you guessed it – really cool cover art. I’m sold.

We’re both super excited about:

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Another Media Specialist highly recommended this book. It’s about fandoms and fanfic, so of course we’re excited!

Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson

We’re willing to give anything that Kelly Thompson writes a shot. And we both used to read Nancy Drew. So it seems like a pretty winning combination.

Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari

Twists and fresh takes on superheroes are always fun. The title gives the impression that this will be loaded with all kinds of puns and banter. Plus, the tagline on the cover caught our eye: “Dating a hero isn’t always super.” Truth.

The Dysasters by P.C. Cast

Another twist on a persona with powers? Yes please. There’s also some cool mixed media going on, with illustrations and hand written notes scattered throughout.

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Lee Gulledge

We enjoyed Laura Lee Gulledge’s previous books, Will & Whit and  Page by Paige, so we were super excited to read this new one.


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