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the scene of the crime. The mixture of roughly
a dozen adult and teenage POVs make this
title a natural crossover for the adult reading audience. Still, there is much for teens to
enjoy, particularly when it comes to Thisbe’s
complicated relationship with Jerome, the
boy who might have been her perfect match,
if not for Clay’s cunning ploy for her affection.
An evocative tale of regret and redemption.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: McNeal
was a National Book Award finalist, which
alone will draw attention, but thanks to a
hefty marketing plan, this one should get even
Rebel of the Sands.
By Alwyn Hamilton.
Mar. 2016. 320p. Viking, $18.99 (9780451477538).
Arabian Nights meets the Wild West in
this thrilling debut novel. Amani can’t wait
to escape her small desert town. She knows
she’s meant for more, and she’s counting on
her sharpshooting skills
to help her find a way out
of Dustwalk. When she
meets the mysterious Jin, a
charming foreigner who is
wanted for treason, she decides he can be her escape.
Amani ends up on an exciting journey where mythical
beasts rise, djinni wield magical powers, and
the sultan’s army is on the hunt. As whispers
of a rebel prince start echoing through Mi-raji, Amani finds herself unexpectedly caught
up in a revolution; but, once within it, she
discovers more about herself than she ever
imagined. This atmospheric fantasy combines
magic, mythology, and the Wild West to create a riveting tale. Amani is a strong heroine
who is witty and willful. The supporting cast
of characters is well drawn, and the story is
full of surprising twists that will leave readers
satisfied yet still eager for a sequel. Although
many familiar tales echo within its pages, this
is an exciting, romantic adventure that is all
its own. —Sarah Bean Thompson
Saving Montgomery Sole.
By Mariko Tamaki.
Apr. 2016. 240p. Roaring Brook, $17.99
(9781626722712). Gr. 8–11.
Montgomery lives with her two moms
and her sister in a fairly progressive Cali-
fornia town, and she is pretty comfortable
being an oddball, especially in the company
of her friends Thomas and
Naoki, with whom she runs
a mystery club dedicated to
learning about paranormal
occurrences. She is particu-
larly excited about her latest
discovery: the Eye of Know,
a stone that promises “a
portal into vision untold.”
But when someone superglues a cross to
her locker—just as blustery, conservative
Reverend White sets up shop downtown
and plasters antigay, “family-values” post-
ers everywhere—she begins to panic, and
her hardened attitude, particularly toward
Reverend White’s son, newly enrolled at
her school, begins to drive a wedge between
her and her friends. When the Eye of Know
seemingly imbues her with power, her anger
is amplified, and she is compelled to take a
much closer look at a more mundane mys-
tery—herself. Tamaki is a master of evoking
profound meaning at a slant, and here she
expertly builds Monty’s dynamic character
in her funny, self-deprecating first-person
narrative. Gradually and indirectly, Tamaki
peels away layers of Monty’s tough exterior
to reveal the troubling source of both her
panic and her fierce, albeit prickly, loyalty to
her family. Subtle, compassionate, and full
of character, Tamaki’s empowering story of
personal insight—not to mention lovably
flawed Monty herself—has ample, surprising
depth. —Sarah Hunter
Seven Ways We Lie.
By Riley Redgate.
Mar. 2016. 352p. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95
(9781419719448). Gr. 9–12.
In her multiple-POV debut, Redgate provides a timely and fresh take on the seven
3 stars for the author of
Marcelo in the Real World
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★ “Stork writes with authenticity and respect.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “As many as one in five teens has a diagnosable mental health problem; it’s a
subject that needs the discussion Stork’s potent novel can readily provide.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “A major voice in teen literature . . . one of [Stork’s]
richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review