2017 Young Adult

2017 Odyssey Bookshop Holiday Newsletter

Young Adult
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Being Fishkill Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763684426
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 14th, 2017

Caramel Fishkill was born in the back of a moving car and named after a sign on the side of the highway. She lives in a trailer with her neglectful alcoholic mother and abusive grandfather, but must fend for herself when her grandfather dies and her mother disappears. She changes her name to Fishkill Caramel and returns to school with a tough new exterior, but she doesn’t bargain on meeting eccentric Duck-Duck Farina and joining her gang, the GR. Duck-Duck and her mother, Molly, adopt Fishkill into their family and her walls start to come down, only for the reappearance of her mother to destroy the fragile life that she’s started to build for herself. This is a hard book to read, but Lehrer handles the intense themes well and makes it worth the heartache by letting us into Fishkill’s life. 14+ ~Kinsey
 
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Epic Crush of Genie Lo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419725487
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 8th, 2017

Colleges are always looking for well-rounded students, but re-incarnated weapon of Sun Wukong and present-day demon fighter probably isn’t what they had in mind… When the Monkey King, disguised as a transfer student named Quentin, shows up at Genie’s school demanding she turn into a stick that he can hit things with, her already precariously balanced school-life balance falls apart. Genie wants nothing more than to escape the bubble of Silicon Valley, but how can she stay on top of her Ivy League application when demons and gods from Chinese folklore keep appearing on her front porch demanding she save the world? Genie’s story is humorous and, despite the shapeshifting demons, incredibly relatable in how she deals with the competing pressures of being the perfect student, friend, and daughter. ~Kinsey

 


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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

This book is a grand tour gone wrong - or very, very right depending on your perspective! What starts out as an educational exploration of Europe for future-viscount Henry “Monty” Montague, his biracial best friend, Percy, and his feminist/self-taught-physician sister, Felicity, is soon derailed when the three narrowly escape an attempt on their lives and must flee the country. On the way, they befriend pirates, battle brigands, and break a few hearts for good measure. The characters are wonderfully complex and woven throughout this adventurous romp is a story about identity, privilege, trauma, and loving relationships across these lines. ~Kinsey


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Genuine Fraud Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385744775
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 5th, 2017

Jule West Williams considers herself the antithesis to the "great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey” and internally narrates her life like an action movie, giving herself a tragic backstory (the orphaned daughter of secret agents who were murdered in front of her). She’s on the run from her past(s) and as we move through the story in reverse, we see Jule don several different wigs and corresponding personas until it’s no longer clear what is fact and what is fiction. Her life becomes entwined with wealthy heiress Imogen Sokoloff who flits from Martha’s Vineyard to Paris on a whim, a fast friend whom she admires and envies with equal passion. But how far will Jule go to craft the life for herself that she feels she deserves? ~Kinsey


The Hate U Give Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Starr Carter has always felt like her two separate lives -- the one she leads in her poor urban neighborhood and the one she leads at her very posh private school -- are playing tug of war with her in the middle. But until one night on her way home from a party her best friend is shot in front of her by a white police officer, she never felt compelled to choose one over the other. When this novel takes a turn at bleak and heads straight into desperation, the author balances it out with warm and intimate portraits of Starr’s support system of friends, family, and counsel. This book brilliantly drapes a deep narrative over the structure of #blacklivesmatter and it may well be the most important young adult novel of our time. This debut novel should be required reading for everybody over the age of 13. ~Emily​


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Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803741492
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

Recently orphaned, Jane accepts an invitation to a former-tutor’s family island/mansion, Tu Reviens. Jane arrives with all of her possession, the most notable being 37 handmade umbrellas, and discovers a bizarre cast of characters and a lot of strange goings ons. Jane must make a choice who to pursue for answers; Mrs. Vanders, the little girl, Kiran, Ravi, or Jasper? Reminiscent of a choose-your-own-adventure novel, the story splits into five separate narratives from this point, each of a different genre (mystery, thriller, horror, science fiction, and fantasy). Each chapter, building on the previous, takes readers through a variety of plots that weave together art heists, secret government plots, spies, travel through alternate dimensions, talking animals, romance, intrigue, and a sentient house that yearns for a soul. ~Kinsey
 


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681191058
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 14th, 2017

This is a beautiful book about a girl who doesn’t quite belong in her working class neighborhood or the wealthy prep school she's attending on scholarship. What Jade does know is that she isn’t excited about Woman to Woman, a new mentorship program designed to help girls like her – she doesn’t want to become anyone’s charity case. Now she must balance new friends and old, a mentor who seems to need more help than she does, and finding time to create her art. Watson’s poignant writing captures Jade's story beautifully as well as a hopeful theme that is refreshingly genuine. ~Kokie


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Warcross Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

The newest novel by the bestselling author of the The Young Elites and Legend series. This is a gripping read that will appeal to anyone who is into gaming, but you don’t have to be a hardcore gamer (I’m not) to get caught up in this thrilling story set in a not-too-distant future where millions worldwide follow and play Warcross online. More than a game, it’s a worldwide obsession that some play to escape from reality and by others hoping to make a profit. The main character, teenage hacker Emika Chen is struggling on her own after the death of her father, but she is quick, snarky and very smart. These qualities find her in the middle of the international Warcross Championships and a global plot to take down the game. “An exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.” ~Mitch