New Releases

Two new highly anticipated sequels come out this week and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on them. The last book looks interesting to me as my students have no memory of 9/11, but their lives have surely been effected by it.

shinyShiny Broken Pieces (Tiny Pretty Things #2) by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.

June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. However, getting what she wants might cost her everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. Even if she returns, though, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.

After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever? — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

shadowThe Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey
Delacorte Press

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature–or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


Towers FallingTowers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown BFYR

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means,
and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.

One Reply to “New Releases”

  1. havent red 1st Girl at Midnite book. but seem intresting.

    9/11 book I think be 2 scary. evn tho it important that ppl remember, honor, all lives lost that day

    as well as those hurt, damage afterword. many still hurting, but some survivers doing OK. I hope, pray 4 peace, safety

    freedom for all ppl, all faiths, just want everyone live + try there best. have whatev. joy, securty they need in life.

    as for Shiny Broken Peices. it’s the sequel I want to like….
    but fear what may happen…. oy

    I dont know white tags/ spoil hide option this site. so I save last bit after signature.


    *Spoil warn Pretty Young Things Ballet (Bk 1 series)*
    *maybe spoil warn Shiny Broken Peice Seq. (Bk 2 series)*

    plz dont let June becom “new mean girl” who crush all other dreams. plz. ♪hums Daya song “Dont Let Me Down”♪

    she was my fave! so happy for June (E-Jun) 1st book.
    I think June finaly happy to? met somebdy nice, love her.

    June + specal person rly knew what they want in life + love?

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