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The blossom and the firefly / Sherri L. Smith.

The blossom and the firefly /  Sherri L. Smith.
Japan 1945. Taro is a talented violinist and a kamikaze pilot in the days before his first and only mission. He believes he is ready to die for his country . . . until he meets Hana. Hana hasn't been the same since the day she was buried alive in a collapsed trench during a bomb raid. She wonders if it would have been better to have died that day . . . until she meets Taro. A song will bring them together. The war will tear them apart. Is it possible to live an entire lifetime in eight short days?


Of curses and kisses / Sandhya Menon.

Of curses and kisses /  Sandhya Menon.
Told in two voices, Jaya Rao, an East Indian princess, and Grey Emerson, an English lord, suffer the effects of a centuries-old feud when they meet at an elite Colorado boarding school.--


Powwow summer / Nahanni Shingoose.

Powwow summer /  Nahanni Shingoose.
A coming-of-age story about a teen girl who experiences her Indigenous heritage in a meaningful way. Part Ojibwe and part white, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity. Now eighteen and just finished high school, River travels to Winnipeg to spend the summer with her Indigenous father and grandmother, where she sees firsthand what it means to be an urban Indian. On her family's nearby reserve, she learns more than she expects about the lives of Indigenous people, including the presence of Indigenous gangs and the multi-generational effects of the residential school system. But River also discovers a deep respect for and connection with the land and her cultural traditions. The highlight of her summer is attending the annual powwow with her new friends. At the powwow afterparty, however, River drinks too much and posts photos online that anger people and she has her right to identify as an Indigenous person called into question. Can River ever begin to resolve the complexities of her identity -- Indigenous and not?--


The Avant-Guards Volume 2 / created and written by Carly Usdin ; illustrated by Noah Hayes with inks by Tasha Neva & Jenna Ayoub ; colored by Rebecca Nalty with Keiran Quigley and Eleonora Bruni ; lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

The Avant-Guards Volume 2 /  created and written by Carly Usdin ; illustrated by Noah Hayes with inks by Tasha Neva & Jenna Ayoub ; colored by Rebecca Nalty with Keiran Quigley and Eleonora Bruni ; lettered by Ed Dukeshire.
The Avant-Guards have been on a roll when it comes to their newly-formed basketball league, and Charlie has been getting more comfortable with her new teammates, but when they hit the end of their winning-streak, will these new friendships survive? As the Avant-Guards struggle to move forward, they'll soon learn just what it means to truly be a team--on the court and, most importantly, off the court, too.--Back cover


Tokyo ghoul : re. Volume 15 / story and art by Sui Ishida ; translation, Joe Yamazaki; touch-up art & lettering, Vanessa Satone.

Tokyo ghoul : re. Volume 15 /  story and art by Sui Ishida ; translation, Joe Yamazaki; touch-up art & lettering, Vanessa Satone.
The Commission of Counter Ghoul is the only organization fighting the Ghoul menace, and they will use every tool at their disposal to protect humanity from its ultimate predator. Their newest weapon in this hidden war is an experimental procedure that implants human investigators with a Ghoul's Kagune, giving them Ghoul powers and abilities. But both the procedure and the newly formed Qs Squad are untested. Will they become heroes...or monsters?!... Trapped within the body of the monster he unwittingly transformed into, Kaneki is forced to reexamine his past as he struggles to regain consciousness. Meanwhile, Touka manages to locate her husband within the bulk of the monster, but releasing Kaneki has unintended, terrifying consequences when an army of smaller monsters is awakened!--Provided by publisher.


This train is being held / Ismée Williams.

This train is being held /  Ismée Williams.
Told in two voices, ballet dancer and private school student Isabelle Warren and poet and baseball star Alex Rosario grow closer after meeting on a subway, bonding over their parents' expectations and their own dreams.


No true believers / Rabiah York Lumbard.

No true believers /  Rabiah York Lumbard.
High school senior Salma Bakkioui, who has a connective tissue disorder, faces prejudice and hidden danger, especially after being framed for a Muslim terrorist act she did not commit.


Honor lost / Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre.

Honor lost /  Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre.
Zara Cole may have finally met her match. Lifekiller--a creature that can devour entire planets--is spreading terror throughout the universe, and it seems nothing can stand in the monstrous god-king's way. Reeling from a series of battles, Zara and her wounded band of allies are going to need a strategy before they face Lifekiller again. Zara's street smarts may not be enough when their enemy could be anywhere, destroying civilizations and picking his teeth with the bones. And just when it feels like she's reached a special place in her bond with Beatriz and Nadim, an ex from Earth with an ax to grind comes after her with nefarious intentions. With human enemies, alien creatures and mechanical stalkers on her tail, it comes down to the wire for Zara to save the galaxy--and the people she calls home--before the god-king consumes them all.


Cloak of night / Evelyn Skye.

Cloak of night /  Evelyn Skye.
After the devastating Ceremony of Two Hundred Hearts, Sora, Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick are truly alone in the fight to save their kingdom. Empress Aki is missing, and everyone else who could help them is a prisoner to Prince Gin's mind control. At least Sora understands what they're up against. Or so she believes, until she overhears Gin bargaining with the god of war for immortality and learns that ryuu magic may be a more insidious danger than she realized. Suddenly, the stakes are higher and even more personal for Sora-not only must she stop a seemingly indestructible Prince Gin, but she must also unravel the secrets of ryuu magic before it is too late for nearly everyone she loves. Sora Daemon, Fairy, and Broomstick face dangerous obstacles at every turn, but the greatest challenge may be discovering who they truly are and what, if anything, they are capable of. The fate of a kingdom rests in their hands.


In the shadow of the sun / E.M. Castellan.

In the shadow of the sun /  E.M. Castellan.
Its 1661 in Paris, and magicians thrill nobles with enchanting illusions. Exiled in France, 17-year-old Henriette of England wishes she could use her magic to gain entry at court. Instead, her plan is to hide her magical talents, and accept an arranged marriage to the French kings younger brother. Henriette soon realizes her fianč prefers the company of young men to hers, and court magicians turn up killed by a mysterious sorcerer who uses forbidden magic. When an accident forces Henriette to reveal her uniquely powerful gift for enchantments to Louis, he asks for her help: she alone can defeat the dark magician threatening his authority and aid his own plans to build the new, enchanted seat of his power - the Palace of Versailles.


The last confession of Autumn Casterly / Meredith Tate.

The last confession of Autumn Casterly /  Meredith Tate.
When band-geek Ivy and her friends get together, things start with a rousing board game and end with arguments about Star Wars. Her older sister Autumn is a different story. Enigmatic, aloof, and tough as nails, Autumn hasn't had real friends--or trusted anyone--in years. Even Ivy. But Autumn might not be tough enough. After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound, and held hostage. Now, trapped between life and death, she leaves her body, seeking help. No one can sense her presence--except her sister. When Autumn doesn't come home, Ivy just knows she's in trouble. Unable to escape the chilling feeling that something isn't right, Ivy follows a string of clues that bring her closer to rescuing her sister... and closer to danger. Autumn needs Ivy to find her before time runs out. But soon, both sisters realize that finding her also means untangling the secrets that lead to the truth--about where they're hiding Autumn, and what Autumn has been hiding.


Heart of flames / by Nicki Pau Preto.

Heart of flames /  by Nicki Pau Preto.
Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders--


Ink in the blood / by Kim Smejkal.

Ink in the blood /  by Kim Smejkal.
Celia and Anya, friends who use tattoo magic to send divine messages, must rely on one another to survive when they discover the fake deity they serve is very real--and very angry.


If you only knew / Prerna Pickett.

If you only knew /  Prerna Pickett.
A boy recently released from jail and the daughter of a prosecutor fall for each other against all the odds. But when their dark pasts come to light, can they make things work?


Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Volume 2, hostile takeovers / Tom Taylor, writer ; Ken Lashley (#7-10, 13-14) ; Juann Cabal (#9, #11), Scott Hanna (#10), Luca Maresca (#10, pages 18-20), Pere Perez (#12), Todd Nauck (#13), Ig Guara (#13), Dike Ruan (#13), and Marguerite Sauvage (#14 flashback) ; artists ; Scott Hanna (Finishes, #8, page 15) and Jay Leisten (#12) ; inkers ; Nolan Woodard (#7-9), Marcio Menyz (#9), Rachelle Rosenberg (#11-14) and Marguerite Sauvage (#14 flashbackj) ; VC's Travis Lanham, letterer.

Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Volume 2, hostile takeovers /  Tom Taylor, writer ; Ken Lashley (#7-10, 13-14) ; Juann Cabal (#9, #11), Scott Hanna (#10), Luca Maresca (#10, pages 18-20), Pere Perez (#12), Todd Nauck (#13), Ig Guara (#13), Dike Ruan (#13), and Marguerite Sauvage (#14 flashback) ; artists ; Scott Hanna (Finishes, #8, page 15) and Jay Leisten (#12) ;  inkers ; Nolan Woodard (#7-9), Marcio Menyz (#9), Rachelle Rosenberg (#11-14) and Marguerite Sauvage (#14 flashbackj) ; VC's Travis Lanham, letterer.
Has one of Spider-Man's closest allies returned to his criminal beginnings?--Page 4 cover.


 

 

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