If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks bulletin board, Spring 2017 Edition! It features brand new books from favorite authors, intriguing debut novels, must-read crossover releases, and at least one jaw-dropping cover (can you guess which one?*). Here are just a few of the books that I’m looking forward to reading and sharing with students at Ridley High School during the upcoming semester. What are YOUR picks for the coming months?? Leave me a comment, or stop by the library to let me know. Happy Reading in 2017!
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (January, 2017)
A psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity and deception. The must-read thriller of the season? Yes, please!
*Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (June, 2017)
When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. This is a heartfelt story about spiraling into darkness … and emerging into the light again.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January, 2017)
Welcome to Caraval! It’s more than just a game or a performance; it’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world … And whatever you’ve heard, it doesn’t compare to the reality. Get caught up in this sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (January, 2017)
When their worlds collide, a Montana girl named Zoe and a bounty hunter called X grapple with the ultimate sacrifice in order to be together in this cinematic, star-crossed debut.
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (January, 2017)
Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins has penned a new novel in verse that poses an impossible question: How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie?
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (February, 2017)
When 17-year old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present.
Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia (January, 2017)
Full of twists and turns, this mesmerizing crossover novel reconstructs a year in the life of a beguiling young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to mortal danger.
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (March, 2017)
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series. What more needs to be said?
A List of Cages by Robin Roe (January, 2017)
Adam Blake has landed the best elective ever: serving as an aide to the school psychologist. Until she asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her. Adam discovers that the boy is Julian – the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is determined to help Julian, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (April, 2017)
Renowned young adult author Sara Zarr returns with this deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home. This is an unforgettable story of breaking apart and of coming together again.