The following books were added to the NCHS library collection in May:
|Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. This book is the first in the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy.
|Fire, by Kristin Cashore
In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world. This book is the second in the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy.
|The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place. This book is the first in The Hunger Games Trilogy.
|Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. This book is the second in The Hunger Games Trilogy.
|Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic, by Suzanne Weyn
In the early twentieth century, five sisters and their widowed mother, a famed spiritualist, travel from New York to London, and as the Titanic conveys them and their acquaintances, journalist W.T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor, home, Tesla’s inventions will either doom or save them all.
|Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld; illustrated by Keith Thompson
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
|The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks: A Novel, by E. Lockhart
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
|Sherlock Holmes: The American Years, edited by Michael Kurland
This collection of ten original stories brings light to one of the least examined periods in the life of the great detective–his time in the former colonies, the United States, when he is a young man not yet set upon his course in life and in his famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street.
|The Bride’s Farewell, by Meg Rosoff
In 1850s rural England Pell runs away from home on horseback on her wedding day, heading to Salisbury Fair to seek work, and is surprised by the strength of her feelings for those she left behind.
|The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders, by Emmanuel Guibert
In 1986, Afghanistan was torn apart by a war with the Soviet Union. This graphic novel/photo-journal is a record of one reporter’s arduous and dangerous journey through Afghanistan, accompanying the Doctors Without Borders.
|The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, by Diane Ackerman
The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw–and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen “guests” hid inside the Zabinskis’ villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. (This book was the May selection of the NCHS Faculty Book Club.)