Did you know that we actually get new books delivered every single week at the Library? I've told some people this recently and they seemed very surprised. For all of our great new YA titles I'm going to try and do a post every week. The previous post was from last week's shipment. Here's this week's:
Half World by Hiromi Goto
Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. Just how much of an outsider she's about to find out. When she returns home to find her mother missing, lured away to Half World by a creature called Mr. Glueskin. Melanie must embark on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to bring back her mother and save the universe. (Jeepers, I can't find a picture of the cover of this book, which is too bad as it was illustrated by Jillian Tamaki who did the graphic novels Skim and Emiko Superstar)
Bliss has left her life with her parents on a commune and moved in with her wealthy and conservative grandmother to attend the stately Crestview Academy. However, it's not long before sensitive Bliss starts hearing a voice that speaks of blood and the dark secrets of the school's past.
Nine short stories about: a phone booth in Las Vegas, unhelpful wizards, possibly carnivorous sofas, a handbag with a village inside it, Tennessee Fainting Goats, dueling librarians, a statue of George Washington, a boy named Onion, pirates, an undead babysitter, a nationally ranked soccer player, shapeshifters, and an unexpected campfire guest. All accompanied by drawings from Shaun Tan (and if you don't know Shaun Tan, check out Tales of Outer Suburbia).