New for week of June 19, 2016

There weren’t as many choices for this week’s previews. I will always welcome suggestions.

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Castor

by Shaun Young

Publication Date: 30 June 2016

The political atmosphere on the planet Castor is a delicate balance. There are people who have been colonizing this planet since before the war on Earth. The problem is that this planet isn’t hospitable to humans yet.

There are the Unadapted who are the ruling class and the Half-adapts who are the servants. There are Full-adapts who have been born there that neither the Unadapted and the Half-adapts accept.

This is all seen through the eyes of James who was brought to this planet to work as an indentured servant. While in stasis on his way to the planet, he was adapted so he could survive the atmosphere without a breather. He has even more to fear than other servants because he harbors a secret. He is gay.

He gets his first chance at romance with the nephew of the plantation owner.  But they can’t be seen together. Neither is accepted for who he is, nor would his class accept his choice of friend.

Will James be able to stand up for himself?

This is for YA for violence and sex.

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Not Today, Celeste!: A Dog’s Tale about her Human’s Depression

By Liza Stevens

Publication Date: 21 June 2016

Celeste loves her owner, Rupert, who is kind, funny, handsome, clever, and brave. One day Celeste notices a difference in his behavior. He doesn’t want to do his normal routine; he doesn’t eat, and he forgets to feed Celeste.

A friend helps determine what is going on and helps Rupert.

This book is a way to open up a conversation with children about depression. It offers suggestions for discussion in the back.

 

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Secret, Secret

By Daisy Law

Publication Date: 21 June 2016

A picture book designed to get kids to talk about secrets. It could be a very innocent secret of childhood or something bigger.

The back offers suggestions for what to do if secrets involve peer pressure or abuse.

Thanks, and Happy Reading!

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