Recently Added [17]

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve added books to my TBR. This week my crew took a short field trip to the bookstore, and I had a little time to putz around on Bookstagram, so here’s what I’ve recently added.

One of Us Is Lying by Kate McMannis

What it’s about (from Amazon):

Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. 

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Why I added it: It was listed at Barnes & Noble under thrillers. I’m always looking for more titles in that genre to recommend to my students, and it sounded like thriller meets Breakfast Club, so I thought it might be worth giving a go. I have it on hold at the library.

Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

What it’s about (from Amazon):

Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click’d pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click’d.
Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present Click’d to the judges?
New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.

Why I added it: Two reasons really. First, because I’m always looking for good middle grade reads, and middle grade read that features girls coding? Yeah, I’m about that. The second reason is a book blogger I really like loved it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 ~ out on September 5th! This is a fast-paced and timely middle school story with a great technology premise. •*•*•*•*•*•*•*••*•*•*•*•*•*•*• Thanks to Disney Hyperion for the free advance review copy of this title – all opinions are my own. •*•*•*•*•*•*•*••*•*•*•*•*•*•*• CLICK'D tells the story of a middle school coding superstar who develops an app at a summer coding camp and is surprised to have it become a smash hit when she debuts it at her school. Allie is a very relatable middle school character and this is written perfectly for the upper middle school crowd who live with their phones. There are lessons of integrity and friendship included in the story, but are in no way preachy, and the code-speak is appealing for techies but understandable for even only the end-users. •*•*•*•*•*•*•*••*•*•*•*•*•*•*• I will definitely be buying this one for my middle school library and can't wait to get it into the hands of my students! If you are looking for a similar book for younger readers, try the GIRLS WHO CODE series, and if you want something for older readers, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is perfect. @disneybooks @tamaraistone #kidlitexchange

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