New Arrivals · Teen Nonfiction

September 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Child soldier : when boys and girls are used in war

September 2, 2015
Humphreys, Jessica Dee, author.
47 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his schoolyard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, the gripping story of Michel's experience is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Claudia Dávila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful. The back matter contains further information, as well as suggestions for ways children can help. This is a perfect resource for engaging youngsters in social studies lessons on global awareness and social justice issues, and would easily spark classroom discussions about conflict, children's rights and even bullying. Michel's actions took enormous courage, but he makes clear that he was and still is an ordinary person, no different from his readers. He believes everyone can do something to make the world a better place, and so he shares what his father told him: If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito...

The mystery of life : how nothing became everything

September 1, 2015
Schutten, Jan Paul, 1970- author.
New York : Aladdin ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Beyond Word, 2015.
229 pages : illustrations, color ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Dutch. Gottmer Uitgevers Groep 2013."
Marvels, mysteries, and you -- How old is the Earth? -- The history of everything in 1,620 words -- The greatest scientific idea of all time -- Evolution in brief -- All about the family -- How life on Earth began -- Surviving in the primeval oceans -- Half human, half fish -- Has the story of evolution been proven for sure? -- From mouse to man.
"No generation has yet had to cope with the kind of rapid changes in science and technology that are facing today's teens. This is why "STEM education" is the latest buzz term and science literacy is enjoying a renewed focus. A foundation in basic science is key. With decades of scientific knowledge behind him and a genuine sense of fun in his approach, Jan Paul Schutten rewards curiosity with engaging explanations about some of the most complicated scientific issues that exist, and tells readers that there is much left to discover. For example: Why does the paramecium deserve a standing ovation? How do you build a planet? Does a tree want to be tall? How does a bacterium turn into a blue whale? How can you survive without a rear end? How can you yourself see evolution at work? Why would aliens most likely be meat-eaters? Are scientists not telling us everything?"-- Provided by publisher.

InuYasha. Volume 5

August 26, 2015
Takahashi, Rumiko, 1957-
San Francisco, Calif. : Viz Media, 2010.
561 p. : chiefly ill. (some color) ; 22 cm.
Pages numbered right to left.
"Three in one"--Cover.
v. 13. Naruku's true form -- v. 14. The true master -- v. 15. Kagura.
Kagome and Inuyasha have an angry argument that won't be settled until someone apologizes, but each of them is just as stubborn as the other! While Kagome and Inuyasha work things out, Naraku sends forth one of his own most enigmatic minions, a woman with the power to control the dead. As Naraku's plans unfold, Sesshomaru finds an unexpected reason to question his demonic nature. Between covetous wolf demons and Naraku's powerful illusions, Kagome and Inuyasha face even more difficult challenges!

Rot & ruin : warrior smart

August 26, 2015
Maberry, Jonathan, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Subtitle taken from spine.
Collects Rot & ruin issues #1-5.
Four friends travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains, one step ahead of the zombie hordes and a long way from their destination.

Becoming Maria : love and chaos in the South Bronx

August 25, 2015
Manzano, Sonia.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
262 pages : illustrations (black & white) ; 22 cm
"Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions"-- Provided by publisher.

Girl world : how to ditch the drama and find your inner amazing

August 25, 2015
Ottaviano, Patricia, author.
xii, 143 pages ; 23 cm.
You're in -- but are you? -- The outside looking in -- A chapter you will come back to -- The ugly truth -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, oh my! -- Free yourself -- Damage control -- It's cool to be different -- Be your own best friend.

A police Mr. Big sting goes wrong : the story of Kyle Unger

August 25, 2015
Brignall, Richard.
Toronto : Lorimer, [2015]
136 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Real justice"--Title page.
Presents the story of Kyle Unger, the teenage boy from Manitoba who spent nearly 20 years in prison after the RCMP got him to confess to a murder he didn't commit using the controversial Mr. Big police tactic.

Warriors : the greatest fighters in history.

August 25, 2015
Callery, Steve, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015].
80 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Includes glossary (pages 76-77) and index (pages 78-80).
"Thor. Hercules. Gladiator. G.I. Joe. The most famous mythical warriors are based on real-life heroes from history. In this book, come face-to-face with the greatest warriors of all time. Discover the worlds of ancient Greek hoplites and Vikings, knights and Civil War soldiers, Navy SEALS and today's special forces"--Page [4] of cover.

Noah Webster : man of many words

August 24, 2015
Reef, Catherine.
Boston : Clarion Books, [2015]
211 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
"Noah Webster may be best remembered the enormous and ambitious task of writing his famous dictionary, but for him, this accomplishment was a means to an end. His true goal was to streamline the language spoken in our newly formed country so that it could be used as a force to bring people together and be a source of national pride. Though people laughed at his ideas, Webster never doubted himself. In the end, his so-called foolish notions achieved just what he had hoped. Here, in the only account of Noah Webster for teens, the seasoned biographer Catherine Reef guides us through Webster's remarkable life, from boyhood on a Connecticut farm through the fight for American independence to his days as a writer and political activist who greatly influenced our Founding Fathers and the direction of the young United States"-- Provided by publisher.

Attack on Titan

August 21, 2015
Isayama, Hajime, 1986-, author, artist.
New York, N.Y. : Kodansha Comics, 2012-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 2010 by Kodansha Ltd.
v. 1. The desperate battle begins! -- v. 2. Birth of a monster -- v. 3. Traitor -- v. 4. Humanity pushes back! -- v. 5. Can you go home again? -- v. 6. Titan on the hunt -- v. 7. Turning on their own -- v. 8. Blood on his hands -- v. 9. Humanity's worst nightmare -- v. 10. Fortress of blood -- v. 11. Do you think this world has a future? -- v. 12. The chase is on -- v. 13. No safe place left -- v. 14. Erwin's greatest gamble -- v. 15. Fugitives and prisoners -- v. 16. His father's sins
For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything.

Skip beat

August 19, 2015
Nakamura, Yoshiki.
San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, c2006-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm.
Shojo Beat manga.
First published in Japan in 2002 by Hakusensha, Inc., Tokyo.

Yu-gi-oh! Zexal

August 19, 2015
Takahashi, Kazuki, 1961-
San Francisco, Calif. : Viz Media, c2012-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Based on Animation TV series Yu-gi-oh! Zexal.

Green Lantern, new guardians

August 19, 2015
Bedard, Tony.
New York : DC Comics, c2012.
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. The ring bearer -- v. 2. Beyond hope -- v. 3. Love and death -- v. 4. Gods and monsters -- v. 5. The godkillers -- v. 6. Storming the gates

Captain America : castaway in dimension Z

August 19, 2015
Remender, Rick.
New York, N.Y. : Marvel Worldwide, c2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill ; 26 cm.
Contains material originally published in magazine.
v. 1. Castaway in dimension Z : book 1 -- v. 2. Castaway in dimension Z : book 2 -- v. 3. Loose Nuke -- v. 4. The iron nail -- v. 5. The tomorrow soldier
Arnim Zola's ambitions leave Captain America stranded in the upside-down territory known as Dimension Z. With no country and no allies, what's left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect? Just the one thing that his foe values most...Zola's son! Steve has saved the boy's life, but can he keep him alive against the savage barbarians of Phrox - with the fate of a world hinging on his victory?

Batman : Harley Quinn

August 19, 2015
Dini, Paul.
New York : DC C2cs, [2015]
196 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Head over heels in her devotion to the Joker, Arkham psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel gave up her career (and her sanity) to transform herself into the ultimate companion for crime's clown prince - the mad moll Harley Quinn. Of course, Harley's romance with the Joker hasn't been easy. The two are at each other throats as often as in each other's arms, and that buzzkill Batman is always sticking his nose in just when things are starting to get fun. But what great love story is without the occasional incarceration and life-threatening peril?

Batman : second chances

August 19, 2015
Collins, Max Allan, author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2015]
276 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Collects Batman #402-403, 408-416 and Batman annual #11"
The Dark Knight. The Boy Wonder. The Dynamic Duo. Together, Batman and Robin have kept the streets of Gotham City safe-while the boy beneath the mask, Dick Grayson, has kept Bruce Wayne from a lonely life of brooding darkness. But when a bullet fired from the Joker's gun nearly clips Robin’s wings for good, their partnership is severed, and Batman resumes his war on crime alone. But he’'s not alone for long. When Batman first meets a tough kid named Jason Todd, the boy is more criminal than crimefighter. But from that first encounter, a powerful new bond is forged. The Dark Knight sees Jason's potential to be a hero-as well as the rage and revenge that torment him. The Batman has found his new Robin. Can Gotham's greatest hero help his protege fly right?

Slasher girls and monster boys

August 18, 2015
New York, New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2015.
384 pages ; 24 cm
The birds of Azalea Street / Nova Ren Suma -- In the forest dark and deep / Carrie Ryan -- Emmeline / Cat Winters -- Verse chorus verse / Leigh Bardugo -- Hide-and-seek / Megan Shepherd -- The dark, scary parts and all / Danielle Paige -- The flicker, the fingers, the beat, the sigh / by April Genevieve Tucholke -- Fat girl with a knife / Jonathan Maberry -- Sleepless / Jay Kristoff -- M / Stefan Bachmann -- The girl without a face / Marie Lu -- A girl who dreamed of snow / McCormick Templeman -- Stitches / A.G. Howard -- On the I-5 / Kendare Blake .
"Inspired by classic tales and films, a collection of fourteen short stories ranging from bloody horror, to psychological thrillers, to supernatural creatures, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, by acclaimed YA authors of every genre"-- Provided by publisher.

Venom : the complete collection

August 18, 2015
Remender, Rick, author.
New York, N.Y. : Marvel Worldwide Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Artists vary between volumes.
Flash Thompson is Spider-Man's biggest fan. That hero worship inspired him to join the Army, where he became a decorated war hero. And though he lost his legs, Flash never lost his dignity - or his desire to serve. Now, the government has offered him a chance to don the alien Venom symbiote and be a hero once again! Flash Thompson is Venom, the government's most lethal special operative. But Flash soon finds himself losing control of his own mind to the symbiote! And when his nemesis, Jack O'Lantern, blackmails Flash into serving the merciless Crime-Master, can Venom complete his mission and save his loved ones?

First man : reimagining Matthew Henson

August 17, 2015
Schwartz, Simon, 1982-
Minneapolis : Graphic Universe, 2015.
160 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
In this graphic novel, Simon Schwartz weaves biography and fiction together to explore the life of Arctic adventurer Matthew Henson. Moving between different time periods and incorporating Inuit mythology, Schwartz offers fresh perspective on the many challenges Henson confronted during his life. As a member of early missions to reach the North Pole, Henson braved subzero temperatures and shifting sea ice. As an African American at the turn of the twentieth century, he also faced harassment and prejudice. Henson won a place on Arctic expeditions through skill and determination--though he didn't receive the same credit as his teammates. He also won the respect of the native peoples he met during his journeys--though he couldn't prevent the harm that the expeditions caused them. More than a biography, First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson is an artistic homage to Henson's accomplishments and the complicated realities of being a trailblazer in a society that didn't recognize black men as equals.

Superman : Krypton returns

August 14, 2015
Lobdell, Scott.
New York : DC Comics, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Crossing over between Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and Action comics, this Super-family team up brings all the fan-favorite heroes together to take on H'el! The Super team must travel through time and Krypton's history to prevent H'el from dooming the entire universe. Written by Scott Lobdell, writer of Teen titans and formerly Marvel's X-Men franchise.

The Batman adventures

August 14, 2015
Puckett, Kelley. author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2014]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form in the Batman Adventures.
Witness the first time Barbara Gordon suits up as Batgirl! Cower at the Joker's calamitous comic book caper! Thrill as Batman attempts to save the world from RA's Al Ghul... and to save his heart from Al Ghul's daughter, Talia. Find out what happens when Robin has to defeat Gotham on his own from the Ventriloquist's crime wave!


August 11, 2015
Fraction, Matt.
New York : Marvel, 2013-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contains material originally published in magazine form.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. My life as a weapon -- v. 2. Little hits -- v. 3. L.A. woman -- v. 4. Rio bravo
Clint Barton, a.k.a. the self-made hero Hawkeye, fights for justice and good rooftop BBQs! And with Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to get some downtime from being one of Earth's mightiest heroes. This is the ongoing tale of the Arrow-Avenger; Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble!

The Legend of Zelda : a link to the past

August 11, 2015
Ishinomori, Shōtarō, 1938-1998, author.
San Francisco, CA. : VIZ Media, 2015.
195 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
Originally serialized in Nintendo power magazine.
Hero's awakening -- Wise man's warning -- The Book of Murdora -- The master sword -- An old enemy -- A fool in the shape of a tree -- Zora's mask -- Roam, the mystery knight -- Wizzrobe's trap -- To Turtle Rock...and Zelda! -- Ganon's Tower -- The final battle.
Loosely follows the plot of the Super Entertainment System game The Legends of Zelda : a Link to the past, some new twists and characters were added to preserve the element of surprise and add to the dramatic flow.

Triple H : at the top of his game

August 6, 2015
Donovan, Sandra, 1967-
North Mankato, Minn. : Capstone Press, c2013.
48 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
"Describes the life of Triple H, both in and out of the ring"--Provided by publisher.

Penny arcade

August 5, 2015
Holkins, Jerry.
Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2006-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 cm.
v. 1. Attack of the bacon robots -- v. 3. The Warsun Prophecies -- v. 4. Birds are weird -- v. 5. The case of the mummy's gold -- v. 6. The halls below -- v. 7. Be good, little puppy -- v. 8. Magical kids in danger -- v. 9. Passion's howl

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