What’s New this Month in Fiction

The lazy days of summer continue on! Here’s some of the latest fiction books to hit the Pratt’s shelves.

The Nickel Boys
By Colson Whitehead

The award-winning author of The Underground Railround returns with the story of Elwood Curtis, who’s innocent mistake lands him in Nickel Academy, a juvenile reformatory. Placed in the vicious environment, Elwood and friend Turner are forced to make a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.

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That Churchill Woman
By Stephanie Barron

Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie—reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire—lived an outrageously modern life all her own, filled with controversy, passion, tragedy, and triumph.

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Bedding the Enemy
By LaQuette

Bend the world to your will, and break those that refuse to comply. This motto has served Masaki Yamaguchi well as the head of the Yakuza family. However, when he meets Oshun Sampson with her own set of rules, things aren’t as clear, or easy as they used to be. Two powerful leaders with one distinct line drawn between them. Will their passion be enough to hold them together? Or, will bedding the enemy result in a bloody war that tears them and their communities apart?

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Also new this month:

By Brad Thor

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By Victoria Christopher Murray

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The Summer Guests
By Mary Alice Monroe

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Under His Protection
By LaQuette

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Fun Summer Picks for Kids

Happy July! We’re about half way through the Summer Challenge though it’s not too late to join. Here are a few books new to the Pratt’s shelves that are great picks for a long summer day.    

Go for the Moon: A Rocket, A Boy and the First Moon Landing
By Chris Gall

In this beautiful picture book, a young boy explains the design of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the flight from the earth to the moon, and the drama of touching down–while shadowing the astronaut’s voyage with one of his own.

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Pie in the Sky
By Remy Lai

When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn’t speak English, and he’s often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao. To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away.

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The Last Last-Day-of-Summer
By Lamar Giles

Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town. As the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town before time stops for good.

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Also new this month:

B is for Baby
By Atinuke

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Bear Came Along
By Richard T. Morris

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Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? By Susan Wood
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Brand New for Young Adults this July

School’s out for the summer! In between fun at camp or maybe a summer job, stop by the Pratt to see what’s new for Young Adults. This July, we have dramas, sci-fi, thrillers, graphic novels and more waiting to be checked out.

By Meredith Russo

From the award-winning author of If I Was Your Girl comes a heart-wrenching story of identity, first love, and fate. Six years of shared birthdays reveal best friends Eric and Morgan’s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they’re meant to be—and if they’re meant to be together.

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The Things She’s Seen
By Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since the day she died. Her grieving dad is the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But now she’s got a mystery to solve. As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town.

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Wicked Fox
By Kat Cho

K-pop and K-drama fans will enjoy this fun fantasy-romance set in modern day Seoul from debut author Cho. Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. When she saves the life of a human boy, Jihoon, the two develop a tenuous friendship that blooms into romance, setting them down a path that will soon force Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

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Also new this month:

Teen Titans: Raven
By Kami Garcia

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Sorcery of Thorns
By Margaret Rogerson

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The Fortnite Guide to Staying Alive
By Damien Kuhn

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New for Young Readers: Read Along Books

We’re excited to add Read Along books to the shelves of Enoch Pratt Free Library. Young readers don’t have to miss out on the fun of the Pratt’s Summer Challenge if they are still learning to read. With a simple push of a button, young readers can enjoy these new books with attached speakers that transform the print book into an all-in one read- along.

Here are some of our favorite picks. Check them out!

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
By Patrick McDonnell
Bulldozer’s Big Day
By Candace Fleming
By Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Moon
By Margaret Wise Brown

By Nancy Willard
Have You Seen Elephant
By Davis Barrow
Hey Black Child
By Useni Eugene Perkins
Humpback Whales
By Christina Leaf
Jabari Jumps
By Gaia Cornwall
Maya’s Blanket
By Monica Brown

Si llevas un ratón a la escuela
By Laura Joffe Numeroff

What’s New for Kids this June

School is almost out of session so that means it’s a great time to stop by your local branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library. Visit for a family film night, storytime fun, and of course to pick up books to read for the 2019 Summer Challenge.

Check out what children’s books are new to our shelves!

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
By Marc Barnett

This exceptional picture book artfully plays with form and language to vividly bring to life one of greatest children’s book creators who ever lived: Margaret Wise Brown.

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Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas
By Juana Medina

When her mami meets someone new, Juana worries that everything will change in a humorous, heartwarming follow-up to the Pura Belpré Award–winning Juana & Lucas.

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By Fiona Woodcock

Hello! Are you ready for a brilliant day? A brother and sister enjoy a day full of spills, thrills, and silly adventures in this playful story comprised only of words that contain a double L (such as spills, thrills, and silly)!

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Red: A Crayon’s Story
By Michael Hall

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as “red” suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo. This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self.

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Also new this month:

Freedom Fire (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #2)
By Daniel Jose Older

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle
By Isabel Quintero

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Out There
By Tom Sullivan

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