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redstarBenwell, Sarah. The Last Leaves Falling. 368p. ebook available. S. & S. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481430654. LC 2014022950.

Gr 8 Up –Abe Sora loves baseball, wants to be a professor, spends much of his time reading history and literature—and is dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). No longer able to attend school, as he is now wheelchair bound—and the school is not equipped to handle his physical needs—Abe spends his days either alone or with his mother and doctors. He joins a chatroom anonymously, never telling anyone of his illness. When his mother, worried about her son’s isolation, insists that he invite his two online friends over for dinner, he agrees but does not inform them his health situation. Despite the initial shock, the three become good friends, giving Abe a chance to have normal teen experiences. As his condition grows worse, he thinks more and more about death. His counselor gives him a book on samurai death poetry, which helps him realize that he wants to die with dignity. Written by a British author and set in Japan, this unique title deals not just with the days leading up to death but with facing it on one’s own terms. This is more a tale of friendship than of romance and one of living life to the fullest for as long as possible. Abe is a strong, introspective teen who reads, thinks deeply, and wants more out of life than pity. VERDICT Not just another “dying teen novel,” this thought-provoking read offers teens a different perspective on living and loving life.–Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas

redstarFrank, E.R. Dime. 336p. S. & S./Atheneum. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481431606; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481431620.

Gr 9 Up –Thirteen-year-old Dime is a product of the foster system. She finds an escape in the books she reads, but she struggles academically because she is called on to help out with the younger foster children at home. One day she meets a girl who takes her in. Dime finds acceptance here, but is slowly groomed into becoming a prostitute. The book takes the form of a note that Dime is trying to write, whose purpose is unclear until the last chapters. The multiple nested flashbacks and the attempts to have other concepts contribute to the note (such as Money or Truth) much as Death narrated Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief (Knopf, 2006) (Dime herself credits Zusak for this idea) would have failed at the hands of a lesser writer, but they are effective here. The simple, one-line note that the protagonist ultimately writes is heartbreaking. The conditions in which Dime and the other trafficked girls live are horrendous and difficult to read about; however, this novel serves to illustrate that small acts of kindness can make a difference. This title will appeal to fans of grittier problem novels, like those written by Ellen Hopkins, and will provoke discussion. In spite of the gritty content, there is good reason to make this title accessible to middle schoolers as well. There is a helpful resource list in the back matter, including information for victims and survivors of trafficking. VERDICT An important work that should be an essential part of library collections.–Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

redstarFuller, Claire. Our Endless Numbered Days. 388p. Tin House. Mar. 2015. pap. $15.95. ISBN 9781941040010.

Gr 9 Up –In 1970s London, eight-year-old Peggy Hillcoat lives somewhat contentedly with her survivalist father and her concert pianist mother. When her mother goes on tour, her father abruptly kidnaps Peggy, taking her to a German forest. He claims that the world has ended and that her mother, along with every other human on Earth, has died. She resigns herself to a life in the cold, remote woods with her mentally unstable father, little food, and no medical care, not resurfacing until 1985. This is a dark but poignant coming-of-age story reminiscent of Geraldine McCaughrean’s The White Darkness (HarperCollins, 2007). Told from the perspective of now 17-year-old Peggy, the narrative is lyrical and, aside from a slow start, well paced. British author Fuller’s debut novel is solid and sets her firmly among her young adult author peers. VERDICT This gripping tale will be well received by fans of survivalist fiction and psychological thrillers.–Pilar Okeson, Allen-Stevenson School Library, New York City

redstarHodge, Rosamund. Crimson Bound. 448p. ebook available. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062224767.

Gr 8 Up –With this romantic mash-up of classic fairy tales that touch on elements from the familiar “Little Red Riding Hood” and the lesser-known “Girl with No Hands,” Hodge has created a chilled cocktail of creep and gore shaken, stirred lightly, and poured over villains who fall in love and heroines who commit murder. Featured in this delicate and skillfully written romantic horror is Rachelle Brinon, who has been trained by her aunt to serve as a woodwife. It’s her responsibility to protect the village from the dark magic of the forest. While venturing into the forest, Rachelle is eventually tricked by a humanlike wolf creature, to whom she becomes bound to it by a thin crimson thread that only she can see. The connection is filled with passion and also gives her superhuman skills with the possibility of immortality. Now one of the king’s assassins, Rachelle has many responsibilities and soon realizes that there are just as many dangers and threats within the kingdom as they are without. Loyalties are stretched when she’s assigned the job of protecting Prince Armand, and a romantic triangle develops among Rachelle, the prince, and the captain of the bloodbounds. Teens will gladly join this quest to find out if there’s a happy ever after in this intricate web of friendship, fear, loyalty, love, and hate. VERDICT With a thoroughly developed setting and so many shadowed nods to the Brothers Grimm, this novel will captivate readers. Outstanding.–Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA

redstarKephart, Beth. One Thing Stolen. 280p. ebook available. Chronicle. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452128313.

Gr 9 Up –This is an intense and ultimately hopeful look at a debilitating mental disorder and a family in crisis. The setting is Florence, where the Caras, Americans from Philadelphia are residing while the professor researches the 1966 flood that nearly destroyed the storied city. His precocious children should be thriving there, especially his daughter and biggest fan, but 17-year-old Nadia is in deep trouble. She has been isolating herself, slipping out on her own, and stealing random items that she compulsively weaves into elaborate nests. She cannot explain her behavior and seems to be losing her ability to speak altogether. Kephart deftly switches between the girl’s past and familiar life at home and the scary, precarious existence she is experiencing in Italy. The real-time narrative consists of short staccato sentences, sensory descriptions, and snippets of actual or imagined visions (a boy, a Vespa, and a fluorescent pink duffle). Nadia’s psychic pain and confusion are palpable. Once she hits bottom, her loving, but distracted family members rally round and mobilize to get her the professional help she needs. That her father just happens to know a famous, retired neurologist who can devote herself to Nadia’s care is almost too good to be true. She is also able to find just the right doctor to immediately identify Nadia’s rare disorder. But this novel is about much more than medicine. Nadia’s parents arrange for her best friend from home to join them aboard, and she picks up the narrative at the two two-thirds mark and searches for the elusive boy with whom Nadia is obsessed. The boy, Benedetto, narrates the last section, which leaves readers with a measure of hope for the future. VERDICT Kephart’s artful novel attests to the power of love and beauty to thrive even in the most devastating of circumstances.–Luann Toth, School Library Journal

redstarKonigsberg, Bill. The Porcupine of Truth. 336p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545648936; ebk. ISBN 9780545648943.

Gr 9 Up –Carson’s mother thwarts his summer plans when she drags him from New York City to Montana. He wasn’t especially looking forward to working at a frozen yogurt shop, but it couldn’t be worse than staying with his ailing (and alcoholic) father, a man he hasn’t seen in 14 years. Aisha Stinson has been sleeping at the Billings Zoo since coming out to her ultra-conservative father. After a chance meeting, Carson and Aisha recognize each other as kindred spirits. Aisha comes to stay with Carson’s family, and the pair soon unearth family secrets in the basement. They set off on a roadtrip to uncover the root cause of three generations of estrangement. As they pursue a reconciliation with Carson’s missing grandfather, both teens wrestle with their own strained family relationships. Konigsberg perfectly depicts the turbulent intensity of a new friendship. Carson is an intensely likable, hilarious, and flawed narrator. There are no true villains in the well-developed cast of characters, just people trying to do their best and frequently failing. VERDICT Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself.–Tony Hirt, Hennepin County Library, MN

redstarLevithan, David. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. 208p. ebook available. Dutton. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525428848.

Gr 10 Up –Written as a two-act musical complete with stage directions and 25 provocatively titled songs, such as “The Ballad of the Lesbian Babysitter” and “Summer of Gay,” this companion to John Green and Levithan’s award-winning Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Dutton, 2010) shines a spotlight on the larger-than-life Tiny Cooper, who was born “big-boned and happily gay.” Accepted by his supportive parents, Tiny suffers no angst over his sexual orientation, despite having to contend with schoolmate bullies and a homophobic coach. Phil, his straight BFF, offers advice through Tiny’s unsuccessful relationships with 18 different boyfriends, helping him eventually to realize that love is painful but worth it. Replete with laugh-out-loud one-liners (“sort of like a gay dance club has opened on Sesame Street”), in-your-face language (faggot and the invented term dickstracting), and showcasing Will and Tiny’s “onstage” kiss, this edgy, au courant novel tackles a potentially difficult subject head-on, while giving sound, if liberal, counsel on sexual issues for gays and straights alike. Its solid story line and realistic, “colorful” dialogue will appeal to high school readers. VERDICT A welcome addition to progressive library collections, this unapologetic gem will encourage teens’ discussion of a sensitive topic and potentially broaden their understanding of the meaning of “tolerance.”–Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

redstarSuma, Nova Ren. The Walls Around Us. 336p. ebook available. Algonquin. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781616203726.

Gr 9 Up –This haunting and evocative tale of magical realism immerses readers in two settings that seem worlds apart. The book is told in alternating first-person voices from the perspective of two teenagers: lonely Amber, who at age 13 was convicted of murdering her abusive stepfather and sent to Aurora Hills, a juvenile detention facility, and Vee, an insecure yet ruthlessly ambitious Julliard-bound ballerina. Through Vee’s and Amber’s recollections, readers learn about talented, kind-hearted Ori, Vee’s former best friend and a dancer herself, who after being convicted of a heinous crime is sent to Aurora Hills, where she becomes Amber’s roommate—and where soon after a strange tragedy occurs. Though the plotting of this taut, gripping suspense leans heavily on ghosts and murder and will easily attract teens, this is no mere thriller. The prose is mesmerizing, laced with visceral, gorgeous figurative language, and draws subtle parallels between the disciplined, constricting world of ballet and the literal prison in which Amber and Ori find themselves. Believable and well developed, Vee and Amber have strong, unforgettable voices that ring true. Suma’s unflinchingly honest depiction of the potentially destructive force of female friendship and skillful blending of gritty realism with supernatural elements is reminiscent of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls (Viking, 2009), and the eerie mood she evokes is unnervingly potent. VERDICT A powerful story that will linger with readers.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

redstarWein, Elizabeth. Black Dove, White Raven. 368p. Disney-Hyperion. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781423183105; ebk. ISBN 9781484707807.

Gr 8 Up –In her latest World War II–era novel, Wein returns to themes of aviation and the enduring bonds of platonic love and friendship. Best friends Rhoda, a white Quaker, and African American Delia were “barnstorming” pilots, a team who performed in air shows across the United States as White Raven and Black Dove, their children, Emilia and Teo, in tow. When Delia is killed in a plane crash, Rhoda commits to fulfilling Delia’s dream for Teo—to live in a land where he wouldn’t be judged by the color of his skin—and moves them all to Ethiopia, where Teo’s father was born. Life on the coffee farm at Tazma Meda is wonderful, especially since Rhoda is teaching the children to fly, but rumors of invasion by Italy become reality, and bureaucratic snafus mean that the family can’t leave the country. Then the war becomes even more personal when all young men of Ethiopian heritage are conscripted. Wein continues to present multidimensional characters within her effortless prose. VERDICT Highly recommended for all libraries, especially where her previous titles have flown off the shelves.–Stephanie Klose, School Library Journal

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Adrian, Emily. Like It Never Happened. 368p. Dial. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525428237; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698185494. LC 2014019390.

Alcott, Jessica. Even When You Lie to Me. 352p. ebook available. Crown. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385391160.

Aldin, Lisa. One of the Guys. 320p. Spencer Hill. 2015. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781939392633; ebk. $6.99. ISBN 9781939392640.

Baldwin, Kathleen. A School for Unusual Girls. 272p. (Stranje House: Bk. 1). Tor Teen. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780765376008; ebk. ISBN 9781466849273.

Banks, Anna. Joyride. 288p. ebook available. Feiwel & Friends. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250039613.

Benway, Robin. Emmy & Oliver. 352p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062330598; ebk. ISBN 9780062330611.

Blankman, Anne. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. 416p. ebook available. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062278845.

Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death. 336p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545668347; ebk. ISBN 9780545668354.

Brouwer, Sigmund. Nowhere to Hide. 224p. ebook available. Harvest House. Mar. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780736917483.

Brouwer, Sigmund. Rock the Boat. ISBN 9781459804555.

Polak, Monique. Learning the Ropes. ISBN 9781459804524.

ea vol: 168p. (Orca Limelights). ebook available. Orca. May 2015. pap. $9.95.

Cameron, Sharon. Rook. 464p. Scholastic. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545675994; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9780545676007.

Carthage, Lynn. Haunted. 288p. (The Arnaud Legacy Series: Bk. 1). Kensington/KTeen. Mar. 2015. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781617736261; ebk. ISBN 9781617736292.

Colasanti, Susane. City Love. 336p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062307682; ebk. ISBN 9780062307729.

Cooper, E.E. Vanished. 320p. HarperCollins/ Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062293909; ebk. ISBN 9780062293893.

Cross, Julie & Mark Perini. Halfway Perfect. 384p. Sourcebooks Fire. May 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781402297199.

Cross, Kady. Sisters of Blood and Spirit. 288p. (Sisters of Blood and Spirit: Bk. 1). ebook available. Harlequin Teen. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780373211487.

Dominy, Amy Fellner. A Matter of Heart. 320p. Delacorte. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385744430; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780375991660; ebk. ISBN 9780385389938.

Dunbar, Helene. What Remains. 336p. ebook available. Flux. May 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780738744308.

Emerson, Kevin. Encore to an Empty Room. 320p. (Exile: Bk. 2). ebook available. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062133984.

Eve, Helen. Boarding School Girls. 384p. ebook available. St. Martin’s Griffin. Mar. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250054593.

Falkin, Mark. Contract City. 303p. ebook available. Bancroft Pr. Mar. 2015. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9781610881449.

Finn, Katie. Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold. 256p. (Broken Hearts and Revenge: Bk. 2). ebook available. Feiwel & Friends. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250045256.

Fishman, Seth. The Dark Water. 288p. (Well’s End: Bk. 2). ebook available. Putnam. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399159916.

Freeman, Lisa. Honey Girl. 320p. ebook available. Sky Pony. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781632204257.

Goldsworthy, Sandy. Aftermath. 380p. ebook available. Clean Teen. 2014. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781940534886.

Grey, Melissa. The Girl at Midnight. 368p. Delacorte. Apr. 2015. lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780375991790; Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385744652; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385390996.

Hart, C.J. The Hunted. 272p. (The Abandoned: Bk. 1). ebook available. Clean Teen. Mar. 2015. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781634220255.

Hawkins, Rachel. Miss Mayhem. 288p. (Rebel Belle). Putnam. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399256943.

Helms, Rhonda. Promposal. 224p. S. & S./Simon Pulse. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481422321; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781481422314; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781481422338.

High, Linda Oatman. A Heart Like Ringo Starr. 250p. (Gravel Road Verse: Bk. 1). ebook available. Saddleback Educational. 2015. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1622509683.

Hillyer, Lexa. Proof of Forever. 352p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062330376; ebk. ISBN 9780062330390.

Hocking, Amanda. Ice Kissed. 320p. (The Kanin Chronicles: Bk. 2). ebook available. St. Martin’s Griffin. May 2015. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781250075345; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781250049872.

Horowitz, Lena. Dancing with Molly. 208p. ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481415521.

Hurwitz, Laura. Disappear Home. 246p. ebook available. Albert Whitman. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807524688.

Johnston, E.K. Prairie Fire. 304p. ebook available. Carolrhoda Lab. Mar. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781467739092. LC 2014008995.

Kornher-Stace, Nicole. Archivist Wasp. 248p. ebook available. Small Beer. May 2015. pap. $14. ISBN 9781618730985.

Krys, Michelle. Charmed. 368p. Delacorte. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385743396; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780375991110; ebk. ISBN 9780449813126.

Laybourne, Emmy. Sweet. 288p. ebook available. Feiwel & Friends. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250055194.

LaZebnik, Claire. Wrong About the Guy. 368p. ebook available. HarperCollins/ HarperTeen. Apr. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062252302.

Lee, Fonda. Zeroboxer. 360p. ebook available. Flux. Apr. 2015. pap. $11.99. ISBN 9780738743387.

Littlefield, Sophie. Infected. 256p. Delacorte. 2015. lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780375989834; Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385741064; ebk. ISBN 9780375983573. LC 2013046923.

Lopresti, Kirsten. Bright Coin Moon. 272p. Sky Pony. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781629147512; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9781632202048.

Lynch, Chris. Hit Count. 368p. ebook available. Algonquin. May 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781616202507; ebk. $17.95. ISBN 9781616204907.

Mckenzie, Paige with Alyssa Sheinmel. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. 320p. Perseus/Weinstein. Mar. 2015. Tr $16. ISBN 9781602862722; ebk. ISBN 9781602862739.

Martinello, Marian. Chili Queen: Mi Historia. 192p. photos. score. Texas Christian University. 2015. pap. $22.95. ISBN 9780875656137.

Matharu, Taran. The Novice. 368p. (The Summoner Trilogy: Bk. 1). Feiwel & Friends. May 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250067128; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781250067135.

Matson, Lynne. Nil Unlocked. 384p. ebook available. Holt. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627792936.

Miller-Lachmann, Lyn. Surviving Santiago. 320p. ebook available. Running Pr. Teen. Jun. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780762456338. LC 2014954486.

Noble, Carrie Anne. The Mermaid’s Sister. 252p. ebook available. Amazon/Skyscape. Mar. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781477820889.

Pickett, Michelle K. Milayna. 287p. Clean Teen. Apr. 2015. Tr $10.95. ISBN 9781634220385.

Pickett, Michelle K. Unspeakable. 303p. ebook available. Clean Teen. 2015. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781634220200.

Rabb, Margo. Kissing in America. 400p. HarperCollins. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062322371; ebk. ISBN 9780062322395.

Reid, Raziel. When Everything Feels Like the Movies. 160p. Arsenal Pulp. Apr. 2015. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781551525747.

Reyes, M.G. Emancipated. 400p. Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062288950.

Ropal, Monica. When You Leave. 336p. ebook available. Running Pr. Teen. Apr. 2015. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9780762454556.

Schneider, Robyn. Extraordinary Means. 336p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062217165; ebk. ISBN 9780062217189.

Scofield, Chris. The Shark Curtain. 356p. Akashic/Black Sheep. Apr. 2015. pap. $13.95. ISBN 9781617753138.

Stein, Brynn. Ray of Sunlight. 200p. Harmony Ink. Mar. 2015. lib. ed. $14.99. ISBN 9781632168733; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781632168726; ebk. $6.99. ISBN 9781632168740.

Valentine, Stephen J. The Lazarus Game. 320p. Cedar Fort/Sweetwater. 2015. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781462115549.

Vincent, Rachel. The Stars Never Rise. 368p. ebook available. Random. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385744171; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385383936.

Walker, Melissa. Dust to Dust. 320p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062077370; ebk. ISBN 9780062077394.

West, Kasie. The Fill-in Boyfriend. 352p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. May 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062336385.

Wilke, Daria. Playing a Part. tr. from Russian by Marian Schwartz. 176p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545726078; ebk. ISBN 9780545726085.

Withers, Pam. Andreo’s Race. 224p. ebook available. Tundra. Apr. 2015. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781770497665.

Younge-Ullman, Danielle. Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance. 304p. Entangled Teen. May 2015. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781622667857.

Young, Suzanne. The Remedy. 416p. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481437653.

Zappia, Francesca. Made You Up. 448p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062290106.

Graphic Novels

Allison, John. The Case of the Simple Soul. illus. by John Allison. 136p. (Bad Machinery: Vol. 3). glossary. Oni. 2014. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781620101933; ebk. $14.99. ISBN 9781620101940. LC 2012953355.

Bagnarelli, Bianca. Fish. 24p. Flying Eye Books/Nobrow. 2014. pap. $11. ISBN 9781907704871.

Ikeda, Takashi. Whispered Words, Vol. 1. 472p. ISBN 9781935548454.

––––. Whispered Words, Vol. 2. 456p. ISBN 9781935548577.

ea vol: tr. from by Julianne Neville. illus. by Takashi Ikeda. ebook available. One Peace. 2014. pap. $16.95.

Machiavelli, Niccolo & Morim Kang. The Prince. tr. from Korean by W.K. Marriott Jeong Lee. illus. by Morim Kang. 368p. NETCOMICS. 2015. pap. $29.99. ISBN 9781600091803.

Ross, Jonathan. America’s Got Powers. tr. from Japanese illus. by Bryan Hitch. 184p. Image Comics. 2014. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781632151377.

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