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Several new works of youth fiction are available at the Hillsboro Public Library. Check out these offerings!

  • Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson. Seventeen-year-old Leah Weiczynkowski, about to begin her senior year of high school, is on the brink of realizing her dream -playing soccer for the under-18 national team, her gateway to the World Cup and the Olympics. Everything she’s worked for in her young life has been about this moment. She can’t wait to tell her dad, her biggest fan and faithful chauffeur to games and practices. Unfortunately, her dad has news of his own.

    “Going for the Record” addresses Leah’s passion for her sport, her love for her father and her growing recognition of her father’s faith and bravery. Loosely based on the author’s own experience, “Going for the Record” is a coming-of-age story on a number of levels, as Leah must question everything that’s mattered most to her and how she will define herself in the future.

  • The Cloud Chamber by Joyce Maynard. The minute the school bus carrying Nate Chance and his little sister, Junie, pulls up in front of his family’s farmhouse, Nate can tell something’s terribly wrong: Somehow his father has been wounded by a gunshot. Nate sees him stagger across the yard, then watches as the police take him away.

    Then, nothing. Nobody in the family will say what happened, or where Nate’s dad has gone. At school, his best friend, Larry, won’t talk to him, and kids whisper that his dad’s a “psycho.” Back home, police keep showing up with questions for his mom; and then there’s Junie, worried that Mom will sell her beloved pony and counting on her big brother to figure out a way to reach their dad. But the science fair is coming up, and Nate has a plan. If he can just win first prize with his amazing cloud chamber project, he’ll get to go to the state finals, near the hospital where his dad’s been locked away. And since it was his dad who taught him to love science-and the stars-it seems like maybe the magic of the cloud chamber can bring the family together again, too.

  • Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant. You need three things to become a brave and noble knight: A warhorse. A fair maiden. A just cause. Will has a horse-a small chestnut stallion with a white blaze in his brow. Ellie is a fair maiden, but she’s supposed to marry Will’s older brother, Gavin. And as for the cause, King Richard is calling for a Crusade. The Knights of England must go to the Holy Land to fight.

    Will and Gavin will go. Blood will be shed. Lives will be taken. But through it all, two things will be constant-Ellie and a blood-red horse called Hosanna….

  • Burning City by Ariel and Joaquin Dorfman. It is the simmering summer of 2001 in New York City. Heller is the youngest employee of Soft Tidings, a messenger service whose motto is “news with a personal touch.” At Soft Tidings, a message is not handed over but told to the recipient. And the messages, as a rule, are not especially good news. Heller prefers his bike to the mandatory Rollerblades, and he gets away with his maniacal bike riding because he is, hands down, the best deliverer of bad news. This summer will be memorable for Heller as he finds himself drawn into the lives of a wildly diverse cast of characters, accidentally falling in love, and relating to people in a whole new way.   

    Hillsboro Public Library, 120 E. Grand, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 947-3827.

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