New YA books (and series!)

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti

Tessa’s mother has died and their house no longer feels like a home. Tessa’s dad initiates a road trip to Tessa’s grandmother’s small coastal town and, there, Tessa meets Henry Lark and begins to hope again.

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Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine

Set in 1972, this book tells the story of Red Porter and his mother who have to figure out a way to make a go of it after Red’s father and idol passes away. The family’s gas station/mechanic shop/convenience store feels like both something to hold onto and a symbol of everything about living in the racist south that Red discovers he might need to either escape from or help to correct.

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Silver People by Margarita Engle

This is the story of the building of the Panama Canal and the people who suffered back-breaking labor, discrimination, and segregation to accomplish one of the greatest feats of modern engineering.

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The Hit by Melvin Burgess

How bad would your life have to be to choose a drug that will give you the most amazing high, followed by death? For Adam, it’s about that bad.  He’s considering it. He takes one…

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Smack by Melvin Burgess

A subtle but harrowing tale of the downward spiral of drug addiction.

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Across the Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

The islands of New Pacifica are all that remains from the devastation of war. Now, the aristocrats in charge are threatened by rebels and a drug that makes its victims lose their minds. Hope comes in the form of a mysterious spy, the Wild Poppy who, it turns out, is posing as an airhead aristocrat herself. Based on The Scarlet Pimpernel.

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The Slanted Worlds (Book 2 in the Obsidian Mirror series) by Catherine Fisher

The Obsidian Mirror is the prize that everyone is fighting for based on a power that no one really understands. Time travel, faeries, magic, and intrigue all combine to make Jake, Sarah, and Oberon the conductors of an electric adventure.

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Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Nikki has rescued Jack in this third and final installment of the Everneath series but, in the process, has started to become an Everliving herself, the very people she has wanted to destroy. Will Nikki spend the rest of time in the underworld with a queen who wants her destroyed or can Cole convince her to join him in fighting for human survival, even if it means her own life?

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Curtsies and Conspiracies (sequel to Etiguette and Espionage) by Gail Carriger

In this steampunk setting, finishing school has turned out to be spy school and Sophronia’s own spy training is serving her well to uncover a conspiracy with dire implications for both humans and supernaturals.

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Light (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

This last in the six-book series has the teens of Perdido Beach going head to head with the mutant daughter of Diana, Gaia. Gaia is bent on complete control and destruction, making this a fight not only for the Perdido Beach survivors to save themselves but also the rest of the world.

Light (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Otto and his friends at the Higher Institute of Villanous Education are now confronted with Cypher, a ruthless villain plotting to take over the world in this second book of the H.I.V.E. series. 

The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Dreadnought (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Rogue members of Otto’s biggest nemisis organization have kidnapped two of his friends in this continuing high-adventure saga of the multi-talented and multi-trouble attracting students at the Higher Institute of Villanous Education.

Dreadnought (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Zero Hour (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Zero Hour has arrived for Otto and his H.I.V.E. friends when the most powerful supervillains take control of a weapons program. Otto himself is now at serious risk as the body Overlord must use to complete his domination plans. It will be up to Nero to prevent that from happening.

Zero Hour (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Aftershock (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Dr. Nero is still fighting the forces that oppose him and Otto and his team are in Siberia on a training exercise with a traitor in their midst. It looks like the time has come for full-on civil war.

Aftershock (H.I.V.E.) by Mark Walden

Returner’s Wealth (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Micah entered the dangerous wyrmeweald as an intruder and soon learns the treachery of the place and the dangers of and to its inhabitants. But, along with the beautiful Thrace, Micah becomes a defender of the place they both love, intent on saving the dragon-like creatures who are threatened there.

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Bloodhoney (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

While believing themselves protected from winter and the evil kith outside their cave, Micah, Eli, and Thrace are hunted by an assassin and may find that nowhere in this once magnificent wilderness is or can ever be truly safe again.

Bloodhoney (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Bone Trail (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chrid Riddell

Once beautiful lands have become barren, littered with the bone trails of the slain. The time has come for a war on every front, everyone from kith to wyrme to human preparing for the fights of their lives.

The Bone Trail (Wyrmeweald series) by Paul Stewart and Chrid Riddell

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Tula Bane was not intended to survive a severe beating but here she is on a remote space station trying to make her way among alien life forms and to get revenge on those who wanted her dead. But things are not as they seem and the galaxy has rules of its own. And, just because someone is human, does that mean that have anything in common with her at all?

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The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher

Nicolo can play just about anything on his clarinet, a new instrument to the master musicians of Venice and, therefore, both a fascination and a threat. But the clarinet is magical and Nicolo needs to know just how it works and what the talent he possesses may mean for his life,his love, his career and the intriguing plots that spring up around him.

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher

The Whatnot (companion to The Peculiar) by Stefan Bachmann

In this second steampunk adventure by teen writer Stefan Bachmann, Hettie has been pulled through a door into faerie land and her brother Bartholomew Kettle is determined to find her with the help of Pikey Thomas who will do just about anything to escape the life he has lived so far.

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The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Kehoe

Daisy’s life is focused on making no waves so that her parents can focus all their attention on her autistic brother. Even though Daisy is a talented trumpet player, the constraints on her time and freedom weigh heavily. As her brother’s behavior gets more out of control, Daisy is caught between her guilt and the anticipation of relief, her good-girl persona and her desires.

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Kehoe

New Books for (almost) Spring

No Place by Todd Strasser

Dan Helprin is one of the winners: baseball jock, good-looking, popular, hot girlfriend. But, as Dan’s family’s good fortune begins to slide into joblessness and home foreclosure, Dan finds himself living at Dignityville, a homeless community right in the middle of his town that is attracting all kinds of attention – most of it bad. Suddenly, Dan is seeing everyone – including his own family members – differently, their reactions to him and his situation a barometer he doesn’t welcome, couldn’t have imagined and that, ultimately, he needs to apply to himself.

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I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach

This is the third book in the Stupid Fast series. Felton is a senior in high school now, making decisions about college as his personal life falls apart around him. You don’t necessarily have to like sports to appreciate Felton’s take on life, his search for his own moral compass and for the tools that might serve him as he enters the world where the adults he wishes he could rely on tend to be more interested in using him for their own purposes.

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Swagger by Carl Deuker

Looking like another ‘sports’ novel, this one focusing on basketball, Swagger explores territory far beyond the usual concerns of star athletes plotting their way to college and career success. This time, Jonas Dolan is putting himself at risk for someone else, trying to balance what is best for his team, his coach, and his own career with his loyalty to a friend and to what he knows is right. This book only enhances author Deuker’s reputation as a great writer of provocative fiction.

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What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

In perfect Mitchard tradition, this is a crime thriller with the unusual setting of three teenagers suffering from Xeroderma Pigmentosum which makes them allergic to sunlight. In their night wanderings, they begin to participate in Parkour, and extreme stunt sport of scaling and jumping off tall buildings and, during one outing, narrator Allie observes a murder which she takes it upon herself to solve. Be forewarned that this book is a cliff-hanger with little resolution in preparation for the sequel (see below.)

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What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard

This is the sequel to What We Saw in the Night (see above for background.) In this book Allie believes she knows who is responsible for the crime and won’t rest until the perpetrator has been brought to justice.

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Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

Sarah Meadows is born with a port-wine stain on her face, making her struggle to see either her own inner or outer beauty. When she is kidnapped, Sarah is forced to access her own resources and become the hero she thought only resided in comic books.

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Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Evan is the master of the easy hook-up and moving from town to town with his dad has always been the best escape if things got out of hand. But Evan chooses the wrong girl at the wrong time and the results leave him bruised and broken in both body and spirit. Even once Evan and his dad have retreated to the family cabin in northern Minnesota, Evan must find a way to heal his relationship with girls and with himself.

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Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Unwilling to hide her powers from the vengeful king, Neryn is determined to escape and to receive the necessary training to hone her unique ability to communicate with the Good Folk. Neryn sets out for Shadowfell to find the rebels who are plotting the overthrow of the king and to learn what her role might be in restoring Alban to freedom.

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Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier

This second book in the Shadowfell trilogy has Neryn safe in the rebel stronghold but in need of training that only powerful and fickle beings can give her. A friendship and a potential romance put her in the middle of conflict while she struggles to make sense of valuable information that may turn the tide of the war but in a way that no one can yet predict.

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Echo Emerson has fallen out of the popular group for reasons no one can quite understand. Suddenly, Echo is face-to-face with Noah Hutchins, a boy she should have nothing in common with and who can only mean trouble. Yet, the attraction is irresistible and Echo is forced to reckon with circumstances that might restore her sense of place and belonging or push her over the limits once and for all.

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Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

This is a unique road trip novel of two teens who decide that, if they are going to be boring losers, might as well do it together. Herrndorf is a German author making his American debut and offering a welcome perspective with this view of the German landscape and the quirky people Mike and Andrej meet on the way to trouble, for sure, but maybe to something else deeper and  long lasting as well.

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Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin

Ember doesn’t remember the time right before the accident. Everyone is anxious to help her return to the person they believe she still is but, for Ember, it’s not quite that simple. Something is nagging at her and as she tries to remember, tries to understand who this artist Kai was and is to her now, tries to find herself again, she fears that remembering might force her to face a truth that could change her life forever.

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Lily and Taylor by Elise Moser

Moser has delved into the heavy territory of partner abuse with this taut thriller about Taylor and her relationship with both her friend Lily and her boyfriend  Devon. Having seen her sister lose her life to domestic abuse, Taylor’s trauma plunges her into the fraught territory where her protective instincts battle it out with her need and desire for the love of an unstable boy.

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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Zoe has a rather unconventional pen pal: a death row inmate and convicted murderer. Though Mr. Stuart Harris may never respond to Zoe’s letters, she has a story to tell, one in which she is the guilty party, responsible for loss of life and needing to confess how her own actions have torn apart the lives of others.

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

With death surrounding you – young men dying in World War I and seemingly everyone sick with the influenza – you may still not believe in the ‘spiritualism’ of the day until someone you love appears as a ghost. Mary has never thought of herself as someone to seek comfort in séance but now she might have to change her mind.  Illustrated with photographs of the era, this unique historical romance is impeccably researched and masterfully written.

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Fracture by Megan Miranda

Delaney Maxwell was under water for eleven minutes. She should be dead.  She has survived though something is definitely different about her brain. Something similar has happened to Troy Varga. She wants to feel relieved to meet someone like her, wants to trust him, but it could be that he represents a relationship to death that is less comforting than frightening…

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Vengeance by Megan Miranda

In this sequel to Fracture,  Delaney’s friend Decker has seen just too much coincidence. Carson died saving Delaney from drowning. Troy drowned in the same lake that tried to take Delaney. Now, another tragedy makes Decker wonder what Delaney knows, what her role in these events could be, and if, once he finds out, he’ll ever be able to forgive her.

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Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

When an apocalypse destroys her town, Evie Greene realizes that the visions she’s been having are prophetic.  She’s determined to figure out what her powers mean and, to do that, she needs the help of bad-boy Jackson Deveaux. Together, they’ll meet others and play out an ancient prophecy of – guess what? – good fighting evil (surprise!!) First in a series (another surprise!)

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

New Books for the New Year

Little Blue Lies by Chris Lynch –

Oliver and Junie loved each other but now Junie says it’s over. Does she mean it. Oliver can’t be sure because she – both of them, really, are not very honest. And then Oliver hears that Junie has a lottery ticket that her father’s boss, the head of a crime syndicate, is making her give to him. Oliver doesn’t know where Junie is and fears she’s in danger. What do you do when the person you want to look for may not want to be found?

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The Right Fight by Chris Lynch –

Chris Lynch has won acclaim for his series of Vietnam novels and is now back with a series about World War II of which The Right Fight is the first. The story follows Roman, an avid baseball player who decides that his love of sports does not equal his love for his country and his desire to join up with troops headed overseas. He finds himself in North Africa fighting an enemy and in a landscape that will test his skills, his fortitude, and his commitment.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson –

Hayley Kincain hopes that, now that she and her father Andy have settled back in his home town after five years of traveling, his memories of Iraq can finally fade into the past and they can have their lives again. But Andy continues to spiral downward and it’s not just his memories that seem bent on destroying their lives. Hayley has some of her own. What can a child do to save a parent and how far she should go sacrificing her own life to find out? A wise and engaging treatment of PTSD and the effect it has not only on its victims but on the people around them.

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean telt by hisself by David Almond –

Billy Dean is no longer alive but that doesn’t mean that his world is not filled with dreams and stories and warnings.  When Billy’s father dies, though, Billy can no longer stay in his bed and the real truth of what happened to him and to his town on the day he was born comes out. While Billy works to bring healing to the world, there is one who wants to stop him, who seems bent on revenge.

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First Love by James Patterson (and Emily Raymond) –

A road trip story in which the perenniel ‘good girl’ Axi  steps out of character to invite her best friend (and secret love) Robinson to accompany her. While impulsivity doesn’t come naturally to Axi, a little carefree adventure seems just the thing – until everything begins to spiral out of control.

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Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff –  

Mila has all the skills necessary for detective work – a great memory for details, heightened observational abilities, and faith in human nature. But when her father’s best and longest friend goes missing just days before Mila and her dad are scheduled to visit, only the first two seem to be serving her well. Matthew’s disappearance reflects not only on his character specifically but becomes a lens for Mila to peek into the adult world her parents occupy and see a reflection of sometimes unwelcome but startlingly vivid insights into the human condition.

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And now available on audio –

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose is an american pilot working transport for the British Navy during WWII when she is captured over German territory and taken to the infamous Ravensbrook concentration camp. Over the next six months, Rose experiences appalling circumstances and is witness to unspeakable horrors, keeps herself and her friends alive with songs and poetry of her childhood and of her own devising. Once released, Rose struggles to find herself again, connect with her co-prisoners and make some sense of the events through the trials of Nazi perpetrators. While loosely connected to Code Name Verity (a multi-award winner) this novel stands alone in both content and merit. 

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Shelves are bursting – check out these new titles…

Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge – Written in verse, this treatment of a teen’s grief when his brother dies has no pretensions of  finding an easy way through deep or uncomfortable emotions. And despite the title, Walker’s own humanity is what draws us to him and allows us to be satisfied with more questions than answers.

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal – A plague is infecting the royals in the palace. A series of complex events is set off by a seemingly innocuous prick of a needle. Deception, intrigue and devious plots ensue. This is world-building at its best, epic in its scope. A must-read for fantasy-lovers.

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The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason – A crime mystery in pure Holmsian fashion. In fact, the investigators are none other than Sherlock’s niece and Bram Stoker’s sister. High stakes mount as the girls seek clues to crimes of which they themselves could very well become the next victims.

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45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson – Issues involving weight are never JUST issues about weight and author Barson does an amazing job putting this overweight teen’s challenges into the contexts of family stress, social rules,and personal hurdles, providing a realistic and often humorous account of what happens when a girl faces what is really going on inside her own skin.

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Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston – Most reviewers of this dark, slightly futuristic novel comment on its intensity, pace, and psychological depth. Valkyrie’s short life has already been full of tension and twisted motivation and it’s not getting any better when her father dies and leaves the 15-year-old and her brother with a survivalist mentality mixed with a determination to bring their message to the outside world.  With a past like hers and a world not so different from ours, maybe Valkyrie’s choices are not so hard to understand…

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – A vampire story gone dystopian, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a literary cross between Twilight and Ship Breaker. Populated by a complex cast of characters, the novel is carried convincingly by a dauntless teen whose determination and loyalty combine to address if not break down the walls of her society.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

 

 

 

Rags and Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt – This book contains eighteen classic tales reimagined by contemporary writers such as Neil Gaiman, Kami Garcia, Garth Nix, Rick Yancey and many others.  A great opportunity to gain familiarity with the themes of great literary achievements of the past while enjoying the unique styles and perceptions of familiar writers of our own time.

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If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan – It can be hard enough to be with the one you love in any culture Two girls in love in Iran could have fatal consequences. But Sahar is determined, enough so that she proposes sex reassignment since the concept of being ‘stuck in the wrong body’ is considered acceptable in her country and the surgery legal and accessible. How does one decide if a sacrifice is too great to make?

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Hostage Three by Nick Lake – Amy is not traveling around the world with her father and stepmother by choice so all she really has to care about each day is making the time pass. That is, until a boat appears with guns and pirates who couldn’t care less about what Amy wants or who she is, which is, at this point, nothing more than Hostage Three.  A fast-paced thriller and a strong meditation on the dangers not only of violence but of who we choose and what we value.

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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry – A thrilling mix of double-crossing intrigue, kidnapping, technology and international espionage, Henry’s story of a girl who doesn’t know who she is or why people want to kill her is a nail-biter to the very end.

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Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – Second book of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, the story begins with Sybella arriving at the doorstep of a convent, only to discover that what seemed like a refuge contains the same torture and brutality she had hoped to escape from.  Set among the treachery and dungeons, mystery and superstition of the fifteenth century, Dark Triumph continues the heart-pounding vengeance-inspired plotting introduced in Grave Mercy.

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Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi – Comic book heroism, urban smarts, crime, and mental illness are all combined in this intense illustrated story of the violent loss of a friend and the narrow and precarious precipace between grief and insanity.

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The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni – The Civil War has just ended and Verity Boone finally gets to return home to Pennsylvania after years with her relatives in Massachusetts. Homecoming isn’t, of course, at all what she expected and is further complicated by horrifying secrets that Verity will have to solve.

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Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce – Set in the world of Winding Circle, this book follows the three mages of the Living Circle as they discover the intent of a powerful and cruel emporer to invade and dominate the birthplace of their own spiritual birthplace. In a race against time, preparations are made for war with no guarantee that the magic they possess will be enough to resist their enemies.

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – If you could go back in time and kill someone who created a time machine that destroys the world, would you do it? This book not only addresses that question but actually challenges its characters with seeing themselves in the future and fighting for the things – and people – that matter to them the most.

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Reality Boy by A.S. King – Gerald’s family was the subject of a reality T.V. series in which the young Gerald was cast as the family ‘problem.’ Still reeling with anger and frustration at the portrayal, and at the continuing dysfunction in his family, Gerald struggles to remain in control and figure out how to take his own life back.

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Pantomime by Laura Lam – This circus offers not only the off-key and mystical aspects typical of that world but is set in the remnants of a magical vanished civilisation. Gene is a runaway who becomes the circus’ star while balancing her own secrets and the realizations that make this book stunningly compelling.

Pantomime by Laura Lam

New Books for December

The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper

Jericho has huge decisions to make when the exclusive club he wants more than anything to be a part of demands choices that trap him between popularity and humiliation, belonging and isolation, even life and death. A Coretta Scott King Award winner.

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Starglass by Phoebe North

15-year-old Terra lives on a spaceship that has been traveling for 500 years seeking a home planet after Earth was destroyed. Her life is constrained by the limitations of her family, the authoritarian rulers of the small shipbound population and by the environment itself but is thrown into turmoil when she discovers a rebellion that could shape her fate and that of everyone around her.

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Sutter Keely is a senior in high school but he isn’t concerned about the future. All he cares about is having fun and being sure his friends do it with him. That is, until he meets Aimee who, in a surprising twist, actually needs someone stable in her life. Could Sutter Keely be that person? A National Book Award Finalist.

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The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam Holland

Vee knows absolutely nothing about either his Texan or his Chinese ancestory. So, when assigned to make a report on family history, he does just what seems to make the most sense: he lies, fabricating a letter from his Chinese grandparents that will set a course for changing his family forever. Hilarious, poignant, and strongly contemporary.

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Elegy by Amanda Hocking

The last book in Hocking’s Watersong series, Elegy takes Gemma back to the origin of the curse that stole her friends and family from her. Along with her friends, Gemma discovers that the only way out is through and, despite shocking revelations and twisted plots, she forges ahead to fight for all that she cares most about.

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Gabe has grown up as Elizabeth but he is ready to transition now. Despite the lack of acknowledgement from his family and the bullying at school, the opportunity to have his own radio show – focusing on ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides – forges an important friendship, eventually makes Gabe’s identity public and brings to the fore the swirling, uncomfortable issues that Gabe and everyone around him must finally face.

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BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant

This fast-moving high-tech follow up to Grant’s BZRK follows the same characters and plot with no wasted time explaining the first book (so read it first!) and just as much impressive nano-expertise, breathless stakes and nonstop action.  Will the villains of the world someday engineer nanobots that control our minds at the cellular level? Let’s just hope they are not as brilliant and creative as the author/creator of the BZRK world.

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Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Foreman wowed the YA world with her companion novels If I Stay and Where She Went. This book is the much-anticipated companion to Just One Day, the story of Lulu who believes she has found, and then lost, her one true love. Just One Year picks up the story from Willem’s (the lost love) point of view and follows his journey to track Lulu down.

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

This is Book II of the Raven Cycle in which Ronan and his buddies search for the dead king Glendower. But thrilling paranormal occurrences and the strenghtening of sacred energies ramp up the tension and darken the plot, taking the boys and their minds more deeply and dangerously into a world they are just beginning to understand.

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Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

A Gallagher Girls mystery, Carter has plunged spy-trained Cassie Morgan into a complicated plot of assassination, kidnapping  and political intrigue. Cammy’s friend Macey seems to be at the center of the danger and Cassie and her friends want to keep her safe but who is after her and, above all, what shocking truth are they trying to protect?

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Crewel by Gennifer Albin

The first book in a series, Crewel tells the story of Adelice who has all the powers needed to work the looms and control time – and the minds of her fellow citizens. The problem is, Adelice doesn’t want the power, doesn’t want to be chosen by the Guild despite the privileges the position represents. How, though, can she escape? And what might she discover about the ‘reality’ of her world in the process?

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Altered by Gennifer Albin

The sequel to Crewel, Adelice’s world has disappeared and, despite how much she wanted freedom from the Guild, she is discovering just how challenging that can be. In a search for her own destiny, Adelice will have to make life-changing decisions about who to trust.

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Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Books Two and Three of the Ruby Red Trilogy, Gwen has just recently learned that she is a time traveler and member of the Circle of Twelve. There is so much to learn and things are further complicated by the fact that her companions seem to want to keep everything a secret. As in Ruby Red, adventure and romance ensue.

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Salt by Helen Frost

A novel in poems, Frost explores the conflict between the whites and Native Americans of the Indiana Territory through the eyes of two twelve-year-old boys, connected by their love of the land and their hatred of war.

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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

This highly acclaimed illustrated novel tells the story of Joel who wants more than anything to practice the magical skills of the Rithmatists who bring chalklings to life. But when students of the art beginning disappearing, Joel and his friend Melody join the trail of crime. Their journey and discoveries in this inventive and beautifully- wrought epic adventure take YA fantasy to new and unexpected heights.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

David has his own motives when he joins the Reckoners, a small group of ordinary humans who refuse to accept the power and authority of the alien Epics. Like the others, David has been studying and planning, finding the weaknesses, biding his time. Unlike the others, though, for David, it’s personal. What he wants more than anything is revenge.

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Proxy by Alex London

Knox is a spoiled rich boy in a dystopian world. He can have pretty much whatever he wants and even has a proxy who is contracted to take the punishment when Knox misbehaves. But things get a bit out of hand when Knox kills a girl and his Proxy Syd would have to take the punishment. Syd escapes and, in one of many twists and turns, Knox ends up going with him. And that’s when the story really starts…

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Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Kat Bishop is faced with her greatest scheme yet – revealing that the will that made her boyfriend a billionaire may be the result of an elaborate con. Though familiar with the demands of criminal masterminding, Kat must contend this time with not only the mental twists and turns of a complicated plan but the her own turmoil at maybe saving her boyfriend’s company while losing the boy.

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Croak by Jenny Sampirisi

A poetry collection that brings grotesque characters into play with everything from popular music to questions of gender, to YouTube. Strange, surprising, unique, and utterly entertaining.

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Today is Leonard’s birthday. It is also the day he plans to die. But first, he has to say goodbye to four people and, through his letters, we are given a peek at the impossible choices some of us are forced to make.

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United We Spy by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is back with her greatest (and last) mission ever. Cammie now knows why the terrorists, Circle of Cavan, have been hunting her.  The time has come to turn the tables and stop them before their master plan changes Cammie and her world forever.

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Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

The first in a trilogy, Lost Voices tells the story of Luce who, when abandoned by her uncle on the cliffs near her home, believes she is going to die. Instead, though she plunges into the waves below and is shocked to discover that, not only is she a mermaid but that there are others who are anxious and willing to take her in. All would be well if it didn’t turn out that mermaids use their voices to lure sailors into dangerous rocks and that Luce has the most beautiful singing voice of all.

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Waking Storms by Sarah Porter

Second book in the trilogy, Luce has now abandoned the murderous mermaids but they are not quite that willing to let her go. At the same time, the boy Dorian, who Luce risked her acceptance in the mermaid ‘family’ to save, hates her for what he believes is her role in the loss of his family. Can their connection bring the two worlds together? And what happens if a meeting of the two worlds is the worst thing that can happen after all?

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The Twice Lost by Sarah Porter

Last book in the trilogy, mermaids have now come to the attention of the government and will be held accountable for centuries of crimes – by killing them all. Luce, most visible of all, is their number one target. In her flight, Luce discovers a whole community of mermaid exiles, exiled from humanity as girls when crimes her committed against them and again from mermaid communities. Luce is chosen as their leader but the task of reconciling with humans and saving lives may be too big for all of them.

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More New Books

Zero by Tom Leveen

Zero (Amanda) feels like she is just about as worthwhile as her half-joking nickname. Everything looked good for awhile – art college, best friend, avoidance of family turmoil – but it can’t (and doesn’t) last. Will a new guy in her life save the summer or will help and a new perspective come from a totally unexpected place?

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Love and Haight by Susan Carlton

What could be more exciting than NewYear’s Eve in San Francisco with a best friend and cool aunt? Well, for 17-year-old Chloe, everything would be better if she wasn’t pregnant and planning a secret abortion. But, it’s 1971 and things aren’t as easy as they initially appear, causing Chloe to spin into a web of lies and betrayal and deep questions about what it is she really wants.

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This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Much more than just a twist on typical zombie fare, This is Not a Test tells the story of Sloane Price who, when holed up with five others inside Cortege High, a weak shelter against the threat to their survival outside, she is not sure she even wants to survive. Her world has already collapsed and she hasn’t found a reason to keep going. But everything changes as she spends the slow-moving days with others who do want to live.

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The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher

It might not be every girl’s dream to spend the summer participating in a mother-daughter book club and maybe even less so when the other girls in the club aren’t even your friends. But membership isn’t voluntary and since they are all going into 11th grade AP English together, Adrienne Haus, the narrator tries to adjust. As Adrienne tells us, though, that’s not the whole story and ‘literary death’ isn’t the only kind they end up dealing with.

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Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand

This is an explosive and vibrant story that reaches across time to capture the modern (1970s) world of 18-year-old artist Merle and the war torn 19th century one of poet Arthur Rimbaud and the connection between them. The creative premise is fully realized in the fullness of the characters and the beauty of the prose.

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Team Human by Justine  Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brannan

Both touching and comic, lovers of Twilight may enjoy the vampire theme of Team Human but should also be prepared for a bit of parody. Throughout, Mel struggles to save people who don’t want to be saved, avoid the vampires of her town while being plunged repeatedly among them. No matter, the adventure inevitably pulls her in and whether we are laughing or horrified, we are along for the ride.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Allison is barely surviving, scavenging for food by day and avoiding the rabids who would eat her by night. Faced with death, Allie must join the monsters she despises and seek out a way to save herself and those who would just as soon see her dead. In this grimy, post-apocalyptic dystopia, vampires may reign but they haven’t confronted the scrappy determinism of one of YA’s most engaging heroines.

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Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

This multi-award-winning novel tells the story of enormous Troy Billings – the title fat kid – who is considering throwing himself in front of subway train. Until he meets Curt, that is, a punk rocker who sees through Troy’s size to something that Troy himself needs desperately to see.

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Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

Combining dust bowl history and grittiness (literally) with fairy fantasy, Dust Bowl tells the story of Callie LeRoux who sets out on a journey west to locate her missing parents, only to find herself smack in the middle of a fairy war whose factions believe Callie may possess the unique power they hope to claim.

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Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox

Laura’s world is like our own except for one thing: it is adjacent to the Place, a land only accessible to a few, the dreamhunters. Laura and her cousin Rose are now old enough to discover if they will follow in their parents’ footsteps and become dreamhunters but their ‘dream’ is soon to become a nightmare.

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Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox

In this companion to Dreamhunter, the story of Laura’s family of Dreamhunters continues with revelations about the true plans behind the dreamscape and the secrets that might be life-risking to reveal.

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NEW BOOKS for NOVEMBER

These New Books Have Arrived! Check them out on our new ‘new book’ shelf in the Teen Space.

The Extra by Kathryn Lasky

Based on actual events, this moving novel tells the story of Lilo, a gypsy girl in Nazi Germany picked out of a line-up by the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to serve as a movie extra. Though this initially seems to be a life-giving reprieve, the working and living conditions to which Lilo and her friend Django are subjected are little better than those of a prison. Lilo decides to take her survival into her own hands.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

The time-traveling gene was supposed to have skipped Gwyneth Sheperd. Consequently, she is taken completely by surprise when her ordinary life is thrown into upheaval not only by the amazing clothes, strange habits, and secret societies introduced by time travel but also by a companion who is as infuriating as he is handsome. Adventure and romance ensue.

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Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

As a Native American scholar, author Bruchac is well-positioned to add unique cultural elements to a post-tech dystopian setting.  With a rare combination of survival abilities and magical powers, Lozen fights the monsters that are threatening her world while hunting down the Ones who have kidnapped her family. Her increasing powers and an ancient legend make her realize that she may be destined for something far beyond anything she has so far confronted.

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Now I’ll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

This is the final book in Naylor’s popular Alice McKinley series. All the loose threads introduced over the years will get wrapped up here including Alice’s career, her friends and, of course, what happens to her relationship with Patrick.

Moped Army by Paul Sizer

Sizer’s graphic novel pits Simone and her wealthy, privileged background against the allure of the moped gangs. It’s 2277 and war is coming. Where will Simone’s loyalties lie?

It’s Not All Black and White – Multiracial Youth Speak Out

“I am a mix of dark and darker/I am black and Spanish/Sometimes being both is a great thing,/and I fit in anywhere/But sometimes I feel rejected by both…

St. Stephen’s Community House is a social service agency in Toronto that collected this rare expression of youth voices in forms ranging from poems to rants, personal reflections to interviews.

Heart to Heart – edited by Jan Greenberg

The paintings, sculpture and photography in this beautiful book document the evolution of artistic movements through the 20th century. Each work is then accompanied by a commissioned poem from one of our century’s most esteemed writers, offering unique and affecting perspectives on some of the most iconic images of our lives.

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

In her personal heaven, Liga believes she is safe from the horrors of the world. But she and her daughters are not as protected nor are the boundaries between the worlds as impermeable as she might have hoped. In her award-winning exploration of transformation, Lanagan provides a contemplation on some of the most timeless questions of existence.

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

Though many other authors have based stories on selkie mythology, Lanagan captures the lore of a seal  who can emerge onto land as a woman with mastery and power. Highly regarded for her narrative skills, Lanagan uses them to the fullest in this tale of magic, treachery, and redemption.

Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton

Recipient of numerous awards, Chanda’s Secret tells the story of some of the most painful and heartbreaking circumstances of our time – the potent combination of sickness and shame around the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The book, and then the movie (called Life, Above All) captures a kind of poignancy that few authors are able to achieve and, without overstating or minimizing harsh truths, manages to express  the resilience of the human spirit.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

A Dan Brown-style thriller for teens  full of crime, mystery and romance. Nora’s friend is dead and another friend is accused of the murder. Nora follows a trail of both criminal and historic significance to unlock the secrets of the crime, prove her friend’s innocence and reveal a centuries-old web of conspiracy.

Eon by Alison Goodman

Physically-lame Eon is probably the least likely candidate to be chosen as the next Dragoneye. And when the time comes, he isn’t chosen after all. But, instead, the great Mirror Dragon, unseen  for 400 years, selects Eon as his apprentice and so begins her dangerous accession to the complicated world of courtiers and power. And, on top of all that, Eon has a secret which, if it comes to light, could mean her death.

Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy Book One by Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass has set herself apart from her family and the others in her town by failing to keep secret the boy who resides only in her head. But when strange things start to happen, that voice may provide the answers to all the questions swirling around Sorry-in-the-Vale. This is a unique twenty-first century Gothic romance with a brave and intriguing heroine.

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

In this fantasy romance, Emmeline Thistle has lost everything and cheated death herself, making her basically an outcast until she discovers an amazing gift: the magical ability to turn milk into chocolate, considered a valuable delicacy. Suddenly, everyone wants to use Emmeline for their own purposes and she must discover what it is that she actually wants for herself.

The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall

Hope Long is desperate to prove her older brother Jeremy innocent of the murder of a local baseball coach. But Jeremy isn’t talking, hasn’t done so for 12 years, and the police have no other suspects. How will a 16-year-old girl manage to serve as the only witness in a trial seemingly pre-destined to find her brother guilty?

The Creeps (A Samuel Johnson Tale) by John Connolly

Horror, breath-holding drama and quirky comedy keep this follow up to The Gates and The Infernals moving at a rapid pace. Samual Johnson, along with a cast of pets, policement, and polite monsters, not to mention vampieres, elves, and a girl with an unnatural fondness for spiders, must solve the latest threat to the Multiverse.

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Poetic both in form and content, this is the story of one girl’s journey away from everything she thought was important and safe to a new world where navigating family and relationships is a lot more complicated but, hopefully and eventually worth the trip.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A case of the grass always being greener on the other side, Samantha is sure that if she could just be a member of the family next door, everything would be better. Then, when she actually does fall in love with the neighbor boy, she is confronted with choices she never could have imagined.

The Peculiars by Mareen Doyle McQuerry

This award-winning steampunk adventure has Lena Mattacascar leaving her comfortable home with her mother to search for her father in the Peculiar-inhabited northern wilderness of Scree. Lena crosses paths with a wide variety of mysterious characters on her journey and finds herself confronting some of her own deepest fears.

New Teen Titles at the Library

Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

Coming out, coming of age, unrequited love – it’s hard to cover new ground in teen lit these days.  But Ellen Wittlinger has managed to do just that, shedding humorous and sparkling light on a relationship between two teens that may not be what they expected but undoubtedly gives them something they hadn’t even known to hope for. John and Marisol will stick with you for a long time after the last page of this book is turned.

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Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins

The premise of this book is clever enough to attract readers and it truly delivers on the concept. Kiriel is a demon – a real one, meaning that he lives in hell and torments the damned. To escape the pointlessness of his job, he steals a body to inhabit with the intention of taking a short vacation. It’s not long before Kiriel discovers that there is a lot more to being ‘alive’ than just the physical experience of it and, while often amusing and certainly unique, Kiriel’s adventure shows that life isn’t just fun and games either.

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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

It’s bad enough that Virginia Shreves feels like an outsider at her school but she also feels like a glaring failure in her own family where everyone but her is a thin, well-adjusted (supposedly!) over-achiever impossible to live up to. It turns out, though, that her family members, and her older brother particularly, are not quite the superior beings Virginia and everyone else believed them to be. While the fat girl scenario has been done before (and this was an early and continues to be one of the best contributions to the field, published in 2003) and will certainly be done again, the message cannot be repeated too often. No matter why a person feels inferior to others, the feeling is REAL to them and the journey to escape those dark places is both difficult and essential. Carolyn Mackler is also the co-author – with Jay Asher – of the bestseller The Future of Us.

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Gemma has been kidnapped from a Bangkok airport and taken by her captor to the Australian outback. She tells her story as if addressing Ty, her kidnapper. Does it matter that Ty is handsome? Does it matter that he’s had a difficult childhood, could be considered a kind of victim himself? Does it matter that he cares deeply about Gemma and expects her to return the feelings, that he is also deeply connected to the stark but beautiful place he’s brought her and resents those who would destroy it for personal gain? Does any of that change what he’s done? Readers will have to decide for themselves.

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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (ALL FOUR BOOKS!) by Patricia C. Wrede

This series includes the books Dealing with Dragons (1), Searching for Dragons (2), Calling on Dragons (3), and Talking to Dragons (4.) Princess Cimorene refuses to fulfill all expectations of what a princess should be and how one should act. She is bored to the point where she actually seeks out a dragon, would rather keep house for Kazul and battle wicked antagonists than live the life for which she was destined. But like Cimorene herself, these books refuse to fulfill conventional expectations of the typical dragon-infused girl-centered fantasy tale. They are, instead, filled with adventure and excitement (and moderately well-hidden fairy tale references) while taking a highly entertaining farcical tone about the nature of the events themselves.

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The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin

The subtitle for this book is ‘A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery,’ and that pretty much says it all. If we know the name Benedict Arnold, it is as a traitor to the American Revolution, a villain eventually executed for his crimes. As in all of human history, though, no story has just one side. And while it would be hard to deny that Arnold was a power-thirsty man who became his own worst enemy, this is a fascinating treatment of how a person gets from here to there, how both circumstances and personality combine to create our most memorable historic events. Sheinkin is also the author of the 2012 Newbery Honor Book, Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, another very worthwhile read.

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New Teen Titles at the Library

There is something for everyone among the new books at the library. Check out our display of several sci-fi series and a great selection of ‘real’ lit as well.

 

Free as a Bird by Gina McMurchy-Barber

This short book is the story of Ruby Jean Sharp, told in her own voice, who is institutionalized because of her Down syndrome.  A finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada Council for the Arts.

free as a birdIt’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Craig Gilner knows what he’s got to do. He’s got the get into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job. So how, then, does Craig end up instead in a mental hospital, his own anxiety nearly killing him? Vizzini’s own experience informs this witty and moving tale of insight into the real meaning of happiness.

It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned VizziniGive a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

Kirkus Reviews calls this story of a violent school event perpetrated by two boys who have been mercilessly bullied “vivid, distressing and all too real.” Booklist gave it a starred review and said ‘the book deserves a wide readership, discussion, and debate.’

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd StrasserHappyface by Stephen Emond

“Moving easily between cartoons and painterly black-and-white illustration, this epistolary novel of a young teen’s reinvention of self is subtle and effective… Poignantly real journal entries, e-mails and chat sessions allow readers to see into Happyface’s world… [an] engaging and absolutely heartfelt tale. (Kirkus, starred review )

Happyface by Stephen Emond5 Novels by Daniel Pinkwater

Here is a collection of the Master’s greatest works: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars; Slaves of Spiegel; The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death; The Last Guru; and Young Adult Novel.  Daniel Pinkwater is so obviously the funniest writer of children’s books that he should be made a Living National Treasure.” –The Washington Post Book World

5 Novels by Daniel PinkwaterThe Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer

A sequel to the National Book Award winning The House of the Scorpion, The Lord of Opium has Matt taking on the lordship of the eejit army, charged with figuring out who is friend and enemy and how, in this devastated world, he can find a way to survive.

The Lord of Opium by Nancy FarmerThe List by Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian has taken on the challenges of teen girlhood before and been chosen for Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and Best Book for Teens by the American Library Association in the process. The List offers, “An intense look at the rules of high school attraction — and the price that’s paid for them.” (Publisher’s blurb)

The List by Siobhan VivianThe Pledge by Kimberly Derting

We’ve certainly had novels about societies with power-hungry regimes and suffocating rules but Derting manages to squeeze one more juicy and unique story out of the dystopian orange along with creating a character who has (yes, of course) a secret but one we actually care about and want to follow to her conclusion.

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Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

This is a true story about Aaron Hartzler’s experience as the child of Evangelical Christians who believed that the Rapture could happen at any moment. As a teen, Aaron began to question his parents’ perspective and wondered what life might be like if he stayed on earth for awhile and pursued the person he might become without losing the love of his family.

Rapture Practice by Aaron HartzlerRisked by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Sixth book in The Missing series, time travelers Jonah and Katherine find themselves in Russia during the Russian Revolution, responsible for saving the Romanov children from a grisley fate. If you missed earlier contributions to the series, you may want to start there as the backstory is a little difficult to slog through if you don’t know what’s going on.

Risked by Margaret Peterson HaddixAdaptation by Malinda Lo

Alien conspiracy. Romance. Secret government facilities. Adaptation has it all with a fast-paced sci-fi ride that is left hanging enough to earn its sequel.

Adaptation by Malinda LoHuntress by Malinda Lo

In a twist on multi-installment series, Huntress is actually a prequel to Lo’s highly acclaimed first novel Ash. Full of magic and otherwordly threats to survival, the Chinese culture and I Ching influences make this a compelling read.

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Much more than a ‘twist on the Cinderella tale,’ as this book has been hypped, it is more of a crash and burn obstruction of the very assumptions that Cinderella is based on – salvation by a charming prince, the contribution of magic as a force for rescue, girl as victim of her circumstances instead of a heroine in her own life. While the lesbian theme may cause some to place this in the GLBTQ category, this is an exciting and daring book for everyone.

Ash by Malinda LoYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

The starred Kirkus Review for this book reads: A nuanced, heart-wrenching and ultimately empowering story about bullying….Interweaving themes of identity, escapism and body image, Medina takes what could be a didactic morality tale and spins it into something beautiful: a story rich in depth and heart…Far more than just a problem novel, this book sheds light on a serious issue without ever losing sight of its craft.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg MedinaWinger by Andrew Smith

Comic writing at its best, Winger appears to be a simple tale of teen struggle among the rich and jock-y at a rugby-centered boarding school. Insecure, dorky, and girl-obsessed, Ryan Dean West doesn’t exactly come across as a hero. But give him time. He’s a survivor. And we’ll definitely want to take the journey with him.

Winger by Andrew SmithRequiem by Lauren Oliver

It’s here! Finally! Publisher’s blurb says about Requiem: A New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, this exciting finale to Lauren Oliver’s acclaimed Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. With lyrical writing, Lauren Oliver seamlessly interweaves the peril that Lena faces with the inner tumult she experiences after the reappearance of her first love, Alex, the boy she thought was dead. Named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, this sophisticated and wide-ranging novel brings the New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy to a thrilling conclusion.

Requiem by Lauren OliverNation by Terry Pratchett

Nation has been compared to everything from Robinson Crusoe to Harry Potter. On the surface, a survival story in which two teenagers, one ‘native’ and one European, believe they are the only survivors of a devastating tsunami, but, more deeply, an exploration of culture, identity, race, religion, and what it means to be humane and courageous at the same time.

Nation by Terry PratchettPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

King has a way of taking us deeply into her characters’ psyches, making them unique, familiar and memorable. Vera Dietz is no exception, finding herself haunted by all the contrasting feelings she has for a friend – love, resentment, disappointment – for whom she can no longer express them after he dies in tragic and mysterious circumstances. Well-paced and profound.

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New Teen Fiction

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

Like the best of poetry, it opens the windows of the heart without a wasted word.” —Miami Herald

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

Though Christopher insists, “This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them,” the novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice. –  Publishers Weekly

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The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will’s world is about to change forever.

With a roaring sense of adventure and enough viscera to gag the hardiest of gore hounds, Yancey’s series starter might just be the best horror novel of the year. – Booklist

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The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey

While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied? This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.

*Starred Review* Examples of literary horror don’t come much finer than The Monstrumologist (2009), and Yancey’s second volume sustains that high bar with lush prose, devilish characterizations, and more honest emotion than any book involving copious de-facings (yes, you read that right) ought to have. – Booklist

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The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting for the “Holy Grail of Monstrumology” with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in Victorian New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can’t let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns, claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated—and not convinced.
Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey takes him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky—and puts Will Henry’s loyalty to the ultimate test.

The third book in the Printz Honor–award winning series, this gothic, gory novel is “articulately literary, horrificially grotesque, and mind-bendingly complex”  – Kirkus Reviews

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