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.

Starglass by Phoebe North

 

 

 

 

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.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

 

 

 

 

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.

The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

 

 

 

 

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.

Elegy by Amanda Hocking

 

 

 

 

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.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

 

 

 

 

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.

BZRK Reloaded by Michael Gran

 

 

 

 

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.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

 

 

 

 

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.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

 

 

 

 

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?

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

 

 

 

 

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?

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

 

 

 

 

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.

Altered by Gennifer Albin

 

 

 

 

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.

Salt by Helen Frost

 

 

 

 

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.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

 

 

 

 

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.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

 

 

 

 

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…

Proxy by Alex London

 

 

 

 

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.

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

 

 

 

 

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.

Croak by Jenny Sampirisi

 

 

 

 

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.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

 

 

 

 

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.

United We Spy by Ally Carter

 

 

 

 

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.

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

 

 

 

 

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?

Waking Storms by Sarah Porter

 

 

 

 

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.

The Twice Lost by Sarah Porter

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