Tuesday, April 01, 2014

New in April

Teen Spirit
By Francesca Lia Block

Fearing that her less-than-perfect world will unravel after losing her beloved grandmother, Julie meets an equally damaged Clark, with whom she tries to contact the ghost of her grandmother, only to receive a response from a haunting figure from Clark's past.





Before My Eyes
By Caroline Bock

Told in three separate voices, dreamy Claire, seventeen, with her complicated home and love life, shy Max, also seventeen, a state senator's son whose parents are too focused on the next election to see his pain, and twenty-one-year-old paranoid schizophrenic Barkley teeter on the brink of destruction.





Relic
By Renee Collins

In a world where the bones of magical creatures are used as relics to grant the user special powers, Maggie trains to wield the powerful relics until a series of fires similar to the one that killed her parents reappears in neighboring towns.






The Shadow Prince
By Bree Despain

In this modern retelling of the Persephone myth, Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, is sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead.


Poor Little Dead Girls
By Lizzie Friend

Starting her junior year at an exclusive East Coast girls' boarding school on a lacrosse scholarship, small-town Sadie uncovers a murder mystery after being inducted into a powerful secret society.






Lady Thief
By A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet's true identity has been revealed and she has been forced to marry Lord Gisbourne and participate at court, acting the part of a noblewoman in hopes of helping her beloved Robin Hood's cause and forging a future with him.






Firstborn
By Lorie Ann Grover

Tiadone has been forced to live her entire life as a female accepted as male in her community in order to survive as a firstborn child. But when she needs to pass the rites of manhood, she finds the Creator may have use for her feminine traits after all.





Why We Took the Car
By Wolfgang Herrndorf

Mike Klingenberg is a troubled fourteen-year-old from a dysfunctional family in Berlin who thinks of himself as boring, so when a Russian juvenile delinquent called Tschick begins to pay attention to him and include Mike in his criminal activities, he is excited--until those activities lead to disaster on the autobahn.




The Mirk and the Midnight Hour
By Jane Nickerson

A tale inspired by the Scottish fairy tale "Tam Lin" finds 17-year-old Southern girl Violet rescuing an injured Union soldier and struggling to keep him alive in the face of dark magical adversaries.






Threatened
By Eliot Schrefer

Escaping his jailer by fleeing into the forest with a scientist who is not entirely what he seems, an African street youth helps the scientist with his studies of chimpanzees and must join the chimps to save their habitat from unwelcome intruders. By the author of Endangered.





Bright Before Sunrise
By Tiffany Schmidt

Jonah and Brighton are about to have the most awkwardly awful night of their lives. For Jonah, every aspect of his new life reminds him of what he has had to give up. All he wants is to be left alone. Brighton is popular, pretty, and always there to help anyone, but has no idea of what she wants for herself.





The Edge of Falling
By Rebecca Serle

Caggie's life of privilege in Manhattan appears near-perfect but blaming herself for her younger sister's death and being acclaimed for saving a classmate from suicide cause her to withdraw from friends and family until Astor arrives at school, hiding a past at least as dark as her own.





Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains
By Jane Yolen

"Well-behaved women seldom make history," is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women "bad?" Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong? In BAD GIRLS, readers meet twenty-six of history’s most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter.

Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports
By Fran Zimniuch

As long as people have played games, there has been a temptation to win (or intentionally lose) by cheating. In this entertaining and informative book, sports historian Fran Zimniuch recalls the notorious scandals that have tainted our most popular sports, concluding that such incidents are often a reflection of the times.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

New in March

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
By David Almond

Trapped in his bedroom by a father who fills his mind with mysterious tales and warnings, Billy Dean goes outside for the first time when his father disappears and he discovers his abilities to heal the living and contact the dead.

Avalon
By Mindee Arnett

Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents' old spaceship, Avalon.

The Killing Woods
By Lucy Christopher

When her father, an ex-soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, is arrested for murder, Emily's efforts to exonerate him take her into the woods to play the Game, an extreme version of childhood games.

Fake ID
By Lamar Giles

An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.

A Breath of Frost
By Alyxandra Harvey

When three cousins in 1814 London discover their magical powers and family lineage of witchcraft, they accidentally open the gates to the underworld allowing the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters to hunt and kill young debutante witches for their powers.


Why We Took the Car
By Wolfgang Herrndorf

Mike Klingenberg is a troubled fourteen-year-old from a dysfunctional family in Berlin who thinks of himself as boring, so when a Russian juvenile delinquent called Tschick begins to pay attention to him and include Mike in his criminal activities, he is excited -- until those activities lead to disaster on the autobahn.

And We Stay
By Jenny Hubbard

Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

Minders
By Michele Jaffe

Sadie, a wealthy, success-oriented sixteen-year-old joins the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program as an observer in the head of Ford, a troubled, possibly murderous boy, with whom Sadie falls in love.

The Queen's Choice
By Kayla Kluver

With her aunt, the Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, dying, Anya travels to the human world to find Prince Zabriel, who she feels is the only one who can save the kingdom.

Being Sloane Jacobs
By Lauren Morrill

Sloane Emily Jacobs and Sloane Devon Jacobs, from very different worlds but both with problem families, meet in in Montreal where they will stay in the same hotel while attending camp, one for figure skating, the other for ice hockey.

Game Slaves
By Gard Skinner

A highly intelligent group of video game enemy non-player characters (NPC) begins to doubt they are merely codes in a machine. Their search for answers leads them to a gruesome discovery.

No Place
By Todd Strasser

When Dan and his parents can no longer pay their mortgage, they end up homeless and living in a local tent city. It's a bad situation, and it only gets worse when the leader of the tent city is brutally beaten. Who is trying to shut down the tent city, and why?

The Rule of Three
By Eric Waters

A teen's suburban neighborhood bands together for its own survival in a world stricken by a catastrophic blackout.







Two-Fisted Science
By Jim Ottaviani

The Xeric Award-winning graphic novel is back in print, in a new edition! From Galileo to Isaac Newton to Richard Feynman, you'll be amazed how the personalities of the scientists who shaped our world shaped their lives and discoveries. Some are serious, some are humorous, yet each is a compelling tale of science history.




Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias
By Sara Latta

Explains how the primal human emotion of fear can sometimes manifest in the form of extremes, describing common phobias ranging from arachnophobia to zoophobia to reveal their histories, treatments and famous sufferers.





Who's Who of Doctor Who
By Cameron McEwan

This is the ideal Whovian guide to exploring the dynamic characters in Doctor Who over the past half century. Organized by character type, it includes top 10 lists, family trees, charts, graphs, and more.






But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold
By Steven Holcomb

The highly successful Olympic bobsled driver tells the story of how he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease at the height of his competitive career and how, with the help of a revolutionary treatment, he went on to even greater success.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

New in February

Chasing Shadows
By Swati Avasthi

Acting out superhero fantasies on the streets and rooftops of Chicago, best friends Corey, Holly, and Savitri are shattered by a murderous act of violence that leaves two of them disillusioned and unable to move on.





A Mad, Wicked Folly
By Sarah Biggs Waller

In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.




Defy
By Sara B. Larson

Seventeen-year-old Alexa's parents were killed by a sorcerer during a raid, so she has disguised herself as a boy, joined Antion's army, and earned a place on Prince Damian's guard -- but Antion is ruled by an evil king, and "Alex" must find a way to defeat him and protect her prince.





This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
By Esther Earl
Introduction by John Green

A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of sixteen. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther's story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green, who dedicated his no. 1 bestselling novel, The Fault In Our Stars, to her.



Sick
By Tom Leveen

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They're the misfits, the troublemakers, the ones who jump their high school's electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they're the only ones with a chance of surviving.




Tandem
By Anna Jarzab

Sasha, who lives a quiet life with her grandfather in Chicago but dreams of adventure, is thrilled to be asked to prom by her long-time crush, Grant, but after the dance he abducts her to a parallel universe to impersonate a princess.





The Princess in the Opal Mask
By Jenny Lundquist

A princess and a servant unite and switch identities in order to prevent a war between neighboring kingdoms.







Steal Her Style: Fashion Icons and How to Get Their Look
By Sarah Kennedy

This innovative fashion and beauty guide reveals the secrets of the twentieth century's most fabulously chic women. Author and fashion writer Sarah Kennedy offers advice on how today's woman can choose one of those styles and adapt it to her own figure and taste. The book is filled with color photos, color palettes, and silhouette shapes. It concludes with a directory of vintage boutiques, hair, and makeup stylists who specialize in retro looks.


Jet Black and the Ninja Wind
By Leza Lowitz

After her mother's death, seventeen-year-old Jet Black goes to Japan to try to protect a family treasure. Totally unaware that she is a ninja, Jet is pursued by bounty hunters who know her secret, and falls in love with the man sent to kill her.





Palace of Spies
By Sarah Zettel

In 1716 London, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl from a good family impersonates a lady-in-waiting only to discover that the real girl was murdered, the court harbors a nest of spies, and the handsome young artist who is helping her solve the mystery might be a spy himself.




The Darkest Path
By Jeff Hirsch

Since he was captured by the Glorious Path -- a militant religion based on the teachings of a former soldier -- fifteen-year-old Cal has served the Path in its brutal war with the remains of the United States government, and tried to survive and protect his younger brother. But when he kills an officer to protect a stray dog, Cal is forced take his brother and the dog and run.





Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
By Scott McCloud

This innovative comic book provides a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.

Loud Awake and Lost
By Adele Griffin

Eight months after a debilitating car accident leaves her with brain trauma and a back injury, amnesiac teen Ember tries to piece together the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident -- and determine why none of her friends or family are willing to talk about it.




Muckers
By Sandra Neil Wallace

Felix O'Sullivan, standing in the shadow of his dead brother, an angry, distant father, and racial tension, must lead the last-ever Muckers high school football team to the state championship before a mine closing shuts down his entire town.




Cy In Chains
By David L. Dudley

In the post-Civil War South, a seventeen-year-old African American boy, accused of a crime, is living in a labor camp where brutality, near starvation, humiliation, and rape are commonplace.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New in January

These Broken Stars
By Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.


Full Ride
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
After her father is convicted of embezzlement, Becca Jones, fourteen, and her mother flee Georgia for small-town Ohio. But three years later, Becca learns that her father's misdeeds may have jeopardized not just her future but also her life.






Control
Lydia Kang
Orphaned by a tragic plane crash, Zel struggles to protect her younger sister, who is abducted by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons. Zel herself ends up in a safe house for teens where she draws on broken-down technology, her new friends' peculiar gifts, and her own grit to rescue her sister.

Swagger
By Carl Deuker
High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.







Cherry Money Baby
By John Cusick
Loving her small-town life and planning to marry her sweetheart as soon as she graduates, Cherry Kerrigan is swept into the world of fast cars and penthouse parties by a newcomer who makes Cherry a life-changing offer involving a baby.


The Fury
By Alexander Gordon Smith
To defend themselves, a ragtag group of teens bands together at an abandoned amusement park after one day when, without warning, the entire human race turns against them.


Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
By Katie Alender
While in Paris on a class trip, Colette Iselin enlists the help of her charming French tour guide to help uncover a possible connection between Marie Antoinette, a series of gruesome murders, and perhaps her own family history.






Beauty's Daughter
By Carolyn Meyer
When renowned beauty Helen runs off to Troy with Prince Paris, her enraged husband, King Menelaus, starts the Trojan War, leaving their plain daughter, Hermione, alone to witness the deaths of heroes on both sides and longing to find her own love and place in the world.





Wise Young Fool
By Sean Beaudoin
A teenaged guitarist in a rock band deals with loss and anger as he related the events that landed him in a juvenile detention center.


Earth Girl
By Janet Edwards
Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities.

Killer of Enemies
By Joseph Bruchac
In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.







After Eden
By Helen Douglas
Eden must choose between helping Ryan, a time-traveler, and her best friend Connor who, according to Ryan, is about to become famous through a significant scientific discovery that will ultimately ruin the world.







Loud Awake and Lost
By Adele Griffin
Eight months after a debilitating car accident leaves her with brain trauma and a back injury, amnesiac teen Ember tries to piece together the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident -- and determine why none of her friends or family are willing to talk about it.






Prophecy
By Ellen Oh
A demon slayer -- and the only female warrior in the King's army -- must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King's prophecy and save her kingdom.