New Books and Graphic Novels – March 2009

New Fiction
into-the-darkInto the Dark: An Echo Falls Mystery. Peter Abrahams. Y Abrahams.
Thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes aficionado Ingrid Levin-Hill tries to clear her grandfather’s name when he is accused of murdering an environmental activist found dead on his farm.

forever-of-princessForever Princess. Meg Cabot. Y Cabot.
Although she has recently completed a 400-page romance novel, Princess Mia, in her last month of high school, has yet to pick a college, find a prom dress, or decide if her boyfriend J. P. is really The One.

pandemoniumPandemonium. Daryl Gregory. YPB Gregory.
In the 1950s, ordinary people of varying ages and backgrounds are possessed by entities that seem to spring from the collective unconscious, that many would call demons. It is believed that the key to resolving this plague pivots around the possessed Del Pierce; for whom the cure may be worse than the disease.

the-ghosts-childThe Ghost’s Child. Sonya Hartnett. Y Hartnett.
When a mysterious child appears in her living room one day, the elderly Maddy tells him the story of her love for the wild and free-spirited Feather, who tried but failed to live a conventional life with her, and her search for him on a fantastical voyage across the seas.

north-of-beautifulNorth of Beautiful. Justina Chen Headley. Y Headley.
Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.

venomousVenomous. Christopher Krovatin. Y Krovatin.
Since age eight, New York City high school junior Locke Vinetti has experienced bouts of overpowering anger, but now that he has friends who accept him and a true girlfriend, “the venom” threatens to destroy all that he loves.

tender-morselsTender Morsels. Margo Lanagan. Y Lanagan.
A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.

princess-benPrincess Ben. Catherine Murdock. Y Murdock.
A girl is transformed, through instruction in life at court, determination, and magic, from sullen, pudgy, graceless Ben into Crown Princess Benevolence, a fit ruler of the kindgom of Montagne as it faces war with neighboring Drachensbett.

starclimberStarclimber (Book Three). Kenneth Oppel. Y Oppel.
As members of the first crew of astralnauts, Matt Cruse and Kate De Vries journey into outer space on the Starclimber and face a series of catastrophes that threaten the survival of all on board.

sucksSucks to be Me: the all-true confessions of Mina Hamilton, teen vampire. Kimberly Pauley. Y Pauley.
When sixteen-year-old Mina is forced to take a class to help her decide whether or not to become a vampire like her parents, she also faces a choice between her life-long best friend and the boy she has a crush on versus new friends and possible boyfriends in her mandatory “vampire lessons.”

the-way-of-the-warriorThe Way of the Warrior. Andrew Matthews. Y Matthews.
Jimmu is haunted by his father’s suicide. Vowing vengeance on the man responsible, Jimmu masters the skill of the samurai and secures a position among the lord’s guards. But the closer Jimmu comes to fulfilling his dark destiny, the more tangled he becomes in the truth of his father’s death.

the-stowawayThe Stowaway: Stone of Tymora (Book One). R.A. Salvatore. Y Salvatore.
A twelve-year-old orphan who possesses a stone that brings good luck to its owner runs afoul of a terrifying half-demon, but finds an ally in the elf Drizzt Do’Urden.

eternal1Eternal. Cynthia Leitich Smith. Y Smith.
Elevated and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Mirando goes from high school wannabe to glamorous royal vampire overnight. But her reckless and adoring guardian angel is determined to save her soul and redeem himself before hell arrives, quite literally, at their doorstep.

damoselDamosel: in which the Lady of the Lake renders a frank and often startling account of her wondrous life and times. Stephanie Spinner. Y Spinner.
Damosel, a rule-bound Lady of the Lake, and Twixt, a seventeen-year-old dwarf, relate their experiences as they strive to help King Arthur face Morgause, Morgan, and Mordred, one through her magic and the other through his humble loyalty.

the-spectacular-now1The Spectacular Now. Tim Tharp. Y Tharp.
Sutter Keely. He’s the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually. Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper.

the-deep-freezeThe Deep Freeze of Bartholomew Tullock. Alex Williams. Y Williams.
In a land of never-ending snow, Rufus Breeze and his mother must protect the family home from being seized by tyrant Bartholomew Tullock, while sister Madeline and her father, an inventor of fans that are now useless, join forces with a ne’er-do-well adventurer and his blue-haired terrier, hoping to make some money.

alfredAlfred Kropp: The Thirteenth Skull (Book Three). Rick Yancey. Y Yancey.
Teen misfit Alfred Kropp, the last descendant of Sir Lancelot, is once again in danger as he tries to uncover who is behind a top secret project called SOFIA, while eluding a new enemy who seems determined to kill him.

New Graphic Novels
life-sucksLife Sucks. Jessica Abel. Y Abel.
Life sucks for Dave Marshall. The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he can’t go out in daylight without starting to charbroil. Undead life in its uncoolest incarnation yet is on display in this cinematic, supernatural drama told with gallons of humor and hemoglobin.

kimmie66Kimmie66. Aaron Alexovic. Y Alexovic.
Fourteen-year-old Telly Kade finds a suicide note from her best friend, but since Kimmie66 is still present on the virtual reality worlds on the Internet, she is determined to uncover the truth about Kimmie’s mysterious life to find out if it is a prank or a ghost.

water-babyWaterbaby. Ross Campbell. Y Campbell.
Everything rocks for Brody. She’s an unstoppable surfer girl who conquers the waves. Then she meets her match: a giant shark who bites off her leg and changes her life forever.


Confessions of a Blabbermouth. Mike and Louise Carey. Y Carey.
Tasha Flanigan loves to talk, especially on her blog, and when her mom brings home a creepy boyfriend and his daughter, Tasha can’t help but talk about them.

janes-in-loveJanes in Love. Cecil Castellucci. Y Castellucci.
As they continue their undercover art, the Janes contend with romantic woes, pursuit by a police officer, a lack of money for art supplies, and internal disagreements.

burnoutBurnout. Rebecca Donner. Y Donner.
After Danni and her mother move in with her mother’s alcoholic boyfriend, Danni wrestles with her own identity when she finds herself with a crush on her soon-to-be stepbrother, a hardcore environmentalist.

rapunzels-revengeRapunzel’s Revenge. Shannon Hale. Y Hale.
Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel’s gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws–including Gothel.

tolkenToken. Alisa Kwitney. Y Kwitney.
Shira, a 15-year-old teenager whose best friend is a bawdy 8-year-old, turns to shoplifting when her father starts dating his secretary. When Shira gets caught by a dark-eyed, streetwise boy from Spain, they become more than just friends.

runaways2Runaways. Vol. 2. Brian Vaughan. Y Vaughan.
Teenage fugitives Nico, Gert, Karolina, Chase and Molly are survivors. After learning their parents were secretly super-villains, the kids discovered special skills of their own and used them to topple the Los Angles criminal empire they were meant to inherit, the Pride. Now, new menaces are plotting to take the Pride’s place, and the young Runaways remain together to protect the city their parents once plundered. Guest-starring Cloak and Dagger, the New Avengers, the X-Men and more!

New Nonfiction
letters-to-a-bullied-girlLetters to a Bullied Girl: messages of healing and hope. Olivia Gardner. 302.32 Gardner.
After suffering a seizure in middle school, Gardner was taunted and teased by classmates for two years. Two concerned sisters began a letter-writing campaign to bolster the girl’s spirits, and thousands responded in kind. This inspiring collection offers help and hope for combating the epidemic of bullying.

redRed: teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives. Amy Goldwasser, ed. 814.6 Red.
A vivid portrait of what it means to be a teenage girl in America today. Teenage girls today live their life in words–in text and instant messages, on blogs and social network pages. It’s how they conduct their friendships and present themselves to the world, but they are also creating a formidable body of personal written work. This generation’s unprecedented comfort level with the written word has led to a fearless new American literature. These collected essays offer a key to understanding one of the most mislabeled and underestimated members of society. Here, nearly sixty teenage girls from across the country, representing a diverse spectrum of socioeconomic, political, racial, and religious backgrounds, create a rich portrait of life as a teen girl in America today, revealing the complicated inner lives, humor, hopes, struggles, thrills, and obsessions of this generation.–From publisher description.


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