New Books – April 2009

New Fiction

the-fledgingThe Feldging of Az Gabrielson. Jay Amory. YPB Amory.
Az is one of the Airborn, people with eight-foot wings who live in cities high above the clouds. Az, however, is wingless, which isolates him from everyone. But this also gives him a chance to prove himself when the system of massive automated elevators which deliver everything the Airborn need to survive is breaking down. Someone has to go down to the Ground to find out what has happened and Az, with his wingless similarity to the prehistoric Groundlings, looks to be perfect for the task of hunting for answers beneath the clouds.

zombie-queenZombie Queen of Newbury High. Amanda Ashby. YPB Ashby.
While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

pactThe Pact of the Wolves. Nina Blazon. Y Blazon.
When 16-year-old Bianca arrives at her new boarding school, she is startled to hear that its history includes rumors of witchcraft and torture. The building itself rests on the foundation of a medieval convent with a troubled past. There is also a secret society, whose members begin to harass her. Then one night she stumbles over the body of a dead woman. With the help of her friend Nicholas, Bianca begins to piece together the story of the mysterious woman and the convent’s disturbing history. But Bianca can’t shake the feeling she is being followed. She soon realizes she can’t trust anyone — not even Nicholas.

city-of-glassCity of Glass. Cassandra Clare. Y Clare.
Still pursuing a cure for her mother’s enchantment, Clary uses all her powers and ingenuity to get into Idris, the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, and to its capital, the City of Glass, where with the help of a newfound friend, Sebastian, she uncovers important truths about her family’s past that will not only help save her mother but all those that she holds most dear.

dirty-laundryDirty Laundry. Daniel Ehrenhaft. Y Ehrenhaft.
Carli, a teen actress who has gone undercover at a New England boarding school in order to research a role, hooks up with a student graffiti artist to investigate the disappearance of another of the school’s pupils.

firebirds-soaringFirebirds Soaring: an anthology of original speculative fiction. Sharyn November, ed. Y Firebirds.
This third anthology of 19 remarkable original stories by some of today’s finest writers of fantasy and science fiction includes contributions by such authors as Nancy Farmer, Ellen Klages, Margo Lanagan, and Jane Yolen.

envyEnvy: A Luxe Novel. Anna Godbersen. Y Godbersen.
Manhattan’s most envied residents appear of have everything they desire: wealth, beauty, happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets.

eonEon: Dragoneye Reborn. Alison Goodman. Y Goodman.
Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

the-great-wide-seaThe Great Wide Sea. M.H. Herlong. Y Herlong.
Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.

sister-wifeSister Wife. Shelley Hrdlitschka. YPB Hrdlitschka.
In the isolated rural community of Unity, the people of The Movement live a simple life guided by a set of religious principles and laws that are unique to them. Polygamy is the norm, strict obedience is expected and it is customary for young girls to be assigned to much older husbands. Celeste was born and raised in Unity, yet she struggles to fit in. At fifteen she is repulsed at the thought of being assigned to an older man and becoming a sister wife, and she knows for certain she is not cut out to raise children. How will Celeste find her way out of Unity?

needNeed. Carrie Jones. Y Jones.
Depressed after the death of her stepfather, high school junior Zara goes to live with her grandmother in a small Maine town, where new friends tell Zara the strange man she keeps seeing may be a pixie king, and that only “were” creatures can stop him from taking souls.

hot-girlHot Girl. Dream Jordan. YPB Jordan.
Kate, a fourteen-year-old Brooklyn girl and former gang member, risks losing her first good foster family when she adopts the risqué ways of her flirtatious new friend, Naleejah.


Wondrous Strange. Lesley Livingston. Y Livingston.
When seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow meets Sonny Flannery, she discovers he is a changeling and guardian of the gate between the faerie Otherworld and the mortal realm. She also learns that her mother had otherworldly powers that she has passed on to Kelley.

gamer-girl1Gamer Girl. Mari Mancusi. Y Mancusi.
Struggling to fit in after her parents’ divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother’s house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

fadeFade. Lisa McMann. Y McMann.
Using her ability to tap into other people’s dreams, eighteen-year-old Janie investigates an alleged sex ring at her high school that involves teachers using the date rape drug on students.

evermoreEvermore. Alyson Noel. YPB Noel.
Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people’s thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.

maxMax: A Maximum Ride Novel. James Patterson. Y Patterson.
When millions of fish start dying off the coast of Hawaii and something is destroying hundreds of ships, the government enlists the Flock, a band of genetically modified children who can fly, to help get to the bottom of the disaster before it is too late.

my-fair-godmotherMy Fair Godmother. Janette Rallison. Y Rallison.
High school sophomore Savannah wants to find the perfect prom date after her boyfriend breaks up with her to date her older sister, but when a godmother who is only fair becomes involved, Savannah finds herself in trouble in the Middle Ages, along with a boy who would like to be her charming princ

deadly-little-secretDeadly Little Secret. Laurie Faria Stolarz. Y Stolarz.
When someone starts stalking high school junior Camelia, everyone at school assumes that it is Ben, who is new at school and rumored to have killed his previous girlfriend, but Camelia is nevertheless inexplicably drawn to him

the-comets-curseThe Comet’s Curse: A Galahad Book. Dom Testa. Y Testa.
Desperate to save the human race after a comet’s deadly particles devastate the adult population, scientists create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system.

boy-minus-girlBoy Minus Girl. Richard Allen Uhlig. Y Uhlig.
When his charming but irresponsible uncle comes to visit his small Kansas hometown, fourteen-year-old Les Ekhardt hopes to get tips from him about succeeding with girls, but he learns much more important lessons from his stodgy, predictable parents and friendships with a lesbian classmate and one of Uncle Ray’s former girlfriends.

New Graphic Novels

the-plain-janesThe Plain Janes. Cecil Castellucci. Y Castellucci.
When Jane moves to the suburbs, she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends, also named Jane, who form a club called P.L.A.I.N. (People Loving Art in Neighborhoods). But can art really save a group of misfits from the turmoil of high school?

in-odd-we-trustIn Odd We Trust. Dean Koontz and Queenie Chan. Y Koontz.
As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd Thomas travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

maximum-ride-vol-1Maximum Ride, Vol. 1. James Patterson and Narae Lee. Y Patterson.
“Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her ‘flock’– Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel– are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly! It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it’s more like a living nightmare when the mysterious lab known as the ‘School’ turns up and kidnaps their youngest member. Now it’s up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?”

gunnerkrigg-courtGunnerkrigg Court: Orientation. Tom Siddell. Y Siddell.
Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature.

melancholy2The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 2. Nagaru Tanigawa. Y Tanigawa.
Haruhi is a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens. She organizes an after-school club known as the S.O.S. Brigade whose mission is to seek out the extraordinary. Their second mission is keeping Haruhi happy–because even though she doesn’t know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe.

New Nonfiction

the-student-athletes-guideThe Student Athlete’s Guide to Getting Recruited. Stewart Brown. 798.07973 Brown.
Illustrating that there is a spot for everyone, this recruitment manual is a go-to guide for all high school students that dream of participating in college athletics. Not only addressing how to get recruited by top colleges and universities–but also how to excel academically in both high school and college to ensure a successful career as a student-athlete–this guidebook for getting scholarship money offers insider information, tips for understanding the complicated NCAA recruiting rules, information on what colleges really want from athletes in their programs, and techniques for developing individual skills to transition successfully from high school to college athletics. Candid and insightful input from college athletics experts, college and high school counselors, and athletic trainers helps sportspersons achieve success in many areas of their life–including training, nutrition, and time management–catapulting these students beyond their peers both on and off the field.

watchmen-film-companionWatchmen: The Official Film Companion. Peter Aperio. 791.4372 Watchmen.
The graphic novel that changed an industry is now a film from Warner Bros. Pictures. “Watchmen” is the essential guide to this cinematic event and features exclusive interviews with the cast and crew along with scores of photos.


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