New Books – May 2009

wintergirlsNew Fiction
Wintergirls. Laurie Halse Anderson. Y Anderson.
Six years after Cassie and Lia resolved to become the skinniest girls in their school, Cassie dies. Unable to bear the sadness and guilt following Cassie’s death, Lia spirals deeper into her own eating disorder. Elijah, the last person to see Cassie alive, helps Lia find the strength to face her own demons and enter recovery.

the summoningThe Summoning (Darkest Powers Book One). Kelley Armstrong. Y Armstrong.
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

jessicaJessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Beth Fantaskey. Y Fantaskey.
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth–and he’s her long-lost fiancé.

vossVoss: How I came to America and am hero, mostly. David Ives. Y Ives.
In a series of letters home to his friend Meero, Vospop Vsklzwczdztwczky (Voss for short) tells the hilarious story of how he smuggles himself to America and shares his experiences as he is smuggled out of Slobovia in a crate of black-market cheese puffs, tries to find a job in an American city, and foils a sinister plot.

reformedThe Reformed Vampire Support Group. Catherine Jinks. Y Jinks.
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck since 1973 in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

fragileFragile Eternity. Melissa Marr. Y Marr.
In Marr’s third tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

revealersRevealers. Amanda Marrone. YPB Marrone.
By night, four teen witches hunt and destroy such monsters as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. By day they must deal with high school cliques, crushes, and the inner secrets of their coven, in this latest novel by the author of “Uninvited.”

meltdownMeltdown: the final chapter of the Watts family adventures. Andy McNab and Robert Rigby. Y McNab.
In this final installment of the Watts family adventures, Danny Watts and his grandfather Fergus are once again on the run. However, when Dudley, a top MI5 agent, tracks them down for help with a new mission, they finally have the chance to clear their names.

bloodlineBloodline. Katy Moran. Y Moran.
While traveling through early seventh-century Britain trying to stop an impending war, Essa, who bears the blood of native British tribes and of the invading Anglish, makes discoveries that divide his loyalties.

dope sickDope Sick. Walter Dean Myers. Y Myers.
Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy “Lil J” Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J’s life when he could have made better choices.

bloodhoundBloodhound (Beka Cooper Book Two). Tamora Pierce. Y Pierce.
Having been promoted from “Puppy” to “Dog,” Beka, now a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, and her former partner head to a neighboring port city to investigate a case of counterfeit coins.

school_girlsThe School for Dangerous Girls. Eliot Schrefer. Y Schrefer.
Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her “dangerous” friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape.

chameleonChameleon. Charles Smith. Y Smith.
The summer before starting high school in inner-city Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Shawn grapples with his first experience of love, the complicated bonds of friends and family, and the reality of street gang violence.

the vampire diariesThe Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall. L.J. Smith. Y Smith.
After returning from the afterlife, Elena is forced to battle an ancient evil when Stefan, her vampire boyfriend, goes missing.

flygirlFlygirl. Sherri L. Smith. Y Smith.
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl “passes” for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

brimstoneThe Brimstone Network. Tom Sniegoski. YPB Sniegoski.
Thirteen-year-old Abraham “Bram” Stone is the son of Elijah Stone, the leader of the Brimstone Network, a group of warriors which defends humanity against paranormal threats. When the entire Network is assassinated Bram must quickly form a new group to continue his father’s work.

shroudThe Shroud of A’Ranka (The Brimstone Network Book Two). Tom Sniegoski. YPB Sniegoski.
Thirteen-year-old Abraham “Bram” Stone and the other young teens he recruited to join the Brimstone Network are still learning their powers. But the group is going to have to learn fast, as terrifying supernatural beings continue to make their presence known on earth. –adapted from back cover

if i grow upIf I Grow Up. Todd Strasser. Y Strasser.
Growing up in the inner-city projects, DeShawn is reluctantly forced into the gang world by circumstances beyond his control.

tales from outer suburbiaTales from Outer Suburbia. Shaun Tan. Y Tan.
An exchange student who’s really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says… These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own in tales and illustrations that Shaun Tan’s many fans will love.

responseResponse. Paul Volponi. Y Volponi.
When an African American high school student is beaten with a baseball bat in a white neighborhood, three boys are charged with a hate crime.

bull riderBull Rider. Suzanne Morgan Williams. Y Williams.
When his older brother, a bull-riding champion, returns from the Iraq War partially paralyzed, fourteen-year-old Cam takes a break from skateboarding to enter a bull-riding contest, in hopes of winning the $15,000 prize and motivating his depressed brother to continue with his rehabilitation.

story of a girlStory of a Girl. Sara Zarr. YPB Zarr.
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna’s life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.

New Graphic Novels
myspace_1Myspace Dark Horse Presents, Volume 1. Y Myspace.
“Featuring work by John Arcudi, Gabriel Bá, Peter Bagge, Matt Bernier, Haden Blackman, Frans Boukas, Brodie H. Brockie, Brian Churilla, Katie Cook, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Kieron Dwyer, Guy Davis, The Fillbäch Brothers, Bob Fingerman, Adam Gallardo, Rick Geary, Chris Grine, Ron Marz, Mike Mignola, Tony Millionaire, Fábio Moon, Steve Niles, Cary Nord, Núria Peris, Rick Remender, Luke Ross, Sergio Sandoval, Dave Stewart, Rebecca Sugar, Herb Trimpe, Adam Warren, Gerard Way, Joss Whedon.” –T.p. verso

myspace dark horse vol.2Myspace Dark Horse Presents, Volume 2. Y Myspace.
“Featuring: John Arcudi, Gabriael Ba, Eric Canete, Joe Casey, Evan Dorkin, Gilbert Hernandez, David Malki, Tara McPherson, Steve Niles, Geard Way, Zack Whedon and many others”–Cover.

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