New Fiction – June 2009

awakeningThe Awakening (Darkest Powers Book 2). Kelley Armstrong. YA Armstrong. Fifteen-year-old necromancer Chloe, having escaped from Lyle House with Derek, Simon, and Rae, finds herself imprisoned in a laboratory run by a sinister organization determined to control her and her supernatural friends.

the warded manThe Warded Man. Peter Brett. YA Brett. As darkness falls each night, demons known as the corelings rise, and three young survivors of demon attacks risk everything to recover the secrets of the past to defeat the corelings and stop their relentless assault against humans. This is a novel published for adults, but perfect for teens too!

the rule of clawThe Rule of Claw. John Brindley. YA Brindley. Ash and her friends live in a future where they are the only human teenagers left, but when Ash is kidnapped and becomes a pawn in a power struggle among the formidable Raptors who captured her, she begins to reconsider her own humanity.

being nikkiBeing Nikki. Meg Cabot. YA Cabot. Studious, socially conscious Emerson Watts learns startling news about the family of Nikki Howard, the teen supermodel into whose body Emerson’s brain was transplanted by the nefarious Stark Corporation.

the september sistersThe September Sisters. Jillian Cantor. YA Cantor. Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other’s throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart. Then Becky disappears and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping.

highway to hellHighway to Hell (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil). Rosemary Clement-Moore. YA Clement-Moore. On their way to spend spring break on a Texas beach, college freshmen Maggie Quinn and D&D Lisa are stranded in a town where some believe a chupacabra is killing animals, and as the girls investigate they get help from diverse and unexpected sources.

everything is fineEverything is Fine. Ann Dee Ellis. YA Ellis. Stuck at home caring for her severely depressed mother and abandoned by her father, Mazzy has only the day-to-day dramas of her neighborhood to keep her busy. Soon, however, Mazzy has to face the fact that her mom is emotionally paralyzed by a family tragedy.

if i stayIf I Stay. Gayle Forman. YA Forman. While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

the anatomy of wingsThe Anatomy of Wings. Karen Foxlee. YA Foxlee. After the suicide of her troubled teenage sister, eleven-year-old Jenny struggles to understand what actually happened.

princess of the midnight ballPrincess of the Midnight Ball. Jessica George. YA George. A retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king’s gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.

soul enchiladaSoul Enchilada: the devil is in the details. David Macinnis Gill. YA Gill. When, after a demon appears to repossess her car, she discovers that both the car and her soul were given as collateral in a deal made with the Devil by her irrascible grandfather, eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot, given two-days’ grace, tries to find ways to outsmart the Devil and his minions.

king of the screwupsKing of the Screwups. K.L. Going. YA Going. Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. But he’s got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most. After getting in trouble yet again, Liam, who never seems to live up to his wealthy father’s expectations, is sent to live in a trailer park with his gay “glam-rocker” uncle.

stargazerStargazer. Claudia Gray. YA Gray.Teenage vampire Bianca finds herself the target when evil wraiths attack her boarding school, Evernight Academy.

project sweet lifeProject Sweet Life. Brent Hartinger. YA Hartinger. When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.

once dead, twice shyOnce Dead, Twice Shy. Kim Harrison. YA Harrison. Spunky teen Madison, though technically dead, uses a stolen amulet to retain the illusion of a body and help her in the struggle between Light and Dark reapers.

torchedTorched. April Henry. YA Henry. In order to save her parents from going to jail for possession of marijuana, sixteen-year-old Ellie must help the FBI uncover the intentions of a radical environmental group by going undercover.

cold_skinCold Skin. Steven Herrick. YA Herrick. In a rural Australian coal mining town shortly after World War II, teenaged Eddie makes a startling discovery when he investigates the murder of a local high school girl.

suzi clueSuzi Clue and the Prom Queen Curse. Michelle Keehm. YA Keehm. Suzi Clue, a mystery-obsessed freshman with her own sense of style, investigates “the curse of the prom queen” at Seattle’s Mountain High School.

the center of the universeThe Center of the Universe: yep, that would be me. Anita Liberty. YPB Liberty. “This is a book about being a teenager. Being a teenager sucks! Enjoy the book.” A smart and hilarious look at the teenage experience by cult-hip performance artist Anita Liberty, a character created by performance artist Suzanne Weber.

lyonesseThe Well Between the Worlds: Lyonesse. Sam Llewellyn. YA Llewellyn. Eleven-year-old Idris Limpet, living with his family in the once noble but now evil and corrupt island country of Lyonesse, finds his life taking a dramatic turn when, after a near-drowning incident, he is accused of being allied to the feared sea monsters and is rescued from a death sentence by a mysterious and fearsome stranger.

seasonThe Season. Sarah Maclean. YA Maclean. Showing no interest in the sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties, and country weekends enjoyed by the rest of early nineteenth-century London society, seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford seeks adventure as she investigates the puzzling murder of the Earl of Blackmoor, father of devilishly handsome Gavin.

the rock and the riverThe Rock and the River. Kekla Magoon. YA Magoon. In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

daughter of the flamesDaughter of the Flames. Zoe Marriott. YA Marriott. After learning that she is the sole heir to the Ruan throne, orphaned Zira, trained in weaponry and martial arts as a warrior priestess, must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate, and accept her feelings for a man who should be her enemy.

sophomore switchSophomore Switch. Abby McDonald. YA McDonald. Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as “The Hot-Tub Incident,” and you have got two unprepared sophomores on a semester abroad.

the devil's paintboxThe Devil’s Paintbox. Victoria McKernan. YA McKernan. In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.

shadowed summerShadowed Summer. Saundra Mitchell. YA Mitchell. In the small town of Ondine, Louisiana, fourteen-year-old Iris uncovers family secrets when she conjures up the ghost of a boy missing for decades and decides to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

peace, love, and baby ducksPeace, Love, and Baby Ducks. Lauren Myracle. YA Myracle. Fifteen-year-old Carly’s summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering.

burn my heartBurn My Heart. Beverly Naidoo. YA Naidoo. Two boys–one white, one black–share an uneasy friendship in Kenya in the 1950s, a country shaken by a rebellion of Africans against white landowners, but suspicions and accusations are escalating, and an act of betrayal could change everything.

dead is the new blackDead is the New Black. Marlene Perez. YPB Perez. While dealing with her first boyfriend and suddenly being pressed into service as a substitute cheerleader, seventeen-year-old Daisy Giordano, daughter and sister of psychics but herself a “normal,” attempts to help her mother discover who is behind a series of bizarre attacks on teenage girls in their little town of Nightshade, California.

emily the strangeEmily the Strange: The Lost Days. Rob Reger. YA Reger. In this first work in the Emily the Strange series, readers are introduced to the mysterious 13-year-old Emily: a girl able to leap tall buildings if she felt like it, but who is more likely to be napping with her four black cats or rocking out on a guitar.

here lies arthurHere Lies Arthur. Philip Reeve. YA Reeve. When her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into the heroic King Arthur.

the forest of hands and teethThe Forest of Hands and Teeth. Carrie Ryan. YA Ryan. Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

something, maybeSomething, Maybe. Elizabeth Scott. YA Scott. Seventeen-year-old high school student Hannah is trying to lead a normal life, despite the fact that both her parents are famous for their wild lifestyles, which means getting her secret crush to notice her.

marcelo in the real worldMarcelo in the Real World. Francisco Stork. YA Stork. Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

super stock rookieSuper Stock Rookie: a Motor novel. Will Weaver. YA Weaver. Trace Bonham knows he is fortunate to be offered a chance at being a paid super stock driver when he is still in high school, but regrets that he must leave his friends and home track and wonders if the sponsor is legitimate.

saturday night dirtSaturday Night Dirt: a Motor novel. Will Weaver. YA Weaver. In a small town in northern Minnesota, the much-anticipated Saturday night dirt-track race at the old-fashioned, barely viable, Headwaters Speedway becomes, in many ways, an important life-changing event for all the participants on and off the track.

wherever nina liesWherever Nina Lies. Lynn Weingarten. YA Weingarten. Two years after the disappearance of her older sister, sixteen-year-old Ellie goes on a quest to find her.

this full houseThis Full House. Virgina Euwer Wolff. YA Wolff. High-school-senior LaVaughn’s perceptions and expectations of her life begin to change as she learns about the many unexpected connections between the people she loves best.

the thirteenth childThe Thirteenth Child. Patricia C. Wrede. YA Wrede. Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.

the uninvitedThe Uninvited. Tim Wynne-Jones. YA Wynne-Jones. After a disturbing freshman year at New York University, Mimi is happy to get away to her father’s remote Canadian cottage only to discover a stranger living there who has never heard of her or her father and who is convinced that Mimi is responsible for leaving sinister tokens around the property.

absolutely maybeAbsolutely Maybe. Lisa Yee. YA Yee. When living with her mother, an alcoholic ex-beauty queen, becomes unbearable, almost seventeen-year-old Maybelline “Maybe” Chestnut runs away to California, where she finds work on a taco truck and tries to track down her birth father.


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