New Fiction – July 2009

realityReality Check. Peter Abrahams. Y Abrahams.

After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody’s college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.

loveLove and Peaches. Jodi Lynn Anderson. Y Anderson.

After their freshman year at different universities, Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy return to Bridgewater, Georgia, for one last summer at the peach orchard where they became best friends, and where they now face secrets, doubts, and new responsibilities.

amaranthThe Amaranth Enchantment. Julie Berry. Y Berry.

Orphaned at age five, Lucinda, now fifteen, stands with courage against the man who took everything from her, aided by a thief, a clever goat, and a mysterious woman called the Witch of Amaranth, while the prince she knew as a child prepares to marry, unaware that he, too, is in danger.

bladeBlade: Playing Dead. Tim Bowler. Y Bowler.

A fourteen-year-old British street person with extraordinary powers of observation and self-control must face murderous thugs connected with a past he has tried to forget, when his skills with a knife earned him the nickname, Blade.

demon_lexiconThe Demon’s Lexicon. Sarah Rees Brennan. Y Brennan.

Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

glassmakerThe Glass Maker’s Daughter. V. Briceland. YPB Briceland.

Sixteen-year-old Risa’s disappointment over an unprecedented event is devastating, but the evil and destruction that follows the king’s death show her that the god and goddess have special need of her talents and those of her new, lower-class friends.

roarThe Roar. Emma Clayton. Y Clayton.

In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.

if_the_witnessIf the Witness Lied. Caroline B. Cooney. Y Cooney.

Torn apart by tragedies and the publicity they brought, siblings Smithy, Jack, and Madison, aged fourteen to sixteen, tap into their parent’s courage to pull together and protect their brother Tris, nearly three, from further media exploitation and a much more sinister threat.

carterCarter Finally Gets It. Brent Crawford. Y Crawford.

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

singingThe Singing. Alison Croggon. Y Croggon.

The bard Maerad and her brother Hem hold the key to the mysterious Singing, and each of them must overcome terrible obstacles before they can unite and together unlock the Tree of Song, release the music of the Elidhu, and defeat the Nameless One.

secretsSecrets of Truth and Beauty. Megan Frazer. Y Frazer.

Dara Cohen, a junior pageant princess turned chubby teenager, reconnects with an estranged older sister whom her parents have disowned for mysterious reasons.

summerThe Summer I Turned Pretty. Jenny Han. Y Han.

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.

kissmeKiss Me Kill Me. Lauren Henderson. YPB Henderson.

When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her secret: when Scarlett had her first kiss with Dan McAndrew, a British society hottie, he died in her arms. At her old school everyone believes she had something to do with it, but at Wakefield she can blend in and forget it ever happened. Then she receives an anonymous note that spurs her to find out what really happened that night.

willowWillow. Julia Hoban. Y Hoban.

Sixteen-year-old Willow, who was driving the car that killed both of her parents, copes with the pain and guilt by cutting herself, until she meets a smart and sensitive boy who is determined to help her stop.

soldiersecretSoldier’s Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson. Sheila Solomon Klass. Y Klass.

A woman living in Colonial America, Deborah Sampson wanted more from life. When the colonies went to war with the British in 1775, Deborah disguised herself in a man’s uniform and served in the Continental army for more than a year.

kings_roseThe King’s Rose. Alisa M. Libby. Y Libby.

Catharine Howard recounts the events in her life that led to her being groomed for marriage at the age of fifteen to King Henry VIII, her failure to produce an heir to the throne, and her quick execution.

carbonThe Carbon Diaries 2015. Saci Lloyd. Y Lloyd.

In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control. Told in short diary entries filled with scrapbook clippings, this riveting ecothriller is one girl’s attempt to stay grounded in a world where disaster has become the norm.

breathlessBreathless. Lurlene McDaniel. Y McDaniel.

A high school diving champion’s diagnosis of bone cancer affects not only his life, but those of his best friend, his sister, and his girlfriend.

gringoGringolandia. Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Y Miller-Lachmann.

In 1986, when seventeen-year-old Daniel’s father arrives in Madison, Wisconsin, after five years of torture as a political prisoner in Chile, Daniel and his eighteen-year-old “gringa” girlfriend, Courtney, use different methods to help this bitter, self-destructive stranger who yearns to return home and continue his work.

no_such_thingNo Such Thing as the Real World. An Na, et al. Y Na.

Six award-winning young adult authors present short stories featuring teens who have to face the “real world” for the first time.

silverSilver Phoenix. Cindy Pon. Y Pon.

With her father long overdue from his journey and a lecherous merchant blackmailing her into marriage, seventeen-year-old Ai Ling becomes aware of a strange power within her as she goes in search of her parent.

leaving_fletchvilleLeaving Fletchville. Rene Schmidt. YPB Schmidt.

Brandon has a reputation for being a big, dumb bully, but when a new family comes to town, he works hard to protect them and keep their secret.

sorceressThe Sorceress (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Three). Michael Scott. Y Scott.

Book Three begins as Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel vows to protect them from the Dark Elders. But he must find an Elder who can teach the siblings the third elemental magic–Water Magic. The only Elder who can do that is Gilgamesh–and he is quite, quite insane.

tantalizeTantalize. Cynthia Leitich Smith. Y Smith.

When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family’s vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

black_heartVampirates: Black Heart. Justin Somper. Y Somper.

A rival ship of Vampirates creates unwanted competition on the seas and Captain Li goes on the hunt with Connor Tempest; meanwhile, Connor’s twin sister Grace spends some valuable time with their mother and learns their family’s shocking history.

creatureCreature of the Night. Kate Thompson. Y Thompson.

Bobby lives a reckless life smoking, drinking, and stealing cars in Dublin. So his mother moves the family to the country. But Bobby suspects their cottage might not be as quaint as it seems. And spooky details of the history of their little cottage gradually turn Bobby into a detective of night creatures real and imagined.

ravenRaven. Allison Van Diepen. Y Van Diepen.

Zin dances with fire in every step and sees with eyes that can peer into the soul. It’s no wonder Nicole is madly in love with him. But she cannot understand why Zin keeps her at a distance. He carries a very old secret, and when Nicole uncovers the truth, her love may be the only thing that can save him from it.

same_differenceSame Difference. Siobhan Vivian. Y Vivian.

Feeling left out since her long-time best friend started a serious relationship, sixteen-year-old Emily looks forward to a summer program at the Philadelphia College of Art but is not sure she is up to the challenges to be faced there, including finding herself and learning to balance life and art.

chosen_oneThe Chosen One. Carol Lynch Williams. Y Williams.

In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs’ teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.

starwarsStar Wars: The Force Unleashed. Sean Williams. Y Williams.

Based on the latest blockbuster video game “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed,” created under the direction of George Lucas, this official tie-in novel is set during the largely unexplored era between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.”

jumpedJumped. Rita Williams-Garcia. Y Williams-Garcia.

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique’s plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.

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