New Fiction – August 2009

madmanTales of the Madman Underground. John Barnes. Y Barnes.

For years, Karl has been part of the Madman Underground–kids forced to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl decides that for his senior year, he is going to get out of the group for good. He is going to act–and be–Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative.

deathDeath’s Daughter. Amber Benson. YPB Benson.

Known as Tara on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Benson delivers the first in a new series of killer urban fantasy novels featuring Calliope Reaper-Jones, whose father happens to be Death himself.

vastThe Vast Fields of Ordinary. John Burd. Y Burd.

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

secretlifeThe Secret Life of Prince Charming. Deb Caletti. Y Caletti.

After Quinn gets dumped, she starts to wonder if there really are no good men. It doesn’t help when she discovers that her selfish, womanizing father has stolen more from the women in his life than their hearts. Quinn joins forces with the stepsister she’s never met and sets out to right her father’s wrongs.

sleepawaySleepaway Girls. Jen Calonita. Y Calonita.

When the exceptionally people-pleasing Sam spends a summer as a counselor-in-training, she learns how to say no, to stand up for herself, and what it feels like to have a crush on a great guy.

hiddenHidden Voices: the orphan musicians from Venice. Pat Collins. Y Collins.

Anetta, Rosalba, and Luisa find their lives taking unexpected paths while growing up in eighteenth century Venice at the orphanage Ospedale della Pieta, where concerts are given to support the orphanage as well as expose the girls to potential suitors.

siegeThe Siege of Macindaw (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book Six). John Flanagan. Y Flanagan.

After years as a Ranger’s apprentice, Will is now the protector of his first fief. Not long into his service, everything that can go wrong does. After Castle Macindaw is taken over by a renegade knight, Will recruits a motley crew to reclaim the strategic gateway to the north.

hungerHunger: a Gone novel. Michael Grant. Y Grant.

Conditions worsen for the remaining young residents of a small California coastal town isolated by supernatural events when their food supplies dwindle and the Darkness underground awakens.

orangeThe Orange Houses. Paul Griffin. Y Griffin.

Hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school, Tamika Mik Sykes copes by reading lips and selling homework answers. She’s a tough girl who never gets close to anyone, until she meets Fatima, a teenage refugee who sells newspapers on Mik’s block.

ghostgirlGhostgirl, and Ghostgirl: Homecoming. Tonya Hurley. Y Hurley.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn’t stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular and to get the attention of the boy she loves; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

timelockTimelock (Caretaker Trilogy, Book Three). David Klass. Y Klass.

Jack discovers that the only way to protect the Earth from ecological disaster at the hands of the Dark Army is to lock time, and he must choose between staying in the present or returning to the future world from which he came.

thirteenThirteen Orphans: breaking the wall. Jane Lindskold. Y Lindskold.

In an alternate world inspired by ancient Chinese lore and magic, Brenda learns about her magical ancestry after an attack on her father and finds herself among a band of orphans who each represent an animal from the Chinese zodiac.

cashayCashay. Margaret McMullan. Y McMullan.

The author of How I Found My Strong and When I Crossed No-Bob pens a poignant and honest story of a young girl living in a Chicago housing project who tries to make sense of her life after her sister is killed.

surfSurf Mules. G. Neri. Y Neri.

When a tragic accident and sudden financial woes cause recent high school graduate Logan to question plans for his future, he agrees to make a road trip with his best friend and surfing buddy, Z-boy, transporting marijuana from southern California to Orlando, Florida.

blueBlue Moon. Alyson Noel. YPB Noel.

Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past.

whyWhy I Fight. J. Oaks.Y Oaks.

Left alone for days on end, 12-year-old Wyatt Reeves burns down the family house. His uncle, Spade, whisks Wyatt away to safety, but soon sees potential in the boy to earn money in the bare-fist fighting racket. The two travel across America for the next six years, and soon Wyatt develops a sense of who he is–and isn’t.

twentyboyTwenty Boy Summer. Sarah Ockler. Y Ockler.

While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

sproutSprout: or, my salad days, when I was green in judgement. Dale Peck. Y Peck.

Sprout Bradford has a secret, but it’s not what everyone thinks. He’ll admit he’s gay, and he’ll reveal when he last dyed his hair green. However, Sprout finds he’s had a more profound effect on the lives around him that he ever thought possible.

deadissoDead is So Last Year. Marlene Perez. YPB Perez.

Something strange happens after Rose Giordano begins working at a research laboratory. Doppelgangers of Nightshade residents are seen all over town. Rose and her sisters think it’s a coincidence, until the rumors start that their missing father has been spotted.

burningtrisTriskellion: The Burning. Will Peterson. Y Peterson.

Fourteen-year-old twins Adam and Rachel, pursued by both their former “Hope Project” benefactors and followers of a zombie-like figure, flee London for Paris, Seville, and finally Morocco, where they unearth an ancient secret more startling than the first.

royalbloodRoyal Blood: a Vampire Kisses novel. Ellen Schreiber. Y Schreiber.

Summer break is over, and it’s time for Raven to return to Dullsville High, ending her romantic nights with vampire boyfriend Alexander. When Raven is invited to meet Alexander’s parents, the next turn of events could change everything, for all eternity.

strangeStrange Angels. Lili St. Crow. Y St. Crow.

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called the touch. When her dad turns up dead–but still walking–Dru knows she’s next. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever is hunting her?

rileyRiley Park. Diane Tullson. Y Tullson.

The victim of a vicious assault, seventeen-year-old Corbin struggles to get his life back and deal with the loss of his best friend.

vacationsVacations from Hell. Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, et al. Y Vacations.

Five short stories in which a vacation takes a supernatural turn, by Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mlynowski.

trippingTripping. Heather Waldorf. YPB Waldorf.

Escaping a dull summer, Rainey Williamson joins a school-sponsored eight-week road trip across Canada. Up for the challenge, Rainey, who has worn an artificial leg since birth, discovers that her long estranged mother is alive and well in British Columbia, directly on the road trip route, and wants to see her.

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