New Fiction – Nov/Dec 09

The Sweetheart of Prosper County. Jill S. Alexander. Y Alexander.

In a small East Texas town largely ruled by prejudices and bullies, fourteen-year-old Austin sets out to win a ride in the next parade and, in the process, grows in her understanding of friendship and helps her widowed mother through her mourning.

Kith (Good Neighbors, Vol. 2). Holly Black. Y Black. Graphic novel.

As Rue goes to bring her mother back from the faerie realm, she must travel deep into an inhuman world. At the same time, the faerie realm is venturing into our world too, and taking its toll on those Rue loves.

Going Bovine. Libba Bray. Y Bray.

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school–and life in general–with a minimum of effort. But that’s before he’s given the news that he’s dying. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure–if he’s willing to go in search of it.

The Demon King (Seven Realms Book Four). Cinda Williams Chima. Y Chima.

Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods Book Four). Melissa de la Cruz. Y delaCruz.

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss’s true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival.

A Troubled Peace. Laura Malone Elliott. Y Elliott.

Elliot’s sequel to the acclaimed novel “Under a War-Torn Sky” delivers a moving portrait of the aftermath of war and one young man’s courageous quest to help survivors and reclaim the trust of the girl he loves.

More new books under the cut

The Dragon of Trelian, by Michelle Knudson

Publisher: Candlewick
Genre: Juv. Fantasy
Pages: 416
Call number: J Knudson

Young Calen is a mage-in-training in the kingdom of Trelian, newly apprenticed to the stern master magician, Serek. Meglynne is a middle princess with a reputation for impulsive, un-princessy behavior; her older sister has always been her best friend, but soon her sister will be gone, married to a prince from the neighboring kingdom, thus ending a long-standing war. These two lonely children meet when they both sneak away from their duties to spy on the prince’s procession, and they quickly strike up a friendship based on mutual need. Calen needs someone to believe in his ability and dedication to magic in a way that his disapproving master doesn’t seem to, and Meg needs someone she can trust with a dangerous secret — she’s found a baby dragon, a rare species in Trelian, and has been hiding it in a nearby cave outside of the palace grounds. Meg relies on Calen to research dragons and advise her, especially after they realize she and the dragon have formed a mental bond that allows them to share thoughts and power. During one of their meetings, Meg and Calen overhear a powerful ambassador from Kragnir plotting the death of Meg’s sister in order to rekindle the war, but before they can warn anyone, they are caught and sent far from the kingdom with a powerful spell. Now, Meg and Calen must find their way back to Trelian in time to save Meg’s sister, and they have only Calen’s fledging powers and Meg’s link with the dragon Jackl to rely on.

Review under the cut

Teen’s Top Ten Announced

More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns as their favorite book in the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten! The winners were announced in October.

  • Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
  • Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
  • Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Pay off your fines with food!

Do you have fines from overdue books? Are they stopping you from using the library? You can pay them off your fines until December 13 by bringing in two non-perishable food items for every fine. Bring your food items to the circulation desk and let them know you’d like to pay off your fines. Obviously, the food items cannot be opened, outdated, or damaged in any way to be accepted.

All donations are given to InterFaith Community Services food bank for distribution to local families. More program details are available here.