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.

Metamorphosis: Junior year. Betsy Franco, with illustrations by Tom Franco. Y Franco.

High school artist Ovid’s journal recasts his classmates’ lives and loves as modern-day Roman mythology, while slowly revealing his own struggles with parents who need him to be the perfect son in the wake of his meth-addicted sister’s disappearance.

The Silver Blade. Sally Gardner. Y Gardner.

As the Revolution descends into the ferocious Reign of Terror, Yann, now an extraordinary practioner of magic, uses his skills to confound his enemies and help spirit refugees out of France, but the question of his true identity and the kidnapping of his true love, Sido, expose him to dangers that threaten to destroy him.

Forest Born. Shannon Hale. Y Hale.

When her beloved forest no longer gives her comfort and her brother Razo invites Rinna to the city to be one of Queen Ani’s waiting women, she happily accepts, only to discover her own strength comes from places both expected and unexpected. This is the much-anticipated fourth title in the Books of Bayern series.

The Lost Conspiracy. Frances Hardinge. Y Hardinge.

Two young sisters who live on a beautiful island soon become caught in a deadly web of deceit. Neither girl is exactly what she pretends to be, and when they are drawn into a sinister conspiracy, one discovers that the only thing more dangerous than the secret she hides is the truth she must uncover.

Possessions. Nancy Holder. YPB Holder.

New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. What Lindsay doesn’t yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits.

Crocodile Tears: Alex Rider. Anthony Horowitz. Y Horowitz.

A charity broker/con artist raises millions of dollars in donations and invests them in a form of genetically modified corn that has the power to release an airborne strain of a virus so powerful it can knock out an entire country on one windy day. The antidote? Alex Rider.

Eli the Good. Silas House. Y House.

In the summer of 1976, ten-year-old Eli Book’s excitement over bicentennial celebrations is tempered by his father’s flashbacks to the Vietnam War and other family problems, as well as concern about his tough but troubled best friend, Edie.

Demon Chick. Marilyn Kaye. Y Kaye.

Jessica may not have the warmest relationship with her mother, aspiring presidential candidate Margaret Hunsucker, but it still comes as a shock when she discovers that her mother has sold her to the devil. Will she have to spend eternity in hell with one of Satan’s minions, a demon named Brad?

Invisible I (The Amanda Project Book One). Stella Lennon. Y Lennon.

When new and unconventional high school student Amada Valentino disappears, her three closest friends, who are all from vastly different circles, band together and, using enigmatic clues that seem to come from Amanda herself, try to find her.

Ash. Melinda Lo. Y Lo.

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.

Goth Girl Rising. Barry Lyga. Y Lyga.

In this sequel to “The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl,” events are told from Goth Girl’s point of view.

Rapture of the Deep: A Bloody Jack adventure. L.A. Meyer. Y Meyer.

On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission–this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don’t always go as planned.

Front and Center. Catherine Murdock. Y Murdock.

This season, D.J. Schwenk steps out behind the free-throw line to face the perils of love and life, in this highly anticipated final book of the Dairy Queen trilogy.

Riot. Walter Dean Myers. Y Myers.

In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy “swells” of New York City. Written in screenplay format.

Academy 7. Anne Osterlund. YPB Osterlund.

Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at Academy 7, the most exclusive school in the universe. There, Aerin meets Dane Madousin, son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance. Dane and Aerin soon discover they are linked in ways neither could ever have imagined.

The Miles Between. Mary Pearson. Y Pearson.

The acclaimed author of “The Adoration of Jenna Fox” takes readers on an unusual road trip where nothing is as it seems, in this story of Destiny Faraday’s unauthorized road trip with three of her Hedgerow Academy classmates.

The Waking: Dreams of the Dead. Thomas Randall. YPB Randall.

In this first book of a frightening trilogy, 16-year-old Kara Foster feels like an outsider at her private school in Japan, where students soon turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone–or something.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster. Benjamin Alire Seanz. Y Saenz.

Zach is 18. He is bright and articulate. He’s also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn’t remember how he got there. He’s not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad.

Whiteout (Hunted Book Three). Walter Sorrells. Y Sorrells.

Stumbling through a whiteout blizzard in Greenville, Minnesota, Chass trips over a dead body, and then sees a mysterious man disappear into the storm. With her haunted past, Chass knows all about running from killers, and she is sure that Kyle Van Epps is back.

Black is for Beginnings. Laurie Faria Stolarz. YPB Stolarz. Graphic novel.

Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. All she really wants to do is work things out with Jacob and figure out what to do with the rest of her life. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts.

Lips Touch: Three times. Laini Taylor, with illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo. Y Taylor.

Three short stories about kissing, featuring elements of the supernatural, with beautiful illustrations. From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight come three stories of supernatural love–tales about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch. This book was a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.

Once Was Lost. Sarah Zarr. Y Zarr.

From the National Book Award Finalist (“Story of a Girl”) comes a novel about a local calamity and a personal tragedy paralleling in the eyes of a 15-year-old girl as she begins to question the faith she always thought she’d have. As the tragedy of a missing girl enfolds in her small town, fifteen-year-old Samara, who feels emotionally abandoned by her parents, begins to question her faith.

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