The backlog of books has been cataloged, so this list of new books for January is HUGE. Because of that, no book covers this time, but I’m looking in to making a Shelfari account for this blog so you can see the book covers and lots of other information on new books in the library. Let me know what you think of that idea.
Raven Summer. David Almond. Y Almond.
Led to an abandoned baby by a raven, fourteen-year-old Liam seems fated to meet two foster children who have experienced the world’s violence in very different ways as he struggles to understand war, family problems, and friends who grow apart.
Hero Tales, Vol.1. Hiromu Arakawa. Y Arakawa.
“Legend speaks of seven heroes, each one bearing the power of one of the stars of the Big Dipper. Two of these stars are constantly in conflict, destined to battle and throw the world into chaos…. Not that Taitou has ever paid much attention to old stories. Headstrong and defiant, he is the last in his village to complete his coming-of-age ceremony–a fact his sister Laila incessantly teases him about. When he is finally deemed worthy, he is presented with the Kenka Ranbu, an ancient sword that can only be drawn by a true hero. As the frustrated Taitou struggles to unsheathe the sword, a mysterious thief appears, making off with the blade and citing the legend of the Big Dipper. The stars have been set in motion, as Taitou sets off after the Kenka Ranbu and the truth of his own destiny.”–p. of cover.
Candor. Pam Bachorz. Y Bachorz.
Oscar Banks is the son of the founder of Candor, FL, a town where the teenagers are controlled by subliminal messages. Unlike all other teens, he knows about the Messages and fights them with his own counterprogramming and secretly gets kids out of Candor, while pretending to be the model of perfection. When Nia moves to town, he is smitten by her tart attitude and ability to see through his perfect-boy front. He can’t stand to see her changed by Messages, and has to decide whether to help her escape and lose her or keep her close and risk discovery.
Rosie and Skate. Beth Bauman. Y Bauman.
New Jersey sisters Rosie, aged fifteen, and Skate, aged sixteen, cope differently with their father’s alcoholism and incarceration, but manage to stay close to one another as they strive to lead normal lives and find hope for the future.
Pastworld. Ian Beck. Y Beck.
In 2048, while visiting Pastworld, a Victorian London theme park, Caleb meets fellow teenager Eve, a Pastworld inhabitant who didn’t know she was living in a simulation and has no knowledge of the modern world, and both become pawns in a murderer’s diabolical plan that reveals disturbing truths about the teenagers’ origins.
Arch Enemy. Frank Beddor. Y Beddor.
Virtuous Queen Alyss, who has lost the power of imagination, and her murderous Aunt Redd battle for control of Wonderland.
Dawn. Kevin Brooks. Y Brooks.
Fifteen-year-old Dawn, who cares for her alcoholic mother, tries to suppress a painful childhood memory as she contemplates killing God, whom she blames for her father’s disappearance.
Peril on the Sea. Michael Cadnum. Y Cadnum.
In the tense summer of 1588, eighteen-year-old Sherwin Morris, after nearly perishing in a shipwreck, finds himself aboard the privateer Vixen, captained by the notorious and enigmatic Brandon Fletcher who offers him adventure and riches if Sherwin would write and disseminate a flattering account of the captain’s exploits.
Elphame’s Choice. P.C. Cast. YPB Cast.
Teenager Elphame has always had a restless nature. But now she’s drawn to a far-off castle and a sense of destiny. Once there, she finds the remnants of a great evil, and she must fight for the safety of her people.
Devil’s Kiss. Sarwat Chadda. Y Chadda.
Fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal has grown up knowing that being a member of the Knights Templar puts her in danger, but if she is to save London from catastrophe she must make sacrifices greater than she imagined.
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