New Books – January 2010

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.[4] 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.

Little Black Lies. Tish Cohen. Y Cohen.
Starting her junior year at an ultra-elite Boston school, sixteen-year-old Sara, hoping to join the popular crowd, hides that her father not only is the school janitor, but also has obsessive-compulsive disorder.

A Brief History of Montmaray. Michelle Cooper. Y Cooper.
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

Give Up the Ghost. Megan Crewe. Y Crewe.
Sixteen-year-old Cass’s only friends are her dead sister and the school ghosts who feed her gossip that she uses to make students face up to their bad behavior, but when a popular boy asks for her help, she begins to reach out to the living again.

Whip It. Shauna Cross. YPB Cross.
When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name “Babe Ruthless,” her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.

The Maze Runner. J ames Dashner. Y Daskner.
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Mare’s War. Tanita S. Davis. Y Davis.
Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

Magic Under Glass. Jaclyn Dolamore. Y Dolamore.
A wealthy sorcerer’s invitation to sing with his automaton leads seventeen-year-old Nimira, whose family’s disgrace brought her from a palace to poverty, into political intrigue, enchantments, and a friendship with a fairy prince who needs her help.

Solace of the Road. Siobhan Dowd. Y Dowd.
While running away from a London foster home just before her fifteenth birthday, Holly has ample time to consider her years of residential care and her early life with her Irish mother, whom she is now trying to reach.

Ice. Sarah Beth Durst. Y Durst.
A modern-day retelling of “East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon” in which eighteen-year-old Cassie learns that her grandmother’s fairy tale is true when a Polar Bear King comes to claim her for his bride and she must decide whether to go with him and save her long-lost mother, or continue helping her father with his research.

After. Amy Efaw. Y Effaw.
Efaw tells a powerful story about an infant left in the trash to die, a teenage mother who never realized she was pregnant, and the girl’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

The Pale Assassin. Patricia Elliott. Y Elliott.
In early 1790s’ Paris, as the Revolution gains momentum, young and sheltered Eugenie de Boncoeur finds it difficult to tell friend from foe as she and the royalist brother she relies on become the focus of “le Fantome,” the sinister spymaster with a long-held grudge against their family.

The Dying Breath: a Forensic Mystery. Alane Ferguson. Y Ferguson.
Kyle O’Neil disappeared after his first attempt on Cameryn’s life at the end of “The Angel of Death.” Now he is back for his second. He’s leaving macabre love notes for her everywhere–on her computer, on her cell phone, and on the body of a dead man.

Incarceron. Catherine Fisher. Y Fisher.
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl who claims to live on the Outside.

Ranger’s Apprentice: Erak’s Ransom (Book Seven). John Flanagan. Y Flanagan.
The battles and drama are nonstop in this latest installment of Flanagan’s epic fantasy. Skandia’s borders have been breached, and Araluen is next. If the two kingdoms are to be saved, an unlikely union must be made. On a mission to pay the ransom of a new ally, apprentice Will and his friends find themselves in a desert wasteland awash with enemies.

Sphinx’s Princess. Esther Friesner. Y Friesner.
Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti’s dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.

Crossing Stones. Helen Frost. Y Frost.
In their own voices, four young people, Muriel, Frank, Emma, and Ollie, tell of their experiences during the first World War, as the boys enlist and are sent overseas, Emma finishes school, and Muriel fights for peace and women’s suffrage.

Beautiful Creatures. Kami Garcia. Y Garcia.
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

Splendor: a Luxe novel. Anna Godbersen. Y Godbersen.
In 1900 New York City, fashionable debutante Diana Holland and married soldier Henry Schoonmaker flaunt the rules of society to be with one another.

White Heat (The Perfect Fire, Book Two). K.M. Grant. Y Grant.
Raimon has escaped the pyre and heads into hiding deep within the mountains of the Occitan. Although he longs to follow Yolanda to Paris where she has been forced to marry Sir Hugh, he must fulfill his duty of protecting the Blue Flame to save their beloved country from the advancing forces set on destroying it.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. Julie Halpern. Y Halpern.
When high school sophomore Jessie’s long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie’s would-be boyfriend, Jessie decides to visit “the wild nerd yonder” and seek true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons.

Hearts at Stake: The Drake Chronicles. Alyxandra Harvey. Y Harvey.
As her momentous sixteenth birthday approaches, Solange Drake, the only born female vampire in 900 years, is protected by her large family of brothers and her human best friend Lucy from increasingly persistent attempts on her life by the powerful vampire queen and her followers.

Living on Impulse. Cara Haycak. Y Haycak.
Getting caught shoplifting leads fifteen-year-old Mia to a greater understanding of herself, sympathy for her unmarried mother, and a job in a college laboratory which not only pleases her ailing scientist grandfather, but lets her glimpse a possible future brighter than any she had imagined.

Kisses and Lies. Lauren Henderson. YPB Henderson.
Orphaned British teenager Scarlett Wakefield postpones her romance with the handsome son of the school groundskeeper in order to travel to Scotland with her American sidekick, Taylor, in search of clues to the murder of a boy who dropped dead after kissing Scarlett. Sequel to Kiss Me Kill Me.

Panama. Shelby Hiatt. Y Hiatt.
After moving from a small town in Ohio to Panama while her father takes part in building the Panama Canal, a fifteen-year-old girl yearning for new experiences meets Frederico, a Spanish aristocrat who is working as a canal digger, and they begin a romance.

How Beautiful the Ordinary: twelve stories of identity. Michael Cart, ed. Y How.
This collection presents twelve stories by contemporary, award-winning young adult authors, some presented in graphic or letter format, which explore themes of gender identity, love, and sexuality.

Angel in Vegas. Norma Howe. Y Howe.
A demoted guardian angel whose previous “assignment” was Princess Diana now finds himself enjoying the oddball diversions of Las Vegas in the body of a teenage boy, with a teenage girl as his newest charge.

The Everafter. Amy Huntley. Y Huntley.
After her death, seventeen-year-old Maddy finds a way to revisit moments in her life by using objects that she lost while she was alive, and by so doing she tries to figure out the complicated emotions, events, and meaning of her existence.

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Lauren Kate. YPB Kate.
South Carolina high school senior Nat has worked hard to put her trailer-park past behind her, and when she and her boyfriend are crowned Palmetto Prince and Princess everything would be perfect, except that a prank they played a few nights before went horribly awry.

Blood Ninja. Nick Lake. Y Lake.
After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan.

The World is Mine. Lyah Leflore. YPB Leflore.
Maryland high school juniors and best friends Blue Reynolds and Collin Andrews seem to have it all, and when they decide to become party promoters, anything can happen–including being pitted against parents, jealous girlfriends, and even one another.

Darklight (sequel to Wondrous Strange). Lesley Livingston. Y Livingston.
After a dangerous encounter in Central Park, actress Kelley Winslow, who has only recently learned that she is a Faerie, journeys to the Otherworld and begins to untangle the strands of a magical conspiracy with far-reaching consequences.

Once a Witch. Carolyn MacCullough. Y MacCullough.
Born into a family of witches, seventeen-year-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical “Talent,” but when her beautiful and powerful sister is taken by an age-old rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny.

Taken. Norah McClintock. YPB McClintock.
When Stephanie is abducted and left alone in the woods, it takes all of her strength to survive.

Shooting Star. Fredrick McKissack. Y McKissack.
Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.

Tangled. Carolyn Mackler. Y Mackler.
The lives of four very different teenagers become entangled in ways that none of them could have imagined after a short stay at a Caribbean resort.

The Magician of Hoad. Margaret Mahy. Y Mahy.
A young farm boy who possesses mysterious powers is chosen by the king to be the court’s royal magician.

Devoured (sequel to Revealers). Amanda Marrone. YPB Marrone.
Rising high school senior Megan has been haunted by her twin for ten years, but now Remy is trying to warn her about terrible danger surrounding Megan’s summer job at an amusement park called the Land of Enchantment.

Unsigned Hype. Booker Mattison. YPB Mattison.
Fifteen-year-old Tory Tyson dreams of producing hip hop records, and as he rapidly begins to experience success doing just that, he finds that he must make choices between the way he has been raised by his single, God-fearing mother and the folks he meets in the music world.

Winter’s End. Jean-Claude Mourlevat. Y Mourlevat.
Fleeing across icy mountains from a pack of terrifying dog-men sent to hunt them down, four teenagers escape from their prison-like boarding schools to take up the fight against the tyrannical government that murdered their parents fifteen years earlier.

Far From Gringo Land. Edward Myers. Y Myers.
In the barrio of Santo Domingo, Mexico, seventeen-year-old Rick Dresner of Colorado helps family friends build a new house while learning much about poverty, hospitality, pride, and living as a member of the minority.

Shadowland (Immortals, Book Three). Alyson Noel. Y Noel.
Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives and fought off the world’s darkest enemies to be together forever, but just as their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse threatens them.

Rage: a love story. Julie Ann Peters. Y Peters.
At the end of high school, Johanna finally begins dating the girl she has loved from afar, but Reeve is as much trouble as she claims to be as she and her twin brother damage Johanna’s self-esteem, friendships, and already precarious relationship with her sister.

Demon Princess: Reign or shine. Michelle Rowen. YPB Rowen.
In small-town Canada after her mother’s fourth marriage, sixteen-year-old Nikki learns that her long-lost father is king of the demons, a fact that threatens to destroy her newfound popularity and sense of belonging.

The Shadowmask (Stone of Tymora Book Two). R.A. Salvatore. Y Salvatore.
Armed with his late mentor’s cloak and magical sword, Maimon sets out on a dangerous and adventurous journey determined to find the stolen stone of Tymora and avenge the death of his mentor while eluding the evil demon Asbeel, who is also searching for the precious stone.

Wolf Island; Dark Calling (Demonata series). Darren Shan. Y Shan.
These are numbers 8 and 9 in the popular series.

Intertwined. Gena Showalter. Y Showalter.
“Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him: one can time travel, one can raise the dead, one can tell the future, and one can possess another human, and then he meets a girl who quiets the voices.”–Dust jacket.

Everwild (Skinjacker Trilogy, Book Two). Neal Shusterman. Y Shusterman.
Nick, known as the dreaded “chocolate ogre,” is trying to find all the children in Everlost and release them from the limbo they are in, while Mikey and Allie have joined a band of skinjackers and are putting themselves in danger by visiting the world of the living.

Dead Girl Walking; Dead Girl Dancing. Linda Singleton. YPB Singleton.
When Amber, a smart, middle-class, high school student, is hit by a truck, she meets her deceased grandmother in a dreamlike place, then takes a wrong turn and awakens in the body of a wealthy, beautiful, popular classmate with serious problems.

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace. Alexander Gordon Smith. Y Smith.
When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.

Struts & Frets. Andrew Smith. Y Smith.
Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather’s decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it, and his mother stays too busy to help.

Legacy. Thomas E. Sniegoski. Y Sniegoski.
Eighteen-year-old Lucas is reluctant to take on his father’s superhero mantle, but changes his mind as he comes face-to-face with evil after his mother is killed.

Age 14. Geert Spillebeen. Y Spillebeen.
In 1913, twelve-year-old Patrick Condon wants to escape his improverished and unexciting life in Ireland. He pretends to be his older brother, John and joins the army. When World War I begins in 1914, he gets all the action he has been looking for, and more. But how long can this game go on? Based on a true story.

Betrayals: a Strange Angels novel. Lili St. Crow. YPB St. Crow.
For her own protection, sixteen-year-old Dru is taken to a secret training facility that feels more like a prison, but she faces great danger there and learns that a traitor who was involved in her mother’s death now wants Dru dead.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot. Natalie Standiford. Y Standiford.
After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in a private school, high school senior Beatrice befriends a quiet loner with a troubled family history.

Nothing Like You. Lauren Strasnick. Y Strasnick.
Six months after her mother’s death, seventeen-year-old Holly finds some happiness in a secret affair with Paul, a boy she barely knows, but after becoming friends with Paul’s girlfriend, Saskia, Holly worries that her best friend, Nils, or Saskia will learn the devastating truth.

Wish You Were Dead. Todd Strasser. Y Strasser.
Madison, a senior at a suburban New York high school, tries to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of her friends, popular students mentioned in the posts of an anonymous blogger, while she, herself, is being stalked online and in-person.

The Brother’s Story. Katherine Sturtevant. Y Sturtevant.
In the late seventeenth century, fifteen-year-old Kit, driven to desperation by the starvation of one brother and mistreatment of his own simple-minded twin, realizes his dream of becoming an apprentice in London but feels drawn by duty to return home to Essex.

The Hollow. Jessica Verday. Y Verday.
High-school junior Abbey struggles with the loss of her best friend Kristen, who vanished on a legendary bridge, but her grief is eased by Caspian, an attractive and mysterious stranger she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery.

Breathless. Jessica Warman. Y Warman.
At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have. Allen Zadoff. Y Zadoff.
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.


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