New Books – Feb/March 2010

I’m a little late posting our list of new books, but here they are for February and March!

Freefall. Ariela Anhalt. Y Anhalt.
Briar Academy senior Luke prefers avoiding conflict and letting others make his decisions, but he is compelled to choose whether or not to stand by the best friend whose reckless behavior has endangered Luke and may have caused another student’s death.

Player’s Ruse (Knight and Rogue Book Three). Hilari Bell. Y Bell.
In alternate chapters, eighteen-year-old Sir Michael Sevenson, an anachronistic knight errant, and seventeen-year-old Fisk, his street-wise squire, relate their journey to Huckerston, a port town where dangerous bandits are raiding merchant ships.

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. John Berk. Y Berk.
Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him? (Okay, so Will’s interested in more than just murder . . .)

Wish. Alexandra Bullen. Y Bullen.
After her vivacious twin sister dies, a shy teenaged girl moves with her parents to San Francisco, where she meets a magical seamstress who grants her one wish.

The Life of Glass. Jillian Cantor. Y Cantor.
Throughout her freshman year of high school, fourteen-year-old Melissa struggles to hold onto memories of her deceased father, cope with her mother’s return to dating, get along with her sister, and sort out her feelings about her best friend, Ryan.

Heist Society. Ally Carter. Y Carter.
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

Tempted (House of Night Book Six). P.C. Cast. Y Cast.
In the sixth installment of the Casts’ award-winning, “New York Times”-bestselling teen vampyre series, Zoey Redbird, High Priestess-in-training, finds herself juggling three guys–one of which is so into protecting her that he can sense her emotions.

Brighid’s Quest. P.C. Cast. YPB Cast.
Centaur Brighid Dhianna has found peace and acceptance among humans but is forced to leave them to guide the brother of the centaur clan’s chieftain home. On the journey, she discovers the long dormant Shaman blood running in her veins and, as seductive powers beckon, she glimpses an unimaginable future. Soon she must make a challenging decision affecting not only her friendship with the humans, but the centaur herd and the world.

Very LeFreak. Rachel Cohn. Y Cohn.
Consumed with emailing, online video games, and the many distractions of her electronic gadgets, hyper-frenetic Columbia University freshman Veronica, known as Very LeFreak, enters a rehab facility for the technology-addicted after her professors and classmates stage an intervention.

Salt (The Salt Trilogy Book One). Maurice Gee. Y Gee.
A compelling tale of anger and moral development that also powerfully explores the evils of colonialism and racism.

Hunted (House of Night Book Five). P.C. Cast. YPB Cast.
The good news: Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose — that and various other nasties (whose faces aren’t so angelic). Grandma Redbird is in trouble. Heath is in trouble. The House of Night is in trouble. Okay, let’s face it — Zoey’s whole world is in trouble! But when the trouble comes from a being who appears to be beauty personified, will the world believe it?

All Unquiet Things. Anna Jarzab. Y Jarzab.
After the death of his ex-girlfriend Carly, northern California high school student Neily joins forces with Carly’s cousin Audrey to try to solve her murder.

Sweet, Hereafter. Angela Johnson. Y Johnson.
Sweet leaves her family and goes to live in a cabin in the woods with the quiet but understanding Curtis, to whom she feels intensely connected, just as he is called back to serve again in Iraq.

Scarlett Fever. Maureen Johnson. Y Johnson.
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett, who is beginning to get over her break-up with Eric, stays busy as assistant to her theatrical-agent friend who is not only promoting Scarlett’s brother Spencer, but also a new client whose bad-boy brother has transferred to Scarlett’s school.

Almost Perfect. Brian Katcher. Y Katcher.
Logan Witherspoon discovers that his girlfriend of three years has cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts.

The Carbon Diaries 2017. Saci Lloyd. Y Lloyd.
In 2017, two years after England introduces carbon dioxide rationing to combat climatic change, eighteen-year-old Laura chronicles her first year at a London university as natural disasters and political upheaval disrupt her studies.

Gone. Lisa McMann. Y McMann.
The conclusion of the paranormal teen series, Wake. Janie is spending her summer with Cabel, but deep down she’s panicking about how she’s going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people’s dreams starts to take its toll.

Dragons of Darkness. Antonia Michaelis. Y Michaelis.
The author-translator team behind the internationally acclaimed “Tiger Moon” reunites for this lush, exotic tale of fantasy and adventure–and dragons galore. Two boys from very different backgrounds are thrown together by magic, mayhem, and a common foe as they battle deadly dragons in the wilderness of Nepal.

The Mission. Jason Myers. YPB Myers.
Kaden Norris’s life is shattered when his older brother is killed in Iraq. All Kaden has left of Kenny is a letter, urging him to go to San Francisco to visit his cousin, James, who introduces him to a life filled with drugs, sex, and apathy.

Before I Fall. Lauren Oliver. Y Oliver.
A terrible accident takes Samantha Kingston’s life. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she relives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

Fang (Maximum Ride Book Six). James Patterson. Y Patterson.
Being a kid with wings–constantly on the run–has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the Flock makes her fear the worst. Then, a cryptic message from a young girl arrives, warning them “The sky will fall.” And as if an impending apocalypse weren’t bad enough, canny bird-kid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max’s soul mate: “Fang will be the first to die.” Max’s desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the team weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time?

By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead. Julie Anne Peters. Y Peters.
After a lifetime of being bullied, Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair. She has tried to kill herself before, and is determined to get it right this time. In a harrowing story, a National Book Award finalist shines a light on how bullying can push young people to the very edge.

Vinyl Princess. Yvonne Printz. Y Printz.
Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes–her own and her mother’s–her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.

Bleeding Violet. Dia Reeves. Y Reeves.
With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast. So she runs away to Portero, Texas, in search of a new home. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul.

The Dead-Tossed Waves. Carrie Ryan. Y Ryan.
Gabry lives a quiet life. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry.

After Ever After. Jordan Sonnenblick. Y Sonnenblick.
Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors. Francisco X Stork. Y Stork.
When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony’s Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he’ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister’s killer. But then he’s assigned to help D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth.

Nothing. Janne Teller. Y Teller.
When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there.

Numbers. Rachel Ward. Y Ward.
Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.

Graphic Novels
Pandora Hearts. Volume One. Jun Mochizuki. YPB Mochizuki.
The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius’s coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing. He is thrown into an eternal, inescapable prison known as the Abyss from which there is no escape. There, he meets a young girl named Alice, who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, do they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or is there some shred of hope for him to grasp on to?

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