New Books – May/June 2010

New Hardcovers, Paperbacks, and Graphic Novels

Zenith (sequel to Exodus), by Julie Bertagna. Y Bertagna.
After finding that New Mungo is not the refuge they sought, Mara, leaving Fox behind, again sets out to sea with a ship full of refugees and, with the help of the “Gipsea” boy Tuck, tries to find land at the top of the world that will be safe from storms and rising water.

Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken. Y Bracken.
Sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, an unusually talented weaver, must master her mysterious power and join a young wizard in stopping an imminent war in land. When Wayland North brings rain to a region that’s been dry for more than 10 years, he’s promised anything he’d like as a reward. He chooses the village elder’s daughter, 16-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, a skilled weaver with an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloak.

The Demon’s Covenant (sequel to The Demon’s Lexicon), by Sarah Rees Brennan. Y Brennan.
Mae Crawford’s always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she’s even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn’t told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick’s powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician’s carefully laid trap?

The Six Rules of Maybe, by Deb Caletti. Y Caletti.
Scarlet, an introverted high school junior surrounded by outcasts who find her a good listener, learns to break old patterns and reach for hope when her pregnant sister moves home with her new husband, with whom Scarlet feels an instant connection.

Possessed, by Kate Cann. Y Cann.
Sixteen-year-old Rayne escapes London, her mother, and boyfriend for a job in the country at Morton’s Keep, where she is drawn to a mysterious clique and its leader, St. John, but puzzles over whether the growing evil she senses is from the manor house or her new friends.

She Thief, by Daniel Finn. Y Finn.
When Demi–a master pickpocket working for the gang leader Fay–steals a ring, his partner in crime, Baz, soon finds herself alone and betrayed as police and the Barrio’s crime boss close in on Fay and her den of child thieves.

The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger’s Apprentice Book Eight), by John Flanagan. Y Flanagan.
Halt, Will, and Horace set out for Hibernia, where a quasi-religious group, the Outsiders, is sowing confusion and sedition, and they find that secrets from Halt’s past may hold the key to restoring order before the last kingdom is undermined.

Once, by Morris Gleitzman. Y Gleitzman.
After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan. Y Green.
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Illyria, by Elizabeth Hand. Y Hand.
Teenage cousins Madeleine and Rogan, who share twin souls and a sexual relationship, are cast in a school production of Twelfth Night that forces them to confront their respective strengths and future prospects.

Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins. Y Hawkins.
When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

Green Witch, by Alice Hoffman. Y Hoffman.
A year after her world was nearly destroyed, sixteen-year-old Green has become the one villagers turn to for aid, especially to record their stories, but Green will need the help of other women who, like herself, are believed to be witches if she is to find her best friend and her one true love.

Living Hell, by Catherine Jinks. Y Jinks.
Chronicles the transformation of a spaceship into a living organism, as seventeen-year-old Cheney leads the hundreds of inhabitants in a fight for survival while machines turn on them, treating all humans as parasites.

Claire de Lune, by Christine Johnson. Y Johnson.
On her sixteenth birthday Claire discovers strange things happening and when her mother reveals their family secret which explains the changes, Claire feels her world, as she has known it to be, slowly slipping away.

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick (Book One), by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Y Kenyon.
When 14-year-old Nick Gautier is almost killed by his best friends, he’s saved by a mysterious warrior, and Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters.

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, by Ron Koertge. Y Koertge.
Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is torn between his cute girlfriend Mira and Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano, and is also a poet.

The Returners, by Gemma Malley. Y Malley.
Will Hodges wonders why “freaks” began following him after his mother drowned, but when he finally discovers what they want, he can begin to make sense of the nightmares he has always had and try to do something about the anti-immigrant hatred that his father so vehemently espouses.

Perchance to Dream (sequel to Eyes Like Stars), by Lisa Mantchev. Y Mantchev.
Bertie, who is blessed with word magic, and her fairy sidekicks seek to save Nate, who has been kidnapped by the Sea Witch, but Bertie is torn between Nate and Ariel, an air spirit who loves Bertie enough to die for her.

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy Book Five), by Richelle Mead. Y Mead.
Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere. He has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. Only this time, he won’t rest until Rose joins him–forever.

The Mark, by Jen Nadol. Y Nadol.
While in Kansas living with an aunt she never knew existed and taking a course in philosophy, sixteen-year-old Cass struggles to learn what, if anything, she should do with her ability to see people marked to die within a day’s time.

Birthmarked, by Caragh O’Brien. Y O’Brien.
In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

Vintage Veronica, by Erica Perl. Y Perl.
After getting a job at a vintage clothing shop and quickly bonding with two older girls, fifteen-year-old Veronica finds herself making bad decisions in order to keep their friendship.

Split, by Stefan Petrucha. Y Petrucha.
After his mother dies, Wade Jackson cannot decide whether to become a musician or a scholar, so he does both–splitting his consciousness into two distinct worlds.

Efrain’s Secret, by Sofia Quintero. Y Quintero.
Ambitious high school senior and honor student Efrain Rodriguez makes some questionable choices in pursuit of his dream to escape the South Bronx and attend an Ivy League college.

Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve. Y Reeve.
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

Love Bites (Vampire Kisses Book Seven), by Ellen Schreiber. Y Schrieber.
Goth teen Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, face new challenges when Alexander’s sexy and charismatic best friend, Sebastian, arrives in Dullsville.

The Unwritten Rule, by Elizabeth Scott. Y Scott.
Petite and young-looking, seventeen-year-old Sarah has been best friends with the glamorous and seductive Brianna forever, but when she starts liking Brianna’s boyfriend, their friendship becomes precarious.

The Necromancer (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Four), by Michael Scott. Y Scott.
Back in London, fifteen-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman must determine whom they can and cannot trust as they search for both Scatty and an immortal who can teach Josh the magic of fire, while Doctor Dee and Machiavelli continue to seek power.

Thief Eyes, by Janni Lee Simner. Y Simner.
Haley’s mother disappeared while on a trip to Iceland, and a year later, when her father takes her there to find out what happened, Haley finds herself deeply involved in an ancient saga that began with her Nordic ancestors.

Toads and Diamonds, by Heather Tomlinson. Y Tomlinson.
A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift’s purpose, discovering romance along the way.

Rikers High, by Paul Volponi. Y Volponi.
Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facility on Rikers Island, as he waits for his case to go to court.

Paperbacks
My So-Called Death, by Stacey Jay. YPB Jay.
One second, sophomore Karen Vera’s on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she’s lying on the pavement. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she’s a genetically undead zombie. Soon, Karen is sent off to DEAD High, a boarding school for the “death-challenged.”

The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa. YPB Kagawa.
“Meghan Chase has a secret destiny–one she could never have imagined…Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth–that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.”–p.[4] of cover.

Inside Out, by Maria Snyder. YPB Snyder.
Trella’s life is consumed by her job–testing, cleaning, and making sure the pipes in her world are working. She spends her free time exploring the forbidden Upper Levels, but Trella’s solitary, peaceful life is about to be disturbed when a prophet comes and promises a better life for her people.

Light Beneath Ferns, by Anne Spollen. YPB Spollen.
Elizah Rayne is nothing like other fourteen-year-old girls. More interested in bird bones than people, she wraps herself in silence. Trying to escape the shadow of her gambler father, Elizah and her mother move into an old house that borders a cemetery. All her mother wants is for them to have “normal” lives. But that becomes impossible for Elizah when she finds a human jawbone by the river and meets Nathaniel, a strangely hypnotic boy who draws Elizah into his dreamlike and mysterious world. Only by forgetting everything she knows can Elizah understand the truth about Nathaniel–and discover an unimaginable secret.

Graphic novels and Manga
Mercury, by Hope Larson. Y Larson.
The winner of the 2007 Eisner Award weaves together history, romance, and magical realism in this graphic novel of how the past haunts a teenage girl’s present. Tara is forced to move in with her cousins after her house burns down. She faces a difficult adjustment while her mother is away trying to earn money. Interwoven with this story is that of Tara’s ancestors, who in 1859 were convinced by a mysterious stranger to put all their money into searching their property for gold.

Tyranny, by Lesley Fairfield. Y Fairfield.
In Tyranny, brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny. The novel starts with a single question: “How did I get here?” The answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple. Pressured by media, friends, the workplace, personal relationships, and fashion trends, Anna descends into a seemingly unending cycle of misery. And whenever she tries to climb out of the abyss, her own personal demon, Tyranny, is there to push her back in. The contest seems uneven, and it might be except for one thing: Anna’s strength of character has given rise to her deadly enemy. Ironically, it is that same strength of character that has the ultimate power to save her from the ravages of Tyranny.

Pandora Hearts (Vol. 2), by Jun Mochizuki. YPB Mochizuki.
Oz Vessalius may have survived his stint in the Abyss, but he is no closer to discovering the truth behind the “sin” for which he was condemned. On the advice of a mysterious man who appeared to him when Alice regained the first of her memories, Oz, along with Alice and Pandora’s Raven, embarks on a mission to investigate the site of his disastrous coming-of-age ceremony in search of answers. However, what begins as a simple investigation becomes the revelation of a harsher reality, which comes swooping down on Oz as the hands of the clock continue ticking away mercilessly . . .

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