New Books – August 2010

Bullet Point, by Peter Abrahams. Y Abrahams.
The only thing seventeen-year-old Wyatt knew about his biological father was that he was serving a life sentence, but circumstances and a new girlfriend bring them together and soon Wyatt is working to prove his father’s innocence.

X-Isle, by Steve Augarde. Y Augarde.
Baz and Ray, survivors of an apocalyptic flood, win places on X-Isle, an island where life is rumored to be better than on the devastated mainland, but they find the island to be a violent place ruled by religious fanatic Preacher John, and they decide they must come up with a weapon to protect themselves from impending danger.

Freak Magnet, by Andrew Auseon. Y Auseon.
Two teenagers, both burdened by grief and loss, find each other and gradually develop a strong connection to one another.

Crispin: the End of Time (Book Three), by Avi. Y Avi.
As Crispin tries to fulfill Bear’s dream of moving to Iceland, he must leave Troth behind at a convent that needs a healer but, after falling in with thieves posing as musicians, he makes a new friend, Owen, and together they continue the arduous journey.

Sleepless, by Cyn Balog. Y Balog.
Eron, a supernatural being known as a Sandman whose purpose is to seduce humans to sleep, falls in love with a sad teenaged girl who is mourning her boyfriend’s death.

Shapeshifter, by Holly Bennett. YPB Bennett.
In order to escape the sorcerer who wants to control her gift of song, Sive must transform herself into a deer, leave the Otherworld and find refuge in Eire, the land of mortals.

The Gardener, by S.A. Bodeen. Y Bodeen.
When high school sophomore Mason finds a beautiful but catatonic girl in the nursing home where his mother works, the discovery leads him to revelations about a series of disturbing human experiments that have a connection to his own life.

Blade: Out of the Shadows (Book Two), by Tim Bowler. Y Bowler.
A fourteen-year-old British street person with extraordinary powers of observation and self-control must face murderous thugs connected with a past he has tried to forget, when his skills with a knife earned him the nickname, Blade.

The Rise of Renegade X, by Chelsea Campbell. Y Campbell.
Expecting to become a supervillain on his sixteenth birthday, Damien Locke, son of one of Golden City’s most notorious supervillains, is horrified to discover that he may instead be destined to become a superhero.

Rose Sees Red, by Cecil Castellucci. Y Castellucci.
In the 1980s, two teenaged ballet dancers–one American, one Russian–spend an unforgettable night in New York City, forming a lasting friendship despite their cultural and political differences.

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex (Book Seven), by Eoin Colfer. Y Colfer.
Teenaged criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl must save the underwater fairy metropolis of Atlantis from danger, while battling a psychological affliction known as the Atlantis Complex.

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New Books – July 2010

Sweet 15, by Emily Adler and Alex Echevarria. Y Adler.
Shortly before her fifteenth birthday, Destiny Lozada’s traditional Puerto Rican mother and feminist older sister hijack her quinceañera, each pushing her own agenda and ignoring the possibility that Destiny, a skateboarding tomboy, might have her own ideas about the coming-of-age ritual she is about to participate in.

Restoring Harmony, by Joelle Anthony. Y Anthony.
Ten years after the Great Collapse of 2031, sixteen-year-old Molly McClure, with only her fiddle for company, leaves the safety of her family’s island home to travel through a dangerous and desolate wasteland on her way to Oregon to find her grandparents and persuade them to return with her to Canada.

Split, by Swati Avasthi. Y Avasthi.
A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.

Raised by Wolves, by Jennifer Barnes. Y Barnes.
A girl raised by werewolves must face the horrors of her past to uncover the dark secrets that the pack has worked so hard to hide.

The Best and Hardest Thing, by Pat Brisson. Y Brisson.
When she is a sophomore in high school, Molly gets rid of her good-girl image but ends up becoming pregnant and having to make some difficult decisions.

Reality Check, by Jen Calonita. Y Calonita.
When a television executive signs Long Island sixteen-year-old Charlie and her three best friends to be the stars of a new reality television show, their lives are suddenly not the same.

Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, Book Four), by Aly Carter. Y Carter.
When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie Morgan no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers, or even her own heart.

The Cinderella Society, by Kay Cassidy. Y Cassidy.
After winning a coveted spot on the high school cheerleading squad, sixteen-year-old newcomer, Jess Parker, is still treated as an “outsider” by the majority of the student body thanks to the harassment campaign led by the popular cheerleader she displaced.

Wolves, Boys, and Other Things that Might Kill Me, by Kristin Chandler. Y Chandler.
Two teenagers become close as the citizens of their town fight over the packs of wolves that have been reintroduced into the nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Forgive my Fins, by Tera Lynn Childs. Y Childs.
Seventeen-year-old Lily, half-mermaid and half-human, has been living on land and attending high school, where she develops a crush on a boy but is afraid to tell him of her true destiny as the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia.

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New Books – June 2010

Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi. Y Bacigalupi.
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

White Cat, by Holly Black. Y Black.
When Cassel Sharpe discovers that his older brothers have used him to carry out their criminal schemes and then stolen his memories, he figures out a way to turn their evil machinations against them.

The Buccaneer’s Apprentice (companion novel to The Glass-Maker’s Daughter), by V. Briceland. YPB Briceland.
On his first sea voyage away from the magical city of Cassaforte, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore awakens to find the vessel overrun by marauding pirates–and everyone else on board kidnapped or killed. After slaying the pirate who attacked him, Nic tosses a torch into a cache of gunpowder and blows up the ship. Washed up on a deserted island, Nic and a motley crew of castaways decide to commandeer the pirate ship to get home. They battle pirates, assassins, and a cursed ship with a powerful secret while racing against time to save Cassaforte from a diabolical coup.

The Karma Club, by Jessica Brody. Y Brody.
When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

Thirteen Days to Midnight, by Patrick Carmen. Y Carmen.
In the aftermath of the accident that killed his foster father, high school student Jacob Fielding discovers that he has acquired the power of indestructibility, and the more he learns about it the more he realizes that it is a heavy burden, if not a curse.

Mistwood, by Leah Cypress. Y Cypress.
Brought back from the Mistwood to protect the royal family, a girl who has no memory of being a shape-shifter encounters political and magical intrigue as she struggles with her growing feelings for the prince.

My Invisible Boyfriend, by Susie Day. Y Day.
In a British alternative high school, fifteen-year-old Heidi stands out in many ways, but when she invents a boyfriend–complete with online profile–her friends turn to him for advice and she must decide how far she is willing to go to find acceptance.

The Dark Divine, by Bree Despain. Y Despain.
Grace Divine, almost seventeen, learns a dark secret when her childhood friend–practically a brother–returns, upsetting her pastor-father and the rest of her family, around the time strange things are happening in and near their small Minnesota town.

A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards, Book Nine), by Diane Duane. Y Duane.
Young wizards Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan manage to wrangle their way onto an elite team sent to investigate the mysterious, long-sought “message in a bottle” that holds the first clues to the secrets of the ancient Martian race.

Every Little Thing in the World, by Nina de Gramont. Y Gramont.
Before she can decide what do about her newly discovered pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Sydney is punished for “borrowing” a car and shipped out, along with best friend Natalia, to a wilderness camp for the next six weeks.

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No Teen Gaming Program in August

This is just a quick reminder to let you know that there will NOT be a gaming program the second Thursday of August (August 12) as usual.

The teen gaming programs will resume in September, on September 9. Remember, it will always be the second Thursday of the month; upcoming dates are October 14 and November 11. The gaming programs always start between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

If you have particular games you want to play or tournaments you’d want to participate in, please e-mail me or comment on this post and let me know your thoughts. I love hearing about what games you’d come to the library to play.

See you in September!

Make Waves Summer Reading Comes to a Close

The teen summer reading program, Make Waves, came to a close Monday, August 2. I will be doing the raffle prize drawings tomorrow, Thursday, and will notify the winners next week by phone or e-mail. Raffle prizes this year include gift cards from Wal-Mart and Tattered Cover; free meals from Chipotle; Twilight series merchandise; movie tickets; Elitch Gardens tickets; and a surprise drawing for Pirate’s Cove passes (everyone who completed summer reading is eligible to win one of those).

If you signed up for summer reading but missed the deadline, it’s not too late to get your 6-hour reading prizes. Though you’re no longer eligible for the end-of-summer raffle, you can still bring in your Make Waves bookmark and receive your prizes for reading, including the free book for completing 24 hours! This extension will go through the week, so please bring in your bookmarks by Sunday, August 8. After this, no prizes will be given out.

Thanks to those who participated in summer reading this year! Stay tuned for next summer’s program!