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.

Carter’s Big Break (sequel to Carter Finally Gets It), by Brent Crawford. Y Crawford.
Fourteen-year-old Will Carter’s summer gets off to a bad start when his girlfriend leaves him, but then he is cast opposite a major star, Hilary Idaho, in a small movie being filmed in his town and things start looking up.

The Beastly Bride, ed by Ellen Datlow. Y Beastly.
A collection of stories and poems relating to animal transfiguration legends from around the world, retold and re-imagined by various authors. Includes brief biographies, authors’ notes, and suggestions for further reading.

The Clearing, by Heather Davis. YPB Davis.
Amy, a sixteen-year-old girl recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country in Washington to live with her great-aunt, and there she discovers a mysterious clearing in the woods where she meets Henry, a boy stuck in the summer of 1944.

Keys to the Repository (Blue Bloods, short stories and journal entries, by Melissa de la Cruz. Y Delacruz.
Short stories, journal entries, family records, and letters maintained by the Repository of History, the center of the Blue Blood’s power, reveal secrets of Manhattan’s vampire elite dating to the dawn of history.

For the Win, by Cory Doctorow. Y Doctorow.
A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

Friend is Not a Verb, by Daniel Ehrenhaft. Y Ehrenhaft.
While sixteen-year-old Hen’s family and friends try to make his supposed dreams of becoming a rock star come true, he deals with the reality of being in a band with an ex-girlfriend, a friendship that may become love, and his older sister’s mysterious disappearance and reappearance.

Dark Life, by Kat Falls. Y Falls.
When fifteen-year-old Ty, who has always lived on the ocean floor, joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontier’s underworld to seek and stop outlaws who threaten his home, they learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.

Faithful, by Janet Fox. YPB Fox.
In 1904, sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet’s father tears her away from their elegant Newport, Rhode Island, home on an ill-advised excursion to Yellowstone in Montana to look for her mother, who has disappeared and is presumed dead, and once there, she finds herself drawn to the son of a park geologist, and to the wild beauty of Yellowstone itself.

Rush, by Jonathan Friesen. YPB Friesen.
A pariah in his town and home for the results of his risk-taking behavior, eighteen-year-old Jake seeks adrenaline rushes to clear his dark thoughts, but when Salome, the girl he loves, gets caught up in taking chances, too, the consequences are devastating.

Princess of Glass (sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica George. Y George.
In the midst of maneuverings to create political alliances through marriage, sixteen-year-old Poppy, one of the infamous twelve dancing princesses, becomes the target of a vengeful witch while Prince Christian tries to save her.

Dragonfly, by Julia Golding. Y Golding.
When Tashi, the rigidly formal sixteen-year-old Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands, reluctantly weds roguish eighteen-year-old Prince Ramil of Gerfal, their religious, cultural, and personal differences threaten to end their political alliance and put both countries at the mercy of a fearsome warlord.

It’s Not Summer Without You (sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty), by Jenny Han. Y Han.
Teenaged Isobel “Belly” Conklin, whose life revolves around spending the summer at her mother’s best friend’s beach house, reflects on the tragic events of the past year that changed her life forever.

Worldshaker, by Richard Harland. Y Harland.
Sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine is being groomed as the next Commander of Worldshaker, a juggernaut where elite families live on the upper decks while the Filthies toil below, but when he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run, he discovers how ignorant he is of his home and its residents.

Early to Death, Early to Rise (sequel to Once Dead, Twice Shy), by Kim Harrison. Y Harrison.
When Madison Avery, seventeen, spunky, and technically dead, takes on the role of Dark Timekeeper, she struggles to figure out her place in the war between light and dark reapers.

Blood Feud (The Drake Chronicles, Book Two), by Alyxandra Harvey. Y Harvey.
As the clans gather for the coronation of the next vampire queen, new alliances are beginning to form and the power of the clan leaders is threatened by a would-be usurper.

The Enemy, by Charlie Higson. Y Higson.
When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician — every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive. Now there are rumors of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground, the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there alive?

Stravaganza: City of Ships (Book Five), by Mary Hoffman. Y Hoffman.
Feeling inferior to her talented twin brother, teenaged Isabel is transported to a parallel world that resembles the Italian Renaissance city-state of Ravenna, where she tries to save the city from attack by the fierce Gate people.

The Evil Within (Possessions, Book Two), by Nancy Holder. YPB Holder.
In order to rid herself of a spirit that is possessing her, Lindsay Cavanaugh must return to the prestigious but eerie Marlwood Academy, where she discovers deeper secrets and greater reasons for distrust

Shadow Hills, by Anastasia Hopcus. Y Hopcus.
Enrolling in a New England boarding school after her sister’s mysterious death, sixteen-year-old Phe Archer uncovers a secret that could answer all her questions, but could also cost her her life.

The Snowball Effect, by Holly Hoxter. Y Hoxter.
Having lost her stepfather, grandmother, and mother in the span of a year, seventeen-year-old Lainey unexpectedly reconnects with long-lost relatives, copes with her five-year-old brother’s behavioral problems, and endangers her long-term romance when drawn to a young man with an unexpected connection to her mother.

The Deathday Letter, by Shaun David Hutchinson. YPB Hutchinson.
After receiving the letter that says he will be dead within twenty-four hours, fifteen-year-old Ollie and his two best friends, Shane and would-be girlfriend Ronnie, set out to fulfill as many of Ollie’s hopes as they can.

Folly, by Marthe Jocelyn. Y Jocelyn.
In a parallel narrative set in late nineteenth-century England, teenaged country girl Mary Finn relates the unhappy conclusion to her experiences as a young servant in an aristocratic London household while, years later, young James Nelligan describes how he comes to leave his beloved foster family to live and be educated at London’s famous Foundling Hospital.

Harmonic Feedback, by Tara Kelly. Y Kelly.
When Drea and her mother move in with her grandmother in Bellingham, Washington, the sixteen-year-old finds that she can have real friends, in spite of her Asperger’s, and that even when you love someone it doesn’t make life perfect.

Other, by Karen Kincy. YPB Kincy.
Gwen Williams is like any seventeen-year-old except that she is a shapeshifter living in Klikamuks, Washington, where not everyone tolerates “Others” like Gwen, but when someone begins killing Others she must try to embrace her true self and find the killer before she becomes the next victim.

And Both Were Young, by Madeleine L’Engle. Y L’Engle.
Philippa is miserable at an all girls’ boarding school in Switzerland until she forms a supportive friendship with the mysterious Paul.

Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto, by Eric Luper. Y Luper.
After his girlfriend breaks up with him and he sees his father out with another woman, high school senior Seth Baumgartner, who has a summer job at the country club and is preparing for a father-son golf tournament, launches a podcast in which he explores the mysteries of love.

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, by Erin McCahan. Y McCahan.
Eighteen-year-old Bronwen has long felt that she was switched with another child at birth, and so although she loves Jared, she must decide if she is ready to be married or should, instead, live on her own first.

Escaping the Tiger, by Laura Manivong. Y Manivong.
In 1982 twelve-year-old Vonlai, his parents, and sister Dalah, escape from Laos to a Thai refugee camp where they spend four long years struggling to survive in hopes of one day reaching America.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, by Morgan Matson. Y Matson.
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.

The Ghosts of Ashbury High, by Jaclyn Moriarty. Y Moriarty.
Student essays, scholarship committee members’ notes, and other writings reveal interactions between a group of modern-day students at an exclusive New South Wales high school and their strange connection to a young Irishman transported to Australia in the early 1800s.

The Wager, by Donna Jo Napoli. Y Napoli.
Having lost everything in a tidal wave in 1169 Sicily, nineteen-year-old Don Giovanni makes a simple-sounding wager with a stranger he recognizes as the devil but, while desperate enough to surrender his pride and good looks for three years, he is not willing to give up his soul.

Deception, by Lee Nichols. Y Nichols.
When seventeen-year-old Emma’s antique-collector parents vanish and her brother’s college roommate shows up to become her guardian, he takes her from San Francisco to Boston, where she discovers that she is a powerful “ghostkeeper,” which both explains troubling incidents from her past and presents difficult new dilemmas.

Dark Flame (The Immortals, Book Four), by Alyson Noel. Y Noel.
As her friendship with Haven becomes strained after Haven abuses her new powers as an immortal, Ever delves into the dangerous world of dark magic to free her beloved Damen from Roman’s power.

Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce. Y Pearce.
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth, by Lynne Rae Perkins. Y Perkins.
A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

Fire Will Fall (sequel to Streams of Babel), by Carol Plum-Ucci. Y Plum-Ucci.
Moved to a mansion in the South Jersey Pine Barrens, four teenagers, trying to recover from being poisoned by terrorists, struggle with health issues, personal demons, and supernatural events, as operatives try to track down the terror cell.

Sorta Like a Rock Star, by Matthew Quick. Y Quick.
Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

We Hear the Dead, by Dianne Salerni. YPB Salerni.
“It starts as a harmless prank…then one lie quickly grows into another. Soon Kate and Maggie Fox are swept into a dizzying flurry of national attention for their abilities to communicate with the dead. But living a lie is sometimes too much to handle, even if you have the best intentions. Based on a true story, ‘We Hear the Dead’ reveals how secrets and lies can sometimes lead you to what’s real and what’s right. And how sometimes talking with the dead is easier than talking with the people around you.”–P. [4] of cover.

A Blue So Dark, by Holly Schindler. YPB Schindler.
As Missouri fifteen-year-old Aura struggles alone to cope with the increasingly severe symptoms of her mother’s schizophrenia, she wishes only for a normal life, but fears that her artistic ability and genes will one day result in her own insanity.

Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick. Y Sedgwick.
Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family’s cabin and to find his father’s corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig’s sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar’s body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar’s stolen gold.

Hell’s Heroes (Demonata, Book 10), by Darren Shan. Y Shan.
Bec, Kernel, and Grubbs gear up for the fight of their lives as the final battle between Earth and the hoardes of the Demonata draws near.

Anxious Hearts, by Tucker Shaw. Y Shaw.
In alternate chapters, retells events of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Evangeline, and relates a modern-day tale of Maine teens who were childhood friends and later grew to love one another, and who, when pulled apart, are determined to reunite.

Bruiser, by Neal Shusterman. Y Shusterman.
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

Dead Girl in Love (Dead Girl, Book Three), by Linda Joy Singleton. YPB Singleton.
Temp Lifer Amber’s third assignment takes her into the body of her best friend, Alyce, who is involved in some secret project involving cemeteries, and while investigating, Amber encounters Dark Lifer Gabe, who wants to make a deal with her.

Jealousy (Strange Angels, Book Three), by Lili St. Crow. YPB St. Crow.
Dru’s best friend, Graves, and her strange and handsome savior, Christophe, are ready to help her take on the ultimate evil. But will their battle for Dru’s heart get in the way of her survival?

Linger (sequel to Shiver), by Maggie Steifvater. Y Stiefvater.
As Grace hides the vast depth of her love for Sam from her parents and Sam struggles to release his werewolf past and claim a human future, a new wolf named Cole wins Isabel’s heart but his own past threatens to destroy the whole pack.

Brilliant, by Rachel Vail. Y Vail.
Sixteen-year-old Quinn struggles to maintain her image as a brilliant, good girl when her mother’s major error at work leads to financial and legal troubles that turn Quinn’s and her younger sisters’ world upside-down.

Kiss of Life (Generation Dead, Book Two), by Daniel Waters. Y Waters.
Adam’s return from death has made Phoebe’s love life even weirder. Now she has to choose between two zombie boys. She knows how Adam needs her, but she still has feelings for Tommy. Meanwhile, the zombie population of Oakville, Conn., continues to grow. As their numbers rise, the undead community is becoming increasingly divided.

Passing Strange (Generation Dead, Book Three), by Daniel Waters. Y Waters.
Karen, a zombie teenager, attempts to pass as human and prove her zombie friends’ innocence when they are accused of murder.

Glimpse, by Carol Lynch Williams. Y Williams.
Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and when the older one attempts suicide, the younger one tries to uncover the reason

The Space between Trees, by Katie Williams. Y Williams.
When the body of a classmate is discovered in the woods, sixteen-year-old Evie’s lies wind up involving her with the girl’s best friend, trying to track down the killer.

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