New Books — November/December 2010

Forge (sequel to Chains), by Laurie Hals Anderson. Y Anderson.
In this sequel to “Chains,” Anderson shifts perspective from Isabel to Curzon and brings to the page the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in a world of obstacles.

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Vol. 2. YPB Avatar.
Aang must face his destiny as he fights for the Water Tribe’s safety–and his life. But even with the help of Katara, Sokka, and his flying bison, Appa, will he be able to escape Zuko’s deadly clutches? (Graphic novel)

The Goblin Gate (sequel to The Goblin Wood), by Hilari Bell. Y Bell.
Jeriah uncovers a web of political intrigue while trying to obtain a spell from Master Lazure that might allow him to rescue his brother Tobin from the Otherworld, where he was taken by the beguiling hedgewitch Makenna and her legion of goblins.

Kind (Good Neighbors, Book Three), by Holly Black and illustrated by Ted Naifeh. Y Black.
The faerie world has been unleashed on Rue’s city. The big question is: Will she stop it and save the world she’s always known? Or will she take her place as the rightful faerie heir? The third and final volume in the Good Neighbors series. (Graphic novel)

The Frenzy, by Francesca Lia Block. Y Block.
Romance is as fleeting as a full moon in this chilling werewolf love story from Block. When she was thirteen, something terrifying and mysterious happened to Liv that she still does not understand, and now, four years later, her dark secret threatens to tear her apart from her family and her true love.

Plain Kate, by Erin Bow. Y Bow.
Plain Kate lives in a world of magic and curses. As the woodcarver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms seem to reveal hidden truths about their owners. But when the village falls on hard times, Kate is accused of witchcraft.

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, Book One), by Heather Brewer. YPB Brewer.
Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: His mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

Ninth Grade Slays (Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, Book Two), by Heather Brewer. YPB Brewer.
Freshman year stinks for Vlad Tod. Bullies still harass him. The photographer from the school newspaper is tailing him. And failing his studies could be deadly. A trip to Siberia gives “study abroad” a whole new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities, but will he return home with the skills to recognize a vampire slayer when he sees one?

Tenth Grade Bleeds (Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, Book Three), by Heather Brewer. YPB Brewer.
It’s another sucky year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. Now a sophomore, Vlad realizes that having a normal high-school year is the least of his concerns as he’s finding it harder to resist feeding on the people around him.

Eleventh Grade Burns (Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, Book Four), by Heather Brewer. YPB Brewer.
As Vlad enters his junior year at Bathory High, he has much more than the regular teenage angst to contend with, in this fourth installment of Brewer’s bestselling series.

Crave, by Laura Burns. YPB Burns.
Shay was born with a rare blood disorder, and her stepfather has devoted his medical career to finding a cure. When Shay is given a blood transfusion, she sees her stepfather’s office through the eyes of a vampire.

Matched, by Ally Condie. Y Condie.
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Factotum (The Foundling’s Tale/Monster Blood Tattoo, Book Three), by D.M. Cornish. Y Cornish.
Rossamnd Bookchild stands accused of not truly being a human at all, but of being a monster. Even the protection of Europe, the Branden Rose–the most feared and renowned monster-hunter in all the Half-Continent–might not be enough to save him, in this concluding novel to the epic trilogy.

Nevermore, by Kelly Creagh. Y Creagh.
A page-turning psychological mystery that is equal parts horror, humor, and romance, “Nevermore” is the story of Varen–a Poe fan and Goth–and Isobel–a cheerleader and unlikely heroine.

The Scorch Trials (sequel to The Maze Runner), by James Dashner. Y Dashner.
After surviving horrific conditions in the Maze, Thomas is entrapped, along with nineteen other boys, in a scientific experiment designed to observe their responses and gather data believed to be essential for the survival of the human race.

When I Was Joe, by Keren David. Y David.
After Ty witnesses a murder and helps the police identify the culprits, he’s forced to live in a witness protection program with his mother. Over the coming months Ty becomes Joe, takes on a new look, and starts at a new school. But danger is never far away.

The 10 P.M. Question, by Kate De Goldi. Y DeGoldi.
Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has a quirky family, a wonderful best friend, and a head full of worrying questions that he shares with his mother each night, but when free-spirited Sydney arrives at school with questions of her own, Frankie is forced to face the ultimate ten p.m. question. Winner of the 2009 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award in two categories: Book of the Year and Young Adult Fiction.

Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods, Book Six), by Melissa de la Cruz. Y Delacruz.
After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence–with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete.

Payback Time, by Carl Deuker. Y Deuker.
Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he’s determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field–or to discuss his past.

Annexed, by Sharon Dogar. Y Dogar.
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex–but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her? In this powerful and gripping novel, Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view.

I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip, by John Donovan. YPB Donovan.
While trying to cope with his alcoholic mother and absent father, a lonely New York City teenager develops a confusing crush on another boy. Best known as the first teen novel to address homosexuality, “I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip” is also renowned for its brilliant, timeless storytelling. This anniversary edition features essays from some of today’s noted writers who reflect on the novel and its distinctive place in history.

Elixir, by Hilary Duff. Y Duff.
Multi-talented star Duff (“Lizzie McGuire”) makes her writing debut with the first book in a new series filled with romance, fame, mystery, and the supernatural. Clea Raymond, a talented young photojournalist who has spent her life in the spotlight, and her best friends, Rayna and Ben, travel the globe trying to unravel a centuries-old mystery that could reveal her soulmate’s identity and the secret of her father’s disappearance.

Black Hole Sun, by David Gill. Y Gill.
On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.

Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland. Y Eagland.
Dark secrets and deep betrayals haunt a young woman who is locked away in Wildthorn Hall–a madhouse–in Victorian England.

No Safe Place, by Deborah Ellis.
Fifteen-year-old Abdul, having lost everyone he loves, journeys from Baghdad to a migrant community in Calais where he sneaks aboard a boat bound for England, not knowing it carries a cargo of heroin, and when the vessel is involved in a skirmish and the pilot killed, it is up to Abdul and three other young stowaways to complete the journey.

Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror, edited by RL Stine. Y Fear.
In 13 blood-chilling stories from such masters of suspense as R.L. Stine, MegCabot, Heather Graham, and Suzanne Weyn, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe.

Beautiful Darkness (sequel to Beautiful Creatures), by Kami Garcia. Y Garcia.
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he meets mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who reveals a secret world that has been hidden in plain sight all along.

Trance, by Linda Gerber. YPB Gerber.
Each time something bad is going to happen, Ashlyn Greenfield knows what’s to come–a trance. She’s pulled in, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. As her trances escalate, it’s up to her to save Jake from near-certain death.

Monster High, by Lisi Harrison. Y Harrison.
Created just 15 days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father’s basement lab for parties. But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her.

Girl, Stolen, by April Henry. Y Henry.
Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what’s happening, their car is being stolen–with her inside!

Fearscape (The Devouring, Book Three), by Simon Holt. Y Holt.
It’s been a year since Reggie first discovered the Vours, and the winter solstice is approaching once again. It will be a night of unspeakable horror, because the Vours have imprisoned Reggie in a psychiatric hospital, where she is subjected to a daily routine of sadistic experiments.

The Ghost and the Goth, by Stacey Kade. Y Kade.
After a close encounter with a bus, Alona Dare goes from homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser. Can they get over their mutual distrust–and quasi attraction–to work together?

Hunger, by Jackie Morse Kessler. YPB Kessler.
Seventeen-year-old Lisabeth has anorexia, and even turning into Famine–one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse–cannot keep her from feeling fat and worthless. A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, “Hunger” is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love, edited by Trisha Telep. YPB Kiss.
Telep has organized some of the greatest and most thrilling tales of paranormal paramours for a collection of stories that includes werewolves, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and fallen angels.

Genius Wars (Evil Genius, Book Three), by Catherine Jinks. Y Jinks.
Boy-genius Cadel Piggot has a new name (Cadel Greenaius), a new family, and a new life. But when his best friend Sonja is attacked, it’s up to him to figure out who was behind it.

Entice (Need series, Book Three), by Carrie Jones. Y Jones.
Zara and Nick are soul mates–meant to be together forever. However, Nick is dead and he’s been taken to a mystical place for warriors known as Valhalla. And if they could find the way there, Zara and her friends might just be able to get him back.

Hold Still, by Nina LaCour. YPB LaCour.
In words and illustrations, Ingrid has left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide.

Jane, by April Lindner. Y Lindner.
An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic “Jane Eyre” promises to enchant a new generation of readers.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride. Y McBride.
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Pegasus, by Robin McKinley. Y McKinley.
Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylvi is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday, but the closeness of their bond becomes a threat to the status quo and possibly to the safety of their two nations.

Dark Water, by Laura McNeal. Y McNeal.
Living in a cottage on her uncle’s southern California avocado ranch since her parent’s messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.

The Mermaid’s Mirror, by L.K. Madigan. Y Madigan.
A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked–and soon, a look into the mermaid’s mirror will change Lena’s life forever.

The Unidentified, by Rae Mariz. Y Mariz.
In a futuristic alternative school set in a shopping mall where video game-playing students are observed and used by corporate sponsors for market research, Katey “Kid” Dade struggles to figure out where she fits in and whether she even wants to. A dystopian novel from an exciting new voice.

The Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book Six), by Richelle Mead. Y Mead.
The astonishing final novel in Mead’s epic series! Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. With Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them.

Trash, by Andy Mulligan. Y Mulligan.
Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country’s dump.

Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers. Y Myers.
A “New York Times”-bestselling author takes readers into the world of Progress juvenile detention facility. It is possible for 14-year-old Reese to get a second chance when he’s treated like a criminal, handcuffed and thrown into solitary confinement?

Another Pan (sequel to Another Faust), by Daniel Nayeri. Y Nayeri.
In this pulse-quickening sequel to “Another Faust,” an ancient Egyptian spell is turning the tony Marlowe School into a sinister underworld. Will all hell break loose?

Night Star (The Immortals, Book Five), by Alyson Noel. Y Noel.
In this installment of the Immortals saga, Ever and Damen face down bitter rivals, jealous friends, and their own worst fears–all in the hope of being together forever.

Crazy, by Han Nolan. Y Nolan.
Fifteen-year-old Jason’s mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.

I Will Save You, by Matt de la Pena. Y Pena.
Seventeen-year-old Kidd Ellison runs away to work for the summer at a beach campsite in California where his hard work and good looks lead to friendship and love but painful past memories surface in menacing ways.

Ascendant (sequel to Rampant), by Diana Peterfreund. Y Peterfreund.
The hunt for killer unicorns continues in this riveting sequel to “Rampant.” When sixteen-year-old Astrid Llewellyn, now a fully-trained unicorn hunter, joins the quest to discover The Remedy at a laboratory in the French countryside, she begins to question her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and even her duty as a hunter.

TimeRiders, by Alex Scarrow. Y Scarrow.
Maddy should have died in a plane crash. Liam should have died when the “Titanic” sank. Sal should have died in a tragic fire. However, they were rescued from imminent death and recruited for the agency of TimeRiders. Maddy, Liam, and Sal join forces in 2001 Manhattan to correct changes in history made by other time travelers, using a “time bubble” surrounding the attack on the Twin Towers to hide their journeys.

Grace, by Elizabeth Scott. Y Scott.
Sixteen-year-old Grace travels on a decrepit train toward a border that may not exist, recalling events that brought her to choose life over being a suicide bomber, and dreaming of freedom from the extremist religion-based government of Keran Berj.

Birth of a Killer (Saga of Larten Crepsley, Book One), by Darren Shan. Y Shan.
Before Cirque Du Freak, before the war with the vampaneze, before he was a vampire, Larten Crepsley was a boy. This highly anticipated prequel to the “New York Times”-bestselling Cirque Du Freak series tells his story.

My Worst Best Friend, by Dani Sheldon. Y Sheldon.
The “New York Times”-bestselling author of “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” takes a smart, funny look at friendship–a story about staying true to one self and moving on. High school classmates Gracie and Savanna are total opposites and best friends, until Savanna’s lying and manipulative behavior begin to bother Gracie, who wonders if it is time she started thinking for herself.

Magician’s Muse (Seer series, Book Six), by Linda Joy Singleton. YPB Singleton.
In the thrilling climax to The Seer series, Sabine’s psychic abilities, sleuthing skills, and courage are pushed to a dangerous edge as she deals with the mysterious disappearance of her ex-boyfriend Josh, a new threat against her boyfriend Dominic, evil magicians–and a coldblooded murder.

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, by Natalie Standiford. Y Standiford.
After their rich and imperious grandmother announces she has cut the entire family out of her will, the three Sullivan sisters realize they have a big problem. Someone has offended her deeply, but she will reinstate the family if that person comes forward. And so the confessions begin.

Deadly Little Lies (Touch series, Book Two), by Laurie Stolarz. YPB Stolarz.
Since Ben abruptly left town, Camelia has been studying everything she can about psychometry, and wonders if Ben’s abilities have somehow rubbed off on her.

The Web of Titan (Galahad, Book Two), by Dom Testa. YPB Testa.
After triumphing over a saboteur bent on destroying “Galahad,” Triana and her Council are eager to avoid any further complications. But as “Galahad” swings around Saturn, they encounter a mysterious metal pod orbiting the moon Titan.

The Cassini Code (Galahad, Book Three), by Dom Testa. YPB Testa.
The teenage crew of “Galahad” has survived its first encounter with an alien race. Though shaken by the power of The Cassini, Triana and her Council are determined to continue their mission. But some of the crew don’t agree.

Immortal Beloved, by Cate Tiernan. Y Tiernan.
After seeing her best friend, a Dark Immortal called Incy, torture a human with magick, Nastasya, a spoiled party girl, enters a home for wayword immortals and finally begins to deal with life, even as she learns that someone wants her dead. The author of the popular Sweep series returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.

The Witches’ Kitchen, by Allen Williams. Y Williams.
When Toad wakes up in the Witches’ Kitchen, she has no memory of her former life, not even her name. Worse, the Kitchen is not a place one wants to end up lost.

The Freak Observer, by Blythe Woolston. Y Woolston.
“The Freak Observer” is rich in family drama, theoretical physics, and an unusual, tough young woman, Loa Lindgren. When her younger sister dies, 16-year-old Loa’s clockwork galaxy collapses. “The Freak Observer” is a startling debut about death, life, astrophysics, and finding beauty in chaos.


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