January 2011 New Books

Beat the Band, by Don Calame. Y Calame.
Paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-grader Coop tries to regain his cool by entering his musically challenged rock group in the “Battle of the Bands” competition.

Pathfinder, by Orson Scott Card. Y Card.
From the internationally bestselling author of Ender’s Game comes a brand-new series that draws readers into the world of Rigg. Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others’ pasts, but revelations after his father’s death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, Book One), by Ally Carter. YPB Carter.
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from “normal teenage life” until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, Book Two), by Ally Carter. YPB Carter.
In this follow-up to “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You,” Carter delivers more spy-girl intrigue and romance, as trouble crops up once again for Cammie Morgan, a CIA legacy-student at Gallagher Academy, the world’s premier academy for spies.

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, Book Three), by Ally Carter. YPB Carter.
Cammie Morgan arrives in Boston, where Macey’s father is about to receive the vice presidential nomination. The girls soon find themselves trapped in a kidnapping plot, in the third installment of the Gallagher Girls series.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Y Cohn.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

The Miracle Stealer, by Neil Connelly. Y Connelly.
Andi Grant adores her six-year-old brother Daniel, a “miracle child” who fell down a mine shaft and survived. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings (which sometimes seem to work), and Andi is horrified by his exploitation, especially when she finds signs of a stalker around their home.

The Painted Boy, by Charles de Lint. Y De Lint.
Jay Li should be in Chicago, finishing high school and working at his family’s restaurant. Instead, as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan–part human, part dragon, like his grandmother–he is on a quest even he does not understand.

Bloody Valentine: A Blue Bloods novella, by Melissa De La Cruz. Y DeLaCruz.
Presents three tales of love, passion, and heartbreak featuring various Blue Blood vampires and the Red Blood humans who keep them alive, including Oliver, Allegra, and Schuyler.

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine, Book Two), by Bree Despain. Y Despain.
When Grace Divine receives a frightening phone call from her brother Jude, whom she then cannot find, she knows she must turn to her supernatural powers, even though it threatens her relationship with her boyfriend Daniel.

Enchanted Ivy, by Sarah Beth Durst. Y Durst.
A teenage girl discovers that she is the key that opens a secret gate between Princeton University and a magical realm, in this latest novel by the author of “Ice.”

Sapphique (sequel to Incarceron), by Catherine Fisher. Y Fisher.
After his escape from the sentient prison, Incarceron, Finn finds that the Realm is not at all what he expected, and he does not know whether he is to be its king, how to free his imprisoned friends, or how to stop Incarceron’s quest to be free of its own nature.

Z, by Michael Thomas Ford. Y Ford.
In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

Gool (Salt trilogy, Book Two), by Maurice Gee. Y Gee.
Xantee and Lo set out to find the Dog King Tarl whose help they will need if they are to have any hope of destroying the gool and ridding the world of its life-sucking force.

Ice Claw (sequel to The Devil’s Breath), by David Gilman. Y Gilman.
High in the French Pyrenees, Max Gordon’s race to win an X-treme sports challenge becomes a race to survive. He witnesses the last moments of a mysterious Basque monk, who screams a cryptic clue before plummeting to his death. The clue? A prophecy that foretells a cataclysmic ecological event that will kill millions of people.

Paradise Red (Perfect Fire, Book Three), by K.M. Grant. Y Grant.
In the waning days of winter in 1244, with much of Occitan destroyed by the northern crusaders, Raimon, separated from the now-married Yolanda, tries to find a way to recover the Blue Flame from the the hands of the evil White Wolf, leader of a band of Cathars seeking refuge at the mountain fortress of Montségur.

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball, by Risa Green. Y Green.
Erin inherits a Magic 8 Ball and a set of cryptic instructions from her free-spirited aunt. Erin and her two best friends give it a try and discover that this particular 8 Ball has an uncanny knack for being accurate. But as with all magic, it comes with limits and a price.

A Girl Named Mister, by Nikki Grimes. Y Grimes.
Bestselling author Nikki Grimes, author of Dark Sons, Barak Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, and Voices of Christmas, presents the story of Mister, a teenage girl who honestly and poignantly tells her story of temptation and teenage pregnancy through free verse, and who finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the virgin Mary’s perspective.

Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars, Book One), by Kersten Hamilton. Y Hamilton.
Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures–goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty–are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives.

Out for Blood (Drake Chronicles, Book Three), by Alyxandra Harvey. Y Harvey.
As a senior at the secretive Helios-Ra Academy, eighteen-year-old vampire hunter Hunter Wild just wants to make it through her last year of school, but in order to do so she might have to betray her grandfather and date a vampire.

Blank Confession, by Pete Hautman. Y Hautman.
From the National Book Award-winning author of “Godless.” Shayne Blank is the new kid in town–but that doesn’t stop him from getting into a lot of trouble very quickly. When he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems.

Rosebush, by Michele Jaffe. Y Jaffe.
The morning after an epic Memorial Day party on the Jersey shore, Jane Freeman wakes up paralyzed, lying in a rosebush after a hit-and-run. Everyone believes it was an accident, but as friends come to visit in the hospital Jane’s memories begin to surface, not just from the party but from deeper in her past, including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

The Jumbee, by Pamela Keyes. Y Keyes.
Laced with eerie mystery and the lush scenery of the West Indies, this modern “Phantom of the Opera” is ideal for readers who like their love stories served with spine-tingling suspense.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King. Y King.
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

Kisses from Hell, edited by Kristin Cast. YPB Kisses.
From five of the hottest teen authors come five stories on the one topic teens can’t get enough of: vampires. Varying from dark and moody to light and fun, this will appeal to readers looking to quench a thirst for tales of the beautiful undead.

Blood Ninja II: The Revenge of Lord Oda (Book Two), by Nick Lake. Y Lake.
In sixteenth-century Japan, Taro, a vampire like all ninja warriors, tries to protect his mother and defeat the power-hungry Lord Oda, who he believed was dead.

The Body at the Tower (The Agency, Book Two), by Y.S. Lee. Y Lee.
Disguised as an apprentice builder, Mary Quinn braves the grimy underbelly of Victorian London to unmask the identity of a murderer.

Real Live Boyfriends (a Ruby Oliver novel), by E. Lockhart. Y Lockhart.
Now a senior at her Seattle prep school, Ruby continues her angst-filled days coping with the dilemmas of boyfriends, college applications, her parents’ squabbling, and realizing that her “deranged” persona may no longer apply.

The Boy from Ilysies (sequel to Libryinth), by Pearl North. Y North.
Cast out of the Libyrinth after being tricked into committing a crime, young Po may return only if he completes a dangerous mission to retrieve a legendary artifact that could either be the answer to all of the Libyrinth’s problems, or could destroy the world.

Three Quarters Dead, by Richard Peck. Y Peck.
Newbery Medalist and Edgar Award-winning author Peck spins a chilling young adult ghost story. Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school, but her life seems over when her three friends are killed in a car accident. Or are they?

Dead is Just a Rumor (Dead Is series, Book Four), by Marlene Perez. YPB Perez.
As the creepy little town of Nightshade prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary–on Halloween, of course–many of its paranormal residents are receiving mysterious blackmail letters. Psychic teen Daisy Giordano and her sisters set out to find out who is behind the threats.

Virals, by Kathy Reichs. Y Reichs.
Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, leads a ragtag band of teenage sci-philes who live on a secluded island off South Carolina. Rescuing a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island exposes them to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

The Things a Brother Knows, by Dana Reinhardt. Y Reinhardt.
Levi’s brother, a marine, returns home from war, safe. However, Boaz is not the brother Levi had known. Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows Boaz on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

Mindblind, by Jennifer Roy. Y Roy.
Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel Clark, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, tries to prove that he is a genius by writing songs for his rock band, so that he can become a member of the prestigious Aldus Institute, the premier organization for the profoundly gifted.

Gunnerkrigg Court: Research (Vol. 2), by Thomas Siddell. Y Siddell.
This graphic novel presents the adventures of Antimony Carver at the gloomy boarding school Gunnerkrigg Court. (Graphic Novel)

Don’t Die Dragonfly (Seer series, Book One), by Linda Joy Singleton. YPB Singleton.
Now living with her grandmother after being kicked out of school, Sabine Rose hides her psychic powers from everyone. Yet, Sabine can’t seem to get the bossy voice of Opal, her spirit guide, out of her head . . . or the disturbing image of a girl with a dragonfly tattoo.

Last Dance (Seer series, Book Two), by Linda Joy Singleton. YPB Singleton.
In the final book of the Carter House Girls series, the girls are making prom plans and competing for boyfriends, as well as fighting for the limelight in a Mother’s Day fashion show. With graduation and last good-byes around the corner, will they resolve old differences or part ways as enemies?

Witch Ball (Seer series, Book Three), by Linda Joy Singleton. YPB Singleton.
Volunteering to help run the psychic booth at her new high school’s carnival, Sabine discovers that the fake crystal ball she meant to bring has been mysteriously switched with the strange “witch ball” she locked away after her grandmother refused to have it in the house.

Sword Play (Seer series, Book Four), by Linda Joy Singleton. YPB Singleton.
When the spirit of Kip, the jock from Sabine’s old school who died in a car accident, delivers a cryptic message to her, it’s the last thing on Sabine’s mind. But Kip’s ghost continues to nag her about someone in trouble. But Kip died alone, so who needs her help?

Fatal Charm (Seer series, Book Five), by Linda Joy Singleton. YPB Singleton.
Sabine Rose is reunited with her ill grandmother Nona and her friends at Sheridan Valley. But the excitement of curing Nona–and discovering love with someone new–doesn’t outweigh the burden of her father’s dark secret: a daughter no one but Sabine knows about.

The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith. Y Smith.
After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all.

The Other Side of Dark, by Sarah Smith. Y Smith.
Stacy wakes up in a hospital bed only to discover that she’s been in a coma for four years. She soon learns that the stranger that shot her killed her mother. As she struggles to recall the stranger’s identity, she fears that he may still be stalking her.

Dust City, by Robert Weston. Y Weston.
Ever since his father’s arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.

The Mockingbirds, by Daisy Whitney. Y Whitney.
Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds. When Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds–a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences, by Brian Yansky. Y Yansky.
Jesse is in history class when a formidable, efficient race of aliens quietly takes over the earth. Most humans simply fall asleep and never wake up. In moments, everyone Jesse knows and loves is gone, and he finds that he is now a slave to an inept alien leader–a situation that brightens as Jesse develops telepathic powers and attracts the attention of two beautiful girls.


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