July 2011 New Books

Fairy Bad Day, by Amanda Ashby. Y Ashby.
High schooler Emma is devastated to learn that she may not follow in her mother’s footsteps as a dragon slayer, but with an unlikely band of allies she discovers that she may, indeed, be more adept at slaying giant killer fairies.

Compulsion, by Heidi Ayarbe. Y Ayarbe.
Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Wrapped, by Jennifer Bradbury. Y Bradbury.
Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party, where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man who collects Egyptian antiquities and who is hiding a dangerous secret.

Bitter End, by Jennifer Brown. Y Brown.
When seventeen-year-old Alex starts dating Cole, a new boy at her high school, her two closest friends increasingly mistrust him as the relationship grows more serious.

The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell. Y Bushnell.
Tells the story of Manhattan columnist Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, her relationships with her peers, and how she became a writer.

The Dragon’s Oath (a House of Night novella), by P.C. Cast. Y Cast.
In early nineteenth-century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything…until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked by a vampire on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the dragon- a new name and a brand new fate.–From book jacket.

Roadside Assistance, by Amy Clipston. Y Clipston.
After her mother dies and she and her father move in with her wealthy aunt and cousin, Emily struggles when her car-loving, tomboy identity and her way of expressing her faith clash with the expectations of others.

Notes from the Blender, by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. Y Cook.
Two teenagers–a heavy-metal-music-loving boy who is still mourning the death of his mother years earlier, and a beautiful, popular girl whose parents divorced because her father is gay–try to negotiate the complications of family and peer relationships as they get to know each other after learning that their father and mother are marrying each other.

Nightspell (sequel to Mistwood), by Leah Cypress. Y Cypress.
Sent by her father, the king of Raellia, who is trying to forge an empire out of warring tribes, Darri arrives in Ghostland and discovers that her sister, whom she planned to rescue, may not want to leave this land where the dead mingle freely with the living.

Tempest Rising, by Tracy Deebs. Y Deebs.
On her seventeenth birthday, Tempest must decide whether to remain a human and live on land or submit to her mermaid half, like her mother before her, and enter into a long-running war under the sea.

In the Shadow of the Lamp, by Susanne Dunlap. Y Dunlap.
A young nurse–in love with two men–joins Florence Nightingale on the field of battle. A love story to savor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes imagining of the woman who became known as the lady with the lamp.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck, by Margarita Engle. Y Engle.
Quebrado has been a slave on captain Bernadino de Talavera’s pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village.

The Hidden Coronet (Relic Master, Book Three), by Catherine Fisher. Y Fisher.
Sixteen-year-old Raffi and Master Galen continue to evade the Watch as they seek the Coronet, a potent ancient relic that could be their only hope for defeating the power that is destroying Anara.

Then (sequel to Once), by Morris Gleitzman. Y Gleitzman.
In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.

Blood Magic, by Tessa Gratton. Y Gratton.
In Yaleylah, Missouri, teens Silla and Nick, drawn together by loss and a shared family history of blood magic practitioners, are plunged into a world of dark magic as they try to unravel the mystery of Silla’s parents’ apparent murder suicide.

Tighter, by Adele Griffin. Y Griffin.
Based on Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” tells the story of Jamie Atkinson’s summer spent as a nanny in a small Rhode Island beach town, where she begins to fear that the estate may be haunted, especially after she learns of two deaths that occurred there the previous summer.

Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery series), by Kim Harrison. Y Harrison.
Technically dead seventeen-year-old Madison must choose between reclaiming her body and continuing as Dark Timekeeper, struggling in the war between Light and Dark reapers while trying to change the rules.

The Dead (sequel to The Enemy), by Charlie Higson. Y Higson.
Ed, Jack, Bam, and the other students at Rowhurst Academy must run for their lives when a mutant disease attacks the adults and turns them into flesh-eating monsters.

Tiger’s Quest (sequel to Tiger’s Curse), by Colleen Houck. Y Houck.
Kelsey returns home to Oregon, where Mr. Kadam has enrolled her in college, but danger sends her back to India to begin another quest, this time with Kishan, to try to break the curse that forces Kisham and his brother Ren to live as tigers.

At the Crossroads, by Travis Hunter. Y Hunter.
Franky Bourgeois is fifteen, and he’s already done more living than most. He was blasted out of a normal childhood in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, leaving town with two older cousins nothing short of thugs. As hard as he tried, even for a good kid like Franky, their influence was hard to resist. Now Franky’s just a heartbeat away from a life of crime, until he gets an unexpected chance to turn things around. Getting back on track is easier said than done, but Franky’s always been a survivor. He’ll just have to prove it one more time.

Awaken, by Katie Kacvinsky. Y Kacvinsky.
In the year 2060, when people hardly ever leave the security of their houses and instead do everything online, Madeline Freeman, the seventeen-year-old daughter of the man who created the national digital school attended by all citizens, is wooed by a group of radicals who are trying to get people to “unplug.”

Passion (Fallen series), by Lauren Kate. Y Kate.
Desperate to unlock the curse that condemns her love for Daniel, Luce revisits her past incarnations trying to understand her fate, but Daniel is chasing her throughout the centuries in order to keep her from rewriting their history.

Love Drugged, by James Klise. Y Klise.
Fifteen-year-old Jamie is dismayed by his attraction to boys, and when a beautiful girl shows an interest in him, he is all the more intrigued by her father’s work developing a drug called Rehomoline.

Mercy, by Rebecca Lim. Y Lim.
Mercy, an angel, wakes up again and again in different bodies, trying to earn her way back into heaven while being hunted for a crime she did not commit.

The Iron Witch, by Karen Mahoney. Y Mahoney.
Seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood is considered a freak, cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her alchemist parents, but when vicious wood elves abduct her best friend Navin, Donna must betray all her parents fought for and join the battle between the humans and the fey.

She Loves You, She Loves You Not, by Julie Anne Peters. Y Peters.
When seventeen-year-old Alyssa is disowned by her father for being a lesbian, she’s sent off to a small town in Colorado to live with the mother she’s never known, where she’s forced to come to terms with herself and her family.

Die for Me, by Amy Plum. Y Plum.
After their parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year-old Kate Mercier and her older sister Georgia, each grieving in her own way, move to Paris to live with their grandparents and Kate finds herself powerfully drawn to the handsome but elusive Vincent who seems to harbor a mysterious and dangerous secret.

Lark, by Tracey Porter. Y Porter.
When sixteen-year-old Lark is murdered, she, her childhood best friend Eva, and a girl she used to babysit, Nyetta, find themselves facing hard truths about their lives and seeking a way to move on.

My Unfair Godmother, by Janette Rallison. Y Rallison.
A fairy godmother-in-training is sent to help angry seventeen-year-old Tansy, who reluctantly is staying with her father and his new wife while her mother and sister are travelling, but the unfortunate result of this intended help is chaos and confusion.

Emily the Strange: Dark Times (Emily the Strange, Book Three), by Rob Reger. Y Reger.
Traveling in her homemade Time-Out Machine, Emily journeys to the eighteenth century to uncover the truth behind a Strange family rumor.

A Sword in Her Hand, by Jean-Claude Rijckeghem. Y Rijckeghem.
The Count of Flanders flees in a rage when his newborn child is not the expected male heir — but a girl. Marguerite, growing up under the disapproving eye of her heartless father, learns to survive in the violent male world of the Middle Ages. Will she be able to resist the combined pressure of politics, power and a foreign prince?

Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses, Book Eight), by Ellen Schreiber. Y Schreiber.
Sixteen-year-old Raven, a vampire-obsessed goth girl, is in love with Alexander, a real vampire. In this eighth installment of the “New York Times”-bestselling series, Raven finds that Dullsville is full to the brim with vampires. What’s a mortal girl to do?

Between Here and Forever, by Elizabeth Scott. Y Scott.
From the bestselling author of “Bloom” and “Perfect You” comes a romantic but dark coming-of-age story–a moving portrait of love, loss, and identity.

The Berlin Boxing Club, by Rob Sharenow. Y Sharenow.
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

Twisted (Pretty Little Liars, Book Nine), by Sara Shepard. Y Shepard.
Even though the disappearance of Alison DiLaurentis has been solved, Spencer, Emily, Hanna, and Aria harbor other secrets which could interfere with their perfect lives, as they try to forget what happened to them in Jamaica last spring.

Spinning Out, by David Stahler. Y Stahler.
Frenchy and Stewart, two Northern Vermont high school seniors, try out for the school musical, “Man of La Mancha,” but when Stewart is cast as Don Quixote he soon becomes obsessed with his role and Frenchy must try to overcome his own demons to help his friend stay grounded in reality.

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book Three), by Maggie Stiefvater. Y Stiefvater.
In Stiefvater’s “Shiver,” Grace and Sam found each other. In “Linger,” they fought to be together. Now, in “Forever,” the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Defiance (Strange Angels Book Four), by Lili St. Crow. Y St. Crow
When sixteen-year-old Dru’s worst fears come true and Sergej kidnaps her best friend Graves, she embarks on a suicidal rescue mission in which she will test Christophe’s training and try to defeat her mother’s betrayer, Anna, for good.

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