October & November 2011 New Books

Sign Language, by Amy Ackley. Y Ackley.
Teenaged Abby must deal with her feelings about her father’s cancer and its aftermath while simultaneously navigating the difficult problems of growing up.

Populazzi, by Elise Allen. Y Allen.
When awkward, socially inept Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life using “The Ladder”–a concept that will allow her to climb to the top of the social order by transforming herself into the perfect girlfriend for the most popular boy in school.

Ultraviolet, by R.J Anderson. Y Anderson.
Almost seventeen-year-old Alison, who has synesthesia, finds herself in a psychiatric facility accused of killing a classmate whose body cannot be found.

Absolute Midnight, by Clive Barker. Y Barker.
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, is the only person who can stop the evil Mater Motley who, now that the hour of midnight has come, is prepared to unleash the end of the world.

Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake. Y Blake.
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Lie, by Caroline Bock. Y Bock.
Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect eighteen-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy’s actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully.

Bronxwood, by Coe Booth. Y Booth.
Sixteen-year-old Tyrell, accustomed to being the man of the family, has mixed feelings when his father comes home from jail, but he knows he cannot just go back to being a little boy, especially after losing his younger brother to foster care, getting involved with drug dealers, learning about his mother’s infidelity, and developing a relationship with Jasmine.

The Slayer Chronicles, by Heather Brewer. Y Brewer.
The summer before ninth grade, when Joss sets off to meet his uncle and hunt down the beast that murdered his younger sister three years earlier, he learns he is destined to join the Slayer Society.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson. Y Carson.
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Destined (House of Night, Book Nine), by P.C. Cast. Y Cast.
Zoey, safe at home with her guardian warrior Stark, confronts new forces at work in the House of Night, including Aurox, a devastatingly handsome teenage boy, created by Neferet as her greatest weapon.

Shelter, by Harlan Coben. Y Coben.
After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

Crossed (Matched, Book Two), by Ally Condie. Y Condie.
Cassia, having arrived in the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, learns he has escaped from the Society and follows a series of clues he left, which result in rebellion, betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander.

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book Three), by James Dashner. Y Dashner.
As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from WICKED, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as WICKED claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly FLARE virus.

Lost in Time (Blue Bloods, Book Six), by De la Cruz, Melissa. Y Delacruz.
Schuyler Van Alen and her love Jack Force go their separate ways after their trip to Florence, Italy, with Schuyler going to Egypt to fulfill the Van Alen legacy, while Jack returns to Manhattan to face his twin sister, Mimi, but things get even more complicated when Mimi jets off to Egypt while the Coven threatens to fall apart around her.

You Against Me, by Jenny Downham. Y Downham.
When eighteen-year-old Mikey’s younger sister claims to have been raped and he seeks to avenge the crime, he meets Ellie, the sister of the accused, and befriends her, complicating the situation considerably for all of them.

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, Book One), by John Flanagan. Y Flanagan.
Hal, Stig, and the other outcasts do not have the size and strength of the Skandians, but when they face off against the Wolves and the Sharks in an ultimate race for survival, they hope that their courage and cunning are enough to help them win in a game that everyone seems to think is a matter of life and death.

Fateful, by Claudia Gray. Y Gray.
When seventeen-year-old Tess Davies, a ladies’ maid, meets handsome Alec Marlow aboard the RMS Titanic, she quickly becomes entangled in the dark secrets of his past, but her growing love puts her in mortal peril even before fate steps in.

Stay With Me, by Paul Griffin. Y Griffin.
Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Céce, who hopes to use her intelligence to avoid a life like her mother’s, meet and fall in love at the restaurant where they both work, but when Mack lands in prison he pushes Céce away and only a one-eared pit-bull can keep them together.

I’m Not Her, by Janet Gurtier. Y Gurtier.
Tess and her sister Kristina have always been different, but when Kristina gets diagnosed with cancer, Tess becomes the center of the popular crowd with everyone asking her for updates, and as Tess’s sister’s conditions worsen Tess must find the strength to hold her family together.

Away (sequel to The Line), by Teri Hall. Y Hall.
After helping heal Malgam, Rachel learns that her father is still living in the devastated territory of Away, captured by members of another clan who are planning to use him to make a deal with the government on the other side of the Line, and she joins the rescue party that must risk much to save him.

The Shattering, by Karen Healey. Y Healey.
When a rash of suicides disturbs Summerton, an oddly perfect tourist town on the west coast of New Zealand, the younger siblings of the dead boys become suspicious and begin an investigation that reveals dark secrets and puts them in grave danger.

The Eleventh Plague, by Jeff Hirsch. Y Hirsch.
Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, fifteen-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen’s life is turned upside down.

Tiger’s Voyage (Tiger Saga, Book Three), by Colleen Houck. Y Houck.
After their battle with the villainous Lokesh, Kelsey and the Indian princes Ren and Kishan return to India, where Kelsey learns that Ren has amnesia and five cunning dragons try to keep the trio from breaking the curse that binds them.

Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, Book Two), by C.C. Hunter. Y Hunter.
Kylie Galen arrives at Shadow Falls Camp intent on learning the extent of her supernatural abilities, but predictions of doom, confusion about love, and other complications force her to put her plans on hold, and it soon becomes apparent someone from the dark side of the supernatural world has plans for her.

Silence (Hush Hush, Book Three), by Becca Fitzpatrick. Y Fitzpatrick.
Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for — and their love — forever.

Perfect, by Ellen Hopkins. Y Hopkins.
Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.

Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars, by Nick James. Y James.
In 2095 when a fifteen-year-old slacker discovers that he has the power to control Pearls, fragments of space debris that are a dying Earth’s most important energy source, government forces work to capture him.

Nocturne (Claire de Lune, Book Two), by Christine Johnson. Y Johnson.
After the tragic events of the summer, Claire wants to worry about nothing but finding the perfect dress for the Autumn Ball, but her worst nightmares come true when someone learns that she is a werewolf, placing everyone she knows at risk.

The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson. Y Johnson.
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

Vanish (Firelight, Book Two), by Sophie Jordan. Y Jordan.
Jacinda is branded a traitor for showing her true form to dragon hunters to save Will and she struggles with the knowledge that she will not be able to see him again, but when a chance that they could be reunited arises Jacinda much decide what she is willing to risk for love.

Bloodborn (an Other novel), by Karen Kincy. Y Kincy.
Brock has always hated werewolves and Others like them, but once he is bitten by one he struggles with his identity, trying to keep from transforming but wondering what it would be like to accept his new reality.

In Trouble, by Ellen Levine. Y Levine.
In 1950s New York, sixteen-year-old Jamie’s life is unsettled since her father returned from serving time in prison for refusing to name people as Communists, when her best friend turns to Jamie for help with an unplanned pregnancy.

Every You, Every Me, by David Levithan, with photos by Jonathan Farmer. Y Levithan.
Evan is haunted by the loss of his best friend, but when mysterious photographs start appearing, he begins to fall apart as he starts to wonder if she has returned, seeking vengeance.

Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin, Book Two), by Johnathan Maberry. Y Maberry.
In post-apocalyptic America, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland.

So Silver Bright (Eyes Like Stars, Book Three), by Lisa Mantchev. Y Mantchev.
Bertie thinks that to complete her quest to have a true family she need only reunite her father, the Scrimshander, with her mother, Ophelia, but complications arise and she is torn between her responsibilities and the dream of flying free, just as she is torn between Nate and Ariel.

Fury, by Elizabeth Miles. Y Miles.
When high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend and football quarterback Chase’s life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies–paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women–come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve.

Wisdom’s Kiss, by Catherine Murdock
Princess Wisdom, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne, Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family, Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips, and Magic the cat form an uneasy alliance as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel. Y Oppel.
When his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills, by Joanna Pearson. Y Pearson.
Aspiring anthropologist Janice Wills reports on the socio-cultural ordeals of being an almost-seventeen-year-old in Melva, North Carolina, including “Beautiful Rich Girls,” parties, and the Miss Livermush pageant.

Mastiff (Beka Cooper, Book Three), by Tamora Pierce. Y Pierce.
Beka, having just lost her fiance in a slaver’s raid, is able to distract herself by going with her team on an important hunt at the queen’s request, unaware that the throne of Tortall depends on their success.

Spirits of the Noh (The Waking, Book Two), by Thomas Randall. Y Randall.
Just as Kara and her friends at the Monju-no-Chie school in Japan are beginning to get over the horrifying deaths of two students, another monster emerges to terrorize the school.

Seizure (Virals, Book Two), by Kathy Reichs. Y Reichs.
Tory and her friends learn of a buried treasure and if they find it they can save the Institute on Loggerhead.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Y Riggs.
Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.

As I Wake, by Elizabeth Scott. Y Scott.
Seventeen-year-old Ava awakens with amnesia and a feeling that something is wrong with her life, her mother, and her friends but when the mysterious Morgan appears, her flashbacks of life as a spy for a shady government agency begin to make sense.

Empire of Ruins (Hunchback Assignments, Book Three), by Arthur Slade. Y Slade.
While on an assignment in Queensland, Australia, to discover the truth behind a powerful weapon known as the God Face, Modo, a teenaged, shape-changing hunchback living in Victorian London, battles the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild and makes an astounding discovery–one that hinges on Modo’s true appearance.

Reckoning (Strange Angels, Book Five), by Lili St. Crow. Y St. Crow.
After proving herself in battles against zombies, vampires, and other deadly creatures, Dru Anderson will face her greatest challenge and make a sacrifice in order to escape with her life.

The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. Y Stiefvater.
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Smoke and Bone, Book One), by Laini Taylor. Y Taylor.
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente. Y Valente.
Twelve-year-old September’s ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods.

The Hidden (The Hollow, Book Three), by Jessica Verday. Y Verday.
Seventeen-year-old Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny and theirs is a bond that transcends even death, but as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very difficult choices to make.

A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom, Book One), by David Weber. Y Weber.
Twelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, bonds with a treecat, a telepathic and fully sentient animal, putting her in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.

Goliath (Leviathan, Book Three), by Scott Westerfeld. Y Westerfeld.
Alek and Deryn encounter obstacles on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love.

Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley. Y Whaley.
Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.

The Isle of Blood (Monstrumologist, Book Three), by Richard Yancey. Y Yancey.
When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting for the “Holy Grail of Monstrumology” in 1888, twelve-year-old orphan Will Henry follows him to Socotra, plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far.

All These Things I’ve Done, by Gabrielle Zevin. Y Zevin.
Anya Balanchine, daughter of New York City’s most notorious crime boss in 2083, tries to keep a low profile, but she cannot avoid the spotlight when her loser ex-boyfriend is accidently poisoned by illegal chocolate manufactured by her family.

New Graphic Novels

My Boyfriend is a Monster, Vol. 1: I Love Him to Pieces, by Evonne Tsang and Janina Gorrissen. Y My.
St. Petersburg High school juniors Dicey Bell, a baseball star, and Jack Chen, who loves science and role-playing, discover a mutual attraction when paired for a school project, but on their first date, a zombie-producing fungus sends them on the run.

My Boyfriend is a Monster, Vol. 2: Made for Each Other, by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur. Y My.
When Maria meets the new boy at her high school, Tom Stone, the two feel a connection, but Maria finds it hard to get to know Tom, the son of Persephone Falls, Alaska’s new funeral director. After learning that Tom is not Franklin Stone’s real son and that the family is into recycling in a new way, Maria finds herself having to fight to keep her new boyfriend.

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