January 2012 New Books!

Dark of the Moon, by Tracy Barrett. Y Barrett.
Retells the story of the minotaur through the eyes of his fifteen-year-old sister, Ariadne, a lonely girl destined to become a goddess of the moon, and her new friend, Theseus, the son of Athens’ king who was sent to Crete as a sacrifice to her misshapen brother.

Death Watch, by Ari Berk. Y Berk.
When seventeen-year-old Silas Umber’s father disappears, Silas is sure it is connected to the powerful artifact he discovers, combined with his father’s hidden hometown history, which compels Silas to pursue the path leading to his destiny and ultimately, to the discovery of his father, dead or alive.

Buried Thunder, by Tim Bowles. Y Bowles.
Just after fourteen-year-old Maya’s family acquires the Rowan Tree Hotel she is drawn into the nearby woods, where she finds three bodies that disappear before police arrive, and soon Maya feels hunted by both human and supernatural forces.

Wolf Mark, by Joseph Bruchac. Y Bruchac.
When Lucas King’s covert-ops father is kidnapped and his best friend Meena is put in danger, Luke’s only chance to save them–a skin that will let him walk as a wolf–is hidden away in an abandoned mansion guarded by monsters.

First Day on Earth, by Cecil Castellucci. Y Castellucci.
A novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

Girls Don’t Fly, by Kristin Chandler. Y Chandler.
Myra, a high school senior, will do almost anything to win a contest and earn money for a study trip to the Galapagos Islands, which would mean getting away from her demanding family life in Utah and ex-boyfriend Erik, but Erik is set on winning the same contest.

Sweet Venom, by Tera Childs. Y Childs.
As monsters walk the streets of San Francisco, unseen by humans, three teenaged descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology, must reunite and embrace their fates.

Witchlander, by Lena Coakley. Y Coakley.
After the prediction of Ryder’s mother, once a great prophet and powerful witch, comes true and their village is destroyed by a deadly assassin, Ryder embarks on a quest that takes him into the mountains in search of the destroyer.

A Beautiful Dark, by Jocelyn Davies. Y Davies.
When Skye, who lives with her aunt in Boulder, Colorado, turns seventeen and is suddenly pursued by two boys who are polar opposites, secrets of her true identity–and destiny–begin to emerge.

Wherever You Go, by Heather Davis. Y Davis.
When Skye, who lives with her aunt in Boulder, Colorado, turns seventeen and is suddenly pursued by two boys who are polar opposites, secrets of her true identity–and destiny–begin to emerge.

The Pledge, by Kimberly Derting. Y Derting.
In a dystopian kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina “Charlie” Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max.

Winter Town, by Stephen Emond. Y Emond.
Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father’s plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.

My Name is Not Easy, by Debby Edwardson. Y Edwardson.
Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.

Unforgettable, by Loretta Ellsworth. Y Ellsworth.
When Baxter Green was three years old he developed a condition that causes him to remember absolutely everything, and now that he is fifteen, he and his mother have moved to Minnesota to escape her criminal boyfriend and, Baxter hopes, to reconnect with a girl he has been thinking about since kindergarten.

The Lost Stories (Ranger’s Apprentice), by John Flanagan. Y Flanagan.
In 1896, an archaeological dig unearths an ancient trunk containing manuscripts that confirm the existence of Araluen Rangers Will and Halt and tell of their first meeting and some of their previously unknown exploits.

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December 2011 New Books

The Future of Us, by Jay Ashes and Carolyn Mackler. Y Asher.
It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

Frost, by Marianna Baer. Y Baer.
When Leena Thomas gets her wish to live in an old Victorian house with her two closest friends during their senior year at boarding school, the unexpected arrival of another roommate–a confrontational and eccentric classmate–seems to bring up old anxieties and fears for Leena that may or may not be in her own mind.

The Goblin War, by Hilari Bell. Y Bell.
After crossing over from the Otherworld where they have been trapped in mortal danger, Tobin and Makenna must figure out how to help Jeriah stop an army of barbarians from taking over their Realm.

Ashes, by Ilsa Bick. Y Bick.
In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.

Brooklyn, Burning, by Steven Brezenoff. Y Brezenoff.
Sixteen-year-old Kid, who lives on the streets of Brooklyn, loves Felix, a guitarist and junkie who disappears, leaving Kid the prime suspect in an arson investigation, but a year later Scout arrives, giving Kid a second chance to be in a band and find true love.

iBoy, by Kevin Brooks. Y Brooks.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was an ordinary Londoner until an attack that caused fragments of an iPhone to be embedded in his brain, giving him incredible knowledge and power, but using that power against the gang that attacked him and a friend could have deadly consequences.

Liar’s Moon, by Elizabeth Bunce (sequel to Starcrossed). Y Bunce.
In a quest to prove her friend, Lord Durrel Decath, innocent of the murder of his wife, pickpocket Digger stumbles into a conspiracy with far-reaching consequences for the civil war raging in Lllyvraneth, while also finding herself falling in love.

The Beginning of After, by Jennifer Castle. Y Castle.
In the aftermath of a car accident that killed her family, sixteen-year-old Laurel must face a new world of guilt, painful memories, and the possibility of new relationships.

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, Book Two), by Cassandra Clare. Y Clare.
As the Council attempts to strip Charlotte of her power, sixteen-year-old orphaned shapechanger Tessa Gray works with the London Shadowhunters to find the Magister and destroy his clockwork army, learning the secret of her own identity while investigating his past.

The Auslander, by Paul Dowswell. Y Dowswell.
German soldiers take Peter from a Warsaw orphanage, and soon he is adopted by Professor Kaltenbach, a prominent Nazi, but Peter forms his own ideas about what he sees and hears and decides to take a risk that is most dangerous in 1942 Berlin.

Drink, Slay, Love, by Sarah Beth Durst. Y Durst.
After sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl Sange is stabbed through the heart by a were-unicorn, she develops non-vampire-like traits that lead her to save her high school classmates from the Vampire King of New England.

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions, edited by Melissa Marr, et al. Y Enthralled.
A collection of fourteen original teen paranormal short stories from some of today’s bestselling YA talent, united with the common theme of road trips, and edited by bestselling authors Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. Contributors include: Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Rachel Caine, Carrie Ryan, Jessica Verday, Rachel Vincent, Jennifer Lynn Barnes and more.

Bunheads, by Sophie Flack. Y Flack.
Hannah Ward, nineteen, revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of Manhattan Ballet Company’s corps de ballet, but after meeting handsome musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life.

The Poisoned House, by Michael Ford. Y Ford.
As the widowed master of an elegant house in Victorian-era London slips slowly into madness and his tyrannical housekeeper takes on more power, a ghostly presence distracts a teenaged maidservant with clues to a deadly secret.

Beautiful Chaos (a Beautiful Creatures novel), by Kami Garcia. Y Garcia.
Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand and control the impact of Lena’s claiming, which is even causing her family members’ abilities to dangerously misfire.

Cold Kiss, by Amy Garvey. Y Garvey.
When her boyfriend is killed in a car accident, high school student Wren Darby uses her hidden powers to bring him back from the dead, never imagining the consequences that will result from her decision.

The Faerie Ring, by Kiki Hamilton. Y Hamilton.
Tiki, living with her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway in 1871 London, steals a ring belonging to Queen Victoria that binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace, and when a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and Tiki’s blood, Rieker secretly watches and protects her.

Bleeding Hearts (The Drake Chronicles), by Alyxandra Harvey. Y Harvey.
Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas, and his brother Connor try to keep secret the undead drama of Violet Hill when Lucy’s cousin Christabel comes to live there, but after Christabel is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, they must let her in on the secrets and the battle.

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, Book Four), by Julie Kagawa. Y Kagawa.
Faery prince Ash–the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court–finally gets to tell his story: how he escaped the Winter Court with his life intact and the promise he made to the Iron Queen.

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