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.

Amplified, by Tara Kelly. Y Kelly.
When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.

Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King. Y King.
Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Banished, by Sophie Littlefield. Y Littlefield.
Sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell, raised by a mean, secretive grandmother, does not know that she comes from a long line of healers until her Aunt Prairie arrives with answers about her past that could quickly threaten her future.

My Beating Teenage Heart, by C.K. Kelly Martin. Y Martin.
Two unexpected and heartbreaking deaths cause the lives of two very different teenagers to become intertwined as one struggles to deal with his grief and stay in this world, and the other finds herself inexplicably caught between this world and the next.

Envy, by Gregg Olsen. Y Olsen.
Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as “Empty Coffin” because of a local legend, investigate a former friend’s Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.

The Fire (Witch & Wizard, Book Three), by James Patterson. Y Patterson.
Whit and Wisty Allgood have led the resistance against a totalitarian regime that has banned all forms of creativity and executed their parents, but even the growing strength of the siblings’ magic has not been able to stop the evil dictator, and they must somehow prepare for an imminent showdown.

The Fox Inheritance (sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox), by Mary Pearson. Y Pearson.
Two-hundred-sixty years after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, sixteen-year-old Locke and seventeen-year-old Kara have been brought back to life in newly bioengineered bodies, with many questions about the world they find themselves in and more than two centuries of horrible memories of being trapped in a digital netherworld wondering what would become of them.

Life: An Exploded Diagram, by Mal Peet. Y Peet.
In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.

Blood Wounds, by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Y Pfeffer.
Willa seems to have a perfect life as a member of a loving blended family until the estranged father she barely remembers murders his wife and children, then heads toward Willa and her mother.

Following Christopher Creed, by Carol Plum-Ucci. Y Plum-Ucci.
Legally-blind college reporter Mike Mavic hopes to get a story about a body found in Steepleton, believed to be that of long-missing teen Christopher Creed, but finds something odd about the town, including Justin Creed’s obsessive drive to learn what really happened to his older brother.

Mister Creecher: A Novel in Three Parts, by Chris Priestley. Y Priestley.
In 1918 London, fifteen-year-old Billy, a pickpocket, meets Mr. Creecher, a monstrous giant, and their relationship swiftly turns from pure convenience to a strong bond as they journey northwards on the trail of Victor Frankenstein.

Tankborn, by Karen Sandler. Y Sandler.
Kayla and Mishalla, two genetically engineered non-human slaves (GENs), fall in love with higher-status boys, discover deep secrets about the creation of GENs, and in the process find out what it means to be human.

Day of the Predator (TimeRiders, Book Two), by Alex Scarrow. Y Scarrow.
With teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal on their first solo assignment for a secret agency, Liam is sent back in time to prevent the murder of the father of time travel by a terrorist group, but due to a nuclear accident, he ends up in the late cretaceous period where the biggest threat is not from the legendary tyrannosaur.

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, by Joe Schreiber. Y Schreiber.
Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

Stick, by Andrew Smith. Y Smith.
Thirteen-year-old Stark “Stick” McClellan’s brother has always defended him against those who tease him for his thinness and facial deformity, so when Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.

Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. Y Steampunk.
A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.

A Web of Air (Fever Crumb, Book Two), by Philip Reeve. Y Reeve.
In Mayda, a post-apocalyptic city off the coast of Portugal, a brilliant young engineer and a mysterious recluse race to build a flying machine, unaware that powerful enemies will kill to possess–or destroy–their new technology.

Glow, by Amy Kathleen Ryan. Y Ryan.
Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.

Variant, by Robison Wells. Y Wells.
After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico’s Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future, but instead he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems.

Blood, by K.J. Wignall. Y Wignall.
A centuries-old vampire wakes up in the modern day to find he is being hunted by an unknown enemy, and begins to uncover the secrets of his origin and the path of his destiny.

The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, by Allan Wolf. Y Wolf.
Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Captain E.J. Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.

The Space Between, by Brenna Yovanoff. Y Yovanoff.
Daphne is half-demon, half-fallen angel, her brother, Obie is kidnapped and she realizes she might be partially responsible, so she travels to the vast streets of Earth to find him.

New Nonfiction
Breaking Dawn Part I: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion. NF 791.4372 Vaz.
Designed as a celebration of the film, this lavishly illustrated book is an exclusive behind-the-scenes guide featuring full-colour photos of the cast, locations and sets, as well as storyboards, interviews, details of the special effects and much more. Also includes an interview with author Stephanie Meyer.

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