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.

The Survival Kit, by Donna Freitas. Y Freitas.
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Rose works through her grief by finding meaning in a survival kit that her mother left behind.

The Glass Swallow, by Julia Golding. Y Golding.
Rain, a stained glass designer despite laws banning women from that craft, and Peri, whose family of falconers are untouchables scorned by all, join forces and hope their love will keep them safe from prejudices and looming disaster.

Belle’s Song, by K.M. Grant. Y Grant.
In 1387, fifteen-year-old Belle joins Geoffrey Chaucer, his scribe Luke, squire Walter, and others on a pilgrimage from London to Canterbury to atone and pray for a cure for her father’s crippling injury, but political intrigue threatens them all.

Deadly Cool, by Gemma Halliday. Y Halliday.
When sixteen-year-old Hartley Featherstone finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she goes to his house to confront him and suddenly finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.

In the Forests of the Night (The Goblin Wars, Book Two), by Kersten Hamilton. Y Hamilton.
Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces follow them to Chicago, where Tea’s goblin cousins cause all sorts of trouble while she is torn between the life she wants and the future she is drawn to as a wild Stormrider, born to reign.

You Are My Only, by Beth Kephart. Y Kephart.
Tells, in their separate voices and at a space of fourteen years, of Emmy, whose baby has been stolen, and Sophie, a teenager who defies her nomadic, controlling mother by making friends with a neighbor boy and his elderly aunts.

Reasons to be Happy, by Katrina Kittle. Y Kittle.
Hannah, grieving over the tragic death of her mother who was considered Hollywood royalty, resorts to bulimia to live up to the image of her mom and gain acceptance into the popular eighth-grade clique at her Beverly Hills school, and, even though her father is too preoccupied to notice her condition, the quirky outsider Jasper knows something is wrong and tries to help her.

Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes The Legend Begins, Book One), by Andrew Lane. (Replacement). Y Lane.
In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

Legend, by Marie Lu. Y Lu.
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Open Wounds, by Joseph Lunievicz. Y Lunievicz.
After an abusive childhood in 1930s New York, Cedric Wymann, now orphaned, is taken in by a cousin suffering from mustard gas poisoning who becomes a father, helps him reconnect with friends, and finds him a fencing teacher, giving Cedric a means to avenge past wrongs and forge a better future.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride. (Replacement). Y McBride.
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Under the Mesquite, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Y McCall.
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

Don’t Expect Magic, by Kathy McCullough. Y McCullough.
Upon her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Delaney Collins must move to California to live with a father she barely knows, and discovers not only that he is a fairy “godmother”, but that she may be one as well.

Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi. Y Mafi.
Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

Virtuosity, by Jessica Martinez. Y Martinez.
Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

The Mark of the Golden Dragon (a Bloody Jack Adventure), by L.A. Meyer. Y Meyer.
In 1807, having survived a typhoon in the East Indies, Jacky Faber makes her way to London to seek a pardon for herself and her betrothed, Jaimy Fletcher, who, posing as a highwayman, is trying to avenge her supposed death.

Ashfall, by Mike Mullin. Y Mullin.
After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. Y Ness.
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Pregnant Pause, by Han Nolan. Y Nolan.
Married, pregnant, and living at a “fat camp” in Maine, sixteen-year-old Eleanor has many questions about her future, especially whether the marriage will last and if she should keep the baby.

Birthmarked, by Caragh O’Brien. (Replacement). Y O’Brien.
In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

Prized (Birthmarked, Book Two), by Caragh O’Brien. Y O’Brien.
Sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is in the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her when she is captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where she must follow a strict social code or never see her sister again.

The Sharp Time, by Mary O’Connell. Y O’Connell.
In the week following her mother’s death in a freak accident, eighteen-year-old Sandanista Jones finds small measures of happiness even as she fantasizes about an act of revenge against an abusive teacher at her high school.

The Game of Triumphs, by Laura Powell. Y Powell.
Fifteen-year-old Cat and three other London teens are drawn into a dangerous game in which Tarot cards open doorways into a different dimension and while there is everything to win, losing can be fatal.

Kill You Last, by Todd Strasser. Y Strasser.
When three teenage clients of her fashion photographer dad go missing, Shelby’s near perfect life crumbles when her dad is named a prime suspect in the girls’ disappearance.

Dark Inside, by Jeyn Roberts. Y Roberts.
After tremendous earthquakes destroy the Earth’s major cities, an ancient evil emerges, turning ordinary people into hunters, killers, and insane monsters but a small group of teens comes together in a fight for survival and safety.

Teeth: Vampire Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Y Teeth.
A collection of nineteen short stories about vampires features tales from Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and Melissa Marr.

Going Underground, by Susan Vaught. Y Vaught.
Interest in a new girl and pressure from his parole officer cause seventeen-year-old Del, a gravedigger, to recall and face the “sexting” incident three years earlier that transformed him from a straight-A student-athlete into a social outcast and felon.

Burnout, by Adrienne Vrettos. Y Vrettos.
Months after coming out of alcohol and drug rehab, high school student Nan wakes up on the subway the day after Halloween wearing a torn Halloween costume, her long hair cut, and “HELP ME” scrawled across her chest, feeling sick and having no idea how she got there.

The Poison Diaries, by Maryrose Wood. (Replacement). Y Wood.
In late eighteenth-century Northumberland, England, sixteen-year-old Jessamine Luxton is so desperate to find Weed, who her father says deserted her when she was at death’s door, that she asks for help from the evil Oleander.

Nightshade (The Poison Diaries, Book Two), by Maryrose Wood. Y Wood.
Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it is their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their shape-shifting wolf pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla’s heart, she is faced with a decision that could change her whole world.

New Graphic Novels January 2012
Camilla d’Errico’s Burn, by Camilla d’Errico. Y D’Errico.
“Burn was once human. He also had a family and friends, until a metallic angel of death took everything from him. This mechanical monster, Shoftiel, was one of many living machines made to help humanity that revolted and declared war on their creators. It tore through Burn’s home and wreaked havoc on his city until the buildings collapsed, crashing down upon them. Emerging from the rubble, Burn and Shoftiel discover their once separate bodies have become one — neither human nor machine, but a freak union of both. Internally their minds are caught in a raging battle for control. Just as mankind must struggle against the sentients for survival, Burn must find the strength to overcome Shoftiel’s genocidal programming to retain whatever’s left of his humanity”–P. [4] of cover.

Page by Paige, by Laura Lee Gulledge. Y Gulledge.
When Paige Turner and her family move to New York City from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, and it helps bring her true personality into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.

Mangaman, by Barry Lyga. Y Lyga.
Ryoko Kiyama, a character from a Japanese comic book, or manga, falls through a rip into the real world–the western world–and tries to survive as the ultimate outsider at a typical American high school.

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Y Neri.
“A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members”–Provided by publisher.

The Clockwork Girl, by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna. Y O’Reilly.
When a young mechanical girl finds companionship with a mutant circus boy, the two must overcome the obstacle of their warring families.

The Ultimates, Vol. 1: Super-Human, by Mark Miller. Y Ultimates.
Collects volumes one through six of “The Ultimates,” which follows the adventures of the government-sponsored band of superheroes, including the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, and the Wasp, as they try to eliminate the perceived threat posed to citizens by Spider-Man, the X-Men, Magneto, the Green Goblin, and others.

The Ultimates, Vol. 2: Homeland Security, by Mark Miller. Y Ultimates.
Collects volumes seven through thirteen of “The Ultimates,” which follows the adventures of the government-sponsored band of superheroes, including the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, and the Wasp, as they try to combat a wave of super-human threats.

Level Up, by Gene Yang. Y Yang.
Dennis, the son of Chinese immigrants, yearns to play video games like his friends and, upon his strict father’s death, becomes obsessed with them but later, realizing how his father sacrificed for him, he chooses a nobler path.

Foiled, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mike Cavallaro. Y Yolen.
Aliera is a star at fencing, but at school no one notices her–until her new lab partner Avery begins flirting with her. Aliera’s mother just bought her a foil from a garage sale, and it has a strange jewel attached to the hilt. Will Aliera’s first date be ruined when magical creatures try to steal her foil?

New Manga Series January 2012
Death Note, by Tsugumi Oba
Hero Tales, by Hiromu Arakawa
Ouran High School Host Club, by Bisco Hatori
Saturn Apartments, by Hisae Iwaoka
Vampire Knight, by Matsuri Hino

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