Friday, September 28, 2012

14 YA Books in Stores 9/29 - 10/5 Plus 6 Books Giveaway


The Hallowed Ones

by Laura Bickle

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Hallowed Ones?

I loved writing from the perspective of Katie – this is my first time writing a book in first person. Katie was an interesting character to write because she's very strong in a quiet, enduring kind of way. She struggles to develop her own moral compass, independent of her parents and community. That requires a great deal of fortitude, just as much fortitude as dealing with the evil creatures in her world.

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by Sharon Flake

Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities.

Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common ? they’re each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school’s most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can’t walk or dance. But he’s a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal.

In time, Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love.

Told in alternating voices, Takedown explores issues of self-discovery, friendship, and what it means to be different.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Pinned?

My favorite thing about my novel Pinned, is the main characters. I love how multidimensional they are. Take my protagonist, Autumn for instance. She is quirky and outgoing, and comfortable with making up her own rules for living. Imagine someone who is confident enough to discuss their failings as easily as their successes. Someone who knows what she likes--wrestling, the smartest guy at school, cooking--and is willing to go after those things no matter what others say. That's Autumn Knight. One of the best wrestlers in the state, one of the worse readers at her school. Struggling and excelling at the same time. Folks are going to love her. And then there's Adonis. Boy is he complex. Extremely bright, Adonis is confident yet emotionally distant. His teachers adore him; other students...well not so much. Disabled and in a wheelchair, he has grand plans for his life and having Autumn Knight as a part of it, isn't one of them. While Autumn is eager to share her soul with the world, Adonis has his secrets. Put these two characters in the same book, and watch out, secrets get revealed, differences explored, and the possibility of romance abounds. Readers will have a good time getting to know these two.

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by Jeff Hirsch

On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.
With MAGISTERIUM, Jeff Hirsch brings us the story of a complex, captivating world that will leave readers breathless until the very last page.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Magisterium?

I'd say my favorite thing about Magisterium is how it allowed me to flex completely different writing muscles than I used when writing The Eleventh Plague. That book was all about a kind of gritty realism--no magic, monsters or high tech gadgets--and Magisterium gave me a chance to let loose a bit and go in a completely different direction. While I still try to treat the world of Magisterium in as realistic a way as possible (given the circumstance that is) it's a place where nearly anything I could dream up was possible, a much larger playground I guess you could say.

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Chasing the Skip

by Janci Patterson

Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.
            Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Chasing the Skip?

Hands down, my favorite thing about CHASING THE SKIP is its main character, Ricki. I put Ricki in a terrible situation in this book--her mom's abandoned her, and she's living with a father she's barely met before on the road chasing after fugitives. She's in a dangerous and uncomfortable position, and it wasn't her choices that put her there. But that situation is in place before the novel begins. What makes the book interesting for me was following Ricki's reactions to her situation--both those that make it worse, and those that make it better. It's a story about bounty hunting, yes, but underneath that it's a story about a girl who is trying to figure out what she wants and how to get i, and who makes a lot of mistakes along the wayt. It took me many drafts to get Ricki to where she is now--her character is by far the most revised part of the book, or the part that took the most work to get right. And I hope that I did get her right, in the end, so that readers can love her as much as I do.

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by Sarah Crossan

Inhale. Exhale.
Breathe . . .
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen–rich air.
has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Breathe?

My favourite things about BREATHE are the protagonists. They are not perfect by any means, but each one grows through their experiences, and I feel a lot of love for them for this reason. Quinn is a little clueless, Bea a bit passive, and Alina too hard-hearted, but they learn about themselves and change, and surely that's what life is all about—growing into the the best selves we can be.

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The Eleventh Plague

by Jeff Hirsch

In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever

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The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

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Taken at Dusk

by C.C. Hunter


Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers. Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Taken at Dusk?

That’s hard to answer. I try to show my characters growth in each book. And I know Taken at Dusk had a lot of character growth. However, when I think about the book, my mind always goes to the scenes and what those scenes bring to the story. And there are two scenes in Taken at Dusk that really come to mind.

One was the scene when Perry turned into a dragon because he was jealous of Miranda and then Miranda accidentally turned Burnett into a Kangaroo. I loved the humor in that scene and yet, it was also a scene that showed additional depth of the characters; Perry and Miranda’s affection for each other, Della’s embarrassment when she was hurt, but her need to protect her friends just as much as Kylie, Lucas’s realization that Kylie was a protector, Burnett’s need to be able to keep Shadow Falls going without Holiday, and Kylie’s understanding that her courage came without her needing to think about it.

The second scene I felt added some emotional depth to the story was the when Red gave his life for Kylie. I wanted to show Mario’s complete evilness and at the same time, show Red’s ability to recognize right from wrong. It was also important to show Kylie’s compassion and her awareness that sometimes people make really bad mistakes because they are conditioned to do so, as was Red. It was a scene that brought tears to my eyes when I wrote it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to ask me this question.

Here’s to reading and getting lost in a great story.

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Forgiven (Demon Trappers #3)

by Jana Oliver


Jana Oliver's third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel - following The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief - brings all new thrills, as Riley Blackthorne takes on demons, love... and the future of the human race.

The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.

But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control: something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks…

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Soul Thief (Demon Trappers #2)

by Jana Oliver


Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them...

Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.

But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…

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League of Strays

by L. B. Schulman

This suspenseful debut follows a group of teenage misfits in their delicious quest for revenge on those who have wronged them at their high school. When a mysterious note appears in Charlotte’s mailbox inviting her to join the League of Strays, she’s hopeful it will lead to making friends. What she discovers is a motley crew of loners and an alluring, manipulative ringleader named Kade. Kade convinces the group that they need one another both for friendship and to get back at the classmates and teachers who have betrayed them. But Kade has a bigger agenda. In addition to vandalizing their school and causing fights between other students, Kade’s real intention is a dangerous plot that will threaten lives and force Charlotte to choose between her loyalty to the League and her own conscience.

Praise for League of Strays
"A group of misfits is drawn together by a charismatic, sinister boy for friendship and revenge."
Kirkus Reviews

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about League of Strays?

My favorite thing about LEAGUE OF STRAYS is that I feel it realistically explores a possible danger that teens may face.

My main character, Charlotte, is a lonely, transfer student and because of her vulnerable emotional state, she’s susceptible to the manipulations of a certain boy. When teens experience feelings of attraction and being attractive to someone else, they may lose perspective and find themselves willing to do more than they are comfortable with on a lot of different levels. They have to learn to trust their own instincts and follow their own path. In this case, the boy in question is a psychopath, which means he doesn’t have a conscience. He is using Charlotte for his own gain, and she must decide whether or not to fight for her own, and others, well-being. I loved exploring Charlotte’s journey!

(If you want a chance to win LEAGUE OF STRAYS, stop by the blog here on November 8th and find out about about another character, Zoe, and discover what's on her "bucket List"--the things she plans to do before she dies.)

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Promised (The Birthmarked Trilogy)

by Caragh M. O'Brien

After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever.  She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland.  In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher.  Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Promised (The Birthmarked Trilogy)?

What I like most about Promised is the way it feels real to me. I can feel the dry wind on my face when Gaia comes over a ridge in the wasteland to see her old home in the distance, with the weathered houses below the wall and the obelisk rising above the Enclave. Writing it, I felt like I was coming home myself, and at the same time, I was driven by a sense of discovery.

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Forget Me Not

by Carolee Dean

From the author of Take Me There, a fast-paced novel in verse about a girl caught between life and death—and the boy who will do anything to save her.
Ally is devastated when a scandalous photo of her is texted around school. With her reputation in shambles and her life essentially over, she hides out in a back hallway, trying to figure out where everything went wrong.      Elijah has spent time in that hallway too. He landed there after taking a whole bottle of sleeping pills. Now he can see ghosts, and he knows what Ally has yet to suspect—that she’s already half dead, and one choice away from never coming back. Elijah has loved Ally for years and would do anything to save her from the in-between place. But if she’s going to live, Ally must face her inner demons and find the will to save herself.     Told in interwoven verse narratives, this crushingly honest and poetic exploration of pain and redemption will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Forget Me Not?

This story is very close to my heart. It was inspired by a tragedy that happened when I was in the seventh grade. One of my classmates hung himself. Ever since then there has been a question that has haunted me. "What happens to the soul after suicide?" Often when I write a book I start out with a question like this. The scary part is that I don't usually know the answer when I begin writing. It is the writing process that helps me tackle difficult questions. The answers I come up with are very personal to me, so I'm thrilled when I do find something that makes sense to me. That is my favorite thing about this book, and about writing in general. Also, I'm happy that in spite of the very deep subject matter, I was able to have a lot of fun with this story. That also helped the healing process. I based the set up of the Raven Valley High School on Dante's Inferno, I have allusions to many famous authors and poets, and I did a lot of exploring of raven mythology. All these things helped making the book much more than just a problem novel exploring a very difficult issue. I must add that there is a happy ending... but not for everyone.

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The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam)

by Jasper Fforde

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam)?

Well, I like several elements - the notion of magic being a faded, lost skill, that dragons, TVs, cars, and autocratic royalty can exist all at the same time; that the king has a useless brother known publicly as 'The King's Useless Brother', and that spells are like computer code - strings of enchantments that allow you to do specific job. I like Dragons, and Dragonpacts, and large marker stones that create forcefields. I like huge ironclad war machines four storeys high, that sorcerers are for the most part insane, and that no-one knows if 'The Mysterious X' actually exists at all. I like the notion that Trolls live in the far North and are the recipient of occasional wars, and that this world has a 'foundling based' economy. I like that the politics of the neighbouring kingdoms, despite this being a very modern world, is highly medieval. I like Sir Matt Grifflon who is not only the king's favourite knight but also a singing star 'with several popular hits', and I like that Jennifer Strange drives a Volkswagen. But most of all, I think I like the Quarkbeast, Jennifer's constant companion. But he's not like other companions. For a start, he is a mythical creature, bound together by spell, and that he is so ugly to look upon and has a reputation so fierce (A quarkbeast can eat its way through a school bus lengthwise in under eight seconds) that everyone recoils in shock when they see him. I like that he only says: 'Quark', and that his peculiar ways and appearance are only ever hinted upon, never described in full. Most of all, I like his tireless loyalty - and I think Jennifer likes this too.

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by Robison Wells

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy's deadly rules and brutal gangs. The worst was over.
Or so he thought.
But now he's trapped on the other side of the wall, in a different kind of prison. A town filled with familiar faces. People from Maxfield who Benson had seen die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.
They are all pawns in the school's twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. And while Benson struggles to figure out who, if anyone, can be trusted, he discovers that Maxfield Academy's plans are darker than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Feedback?

My favorite thing about FEEDBACK is that fans will finally be getting answers! I get a ton of reviews that are very positive and excited but that end with "Even though I love this book I HATE THAT ENDING SO MUCH!" VARIANT has a big cliffhanger at the end that has really left readers confused for the last year, so I'm thrilled to release FEEDBACK and let them finally see what it's all about. The answers will come right from the very first chapter, immediately explaining some of the cliffhanger questions while presenting a whole new set of clues and puzzles. (But the good news: this is not a trilogy; it's only two books. So, you'll be getting all of your answers here and I promise you won't get stuck with another year-long wait for more answers.)

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Send Me a Sign

by Tiffany Schmidt

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she'll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn't expect to look for was: "Will I survive cancer?" It's an answer her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl's search for signs of life in the face of death.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Send Me a Sign?

My favorite thing about Send Me A Sign? Is it cheating if I respond that my favorite thing has been reader reactions? I've so touched and honored to have heard from early readers about the ways the book resonated with them. So many people have reached out to me to share their own experiences with cancer --themselves, friends, family members -- and they've told me how much they appreciate the way my main character, Mia, is a Person... not a patient. I'm so glad readers are connecting with Mia and her friends, crushes, parents, etc. Send Me A Sign is a 384-page dream come true.

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Schooled (Bluford High)

by Paul Langan

Bluford High: It's not just school--it's real life.

There's no backing down for Lionel Shephard. With a dream of joining the NBA, all he wants to do at Bluford High is play basketball. But everyone's trying to stop him. His father thinks basketball is a waste of time, his teachers don't know he can barely read and threaten to fail him, and his dropout friend, Jamar, wants him to quit school. Unsure where to turn, Lionel must make a choice. Will he pursue his dream--or get caught in a nightmare?

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by Donna Cooner

Find your voice.

Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies's head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she'll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

But there is another voice: Ever's singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical - and partly to try and save her own life - Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over.

With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own.

Donna Cooner brings warmth, wit, and startling insight to this unforgettable debut.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Skinny?

The thing I like most about SKINNY is the conversations sparked about self image and that critical inner voice so many of us hear in our heads. Readers have already shared so many heart felt connections to battling and conquering the self doubt that keeps us all from achieving our dreams. The response has been amazing. I'm especially looking forward to upcoming school visits and opportunities to talk directly with teens about SKINNY.

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by Lois Lowry

They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles)

by Kresley Cole

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.She could save the world—or destroy it.Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.But she can’t do either alone.With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?Who can Evie trust?As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

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Live Through This

by Mindi Scott

When a relationship trespasses the boundaries of trust, the consequences are complex in this nuanced page-turner from “a formidable talent” (Booklist).If Coley Sterling’s best friend would stop hating her, if her dance-team captains would lighten up, if her friends would stop asking her about Reece, the geeky sax player she’s crushing on—then her life would be perfect. Right? After all, Coley’s stepdad is a successful attorney who gives Coley and her siblings everything, and her mother will stop at nothing to keep them all happy and safe—including having escaped ten years ago from the abuse of Coley’s real father.     But Coley is keeping a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully crafted faÇade. Now, Coley and Reece are getting closer, and a decade’s worth of Coley’s lies are on the verge of unraveling—along with the life she thought she knew.

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by Andrew Smith

Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and fantasy, good and evil—Andrew Smith’s masterpiece closes the loop that began with The Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?

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The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus)

by Rick Riordan

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

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The Suburban Strange

by Nathan Kotecki

Shy Celia Balaustine is new to Suburban High, but a mysterious group of sophomores called the Rosary has befriended her. Friends aside, Celia soon discovers something is not quite right at Suburban. Girls at the school begin having near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays. Who is causing the accidents, and why? As Celia’s own birthday approaches, she is inexorably drawn into an underground conflict between good and evil—the Kind and the Unkind—that bubbles beneath Suburban High. Plentiful references to music and art—along with the intriguing underworld mythology—make this supernatural series debut a page-turner.

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Pirate Cinema

by Cory Doctorow

Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household’s access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.

Trent's too clever for that too happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke.

Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers-that-be haven’t entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people’s minds….

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Eve and Adam

by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

In the beginning, there was an apple –

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker's head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die – not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect . . . won’t he?

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Through to You

by Emily Hainsworth

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he'd give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv's deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn't Viv.

The apparition's name is Nina, and she's not a ghost. She's a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can't believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn't the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he's forced to choose--stay with Viv or let her go--before the window closes between them once and for all.

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One Shot Away: A Wrestling Story

by T. Glen Coughlin

They're all just one shot away
It's senior year and the last season for Diggy, Jimmy, and Trevor on the Molly Pitcher High School varsity wrestling team. And they all want the same thing: to win.
But Diggy's got to compete with his older brother's legacy, and now he's in danger of losing his spot to the newcomer, Trevor. Not to mention he's got girl problems. Jimmy's got the cops on his tail and a girlfriend who looks down on him. Then Diggy does the unthinkable—he betrays a teammate. Can the team forgive him? And can he forgive himself?
With the pressure building and loyalties splintering, Diggy, Jimmy, and Trevor have got one shot to make weight and get onto the mat. Because pinning your opponent is about more than just winning.

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by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.

The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers' hearts.

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  1. You have highlighted so many amazing stories!! I'm so torn what to read first.

  2. Can't wait to read Rick Riordan's new book. We have a huge wait at the library--over 100 holds already. So many good books. You forgot to mention the winners, but congrats to whoever won.

  3. Great list, I'm constantly looking for more books to get my kids! Of course, like other kids they loved Harry Potter and Twilight, but I really want them to expand their horizons a bit. Right now they're both reading a great book called "Through Angel's Eyes" by Steve Theunissen, you can check it out and get it right off the website Neither one can put it down, so I'm pretty happy about that. Thanks again for this post, I'm going to look in to some of these that you've listed.

    1. I'm not sure why this link didn't post correctly, but here you go!

  4. It has been a long, long time since I've read anything Percy Jackson. Should I start reading it again?

  5. I really enjoyed The Eleventh Plague so I've had my eye on The Magesterium for a while now. I've heard excellent things about Hallowed Ones as well!!

  6. So many good books! There were some on there that I didn't even know about! I've been looking forward to Breathe and I've heard good things about The Hallowed Ones. So many I can't wait to read : )

  7. There are so many awesome books here I want to read especially The Hallowed Ones and The Eleventh Plague. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  8. Send Me A Sign - looks like the kind of book I would love. All of them do, actually!

  9. Ooh, there are a few books I'm eying up here, including Send Me A Sign. I've seen the trailer for it. It looks amazing.

  10. Really looking forward to send me a sign. I've heard such good things. Can't wait to read Son as well. I first read The Giver back in eighth grade and I can't wait to reread the two previous books first

  11. A lot of good books this time around. I've been looking forward to Son and Pirate Cinema especially.

  12. So many great books! I'm love Lowry's Giver and Gathering Blue - can't wait for Son. Love a lot of the covers too - but Lucid is especially gorgeous! :)


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