THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY
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by Allen Zadoff
Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
They needed the perfect soldier: one who could function in every situation without fear, sympathy or anger; who could assassinate strangers and then walk away emotionally unscathed. So they made Boy Nobody-a teen with no name or history. The perfect soldier.
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter seems so much like him; the mayor smells like his father. And when memories and questions surface, the Program is watching. Because somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the kid he once was, the teen who wants normal things like a real home and parents, a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.
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How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend
by Allyson Valentine
A funny and smart romantic comedy about getting the guy. . . and finding yourself.
Sophomore Nora Fulbright is the most talented and popular new cheerleader on the Riverbend High cheer squad. Never mind that she used to be queen of the nerds--a chess prodigy who answered every question first, aced every test and repelled friends at every turn--because this year, Nora is determined to fully transition from social pupa to full blown butterfly, even if it means dumbing down her entire schedule. But when funny, sweet and very cute Adam moves to town and steals Nora's heart with his untra-smarts and illegally cute dimple, Nora has a problem. How can she prove to him that she's not a complete airhead? Nora devises a seemingly simple plan to barter her way into Adam's classes that involves her classmates, friends, and her older brother Phil's award-winning AP history paper. But soon, Nora can barely keep track of her trades, and struggles to stay in control of her image.
In the end, the only thing that can save Nora is a chess tournament--that she has to compete in wearing her cheerleading uniform. Can she prove to everyone that she can be both a butterfly and a nerd?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend?
My favorite things about How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend (I couldn't come up with just one!):
I love the secondary characters. Some people have told me that their favorite character is Nora's little brother, Joshie, and I think he might be my favorite, too. He's funny without trying to be, he's vulnerable, innocent, but with a distinctly impish streak. He's a compilation of kids I've known and loved, especially my own two boys and my brother when he was a little kid. Joshie's was the dialogue that required the least revising because his voice always came out loud and clear, and he spoke so fast I could barely get his words on the page. I also really love the Teapot. She's genuine, full of heart, so present in every moment. I really appreciate her loyalty and her humor. I was so happy that she got to go to the Homecoming dance, and never saw it coming until the moment it did. And I'm still excited for her about the way her story resolves. I've never actually known someone quite like the Teapot; someone so confident to just be who they are without worrying who's watching. She inspires me! And the story is filled with character I would love to know more about. Like Krista's boyfriend, Dex. He's sweet and warm and obviously entirely devoted to Krista. I picture him as being from a very solid family, blue collar, salt of the earth. I still think about him from time to time and wonder what he's doing right now. I love Geoff the fish, Eric (aka Chubby Stripes), Vanessa. I even have a soft spot for Mitch, creepy as he is.
I like the relationships that grow and deepen through the course of the story and how writing them put me in touch with my own past relationships. To write the budding romance between Nora and Adam I had to completely immerse myself in a particularly sweet high school romance with a boy called Michael. The relationship between Nora and her Mom included the same kinds of push and pull that I experienced with my own mother growing up. And when I was in high school, it looked for a while there like my father was leaving us. The anger and hurt I felt back then fueled the conversation between Nora and her father. My relationship with my own father has healed and I am definitely pulling for Nora to go to school in Boston! .
I adore the title! The working title for this book was Swapped, as Nora's swaps are a huge plot point. When the editors suggested changing it I felt very unsure. And when they suggested changing it to How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend, at first I was really uncomfortable. I never would have seen myself writing a novel with such a title. But the more I thought about it the better I liked it. When I saw it on the cover I was totally sold. Now, I think it's perfect.
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by C.J. Daugherty
Katherine Tegen Books
Allie Sheridan's world is falling apart. Her brother's run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she's just been arrested.
This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.
But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.
When she's attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.
And that she is not who she thought she was.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Night School?
Cimmeria Academy. The school where Allie is sent by her parents after her arrest is nothing like she expects. She thinks she's going to reform school, with tough kids and iron bars on the windows. Instead she finds it's an extraordinary place -- a sprawling Victorian mansion set amid vast gardens and many acres of forests, and with a ruined castle on the hill above it. It's Hogwarts without witches and she soon falls in love with it.
Buildings like Cimmeria are not at all uncommon in England -- in fact, when creating it, I used as my inspiration a boarding school near my home -- but, as an American ex-pat, I've never stopped being impressed by them. Every time I walk into a school that reminds me of Cimmeria -- as I often do on book tours -- I find myself wishing again I could have gone to a school like that. Had such beauty around me every day.
In Cimmeria I invented my dream school. Of course, it's terribly dangerous there -- everything beautiful has its price.
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by Elana K. Arnold
Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.
Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Burning?
The best thing, for me, about BURNING was the ability to get into the heads of two characters--Ben Stanley and Lala White. I structured this book so that the odd chapters are in Ben's voice, and the even chapters are in Lala's.
I set the story in a fictional version of a real town, Empire, Nevada. I first heard about Empire on NPR. Empire was a company town, meaning that the entire town was owned by a company that mined gypsum, which is used to make wallboard. But since the housing market crashed, the demand for gypsum has fallen, too, and everyone in Empire had to leave. The whole town shut down. And Empire was located really close to where the annual Burning Man festival occurs.
I started thinking about the teens who lived in Empire, and what their lives must be like in their final days in their town. Right away I heard Ben's story.
Lala's voice was more difficult to find, but I knew she would be a Romani Gypsy. I dove into research and became fascinated with the Gypsy culture, the family dynamics, the particular struggles these people face. And there was so much potential for conflict in the clashing of their worlds, in the burning heat of the desert summer.
I was on fire for this book. Everything about it--the Tarot reading, the scorched landscape, the tension between Ben and his friends, Lala and her fiance Romeo, the shuttering town--I couldn't write fast enough. And the two voices, Ben's and Lala's, drove me forward, demanding to tell their stories.
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by Eve Silver
Katherine Tegen Books
So what's the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game--her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn't really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn't. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Rush?
Does "everything" count as an answer? I love the characters--damaged Miki Jones who draws on an inner well of strength, enigmatic Jackson Tate, easy-going Luka Vujic. I love the dual settings of Rochester, NY and the game Miki's sucked into where she has to hunt aliens or be hunted by them. I love the action; there are a lot of scenes where the reader lives the game right along with Miki. I love the whole gaming aspect. I love the way the reader discovers the answers right along with Miki. But most of all, my favorite thing about RUSH is the fact that I have the chance to share this story with readers.
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by Helen Fitzgerald
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
When 16-year-old Abigail's mother dies in Scotland--leaving a faded photo, a weirdly cryptic letter, and a one-way ticket to America--she feels nothing. Why should she? Her mother gave her away when she was a baby, leaving her to grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in ugly foster homes. But the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in California. What's more, Abigail discovers she has an eighteen-year-old sister, Becky. And the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them.
After struggling to overcome her natural suspicions of a note from beyond the grave (not to mention anything positive) Abigail grows close to her newfound sister. But then Becky is found dead, the accidental victim of an apparent drug overdose. As Abigail wrestles with her feelings and compiles a "Book of Remembrance" of her sister's short life, she uncovers a horrifying global plot aimed at controlling teen behavior: one that took her sister's and mother's lives, with vast implications.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Deviant?
Abigail hates rainy Glasgow. She thinks moving to LA will turn her into someone else; someone who's happy. But it's not where you are that makes you happy or sad, it's who. And no matter where she's living, I love feisty, complex, confusing, confused, Abigail. She's my favorite thing about the book. She's tough but she's also kind, she toes the line but she's also deviant, she longs for intimacy yet she pushes it away. I only wish she loved herself as much as I love her.
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by J.R. Johansson
It's been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.
Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he's had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people's fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets--and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia's eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he's gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it's Parker.
Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Insomnia?
My favorite thing is the twists and turns the plot takes combined with the unreliable narration. With Parker, we have a main character who can't tell what is real and what is not. When the reader is viewing it through his eyes, every aspect of the story is called into question. It makes for quite a bumpy ride.
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Another Little Piece
by Kate Karyus Quinn
The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut.
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape--unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Another Little Piece?
Oooh, this is tough! I love the little poems sprinkled throughout ALP. I love the romantic relationship that develops between Annaliese and Dex. I love the layering of time so that flashbacks are sprinkled throughout the current time narrative. However, if I must pick, my very favorite thing is the relationship that develops between Annaliese and the mom. In many ways, I feel that this is the heart of the ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE and that without the mom's steady and constant love, this book would've had a completely different ending.
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by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
With New Agey parents and a Pakistani heritage, it might have been difficult for Sunny Pryce-Shah to fit in. Thankfully, she had her older, popular cousin Shiri to talk to--until now. Shiri's shocking suicide brings heartwrenching pain and grief, and also seems to have triggered a new and disturbing ability in Sunny: hearing people's thoughts.
It's awful, especially when Sunny learns what her so-called friends really think of her. Feeling more comfortable with the Emo crowd, she tells them about her strange talent and uses it to help cute, troubled Cody. But when his true motives are revealed, she isn't sure whom to trust anymore. Sunny hopes to find answers in Shiri's journal. Was her cousin also cursed with this "gift"? Will Sunny end up like Shiri?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Underneath?
Much more than I originally expected, the book ended up talking about the messiness of navigating relationships: friendships, family, love--they aren't necessarily easy, and sometimes they even require work (surprise!). Sunny has this gift that enables her to catch glimpses of what's going through others' minds, but in reality, it's not much more than we mere mortals ever get. The work of the relationship still has to be done--the reaching out, the trusting, the giving of ourselves and accepting of the other person. And in the end, Sunny learns how powerful (and sometimes difficult) those seemingly everyday things really are. I didn't approach the book with that theme explicitly in mind; it was just something that emerged as I wrote and re-wrote. Because this particular book was a challenging one for me to write--it's gone through a LOT of drafts and lived through at least two abandonments--it was incredibly rewarding to see themes like this one take shape and give cohesion to the story, making the characters come alive in a way they hadn't for me before.
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by Elizabeth Ross
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service--the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.
Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.
But Isabelle has no idea her new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.
LAST WEEK'S GIVEAWAY WINNERS
by Elana Johnson
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Winner: Sarah G. Marsh
The fight for independent thought becomes a matter of life or death in this sizzling and intense conclusion to the Possession trilogy.Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there's more at stake than a few broken hearts.
But there is a traitor among them, and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.
Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers' reign. Their success means everything--and their failure means death.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Abandon?
My favorite thing about ABANDON is that it's THE END. Seriously. Writing a trilogy is A LOT of work, and A LOT of words, and it's very satisfying to see if come to a conclusion. Also, Jag Barque narrates, and I kinda like him, too. ;)
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by Lois Ruby
Advanced Reader Copy Giveaway (2 Copies)
Winners: Heather Raglin and Sumbee
Infused with history and mystery, this tale of ghosts, love, and murder takes place in present-day Gettysburg, where the Civil War still looms large.
Lori Chase doesn't know what to think about ghosts. She may have seen a few in the past, but those were just childish imaginings...right? Only now that she is living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, spirits seem to be on everyone's mind. The town is obsessed with its bloody Civil War history, and the old inn that Lori's parents run is supposedly haunted by the souls of dead soldiers.
Then Lori meets one such soldier--the devastatingly handsome Nathaniel Pierce. Nathaniel's soul cannot rest, and he desperately needs Lori's help. Because Nathaniel was not killed in the famous battle. He was murdered. Lori begins to investigate the age-old mystery, stumbling upon shocking clues and secrets.
At the same time, she can't help falling for Nathaniel, just as he is falling for her....
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Rebel Spirits?
Lori and Nathaniel are desperately in love, despite the fact that one's very much alive, and the other's been dead for a century and a half. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, or life after death, or reincarnation, anyone with a beating heart has to believe that true love triumphs over all these obstacles. The question is, how?
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by Bill Konigsberg
Arthur A. Levine Books
A funny, honest novel about being out, being proud . . . and being ready for something else.
Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn't even know that love is possible.
This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Openly Straight?
My favorite thing about Openly Straight is that it feels raw and authentic, and that's a product of me not really knowing what it was I was writing when I started. There's this whole thing in the book where the main character Rafe's English teacher shares a quote for E.L. Doctorow: "Writing is an exploration. You start with nothing and learn as you go." I used it because I wanted Rafe to use writing as a way to explore his feelings in the book (I know, very meta). What I didn't understand as I was writing was that I was doing the same thing. I was unaware just how much I was tired of being labeled gay before any other aspect of my personality. So as Rafe was busy putting away his label, I was experiencing my own version of the same thing. I like the raw emotion that Rafe experiences toward the end of the book, because it feels real to me and I know it has been impacting other people the same way.
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The Pirate''s Wish
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.
Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies -- and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Pirate''s Wish?
I have a couple of favorite moments in the book. One is toward the end, and it's bit of a spoiler --all I'll say is that the two main characters, Ananna and Naji, visit a strange new place. Another favorite part is when Ananna and Naji and the rest of their crew wind up on an island full of manticores, as the manticores' honored guests. It was tremendous fun writing the manticore society, since I imagined them as being fairly elegant creatures, even if they are technically monsters.
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by Adrienne Kress
Winner: Krystal C.
After six years of "angels" coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear. When one decides to terrorize her in her own backyard, it's the final straw. She takes her mother's shotgun and shoots the thing. So it's dead. Or not? In place of the creature she shot, is a guy. A really hot guy. A really hot alive and breathing guy. Oh, and he's totally naked.
Not sure what to do, she drags his unconscious body to the tool shed and ties him up. After all, he's an angel and they have tricks. When he regains consciousness she's all set to interrogate him about why the angels come to her town, and how to get back her best friend (and almost boyfriend) Chris, who was taken the year before. But it turns out the naked guy in her shed is just as confused about everything as she is.
He thinks it's 1956.
Set in the deep south, OUTCAST is a story of love, trust, and coming of age. It's also a story about the supernatural, a girl with a strange sense of humor who's got wicked aim, a greaser from the 50's, and an army of misfits coming together for one purpose: To kick some serious angel ass.
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by Tracy Deebs
**Giveaway of Tempest Rising, book one of the series**
Half-mermaid Tempest Maguire is trying to have it all: fulfilling her duties as second-in-line to the merQueen Hailana while periodically returning home to the California coastline to be with her family and longtime boyfriend, Mark. Living under the sea and rebuilding Coral Straits is grueling work, while being back home reminds her of everyone she loves and misses. But when her old flame Kona arrives bearing news that Hailana has died and Tempest is now officially merQueen, she returns permanently to Coral Straits--even though it devastates her family and rips her apart from Mark. Once there, she discovers that an old enemy has resurfaced, hell-bent on taking over her throne...with or without her. As Tempest prepares for her final showdown against Tiamat and anyone who stands with her, she must decide what--and who--is really important to her. Because there will be few survivors in the ultimate sea battle that is brewing--and Tempest isn't sure she will be one of them.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Tempest Revealed?
My favorite part of Tempest Revealed is the fact that Tempest really comes into her own. In the first two books in the series, we see Tempest try to decide what direction she wants her life to go. Land or sea? Mark or Kona? MerQueen or surfer? In Tempest Revealed, we finally get the answer to all these questions and more. Plus, even more fun for me, is the fact that we finally get to see her powers come full circle and watch as she faces down old enemies, finds true love and finally settles into her own skin and the life she was born to have.
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by Amanda Hocking
St. Martin''s Griffin
Winner: Dannie Morin
With Penn and Lexi determined to kill Gemma and replace her with another siren, Gemma's life is in grave danger...unless she can break the curse before it's too late. With the help of Harper and Daniel, she'll delve deep into her enemies' mythical past--and their darkest secrets. It's her only hope of saving everything she holds dear: her family, her life, and her relationship with Alex--the only guy she's ever loved.
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by Laura Powell
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition
Winner: Tiffany Drew
Lucas and Glory are hard at work in WICA (Witchkind Intelligence and Covert Affairs). As part of their training, they learn more about the witch-terrorist organization Endor. It is believed that Endor has infiltrated a boarding school for young witches in Switzerland, so WICA sends their two youngest agents--Lucas and Glory--to the school undercover. There, they learn more about an experimental brain implant that blocks the power of the fae. It's a dangerous procedure . . . more so than they could ever have imagined.
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by William Sutcliffe
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Walker Childrens; 1 edition
Joshua lives with his mother and step-father in Amarias, an isolated town, where all the houses are brand new. Amarias is surrounded by a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily fortified checkpoint. Joshua has been taught that the Wall is the only thing keeping his people safe from a brutal and unforgiving enemy.
One day, Joshua stumbles across a tunnel that leads underneath the Wall. The chance to catch a glimpse of life on the other side of The Wall is too tempting to resist. He's heard plenty of stories about the other side, but nothing has prepared him for what he finds . . .
Set in a tense reality closely mirroring Israel's West bank, this deeply affecting parable of a boy who undertakes a short journey to another world lingers long after completion.
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IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
by April Henry
Henry Holt and Co.
When Cady wakes up, she has no memory of who she is. All she knows is that there is a pillowcase over her head and a person in the room has instructed another to "take her out back and finish her off." Cady must find a way to save herself. But how can she do this when she doesn't even know her name?
April Henry has written another nail-biting suspense thriller that explores such themes as murder, memory loss, identity theft, and biological warfare. As with her other novels, her strong female protagonist joins forces with a teen guy and together they race against the clock to stay alive and save Cady's missing family.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die?
My favorite thing about The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is that almost every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, and not cheesy ones either. Plus it's got amnesia!
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Charm & Strange
by Stephanie Kuehn
St. Martin''s Griffin
When you've been kept caged in the dark, it's impossible to see the forest for the trees. It's impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.
He's part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.
He's part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.
Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.
Before the sun rises, he'll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths--that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Charm & Strange?
My favorite thing about Charm & Strange is that it addresses topics and issues that are uncomfortable, but that are real and need to be discussed. However, it's also a story that explores its content on an emotional level, not a didactic one. It lets you get inside the mind of someone who is struggling and experience his world with him. It's from this vantage point that you can see the narrator, not for his frailties, but for his true strength and resilience.
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MORE RELEASES IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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Dance of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death, the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.
In Dance of the Red Death, Araby's world is in shambles--betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.
Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves--or it could turn her into a hero.
With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.
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by Charlie Higson
Hyperion Book CH
The Sacrifice picks up after Small Sam and The Kid arrive at the Tower of London at the end of The Dead. Though Sam finds safety and friendship at the Tower with Jordan Hordern's crew, he can't settle down. The only thing he wants is to be reunited with his sister, Ella. Despite Ed's protests, Sam and the Kid strike out westward, through the no-go zone.
Meanwhile, Shadowman is tracking Saint George across north London, watching him build up his army. Shadowman knows that Saint George is an extremely dangerous threat, but no one will take his warnings seriously.
Some answers to the questions we've been wondering about--What is the Disease? Where did it come from? Is there a cure?--are addressed by an unexpected source: a diseased adult nicknamed Wormwood who has the ability to speak, though his ravings are difficult to decipher.
Unspeakable horror, edge-of-the-seat suspense, and stomach-churning plot twists continue in Book 4 of Charlie Higson's masterful Enemy saga.
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by Elizabeth Knox
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sixteen-year-old Canny Mochrie's vacation takes a turn when she stumbles upon a mysterious and enchanting valley, occupied almost entirely by children who can perform a special type of magic that tells things how to be stronger and better than they already are. As Canny studies the magic more carefully, she realizes that she not only understands it--she can perform the magic, too, so well that it feels like it has always been a part of her. With the help of an alluring seventeen-year-old boy who is held hostage by a spell that is now more powerful than the people who first placed it, Canny figures out the secrets of this valley and of her own past.
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by Imogen Howson
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she's been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.
Finally, she's promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she's been seeing the world through another girl's eyes.
Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl--Lin--who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.
Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose--secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.
Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.
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by Lauren Conrad
Infamous brings Lauren Conrad’s juicy, gossipy Fame Game series to a stunning conclusion.
As the star of MTV series The Hills, Lauren Conrad understands Hollywood life. She uses insider knowledge to tell the story of Madison Parker, Kate Hayes, and Carmen Curtis, stars of The Fame Game, the reality TV show that follows the girls as they try to become famous in L.A.
Kate and Carmen are about to become big stars, but they’re going to have to survive some backstage drama first. Madison is learning hard lessons about fame as she deals with backstabbing “friends” and family, out-of-control paparazzi, and a scandal reported in every tabloid.
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Ship Out of Luck
by Neal Shusterman
In honor of Old Man Crawley's eightieth birthday, the Bonano family has been invited to celebrate with a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean aboard the world's largest, grandest ship. But whether on land or at sea, Antsy can't manage to stay out of trouble: He quickly finds himself the accomplice of stowaway and thief Tilde, whose self-made mission it is to smuggle onto the ship and across the U.S. border illegal immigrants from her native Mexico. When Antsy steps in to take the fall for Tilde, he becomes the focus of a major international incident and the poster-child for questionable decisions.
Equal parts clever and riotous, Ship Out of Luck brings back the beloved cast of characters from Neal Shusterman's acclaimed The Schwa Was Here and Antsy Does Time.
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Spies and Prejudice
by Talia Vance
Pride & Prejudice meets Veronica Mars in this slick romantic spy-thriller where nothing's as it seems.
Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She's busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she's sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.
So when arrogant, and gorgeous, Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her "nothing amazing," it's no loss for Berry. She'll forget him in no time. She's more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother's death.
But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can't Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?
With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.
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Born of Illusion
by Teri Brown
Balzer + Bray
Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she's street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and seances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920's New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?
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