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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK
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by Traci Chee
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Reader?
You know, my favorite thing about THE READER changes all the time? Last week, I was super excited about the structure of it--four different timelines and eight points-of-view. On Monday, I was eager for readers to find all the hidden messages scattered throughout the pages. Today, I’m kind of enamored with one of my characters, Captain Cannek Reed. He’s a lean, tattooed cowboy-pirate hybrid, completely obsessed with the building of his own legend. See, in the world of THE READER, where reading and writing don’t exist, there’s no record of you. No evidence you were ever born, no proof you ever existed… except in how people tell your story after you’re gone. So, gripped by this fear of death and this deep desperation for immortality, Reed goes out in search of adventure: treasure hunts, sightings of mythical creatures, epic races from one island kingdom to another. Anything he will be remembered for, anything that will keep them repeating his name. It’s a strange life, risking death every day so the legends of your deeds will outlive you. But for Captain Reed, the bigger the risk, the better the story.
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Fall of Hades
by Richard Paul Evans
Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
Michael and his friends try to recruit Hatch’s Electric Youth to their side as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying sixth installment of the New York Times bestselling series!
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by Dawn Ius
Gone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society in this edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.
Jules Parish has screwed up.
After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.
Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world…in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.
First there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.
With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard: Jenny M.
Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins: Cordia D.
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner: Danielle D
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts: Jen P.
MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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A Song to Take the World Apart
by Zan Romanoff
Knopf Books for Young Readers
What if you could make someone love you back, just by singing to them? Fans of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun and Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender will be captivated by this contemporary love story with hints of magical realism.
Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei’s life normal. He’s cooler, he’s older, and he’s in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless— right?
The more she listens, though, the more keenly she can feel her own voice locked up in her throat, and how she longs to use it. And as she starts exploring the power her grandmother never wanted her to discover, influencing Chris and everyone around her, the foundations of Lorelei’s life start to crumble. There’s a reason the women in her family never want to talk about what their voices can do.
And a reason Lorelei can’t seem to stop herself from singing anyway.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about A Song to Take the World Apart?
My favorite thing about the book is probably a scene where the main character's mother cuts her hair for her. I'm always fascinated by tiny moments of contact between two people-- someone zipping up a friend's dress or putting on her necklace, ways that we touch each other that seem casual but can be very freighted, or tender. "Serious writing" tends to elide things like haircuts, but actually our days are mostly made up of seemingly-small or mundane chores like them. In a book that's a lot about the inheritances between generations of women, it felt very right to set a a difficult, weighty conversation about history in the middle of something aesthetic and domestic.
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The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker
by Kat Spears
St. Martin's Griffin
Luke Grayson's life might as well be over when he's forced to go live in rural Tennessee with his Baptist pastor father. His reputation as a troublemaker has followed him there, and as an outsider, Luke is automatically under suspicion by everyone from the principal at his new school to the local police chief. His social life is no better. The new kid in town is an easy target for Grant Parker, the local golden boy with a violent streak who has the entire community of Ashland under his thumb.
But things go topsy-turvy when a freak accident removes Grant from the top of the social pyramid, replacing him with Luke. This fish out of water has suddenly gone from social outcast to hero in a matter of twenty-four hours. For the students who have lived in fear of Grant all their lives, this is a welcome change. But Luke’s new found fame comes with a price. Nobody knows the truth about what really happened to Grant Parker except for Luke, and the longer he keeps living the lie, the more like Grant Parker he becomes.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker?
My favorite thing about THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER is how easy it is to identify with the main character, despite his poor decision making skills and raging insecurities. I never get tired of writing characters who you would like to hug and, subsequently, slap across the face. Luke fits that mold perfectly.
What’s great about THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER is that it’s a fun, silly read on the surface, and if that’s all you want out of the story then that’s fine. But there are some deeper aspects if you go looking for them. I’ve always appreciated that duality about books by authors like Mark Twain and Jack London. You can enjoy their books whether you feel like thinking, or not.
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by Marina Budhos
Wendy Lamb Books
Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know.
Naeem is far from the “model teen.” Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents and their gossipy neighbors. Even worse, they’re not the only ones watching. Cameras on poles. Mosques infiltrated. Everyone knows: Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.
Naeem thinks he can charm his way through anything, until his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer a dark deal. Naeem sees a way to be a hero—a protector—like the guys in his brother’s comic books. Yet what is a hero? What is a traitor? And where does Naeem belong?
Acclaimed author Marina Budhos delivers a riveting story that’s as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Watched?
I want them to understand what it’s like to come of age as a Muslim teenager, especially a boy, in these ferocious and difficult times. I want them to get a sense of their exposure, scrutiny and vulnerability in an age of terrorism and surveillance. Teenagers are always looking for alternate selves, trying and experimenting with identities. That’s the very nature of coming of age. But what happens when you can be manipulated from so many sides—by the authorities and police or by the malevolent forces of recruitment? How do you find your own identity, your moral center?
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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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by Charlotte Huang
A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
- amazing boyfriend
- the coolest friends
- the most desirable dorm
But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.
Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .
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by Randi Pink
Feiwel & Friends
When a black teenager prays to be white and her wish comes true, her journey of self-discovery takes shocking--and often hilarious--twists and turns in this debut that people are sure to talk about.
LaToya Williams lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. She's so low on the social ladder that even the other black kids disrespect her. Only her older brother, Alex, believes in her. At least, until a higher power answers her only prayer--to be "anything but black." And voila! She wakes up with blond hair, blue eyes, and lily white skin. And then the real fun begins . . .
Randi Pink's debut dares to explore provocative territory. One thing's for sure--people will talk about this book.
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by Sherri L. Smith
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Award-winning author Sherri L. Smith returns with a riveting, noir-style thriller, perfect for fans of E. Lockhart.
Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses.
When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay.
Now everyone is a suspect--family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own.
In a homage to the great noir stories of Los Angeles, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's Pasadena is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the backdrop of California's City of Roses.
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The Bombs That Brought Us Together
by Brian Conaghan
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever.
Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy.
Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will... But he's got to kill someone else first.
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The Last True Love Story
by Brendan Kiely
Margaret K. McElderry Books
"The point of living is learning how to love."
That’s what Gpa says. To Hendrix and Corrina, both seventeen but otherwise alike only in their loneliness, that sounds like another line from a pop song that tries to promise kids that life doesn’t actually suck. Okay, so: love. Sure.
The thing about Corrina—her adoptive parents are suffocating, trying to mold her into someone acceptable, predictable, like them. She’s a musician, itching for any chance to escape, become the person she really wants to be. Whoever that is.
And Hendrix, he’s cool. Kind of a poet. But also kind of lost. His dad is dead and his mom is married to her job. Gpa is his only real family, but he’s fading fast from Alzheimer’s. Looking for any way to help the man who raised him, Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promise—that he’ll get him back east to the hill where he first kissed his wife, before his illness wipes away all memory of her.
One hot July night, Hendrix and Corrina decide to risk everything. They steal a car, spring Gpa from his assisted living facility, stuff Old Humper the dog into the back seat, and take off on a cross-country odyssey from LA to NY. With their parents, Gpa’s doctors, and the police all hot on their heels, Hendrix and Corrina set off to discover for themselves if what Gpa says is true—that the only stories that last are love stories.
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When They Fade
by Jeyn Roberts
Knopf Books for Young Readers
TATUM is the only person at school who knew the truth about the affair her best friend, Claudette, has been having with Mr. Paracini, their married teacher. And at the time, confiding in an adult seemed like the right thing to do. But now, everyone in town has turned against Tatum, painting her as a liar and a rat. As the bullying from her classmates escalates, it seems that nowhere is safe for her anymore.
MOLLY, a hitchhiker, was brutally murdered in the early 1970s, but there is no afterlife for her. Instead, she has found herself marooned with a crowd of other people who have also died tragically. Molly is able to fade back to earth for a few fleeting moments, and when she fades, she finds herself hitchhiking once again, and telling the unsuspecting drivers who stop for her things about their future that only she can see.
One foggy night, Tatum sneaks out for a drive. The teenage hitchhiker she picks up doesn’t talk much, until she suddenly turns to Tatum and says: “You’re going to die. It will hurt and you’ll be alone. And no one will help you.”
And then she disappears. As the two girls’ stories converge, Tatum and Molly will discover that they must first figure out how to help the other in order to save themselves.
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