Friday, October 11, 2013

12 Two Young Adult Fiction Giveaways Plus New Releases in Stores 10/12-10/18


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Friends and Traitors
by C. J. Hill
Hardcover Giveaway
Feiwel & Friends
Released 10/15/2013

The Slayers -- teens who have powers to fight dragons -- are back by popular demand in this high-octane sequel, now with a new cover package!
Tori is at a White House dinner party when she hears a horrifying sound: dragon eggs hatching. It means in less than a year, the dragons will be mature and dangerous. The Slayers are well-trained, but their group is not yet complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker Davis, the mysterious Slayer who has yet to surface.
What Tori doesn't bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers: she isn't a Slayer after all, but a Dragon Lord, with a built-in predisposition to protect dragons, not kill them.
How will she overcome this to save the lives of her friends?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Friends and Traitors?

My favorite thing is that I got to write about three characters having an air-chase in downtown DC. DC has lots of cool monuments that just beg for someone to fly around them. (The Washington Monument, all those towers on the Smithsonian Institute building, the golden angel on top of spires of the Mormon temple. Come on, you know you'd like to fly around there yourself.) It's Halloween and so my main character, Tori, is dressed up as Supergirl at the time. As you can imagine, there's lots of fun reaction from the pedestrians who witness the fighting.

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by Lisi Harrison
Hardcover Giveaway
Released 10/15/2013

My picture is on page eighteen of Noble High's Phoenix yearbook. I am one of the Phoenix Five. You nominated me. You thought I was one of the most outstanding students in our freshman class. You were wrong.

Still, I accepted my award. I acted special. But I couldn't help wondering what it was like to be that way for real. So I broke into Ms. Silver's safe in the faculty lounge and stole all five of our journals. I'm not exposing them out of jealousy or anger. I'm doing this because I am tired of the lies. The bar is too high, and cheating is the only way to reach it. Instagrams are filtered, Facebook profiles are embellished, photos are shopped, Manti T'eo's girlfriend was a anything real anymore?

I found the answer in our journals. These are 100 percent real and 100 percent unedited. The proof is in the pages:

We're all pretenders.

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The Extra
by Kathryn Lasky
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Manju Howard

Is the chance to serve as an extra for Hitler’s favorite filmmaker a chance at life — or a detour on the path to inevitable extermination?

One ordinary afternoon, fifeen-year-old Lilo and her family are suddenly picked up by Hitler’s police and imprisoned as part of the "Gypsy plague." Just when it seems certain that they will be headed to a labor camp, Lilo is chosen by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to work as a film extra. Life on the film set is a bizarre alternate reality. The surroundings are glamorous, but Lilo and the other extras are barely fed, closely guarded, and kept in a locked barn when not on the movie set. And the beautiful, charming Riefenstahl is always present, answering the slightest provocation with malice, flaunting the power to assign prisoners to life or death. Lilo takes matters into her own hands, effecting an escape and running for her life. In this chilling but ultimately uplifting novel, Kathryn Lasky imagines the lives of the Gypsies who worked as extras for the real Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, giving readers a story of survival unlike any other.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Extra?

This is a question that normally I might have a difficult time answering. I guess I would reflect on certain scenes that I had fun writing or perhaps some great comeback a character had to a remark another character had made. But with THE EXTRA it is different. My favorite thing is that this is a story that really fell between the cracks of history. There has been so much written about the holocaust and I think many people know that gypsies and homosexuals were targeted by the Nazis as well as Jews. But very few people know the story of the gypsies who were taken out of internment camps to become ‘film slaves’ for Leni Reifenstahl in her first directorial effort of a dramatic film Tiefland. The main character in my book is Lilo Friwald who is a composite of two real girls who were film slaves. One had worked as a stunt double for Leni in the horseback riding scenes and the other was an extra. Leni had the power to have people released from concentration camps as well as to arrange to have them sent there. Many of the gypsies that Leni chose to be films slaves tried to bargain with her. It rarely worked. I had always said that I would never want to write a book with Hitler as the main character for I felt he was so evil that a writer might become vulnerable to making a caricature out of him. But Leni Reifenstahl was a different story. I was fascinated by her beauty juxtaposed against the ultimate evil face of Hitler with that little toothbrush mustache of his, and I began to realize through my research that sometimes the face of evil can be very beautiful—like a flip side.

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Season of the Witch
by Mariah Fredericks
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Schwartz & Wade
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Jen Hivick

Like Fredericks's The Girl in the Park, here is a page-turner that perfectly captures the world of New York City private schools, as it explores the notion of power among teenage girls. Queen Bee Chloe is going to make Toni suffer for the whatever that transpired between Toni and Chloe's boyfriend, Oliver, over the summer. From day one of eleventh grade, she has Toni branded as a super slut, and it isn't long before things get so ugly that Toni fears for her safety. What's a scared, powerless, and fed-up teenager to do? Guided by Cassandra—a girl with some serious problems of her own—Toni decides to stop playing the victim and take control. Cassandra has been experimenting with witchcraft, and together they cast a spell on Chloe that may actually cause her death. Could Toni have really made such an awful thing happen?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Season of the Witch?

My favorite thing about Season of the Witch was the chance to be nasty. To write characters who have hateful feelings—and revel in them. My natural bent as a writer is to create characters who are somewhat self-conscious. They edit themselves a lot. "DId I say the right thing?" "Will that person hate me?" But I realized that in a story about witchcraft, the characters have to embrace the "dark side." You can't cast spells if you're not really feeling it. Their language is strong and bold because their feelings are. Cassandra, in particular, makes no apologies for who she hates, who she loves, and what she feels the people in each group deserve. She is a very smart, very angry, very vengeful young woman. I really love her and I hope readers do, too.

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Coaltown Jesus
by Ron Koertge
Hardcover Giveaway
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Natasha Donohoo

When Jesus shows up in Walker’s life, healing triumphs over heartbreak in Koertge’s finest and funniest novel yet.

Walker shouldn’t have been so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he’d prayed for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn’t stopped crying since Noah died two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so . . . irreverent? But as astounding as Jesus’ sudden appearance is, it’s going to take more than divine intervention for Walker to come to terms with his brother’s sudden death. Why would God take seventeen-year-old Noah when half of the residents in his mom’s nursing home were waiting to die? And why would he send Jesus to Coaltown, Illinois, to pick up the pieces? In a spare and often humorous text, renowned poet Ron Koertge tackles some of life’s biggest questions — and humanizes the divine savior in a way that highlights the divinity in all of us.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Coaltown Jesus?

I love its relative brevity. My first YAs, and we're going back at least a couple of decades, were traditional novels. "The Arizona Kid," for example, is a couple hundred pages with a traditional story arc: a new kid comes to town, has adventures, leaves with some hard-earned maturity. In "Coaltown Jesus" the newcomer is Jesus but the story arc belongs to Walker. I've been a poet since I was twenty, and even though my usual writing style is informal with long, loose stanzas sometimes, I'm always aware of what scholars call "the integrity of the line." I fooled around a lot with the lines in "Coaltown Jesus," making every word work as hard as it could. I asked myself regularly, "Do you need this stanza? Do you need that conversation? Or in the case of Shadow, "How about a dog?"
Good athletes make what they do look easy. Behind their grace, lie months of practice and discipline. If "Coaltown Jesus" reads easily, I've done my job, and nobody had to see me sweat!

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No Angel
by Helen Keeble
Signed Paperback Giveaway
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Tia Dalley

Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn't exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi's about to learn that St. Mary's is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he's no angel-but it's pretty hard to deny that there's some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

Helen Keeble's debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it "refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series." No Angel brings you angels and demons like you've never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about No Angel?

The freaky angel mythology, which I swear I did not make up! It all comes from early Christian texts. Many very serious medieval philosophers and monks spent huge amounts of time pondering the nature of angels - possibly with the aid of mind-altering substances, judging from some of their illustrations. Historical angels are nothing like the male models with wings and overdeveloped protective impulses that we see in most modern paranormal romances. For example, a "Throne" (one of the highest class of angel) was generally agreed to look like a couple of bicycle wheels jammed through each other, set on fire, and covered in eyes. And that's not even the weirdest creature in the angelic pantheon… as the hero of NO ANGEL discovers.

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Beauty''s Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy
by Carolyn Meyer
Hardcover Giveaway
HMH Books for Young Readers
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Rachel Edmundson

What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world? 

Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.      In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Beauty''s Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy?

Orestes! I think I fell a little bit in love with Orestes myself when he first walked onto one of the early pages, Hermione's cousin with the charmingly overlapping front teeth and a talent with bow and arrow. Then I watched with fascination as he grew into a handsome and capable young man, and as Hermione too matured and changed, and I worried what was going to happen to them as other forces took their lives in different directions. Of course I wouldn't have been so worried if I hadn't identified so strongly with Hermione as the daughter of a beautiful woman--because I, too, am the daughter of a woman who was not only beautiful and charming but a talented pianist as well, and I was not ANY of those things. (Fortunately, my dad was no Menelaus, so there was no Paris to be dealt with.) For this reason it's possible that I had a higher-than-usual stake in how Hermione's life would work out, and if Orestes would fit into it.

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by Todd Mitchell
Hardcover Giveaway
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Lysette Lam

An edge-of-your-seat thriller asks: Is it possible to fix a tragic future by changing the past — while experiencing life backwards?

At the moment Dan’s life ends, the Rider’s begins. Unwillingly tied to Dan, who seems to be shuffling through life, the Rider finds himself moving backwards in time, each day revealing more of the series of events that led to Dan’s suicide. As the Rider struggles to figure out what he’s meant to do, he revels in the life Dan ignores. Beyond the simple pleasures of a hot shower and the sun on his face, the Rider also notices the people around Dan: his little sister, always disappointed by her big brother’s rejection, and his overwhelmed mom, who can never rely on Dan for help. Most of all, the Rider notices Cat with her purple hair, artistic talent, and misfit beauty. But Cat doesn’t want anything to do with Dan, paying attention instead to popular football player Finn. As the days move in reverse and Halloween looms, Cat becomes the center of the Rider’s world — until the Rider finds out the shocking reason why Cat is so angry with Dan. Can the Rider make things right before it’s too late?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Backwards?

My favorite thing about Backwards is that I've honestly never read a book like it. It's hard to classify — a bit of a mystery, romance, character drama, with some bizarre humorous moments — all narrated by a character who takes over a dead teen and starts traveling backwards in time.

The book was inspired by tragedy. Long story short, a few people I knew killed themselves, and some others tried to. This all happened around the same time, and it really shook me up. For me, books often start with a question — something I need to figure out or understand better. With Backwards I had many questions. Trouble was, I didn't want to write another suicide book. I wasn't satisfied with the way many other books I'd read portrayed tough issues like suicide. Too many seemed to glorify it, or reward the suicide fantasy, while others I'd read were so depressing that I could barely read them. So with Backwards I wanted to create a book that explored the seriousness of suicide and other self-destructive behaviors, while at the same time being an uplifting, compelling read (because I'm generally a very optimistic person). And the only way I could think of to do that was to tell the story backwards.

Instead of suicide being the ending, I made it the beginning, as the Rider comes to life at the moment of Dan's death. Then the Rider inhabits Dan's body, and starts traveling backwards in time trying to figure out why Dan killed himself, and what could be done to change things. Rather than focusing on the aftermath of suicide, the focus is on the choices that lead up to Dan's death and a few other self-destructive behaviors. It's my hope that this book can be used to start a conversation about some tough issues. Plus, it's a pretty quick, exciting read, so hopefully it will attract some readers who don't like reading heavy books. Above all, I wanted it to be a good story that asks some big questions. I hope you'll check it out.

PS: One of my other favorite thing about Backwards is that the design team used some funky backwards title fonts. You need to see it to get I mean (or better yet, hold it up in a mirror).

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Pull Down the Night
by Nathan Kotecki
Hardcover Giveaway
HMH Books for Young Readers
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Tori Napierala

This year at Suburban High School is just as troubling as the last. A curly-haired girl ghost is disrupting lives with dreaded “kiss notes,” and students are inexplicably sinking into depression. Bruno—the new kid on the block—finds himself at the center of the mystery when he discovers his natural map-reading abilities are actually supernatural. When the reluctant hero isn’t engaged in cosmic battles against evil, Bruno is swooning over the mesmerizing Celia (from The Suburban Strange) and navigating the goth sensibilities and musical obsessions of the Rosary, her über-chic clique. A hypnotic coming-of-age novel that chills and thrills.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Pull Down the Night?

This is a difficult question to answer because my favorite thing about PULL DOWN THE NIGHT is incredibly spoiler-y! What can I tell you…
While there is a strong supernatural component to this series, I feel very strongly that the center of these books is in the real-world, coming-of-age journeys taken by my main characters (Celia in THE SUBURBAN STRANGE, and now Bruno in PULL DOWN THE NIGHT). The fantastic stories have to be grounded by character arcs in which these people deal with the types of problems we all know: how to be part of a group and remain true to yourself; what it means to make decisions about the person you want to become; how the experiences we choose each day ultimately shape us into who we are. I am most proud of these two books because I believe Celia and Bruno are different people at the end of their stories than they were at the beginning – they’ve grown.
In PULL DOWN THE NIGHT, a lot of $#!% goes down for Bruno – some of it supernatural, some of it all too real. His convictions are tested, and his values are questioned. Near the end of the book, though, he has a moment – a very quiet moment, but also, I think, the true resolution of his story – that is my absolute favorite thing about the book. He has fought his way through some rather intense supernatural challenges with plenty of collateral damage along the way, and the resolution of those challenges is obviously key to the plot. But he’s also been on a more ‘slow-burn’ journey as a regular guy with a friend who has no idea anything supernatural has happened, and it’s the resolution of that story line that gives Bruno his heart. And while I can’t tell you what it is, it’s my favorite part.

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One Crow Alone
by S. D. Crockett
Hardcover Giveaway
Feiwel & Friends
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Vivien Probst

“They say it's going to get worse. That it's not going to end."

The snow won't stop falling in this dangerous-new-world.

The long, bitter winters are getting worse, and a state of emergency has been declared across Europe. In Poland, the villagers are subject to frequent power cuts and fuel shortages. After the death of her grandmother and the evacuation of her village, fifteen-year-old Magda joins forces with the arrogant, handsome Ivan and smuggles her way onto a truck bound for London - where she hopes to find her mother. But London, when they reach it, is a nightmarish world, far from welcoming. Riots are commonplace and the growing chaos is exploited by criminals and terrorists alike. Magda's mother is not to be found, and as the lost girl struggles to come to terms with her changing situation, she eventually becomes friends with a rag-tag group of travellers planning a new home and future. They will need all the cunning and know-how they possess as they realise that the frozen wilderness of Britain has become just as lawless as the as the city.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about One Crow Alone?

One Crow Alone is my celebration of story telling. The lead characters from my first book, After the Snow--Willo and Mary--are sitting with their baby in a windswept, clifftop cottage. To calm the baby, Mary begins a Tell: a story telling. She then recounts the journey of Magda, Willo's stepmother, a minor character from After the Snow. And she tells Magda's story through the voice of The Crow, an all seeing character from an imaginary Polish Folk Tale. 

 ‘Once upon a time. When Crow again came to walk about on this earth amongst men and a shadow came to fall over the land. There lived a poor woman and her granddaughter--‘ 

So you can see, I am interested in Fairy Tales and Folk Tales. In my opinion, they form the basis of our story telling ability and understanding of narratives, real and imaginary. As we get older,of course, we need our stories more complex and nuanced perhaps, but the basics of good versus bad, temptation, quest and overcoming the monster are as relevant today as they have always been. So for me, whilst I loved dragging poor Magda through hell and high water towards her slavation, the thing I enjoyed as much, was weaving the thread of Myth and Fairy Tale right into the heart of the story.

As Mary says to Willo when she has finished her Tell and the baby is asleep:

"I didn't get it all right,' she said. 'About your Da and everything. Or Magda. I know I had to make some bits up. But that weren't really the point." 

That for me is the beauty of telling stories, the magical suspension of disbelief: that whole edifice created by the story teller; and the staggering leap of faith the reader takes. Nothing is real, everything is real. So my favourite thing in One Crow Alone, apart from Magda herself of course, will have to be--Danaa! The Crow.

Who was. 

after All.
only a Crow.

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by Josin L McQuein
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Delacorte Press
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Kate Foley

A week ago, Dinah’s cousin Claire cut her wrists.

Five days ago, Dinah found Claire’s diary and discovered why.

Three days ago, Dinah stopped crying and came up with a plan.

Two days ago, she ditched her piercings and bleached the black dye from her hair.

Yesterday, knee socks and uniform plaid became a predator’s camouflage.

Today, she’ll find the boy who broke Claire.

By tomorrow, he’ll wish he were dead.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Premeditated?

My favorite part of Premeditated is the one thing I thought would keep me from writing it in the first place. I don't normally write realistic fiction, and I never thought I would. In a weird way, writing about supernatural things and super powered people had become a crutch. Premeditated was the result of letting it go.

Dinah is resourceful and smart, without having super strength or telepathy. The closest thing to super computers or robots she has at her disposal is her techy-friend Brucey. The villain is very human, and all the more monstrous for it. I love Premeditated because it made me try something new.

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by Steve Watkins
Hardcover Giveaway
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Cindy Wilson

Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice — and who will be there to help you after you take the fall.

Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older sister, Carla, who leaves her three-year-old daughter, Lulu, with Aunt Sadie while she parties and gets high. But when both sisters are caught up in a drug deal — wrong place, wrong time — it falls to Sadie to confess to a crime she didn’t commit to keep Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care. Sadie is supposed to get off with a slap on the wrist, but somehow, impossibly, gets sentenced to six months in juvie. As life as Sadie knew it disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell, her anger — at her ex-boyfriend, at Carla, and at herself — fills the empty space left behind. Can Sadie forgive Carla for getting her mixed up in this mess? Can Carla straighten herself out to make a better life for Lulu, and for all of them? Can Sadie survive her time in juvie with her spirit intact?

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds
by Susann Cokal
Hardcover Giveaway
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Jill Lurie

A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.

Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

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The Brokenhearted
by Amelia Kahaney
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Released 10/8/2013

Winner: Yettee Girard

A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.

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Just One Year
by Gayle Forman
Dutton Juvenile
Released 10/15/2013

Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Just One Year?

It's being able to see as an author, and hopefully passing that perspective on to readers, why we connect with the people we connect with. Sometimes, there are invisible forces that attract us to the people in our lives and it can take years to really see them all—and sometimes we might never see them all—but they're there just the same. It's like we all form a puzzle and we can't quite see how we slot in with the other people in our lives, only that we do. I find that fascinating, both in real life, and in fiction.

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Now I''ll Tell You Everything
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books for Young Reade
Released 10/15/2013

It's Alice--for the rest of her life! Yes, the very last Alice book, and it reveals every last bit you'd want to know about Alice--including whether she spends the rest of her life with Patrick!

Alice McKinley is going to college! And everything, from her room to her classes to her friends, is about to change. Stoically, nervously, Alice puts her best foot forward--and steps into the rest of her life.

Just how crazy will her college life get? Will Alice's dream of becoming a psychologist come true? Are she and her BFFs destined to remain BFFs? And with so many miles between them, will Alice and Patrick stay together--or is there a hot, mysterious stranger in her future? As Alice well knows, life isn't always so predictable, and there are more than a few curveballs waiting to be thrown her way.

This is it. The grand finale. You've loved her, you've learned with her, you've watched her grow up through twenty-eight books. And now everything you've ever wanted to know about Alice McKinley will be revealed!

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Now I''ll Tell You Everything?

EVERYTHING? My favorite thing is also the saddest thing--this is the final book in the 28-book Alice series, that was started 28 years ago. For 28 years, I've reserved six months of every year for the writing of the next book, and now it's coming to an end. That means I have six more months of every year to write other kinds of books, do other things, but still.... I'm going to miss her.

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Across a Star-Swept Sea
by Diana Peterfreund
Balzer + Bray
Released 10/15/2013

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction--the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars--is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries' weapon is a drug that damages their enemies' brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can't risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he's hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country's revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he's pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she's not only risking her heart, she's risking the world she's sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

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Anywhere but Here
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Simon Pulse
Released 10/15/2013

Cole's small town is a trap he's determined to escape in this fresh and moving debut novel that balances loss with humor.

Ever since his mom died, Cole just feels stuck. His dad acts like a stranger, and Lauren, his picture-perfect girlfriend of two years, doesn't understand him anymore. He can't ditch his dad, so Cole breaks up with Lauren. She doesn't take the news very well, and Cole's best friend won't get off his case about it.

Now more than ever, Cole wants to graduate and leave his small, suffocating town. And everything is going according to plan--until Cole discovers the one secret that could keep him there forever.

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Hostage Three
by Nick Lake
Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition
Released 10/15/2013

As Amy sets out to sea with her family on a yacht, she's only thinking about the peaceful waters and the warm sun. But she doesn't get either after a group of pirates seize the boat and its human cargo, and the family becomes a commodity in a highly sophisticated transaction. Hostage One is Amy's father--the most valuable. Hostage Three is Amy, who can't believe the nightmare she's in. But something even stranger happens as she builds a bond with one of her captors, making it brutally clear that the price of life and its value are two very different things.

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Meet Me at the River
by Nina de Gramont
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Released 10/15/2013

We can't choose who we love--but can we choose to let go?

Stepsiblings Tressa and Luke have been close since they were little--and when they become teenagers, they slip from being best friends to being something more. Their relationship makes everyone around them uncomfortable, but they can't--won't--deny their connection. Nothing can keep them apart.

Not even death. Luke is killed in a horrible, tragic accident, and Tressa is suddenly and desperately alone. Unable to outrun the waves of grief and guilt and longing, she is haunted by thoughts of suicide. And then she is haunted by Luke himself.

He visits only at night. But when he's with her, it's almost like the accident never happened. Oh, there are reminders, from the way she can only feel him when he touches the scars on her wrist, to how she can't seem to tell him about life since he's been gone. As long as they're together, though, the rest--it fades away.

But during the day it is Tressa who can't grasp hold of the people around her. The same people who never wanted her and Luke together in the first place are determined to help her move on. Determined to help her heal. They just don't understand--one misstep, one inch forward, could leave Luke behind forever.

Nina de Gramont, author of Gossip of the Starlings and Every Little Thing in the World, writes of love that is beautiful and poetic, forbidden and radical--and utterly irresistible.

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by Kristin Cast & P.C. Cast
St. Martin''s Griffin
Released 10/15/2013

Revealed is the spellbinding eleventh and penultimate installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series by PC and Kristin Cast.

Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever--and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

Now, in the eleventh and penultimate installment of the series, the action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil--all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night's halls.

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The Vow
by Jessica Martinez
Simon Pulse
Released 10/15/2013

When two teens with complex motives plan to marry, their friendship is put to the ultimate test in this compelling novel from the author of Virtuosity.

Mo and Annie are just friends. Close friends, best friends, friends who love each other more than anyone else in the world--but just friends. No matter what anyone thinks, there's simply no romance between them.

Then the summer before senior year Mo's father loses his job--and his work visa. Even though Mo has lived in America for most of his life, he'll be forced to move to Jordan. The prospect of leaving his home is devastating, and he's terrified to return to a world where he no longer belongs.

So Annie proposes they tell a colossal lie: that they are in love. Mo agrees that marrying Annie is the only way he can stay, and Annie is desperate to help her friend. But what happens next may be enough to rip their relationship apart forever.

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by Neal Shusterman
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 10/15/2013

The story that began with Unwind continues.

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”

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  1. That's an awesome dragon story!!

    Pretenders sound wonderful too:)

    Thank you:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Congrats to the winners! and wow, some of these books sound fascinating. :o)

  3. Congrats to all the winners! And FINALLY Just One Year is released. FINALLY!

  4. I don't know how I'm expected to keep up with all these awesome books!

  5. Thanks for the chock-full post, congrats winners! Both giveaway books look awesome, although I must admit that I'm particularly drawn to Friends and Traitors. Thanks once again

  6. Thanks for sharing these books

  7. Congrats to all the winners. Great book giveaway! Anywhere But Here looks pretty intriguing. Thanks for the info.

  8. Slayers looks awesome, what a cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. There are quite a few I want to read. I'm wishing authors of teen books when I was growing up would have respected our ability to think at the level these books are written. Lucky us today.

  10. OOO! Slayers looks soooo good! I can't believe I've never heard of it before!

  11. I really want to read slayers. Sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.


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