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This sometimes goofy, sometimes gory debut novel
introduces Sam, a fast-food employee in Seattle who has
grown up unaware of his ability to raise the dead. After
a bizarre encounter with a customer, he gets a beating
from a stranger, and his coworker shows up missing her
body below the neck (a misfortune that does not affect
her positive attitude). It seems that Douglas, an evil
local necromancer, has become aware of Sam's powers
and views him as a threat. With the help of his friends—
and a very attractive werewolf girl—Sam must try to tap
into his necromancing abilities to beat Douglas at his
own game.

—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA (Reviewed
January 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue
1, p111)

                Genre—Realistic fiction
                Quiet, hoodie-wearing slacker Kyle Chase
                has anger-control issues and wants to be
                left alone by his teachers, his parents and
                the rest of the world. He's constantly in
                trouble at school, and he spends most of
                his time hanging out with his similarly
                washed-up friends or pining after his
                crush. That is, until he meets Zack, a
                mysteriously manipulative bon vivant who
                takes him under his wing. At first Zack's
                schemes seem harmless—especially when
                they protect Kyle—but when they turn
                dangerous, Kyle finds he's in too deep to
                escape. Characters are all fully fleshed,
                with the exception of Kyle's parents, who
                sound more like adults in a Peanuts comic
                strip than parents. The novel's disturbing,
                ambiguous conclusion will provoke
                discussions about choices, right/wrong and


Since her father's Nicholas Sparks–like novels have
been turned into blockbuster movies and he now has
the means to give her culture, Anna Oliphant finds
herself uprooted from her Atlanta home to become the
newest senior at the School of America in Paris. Her
seemingly enviable situation is offset by her inability
to speak French, her fear of venturing off school
property and a possible romantic interest back home.
But then the young film critic meets gorgeous, heart-
stopping classmate Etienne St. Clair, who has a sexy
British accent and offers to show her around Paris—
and who also has a serious girlfriend at a local
university. Fans of writer Sarah Dessen will welcome
another author who gracefully combines love and
realism, as Anna's story is as much about finding and
accepting herself as it is about finding love. Tres

(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2010)

         Genre: Realistic fiction

  At the start of Donoghue's powerful new novel,
  narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped
  seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old
  college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live
  in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a
  converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The
  sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at
  night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. Seen
  entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike
  perceptions, the developments in this novel--there are
  enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of
  breathtaking suspense--are astonishing . . .[Finally, a]
  potentially terrifying transformation grants the novel
  a frightening resonance that will keep readers rapt.

  (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 12, 2010) (Publishers
  Weekly, vol 257, issue 27, p)
           Genre: Adventure
A fast-paced postapocalyptic adventure set on the
American Gulf Coast. Nailer works light crew; his
dirty, dangerous job is to crawl deep into the wrecks
of the ancient oil tankers that line the beach,
scavenging copper wire and turning it over to his
crew boss. After a brutal hurricane passes over,
Nailer and his friend Pima stumble upon the wreck
of a luxurious clipper ship. It's filled with valuable
goods—a "Lucky Strike" that could make them rich,
if only they can find a safe way to cash it in. Amid
the wreckage, a girl barely clings to life. If they help
her, she tells them, she can show them a world of
privilege that they have never known. But can they
trust her? And if so, can they keep the girl safe from
Nailer's drug-addicted father? Exciting and
sometimes violent, this book will appeal to older fans
of Scott Westerfeld's "Uglies" series

.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
(Reviewed June 1, 2010) (School Library Journal,
vol 56, issue 6, p94)

     Genre—Realistic fiction
Lucy keeps a horrendous secret. At her old school, it
accidentally slipped that her mother's obsessive
hoarding forced Lucy, her brother, and her sister to
live in the midst of endless stacks of junk and filth,
earning Lucy the nickname "garbage girl." Now,
starting her junior year in a new school, she has a
great best friend, a potential boyfriend of her dreams,
and no one gets to see the interior of her house.
Since her older siblings have moved out and her
father is remarried, she lives alone with her unstable
mother.. Lucy's attempts to clear the massive
amounts of trash from the house, to no avail, lead to
an ultimate "solution" that is shocking, tragic,
desperate, and believable.

—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library
District, Fort Collins, CO (Reviewed February 1,
2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 2,
      Genre—Science fiction/Dystopia


A beautifully imagined science fantasy set in a far future where,
many years earlier, civilization was artificially frozen at late-
medieval levels in order to save the world from dangerous
technologies. Simultaneously, all of the world's malcontents and
madmen were sealed into an unimaginably vast, sentient prison
named Incarceron, where a dedicated group of social engineers
intended to create utopia. Claudia, the brilliant daughter of the cold-
blooded warden of Incarceron, has been raised from birth to marry
and eventually control Caspar, the simpleminded heir to the throne.
Finn, a young man without a past, is a prisoner in Incarceron, which
has become a hideous dystopia, an “abyss that swallows dreams.”
When Claudia and Finn each gain possession of a high-tech “key”
to the prison, they exchange messages, and Finn asks Claudia to
help him attempt an escape. While he negotiates the hideous maze
of the prison, Claudia makes her way through the equally deadly
labyrinth of political intrigue.

(Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 7, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol
256, issue 49, p49)

                Genre: Realistic fiction
      Although Amber and her single alcoholic mother are
      currently homeless and have been secretly crashing in a
      school bus, the 17-year-old remains a self-proclaimed
      princess of hope. And why not, when she has an adorable
      rescued dog and fellow socially challenged friends in the
      Franks Freak Force Federation? She is teaching English
      after school to Catholic Korean women, the Korean Divas
      for Christ, through classic R & B music; she is learning the
      art of haiku from a once-reclusive Vietnam vet; she is the
      reigning champion in a weekly word battle against a bitter,
      Nietzsche-loving senior citizen at the Methodist Retirement
      Home; and she lives according to her tremendous faith. Her
      world and faith shatter, however, when her mother suffers a
      violent tragedy, and afterward, Amber struggles to reclaim
      her belief in God.

      -- Leeper, Angela (Reviewed 09-01-2010) (Booklist, vol
      107, number 1)
Kurt and Danny are on high-school teams vastly
different in school status. Danny, slightly built, is
on the underfunded gymnastics team, while
physically gifted Kurt is the latest addition to the
popular football team. Each uses sports to cope
with tough personal issues. Kurt's foster care and
painful stutter are more visible than Danny's
insecurities. A bullying episode inflicted by some
football players drives a young man to suicide and
links Danny and Kurt in an uneasy secret. This
frank portrayal of the darker side of high-stakes
school athletics is told in two very distinctive
voices. There is little subtlety in the storytelling,
but the exploitation of young athletes, from
accepted steroid use to the way school budgets are
manipulated, comes across. The game sequences
are well done, and there is plenty of authentic
locker-room talk, some of it racist and
homophobic. Kurt and his struggles are
heartbreakingly real.

(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2010)
    Genre—Realistic fiction


After sixteen-year-old Jace Witherspoon is
kicked out by his abusive father, he seeks
refuge in Albuquerque with his older brother
Christian, whom he hasn't seen in six years.
Their mother, also a victim of her husband's
abuse, promises to leave him and join her
children on Thanksgiving. Jace counts down
the days while trying to start a new life and
rebuild his relationship with Christian, but
he's haunted by a terrible secret and the
people he left behind.


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