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Books on this list are currently being read by area teens and are available in the Young Adult fiction section of the Flagler County Public Library. __________________________________________________________________________________ Fablehaven Brandon Mull For centuries mythical creatures have gathered in the safe refuge of Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. It has survived as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Is it still safe? Not quite. Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the caretaker of Fablehaven. Ancient laws have kept order in the refuge until someone becomes careless and releases powerful forces of evil. It will be up to Kendra and Seth to overcome their fears and save their family, Fablehaven and their world. Other books in the series are: Rise of the Evening Star (#2), Grip of the Shadow Plague (#3) and Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (#4). The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman Nobody Owens is not your normal boy. When he was a toddler, his family was murdered by the sinister Jack, and Bod managed to escape and take refuge in a graveyard. He was adopted by its ghostly residents and the mysterious Silas who can travel between both the living and the dead worlds takes care of Bod’s human needs (food, books, etc.). But danger lies outside the graveyard. Jack is still looking for Bod and wants to finish the job. ****Recommendation: A solid, can’t put down read. Gaiman’s best to date! Winner of the 2009 Newbery Award Cemetery Street Brenda Seabrooke Courtney Carmichael is used to being uprooted by her much-married, flaky mother and being the practical one of the family, looking after her younger half-brother, Rocky. She is smart, sensible and knows how to stay invisible at each new school she attends. Her recently divorced mom decides to uproot the family from New Hampshire and move to the Florida Keys where mom can become an artist. When the car breaks down in Limbo Key, mom rents a rattletrap house on Cemetery Street. Just when Courtney begins to overcome the new-girl-at-school syndrome and the stigma of living across from a cemetery, strange things start to happen. Lights flicker in the cemetery, tombs are desecrated with satanic markings, and a mysterious man is seen lurking in the shadows. The storyline suspense builds as Courtney and Josh, a classmate, investigate the strange happenings for the school newspaper and ends in a scary Halloween adventure. ***Recommendation: In addition to being a fast-paced suspenseful story, this tale also relates to fledgling friendships and fragile family relationships. The Book of Time Guillaume Prevost Sam Faulkner’s eccentric father has vanished, and he decides to investigate. While searching through his father’s antique bookstore, he finds a hidden room in the basement which contains a statue. On the floor is a coin engraved with strange markings and a hole in the middle. He inserts the coin and finds himself in the era of the Vikings. His timely arrival helps to save a monastery’s valued treasure, an important manuscript. Sam’s time travels subsequently take him to WWI France, ancient Egypt and medieval Bruges providing clues that his father is a prisoner in the castle of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula). Will Sam be able to rescue his father? ***Recommendation: A mixture of fantasy, adventure and history make for a fast-paced read. However, what is lacking is character depth, e.g. why should the reader care about Sam or his father? It is hoped that the next book will rectify this flaw. Next up in the series: The Gate of Days, The Book of Time II. Graceling (Older Teens) Kristin Cashore Katsa is the niece of King Randa of Middlums, ruler of one of seven quarrelsome kingdoms. Some people in the kingdoms are “graced” with superb abilities. They are recognized by their bi-colored eyes. Katsa has one blue eye and one green, and she is a “graceling.” She was born with superhuman fighting ability, a strength she despises, and is subject to the commands of her uncle. She has helped organize a secret group, The Council, to help combat the corruption and evil doings in the kingdoms. When one of the royal grandfather’s is kidnapped, Katsa is sent to rescue him. Along the way, she meets the handsome Prince Po who is also a graceling and her combat-skilled equal. At first, she takes a dislike to him thinking he is arrogant and vain but, as the story progresses, her feelings toward him change. Together, they will search for the truth and discover a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms. ****Recommendation: Cashore’s first novel is a captivating fantasy filled with marvelous background descriptions, believable characters, and action and romance. The Tales of Beedle the Bard J. K. Rowling Never before have Muggles been privileged to read these imaginative tales told by wizarding parents to their children and referenced in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Rowling originally produced only seven hand-written copies: Six as thankyou gifts to supportive friends, and one auctioned by Sotheby’s and purchased for $4 million dollars by Amazon. There are five richly-woven tales based on Hermione Granger’s translation from the ancient runes with commentary by Albus Dumbledore, and comments and illustrations by J. K. Rowling which provide further insight into the magical world of Harry Potter. ****Recommendation: Move over Brothers Grimm, there’s a new fairy tale teller in town, and her name is J. K. Rowling. Project 17 Laurie Faria Stolarz (Older Teens) From 1878 to 1992, Danvers State Hospital was rumored to have been the birthplace of the lobotomy. The locals claim it is haunted by the former residents. On the eve of its demolition, six teens decide to break into the hospital to film a movie about their adventures. For Derik, it provides the opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and get him away from a life of flipping burgers in his family’s restaurant. It starts out innocently until the “spirit” of Christine intervenes, and the teens try to piece together her story with the help of her “lost” journal. ****Recommendation: A somewhat spooky tale reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. Danvers State Hospital was a real mental health state facility located in Massachusetts, and Stolarz provides an informative background on the institution. If you enjoy books by Laurie Faria Stolarz, try the following: Bleed (Older Teens) Over the course of one day, the lives of ten teens in Salem, Massachusetts, will intersect in unexpected ways. Nicole who betrays her best friend and herself; Sadie who is overweight and jealous of the popular Kelly; Joy who is taunted by bullies; Derik who thinks he can charm any girl but can’t hold onto the one he really wants; Mearl who is desperately looking for a place to call home; Sean who is torn between two girls; Ginger who wants to bring down Kelly, her nemesis; and then there is Robby and Maria who have totter on the brink of disaster. Deadly Little Secret (Older Teens) Three months ago, sixteen year-old Camelia’s normal life changed when she was almost struck down by a runaway car. Then, the mysterious Ben Carter enters her life. She is drawn to him, but can he be trusted? Soon, she starts receiving strange phone calls and packages with threatening notes. Ben insists her life is in danger, but what secret is he hiding and, more importantly, can he be trusted? Also available for older teens, Blue is for Nightmares series. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X James Patterson Patterson had developed another series for young adults which has all the components of the X Files, Men in Black and Batman rolled into one. Daniel X is not your typical teen. He has secret powers like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to re-create himself in any shape he chooses. As a matter of fact, Daniel is not of this world. He comes from the planet Alpar Nok. He was only three when his parents were killed by the monstrous alien known as The Prayer. With the help of the The List bequeathed to him by his parents, Daniel’s mission as an Alien Hunter is to protect the Earth from the evil beings who wish to destroy it. (This book has been optioned for a movie with no set release date.) ****Recommendation: Fans of Patterson’s Maximum Ride series will enjoy this new character and storyline. Max James Patterson Maximum Ride and the Flock are back. This time a powerful enemy will stop at nothing until they are under his control, including kidnapping and attempted assassination. Something terrible is happening to the aquatic life in the waters off the Hawaiian coast and ships are also being destroyed. Max, Fang, Iggy, Gazzy, Nudge and Angel will have to go deep into the ocean waters to help find out what is causing the ecological catastrophe and to rescue Dr. Valencia Martinez, Max’s mom. *****Recommendation: Another high-soaring read about Patterson’s favorite character! Other Maximum Ride books in the series: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out - Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports and The Final Warning. The Kingdom Keepers Ridley Pearson Did you ever wonder what goes on in the Disney World Parks after closing? Ridley Pearson has concocted a fantasy that will take readers on a fast-paced adventure as wild and imaginative as a WDW attraction. Finn Whitman and four Orlando teens are chosen as theme park “guides” (DHI, which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging). They are transformed into holographic projections which help guide guests through the Park, but the effects from the new technology soon begins to transport the team into the Magic Kingdom at night. There, they encounter Wayne, an elderly Imagineer, who tells the team that the Park is in grave danger. A mysterious group led by Maleficent is plotting to “overtake” the Kingdom and possibly the surrounding world. It is up to the DHIs to band together to save the Park. ****Recommendation: A fun fantasy read particularly for Disney fans who will enjoy picking out what is incorrect with some of the Park details. The Kingdom Keepers II, Disney at Dawn Ridley Pearson Maleficent and her group continue the scheme to “overtake” the Disney Park. Only this time, they have created a second control server and hidden it somewhere in the Animal Kingdom. Jez, Amanda’s mysterious sister has disappeared, leaving behind a series of clues hidden within her drawings. It is up to Finn, Amanda and the rest of the DHIs to try and rescue Jez, find and destroy the server, and not fall asleep or they will go into permanent comas. Will the team be able to stay awake, and what happens if they fail their quest? ****Recommendation: Ditto the previous recommendation. The Grey Griffins Series by Derek Benz & J. S. Lewis. The Revenge of the Shadow King Max Sumner and his three best friends form a secret club called The Grey Griffins. They seem to be the only people in their normal Minnesota town to notice that strange things have started to happen. When creatures like goblins, fairies and unicorns, characters from a card game the friends’ play, begin to make an appearance in Max’s backyard, they know something is terribly wrong. It is going to be up to them to stop the wicked creatures from destroying their town and even the world. The adventure continues in The Rise of the Black Wolf and The Fall of the Templar. ****Recommendation: An easy and fun read for fantasy fans of all ages. The Fiddle of Fire (#1) Koltn Burbank Zefforya is the land where dreams and nightmares can come true. Sylek runs for his life, thinking that the mutant rat chasing him is the most dangerous thing he will ever face until his father decides to send him to the Warrior’s Academy to make him stronger. Shortly after arriving at the Academy, Sylek and his new friend, Cecilya uncover a dark secret and are forced to flee the Academy and survive on their own. ****Recommendation: An action packed book written with wit and suspense. The author started writing Fiddle when he was twelve as a sixth grade writing assignment. He finished and published the book at the age of fifteen. Marvelous World, The Marvelous Effect Troy Cle Louis Proof receives a mysterious letter inviting him to the junkyard. There he finds a secret, underground amusement park. The park even has a race course for radio-controlled cars, Louis’s favorite game. It is the best day of his life until, without warning, it turns into his worst. He falls into a coma due to a mysterious virus. When he awakens three months later, the world as he knew it has drastically changed and out of control. He soon discovers that his illness is connected to everything that is wrong, and it is up to him to set things right. ***Recommendation: A super action fantasy. The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan The Ruins of Gorlan (#1) Will has always been afraid of the Rangers with their dark cloaks and mysterious ways. Some even say that they have the power to become invisible. Now, fifteen year-old Will has been chosen as a Ranger’s Apprentice and soon learns that they are the protectors of the kingdom, highly skilled in battle and surveillance. Will may be small, but he can move as silently as a shadow. Will and the Rangers will soon need all their skills as Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces and the battle for the kingdom is about to begin. Also available: The Burning Bridge (#2), The Icebound Land (#3), The Battle for Skandia (#4) and The Sorcerer of the North (#5). ****Recommendation: Fans of The Lord of the Rings and King Arthur will find this a fascinating series. Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan: The Last Olympian (Book 5) Time has run out and war between the Olympians and the evil Titan Lord Kronos is imminent. Camp Half-Blood and Mount Olympus are in danger of being eradicated by Kronos’s army, and the battle for Western civilization will unfold on the streets of Manhattan It will be up to Percy and a small band of demigods to stop the Lord of Time. Percy also has to contend with the fact that his sixteenth birthday is just a few days away and the long-awaited prophecy regarding his fate is about to be decided. Will our hero be able to save the world? Will he survive? Find out in this exciting conclusion of the Percy Jackson saga. ****Recommendation: An Awesome conclusion to the Percy Jackson series. Other books in the series: The Lightning Thief (Book 1), The Sea of Monsters (Book 2), The Titan’s Curse (Book 3) and The Battle of the Labyrinth. . (The Lightning Thief is currently in production with no set release date.) Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Files This little gem contains interviews with your favorite Percy Jackson characters, a map of Camp Half-Blood, and three short tales of Percy’s perilous adventures (Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot, Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon and Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades). The Thirty Nine Clues Series: The Maze of Bones Rick Riordan Grace Cahill is the last matriarch in the most powerful family in the world. Every famous person from Napoleon to Ben Franklin seems to have been related to the Cahills. Shortly before her death, Grace changed her will. She bequeaths her remaining descendents a choice: one million dollars or the first of thirty-nine clues, which will help reveal the source of the family’s power. For Dan and Amy more than money or power is at stake. They want to know what really happened to their parents. Their suspenseful adventures will send them around the world until the mystery is solved by the thirty-ninth clue. This is the first book in a series of ten to be written by other YA authors. Book two is entitled One False Note and is written by Gordon Korman. Book three is The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis. ****Recommendation: A great series for anyone who enjoys a good cliff-hanger and solving puzzles. If you enjoy “once upon a time” fairy tales, try the following: A Curse Dark as Gold Elizabeth C. Bunce (Older Teens) After the death of her father, Charlotte Miller, the eldest of two daughters, becomes the owner and operator of the family mill. Someone from the neighboring mill makes an offer to purchase Stillwaters, but Charlotte is reluctant to sell. The villagers depend on it for their livelihood, and it would put the mill in the hands of strangers. When odd things begin to happen, she makes a deal with a mysterious stranger to help save the mill. ****Recommendation: An interesting new spin on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin with a suspenseful and unpredictable plot. Golden Cameron Dokey Before Rapunzel was born, her mother made a pact with the sorceress Melisande. If she could not love the newborn just as she appeared, she would give the child to Melisande. When the child is born bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her mother is horrified and gives Rapunzel to Melisande. Sixteen years later, Rapunzel learns that Melisande has a daughter, Rue, who was cursed by a wizard and needs Rapunzel’s help to break the enchantment. (A new twist on the story or Rapunzel.) The Storyteller’s Daughter Cameron Dokey King Shahrayar was betrayed by his wife and vows to never be deceived again. His plan to protect himself poses a great danger for the young women of the kingdom. Shahrazad volunteers to marry the king and, on the night of her wedding, she beings to weave a tale. The king is fascinated and lets her live night after night. But another conspiracy is threatening to destroy her plan. (A retelling of The Arabian Nights.) A Kiss in Time Alex Flinn In this tale, Princess Talia is awakened from her cursed sleep by the kiss from a stranger. Sounds reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty, only it is over three hundred years later, and the “prince” is a young man named Jack. Jack decided to avoid a boring summer working in his father’s factory and take a tour of Europe with his friend Travis. After several weeks of museum tours, they decide to ditch the group and head to the beach. They make a wrong turn and take a detour and end up in a place that seems lost in time. They stumble into the castle and find the sleeping Talia. Jack just can’t resist giving her a kiss and suddenly she awakens. From that point, nothing seems to go right. The Rose Bride Nancy Holder When Rose’s mother dies, her only comfort is her mother’s rose garden. She is dealt another cruel blow when her father dies leaving her in the care of her stepmother, Ombrine, and her daughter, Desiree. In a rage, Ombrine destroys the garden. Rose nearly gives up all hope until she has a chance meeting with the king. (This tale is based on the story of The White Bride and The Black Bride.) Snow Tracy Lynn When Duchess Jessica’s father, the Duke of Kenigh, decides to remarry, it brings an end to her independence. Her new stepmother is overly strict, murderously jealous of Jessica and works secretively in her laboratory. Eventually Jessica flees to London taking on the name Snow to hide from her family. There she meets The Lonely Ones, a strange group of outcasts who accept her into their family. When her stepmother appears in the city, seeking Jessica’s forgiveness, she will have to decide whom to trust. (Set in Victorian England, this tale is a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.) Midnight Pearls Debbie Viguie Seventeen years ago, a village fisherman named Finneas rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife Mary raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter. They never wondered where she came from or noticed her silver hair, pale skin and wide, dark blue eyes. Shunned by the villagers, Pearl has one very special, secret friend, Prince James. Their friendship is tested when trouble erupts in the kingdom, a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. (Based on The Little Mermaid.) The Crimson Thread Suzanne Weyn Bridget O’Malley and her family arrived in New York in 1880, and she finds work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon, J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington fortune is threatened Bertie’s father brags that his daughter can help save the business as she is so skilled she can “practically spin straw into gold.” A dark stranger known as Ray Stalls magically comes to her rescue, and she begins to create beautiful fashions woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. An interesting take on the story of Rumpelstiltskin which combines the plight of immigrants in late nineteenth century America with an added touch of magic. The Night Dance Suzanne Weyn After Vivienne, Sir Ethan’s wife, disappears, he vows that no one will ever leave him again. The youngest of his twelve daughters, Rowena, finds a crack in the wall protecting them from the outside world. The sisters slip out of castle each night to dance in a magical forest, and return with tattered slippers. After King Arthur is mortally wounded, his loyal knight Bedivere vows to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake (Vivienne). On his journey, he meets Rowena, and they fall in love. (This retold tale combines the stories of 12 Dancing Princesses and The Lady of the Lake.) Water Song Suzanne Weyn Set in World War II, Emma is a British citizen stranded in Belgium after her mother is killed by a bomb, and her home is taken over by the Germans. Her troubles are compounded when her fiancé breaks off their engagement. In haste, she throws a golden locket containing his photo into a well, where she discovers an American soldier hiding in the water. (A very different variation of The Frog Prince.) If you like books with a “bite” that are scary, creepy or suspenseful, try one of the following: Thirsty (Older Teens) Anderson, M. T. All Chris wants is to be a normal teen, hang out with his friends, avoid his bickering parents and get a date with Rebecca Schwartz. Unfortunately, the only thing happening for Chris is that he appears to be slowly changing into a vampire. Wolf Rider Avi The kitchen phone rang three times before Andy picked it up. “Hello?” he said. A voice replied, “I just killed someone.” Andy Zadinski has just received a call from a stranger who confesses to the murder of a young woman named Nina. Andy is convinced the man, who calls himself, Zeke is serious, but no one will listen to him – not the police, his friends, not even his father. Exodus Julie Bertagna In 2099, earth’s ice caps are melting, and the world as we know it will no longer exist. Cities have disappeared beneath the seas, technology has ceased, and human civilization is becoming more primitive. On an isolated island, the people of Wing are trying to save their existence. It will be up to fifteen year-old Mara to find a way to lead them to a new beginning in the Sky Cities. First, she will have to find a way through the netherworld and face the ratbashers and treenesters. Zenith continues the terrifying fight for survival in the sequel to Exodus. Mara and the refugees sail over the perilous Atlantic sea in search of land in the mountains of Greenland to call home. Broken Angel (Older Teens) Sigmund Brouwer Set in the hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn is trying to escape from vicious bounty hunters. Considered an outcast because of her disfigurement, her father encourages her to run for her life and run for her life. Along the way, she joins two equally lonely companions who want to escape to the “outside.” Together they will try to reach the guarded borders where Caitlyn can finally learn all the secrets of her past and her destiny. House of Night Series P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast (Older Teens) This series revolves around sixteen year-old Zoe Redbird, a fledgling vampire who attends the House of Night School. Eventually she will transform into a vampire or die. The series in order are: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed and Hunted Night Life, A Vamps Novel Nancy A. Collins (Older Teens) Lilith Todd is a fashionista and a wealthy vampire. When she decides she wants a modeling career, her father threatens to cut off her credit cards. Her rival Cally Monture has a different problem. Her boyfriend Peter is a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her entire race. With the Rauhnact Grand Ball approaching, both girls need the same things: a dress to die for and a handsome escort. In a sea of shifting and dangerous loyalties, there is no telling who will betray them next. Passion and Poison Janice M. Del Negro Eight original tales about strong women from a brave housekeeper to a woman who avenges her sister’s death. Neptune’s Children Bonnie Dobkin A dream vacation at the Isles of Wonder theme park becomes a horrible nightmare for Josh and Maddie when biological terrorism causes the death of every adult on the Islands. Anyone under fourteen survives. As adults around the world start dying, the children are left alone and unprepared. They will have to learn to band together and form a new society if they are to survive. Poison Ink Christopher Golden Sammi Holland and her friends decide to cement their bond of friendship with matching tattoos. At the last minute, Sammi backs out and everything changes. Her friends begin to treat her like an outcast, and they are beginning to act like strangers. Worse, their tattoos seem to be changing; tendrils have grown and are snaking and curling down their backs. In Darkness Death Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler Samurai Lord Inaba has been murdered in his sleep. To make matters worse, the crime took place und the protective eye of the Shogun himself. This is a case for Judge Ooka, Japan’s own real-life Sherlock Holmes and his apprentice, Seikei. The only clue is a bloodstained origami butterfly which leads them on a journey filled with mysterious shape-shifting ninjas, vengeful peasants, and a power-hungry killer. Need Carrie Jones Zara White collects phobias. She also suspects that some freaky guy is stalking her. To help her stay sane, Zara’s mother sends her to live with her grandmother in Maine. It turns out, however, the stalker is not a figment of her imagination. He is still following her, leaving behind an eerie trial of gold dust. There is also something not right, not human, in the sleepy Maine town and all signs point to Zara. Evermore (The Immortals Series #1) Alyson Noel A terrible accident claims the life of sixteen year-old Ever Bloom’s family, and it left her with the ability to see people’s auras, hear their thoughts and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Branded a freak at her new high school, she tries to suppress her abilities. Everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste. He is gorgeous, rich and can make things disappear and appear. He is also the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head. She does not know who or what he really is, but she is falling head over heels in love with him. The School for Dangerous Girls Eliot Schrefer Angela Cardenas‘s parents decide they have had enough. They think her behavior is spiraling downward because she is dating a “bad” boy. Their solution is to send her to Hidden Oaks, a school which promises to rehabilitate dangerous girls. But the school is not what it appears to be. Upon arrival at the school, Angela and the other freshmen have their possessions taken away, issued uniforms and isolated away from the campus for a month. As the end of the month approaches, the girls begin to disappear one by one. Vampire Kisses Ellen Schreiber (Older Teens) Sixteen year-old Raven secretly desires to be kissed by a vampire. She calls her brother Nerd Boy, the town Dullsville and herself Goth Girl. An empty mansion sits at the top of Benson Hill, built by a Romanian baroness and said to be haunted. Enter the elusive Alexander Sterling and his creepy butler Jameson, and the rumors start to circulate that they might be vampires. Alexander is handsome, dark, never seen during daylight and is a Goth just like Raven. He is also very different from her schoolmates having travelled all over the world and been tutored at home. Raven is smitten and thinks she has met her prince of darkness. Other books in the series: Kissing Coffins (#2), Vampireville (#3), Dance with a Vampire (#4) and The Coffin Club (#5). Eternal Cynthia Leitich Smith At last Miranda has everything she ever wanted, and all she had to do was die. Adopted by the reigning King of the Mantel of Dracul, Miranda has gone from high school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend. Her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachery has been demoted to human guise as Princess Miranda’s personal assistant. His job is to save her soul and redeem himself before the Master’s Death Day gala fast arrives. Tantalize (Older teens) Cynthia Leitich Smith Quincie Morris and her uncle operate Sanguini’s restaurant. They have remodeled it with a vampire theme which they think will be accepted in their college town since vampires are a fringe population and Austin is very tolerant. A month before the opening, a chef is murdered in the kitchen and the suspect is a werewolf. This presents a problem for Quincie since her best friend and love interest is Kieran, a hybrid werewolf, who traces his lineage to wolves who roamed Ireland. Toss in a replacement chef who is eccentric (wears red contact lenses), and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Night World, Volume 1 L. J. Smith (Older Teens) Three stories of forbidden love. In Secret Vampire, Poppy has terminal cancer, and her only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. James is also a vampire, and he can make Poppy immortal, but it goes against the laws of Night World. Three sisters, who are fugitives from Night World, leave their isolated home to live among the humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring them back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend. It is a battle between white magic and black magic in Spellbinder when two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. Night World, Volume 2 L. J. Smith (Older Teens) In Dark Angel, Gillian is saved from drowning by her guardian angel. He is only visible to her and, when he starts to make strange requests, Gillian begins to question where he came from and who he truly is. Rashel struggles to avenge her mother’s death in The Chosen. Then she meets Quinn who is part of the world she has vowed to destroy. In Soulmate, Hannah is warned of impending danger. Is the Lord of the Night World’s love strong enough to save her? The Secret Circle Series L. J. Smith The Initiation and the Captive, Part I The Captive and the Power, Part II (Older Teens) Cassie is not happy when her mother forces them to move from sunny California to New Salem to live with a grandmother she has never met. She longs for her old life until she is drawn into the Secret Circle where she is initiated as a witch. Ultimately, she will have to choose between her love for the mysterious Adam and saving all of New Salem. Me, The Missing and the Dead Jenny Valentine Lucas Swan is sixteen and lives in London. He leads a fairly normal life until he meets Violet, a famous pianist . . . a dead pianist. While waiting in a London office, a funeral urn catches his attention, and Lucas feels she is trying to tell him something. He thinks it is about his missing journalist father. He disappeared five years ago, and Lucas feels it is up to him to find his dad. All Hallows’ Eve, 13 Stories Vivian Vande Velde Spine-tingling tales from Vivian Vande Velde. Each story takes place on Halloween, and you will want to read it with the lights on. Looking for a quick read with an interesting plot twist? Try one or all of the following: Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson Tyler Miller is a high school outcast who questions his place in the world. After a graffiti prank, he is sentenced to a summer doing hard physical labor, and his new muscles attract the popular Bethany Millbury. On probation for his graffiti student, he tries to balance the pressures of schoolwork, his crush, and the demands of his explosive father. Everything starts to fall apart when he is implicated in a drunken crime. What I Saw and How I Lied Judy Blundell The setting is 1947, and Evie’s stepfather, Joe, has just returned from the War in Europe. He decides to take Evie and her mother, Beverly, on a trip to Florida. There, Evie meets the handsome Peter, Joe’s former army buddy whom he is not too happy to see. A boating accident results in a suspicious death and an inquest, and someone will have to be betrayed. Casting Spells Barbara Bretton (Older Teens) Chloe Hobbs is a sorcerer’s daughter, and the owner of Sticks & Strings, a knitting shop in Sugar Maple, Vermont. The town is inhabited with warlocks, sprites, vampires, witches which means they are all casting spells to help Chloe find Mr. Right. She finds Mr. Right in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating the town’s first murder. Bad news is Luke is a plain, old human being, which means it could spell disaster for their budding relationship. **Recommendation: A new series from Bretton which knits together magic, murder and romance. The September Sisters Jillian Cantor Abigail Reed and her sister Becky are always at each other’s throats. Their mother thinks they are best friends and refers to them as the September Sisters because their birthdays are only a day apart. The girls delight in making each other miserable until Becky disappears in the middle of the night. The only clue to her disappearance is a sapphire heart charm which Abby finds it sunken in the dirt by a maple tree root near the edge of a field. Abby has no friends at school and no one to confide in until she meets Tommy, her babysitter’s grandson who moves in next door to the Reeds. He is dealing with his own family issues, and together they will try to cope with the uncertainties and fear of their emotional traumas. Cheating Lessons Nan Willard Cappo Bernadette Terrell has always focused on the academic rather than social success. When her favorite teacher names her to the school’s state championship quiz bowl team, she feels she has reached the top of her academic career. But things begin to go sour when she suspects that someone has cheated to get the school into the contest. Worse, it just might be her favorite teacher who is behind it. The Ice Cream Con Jimmy Docherty Jake Drake lives in a rough housing project in Glasgow with his grandmother and beating the bullies and thugs is no easy task. When the Duble twins attempt to take away his grocery money, Jake and his buddies decide enough is enough. So, they decide to take matters into their own hands and invent a fake gangster, “The Big Baresi” to put a scare into the neighborhood thugs. Toss in an 18 wheeler, sumo suits, stolen diamonds, corrupt police and an ice cream van, and it makes for a fast-paced adventure. ****Recommendation: A hilarious read from start to finish. Death by Bikini Linda Gerber Aphra Connolly and her father live on a tropical island where they operate a luxury resort. While she enjoys the island life, sixteen year-old Aphra is missing out on a lot of things – friends, boyfriends and her mother. Things start to get even hotter on this tropical haven when a mysterious hottie and his parents suddenly appear on the island and one of the guests turns up dead on the beach, strangled by the strings of her bikini top. ****Recommendation: A quick read which will leave the reader anxiously awaiting a sequel. Gone Michael Grant Gone. All the adults have disappeared except the young. Gone too is technology and no way to get help. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. The teens are also changing and beginning to develop new talents, some dangerous and deadly powers that grow stronger by the day. It is a terrifying new world, and sides are being chosen. War is imminent. The saga continues in the sequel, Hunger. Torched April Henry After Ellie’s ex-hippie parents are busted for raising and selling marijuana, she is given a choice: foster care or work with the FBI and infiltrate MED (Mother Earth Defenders), a radical environmental group that may be turning to violence. If she refuses to cooperate with the FBI, her parents face a life jail sentence. Scat Carl Hiaasen The most feared biology teacher, Mrs. Bunny Starch, disappeared after the school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The principal and police believe that her disappearance was due to a family emergency, and there is no evidence of foul play. Nick and Marta don’t believe it. They think that the class delinquent, Smoke, is involved with her disappearance. Toss in an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teachers, and a ticked off Florida panther and this will make one wild and crazy adventure/mystery. ****Recommendation: Another hilarious read by Hiaasen. Ghost Girl (Older Teens) Tonya Hurley Charlotte Usher is an invisible girl at Hawthorne High School. At least that is how she feels until, one day, she really does become invisible when she chokes to death on a gummy bear. She is sent to Deadiquette school along with other teen spirits, but that does not stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular. She skips out of school and is still determined to woo her longtime heartthrob even though “he doesn’t even know I’m alive.” ***Recommendation: A satirical piece exploring the invisibility we all feel at some time and the means one will go to be seen. Kitty Kitty Michelle Jaffe Jasmine, a forensics sleuth with some very special friends, e has moved halfway around the world to Venice, Italy, leaving her pals and new boyfriend back in Los Angeles. Venice is fine until her nasty cousin, Alyson and her best friend Veronique arrive. Things take a turn for the worst when the two put a damper on Jasmine’s secret plan to jet to California, when she finds out that her boyfriend is hanging out with someone named Candy. To make matters worse, her only friend in Venice, Arabella, claims she is being stalked by an assassin! Jasmine quickly finds herself caught up in a whirlwind caper involving a runaway heiress, 142 kinds of pizzas and, of course, a naughty kitty. ***Recommendation: Mystery/adventure fans will find this a purr-fectly amusing read. Also recommended the first book, Bad Kitty. Sand Dollar Summer Kimberly K. Jones Lise and her younger brother, Free, have never been to the beach. When their mother is injured in a car accident, she decides to take the family to her childhood home in Fiddle Island, Maine, to recuperate. Lise is terrified of the ocean and confused by the ways in which Maine seems to be changing her mother. She befriends Ben, an elderly Passamaqouddy Indian who lives in the last house on the beach, and tells him of her fears and changes in her life. He tries to bestow some wisdom on Lise such as knowing when to fight and accept change. She doesn’t quite understand until a hurricane hits and Lise almost loses her life while trying in vain to save Ben from drowning. Recycling George Stephen Roos George Honiker lives in a trailer park with his sister and brother-in-law. His mother died, and his father is seeking his fortune in Florida. When he returns home from school one day, he discovers his relatives have taken the trailer and gone off in search of employment. They leave him fifty dollars and a note saying that he should follow them to Pittsfield. Instead, he manages to seek shelter with his friend, Rennie Whitfield, the richest kid in town. It is a life of luxury for George until he finds that the Whitfield have some plans for him. If I Grow Up Todd Strasser (Older Teens) DeShawn lives in the Frederick Douglas Project with his grandmother and sister where life is ruled by drugs and gangs. Every kid knows someone who died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis. DeShawn knows he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs, but, as each year passes, it gets more and more difficult. His family can barely afford to buy food for a month, and he is in constant turmoil struggling with the difference between right and wrong. ****Recommendation: A gritty novel about growing up in the slums of an inner city. Response Paul Volponi (Older Teens) Noah is a struggling teen father. He and his friends come up with a plan to earn some quick cash. They plan to go to a nearly all white neighborhood, steal a car and sell it to a chop shop. But the plan goes terribly wrong when Noah is viciously beaten and left with a fractured skull. Was the attacker protecting his turf, or did he target Noah because he was black. Perpetual Check Rich Wallace It is brother versus brother in the game of chess. Randy Mansfield is a pudgy high school freshman who guesses M&M colors with his eyes closed and makes up words. Zeke is a high school senior, soccer champ and chess natural. He can beat just about anyone except his little brother. Jumping the Scratch Sarah Weeks It has been a tough year for Jamie Reardon. His cat, Mister, died; his father ran off with another woman; and he and his mother moved to a trailer park to live with Aunt Sapphy. Sapphy had an accident which causes her short-term memory to skip. Jamie hopes to find the magic trigger that will help Sapphy’s memory “jump the scratch,” like the needle on her favorite record. Wherever Nina Lies (Older Teens) Lynn Weingarten Nina Wrigley disappeared two years, vanished into thin air. Everyone has given up hope that Nina will return, but her younger sister, Ellie, can’t stop believing that Nina is out there somewhere. If only she had a clue where to look, and then she gets one. It is in the form of a drawing tucked into the pages of a book. Determined to find her sister, Ellie takes off on a cross-country road trip with her new crush, Sean, who knows what it is like to lose a sibling. After Tupac & D Foster Jacqueline Woodson (Older Teens) The Day D Foster entered Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opened up for them. D came from a world different, a safe Queens neighborhood. Through D, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although they are crazy about Tupac Shakur’s rap music, D is the one who truly understands the lyrics. The girls are thirteen when D’s mom comes to reclaim her and, as magically as she appeared, she disappears from their lives. Tupac is also gone after a fatal shooting. The narrator reflects on that time with D and Tupac and realizes that even a brief connection with another person can deeply touch another’s life. ****Recommendation: A touching story about friendship. 3 Willows, The Sisterhood Grows Ann Brashares Jo is spending the summer at her family’s beach house and has a brief fling with a cute boy. Ama does not like the outdoors and wanted to be at an academic camp. Instead she is on a wilderness trip filled with flirting teens, blisters and hiking trails. Polly wants to change her appearance and lead a more glamorous life. It is a new summer and a new sisterhood. Come grow with Polly, Jo and Ama. ***Recommendation: With the Travelling Pants series all wrapped up, Brashares introduces a new sisterhood of BFFs. If you don’t try to compare it to the old series, you just might enjoy this read. Airhead Meg Cabot Emerson “Em” Watts attends a private high school in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. She is more interested in playing computer games with her best friend (and secret crush) Christopher than being a part of the A-list. Her bland world shatters when she attends the opening of a Stark Megastore grand opening and a terrible accident occurs. One month later, she wakes up in a hospital in someone else’s body. It is not just anyone’s body, but that of superhot teen model Nikki Howard. She once thought of Nikki as an airhead, but now Em will have to re-evaluate her life views and rethink her new-found social position. Em’s story continues in Being Nikki. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart Deb Caletti Ruby McQueen is known as “The Quiet Girl” until she falls for rich, hottie, thrillseeking Travis Becker, and she thinks he is her dream man. At the same time, her librarian mother, Ann, is also struggling with her feelings over Ruby’s father, Chip, who has dropped in for a quick visit. He left the family soon after Chip Jr. was born to begin his music career. Ruby doesn’t understand why people like her mother can love where it does not make sense until she her relationship with Travis takes an unexpected turn. To help her daughter, and to mend her own broken heart, Ann drags Ruby to the “Casserole Queen’ book club. There, the two will become involved in bringing about a reunion between two long-ago lovers. They will also learn about the true meaning of love and finding yourself. ***Recommendation: A good read about making relationship mistakes and trusting in one’s self to find love that means more than “honey, baby, sweetheart.” The Secret Life of Prince Charming Deb Caletti The Hoffman women have terrible luck with men. Quinn tries to be an optimist, but she hears nothing but cautionary tales from her mother, aunt and grandmother. When her boyfriend, Daniel, dumps her in a telephone call, Quinn begins to take a pessimistic view of men. It doesn’t help that she is cautiously trying to renew a relationship with her absent father who is far from being a role model for his species. She discovers he has stolen something from every woman he has ever loved. Quinn and her younger sister, Sprout, meet up with their half-sister and embark on a road trip determined to return the stolen possessions to their rightful owners. The Clique Series Lisi Harrison P. S. I Loathe You #10 Massie has declared the boyfast over, and boy fever is sweeping the Pretty Committee. Friendships will be tested, secret crushes revealed, and Massie’s power over the PC is about to be broken. ***Recommendation: Not the best in the series, but it does lay the groundwork for members of the Pretty Committee to branch out from each other. Other titles in The Clique series are: The Clique, Best Friends for Never, Revenge of the Wannabes, Invasion of the Boy Snatchers, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back, Dial L for Loser, It’s Not Easy Being Mean, Sealed with a Diss and Bratfest at Tiffany’s. (The first book in the series, The Clique, has been released to DVD.) P.S. I Loathe You. The Summer Clique Collection: Massie, Dylan, Kristen, Alicia and Claire. Suite Scarlett (Older Teens) Maureen Johnson Scarlett Martin’s family runs a hotel in New York City. When each Martin turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite in The Hopewell. Scarlett inherits the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Mrs. Amberson was a C-list starlet, world traveler and aspiring autobiographer who wants to take over Scarlett’s life. Toss in a quirky family, a hottie actor, a play and revenge, and it makes for one interesting summer. ****Recommendation: Another great read from Ms. Johnson. Be sure to check out her 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Sophomore Switch Abby McDonald (Older Teens) Two unprepared sophomores exchange places and spend a semester abroad. Party girl Tasha escapes to Oxford to try and ditch her tabloid life, especially the “Hot Tub Incident.” Emily has escaped to the University of California at Santa Barbara to mend her broken heart. Soon they are texting each other tips on how to fit in, find love, and self-discovery Kiss My Book Jamie Michaels Ruby Stevens is a rising young author. At fifteen Ruby published her first book, got a movie deal and became the most popular student at Frasier High. She is about to become a star until she is accused of plagiarism on national television. She instantly plummets from famous to infamous. She loses her friends, including her hottie boyfriend, and the media is hounding her. She decides to disappear to the home of her quirky aunt where she changes her name and tries to live down the notoriety. Geek Charming Robin Palmer Dylan Schoenfield has the coolest boyfriend, popular friends and is the princess of Castle Heights High. When she accidentally tosses her new “it” bag into a fountain, she meets her own personal frog, film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing her bag, Dylan agrees to be in his documentary on high school popularity. She lets him into her A-list world and soon discovers that sometimes nerds can be cool. When her prince charming boyfriend dumps her, Dylan’s social status comes to a grinding halt. With the help of Josh, will she be able to create her own happy ending? The A-List Series Zoey Dean (Older Teens) Seventeen year-old blueblood Anna Percy has left Manhattan to spend the second half of her senior year with her father in Los Angeles. Anna’s adventures begin on the plane to L.A. when Ben saves her from an obnoxious seatmate, and they make plans to attend a Hollywood wedding that night. Anna was looking forward to starting a new life, but it seems to be slipping away. Her father never seems to have time for her, and she has problems fitting in with some of Ben’s old female friends, the A List. Follow Anna as she becomes involved in the lives of the rich and famous at Beverly High School. Other books in the series: The Girls on Film, Blonde Ambition, Tall Cool One, Back in Black, Some Like it Hot, American Beauty, Heart of Glass, Beautiful Stranger and California Dreaming. ***Recommendation: Romance series’ fans will enjoy following the escapades of Anna Percy and her rich friends. Just One Wish Janette Rallison Annika Truman has a little brother sick with cancer. She will do anything to help him believe he will survive his upcoming surgery. She convinces Jeremy that she has a magic genie, and he can have one of her two wishes. He unexpectedly wishes that his television idol, Teen Robin Hood, would visit him in the hospital. Now, Annika has two days to find a way to drive to Hollywood, find the actor who plays Teen Robin and convince him to visit Jeremy. S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) Series: French Kissmas Cathy Hapka In this sequel to Pardon My French, Nicole Larson is back in Paris to participate in a promotional video for S.A.S.S. It will give Nicole and Annike time to spend Christmas and New Year’s together in the city, but all for Nick to rekindle her friendship with Luc. She does not want to fuel a romance because she has only three weeks to spend in Paris before she resumes her European travels. She strikes up a friendship with newcomer Mike until it becomes clear that he is also interested in being more than just friends. It is going to be difficult for Nick to avoid romance with a backdrop of twinkling French Christmas lights and carols and two hotties wanting her attention. The Great Call of China Cynthea Liu Celise “Cece” Charles was born in Beijing, China. She was adopted when she was two years old and raised in Dallas, Texas. When the opportunity arises to enroll in the S.A. S.S. program in Xi’an, she jumps at the chance. It will give her the chance to learn more about anthropology and discover her roots. But upon arriving in China, she gets quite a culture shock. The closer she gets to locating her birth parents, the more apprehensive she becomes. Other books in the S.A.S.S. series: Swede Dreams (Eva Apelqvist), Girl Overboard (Aimee Ferris), The Finnish Line (Linda Gerber), Spain or Shine (Michelle Jellen), Pardon My French (Cathy Hapka), The Great Call of China (Cynthea Liu), Heart and Salsa and The Sound of Munich (Suzanne Nelson), Westminster Abby (Micol Ostow), Getting the Boot (Peggy Guthart Strauss) and When Irish Guys Are Smiling (Suzanne Supplee) . Romance Books for Older Teens: The Boyfriend League Rachel Hawthorne Dani Runyon and her best friend Bird love baseball and boys, and this summer they have found a way to combine the two. The Ragland Rattlers need a few host families for the players. The girls concoct a scheme to convince their parents to host a player. This would give them an “in” with the team, a way to meet lots of cute boys and maybe even a boyfriend. Her parents agree to play host, with a restriction that she promise not to date the player living in their house. Her parents’ rule turns out be problematic for Dani when the hottest boy on the team, Jason, catches her eye, and he is the one living in her house. Things get complicated when she decides to date Mac, but senses that he is only interested in her because she is a look-alike to her beauty pageant sister, Tiffany. What is a girl to do? Other available teen romance books: The ABC’s of Kissing Boys (Tina Ferraro), Banana Splitsville (Catherine Clark), Better Latte Than Never (Catherine Clark), Picture Perfect (Catherine Clark), The Boyfriend League (Rachel Hawthorne), Caribbean Cruising (Rachel Hawthorne), Icing on the Lake (Catherine Clark), Island Girls and Boys (Rachel Hawthorne), Labor of Love (Rachel Hawthorne), Let It Snow (John Green et al), Something Borrowed (Catherine Hapka), Love on the Lifts (Rachel Hawthorne), Rocky Road Trip (Catherine Clark), Snowed In (Rachel Hawthorne), So Inn Love (Catherine Clark), Summer in the City (Elizabeth Chandler), Thrill Ride (Rachel Hawthorne), and Truth or Dairy (Catherine Clark) and What Would Emma Do? (Eileen Cook), If you are an Anthony Horowitz fan (Alex Ryder and Gatekeepers series), try some of these books: The Devil and His Boy Set in 1593 London, Horowitz takes the liberty of mixing history with adventure. Tom Falconer is a thirteen year-old boy slaving at the Pig’s Head Inn when a mysterious gentleman appears to take Tom away to London. The gentleman is soon murdered, and Tom is left alone to find his way around London. He subsequently becomes involved with a troupe of actors where he is soon caught up in political intrigue. The Killing Joke Guy Fletcher is on a mission. He wants to trace a joke all the way back to its original source. His journey takes him across the United Kingdom he where encounters interesting characters and odd things begin to happen. Not only that, but he is sure he is being followed. Necropolis (Book 4, The Gatekeepers) The world is under the greatest threat as the force of the Old Ones is about to unleashed. The evil corporation Nightrise has amassed an immense amount of power. Matt and the three Gatekeepers must head to Hong Kong where the secret underworld lies beneath. There they will meet the final Gatekeeper, Scar, whose fate is tied to their own. Also in the series: Raven’s Gate (#1), Evil Star (#2) and Nightrise (#4). The Switch Tad Spencer is the only son of a wealthy businessman. He lives in a mansion with a maid and servants and has every toy imaginable, but he wishes he were someone else. Unfortunately, his wish comes true. He wakes up to find himself in a new body with a new name (Bob Snarby) and living in a seedy carnival world with criminals and even a murdering madman. The Devil’s Breath David Gilman Move over Alex Ryder, there is a new adventurous teen in town, and his name is Max Gordon. His father is missing, and someone wants him dead. An assassin is after him, and time is running out. He makes his way to Africa with the hope of tracking down his father and uncovering the secret he buried. ***Recommendation: A fast-paced, exciting story which lays the groundwork for more books in the Danger Zone series to follow. Looking for books with an historical flavor, try one of the following: A Thousand Never Evers Shana Burg This is the story of twelve-year-old Addie Ann Pickett set in Kuckachoo, Mississippi, in 1963. When she commits a careless act that leads to her brother’s disappearance, Addie Ann, Mama and Uncle Bump are left to struggle on not knowing whether Elias is dead or alive. “All I did was laugh at her hat, a couple giggles plus a snort. And now, truth be told, nothing’s funny at all. My big brother’s gone, maybe forever, and the white folks have stolen what’s ours. Mama and me fill the well with our tears, while Uncle Bump blows grief out his harmonica.” The Sacrifice (Older Teens) Kathleen Benner Duble It is 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, and the fear of witches is running rampant. The story is told through the eyes of ten year-old Abigail Faulkner who is falsely accused of working with the devil and tried along with her sister. Shadows on the Sea Joan Hiatt Harlow The setting is 1942. Jill Winter’s mother is headed to Newfoundland to be with sick relatives and must pass through the North Atlantic where German U-boats stalk the ocean. Her father is on tour, so Jill is sent to stay with her Nana in Winter Haven, Maine, a place filled with secrets and rumors. Things begin to get dangerous for Jill when she discovers a wounded carrier pigeon and overhears her Nana and a friend whispering about it. Part of Me Kimberly Willis Holt This book traces four generations of a Louisiana family mapped by books they have read and loved. The journey begins with Rose who drove a bookmobile in 1939 to present day Kyle who hates reading and reluctantly takes a summer job at the library. Black Horses for the King Anne McCaffrey Young Galwyn Varianus fees from his tyrannical uncle and joins Lord Artos and his men in their quest for great warrior steeds. Galwyn uses his way with horses to help secure and care for the Libyan horses that Lord Artos hopes to use in battle against the Saxons. A retelling of the legend of King Arthur minus the Round Table, Merlin and Guinevere as told through the eyes of young Galwyn. The Legend of Buddy Bush Shelia P. Moses A fictionalized account of Buddy Bush who was wrongfully accused of a crime he did not commit. Set in 1947 Rich Square, North Carolina, the story is told through the eyes of Pattie Mae Sheals and how her life changed forever when Uncle Buddy returned from Harlem. (This book was a National Book Award finalist. Here Lies Arthur Philip Reeve In this King Arthur version, the story centers around Gwyna and Myrddin. Gwyna’s village has been burned to the ground, and she is found hiding in the woods by Myrddin. He is a bard, traveler and spinner of tales. He agrees to protect her if she promises to be his servant. Throughout their time together, Myrddin transforms Gwyna into the Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior and a spy. It is all part of the plan to make Arthur the greatest hero of all time. What will happen if their trickery is discovered? ***Recommendation: Fans of the legend of Camelot will find this an intriguing take on the story of Arthur. Becoming Billie Holiday Carole Boston Weatherford A fictional account of the life of Eleanora Fagan told beautifully in poetic verse. Eleanor would transform into Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Hear the intimate voice of the artist as she examines her young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion. A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. Distant Waves, A Novel of the Titanic Suzanne Weyn The five Taylor sisters’ destines will converge on board the ill-fated Titanic. The transatlantic voyage that offers great promise, including a surprise wedding, soon turns into a fight for survival. Not everyone will make it through the voyage for neither love nor sisterhood can escape the threat of death. Other New Arrivals: Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson Anderson skillfully attacks the issue of teen anorexia. Cassie and Lia were best friends, but now Cassie is dead. Lia’s parents think she is getting better but, with the death of Cassie, Lia is spinning out of control. “And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less.” She eats less and begins to see Cassie’s ghost everywhere. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye Deb Caletti Indigo Skye is your typical high school student. She has a part-time waitressing job, a hottie boyfriend and a slightly chaotic but loving home life. When a stranger leaves Indigo a 2.5 million dollar tip, her life becomes even more complicated. The Hollow Kingdom Clare B. Dunkle Hollow Hill has a strange and tragic history. For thousands of years, women have mysteriously disappeared from the estate never to be seen again. Two orphaned sisters have inherited the estate and have come to live there with two aunts and a guardian. Kate begins to be followed by a mysterious hooded stranger. It is Marak, King of the Goblins, and he has chosen Kate to be his bride. Every goblin king must steal his bride and take her to live in the kingdom under the hill forever. Kate resolves to outwit Marak and remain above ground until her sister is kidnapped. She is sure he is behind it. Warrior Princess Frewin Jones The story follows fifteen year-old Branwen’s journey to defender of her people. It begins when Saxons attack and kill her brother. She is then sent to safety in the kingdom of her father’s ally, Prince Llew where she soon struggles with the pampered and dainty life of a princess and that of a warrior maiden. A chance encounter with a mystical woman in white forces her to question everything and everyone around her. Branwen must make a choice: the life her parents chose for her or that of a warrior princess. Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta (Older teens) Nothing is as it seems on Jellicoe Road. Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven. Now seventeen, she is finally being confronted with her past. Wicked Lovely (Older teens) Melissa Marr There are three rules regarding invisible faeries: #3 Don’t stare at them; #2 Don’t speak to them; and #1 Don’t attract their attention. Aislinn has always been able to hide her ability to see faeries, and now two are stalking her: Keenan and Donia. Keenan is the Summer King in search of his Queen, and he is determined Aislinn will become his Summer Queen at any cost. Donia is the Winter Girl who failed Keenan’s test and is still in love with the Summer King. Ink Exchange Melissa Marr (Older teens) In the sequel to Wicked Lovely, a power struggle is unfolding in the dark faery world. Irial, ruler of the Dark World is battling to hold his rebellious fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow. Seventeen year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries until she is attracted to a beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings. All she knows is that she has to have it. The tattoo does bring changes but one that will bring Irial and Leslie together and draw her deeper and deeper into the fairy world. Fragile Eternity Melissa Marr (Older teens) Aislinn is now the Faery Summer Queen, and she has to learn how to balance her longing to be in Seth’s world and her duties to the Keenan, the Faerie Summer King, and the court of dependent faeries. Keenan stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she has ever imagined. In Mike We Trust P. E. Ryan (Older teens) Fifteen year-old Garth Rudd is trying to cope with his father’s recent death. When his father’s estranged twin comes to visit for the summer, it is like a breath of fresh air. He takes to Mike because he is laid back and relaxed, and is willing to accept Garth for who he is without question. But, before long, Mike has Garth doing some mysterious things and keeping secrets from everyone around him.
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