Featured New Teen Lit for April 2011
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.
Chime by Franny Billingsley
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.
Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris
Seventeen-year-old Quigley and her best friend Anne have big plans to prepare for prom, including working to earn money for dresses, but both girls seem to have chosen their prospective dates badly as Anne's family crisis affects them all.
Guys Read: Funny Business
A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk. Authors include Adam Rex, Eoin Colfer, Jon Scieszka, David Lubar, and Christopher Paul Curtis.
May by Kathryn Lasky
In 1899 on an island off the coast of Maine, fifteen-year-old May learns why she has always felt different from the other girls in her small town, but must keep hidden that she is a mermaid or risk attracting the attention of a dangerous hunter, and losing a boy for whom she cares.
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
When Delilah, her mother, and her aunt spend the summer in Vermont settling Delilah's estranged grandmother's estate, long-held family secrets are painfully brought to light and Delilah finally learns some difficult truths about her family's past.
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
Portero, Texas, teens Kit and Fancy Cordelle share their infamous father's fascination with killing, and despite their tendency to shun others they bring two boys with similar tendencies to a world of endless possibilities they have discovered behind a mysterious door.
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
When Kate receives a mysterious e-mail from her dead friend Grace, she must prove that Grace's death was not an accident, but finds that her elite private school holds secrets so big people are willing to kill to protect them.
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
When her famous romance-novelist mother is secretly hospitalized in an expensive mental facility, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to fulfill her mother's contract with her publisher by writing a love story--with the help of Cupid.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.
Badd by Tim Tharp
A teenaged girl's beloved brother returns home from the Iraq War completely unlike the person she remembers.
Numbers 2: The Chaos by Rachel Ward
Like his mother, Jem, when sixteen-year-old Adam looks in people's eyes he can see the dates of their deaths and now he sees the same date, six months in the future, in nearly everyone around him in the London of 2026.
Pink by Lili Wilkinson
Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality--and sexual orientation--at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.
Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass by Jemma Kidd and Vikki Grant
YA 646.72 K
Jemma Kidd Make-up is a glamorous, contemporary yet timeless make-up book that demystifies the art of make-up and shows every woman how to enhance her best features and feel confident in her appearance, whatever her age or lifestyle. Beautifully photographed and designed, it offers expert advice in an accessible and digestible way: informative text is broken down into bite-size chunks, with quotes, top tips, insider secrets and practical step-by-step instructions.
How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg and Kevin O'Malley
YA 920 B
Henry VIII's body exploded in his casket. George Washington had leeches put on him to suck out his blood in an attempt to cure him before he finally died. Edgar Allen Poe had rabies. All the gory details of the gross diseases and deaths of famous people!
The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol 1 by Arina Tanemura and Tetsuichiro Miyaki
In return for a business loan of 50 million yen, the prestigious Kamiya family gave their daughter Haine away to the Otomiya family. Haine, now an Otomiya, is appointed to the student council of the exclusive Imperial Academy, a private school for the aristocracy. Even though Haine is of proper lineage to be on the council, she finds herself struggling to find her place among the many secrets of its elite members, especially those of the president who holds her heart: Shizumasa Togu, aka "the Emperor."
Secret Avengers, Vol 1: Mission to Mars by Ed Brubaker, Mike Dodato, Rain Beredo, Jose Villarrubia, and Dave Lanphear
Steve Rogers has a secret. The former Captain America has assembled a special-ops team to counter the world's deadliest threats. Who are the Secret Avengers? Spy intrigue meets super-hero action as Steve Rogers, super-soldier, and a lineup sure to shock and surprise takes a case that crosses dimensions and lands on Martian soil -- and somehow involves none other than Nick Fury!
Star Wars: The Old Republic, Vol 1: Blood of the Empire by Alexander Freed, Dave Ross, Mark McKenna, Michael Atiyeh, and Michael Heisler
Young Teneb Kel hopes to rise above his humble beginnings as a slave and prove his worth to the Dark Council by hunting Jedi knights, but instead he is sent after a fellow Sith who has betrayed the Empire.
This list showcases just a few of our new books in the YA section this month. Be sure to check out a full listing of all new YA titles for April including books on CD, ebooks, and downloadable audiobooks.