Featured New Teen Lit for February 2011
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
Morgan Sparks and her boyfriend Cam have been best friends since they were children, but just before their shared sixteenth birthday Cam confesses that he is a fairy who was switched at birth with a human child, and now the fairies want to switch them back.
Beat the Band by Don Calame
Paired with the infamous "Hot Dog" Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-grader Coop tries to regain his "cool" by entering his musically challenged rock group in the "Battle of the Bands" competition.
The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Dark secrets linking two Alabama families and their Welsh ancestors slowly come to light when seventeen-year-old Sylvie, whose promising ballet career has come to a sudden end, spends a month with a cousin she barely knows in her father's ancestral home.
Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford
Fourteen-year-old Will Carter's summer gets off to a bad start when his girlfriend leaves him, but then he is cast opposite a major star, Hilary Idaho, in a small movie being filmed in his town and things start looking up.
Elixir by Hilary Duff, with Elise Allen
Clea Raymond, a talented young photojournalist who has spent her life in the spotlight, and her best friends, Rayna and Ben, travel the globe trying to unravel a centuries-old mystery that could reveal her soulmate's identity and the secret of her father's disappearance.
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
After her parents separate, seventeen-year-old Zoey has a car accident she cannot remember and starts asking her high school swim team friends what happened on that night at the beach on the Florida panhandle.
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut's exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate's boyfriend.
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.
Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart
Now a senior at her Seattle prep school, Ruby continues her angst-filled days coping with the dilemmas of boyfriends, college applications, her parents' squabbling, and realizing that her "deranged" persona may no longer apply.
My Brother's Keeper by Patricia McCormick
Thirteen-year-old Toby, a prematurely gray-haired Pittsburgh Pirates fan and baseball card collector, tries to cope with his brother's drug use, his father's absence, and his mother dating Stanley the Food King.
Trapped by Michael Northrop
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project-- an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills-- he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.
Goldstrike by Matt Whyman
After escaping Camp Twilight, eighteen-year-old Carl Hobbes and Beth, his girlfriend, begin a new life in London, England, where he attempts to program Sphynx Cargo's highly intelligent supercomputer to help protect them from the CIA and assassins.
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure edited by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser
Almost 800 authors, ranging in age from 13 to 19, contributed to this collection of individual six-word memoirs. Met online; love before first sight. Hair's pink to piss you off. I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today. I'm seventeen, engaged, and not pregnant. My mom had my boyfriend deported. Late for school every single day. According to Facebook, we broke up. One life. Six words. What's yours?
The Polymer Clay Cookbook: Tiny Food Jewelry to Whip up and Wear by Jessica Partain and Susan Partain
This “cookbook” celebrates favorite foods with 20 tiny, deliciously realistic (but inedible!) food charms to make from polymer clay and fashion into unique jewelry.
Bakuman, vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata, and Tetsuichiro Miyaki
By the creators of Death Note. Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?
Beauty Pop, vol. 1 by Kiyoko Arai, Amanda Hubbard, and Miho Nishida
Although a truly gifted hairstylist, Kiri Koshiba has no interest in using her talent to pursue fame and fortune, unlike the three popular boys in the "Scissors Project" at school. Determined to become the best makeover team in Japan, they give showy makeovers to handpicked girls. When Kiri's friend Kanako gives a present to one of the members of the Scissors Project, her act of kindness is interpreted as a bribe to get a makeover, and they reject her for being too ugly. Kiri decides to help Kanako and give the boys a lesson in what true beauty is.
Supernatural: Origins by Peter Johnson, Matthew Dow Smith, J.D. Mettler, and Greg Thompson
After witnessing the murder of his wife at the hands of a demon, patriarch John Winchester begins a journey into the dark world of the supernatural, seeking a way to hunt down and kill the creature that took Mary. But what of his two young sons, Dean and Sam--can a newly widowed father balance fighting evil and raising his children? Will fatherhood fall a distant second to his obsessive hunt?