Featured New Teen Lit for May 2011
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong--and dangerous.
Blade: Playing Dead by Tim Bowler
A fourteen-year-old British street person with extraordinary powers of observation and self-control must face murderous thugs connected with a past he has tried to forget, when his skills with a knife earned him the nickname, Blade.
Abandon by Meg Cabot
A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.
Possessed by Kate Cann
Sixteen-year-old Rayne escapes London, her mother, and boyfriend for a job in the country at Morton's Keep, where she is drawn to a mysterious clique and its leader, St. John, but puzzles over whether the growing evil she senses is from the manor house or her new friends.
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
As mysterious murders threaten the new peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, only Simon, the Daylighter vampire, can help bring both groups together.
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Because living with modern-hippy parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
After discovering that her father has multiple sclerosis, fifteen-year-old Payton begins counselling sessions at school, which lead her to become interested in a boy in her biology class, have a falling out with her best friend, develop an interest in bike riding, and eventually allow her to come to terms with life's uncertainties.
Morpheus Road: The Light by D. J. MacHale
Sixteen-year-old Marshall Seaver is expecting a boring summer when his best friend goes away, but instead he finds himself haunted--and hunted--by ghosts that want something from him which he cannot decipher.
Breathe by Cliff McNish
When he and his mother move into an old farmhouse in the English countryside, asthmatic, twelve-year-old Jack discovers that he can communicate with the ghosts inhabiting the house and inadvertently establishes a relationship with a tormented, malevolent spirit that threatens to destroy both his mother and himself.
Shine by Lauren Myracle
When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.
The Daughters Take the Stage by Joanna Philbin
Fourteen-year-old Hudson is a gifted singer/songwriter like her mother, pop sensation Holla Jones, but while working on her debut album, Hudson struggles to convince her mother that she would rather stick with her own, intimate style than follow her mother's path to fame.
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Ari can't believe it, but gorgeous Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship, and Ari's family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life. When misfortune befalls Blake's family, he pulls away, and Ari's world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love... or something else?
Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani
Back home in Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Viola has big summer plans but with one best friend going to camp and the other not only working but experiencing her first crush, Viola is glad to be overworked as an unpaid lighting intern when her grandmother's play goes to Broadway.
The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky
Twelve-year-old Louise Lambert accepts an invitation to a private sale of vintage clothing but upon donning an evening gown, she finds herself in 1912 aboard the Titanic as the gown's original owner, silent film star Alice Baxter.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
YA B FEY
From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
We all Fall Down: Living With Addiction by Nic Sheff
YA 362.29 S
Sheff writes candidly about stints at in-patient rehab facilities, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction.
Teen Titans vol. 1: A Kid's Game by Geoff Johns, Mike McKone, Tom Grummett, Marlo Alquiza, and Jeromy Cox
Cyborg, a former teen hero, realizes that the adolescent sidekicks of the world's most powerful heroes need to be guided and trained, so he recruits the young adventurers -- Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Impulse -- into the new Teen Titans.
Lost & Found by Shaun Tan
Three stories explore how we lose and find what matters most to us, as a girl finds a bright spot in a dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders.
Kekkaishi vol. 1 By Yellow Tanabe, Yuko Sawada, and Stephen Dutro
By night, junior high school student Yoshimori Sumimura is a "kekkaishi" -- a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori's got some other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather. Yoshimori's pretty 16-year-old-neighbor and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art.
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 May including books on CD, ebooks, and downloadable audiobooks.