Featured New Teen Lit for October 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett
YA Fiction
Retells the story of the minotaur through the eyes of his fifteen-year-old sister, Ariadne, a lonely girl destined to become a goddess of the moon, and her new friend, Theseus, the son of Athens' king who was sent to Crete as a sacrifice to her misshapen brother.

 

Shelter by Harlan Coban
YA Fiction
After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

 

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
YA Fiction
Northern Nevada teenagers Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre, tell in their own voices of their very different paths toward perfection and how their goals change when tragedy strikes.

 

Words of (Questionable) Wisdom from Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang (Popularity Papers #3) by Amy Ignatow
YA Fiction
Twelve-year-old best friends Julie and Lydia are reunited after six months apart, but the news that their friend Sukie's mother has died after a long illness causes them to reevaluate their goals and focus on being supportive of the friends they already have.

 

Pure Red by Danielle Joseph
YA Fiction
Rising high school junior Cassia Bernard, daughter of a painter, plans to spend the summer discovering her passion so she has something to put on her college applications, but when her single father starts dating and then agrees to mentor a handsome aspiring artist, Cassia becomes distracted from her goals.

 

The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #1) by Gordon Korman
YA Fiction
Cahills are being kidnapped by a shadowy group known only as the Vespers. Now Amy and Dan have only days to fulfill a bizarre ransom request or their captured friends will start dying. Amy and Dan don't know what the Vespers want or how to stop them. Only one thing is clear. The Vespers are playing to win, and if they get their hands on the Clues ... the world will be their next hostage.

 

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan and Jonathan Farmer
YA Fiction
Evan is haunted by the loss of his best friend, but when mysterious photographs start appearing, he begins to fall apart as he starts to wonder if she has returned, seeking vengeance.

 

Wisdom's Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
YA Fiction
Princess Wisdom, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne, Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family, Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips, and Magic the cat form an uneasy alliance as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.

 

Game Over (Daniel X #4) by James Patterson and Ned Rust
YA Fiction
In Tokyo, fifteen-year-old Daniel X faces two of the most dangerous aliens on the planet, who are plotting to use video games to control children and turn them into an army of doom.

 

The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson
YA Fiction
Two-hundred-sixty years after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, sixteen-year-old Locke and seventeen-year-old Kara have been brought back to life in newly bioengineered bodies, with many questions about the world they find themselves in and more than two centuries of horrible memories of being trapped in a digital netherworld wondering what would become of them.

 

Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA Fiction
Willa seems to have a perfect life as a member of a loving blended family until the estranged father she barely remembers murders his wife and children, then heads toward Willa and her mother.

 

As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
YA Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Ava awakens with amnesia and a feeling that something is wrong with her life, her mother, and her friends but when the mysterious Morgan appears, her flashbacks of life as a spy for a shady government agency begin to make sense.

 

Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
YA Fiction
Months after coming out of alcohol and drug rehab, high school student Nan wakes up on the subway the day after Halloween wearing a torn Halloween costume, her long hair cut, and "HELP ME" scrawled across her chest, feeling sick and having no idea how she got there.

 

What You Wish For: Stories and Poems for Darfur
YA Fiction

A collection of stories and poems with the theme of wishes. Features works by Meg Cabot, John Green, Cornelia Funke, Gary Soto, and R.L. Stine, among others. Proceeds from the book go to the UN Refugee Agency to build refugee camp libraries.

 

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
YA Fiction
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

 

Ultimate Guide to Surviving Middle School by the creators of Girls' Life Magazine
YA 373.18 U
The inside scoop every middle school girl needs to know! Middle school is fun--and challenging. Essential info you want on: What to expect the first day; Making new friends and having fun with clubs, teams, and extracurriculars; Getting great grades... while still having a life; And, of course, dealing with guy drama!

 

Can I See Your ID? True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton and Paul Hoppe
YA 001.96 B
Stories of ten impostors-- many of them teenagers-- push questions of identity, deception, and gullibility to the extreme.

 

 

Ozma of Oz by Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and Jeff Eckleberry
GN Classics
Dorothy Gale plunges into adventure again, this time winding up in the land of Ev; she meets new friends such as Tik-Tok the mechanical man and Billina, perhaps the cleverest chicken you'll ever encounter. Dorothy will also have to face the wicked Nome King, who's imprisoned the royal family of Ev. Lucky for her, she'll get help from her Oz friends such as the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow -- along with the new Queen of Oz, the lovely Ozma! But can even their combined might win the day and see Dorothy back home?

 

Batman: Knight and Squire by Paul Cornell, Jimmy Broxton, Guy Major, and Steve Wands
GN DC
Knight and Squire--Batman's allies in the United Kingdom--try to preserve the peace in London when a magical truce is broken and the land of Albion is threatened.

 

Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 26 by Hiromu Arakawa, Akira Watanabe, and Jake Forbes
Manga
With all the pieces now in his possession, the homunculus "father" executes his master plan as Edward and the others watch in horror. When the dust settles, the entire world has been reshaped. With the help of Hohenheim, the Elric brothers launch a desperate final attack, but is it all too late...?