Featured New Teen Lit for April 2012
Fake Mustache, or, how Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Guy) Saved the US Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger
Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend, Casper, and world domination as Casper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustache and the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president.
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
When seventeen-year-old Cammie wakes up in a convent high in the Alps, she slowly comes to realize that she's been tortured, the last four months have been erased from her mind, and an ancient terrorist organization is hunting for her.
Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
Sixteen-year-old Anna falls for Will, a New Yorker visiting her resort island for the summer, but she isn't sure if one summer of love will be worth her heart breaking when he leaves at the end of August.
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Forced to spend spring break in a Birmingham, Alabama, suburb riding along with an attractive rookie police officer on the night shift, rebellious seventeen-year-old Meg finds herself falling unexpectedly in love.
The Hunger Pains by Harvard Lampoon
Presents a humorous spoof on the novel "The Hunger Games," which follows the efforts of a young girl who is roped into a survival contest in order to save her community in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world.
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
While spending the summer in the Hamptons, sixteen-year-old Mia is disappointed that her cousin Corinne has grown so distant, but when she meets the irresistible and adventurous boy next door, everything changes for the better.
The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy
Thirteen-year-old Jo suddenly finds her humdrum life turned upside down when Colonel Anatoly Kordakov shows up at her aunt's party and announces he has come to protect her.
39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers #3: The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis
Siblings Amy and Dan must find another way to outwit the Vespers when they target and kidnap Dan's only friend, eleven-year-old Atticus.
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.
As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
When a genie arrives to grant sixteen-year-old Viola's wish to feel she belongs, as she did before her best friend/boyfriend announced that he is gay, her delay in making wishes gives her and the mysterious Jinn time to fall in love.
The Glass Collector by Anna Perera
A fifteen-year-old boy lives amongst the rubbish piles in the slums of Cairo and collects broken glass while hoping to find a future he can believe in.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he's becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.
Rock On: A Story of Guitars, Gigs, Girls, and a Brother (Not Necessarily in That Order) by Denise Vega
High school sophomore Ori Taylor, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in a nameless rock band, has always been known as the easily-overlooked younger brother of Del, a high school sports star, but when Del suddenly returns home from college just as Ori is starting to gain some confidence in himself, Del expects everything to return to the way it used to be.
The Runner by Cynthia Voigt
Preferring to be cut from the team rather than break his own rules, Bullet Tillerman learns from his friend Patrice that running well does not mean running away. He is the star of the school track team, but he isn't a team man and doesn't want to be. Bullet runs for himself. Bullet is unlikely choice to be asked to coach a new, African-American team member. But in coaching Tamer Shipp, Bullet learns some things about himself, who he is, and who he can perhaps become.
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal
YA 363.31 B
For more than a decade starting in 1920, millions of regular Americans ignored the law of the land. Parents became bootleggers, kids smuggled illegal alcohol, and outlaws became celebrities. It wasn't supposed to be that way, of course. When Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcohol in the United States, supporters believed it would create a better, stronger nation. Instead it began an era of lawlessness, when famous gangsters like Al Capone rose to fame, and many reconsidered their concept of right and wrong. This is the story of those years in American history-- the story of prohibition.
The Dictionary of High School BS by Lois Beckwith
YA 373.18 B
Presents an alphabetically arranged dictionary of useful and popular terms used in high school and includes humorous and insightful anecdotes for each entry.
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines
YA 641.5 B
Presents recipes inspired by the Hunger Games novel trilogy, including such dishes as lamb stew, roasted parsnips, and dark chocolate cake.
The Street Art Book by Ric Blackshaw
YA 751.73 B
Documents the wide range of contemporary street art activity, including murals, gallery installations, stickers, posters, toys, clothing, and limited-edition prints. Artists discuss the tools and media that they use, giving practical insights into how they achieve their signature styles.
The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife
YA 791.43 S
Here is the ultimate guide to the twenty-four Tributes participating in Panem's 74th annual Hunger Games. Follow the Tributes' journey from the Reaping to the Games, with a look at all the highlights along the way--the Tribute Parade, the stations of the Training Center, the interviews, and more. Get exclusive information about the Tributes' strengths and weaknesses, their weapons of choice, and their experience in the Capitol.