Featured New Teen Lit for January 2012










The File on Angelyn Stark by Catherine Atkins
Fifteen-year-old Angelyn Stark, a troubled high school student, is trying to get along while keeping a terrible secret about her past, but when one of her teachers tries to offer her encouragement and support, she does not know how to react.



Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.



Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
As the Council attempts to strip Charlotte of her power, sixteen-year-old orphaned shapechanger Tessa Gray works with the London Shadowhunters to find the Magister and destroy his clockwork army, learning the secret of her own identity while investigating his past.



The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
In a dystopian kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina "Charlie" Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max.



Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan
Trix's life in boarding school as an orphan charity case has been hard, but when an alluring young Ringmaster invites her, a gymnast, to join Circus Galacticus she gains an entire universe of deadly enemies and potential friends, along with a chance to unravel secrets of her own past.



Bounce by Natasha Friend
Thirteen-year-old Evyn's world is turned upside-down when her father, widowed since she was a toddler, suddenly decides to marry a woman with six children, move with Ev and her brother from Maine to Boston, and enroll her in private school.



Guys Read: Thriller
This volume provides a collection of ghostly and mysterious stories by favorites such as Anthony Horowitz, James Patterson, and Margaret Peterson Haddix.



Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low
When guests begin to disappear at Petronella Arbuthnot's sixteenth birthday party, and strange ransom notes are found, it is up to her bug-eating guardian, Uncle Augustus, to figure out who is behind such dastardly deeds.



Legend by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.



7 Souls by Barnabas Miller
Mary wakes up on her seventeenth birthday with a massive, unexplainable hangover. Nobody at school remembers her birthday and as evening approaches, paranoia sets in. She can't shake the feeling that someone is out to get her--and she's right.



The Fire by James Patterson
Whit and Wisty Allgood have led the resistance against a totalitarian regime that has banned all forms of creativity and executed their parents, but even the growing strength of the siblings' magic has not been able to stop the evil dictator, and they must somehow prepare for an imminent showdown.



Ruthless by Sara Shepard
Hanna, Spencer, Emily and Aria are trying to move on and forget about their old friend Alison DiLaurentis and all the torture she put them through, but someone is trying to keep her spirit alive.



The Returning by Jean Sorrell
An eleven-year-old girl in 1951 clings to the idea her father, declared missing in action during World War II, is either alive or that his soul is in her pastor's body. Her beliefs create contention within her family, who live on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City.



Between by Jessica Warman
By weaving through her memories and watching the family and friends she left behind, eighteen-year-old Liz Valchar solves the mystery of how her life ended in the Long Island Sound.



Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.




How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist by Nicole Bouchard Boles
YA 361.7 B
Offers 330 concrete, direct ideas for making a difference--all of which have nothing to do with the size of your checkbook and everything to do with using the hidden assets that are already a part of your life.



The Handy Presidents Answer Book by David L. Hudson
YA 973.099 H
From Washington to Obama, this book offers a look at the lives of each U.S. president, along with a large array of factual, anecdotal, and historic perspectives on the American presidency.



Manga and graphic novels

Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine
Through his quietly powerful leadership and influential use of nonviolent resistance in India's struggle against the British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi became one of the most revered figures of the modern era.



DC Universe: Legacies by Len Wein, Brian Bolland, Brad Anderson, and Rob Leigh
Meet Paul Lincoln: dedicated Metropolis police officer, loving husband and father, and witness to the major events of DC Universe history, from the rise of the Justice Society of America to the fall of Batman and Superman. Even as the world seems to turn darker, Paul never stops believing in the superheroes.



Cross Game, vol. 1 by Mitsuru Adachi, Ralph Yamada, and Lillian Olsen
Ko Kitamura lives next to four sisters. When one of them dies unexpectedly, the rest of the group rallies together to fulfill her dream of seeing them playing the high school baseball championship in Koshien Stadium.