Featured New Teen Lit for February 2012

Fiction

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Almost seventeen-year-old Alison, who has synesthesia, finds herself in a psychiatric facility accused of killing a classmate whose body cannot be found.

 

 

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
In 1981, the height of Ireland's modern "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and his dreams about a murdered girl he discoveres in a peat bog.

 

 

The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Matt Stevens, an average middle schooler with a glib tongue and a knack for solving crimes, uncovers a mystery while working with "the organization," a mafia-like syndicate run by seventh-grader Vincent "Mr. Biggs" Biggio, specializing in forged hall passes, test-copying rings, black market candy selling, and taking out hits with water guns.

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

 

 

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

 

 

Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen
Stranded in London for the summer by a relationship gone bad, Catherine blogs her misery while reading the diary of a nineteenth-century girl whose life strangely parallels her own.

 

 

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
A collection of four love stories featuring Shelby, Miles, and other characters from the Fallen series. Includes a preview of Rapture.

 

 

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
In seventeenth-century Scotland, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged as a witch but escapes to the home of her uncle, placing him and his family in great danger as she risks her life to save them all from the King's men.

 

 

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison
When someone steals her purse and her identity, high-school junior and reluctant girl sleuth Lulu Dark investigates.

 

 

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard
Eighth-grader Kara McAllister chronicles her efforts when she tries to use the scientific method to transform her social blunders into romantic victories.

 

 

Boy Soldier by Andy McNab
Danny Watts's grandfather, Fergus, was a soldier who betrayed his country for drug money. Danny is told that his grandfather was arrested and left to rot in a Columbian jail, but Danny knows that his grandfather is alive and in the UK somewhere, so he sets out to track him down and expose him.

 

 

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Hudson Avery gave up a promising competetive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old and now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother's upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys' hockey team, she realizes that she is not through with ice skating after all.

 

 

Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.

 

 

There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of this assistant, Mr. B who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.

 

 

Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard
Rule number one of being an effective stalker: get to know your prey, the trouble they get into, the messes they make, and the secrets they keep. Hanna's desperate for a very personal session with her gym trainer. Emily is number one on Santa's naughty list. Aria's old flame from Iceland is about to land her in hot water. And Spencer's resorting to some backhanded tactics to get what she wants.

Nonfiction

Your Pinkie Is More Powerful than Your Thumb by Mark Di Vincenzo
YA 031.02 D
Within these pages you'll find 333 tips and facts that will save you money, help you live healthier, and make you the most interesting person to talk to at any party.

 

 

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson
YA 363.11 A
In early August 2010, a mine collapsed in Copiapo, Chile, and 33 miners were trapped 2,000 feet below the surface. For sixty-nine days they lived on meager resources and increasingly poor air quality. When they were finally rescued, the world watched with rapt attention and rejoiced in the amazing spirit and determination of the miners. What could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.

 

 

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science by Sean Connolly
YA 507.8 C
500 lively, hands-on, "dangerous" experiments that pop, ooze, crash, and teach the most important scientific principles.

 

 

Zombie Felties by Nicola Tedman & Sarah Ske
YA 746.0463 T
Crafters will find instructions for more than 15 malleable, soft zombie creatures, including zombie brides, a zombie puppy, and a zombie surfer. Requires only basic sewing skills.

 

 

Wheels of Change by Sue Macy
YA 796.6
Takes a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted women the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, this book transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives.