Featured New Teen Lit for November 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Don't Fly by Kristen Chandler
YA Fiction
Myra, a high school senior, will do almost anything to win a contest and earn money for a study trip to the Galapagos Islands, which would mean getting away from her demanding family life in Utah and ex-boyfriend Erik, but Erik is set on winning the same contest.

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
YA Fiction
In 2044, the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of discovering the ultimate lottery ticket. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, the creator of OASIS has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

 

Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth
YA Fiction
When Baxter Green was three years old he developed a condition that causes him to remember absolutely everything, and now that he is fifteen, he and his mother have moved to Minnesota to escape her criminal boyfriend and, Baxter hopes, to reconnect with a girl he has been thinking about since kindergarten.

 

Fragment by Warren Fahy
YA Fiction
When the cast and crew of a reality television series arrives on a picturesque island, the dangers posed by its exotic and deadly predators lead to them to decide to destroy the island with a nuclear bomb.

 

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
YA Fiction
In 1942 New York City, fifteen-year-old Iris grieves for her mother who committed suicide and for the loss of her life of privilege, and secretly helps her father with his detective business since he, having lost a leg at Pearl Harbor, struggles to make ends meet.

 

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
YA Fiction
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

 

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
YA Fiction
After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
YA Fiction
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

 

The Secret Kingdom by Jenny Nimmo
YA Fiction
Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, under the protection of a forest jinni but pursued by evil viridees, straddle the world of men and the world of enchantments, seeking a home while remaining young by drinking a potion called Alixir.

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
YA Fiction
Budding costume designer Lola lives an extraordinary life in San Francisco with her two dads and beloved dog, dating a punk rocker, but when the Bell twins return to the house next door Lola recalls both the friendship-ending fight with Calliope, a figure skater, and the childhood crush she had on Cricket.

 

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
YA Fiction
Perry's parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father's precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

 

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito
YA Fiction
On the first day at a Japanese high school, an irrepressible girl announces her lack of interest in "ordinary humans" and proceeds to form a club dedicated to finding aliens, time travelers, and other forms of supernatural life, with the intention of having fun with them.

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
YA Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

 

The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
YA Fiction
Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.

 

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
YA Fiction
Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.

 

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia De Rossi
YA 616.8526 D
"Anorexia was my first love," de Rossi declares in her memoir of her early Hollywood career and the eating disorders that went along with it. She was a cripplingly self-conscious young Australian in LA overwhelmed by the pressure to be thin. Never comfortable in her own skin, a by-product of her status as a closeted lesbian, de Rossi was sure if she ever gained weight (or came out as being gay), the shooting star she’d been cultivating would turn to lead.

 

Earth (the Book) by Jon Stewart
YA 817 S
A guide to Earth and human civilization, from the Parthenon to reality TV, addressed to the aliens who will arrive in the wake of humankind’s looming self-destruction. By the writers of the Daily Show.

 

 

Batman: Arkham City by Paul Dini, Derek Fridolfs, Carlos D'Anda, et. al
GN DC
Arkham City: an entire section of Gotham given over to the criminals and the insane -- a place where they can develop their own society freely, no matter how chaotic. Sensing unseen players manipulating events to unknown ends, the World's Greatest Detective infiltrates the privately run prison city. Smashing his way through the gathering armies of the Penguin, Two-Face, and even a recovering Joker, he'll either unravel the secret the mayor's hiding, or watch the entire city be swallowed whole by the strange days ahead.

 

Kill Shakespeare, vol. 1: A Sea of Troubles by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Cor, Andy Belanger, Ian Herring, et. al
GN K
This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizards named William Shakespeare.

 

Biomega, vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei
Manga
Zoichi Kanoe plunges into the depths of 9JO--an island city in the middle of the Pacific Ocean--in search of Eon Green, a girl with the power to transmute the N5S virus. He's not the only one looking for her, though... Agents of the Public Health Service's Compulsory Execution Unit are also in hot pursuit. Zoichi and his transhuman allies have no time to waste; the countdown to the zombie apocalypse has begun!