2012 Booksfor Young Adults
Abel-Fattah, Randa. Where theStreets had a Name. Scholastic Incorporated/Scholastic Press,2010; ISBN 13: 978-0545172929; $17.99.
Hayaat believes soil from her ancestral homeland may save her dyinggrandmother. But, retrieving it requires a dangerous, illegal crossing of thewall dividing Jerusalem’s West Bank.
Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. Feiwel &Friends, 2011; 978-0312650087; $16.99.
Freak Hunters Deuce and Fade are exiled from their underground enclave, andface even greater dangers above ground.
Almond, David. My Name isMina. Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Press, 2011; 978-0385740739;$15.99.
Through the process of writing in her journal, Mina, a misfit, discoversherself.
Altebrando, Tara. DreamlandSocial Club. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2011; 978-0525423256; $16.99.
Jane adjusts to her new home on Coney Island and rediscovers memories of hermother, who grew up there, by spending time with fun, quirky friends.
Bauer, Joan. Close toFamous. Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile, 2011; 978-0670012824;$16.99.
Foster has a big secret: she can’t read. But with the help of a retired moviestar, she overcomes her struggles and wins over hearts with her exceptionalbaked goods.
Beam, Chris. I am J.Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011; 978-0316053617; $16.99.
Transgender J, a genetically assigned female, struggles against family,friends, and body to become the man that he really is.
Billingsley, Franny. Chime. PenguinGroup/Dial Books, 2011; 978-0803735521; $17.99.
In a complex alternate universe, Briony thinks she has committed murder.Puzzling out the truth involves her sister and a new love.
Black, Holly. Red Glove. Simon& Schuster Children’s Publishing /Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011;978-14424033980; $17.99.
Cassel’s adjustment to being a curse worker is hindered by his unusual familyof cons, an unpredictable mother, a girlfriend who is the mob bosses’ daughter,and the FBI agents who are on his trail.
Blake, Kendare. AnnaDressed in Blood. Thomas Doherty Associates/Tor Teen, 2011;978-0765328656; $17.99.
Moving from town-to-town, Cas slays murderous ghosts, seeking revenge for thedeath of his father. Along the way, he meets Anna’s ghost, and discovers newinsights into the complexities of ghosts.
Blundell, Judy. StringsAttached. Scholastic Incorporated, 2011; 978-0545221269; $17.99.
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Kit flees to Broadway for a role in amusical. When the musical closes, her ex-boyfriend’s father gets her a job withdangerous strings attached.
Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Timeof Miracles. Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Books for YoungReaders, 2010; 978-0385739221; $17.99.
Blaise, an orphaned teen, recounts his attempts to escape the war torn Caucasusregion and gain French citizenship. In moments of despair, storytelling reviveshis passion for survival.
Booth, Coe. Bronxwood.Scholastic Incorporated/Push, 2011; 978-0439925341; $17.99.
Tyrell has a lot on his plate: his dad’s out of jail, he needs to findequipment for a DJ-ing gig, and he has two potential love interests in Jasmineand Adonna.
Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens. ScholasticIncorporated, 2011; 978-0439895972; $18.99.
When an airplane full of teenage beauty queens crashes on a remote island, thesurviving girls are forced to push themselves to the limits in order tosurvive.
Brezenoff, Steve. Brooklyn,Burning. Lerner Publishing Group/Carolrhoda Lab, 2011; 978-0761375265;$17.95.
This story follows Kid for two summers of pain, loss, music and love, as Kidmakes the streets of Brooklyn, NY, into a home.
Brooks, Martha. Queenof Hearts. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011; 978-0374342296; $17.99.
Marie-Claire, a young Canadian woman, along with several of her family members,are diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to a sanatorium in 1940.
Brown, Jennifer. Bitter End. Little,Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011; 978-0316086950; $17.99.
Alex has fallen head over heels for Cole, the charming and sweet new boy atschool. Cole’s love, however, comes with dangerous consequences.
Bunce, Elizabeth C. Liar’s Moon. ScholasticIncorporated /Arthur A. Levine, 2011; 978-0545136082; $17.99.
Digger finds her magical skills useful when she is commissioned to solve themystery behind the murder of her friend’s wife. But can she do it withoutlosing her heart?
Caletti, Deb. Stay. Simon& Schuster Children's Publishing/Simon Pulse, 2011; 978-1442403734; $16.99.
To escape her obsessive ex-boyfriend, Clara and her father spend the summer ina small beach town, where new relationships change their lives.
*Carson, Rae. The Girl ofFire and Thorns. HarperCollins Publishers/Greenwillow Books, 2011;978-0062026484; $17.99.
After being kidnapped, Princess Elisa, bearer of the Godstone, and secret wifeof a king, is forced to hike across a desert and ends up in a horrific war.
Castle, Jennifer. TheBeginning of After. HarperCollins Publishers/HarperTeen, 2011;978-0061985799; $17.99.
When her family is killed in an accident, Laurel must find a way to deal withthe aftermath and begin her life anew.
Chayil, Eishes. Hush. Walker andCompany, 2010; 978-0802720887; $16.99.
After many years, Gittel finally knows why her friend, Devory, took her ownlife yet when Devory tries to tell, her ultra-conservative Jewish communitywon’t listen.
Chow, Cara. BitterMelon. Egmont USA, 2011; 978-1606841266; $16.99.
Destined for an outstanding university and medical career, Frances rebelsagainst her Chinese “tiger mom” by taking speech instead of calculus anddiscovers a talent for speaking up.
Clement-Moore, Rosemary. TexasGothic. Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Press, 2011; 978-03853736930;$17.99.
Amy, the “sensible” one in a paranormal family, finds her normalcy challengedby an attractive boy, dead bodies, goats, the ghost of Mad Monk, and a feudwith her neighbors.
*Cohen, Joshua C. Leverage. PenguinGroup USA/Dutton Juvenile, 2011; 978-0525423065; $17.99.
An unlikely friendship between a stuttering, emotionally shattered, talentedfootball player and a short, competitive gymnast, creates a bond that may helpthem stand up to three football bullies.
Cooper, Michelle. The FitzOsbornesin Exile. Random House Children’s Books/Alfred A. Knopf, 2011;978-0375858659; $17.99.
As Hitler begins his conquest of Europe, the FitzOsborne royals try to savetheir home while caught up in London’s social scene.
Cross, Gillian. WhereI Belong. Holiday House, 2011; 978-08234323323; $17.95.
Khadj leaves Somalia for England to live with Abdi’s family, in order to workand send money home to her family. But her modeling job for a famous designerleads to danger.
de la Pena, Matt. I Will SaveYou. Random House Children's Books/Delacorte, 2010; 978-0385738279; $16.99.
Kidd’s life is getting back on track at the beach, after time spent in a grouphome, but then Devon is back to cause his usual trouble.
Dessen, Sarah. WhatHappened to Goodbye. Penguin Group/ Viking Juvenile, 2011;978-0670012947; $19.99.
Since her parent’s divorce, McLean has moved frequently. In each new town, sheputs on a different persona, but in Lakeview, she discovers an urge to beherself—whoever that is.
DeStefano, Lauren. Wither. Simon &Schuster Children's Publishing, 2011; 978-1442409057; $17.99.
In a future where a girl’s life expectancy is twenty, sixteen-year-old Rhine issold into a life of luxury as a “sister wife,” but her only desire is freedom.
Deuker, Carl. Payback Time.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010;978-0547279817; $16.00.
Student sports reporter Mitch investigates his football coach on suspicion ofcorruption in order to determine why the best athlete at his high school doesnothing but stand on the sidelines.
Dixon, Heather. Entwined.HarperCollins Publishers/Greenwillow Books, 2011; 978-0062001030; $17.99.
After their mother’s death, Azalea and her eleven younger sisters discover asecret passage to a forbidden, enchanted pavilion and find neglecting the ruleshas a price.
Dowell, Frances O'Roark. Ten MilesPast Normal. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing /AtheneumBooks for Young Readers, 2011; 978-1416995852; $16.99.
Tenth grade is a challenge for Janie who wants to be normal, and not known as“Stink Girl” for the goat manure on her shoes, or for her mom who blogs abouttheir alternate lifestyle.
Downham, Jenny. You AgainstMe. Random House Children's Books/David Fickling Books, 2011; 978-0385751605;$16.99.
When Mikey's sister is raped by Ellie's brother, he vows to get even bypretending to be interested in Ellie, who only wants to protect her brother.Instead, they fall in love.
Edwardson, Debby Dahl. My Nameis Not Easy. Marshall Cavendish, 2011; 978-0376147598054; $17.99.
Alaskan Inupiaq young people are forced to forsake their families and culturefor a harsh parochial boarding school hundreds of miles away.
Fisher, Catherine. The DarkCity. Penguin Group/Dial Books, 2011; 978-0803736733; $16.99.
Relic Master Galen and his apprentice Raffi must travel to the ruined city ofTasceron to restore Galen's powers and find a powerful object to bring back theOld Order, which is under siege.
Forman, Gayle. Where SheWent. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2011; 978-0525422945;$16.99.
Three years after Mia left for New York, Adam is still reeling from her virtualdisappearance when an accidental meeting brings them back together.
Freitas, Donna. TheSurvival Kit. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011; 978-0373399177; $16.99.
A paper bag filled with six objects pushes Rose past the grief over the deathof her mother, which has caused her to withdraw from the world.
Friesner, Esther. Threadsand Flames. Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile, 2010; 978-0670012459; $17.99.
Raisa left Poland to join her sister in America, but when she arrives Henda isnowhere to be found. To support herself, Raisa gets a job at the TriangleShirtwaist Factory.
Gantos, Jack. Dead End inNorvelt. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011; 978-0374379933; $15.99.
Being grounded for the entire summer might be the best thing that could havehappened to Jack and his blood-spurting nose.
Gier, Kerstin. Ruby Red. Henry Holt& Company, 2011; 978-0805092523; $16.99.
Gwenyth upsets her family when she inherits the time traveling gene instead ofher cousin, Charlotte. Soon Gwenyth finds herself unexpectedly involved inmysterious, dangerous, and intriguing circumstances.
Goldberg Sloan, Holly. I’ll BeThere. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011;978-0316122795; $17.99.
Sam and Riddle Boarder move constantly with an unstable, criminal father, andall they have is each other until they meet Emily, a girl who recognizes theirpain.
Goodman, Shawn. SomethingLike Hope. Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Books for YoungReaders, 2010; 978-0385739399; $16.99.
After living for nearly a decade in foster homes and detention centers,Shavonne must face her past as she prepares to move out of the System on her18th birthday.
Handler, Daniel; Why We BrokeUp. Illus. by Maira Kalman. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011;978-0316127257; $19.99.
After Min and Ed break up, she takes the box of memorabilia she has collectedand writes Ed a letter about each item and its relationship to their breakup.
Hautman, Pete. The BigCrunch. Scholastic Incorporated/Scholastic Press. 2011;978-0545240758; $17.99.
June wasn’t looking for love, until she literally crashed into Wes and foundit.
Herback, Geoff. StupidFast. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, 2011; 978-1402256301; $9.99.
As football recruitment brings new friends, Felton tries to keep his mother’sdepression, and his own insecurities, hidden.
Johnson, Maureen. The LastLittle Blue Envelope. HarperCollins Publishers /HarperTeen,2011; 978-0061976797; $16.99.
Months after Ginny was led around Europe by little blue envelopes from herdeceased aunt, a mysterious guy contacts her: he has the last envelope.
Johnson, Maureen. TheName of the Star. Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile, 2011; 978-0399256608;$16.99.
Rory's arrival at a boarding school in London coincides with a series of Jackthe Ripper-type murders, and only Rory can see the murderer.
*King, A.S. EverybodySees the Ants. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011;978-0316129282; $17.99.
Lucky faces a bully, meets a girl, and tries to bring his POW/MIA grandfatherhome from meetings that take place in his dreams as he struggles to findhimself.
Kirby, Matthew J. Icefall.Scholastic Incorporated/Scholastic Press, 2011; 978-0545274241; $17.99.
Solveig and her siblings, including the young Viking heir, must take refuge ina hidden fortress; however, in spite of Berserker guards, they may not be safe.
Kittredge, Caitlin. The IronThorn. Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Press, 2011;978-0385738293; $17.99.
A coded message sends Aoife, the only female student in a steampunk engineeringacademy, on a dangerous quest for her mad brother.
Knowles, Jo. Pearl.Henry Holt & Company, 2011; 978-08050892073; $16.99.
After Pearl’s grandfather dies, a multitude of family secrets are revealed thatthreaten to change everything – even her relationship with her best, and only,friend Henry.
Leavitt, Lindsey. SeanGriswold’s Head. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011; 978-1599904986; $16.99.
In order to avoid thinking about her dad’s multiple sclerosis, Payton picks an objectto focus on instead: the head of the boy in front of her in class. The problemis, she starts to fall for him.
Lo, Malinda. Huntress. Little,Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011; 978-0316040075; $17.99.
A small group undertakes a desperate quest on behalf of the Fairy Queen thatcould save the world—but may destroy them in the process.
Lu, Marie. Legend.Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile, 2011; 978-0399256752; $17.99.
June is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’sdeath. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government iscorrupt?
Marchetta, Melina. The Piper’sSon. Candlewick Press, 2011; 978-0763647582; $17.99.|
Two years after Tom’s grief-stricken behaviors alienated his friends and familyhe acknowledges he needs support, but his friendships may be irreparablydamaged.
Marcus, Kimberly. Exposed. Random HouseChildren’s Books, 2011; 978-0375966954; $16.99.
Liz and Kate have been best friends for years, but when Kate accuses Liz'sbrother of raping her, Liz finds that losing a friend--and remaining loyal toyour family-- can be difficult.
Martinez, Jessica. Virtuosity.Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Simon Pulse, 2011; 978-1442420526;$16.99.
Carmen’s passion in life is the violin and her main competitor at a majorcompetition is the infuriating, yet compelling, Jeremy. She begins to wonder—isthere more to life than being the best?
*McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Underthe Mesquite. Lee & Low Books, 2011; 978-1600604294; $17.95.
When Lupita’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family shifts,bringing big changes for this tight-knit Mexican-American family.
McMann, Lisa. Cryer'sCross. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/Simon Pulse,2011; 978-1416994817; $16.99.
When two classmates disappear without explanation, Kendall knows that she isthe only one who can find them.
Meloy, Maile. The Apothecary.Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile, 2011; 978-0399256271; $16.99.
When Janie’s family moves to London in 1952, she makes friends with Benjaminand they become involved in saving England with the help of a bit of magic.
Mullin, Mike. Ashfall.Tanglewood, 2011; 978-1933718552; $16.95.
After a super volcano erupts under Yellowstone, Alex, who has been left homealone for the weekend, treks through the ash and snow covered terrain to findhis family.
*Myracle, Lauren. Shine.Abrams/Amulet Books, 2011; 978-0810984172; $16.95.
When Cat's friend is brutally beaten in a hate crime, Cat feels driven to findout the truth about the assault and the attackers.
Nelson, Blake. RecoveryRoad. Scholastic Incorporated/Scholastic Press, 2011; 978-0545107297; $17.99.
Maddie struggles in rehab until she meets Stewart and falls in love. It’s onlywhen they get out of rehab and into the real world that the true challengesbegin.
*Ness, Patrick. A MonsterCalls. Illus. by Jim Kay. Candlewick Press, 2011; 978-0763655594; $16.99.
The monster comes for Conor just after midnight, again and again. That is,until he’s ready to share how he feels about his mom’s cancer.
Neumeier, Rachel. The FloatingIslands. Random House Children’s Books/Knopf Books for YoungReaders, 2011; 978-0375847059; $16.99.
Trei longs to join the Kajuraihi, the floating island defenders with wingspowered by dragon magic, while Araene’s secret aspirations to become a chef arethwarted by society’s restrictions on women.
O’Brien, Caragh. Prized.Roaring Brook Press, 2011; 978-1596435704; $16.99.
The leadership in Sylum is threatened by Gaia and attempts to control her bysystematically separating her from everyone she loves, including her infantsister and boyfriend Leon.
O’Neal, Eilis. TheFalse Princess. Egmont, 2011; 978-1606840795; $16.99.
After Sinda learns she is a stand-in for the real princess, she uncoverstreachery and betrayal are at work to overthrow the crown—and decides she mustintervene.
Ockler, Sarah. FixingDelilah. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010;978-0316052092; $16.99.
After her estranged grandmother’s death, Delilah, her mother and aunt sortthrough the estate, while also working on their relationships.
Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Witch.Penguin Group/Viking, 2011; 978-0670011964; $17.99.
American-born Sunny, who lives in Nigeria, is an athlete but, being albino, canonly play at night. She is a misfit until she discovers soul mates, juju, andlatent magical powers.
Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. HarperCollinsPublishers, 2011; 978-0061726828; $17.99.
Deadly armor deliria nervosa has been eliminated with a surgical cure. But, asdisturbing details about loveless life are revealed, Lena wonders if the cureis really safer than infection.
Oppel, Kenneth. This DarkEndeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. Simon & SchusterBooks for Young Readers, 2011; 978-1442403154; $17.99.
Fifteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein stops at nothing to save his ailing twin,helping create the Elixir of Life from a formula found in a hidden library offorbidden texts.
Ostlere, Cathy. Karma, ANovel in Verse. Penguin Group/RazorBill, 2011. 978-1595143389; $18.99.
While taking her mother’s ashes back to India, Maya gets separated from herfather during an uprising and must find her way back to him.
Perera, Anna. Guantanamo Boy.Albert Whitman & Company, 2011; 978-0807530771; $17.99.
While visiting family in Pakistan, 15-year-old Khalid Ahmed is captured,imprisoned and tortured at Guantanamo Bay prison after being falsely accused ofbeing a terrorist.
Pérez, Ashley Hope. WhatCan(t) Wait. Lerner Publishing Group/CarolrhodaLAB, 2011; 978-0761361558;$17.95.
Seventeen-year-old Mexican-American Marisa has dreams of going away to collegeand becoming an engineer, but family issues make it a difficult challenge.
Perkins, Stephanie. Anna and theFrench Kiss. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2010; 978-0525423270;$16.99.
Anna can’t believe her father is sending her away to a boarding school in Parisfor her senior year of high school. She’s infuriated... until she meets EtienneSt. Clair.
Perkins, Stephanie. Lolaand the Boy Next Door. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2011;978-0525423287; $16.99.
Two years ago Lola’s neighbor, Cricket, broke her heart and then moved away.Now he’s back, but she’s moved on with rock-band boyfriend, Max… right?
Porter, Tracey. Lark.HarperCollins Publishers/HarperTeen, 2011; 978-0061122873; $15.99.
Lark is attacked and left to die tied to a tree. Her image appears to friends,pleading for someone to listen to her story, in order to save her spirit.
Powers, J. L. This ThingCalled the Future. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011; 978-1933693958; $16.95.
Khosi navigates her future in a post-apartheid South African shantytown wherefolk medicine competes with traditional medicine, older men lure teenage girls,and witches might still exist.
Price, Charlie. DesertAngel. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011; 978-0374317751; $15.99.
Angel knows that her mom’s old boyfriend is a hunter and determined to killher, and her need to survive unwittingly puts those trying to save her at risk.
Riggs, Ransom. MissPeregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk Books, 2011; 978-1594744761;$17.99.
Trailed by a menacing shadow, Jacob tumbles into a time loop and discovers thepeculiar children of his grandfather’s childhood.
Reedy, Trent. Words in theDust. Scholastic Incorporated/Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011;978-0545261258; $17.99.
Zulaikha, an Afghani girl with a cleft palate, is ridiculed for her looks, buther pre-determined future could change with the arrival of American military.
Reeve, Philip. A Web ofAir. Scholastic Incorporated, 2011; 978-0545222167; $17.99.|
Using her knowledge of electricity, Fever Crumb escapes London with a travelingtheater company. She meets Arlo Thursday and they join forces to build a flyingmachine.
Resau, Laura & Maria VirginiaFarinango. Queen of Water. Random House Children’sBooks/Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2011; 978-0385738972; $16.99.
As a small child, Ecuadorian Virginia is sent off to work as an unpaid nannyand maid in the home of a wealthy couple. Based on a true story of one woman’sstruggles and triumphs.
Riordan, Rick. The Lost Hero.Disney Book Group/Hyperion Press, 2010; 978-1423113393; $18.99.
Jason, Piper and Leo discover they are the half-blood children of the Greekgods and embark on a quest to rescue Hera from her captors.
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. HarperCollins/KatherineTegen Books, 2011; 978-0062024022; $17.99.
Beatrice lives in a society where people are divided into five factions thatdetermine work, lifestyle, and even friendships. Unusual results on her factionaptitude tests place her in danger.
Sales, Leila. PastPerfect. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Simon Pulse,2011; 978-1442406827; $16.99.
Chelsea reluctantly returns to work at the Colonial re-enactment park with herex-boyfriend Ezra. Also, she’s treasonously falling for a Civil War re-enactorin the annual prank war between the two parks.
Schmidt, Gary. Okay forNow. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books, 2011; 978-0547152608; $16.99.
After discovering Audubon’s original paintings in a folio at the library, Dougsets off on a quest to restore the missing pages to the book.
Sedgwick, Marcus. White Crow. RoaringBrook Press, 2011; 978-1596435940; $15.99.
Rebecca meets Ferelith in Winterfold, a town being inexorably eaten by the sea.They explore a haunted mansion on the cliffs, where dastardly experiments onthe afterlife were done years ago.
Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck. ScholasticIncorporated /Scholastic Press, 2011; 978-054527892; $29.99.
Alternating between dramatic wording and stunning pictures, Wonderstruckchronicles the journeys of Ben and Rose, fifty years apart, both searching forthe missing pieces to their surprisingly connected lives.
*Sepetys, Ruta. BetweenShades of Gray. Penguin Group/Philomel Books, 2011; 978-0399254123;$17.99.
In 1941, Lina and her family are taken from their home in Lithuania and sent toSiberia where, despite horrific conditions, Lina maintains hope that she willsurvive.
Sharenow, Robert. The BerlinBoxing Club. HarperCollins Publishers /HarperTeen, 2011;978-0061579684; $17.99.
In 1934, Karl’s Jewishness has never been an issue, but suddenly it is. Offeredthe opportunity to train under a champion, Karl grabs it and boxing becomes hisrefuge.
Silvey, Craig. Jasper Jones. RandomHouse/Alfred A. Knopf, 2011; 978-0375866661; $16.99.
Charlie’s life in an Australian small town is turned upside down when JasperJones knocks on his bedroom window late one night and asks for help disposingof a body.
Smith, Andrew. Stick.Feiwel and Friends, 2011; 978-0312613419; $17.99.
Stick and his brother Bosten must lean on each other to survive their abusivefamily, until Bosten is kicked out and must survive on his own.
*Stiefvater, Maggie. The ScorpioRaces. Scholastic Incorporated/Scholastic Press, 2011;978-0545224901; $17.99.
Sean and Puck fall in love when each is desperate to win the Scorpio Races,when wild meat eating water horses race on the beach.
*Taylor, Laini. Daughter ofSmoke and Bone. Little, Brown, Books for Young Readers, 2011.978-0316134026; $18.99.
Karu questions how she came to be raised by the chimaera Brimstone. When shemeets the seraph Akiva, events unfold that could answer her questions—but atgreat cost.
Thompson, Holly. Orchards.Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Press, 2011; 978-0385739771; $17.99.
After a classmate’s unexpected death, bi-racial Kana Goldberg is sent to herfamily’s farm in Japan to reflect on her participation in events that led up tothe suicide.
Valente, Catherynne M. TheGirl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Feiwel& Friends, 2011; 978-0312649616; $16.99.
September is excited, puzzled, confused and thrilled on her quest throughFairyland.
Van Allsberg, Chris, ed. TheChronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales. HoughtonMifflin Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011; 978-0547548104; $24.99.
The mysterious illustrations introduced in Allsberg’s 1984 collection, TheMysteries of Harris Burdick, are reprinted and accompanied by equallyhaunting and mysterious stories crafted by some of today’s top writers.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. TheRunning Dream. Random House Children’s Books/Knopf Books for YoungReaders, 2011; 978-0375866678; $16.99.
After a school bus accident, high school runner Jessica has her leg amputatedbelow the knee. She must gather all of her reserves to put her life back together.
Venkatraman, Padma. Island’sEnd. Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile, 2011; 978-0399250996; $16.99.
Unexpectedly chosen as the spiritual leader of her island tribe, Uido takes onthe challenge of protecting her people from the strangers who keep landing ontheir island.
Vernick, Shirley Reva. TheBlood Lie. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011; 978-1933693842; $15.95.
On his sixteenth birthday, Jack Pool realizes a lie he didn't tell could bedeadly.
Wallace, Jason. Out ofShadows. Holiday House, 2011; 978-0823423422; $17.95.
The Rhodesian Bush War is over but Robert, who has just arrived from the U.K.,discovers that, for his privileged classmates, the war goes on.
Warman, Jessica. Between.Walker & Company, 2011; 978-0802721822; $17.99.
Following a night of partying on her family’s boat, Liz is awakened by a loud,thumping noise-- her body hitting the side of the boat.
Whaley, John Corey. Where ThingsCome Back. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Atheneum Booksfor Young Readers, 2011; 978-1442413337; $16.99.
Cullen’s tired of small-town life, and expects to spend the summer before hissenior year with friends fighting off boredom and dreaming of girls—then hisyounger brother disappears.
Williams, Carol Lynch. Miles fromOrdinary. St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011;978-0312555122; $16.99.
When her troubled mother disappears, an isolated Lacey frantically searches forher, while facing the terrors of her mother’s delusions.
Williams, Michael. Now is theTime for Running. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011;978-0316077903; $17.99.
As Zimbabwe disintegrates under its new leadership, Deo’s village is brutallyattacked and he can only save Innocent, his brother who is mentally delayed.
Wolf, Allan. The Watchthat Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic. Candlewick Press,2011; 978-0763637033; $21.99.
Experience this fateful historic event from the point-of-view of twenty-fourpassengers who couldn’t have imagined that their “unsinkable” ship wouldcollide with an iceberg.
Wynne-Jones, Tim. Blink andCaution. Candlewick Press, 2011; 978-0763639839; $16.99.
Homeless teens Blink and Caution become entangled in a blackmail scheme gonewrong and their survival depends on confronting both current threats and thepainful secrets of their pasts.
Yee, Lisa. Warp Speed. ScholasticIncorporated/Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011; 978-0545122764; $16.99.
Marley and his AV geek friends avoid the bullies while arguing the merits ofStar Wars versus Star Trek.
Young, Moira. Blood RedRoad. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Margaret K.McElderry Books, 2011; 978-1442429987; $17.99.
As a pit fighter, Saba must constantly fight to save herself, and seeks alliesto help rescue her pesky little sister and her twin brother.
Yovanoff, Brenna. The SpaceBetween. Penguin Group/Razorbill, 2011; 978-1595143396; $17.99.
When her brother Obie disappears, Daphne, a half-demon, half fallen-angel, goesto Earth to find him and enlists the help of the boy she believes last saw himalive.
*Zarr, Sara. How to Savea Life. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011;978-0316036061; $17.99.
Jill, who is grieving the death of her father, is appalled that her mother isadopting a baby and giving the pregnant mother, Mandy, a home… but Mandy’s gota story of her own.