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March 2015

Cool & New

March 2015

In March’s Cool and New roundup, we have THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond, which tells of the rich inner world of a British boy teetering on the edge of manhood; SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman, the sequel to the much-loved SERAPHINA, where an epic battle breaks out between humans and dragons; and VANISHING GIRLS, the new novel by bestselling author Lauren Oliver about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Among the paperback titles released this month, we have THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO by Gae Polisner, the story of Francesca, whose guilt keeps her stuck in the past; BEYOND MAGENTA: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, featuring six honest and inspiring interviews with transgender or gender-neutral young adults; and WHAT IF I’M AN ATHEIST? by David Seidman, a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind guide that offers answers to questions about atheism and nonbelief. 

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December 31, 1969

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Written by Madeleine L'Engle, Adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson - Science Fiction

October 2, 2012

The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs --- Who, Whatsit, and Which --- the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin - Nonfiction

February 11, 2014

 

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.

Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy - Fiction

March 10, 2015

 

Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx", isn't one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war – and the country's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental "Streaker" jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

Dead to Me by Mary McCoy - Historical Mystery

March 3, 2015


"Don't believe anything they say." Those were the last words that Annie spoke to Alice before turning her back on their family and vanishing without a trace. Alice spent four years waiting and wondering when the impossibly glamorous sister she idolized would return to her --- and what their Hollywood-insider parents had done to drive her away.  When Annie does turn up, the blond, broken stranger lying in a coma has no answers for her. But Alice isn't a kid anymore, and this time she won't let anything stand between her and the truth, no matter how ugly.

Half Wild by Sally Green - Fiction

March 24, 2015

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, 17-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run --- but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan - Fiction

March 17, 2015


Watch out, ex-boyfriends, and get out of the way, homophobic coaches. Tiny Cooper has something to say --- and he’s going to say it in song.
Filled with honesty, humor, and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, Hold Me Closer is the no-holds-barred (and many-bars-held) entirety of the beloved musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the award-winning bestseller by John Green and David Levithan.
 
Tiny Cooper is finally taking center stage...and the world will never be the same again.
Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman - Fiction

April 11, 2017

 

The year is 1972. Fifteen-year-old Haunani “Nani” Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father’s fatal heart attack. Now the proverbial fish-out-of-water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white (haole) mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach. Nani unexpectedly gets accepted into the lineup --- and catches the attention of the local surf god --- but she's hiding some secrets that, if revealed, could ruin everything she's worked so hard to acheive. 

Instinct (Chronicles of Nick) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Fiction

March 31, 2015

 

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters --- another day in the life of Nick Gautier --- and those are just his friends. But now that he’s accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. But the dark gods who created his race know where he is, and they want him. Plus, Nick has just embraced the one person he never should have trusted.

Little Peach by Peggy Kern - Fiction

March 10, 2015

 

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: She is alone and out of options. Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels. But Devon is not who he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution, where he becomes her "Daddy" and she is his "Little Peach."

Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy - Fiction

March 24, 2015

 

Darren hasn’t had an easy year. There was his parents’ divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there’s the whole not having a girlfriend thing. Then one Thursday morning Darren’s dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. 

My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp - Fiction

March 3, 2015

 

 

Luisa "Lulu" Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out. Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends. 

Painless by S. A. Harazin - Fiction

March 1, 2015

 

A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more difficult than most. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis --- or CIPA for short. David lives with his elderly grandmother, who's now dying. All David wants to do is grow old, beat the odds, find love, travel the world, and see something spectacular. And he still wants to find his parents. While he still can.

Playing a Part by Daria Wilke and Marian Schwartz - Fiction

March 31, 2015

 

In June 2013, the Russian government passed laws prohibiting "gay propaganda," threatening jail time and fines to offenders. That same month, in spite of these harsh laws, a Russian publisher released PLAYING A PART, a young adult novel with openly gay characters. It was a brave, bold act, and now this groundbreaking story has been translated for American readers.
Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills -

July 5, 2016


Erin Bailey's life changes forever the day her mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. It's always just been Erin and Mom, so living without her is not an option. Life takes another turn when the cancer is linked to a rare genetic mutation, and Erin must grapple with the decision of whether or not to have her own DNA tested. Her only outlets are flying lessons, where looking to the horizon calms her deepest fears, and her new friend Ashley, a girl she met in an online support group. But when a flash decision has Erin flying away to find her new friend, she embarks on a journey from the depths of despair to new love and a better understanding of the true meaning of beauty. 
 
This thought-provoking story brings readers to the emotional brink and back again, as they experience Erin's fear, her frustration, and ultimately...her freedom.
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier - Fiction

May 17, 2016


Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace --- one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and homeless, is blessed (and cursed) with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts. They tell her secrets the living can’t know about the cracks already forming in the mobs’ truce. 
 
Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell, a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She’s earned the nickname “Angel of Death” because none of her beaus has ever survived knowing her. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and she knows that Gloriana’s hold is crumbling one henchman at a time. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens the two girls at every turn, Dymphna is determined not only to survive, but to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman - Fiction

January 30, 2018

 

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself --- for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways. But a half dragon who can take over people's minds will do anything to stop her.

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross - Fiction

March 31, 2015

 

Wren Noble is dead --- she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living. 
 
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands --- the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn't exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she's not ready to join her sister in the afterlife. 
 
Now the guy who saved Lark's life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins --- who should know better than to mess with the dead --- may be their only hope of staying alive.
The Bullet Catch: Murder by Misadventure by Amy Axelrod and David Axelrod - Fiction

March 6, 2015

 

When the orphanage he called home burns to the ground, 14-year-old Leo and his three friends turn to larceny to survive. Leo proves to be a most gifted pickpocket, but when he is cruelly betrayed by his gang, he abandons the life of crime to become the apprentice of a has-been magician named Barzini.
 
 
With help from the great Harry Houdini, Barzini is staging a comeback, complete with an improved variation on the bullet catch trick made famous by his arch enemy, Chung Ling Soo. He wants more than to just outshine his old rival; he is out for revenge. As Leo struggles to escape his dangerous past, he must confront the possibility that his new mentor may be even more dangerous.
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer - Fiction

May 3, 2016

 

When Stephen's dad says they're moving, Stephen knows it's pointless to argue. They're broke from paying Mom's hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen's grandmother in Spencer, a backward small town that's like something out of The Twilight Zone. Population: 814.
 
Stephen's summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. With Cara, he feels safe and understood --- and yeah, okay, she's totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends. Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end...
The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner - Fiction

May 10, 2016

 

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep and haunted by dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him --- his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.In this dark and witty psychological drama about survival, Aaron finds that making peace with the dead may be easier than coming to terms with the living.
The Finisher by David Baldacci - Fiction

March 3, 2015


Nobody ever left the village of Wormwood before Quentin Herms vanishes. Vega Jane knows Quentin was chased, and he's left a dangerous trail of clues only she can decode. But just as deadly are the threats within Wormwood, a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep secrets. Vega is determined to uncover the truth --- but the closer she gets, the more she risks her life.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel - Fiction

February 2, 2016

 

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just...creepy.
 
In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening --- and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger --- Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee - Fiction

March 31, 2015

 

Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed. Then it's on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years. Four years of academic achievement. Four years of debate championships. Two years of dating the most popular girl in school. It was, literally, everything his parents could have wanted. Everything they wanted for Higgs's older brother Jeffrey, in fact.
 
But something's not right. And when Higgs's girlfriend presents him with a seemingly innocent hypothetical question about whether or not he'd give her a kidney...the exposed fault lines reach straight down to the foundations of his life...
The Memory Key by Liana Liu - Fiction

November 14, 2017


Though her mother's been dead for five years, Lora struggles to remember every detail about her --- especially events that occurred the night she sped off in her car, never to return. But in a world ravaged by Vergets disease, a viral form of Alzheimer's, that isn't easy. Usually Lora is aided by her memory key, a chip embedded in her brain that preserves memories. Then a minor accident damages Lora's key, and her memories go haywire. Suddenly Lora remembers a moment from the night of her mother's disappearance that indicates her death was no accident. Can she trust these forgotten memories? Or is her ability to remember every painful part of her past driving her slowly mad --- burying the truth forever?

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz - Fiction

February 7, 2017

 
Magic is power, and power is magic... 
 
Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures. 
 
Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.
The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry - Fiction

March 1, 2015

 

Kate's boyfriend couldn't have dumped her at a worse time ---- she recently found out she has diabetes, and she's been trying to cope ever since. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s the “guy with one arm” and nothing is the same as it was before. When Kate and Aidan meet, things couldn’t be more awkward. But neither wants to get attached, and they both could use some fun. But what if they need one another more than they realize? 

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner - Young Adult Fiction

March 31, 2015

 

Four years ago, Francesca’s little brother, Simon, drowned, and Francesca’s the one who should have been watching. Now Francesca is about to turn 16, but guilt keeps her stuck in the past. Then at the local country club, she meets four-year-old Frankie Sky, a little boy who bears an almost eerie resemblance to Simon, and Francesca begins to wonder if it’s possible Frankie could be his reincarnation. Knowing Frankie leads Francesca to places she thought she’d never dare to go --- and it begins to seem possible to forgive herself, grow up, and even fall in love, whether or not she solves the riddle of Frankie Sky.

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond - Historical Fiction

November 8, 2016


A gentle visionary coming of age in the shadow of the shipyards of northern England, Dominic Hall is torn between extremes. On the one hand, he craves the freedom he feels when he steals away with the eccentric girl artist next door, Holly Stroud --- his first and abiding love --- to balance above the earth on a makeshift tightrope. With Holly, Dom dreams of a life different in every way from his shipbuilder dad’s. On the other hand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the brutal charms of Vincent McAlinden, a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom.

The Tragic Age: A Novel by Stephen Metcalfe -

February 16, 2016

 

This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work --- not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college. 
Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. 
 
With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.
Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is --- Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It's the age he's at.  The tragic age.  
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten - Fiction

March 27, 2018


Adam Spencer Ross is almost fifteen, and he’s got his hands full confronting the everyday problems that come with having divorced parents and a stepsibling. Add to that his obsessive-compulsive disorder and it’s just about impossible for him to imagine ever falling in love. Adam’s life changes, however, the instant he meets Robyn Plummer: he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. But is it possible to have a normal relationship when your life is anything but?

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma - Fiction

March 22, 2016


On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.
 
On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.
 
Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries . . .
 
What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve --- in this life or in another one?
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski - Fiction

March 3, 2015


Following your heart can be a crime.
 
A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world...and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. 
 
This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves by Ann Angel - Fiction

March 24, 2015

Fifteen top young-adult authors let us in on provocative secrets in a fascinating collection that will have readers talking.
 
A baby no one knows about. A dangerous hidden identity. Off-limits hookups. A parent whose problems your friends won’t understand. Everyone keeps secrets --- from themselves, from their families, from their friends --- and secrets have a habit of shaping the lives around them. Acclaimed author Ann Angel brings together some of today’s most gifted YA authors to explore, in a variety of genres, the nature of secrets: Do they make you stronger or weaker? Do they alter your world when revealed? Do they divide your life into what you’ll tell and what you won’t? The one thing these diverse stories share is a glimpse into the secret self we all keep hidden.
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver - Fiction

March 10, 2015


Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach - Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction

August 30, 2016


Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

What If I'm an Atheist? by David Speidman - Nonfiction

March 10, 2015

 

Have you ever wondered what religion and belief means for your life? Maybe you believe in nothing at all. Does that mean you’re an atheist? What does atheism even mean? Regardless of the religious background you grew up with, it’s natural to question what you believe...or what you don’t. Establishing your views about religion and spirituality is part of becoming an individual, but outside pressures can make it tough to know what is right for you.
 
This compassionate, nonjudgmental guide includes peer interviews featuring both religious and atheist teens and provides a safe space to find answers to the questions you may not want ask out loud, so you can decide what you believe --- or don’t --- for yourself.