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September 2013

Cool & New

September 2013

September's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Holly Black's THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, in which Tara wakes up after a party to find everyone dead but for her ex-boyfriend, who's been turn cold, and a monster next to him. Now she must find her way to a quarantined Coldtown and then find a way out; the long-awaited sequel to Nancy Farmer's THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION, THE LORD OF OPIUM, which follows Matt as he takes control over the Land of Opium; and Leila Sales' THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, in which outcast Elise stumbles into a warehouse party and consequently ends up finding friends, first love and a passion for DJing.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Gene Luen Yang's BOXERS & SAINTS Boxed Set, which tells two sides of a story in graphic novel, taking place in 19th-century China; TEN by Gretchen McNeil, where a weekend party of Meg's dreams on an exclusive island turns into a nightmare with a storm raging outside and killer on the loose; and Tim Green's UNSTOPPABLE, in which foster kid Harrison finds a new home with loving parents and an outlet for his dreams as a football player, but his luck can't last forever...

A Certain October by Angela Johnson - Fiction


Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it’s true that Scotty’s friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong.

Ruins by Orson Scott Card - Fiction


When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh --- a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive --- but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill - Science Fiction


"You have to kill him." Imprisoned a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand.

After the Snow by S. D. Crockett - Science Fiction


In the haunting and barren landscape of a new ice age, 15-year old Willo, left parentless, is flung into an icy journey of survival, adventure, friendship and self-discovery, with only the dog spirit inside his head to guide him.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - Dystopian Thriller


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer - Science Fiction


Matt has always been nothing but a clone --- grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age 14, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, but while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster --- and hidden in Opium is the cure.

The 100 by Kass Morgan - Youth Fiction


Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents --- considered expendable by society --- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. 

Little Fish: A Memoir by Ramsey Beyer - Nonfiction


Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student. 

Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, & Perfection by Megan McCafferty - Young Adult

It's the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom?

New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty's hilarious series opener will have you laughing, cringing, and cheering for Jessica Darling as she learns that being herself beats being popular, pretty & perfect any day.

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon - Youth Fiction


Smart-mouthed and funny, sometimes raunchy, Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy. Except Richie has cancer, and he's spending his final days in a hospice unit. In this place where people go to die, Richie has plans to make the most of the life he has left. Sylvie, the only other hospice inmate under sixty, has a few plans of her own for Richie. What begins as camaraderie quickly blossoms into real love, and this star-crossed pair is determined to live on their own terms, in whatever time remains.

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White - Young Adult 13+


Isadora's family is seriously screwed up --- which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. So when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic --- and dangerous --- complications.

The Final Descent by Rick Yancey - Action & Adventure


Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop have encountered many horrors together --- but can Will endure a monstrumological terror without his mentor? When Dr. Warthrop fears that Will’s loyalties may be shifting, he turns on Will with a fury, determined to reclaim his young apprentice’s devotion. And so Will must face one of the most horrific creatures of his monstrumology career --- and he must face it alone.

Boxers & Saints Boxed Set by Gene Luen Yang - Graphic Novel

Gene Luen Yang tells two sides of the story in his two new books. Saints is the tale of a young girl growing up unwanted in late 19th-century China. She’s so unwanted, and considered so unlucky, that she isn’t even given a proper name…she’s simply called Four-Girl (because she is the fourth child). In Boxers, a young man named Bao is frustrated with the constant onslaught of foreign missionaries who proclaim to be teaching religion but instead are thieves and bullies. They mercilessly rob and threaten Bao’s peasant countrymen and show no remorse.

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins - Family


Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. But is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi - Youth Fiction


In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes --- from food safety to racism and immigration --- and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from.

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman - Horror


They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand...except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn't even know why she killed --- or whether she'll do it again.

Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick - Realistic Fiction

Cherry Kerrigan loves her simple life, her family’s tiny trailer, even working at Burrito Barn. But here comes Ardelia Deen, a glamorous starlet who sweeps Cherry into a world of fast cars and penthouse parties. When Ardelia drops a bomb of an offer --- one involving a baby --- Cherry knows her life will change forever, no matter what she decides.

Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard - Recreation


In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. Raleigh Barringer, even moved out of town. Still, the only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking with her best friend, Nick. But how can Maggie expect anything more? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly --- terrifyingly --- back in town?

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas - Fantasy


Iolanthe Seabourne is the one prophesied for years to be the savior of the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant 16-year-old girl with no training.

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts - Love & Romance


The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world --- the question is, what to do with the time that's left? 

Once We Were by Kat Zhang - Young Adult 13+


Addie and Eva escaped imprisonment at a horrific psychiatric hospital. Now they should be safe, living among an underground hybrid movement. But faced with the possibility of being in hiding forever, the girls are eager to help bring about change. The answer seems to lie within a splinter group willing to go to extremes for hybrid freedom, but what they thought was the solution to their problems just might be the thing that destroys everything --- including their bond to each other.

The Elementals by Francesca Lia Block - Fiction


Ariel Silverman is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them, Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales - Fiction


Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and, most importantly, a love for DJing.

Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston - Action & Adventure


Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil - Romance


Suddenly, people are dying, and with a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Unstoppable by Tim Green - Sports Fiction


If anyone understands the phrase "tough luck," it's Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot. Then Harrison's luck seems to change. He is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents --- his new dad is even a football coach. But Harrison's good luck can't last forever...

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis - Dystopian Fiction


Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story in which water is worth more than gold. Teenager Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn't leave at all.

The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski - Young Adult 14+


On the morning of his 18th birthday, philosophy student and high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack's ex-girlfriend, Jess, has given birth, and Jack is the father. The new teenage father kidnaps the baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Wal-Mart and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and the ex-girlfriend.


Invasion by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction


It's May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager. In small towns and big cities all over the globe, people are filled with fear. When Josiah and Marcus come together in what will be the greatest test of their lives, they learn hard lessons about race, friendship, and what it really means to fight. Set on the front lines of the Normandy invasion, this novel, rendered with heart-in-the-throat precision, is a cinematic masterpiece.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - Fiction


Clay Jannon has landed a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that the store is even more curious than the name suggests. He concludes it must be a front for something larger, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior. It turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich - Mystery


The victim of a recent attack, Geraldine Coutts is reluctant to relive or reveal to anyone what happened. She will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Her son, Joe, becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry - Romance


Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein - Historical


While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick - Dystopian Fiction


When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse --- until the doctors found the monster in her head. She headed into the wilderness as a goodbye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death. Now, with no hope of rescue --- on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit --- she discovers a new and horrifying truth.

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst - Fantasy


Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name --- but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access --- and there is nothing they won’t say --- or do --- to her to get her to remember. 

Shadows by Robin McKinley - Fantasy


Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But --- more importantly --- what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - Fantasy & Magic


Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin - Fantasy


Fenella was the first Scarborough girl to be cursed, hundreds of years ago, and she has been trapped in the faerie realm ever since, forced to watch generations of daughters try to break this same faerie curse that has enslaved them all. But now Fenella’s descendant, Lucy, has accomplished the impossible and broken the curse, so why is Fenella still trapped in Faerie?

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce - Fantasy


On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor's summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion.

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins - Humor

Listen in as 10 YA authors --- some familiar, some new --- use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poignant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Contemporary Romance


In Rainbow Rowell's FANGIRL, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life --- and she's really good at it. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to. Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?