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Cool & New

Looking for a great new read? Every month, our Cool & New Books feature spotlights new titles that we think you'll want to explore. In addition to hardcovers, we include books that are newly released in paperback --- as either reprints of hardcovers or original paperbacks.

March 2012

March's roundup of Cool & New Books includes STARTERS, Lissa Price's dystopian novel set in a future where teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again; OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF TIME, the fifth installment in Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, which finds Cammie Morgan returning to Gallagher Academy, but facing more questions than answers; and CURVEBALL: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick, which proves that sometimes the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field.

February 2012

February’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes PANDEMONIUM, the second installment in Lauren Oliver's dystopian trilogy that started with DELIRIUM (which is now available in paperback); BENEATH A METH MOON by Jacqueline Woodson, in which a teen spirals into a terrifying meth addiction in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and BORN WICKED, the start of Jessica Spotswood’s series about Cate Cahill and her sisters, who have a dangerous secret --- they are witches.

January 2012

January’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, John Green’s novel about a teenage cancer patient whose outlook on life changes when she meets a gorgeous new member of Cancer Kid Support Group; FRACTURE, a supernatural thriller about a teen who escapes death after falling into icy waters and now finds herself drawn to the dying; and THE PREGNANCY PROJECT, the memoir of a high school student who made national headlines in 2011 when she revealed she had faked her own pregnancy for a class project to find out how her community would react.

December 2011

December’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes James Patterson and Jill Dembowski’s THE FIRE, the third installment in the Witch and Wizard series that follows Whit and Wisty Allgood as they lead the resistance against the totalitarian regime that governs their world; WHY WE BROKE UP, the first-ever YA book written by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), which centers on two teenagers who break up and a box full of all the reasons why; and Laurie Faria Stolarz’s new Touch novel, DEADLY LITTLE VOICES, in which Camelia’s powers of psychometry have segued into disturbing voices in her head.

November 2011

November's roundup of Cool & New Books includes INHERITANCE, the long-awaited final installment in Christopher Paolini's The Inheritance Cycle; THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, in which two friends discover their futures through Facebook --- long before it was ever invented; THE ALWAYS WAR, Margaret Peterson Haddix's story of a strong-willed girl in a war-torn dystopian world; and Deborah Heiligman's CHARLES AND EMMA, a 2009 National Book Award Finalist (now available in paperback) that chronicles Charles Darwin's struggle with his wife's strong religious beliefs, which directly conflicted with his groundbreaking theory of evolution. 

October 2011

October’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes MASTIFF, the long-awaited final volume in the Beka Cooper trilogy, in which Tamora Pierce draws her fans back into the magical Realm of Tortall; THE SCORPIO RACES, a stand-alone novel from Maggie Stiefvater (author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series) that finds two competitors swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff --- with more than just their lives at stake should they lose; SEIZURE, the second installment in Kathy Reichs’s Virals trilogy, which continues the adventures of Tory Brennan and her friends as they fight to save the Loggerhead Island Research Institute; and MY NAME IS MINA, a prequel to SKELLIG that reintroduces readers to the perceptive, sensitive Mina before the events of David Almond’s award-winning 1998 novel.