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April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of April 2nd and April 9th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of April 2nd in Hardcover

April 3rd

BLACK HEART: The Curse Workers, Book 3 by Holly Black
For Cassel Sharpe, cheating comes as easily as breathing. Despite his history --- growing up in a family of con artists and working as an assassin --- he’s trying to do the right thing. But being good is harder than he ever thought, especially after he is called on to do the one thing he said he would never do again.
Margaret K. McElderry Books * 9781442403468

THE FAME GAME by Lauren Conrad
Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show “L.A. Candy.” Now Madison is ready for her turn in the spotlight, and she'll stop at nothing to get it.
HarperCollins * 9780062073280

FEAR: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant
It's been one year since all the adults disappeared. Despite the hunger, the lies, and even the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.
Katherine Tegen Books * 9780061449154

GRAVE MERCY: His Fair Assassin, Book 1 by Robin LaFevers
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain. But when she learns the god of Death Himself has chosen her for a special task, she realizes that a second life for her may spell the end for others.
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children * 9780547628349

I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga
For Jazz, the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Now, in an effort to clear his name, he joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz may be more like his father than anyone first thought.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers * 9780316125840

IMMORTAL CITY by Scott Speer
In Angel City, Guardian Angels are used to being hunted by paparazzi, not serial killers. Now Jackson Godspeed, one of the most sought-after Angels, is on top of a madman’s list --- and it’s up to Madison Montgomery, the girl with whom Jackson has fallen in love, to save him.
Razorbill * 9781595145062

As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disney forever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was.
Disney-Hyperion * 9781423153368

On Sale the Week of April 2nd in Paperback

April 3rd

It's 1941, and Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl. That is, until Soviet officers barge into her home. Separated from her father, Lina, her mother and her brother travel north on a crowded train to a camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here, under Stalin's orders, they are forced to dig for beets --- and fight for their lives --- under the cruelest conditions.
Speak * 9780142420591

PLAGUE: A Gone Novel
by Michael Grant

There is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach. Yet for the survivors of FAYZ, enemies don’t just fade away. And now, in the quiet, deadly things are stirring when a highly contagious, fatal illness begins to spread at an alarming rate.
Katherine Tegen Books * 9780061449147

RED GLOVE: The Curse Workers, Book 2 by Holly Black

Being a transformation curse worker should have made Cassel’s life easier. Instead his older brother is murdered, and both the Feds and the mob have taken a special interest in the case --- and Cassel. There’s also a girl madly in love with him, but Cassel can’t trust that it’s real.
Margaret K. McElderry Books * 9781442403406

SHIFT by Jennifer Bradbury
High school seniors Chris and Win decide to spend their summer riding across the country on their bicycles. When Win leaves him stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, Chris returns home and then to college. Though he hasn’t heard from Win, he’s too angry to care --- that is, until the FBI arrives at his dorm wanting to talk to him.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers * 9781442408524

ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Through short stories by many bestselling teen authors, this anthology --- edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) --- makes arguments extolling the strengths of both unicorns and zombies to determine the age old question: Which is better?
Margaret K. McElderry Books * 9781416989547

On Sale the Week of April 9th in Hardcover

April 10th

BELLES by Jen Calonita
Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott doesn’t just tolerate her life on the wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina, she loves it. But when tragedy strikes, she is sent to live with her long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Out of place and still reeling, Isabelle is further unsteadied when a secret unfolds that threatens to change her life forever.
Poppy * 9780316091138

THE CALLING: Darkness Rising, Book 2 by Kelley Armstrong

Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is --- a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. It’s a good thing too, for when a forest fire lands them lost in the Vancouver Island wilderness, Maya and her friends have nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
HarperCollins * 9780061797057

KILL ME SOFTLY by Sarah Cross
Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her 16th birthday --- and discovers a world she never could have imagined.
EgmontUSA * 9781606843239


Though he has won Jane’s heart, James has other obligations. He is about to set sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as his past sins. His plans might be cut short, however, when Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family and only he can save her.
Delacorte Books for Young Readers * 9780385740913

Chuck Taylor’s OCD has rendered him a high school outcast. His endless routines and habitual hand washing threaten to scare away both his closest friend and the amazing new girl in town. But with graduation looming, he might still have a chance to change all that. That is, if he is willing to get his hands dirty.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers * 9780374343965

Odile is descended from the Cagots, a much-despised race whose women were reputed to be witches. Now, racing to escape the bloodbath of 1870s Paris, she must determine if the claims are true, while also helping a young Doctor Jekyll, who seems to be abusing the salts that she gave him in a most disconcerting way.
Roaring Brook Press * 9781596436848

April 12th

LOSERS IN SPACE by John Barnes
It is the year 2129, and fame is all that matters. For celebutantes, the more viewers who ID them, the better. In an effort to boost her ratings, Susan and her almost-boyfriend Derlock cook up a plan to stow away in a Mars-bound spaceship. There’s only one problem: Derlock is a sociopath.
Viking Juvenile * 9780670061563

RADIANT DAYS by Elizabeth Hand
In 1978, Merle is in her first year of art school. In 1870, poet Arthur Rimbaud is on the verge of breaking through to the images and voice that will make his name. But the meshed power of words and art thins the boundaries between the present and the past and allows these two troubled, brilliant artists to enter each other's worlds.
Viking Juvenile * 9780670011353

On Sale the Week of April 9th in Paperback

April 10th

THE ANTI-PROM by Abby McDonald
Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, risking her reputation for a guy who’s 40 minutes late. And shy, studious Meg never counted on her date standing her up and leaving her waiting in the parking lot outside the prom.
Candlewick * 9780763658472

by Lynne Rae Perkins

When Ry misses his train and his grandfather suffers a concussion, he embarks on a series of misadventures, enlisting Del, a stranger he happens upon, to help him and his grandfather get home.
Greenwillow Books * 9780061870927

THE GATHERING: Darkness Rising, Book 1 by Kelley Armstrong
Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home --- and her reactions to them are somewhat…unexpected.
HarperCollins * 9780061797033

THE INFERNALS: A Samuel Johnson Tale by John Connolly
Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble --- an angry demon is seeking revenge for his part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm --- the home of the Infernals --- it may get its chance.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451643091

William Lacey has inherited his father’s title, but also his financial ruin. Now he must seek a wealthy bride and restore his family’s fortune. If only he hadn't fallen for the beautiful but penniless Ellie…
Ember * 9780385740906

THE MIDNIGHT PALACE by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
On the eve of Ben and Sheere’s 16th birthday, the mysterious terror that threatened their lives years ago when they were only newborns resurfaces with a malignant intensity --- and this time, it may be impossible to escape.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers * 9780316044745

Cleo was the queen bee of the RADs, the normies, and everyone in between at Merston High. But Frankie and Melody have their own agendas, the advancement of which unravels in a web that threatens to destroy the monster community and deny Melody access into the RAD’s exclusive group.
Poppy * 9780316186667

Vera has spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years, she has kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her and ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone. But will she emerge to clear his name? And does she even want to?
Ember * 9780375865640

RUNAWAY by Wendelin Van Draanen
Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she's had enough. She has run away before and always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser now --- she's 12 --- and this time she gets away clean.
Ember * 9780307975973

No longer a teenager, Larten takes off into the world to see what his newly-blooded vampire status can get him in the human world. Sucking all he can out of humanity, Larten stumbles into a violent, hedonistic lifestyle, where cheats beckon, power corrupts, and enemies are waiting.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers * 9780316078672

SHE LOVES YOU, SHE LOVES YOU NOT... by Julie Anne Peters
Seventeen-year-old Alyssa thought she knew who she was. She had her family and her best friends and, most important, she had Sarah, her girlfriend. But when she is disowned by her father, she struggles to come to terms with herself while living with a biological mother who she barely knows.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers * 9780316078757

TORTALL AND OTHER LANDS: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce
Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring Alanna the knight, Numair the mage, Daine the wolf-speaker, and many more characters both new and familiar.
Bluefire * 9780375866333

VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Adriana Trigiani
Viola is back home in Brooklyn where she's free to be her spunky self. But the excitement of getting to hang with her two best friends comes to a screeching halt when Andrew starts acting strange and Caitlin ditches her for a new boy. Amid Viola's confusion --- should she stay or leave Brooklyn? --- a tragic event proves that friendships are her true foundation.
HarperTeen * 9780061451072

WE ALL FALL DOWN: Living with Addiction by Nic Sheff
In this follow-up to his bestselling memoir TWEAK, Nic Sheff talks about his continued efforts to stay clean --- filled with eye-opening stays at rehab centers, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers * 9780316080811

WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner
Bordertown is a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Here, Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, but also to find themselves. WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN features an eclectic group of writers who have teamed up to paint the streets of Bordertown in more than 20 new interconnected songs, poems and stories.
Bluefire * 9780375866357

April 12th

CHIME by Franny Billingsley
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for her family's problems. To escape her guilt, Briony tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see them, and witches are sentenced to death. Then Eldric comes along and changes everything. As it turns out, there are secrets even Briony doesn't know.
Speak * 9780142420928

GHOST FLOWER by Michele Jaffe
Eve, a runaway, finds a new job at a coffee shop on the outskirts of Tuscon. When she's approached by two wealthy teens who claim she bears an uncanny resemblance to their missing cousin Aurora, her life takes a turn for the dark and mysterious.
Razorbill * 9781595143969
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