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September 12, 2013


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A Big THANK YOU from Teenreads.com!
This newsletter is a very special one for me to write because exactly one year ago, I began working at Teenreads.com! This year has definitely been a big one for me, as well as Teenreads.com, so I want to take some time to reflect on what has happened this past year. First, we began updating Teenreads.com’s content every week (instead of monthly), and consequently, we significantly increased the number of books we review each month. We also got back to sending out newsletters twice a month!

Last September, we announced the start of our first Teen Board. This Teen Board wrote blogs posts, wrote reviews and shared their insights with us. Our second Teen Board started this July and continues these tasks with an eye on doing even more! We also launched our “He Said/She Said” feature where both the Teen Board and our readers (YOU!) comment on various covers discussing whether they are “guy books” or “girl books.”

What’s coming up? We’re working on putting together regular Google + Hangouts (we’ve been testing these with the Teen Board) that YOU can participate in, a monthly YA Diversity feature and…drumroll…a book club! Do you have a book you’d like to discuss? I was thinking Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT, but I’d love to hear requests!

Now two books where we look at “then” and “now.”

David Levithan’s first YA novel, BOY MEETS BOY, was published 10 years ago; I know it surprised us, too, that this was a decade ago! It’s enough to make some of us feel old since we remember that while others of you still were in Pre-K or elementary school! To commemorate this anniversary and to demonstrate how far LGTBQ literature has come in these 10 years, Levithan wrote TWO BOYS KISSING, which follows two 17-year-olds, who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. This journey is also narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. Reviewer Caroline Osborn writes, “Most of all, this book will help us to think more clearly about love in its many forms: romantic love, family love, friendship love and self-love, to name a few. And Levithan, as he has proven again and again, is a master of writing about love.”

When Nancy Farmer’s THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION was published in the early 2000s, it won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and earned the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor. Its sequel, THE LORD OF OPIUM, picks up where the first left off! Now Matt is the ruler of the Land of Opium, the largest and most thriving territory of the Dope Confederacy, which is a strip of land between the United States and Mexico. The rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster --- and hidden in Opium is the cure. Check out a review from Benjamin Boche by the end of next week!

Think you’re over vampire novels? Think again! Holly Black redefines the vampire novel with her standalone, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN. 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. And now Tana is on her way with her infected ex-boyfriend and captured vampire straight toward the most infamous Coldtown. When I read this book, I became so immersed in the world Holly Black creates, that my friends began noticing my wardrobe becoming more and more vampire-like: red lipstick, black clothes, leather boots…need I go on? It’s so phenomenal --- and no sparkling vampires!

Elizabeth Wein is back with another WWII-set novel with ROSE UNDER FIRE, the follow-up to her highly acclaimed CODE NAME VERITY. 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. Norah Piehl reviews, “Even readers who have read about German concentration camps in school or elsewhere will be stunned by what they read here --- and the emotional connection that Wein establishes with readers will inspire them to, as Rose pledges to do, tell the world the story of these courageous women.”

We also have Rainbow Rowell’s second novel about fan fiction and discovering who you are. In FANGIRL, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Now in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate, a fiction-writing professor, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words...And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Caroline Osborn explains, “Fangirl or not, this will resonate with anyone who has ever been unsure of themselves in the throes of great change.”

In honor of the last book in Ilsa J. Bick’s Ashes Trilogy, MONSTERS, being published this week, we have a series feature for the entire series. In MONSTERS, Alex discovers a new and horrifying truth: the Change isn’t over, the Changed are still evolving, and they’ve had help. For more about the books (ASHES, SHADOWS and MONSTERS) in this terrifying and thrilling dystopian series, click here. If you have not read these books, it’s a great time to read the entire series. We know you love that! It’s the book version of watching the entire season of a TV show with episodes back-to-back….where you do not move for hours as you are caught up in the story.

On Teenreads.com we enjoy bringing graphic novels to you along with prose books. This month we are excited to share a GREAT pair of graphic novels by the mega-talented Gene Luen Yang , who many of you may know from his award-winning book, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE. BOXERS & SAINTS details the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift during the Boxer Rebellion in late 19th-century China. BOXERS follows Little Bao who has had enough and recruits an army of Boxers --- commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." In SAINTS, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family, but she finds friendship --- and a name, Vibiana --- in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians, with the Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Of these companion novels, John Hogan reviews, "It’s hard to say which is the better book here; in truth, they are both so compelling and well-thought-out that it would be a shame if a reader only read one side of this two-volume story."

We turn back to our monthly question --- do you judge whether the book looks like it’s for boys or for girls? Our FIFTH He Said/She Said cover survey is live and is exploring the gender appeal of Vicki Grove’s EVERYTHING BREAKS. After you weigh in on who you think this book is for (boys, girls or both), two of our Teen Board members tell us what they think about the book after reading it without the cover, title or author’s name and whether they’d recommend it to their guy friends, girl friends or both. We’ve had incredible results for our first four features, which you can find here. Vote in our cover survey here!

In last month’s poll, we were interested in which crafts and hobbies you enjoy when you aren’t reading, which sometimes happens…right? The most popular pastimes you shared with us are baking (43%), cooking (41%), drawing/painting (38%) and MANY of you wrote-in writing! How could we have forgotten that readers also like to write??? For this month’s poll, we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter being published in the United States with the question, which classes at Hogwarts would you take? Could you imagine having Professor McGonagall or Hagrid as a teacher?!

If returning to school has been a shock to your system (how far away is the Thanksgiving break???), then a trip to the movies may be what you need. For movies based on books, new to theaters this month is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, but don’t forget that other movies like Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones are still in theaters! Check out our September Books on Screen for all of your theater and DVD options this month.

There are TONS of great books out this month, so make sure to scroll down to our “Other Reviews” and “Cool & New” sections of this newsletter! Thanks again for helping us help you find the book you are craving. And if you haven’t liked us on Facebook or aren’t yet following us on Twitter, you definitely should! We post a lot of great YA lit related news, features and contests there on the daily.

I can’t express how much I have enjoyed being able to share my love of YA lit with you all this past year. I’m so thankful for the conversations I’ve had, the people I’ve met and all the plans we have to expand. And I promise the Late September newsletter will be less sappy. I’m thrilled with what we’ve accomplished for Teenreads so far and am even more excited to see what this next year will bring. And we are nothing without our readers, so thank you for writing to us with comments and suggestions! You help make Teenreads what it is. Now that you are back in school, may we suggest you forward this newsletter to your English teacher, school librarian…and friends? We appreciate all that you do to help us grow the Teenreads.com audience.

Happy reading!

--- Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)
Now in Stores: TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan
TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan (Social Issues)
New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record --- all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

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Now in Stores: THE LORD OF OPIUM by Nancy Farmer

THE LORD OF OPIUM by Nancy Farmer (Dystopian)
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, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster --- and hidden in Opium is the cure. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Now in Stores: THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black
THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black (Paranormal)
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. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.


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Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein

ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein (Historical Fiction)
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? Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

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Now in Stores: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (Romance)
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Now in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate, a fiction-writing professor, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words...And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

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Click here to read a review.

 
Series Feature: Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick

In this dystopian series, Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing --- including troubled teen Alex --- must learn what it means not only to survive, but to live amidst the devastation. Survival is no longer just a question of who can be trusted --- but of who is no longer human...

ASHES:
Alex has escaped to a secluded forest in Michigan to confront her unknown future when an electromagnetic pulse explodes in the sky and instantly kills billions. She and a small band of survivors must struggle to survive the elements, each other, and the beckoning zombie apocalypse.

SHADOWS:
Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she'd come to love, but quickly learns that there are no safe havens anymore. In a post-apocalyptic world full of savagery, Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her; the survivors, who don't trust her; and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

MONSTERS:
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.
 

Click here to read more about the series.

 
Graphic Novel Highlight: BOXERS & SAINTS by Gene Luen Yang

BOXERS & SAINTS is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes by the author of AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, Gene Luen Yang --- the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift during the Boxer Rebellion in late 19th-century China.

BOXERS:
China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers --- commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils." Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Reviewed by John Hogan.

SAINTS:
China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship --- and a name, Vibiana --- in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie...and whether she is willing to die for her faith. Reviewed by John Hogan.

Click here to read a review for the boxed set of BOXERS & SAINTS.


 
He Said/She Said: Cover Survey for EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove
Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and are FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal. Each month, there will first be a cover survey to ask YOU what you think of the cover. After that, we'll reveal the results of the poll along with the reader responses from a Teen Board boy and a Teen Board girl --- but they never saw the cover, title or author's name!

In our September "He Said/She Said" feature, we are asking YOU if you think EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove looks like a boy book, a girl book or both based on its cover.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for TANDEM by Anna Jarzab.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for REALITY BOY by A. S. King.
 
Click here to take the cover survey for EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove.

 
Teenreads.com's Teen Board
Teenreads.com is pleased to announce our second Teen Board! In their applications for a position on the Teen Board, these 27 teens have demonstrated their passion for reading and their readiness to share their opinions about books and authors. During their six-month term, they will be writing blogs, contributing book reviews, sharing feedback on Teenreads.com and participating in our monthly He Said/She Said feature. Click on each Teen Board member's name to visit their Contributor Page, where you can read a longer profile and get to know a bit more about them.

I hope you all are enjoying the Teen Board's reading responses to the "He Said/She Said" feature books. We are working hard to expand what the Teen Board is doing --- email me any ideas you have for the first book for our book club or anything you'd like the Teen Board to talk about!

To celebrate Macmillan's AWESOME roundup of their realistic fiction titles, ReaLITy Reads, our Teen Board members each picked a book they were interested in and wrote personal responses. We are posting one each week on our blog. So far, we've heard from Aliza M. about her response to FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Ashley L. about BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael, Alex R. about SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson and Thanh Tu about WHEN WE WUZ FAMOUS by Greg Takoudes.

Have you visited our blog to see what the Teen Board is writing? Jennifer B. posed the question, "Does the Time of Year Affect What You Read? " in her blog post, Harman K. gave us her list, "Top 10 Things To Do While Waiting For That Sequel," Keara D. shared how reading helped define her relationship with her mother in "My Mother's Bookshelf," Mary M. expressed her frustrations about fear of reading the classics in "You're Reading WHAT?," Kate F. talked about a movie in "Mortal Instruments City of Bones Movie: A New Perspective" and Cara S. explained a difficult choice while packing up for college in "Narrowing Down Your Books: The Great Decision."
Click here to read the Teen Board's profile.

 
September's Books on Screen
If the shock of returning back to school is taking the most out of you, then a trip to the theater may be just what you need to recharge --- especially if it's to see a movie adaptation of a great book! This month, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 returns us to the world of wacky inventions with food. And don't forget that you can still catch a showing of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and more!

And if you were looking to relax at home instead of venturing out, Iron Man 3 is now out on DVD, as well.

In Theaters:

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal
Directors: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: September 27th (wide)
Based On: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS by Judi Barrett

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation's mouth-watering comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention --- a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals --- 'foodimals!' Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world --- again!


On DVD:

Iron Man 3
Cast: Robert Downey Jr,, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley
Director: Shane Black
Distributor: Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: September 24th
Based On: IRON MAN: EXTREMIS by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov

Marvel's Iron Man 3 pits brash but brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

 
Click here to read September's Books on Screen feature.

 
From the Teenreads.com Blog

Here is a selection of blog posts we've recently run on Teenreads.com!

Author Francesca Lia Block has been quite busy lately, with her latest YA book, LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING, published in August and the paperback edition of THE ELEMENTALS to come out later this month. As an author who writes for both adults and young adults, the line between adult and YA literature can easily become blurred, especially if the protagonist is in her teens. In this blog post, "The Blurred Lines Between Adult and Young Adult Literary Fiction" Block explains how one story can appeal to both adults, new adults and teens.

Need help deciphering those classics you're reading in English class? Have no fear! Emily Hoenig from The Book Report Network team breaks down the classics she read in high school in hilarious "Real Talk," in her blog series, "Telling It How It Is: Classics Edition." Her posts include F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding, GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens, FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury, J.D. Salinger's THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, and FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley. Have a classic you'd like to see explained? Send us a recommendation!

Our Teen Board is really active on our blog. Check out the Teen Board section of this newsletter to see what they've been writing. Or you can click here to read all Teen Board blog posts.

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September's Cool & New Books
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 turned 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...

 
Click here to visit our September Cool & New Books feature.

 
Other Reviews
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. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle (Romance)
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, she finds herself questioning what she truly wants. Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. He has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie --- and yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider (Fiction)
Varsity Tennis captain Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before --- before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

CHERRY MONEY BABY by John M. Cusick (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. Reviewed by Olivia Swomley.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block (Fantasy)
Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything --- her home, her parents, and her 10-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it and faces her mortal enemy. Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski.

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil (Sci-fi Fantasy)
Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. And just when she thinks it can't get worse, she wakes to an image of herself in the bedroom mirror. Except it's not her at all --- the girl in the mirror is blonder and prettier. And her name is Jo. Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe.

THRICE TOLD TALES: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis (Nonfiction/Writing)
From the absurd to the wish-I’d-thought-of-that clever, writing professor Catherine Lewis blends Mother Goose with Edward Gorey and Queneau, and the result is learning a whole lot more about three not so helpless mice, and how to fine tune your own writing, bildungsroman and all. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

LEAP OF FAITH by Jamie Blair (Social Issues)
Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

INFINITYGLASS: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire (Fiction)
From the moment the Hourglass group violated the rules of the space time continuum to rescue a murdered loved one, time has been in flux. Frantically seeking a way to turn back this tide, the Hourglass begins a search for the legendary Infinityglass, tracking it to the city of New Orleans --- Quiet, reliable Dune, the group's favorite geek, is selected to travel to the Crescent City and somehow retrieve the renowned object. But there's a problem. Because the Infinityglass is not an object, it's a person. Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board member.

INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf (Fantasy)
Some things are permanent. Indelible. And they cannot be changed back. Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes try to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world --- a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same. Reviewed by Harman K., Teen Board member.

TMI by Patty Blount (Romance Thriller)
Bailey's falling head-over-heels for Ryder West, a mysterious gamer she met online. A guy she's never met in person. Her best friend, Meg, doesn't trust smooth-talking Ryder. He's just a picture-less profile. When Bailey starts blowing Meg off to spend more virtual quality time with her new crush, Meg decides it's time to prove Ryder's a phony. But who is Ryder West? Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board member.

THE FURY by Alexander Gordon Smith (Horror)
Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you, if every person you know, every person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage...That’s the horrifying reality for Cal, Brick and Daisy. Friends, family, even moms and dads, are out to get them. In Alexander Gordon Smith’s adrenaline-fueled saga, Cal and the others must uncover the truth about what is happening before it destroys them all. But survival comes at a cost. Reviewed by Alonzo D., Teen Board member.

INK: The Paper Gods by Amanda Sun (Folklore)
On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him…and a little scared. Somehow Tomo is connected to the kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan --- and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. Reviewed by Jennifer B., Teen Board member.

JUST LIKE FATE by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young (Science Fiction)
Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape. So when Caroline’s best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: Stay by Gram’s side for what might be her final hours, or go to the party and live her life. The consequences of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths --- and she is about to live them both. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

JUMPED IN by Patrick Flores-Scott (Realistic Fiction)
Since his mom left, Sam has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest --- Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit, and Sam gets paired up with the daunting, scarred, clearly-a-gang-member Luis. Slacking is no longer an option --- Luis will destroy him. Reviewed by Jenna B., Teen Board member.

CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane (Realistic Fiction)
Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: starting a new high school. As she’s packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called "How to be a Hater," it’s full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school? Reviewed by Kate Sidlowski.

TASTE TEST by Kelly Fiore (Romance)
Nora’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn’t figure out who, she could be next to get chopped for good. Reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board member.

HOW TO CATCH A BOGLE by Catherine Jinks and Sarah Watts (Fantasy)
If ever a chill entered her soul, or the hope suddenly drained from her heart, she knew a bogle was to blame. Birdie McAdam, a 10-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She's proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a living. Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski.
 
This Month's Poll

Poll

As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter in the USA, we'd like to know if you were at Hogwarts, which classes would you want to take?

Alchemy
Apparition
Arithmancy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Flying
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