Romeo & Juliet by Gareth Hinds -- She's a
Capulet. He's a Montague. But when Romeo and Juliet first meet, they
don't know they're from rival families -- and when they find out, they
don't care. Their love is honest and raw and all-consuming. But, it's
also dangerous. How much will they have to sacrifice before they can be
together? In a masterful adaptation faithful to Shakespeare's original
text, Gareth Hinds transports readers to the sun-washed streets and
market squares of Shakespeare's Verona, vividly bringing the classic
play to life on the printed page. Love and tragedy in Verona, with
modern overtones and a multi-racial cast.
Bandette. Vol. 1, Presto by
Paul Tobin -- The world's greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar in swinging Paris by the nome d'arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her
skills on either side of the law, Bandette is a thorn in the sides of
both police inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But, it's
not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief
discovers that an international criminal organization wants Bandette
Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt -- Hélène has been
inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her
loving mother is too tired to be any help. Fortunately, Hélène has one
consolation, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly
with Jane's tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this
wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Hélène is
humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more
than a fictional character to allow her to see herself as a person
deserving of laughter and friendship.
Ancient, Strange and Lovely by Susan Fletcher - This is a really wonderful story, about a young woman who finds a strange object in her missing mother's belongings, and is led into a marvelous adventure. If you enjoy dragons in "real world" settings, you'll love this story. Bryn is a strong and believable heroine, who loves her little sister, her parents, and even her difficult Aunt. The story opens with her feeling lost and alone, burdened with secrets she wishes she didn't have to keep, and rapidly moves into her discovery of what can only be an egg - which, to her amazement, hatches into a strange, lizardlike creature with wings! Bryn's struggles to keep her find secret, to take proper care of it, and to discover how it connects to the fact that her scientist mother has vanished in the Arctic wilderness, are all very well written. The villains are also believable, acting from their own needs and desires. All in all, it's a good story for anyone who loves fantasy in the real world, dragons, and adventure! And it is subtly connected to her other dragon fantasy books, as an added bonus.
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal -- When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's
strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest
of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the
center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.
Real Boy by
Anne Ursu -- On an island on the edge of an immense sea, there is a
city, a forest, and a boy. The city is called Asteri, a perfect city
that was saved by the magic woven into its walls from a devastating
plague that swept through the world over a hundred years before. The
forest is called the Barrow, a vast wood of ancient trees that encircles
the city and feeds the earth with magic. And the boy is called Oscar, a
shop boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow. Oscar spends his
days in a small room in the dark cellar of his master's shop, grinding
herbs and dreaming of the wizards who once lived on the island
generations ago. Oscar's world is small, but he likes it that way. The
real world is vast, strange, and unpredictable. And Oscar does not quite
fit in it. But it's been a long time since anyone who could call
himself a wizard walked the world, and now that world is changing.
Children in the city are falling ill, and something sinister lurks in
the forest. Oscar has long been content to stay in his small room in the
cellar, comforted in the knowledge that the magic that flows from the
trees will keep his island safe. Now, even magic may not be enough to
Pretenders by Lisi Harrison -- Five high school freshmen --
the Phoenix Five -- reveal their friendships, crushes, school and family
dramas, and big secrets, as told in their unique voices through journal
Living with Jackie Chan by Johanna Knowles -- This isn't
how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he'd be hanging out
with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just
like always. But here he is, miles from home -- going to a new school,
living with his Jackie Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry. Trying to forget.
But, Josh can't forget. So many things bring back memories of last year
and the night that changed everything. He thinks about it every day. The
pain, the shame, the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts.
Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? There are
moments of peace, like when he's practicing karate paired with Stella,
the girl upstairs and his one true friend. When they move together
through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt
before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella's
jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn't happen. Maybe it doesn't
matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a true
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis -- Sixteen-year-old
Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the
arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes.
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac -- In a world that has barely survived an
apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen
is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.
by Alison Cherry -- Felicity St. John has it all: loyal best friends, a hot guy, and
artistic talent. And she's right on track to win the Miss Scarlet
pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her
long, wavy, coppery red hair. Having red hair is all that matters in
Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power--and everybody knows it.
That's why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an
anonymous note: "I know your secret. " Because Felicity is a big fake.
Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered
the truth, she'd be a social outcast faster than she could say
strawberry blond. Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun
her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that
pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it--money that would
allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school. Felicity isn't
about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she
willing to go to protect her red cred?
Blackout by Robison Wells -- A mysterious virus
is spreading through America, infecting teenagers with incredible powers
-- and a group of four teens are about to find their lives intertwined
in a web of danger and catastrophic destruction.
Jumped In by Patrick
Flores-Scott -- In the two years since his mother left him with his
grandparents in Des Moines, Washington, Sam has avoided making friends
and perfected the art of being a slacker, but being paired with a
frightening new student for a slam poetry unit transforms his life. Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare -- Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this special
collector's edition of the illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore
of the Shadowhunter world. Since the thirteenth century, the
Shadowhunter's Codex has been the" "one and only manual for
Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper
stele use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both
The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a
necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a
Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the
famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons
and other Downworlders. But this isn't just any copy of "The
Shadowhunter's Codex." It's Clary's copy, and as an artist herself,
she's sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and
scrawled helpful advice in the margins.
Clockwork Scarab by Gleason -- Stoker and Holmes #1 - In 1889 London young women
are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina
Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the
not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs -- but where does a time traveler fit
Transformers. Dark Prelude -- Collects six tales that fill in the background stories of such characters as Thundercracker, Bumblebee, and Trailcutter.
Thor. The Dark World Prelude -- collecting the official adaptation of Marvel's Thor and an all-new adventure leading you directly into the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster Thor: the Dark World ! First, get introduced to the world of Asgard and witness the origin of Marvel's mightiest hero! Then, find out what happened to your favorite Asgardians between the events of Thor and Marvel's the Avengers.
X-Men. Storm -- Long ago, Storm won leadership of the underground mutant community known as the Morlocks. But, her reign was a distant one, and Storm's neglected subjects grew increasingly embittered. Ultimately, the mad Mikhail Rasputin swept the Morlocks away into another dimension -- a harsh dimension where time ran much faster than normal. There, the next generation of Morlock children came of age, hard and cold and bitter. They returned as a terrorist unit called Gene Nation, and Storm nearly had to slay their leader to defeat them. Disturbed by her actions, haunted by the guilt of failing the Morlocks, Storm seeks a new balance in her life. But when she is abducted to Mikhail's brutal dimension, can Storm prevail against the living reminders of her failure? Or will the sins of her past drag her down?
Wonder Woman Chronicles Vol. 3 -- Wonder Woman battles German spies, the mysterious Mole Men, Dr. Psycho, with the help of Army Major Steve Trevor, as well as Etta Candy and the Holliday Girls.
Maximum Ride [the manga] Vol. 7 -- Fang's blog highlights ITEX and their research, causing them to shut down, while Max goes to Antarctica to study the effects of global warming.
Witch and Wizard the manga Vol. 3 -- Although Whit and Wisty's magic and their control over it have matured, they still find themselves helpless to prevent the one who is the one from destroying everyone and everything they hold dear. But there's a reckoning on the horizon, and the siblings have no choice but to devise a strategy to topple with one decisive blow the tyrant who has devastated their world before he becomes truly all-powerful.
Boxers by Gene Yang -- In China in 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."
Saints by Gene Yang -- China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family when she's born. She finally 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 in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, 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.
I just read a really really moving short story/novella entitled "The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico.
We have a beautifully illustrated copy of it in YA here at Central:
It looks like a "picture book" for younger readers, but it is, rather, a very literate and beautifully told story about a reclusive artist, the birds that he watches over, a young girl who seeks him out despite his reputation, and, of course, the titular snow goose. It isn't a happy story; if you want a good 2 or 3 hankie read, this is it. It's also one that will stay with you for a long time. So give it a try!
Don't forget the 51st Annual Friends of the Library Booksale, starting tomorrow at the Fairgrounds.
And now, to some more new books:
45 Pounds (more or less) by K.A. Barson -- Ann Galardi is 16Nand a size 16. She's always struggled with her weight, and her perfect size 6 mother. This summer, it's worse: Aunt Jackie's getting married in August, and Ann's her bridesmaid. She decides she's losing 45 pounds in two monthsNor else. Thus begins a rollicking odyssey in this thoughtful debut.
Phoenix: A Black City Novel by Elizabeth Richards -- Engaged to be married, Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry
States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the
center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie's life
unless Ash votes in favor of Rose's Law - a law that will send Darklings
and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.
Battle of the Ampere - Michael Vey #3 by Richard Paul Evans -- To stop Hatch from using the Elgen fleet to gain world power, Michael and the rest of the Electroclan must destroy the lead ship, but divisions within the Electroclan threaten the success of their operation.
From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos -- After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.
Once We Were by Kat Zhang - Hybrid Chronicles #2 -- In the sequel to What's Left of Me, fifteen-year-old Addie and Eva struggle to share their body as they are drawn
deeper into the fight for hybrid freedom from the government's
Princess of Cortova by Diane Stanley -- Silver Bowl #3 - With tensions rising between the kingdoms of Westria and Austlind, Molly and Tobias accompany King Alaric to Cortova, where he hopes to form an alliance with the powerful King Gonzalo--an alliance that would be sealed by Alaric's marriage to Gonzalo's daughter, the beautiful princess Elizabetta.