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  • New YA Books

    Autumn, 2015

  • Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over backlot games and talk of the

    Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to

    matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring

    them back, safe at home.

    "Shang (The Great Wall of Lucy Wu) skillfully balances the different aspects of Peters life, robustly characterizing his friendships and his time at school and home. Issues of sexism, racism, and struggles with depression are handled deftly in scenarios grounded in reality, including an ending thats hopeful without being pat." -- Publishers Weekly --

  • Malik's mother has been missing for days, his home has become unrecognisable, and his grandfather is insisting that they leave on the next and final ship:

    The Samaritan. This journey will take them to a country which promises safety and a new life. The

    only problem is, they don't have a ticket, and people are stopping at nothing to get a place on board.

    Luckily Papa has a secret that could change everything. But who can they trust to help them?

    This is very definitely a children's book, and is all the better for that. Walter has created something very special with Close to the Wind. While I look forward to reading what he writes next, I'm also happy to ponder the lives of Malik, Papa and the others because they are now so very real to me.-- theguardian --

  • This alternative history re-imagines the 1815 Battle of Waterloo as a victory for the French emperor Napolon

    Bonaparte, when he unleashes a terrible secret weapon - giant carnivorous survivors from pre-history - on his

    unsuspecting British and Prussian adversaries. In this world, smaller "saurs" are an everyday danger in the

    forests of Europe, and the Americas are a forbidden zone roamed by the largest and most deadly animals ever to

    walk the earth. But in his quest for power, Napolon has found a way to turn these giant dinosaurs into nineteenth

    century weapons of mass destruction. Only Willem Verheyen, an outsider living in hiding in the tiny village of Gaillemarde, has the power to ruin the tyrant's plans. And

    Napolon will stop at nothing to find him.War is coming, and young Willem is no longer safe, for

    Gaillemarde is just a stone's throw from the fields of Waterloo -- fields which will soon run red with blood.

    This alternative history asks, what if Napolon won the battle at Waterloo . . . The novel quickly ramps up to suspense, immersing the reader in the swiftly moving plot. Characters are very well drawn, capturing the reader's sympathy. With an ending wide open for a sequel, complete with a plot-thickening cliff-hanger, one can only hope that Falkner is a swift writer. -- Booklist --

  • Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life

    and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a

    new, better life for herselfbecause maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six

    dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream ofa woman with a future. Newbery Medalist

    Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joans journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society

    household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an

    exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions.

    Coming-of-age drama and deeper questions of faith, belonging, and womanhood are balanced with just the right blend of humor. A wonderful look into the life of strong girl who learns that she needs the love of others to truly grow up. -- School Library Journal --

  • Bridge is an accident survivor whos wondering why shes still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-

    boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybodys gamesor so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with

    one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?

    This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean

    to fall for a girlas a friend? On Valentines Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in

    plain sight? Each memorable character navigates the challenges

    of love and change in this captivating novel.

    Masterly. . . . Sensitively explores togetherness, aloneness, betrayal and love. -- The New York Times --

  • It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure

    that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her

    parents disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads. Theo has

    apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the countrybut one after another proves to

    be a dead end. Then Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the

    puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to

    destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their

    separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.

    There is a city that holds all of the answersbut it cannot be found on any map. Surrounded by plague, it can only be reached by a journey through darkness and chaos,

    which is at the same time the plagues cure: The Golden Specific.

    I am in no doubt about the energy of S.E. Grove as a full-fledged, pathfinding fantasist. I look forward to the next installment to place upon the pile. Intensely. -- The New York Times --

  • Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible

    thoughts he can't get rid of. Trents pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone

    that he's not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is.

    If only Trent could make that fresh start happen.It isnt until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind

    that is Fallon Littlethe girl with the mysterious scar across her facethat things begin to change. Because fresh starts arent always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to

    shift your position to find it.

    "Weighty matters deftly handled with humor and grace will give this book wide appeal."-- School Library Journal --

  • Lara Jean didnt expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they werent. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jeans feelings for him return too. Can a girl be

    in love with two boys at once?

    In this lovely, lighthearted romance...readers will remember the Song sisters and the boys in their lives long after the final page turn. -- School Library Journal --

  • Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a whole heap of problems, including a reversal of family

    fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and a massive crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life

    is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things....

    "Australian author Wood (Wildlife, 2014) has created a pitch-perfect teen voice in Dan's first-person narrative. He's by turns sorrowful, impulsive, caring, and funny, with occasionally brilliant turns of phrase: "I feel like a lemon rolling down the apple chute." It's refreshing to see a romance from a teen boy's perspective, and Dan is a Romeo to root for." -- Booklist --

  • Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple and her best friend, Harpreet, are revolutionaries, determined to expose the Churchs diabolical power grab . . . and to locate

    Vivs missing heartthrob, Peter Ivey. This fast-paced, entertaining sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the

    World challenges readers to consider how to live with integrity in a disintegrating world.

    "Nonstop twists and breathless action flirt with crossing the line into absurdity, but that's just part of this sequel's appeal. Fans shouldn't hesitate to continue Viv's quest along with her, and they'll be satisfied with how her mission to save humanity from fear-fueled delusion plays out."-- Horn Book Magazine --

  • Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange thing she ever sees is the parade of oddball customers that comes through her family's

    auction house each week. But when she and her brothers discover a Polaroid camera that prints

    pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, they are drawn into a mystery dating back over a

    hundred years. A desperate spirit, cursed jewelry, natural disasters, and the horrible specter of

    Mothman all weave in and out of the puzzle that Josie must solve to break the curse and save her own life.

    An ectoplasmic extravaganza...tailor-made for reading beneath the bedcove