Bachorz, Pam: Candor, Egmont, September 2009 – Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he’s found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He’s got them all fooled. Nobody knows he’s made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape before they’re transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar’s carefully-controlled world crumbles.
Bachorz, Pam: Drought, Egmont, January 2011 – Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation, slaver Darwin West, and his cruel Overseers, and escaping from her dreary existence – living as if it’s still the early 1800s, when the Congregation was first enslaved. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die. So she stays. A forbidden romance with an Overseer named Ford gives Ruby a different kind of escape. But soon she’s forced to choose between love and loyalty. Will she sustain her family’s life, or find a new life in the modern world?
Bow, Erin: Plain Kate, Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, September 2010 – Kate’s is a colorful world of brokenhearted magicians, wandering gypsy clans, carved charms and stolen shadows. It’s a dark world of ghosts, fog and questions. It’s a dangerous world of witch burnings, persecution and plague. Her story is a coming-of-age story, a story about family and belonging, trust and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, death and what lies beyond. Also, there’s a talking cat in it. Check out http://scholastic.com/plainkate for the chilling book trailer and for more details.
Bozarth, Jan: The Fairy Godmother Academy Series: Birdie’s Book, Random House, 2009 – When Birdie goes to visit her grandmother for the first time, she discovers that she is a fairy godmother—which means Birdie is a fairy godmother too! Now, she must travel to Aventurine to repair her family talisman—the broken singing stone. There she meets Kerka, a warrior-like girl who has been sent to help her find the other half of the stone. Will Birdie and Kerka have the knowledge and strength to banish the shadow that has come over the garden in Aventurine and Birdie’s family? One thing’s for sure, no one who travels to Aventurine will ever be the same again!
Bozarth, Jan: The Fairy Godmother Academy Series: Kerka’s Book, Random House, May 2010 – Kerka Laine is not one to sit around and let things happen to her. She knows that she comes from a long line of fairy godmothers and that she is destined to start training as a fairy godmother herself. She hates waiting for the training to begin! When her dreams take her to Aventurine, the place where human girls go to unlock their own special kind of magic, Kerka is more than ready. What she is not ready for is the quest that the fairies give her, a quest that will determine not only her own future as a fairy godmother, but also her sisters’ fates.
Bozarth, Jan: The Fairy Godmother Academy Series: Zally’s Book, Random House, August 2010 – Zally has always had an internal map of where she is going, but when she travels to Aventurine she’s shocked to discover there’s no map for her to follow. In Aventurine Zally is given her quest: to save a fairy queen who has lost her will to live. With a young broken-winged fairy and a stallion prince as her companions, Zally maps Aventurine for the first time and tries to save the fairy queen.
Bozarth, Jan: The Fairy Godmother Academy Series: Lilu’s Book, Random House, November 2010 – Coming soon!
Carter, Scott William: The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, Simon & Schuster, 2010 – Teenage boys steal their principal’s ’67 Mustang and go on a road trip that changes their lives.
Cocks, Heather, and Morgan, Jessica: Spoiled, Poppy, 2011 – Sixteen-year-old Molly Dix has just discovered that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular. Intrigued (and a little terrified) by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Los Angeles and plunges headfirst into the deep of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her life couldn’t get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous, spoiled half sister, who welcomes Molly to la-la land with a smothering dose “sisterly love”…but in this town, nothing is ever what it seems.
Cocks, Heather, and Morgan, Jessica: Messy, Poppy, 2012 – Brooke Berlin and her newly discovered half sister, Molly Dix, have settled into something like sisterly love, but the drama is far from over. Now that Brooke’s caught a taste of fame and her movie star father’s attention, she wants to launch a blog that will position her as the ultimate Hollywood insider. But between schoolwork, party-planning committee meetings, and spa treatments, she hardly has the time to write it herself. Enter Max McCormack, an aspiring author with a terrible after-school job pushing faux meat on the macrobiotic masses of La-La Land. Max reluctantly agrees to play Brooke’s ghost-blogger for an impressive salary, and the site takes off, but how long can their lie last?
Cook, Eileen: What Would Emma Do?, Simon Pulse, 2009 – Living in a small conservative town isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and when Emma kisses her best friend’s boyfriend, who she’s known forever, news travels fast. But when the popular girls start having fainting spells and pointing fingers at kids they don’t like to blame them for poisoning them, Emma has to decide whether to come forward and tell the truth she found out only by being at the wrong place at the right time and risk her track scholarship… or live with herself if she chooses to stay silent.
Cook, Kristi: Haven, Simon Pulse, February, 2011 – Violet McKenna thought she was just crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder. Her life started falling apart when her premonition came true. She’s had flashes of other events too–the problem was nobody believed her until she found a new school: Winterhaven. At Winterhaven, Violet finally feels like she belongs. She quickly finds a close group of friends and discovers that they too have psychic ‘gifts’—as do all the students at Winterhaven. But as soon as she feels settled she discovers the most intriguing and alluring boy she has ever met, and things quickly go awry.
Han, Jenny: The Summer I Turned Pretty, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009 – Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are just a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer—they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
Han, Jenny: It’s Not Summer Without You, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 2010 – Last year, all of Belly’s dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change—just like that. Suddenly the time she’s always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go.
Han, Jenny: We’ll Always Have Summer, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 2010 – It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college—only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Did she ever get over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.
Han, Jenny: Shug, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 2006 – Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there is nothing worse than being twelve. She’s too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure there is not one truly amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren’t acting so dear anymore—especially Mark, the boy she’s known her whole life through. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there’s just no figuring out today?
Han, Jenny: Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 2011 – Clara Lee likes her best friends, her grandpa, kimchi, candy necklaces (her signature look!), and the idea of winning the Little Miss Apple Pie contest. Clara Lee doesn’t like her mom’s fish soup, bad dreams (but Grandpa says they mean good luck!), speaking in public, or when her little sister is being annoying. One day, after a bad dream, Clara Lee is thrilled to have a whole day of luck (Like!). But then, bad luck starts to follow (Dislike!). When will Clara Lee’s luck change again? Will it change in time for the Little Miss Apple Pie contest.
Hubbard, Susan: The Society of S, Simon & Schuster, April 2008 – Vampires are not just blood-sucking creatures of the night. Ariella Montero is unlike any other thirteen-year-old, and not only because she’s half-human and half-vampire. When Ari’s father tells her she must choose to be undead, like him, or human, like her missing mother, she sets off on a cross-country journey to unravel her condition’s darkest secrets.
Hubbard, Susan: The Year of Disappearances, Simon & Schuster, May 2008 – When her best friend was murdered, Ari ran away to begin a new life in Florida. But the people she loves keep disappearing, and Ari may be next. She can hypnotize, read minds, and make herself invisible, but can she escape her stalkers? As Ari navigates the vampire and human worlds, she confronts the zombies infiltrating America, as well as the demons and shadows that haunt us all.
Hubbard, Susan: The Season of Risks, Simon & Schuster, July 2010 – The vampire sects are in a war of minds. As those who favor controlling mortals begin to use cell phones, Facebook and Twitter to track and manipulate humans, Ari grows painfully aware that she is an object of great interest to them. She must weigh the possible benefits of cooperating with them against the potential risks: devastating consequences for humans and ethical vampires alike.
Kelly, Jacqueline: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Henry Holt BYR, 2009 – In the beginning of a new century, one in which Charles Darwin plays a leading role, an eleven year old girl named Calpurnia wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her backyard are larger than the green ones. Her naturalist grandfather explains everything. As she explores the world around her and grows ever closer to her grandfather, she disregards her family’s expectation that she—the only girl among seven children—grow up ladylike. Instead she gets muddy and wet as she explores the natural world, the world of learning, and her own world of inner emotions in this delightful coming-of-age novel.
Krumwiede, Lana: Freakling, Candlewick, October 2012 – In twelve-year-old Taemon’s city,everyone has a power called psi-the ability to move things through telekinesis. When Taemon loses his psi in a traumatic accident, he must hide his lack of power by any means possible. But a humiliating incident at a sports tournament exposes his disability, and Taemon is exiled to the powerless colony. The “dud farm” is not what Taemon expected, though: people are kind and open, and they actually seem to enjoy using their hands to work and play and even comfort their children. Taemon adjusts to his new life quickly, making friends and finding unconditional acceptance. But gradually he discovers that for all its openness, there are mysteries at the colony, too-dangerous secrets that would give unchecked power to psi wielders if discovered. When Taemon unwittingly leaks one of these secrets, will he have the courage to repair the damage-even if it means returning to the city and facing the very people who exiled him?
Richards, Alex: Back Talk, Flux, 2007 – 16 year-old Gemma Winters couldn’t be more ecstatic about her summer internship at a hip daytime TV talk show, not to mention living with a real-life celebutante and a millionheiress. But the glamour fades fast and Gemma must prove that she’s more than a small town “photocopy bitch.”
Sullivan, Laura L.: Under the Green Hill, Henry Holt BFYR, October 2010 – Meg and her siblings have been sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with elderly relatives. The children are looking forward to exploring the ancient mansion and perhaps discovering a musty old attic or two filled with treasure, but never in their wildest dreams did they expect to find themselves in the middle of a fairy war. When Rowan pledges to fight for the beautiful fairy queen, Meg is desperate to save her brother. But the Midsummer War is far more than a battle between mythic creatures: Everything that lives depends on it. How can Meg choose between family and the fate of the very land itself?
Sullivan, Laura L.: Guardian of the Green Hill, Henry Holt BFYR, October 2011 – The fairy war is over, but the battle for control of the fairies has begun. Someone must take Phyllida’s place as Guardian of the Green Hill. Only Meg can protect humans from fairies – and fairies from humans. But will she give up her own life to become Guardian of the Green Hill?
Sullivan, Laura L.: Ladies in Waiting, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2012 – England, 1662 – Charles II has returned to the throne after fifteen years of exile, and dour Puritanism is replaced by the riotous debauchery of the restored king’s court. The three Elizabeths – Eliza, Beth and Zabby – are scheming to find their place in this new society, even as others plot to eliminate the new queen. Wealthy merchant’s daughter Eliza is destined for marriage but yearns for the stage; sweet Beth is pimped by her mad mother; scientific Zabby is lured into a dangerous, impossible obsession with the king. The three newest Ladies in Waiting navigate love, treason and treachery in England’s most licentious period.
Summy, Barrie: I So Don’t Do Mysteries, Delacorte, 2008 – A 13-year-old is recruited by her mother’s ghost to prevent a rhino heist at the zoo.
Swiatkowska, Gabi: This Baby, FSG BYR, July 2011 – While Mama’s busy knitting a wardrobe for her unborn baby, big sister is preparing in her own way: imagining, asking, wondering what this baby will like. As the seasons pass, this baby grows, too—and soon big sister will have the answers to all of her questions.
Vivian, Siobhan: A Little Friendly Advice, Push/Scholastic, 2008 – Ruby’s turning sixteen, but the day doesn’t turn out to be as sweet as it’s supposed to be. Her long-lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn’t want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she wants to hang out with her friends—loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They have plenty of advice for her—about boys, about her dad, about how she should look and what she should be feeling. But really, Ruby doesn’t know what to think or feel. Especially when a new boy comes into the picture . . . and Ruby discovers some of her friends aren’t as truthful as they say.
Vivian, Siobhan: Same Difference, Push/Scholastic, 2009 – Emily needs a change of scenery. She’s been pegged as the “arty girl” by the kids in school—even her own friends. There’s some truth to that, but there’s more to how she sees the world than painting or drawing, and no one seems to understand. So when Emily gets the chance to go to an art program in Philadelphia for the summer, she jumps at it. A new cast of characters enters her life, and suddenly she has to figure out who she wants to be. The rules may have changed, but the pressures haven’t. With wit and spirit, Emily embarks on a search for identity— but not without experiencing some pain and heartache along the way.
Vivian, Siobhan: Not That Kind of Girl, Push/Scholastic, September 2010 – Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants to be student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk. She wants a good reputation, because she believes it will lead to good things. But life is messy, and it’s hard to be in control of it. Not when a pack of freshmen girls is trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends keep secrets from you. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you want to sleep with yourself. Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices – and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.
Vivian, Siobhan: The List, Push/Scholastic, Spring 2012 – It happens every year before homecoming—the list is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each grade. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest. The girls who aren’t picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are become the center of attention. Each one has a different reaction to the experience. Prettiest or ugliest, once you’re on the list, you’ll never be the same.