Despite knowing the dangers of the dark forest, apprentice woodwife
Rachelle strays from the path and pays the price: she is marked as
"bloodbound" to the wolfish,
forced to become a killer. As penance, Rachelle
pledges to use her deadly new powers to protect the kingdom from evil.
The king, however, orders her to guard his son, Armand, which not only
gets in the way of Rachelle's personal mission, but also kicks off an
angsty love triangle involving fellow bloodbound
Erec. This "unusual, intricately woven story" (Kirkus Reviews) based
on Red Riding Hood is sure to captivate fans of the author's previous fairy tale retelling, Cruel Beauty.
Overachiever Ana couldn't care less that this year's Washingcon sci-fi
convention conflicts with her quiz bowl team's championship, but geeky
Zak, a reluctant quiz bowl
alternate, is disappointed to miss the con. So when Ana's brother (and
teammate) Clayton ditches the quiz bowl for Washingcon, Ana enlists Zak
to help her find him. The two of them take turns narrating their wild
night-long search, which includes cosplayers,
gamers, card collectors, felons, a Star Wars/Star
Trek wedding...and a growing attraction that Zak and Ana can't ignore. Similar to Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Nick
and Norah's Infinite Playlist, this opposites-attract romance offers both genuine emotions and pop culture-inspired humor.
Carson hasn't seen his alcoholic father in years, but now that the guy
is dying, 17-year-old Carson is forced to spend the summer with him in
Billings, Montana. There, Carson
meets Aisha, who's been sleeping at the local zoo since her
ultra-conservative father kicked her out for being a lesbian. The two
quickly become friends, and after they discover some surprising clues
regarding Carson's long-absent grandfather, they take off
on a road trip to learn the truth and bring Carson's dad some closure.
If you prefer realistic fiction that's both funny and unflinching, don't
miss this bittersweet story about prejudice, forgiveness, and family.
Mystery. At 16, talented sleuth Scarlett has already finished high
school and started her own detective agency. Though her latest job seems
normal enough, it leads to
an ancient supernatural conspiracy in Scarlett's family history; to
crack the case, Scarlett will have to re-examine not only her personal
beliefs, but also her father's unsolved murder. Told in a tough-talking,
hard-boiled style, this debut novel introduces
a memorable teen detective and a suspenseful, mythology-infused mystery.
Readers who want another smart Muslim American heroine may enjoy G.
Willow Wilson's Ms.
Marvel comics, while those looking for another teen gumshoe should try Sean Beaudoin's You
Killed Wesley Payne.
Fantasy. When exuberant, gleefully violent Nimona first offers to be
his sidekick, villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart turns her down. Once
she reveals that she's a shapeshifter,
however, Blackheart is intrigued. And Nimona does have some good
ideas for overthrowing Blackheart's archenemies, Sir Goldenloin and the
of Law Enforcement and Heroics... But does she really have her powers
under control? Adorably edgy cartoons provide the perfect visuals for
this witty and heartfelt fantasy that overturns stereotypes about good
and evil. Whether you're a new fan
or you've been following Nimona since its beginning as a webcomic,
you may find it hard to resist the adventures of this irrepressible anti-heroine.
If You Like: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Combining humor, profanity,
and insight, these unconventional reads about friendship, creativity,
and the things that change (or don't change) your life will appeal to
fans of Jesse Andrews' Me
and Earl and the Dying Girl. The movie of Me and Earl opened in U.S. theaters in June.
Outspoken, irreverent, and a little too quick with his fists,
17-year-old Cricket doesn't see a lot of options for himself once he
leaves the Naskeag Home for Boys. He might
survive on his boxing skills, or by taking over for a local drug dealer,
but with such a bleak future and an unthinkable past, Cricket's not
even sure that life is worth living anymore. Enter Wynona Bidaban, the
girl who offers Cricket unexpected new perspectives.
Like Me and Earl's Greg, Cricket confronts both the excitement and
the bitter unfairness of life with sarcasm, self-awareness, and lots of movie references.
Junior year is turning out to be eventful for Mitchell Wells: his best
friend has just come out to him (and only him); he's turned in a
somewhat obscene claymation short
film instead of a paper about The Grapes of Wrath
(didn't go over
so well); and one of the most popular girls at school suddenly likes him
(?!?!). Prom is coming up, and at this rate, there's no predicting what
will happen. If you liked Stephen Chbosky's The
Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's a pretty good bet that you'll like Two
Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath, a drily hilarious and painfully honest slice of high school life.
Recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin Singleton
falls in love easily. Since third grade, he's had a grand total of 19
girlfriends, all named Katherine,
who have all dumped him. Freshly rejected by Katherine XIX, Colin sets
off on a road trip with his best friend Hassan, a chubby, Judge
Judy-obsessed Muslim with dreams of becoming a stand-up comic. They make
it as far as Gutshot, Tennessee, where they befriend
a girl who is NOT named Katherine, and where Colin works to perfect a
mathematical formula that can predict how long romantic relationships
will last. This offbeat male-bonding story should appeal to anyone who
thinks that math is fun, road trips have curative
powers, or that everyone's story matters.
Having been ditched one too many times by his flaky sort-of girlfriend,
Colleen, aspiring filmmaker Ben Bancroft wonders whether someone his
overbearing grandmother approves
of -- like popular, pretty, academically driven A.J., who is just as big
of a film nut as Ben -- might be a better match for him. But can A.J.
really see past Ben's cerebral palsy like Colleen does? Fans of the 1st
& Spaz (and other all-about-the-attiude novels like Barry Lyga's The
Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl), will be pleased to find the same sort of witty, electric banter in Now
Playing, and film buffs will appreciate the movies that are mentioned throughout.
Smart, cynical Tom Henderson is a typical high school loser whose
pastimes include coming up with band names (never mind the fact that
he's not in a band) and trying to
attract "semihot girls." Tom is baffled and annoyed by his teachers'
cultish allegiance to The Catcher in the Rye,
a book that changed their lives when they were teenagers. But Tom's own
life is about to be changed by a copy of the same book -- the copy that
his recently deceased father filled with cryptic notes that might
explain his mysterious death. Tom's sardonic humor
and esoteric musical references continue in the sequel, King Dork Approximately.