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Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012

redstar Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012FFORDE , Jasper. The Last Dragonslayer. Bk. 1. 286p. (Chronicles of Kazam Series). Houghton Harcourt. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-73847-5; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-93542-3.
Gr 4-7 Orphaned Jennifer Strange, 15, is the manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management, an organization that promotes the use of magic by its resident sorcerers, a quirky bunch at best. Within the course of one week, Jennifer becomes famous when she is named the Last Dragonslayer, and her already unusual life becomes one of danger, deceit, and dragons. She is called upon to kill the last dragon in the land and war threatens to break out as countries surrounding the Dragonlands vie for control of its vast and rich lands. Jennifer doesn’t want to kill the dragon, but her duty and destiny are clear. Or are they? Mixing modern sensibilities, magic, and mayhem, Fforde has written an entertaining story that will appeal to lovers of magic and magical beings. Humor abounds, but so does heart, as readers are introduced to a heroine who is practical, smart, and true. More wacky adventures are promised in the next book in the series.–Kathy Kirchoefer, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System, New Carrollton, MD

redstar Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012GAGNON , Michelle. Don’t Turn Around. 310p. CIP. HarperCollins/Harper. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-210290-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-210292-8. LC 2012009691.
Gr 8 Up Teen runaway Noa has managed to make a tolerable life for herself. She has an apartment, a job as a freelance computer security specialist (she’s a hacker), and a fake foster family to make it all legal. Most importantly, she is off the grid and all but invisible–until she wakes up on an operating table with no memory of the past three weeks, a strange scar, and a ton of questions. She needs help and she needs answers, but first she needs to escape. Peter, a privileged suburban kid who leads a computer hacktivist group called /ALLIANCE/, has stumbled onto a terrible secret that may involve his whole family. Suddenly the two of them are on the run, chased by a powerful company willing to do anything to catch them and keep their secrets. Don’t Turn Around is a tight, well-written thriller from a best-selling adult writer. The story opens quickly but then takes a while to gain momentum. However, by the time Noa and Peter get together, the action and the developments come fast and furious all the way to the end. The teens come across as authentic young adults and deftly walk the fine line between teenage hard-headedness and being appropriately sympathetic. There is a certain amount of computer jargon but it never slows the action, and everything is reasonably explained. The ending is left open for a possible sequel, which will surely excite anyone who reads this first installment.–Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX

redstar Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012KEY , Watt. Fourmile. 228p. Farrar. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-374-35095-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-374-32441-4.
Gr 5-8 As punishment for throwing a brick into Dax’s truck windshield, 12-year-old Foster has to paint the fence that surrounds the Alabama farm where he lives with his mother. Dax, her boyfriend, is just plain mean and dangerous–even Joe, Foster’s dog, knows that the man is bad news. Foster is out painting when Gary, a traveler on his way to Texas, walks up the road carrying a large pack. In exchange for minimum wage and a place to sleep in the barn, he stays for a few weeks while he fixes up the dilapidated farm. Gary provides a sharp contrast to Dax. Through his kindness and the attention he pays Foster, he helps the boy begin to heal after his father’s death. When Dax turns violent, Foster’s mom tells him she doesn’t want to see him anymore, and the situation spirals out of control. This is a moving portrait of a boy coming to terms with loss and learning to survive on his own. Simultaneously poignant and suspenseful, the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats.–Ragan O’Malley, Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY

redstar Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012MCCALL , Guadalupe Garcia. Summer of the Mariposas. 354p. Lee & Low/Tu. 2012. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-1-60060-900-8.
Gr 7-9 While swimming in the Rio Grande, the five Garza sisters find a dead man, and, against the better judgment of Odilia, the eldest, decide to return his body to his family in El Sacrificio, Mexico. Their decision is partly altruistic and partly personal, for their paternal grandmother, whom they have rarely seen, lives nearby. Thus begins their journey, guided by supernatural forces, both good and evil, and the ever-present mariposas (butterflies) that guide their way. Succumbing to the false promises of the sorceress Cecelia, the shape-shifting donkey (nagual), and the vampiric chupacabras, they finally reach their destination. Although the man’s family does not welcome his corpse, the girls’ main purpose is fulfilled, and they reestablish their relationship with their abuela, who helps them return home, wise enough to spurn their rogue-father’s false promises and recognize their mother’s true love for them. Written in the style of magic realism, this is an enchanting look at Mexican mysticism, coupled with the realistic celebration of the true meaning of family. The sisters’ relationships are believably drawn, and the juxtaposition of modern realities and ancient Aztec mythology elucidates the importance of the spiritual side of life in Latin cultures. The plot is well paced, with the illicit nature of the girls’ entry into Mexico adding drama to their adventure. While some readers may find the interweaving of the magical elements somewhat unsettling at first, they are sure to be intrigued by both the unusual qualities of the mythical characters and the sense of adventure that lies behind every twist and turn of the girls’ revelatory journey. As with McCall’s Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low, 2011), this is a peek into Mexican American culture, but its ties to the supernatural add an interesting dimension.–Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Naples Players, FL

redstar Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012O’CONNOR , Barbara. On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s. 182p. Farrar/Frances Foster. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-374-38002-1; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-374-35656-9.
Gr 3-6 Nestled in the scenic South Carolina countryside is a quiet town called Meadville. Summers are ordinary, but wonderful, filled with bike rides, swimming lessons, and the antics of imaginative children. Stella is eager for adventure and longs for a pet to be her constant companion. She spends her days with her best friend, Gerald, on the roof of his garage conjuring up “good ideas” that usually bring some type of misfortune on him. One typical day, an unexpected visitor arrives–a one-legged pigeon that sets Stella on a mission to catch it and claim it as her own. However, she is not the only person eager to catch this fickle rogue. There are many others, equally as determined to snare the elusive bird. This heartwarming tale of a town coming together in an unexpected way will delight readers. Children will eagerly follow the twists and turns in this story of friendship and loneliness, giving and receiving. O’Connor sets the stage beautifully from the very beginning, painting the small town in brilliant colors with her descriptive imagery. Older elementary students will easily relate to the nuances of the relationships between older and younger children as well as the angst of sibling rivalry. The theme of everyone working together to achieve a common goal is strong, and the ending is touching and satisfying.–Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

redstar Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012PRATCHETT , Terry. Dodger. 360p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-200949-4; PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-200950-0; ebook $11.99. ISBN 978-0-06-219015-4.
Gr 8 Up The master of humorous fantasy has taken to historical fiction like a London guttersnipe to a large helping of bangers and mash, albeit with a touch of the fantastical. Dodger is an inhabitant of the worst stews of London, who makes a meager living as a tosher, a treasure hunter in the sewers under the city.  His fortune changes, literally overnight, when he rescues a damsel in distress and comes to the attention of the not-yet-famous newspaperman Charlie Dickens. Together they embark on a mission to thwart the evildoers bent on recapturing the girl. Dodger is a thoroughly likable young rogue whose exploits bring him into direct contact with some of the best-known names in Victorian England–Benjamin Disraeli, Sweeney Todd, Sir Robert Peel, and, of course, Queen Victoria herself, with whom he spends a memorable afternoon taking tea. Pratchett does a bang-up job of re-creating Old London for today’s audience, complete with pathos, humor, and truly nasty descriptions of the filth, stench, and danger, all narrated in Dodger’s unique voice.–Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

redstar Book Review Grades 5 and Up: November 2012Nelson, S. D., retel. Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story. illus. by reteller. 56p. bibliog. chron. index. notes. photos. reprods. CIP. Abrams. 2012. RTE $19.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0355-3. LC 2011035636.
Gr 3-6 In 1921, anthropologist Gilbert L. Wilson published Waheenee: An Indian Girl’s Story. In it, his narrator, Buffalo Bird Woman, recounted her experiences growing up on the Great Plains of North Dakota in the traditional Hidatsa culture of the late 19th century. In this lovely book, similar in verbal and illustrative caliber to his Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story (Abrams, 2010), Nelson takes Wilson’s rendering of Buffalo Bird Woman’s life and focuses on her childhood in the 1830s and 1840s. A meld of full-color, acrylic paintings, soft black colored-pencil drawings, and both period and contemporary photos re-creates the life of a child on the open prairie. The Hidatsa awareness of the passing seasons, the chores, farming tasks, and hunting practices of the tribe are aligned with the annual rhythm in a prose that is at once informative and rhythmic. Historical events are related, such as the advent of the fur-trading business with its concomitant influx of white traders, the construction of Fort Berthold, wars with the Lakota, and the decimating smallpox epidemic that struck when Buffalo Bird Woman was six, carrying off her mother, brother, and one of her aunts. The tone is at once matter of fact and elegiac, as Buffalo Bird Woman finishes her narrative as an old woman, living on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. A beautiful introduction to a traditional way of life, the book contains a detailed historical afterword and a rich array of back matter. This is a lovely and graceful introduction to a way of life that persists despite cultural obstacles and the march of time.–Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

The following titles are reviewed in the November 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


ALBIN , Gennifer. Crewel. 360p. Farrar. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-31641-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-374-31644-0.

AMATEAU , Gigi. Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel. 232p. CIP. Candlewick. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-4792-6; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5658-4. LC 2011048342.

ANASTASIU , Heather. Glitch. Bk. 1. 360p. (Glitch Trilogy). St. Martin’s Griffin. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00299-0; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00911-1.

ANDERSON , Katie D. Kiss & Make Up. 308p. Amazon. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-761-46316-0; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6320-7.

BAKER , Kim. Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School. illus. by Tim Probert. 240p. Roaring Brook. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-765-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-858-3.

BEAUDOIN , Sean. The Infects. 376p. Candlewick. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5947-9; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6211-0.

BELLEZA , Rhoda, ed. Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance. 384p. Running Pr./Teens. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-0-7624-4515-8. LC 2011943133.

BENNETT , Nic. Dead Cat Bounce. 344p. Penguin/Razorbill. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59514-469-0; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-10158-891-8.

BLAKE , Kendare. Girl of Nightmares. Bk. 2. 336p. (Anna Dressed in Blood Series). Tor. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7653-2866-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4299-4832-6.

BLOOM , M. Beth. Drain You. 388p. CIP. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2012. pap. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-06-203686-5; ebook $5.99. ISBN 978-0-06-203687-2. LC 2011016551.

BRIGHT , Amy. Before We Go. 222p. Red Deer. 2012. pap. $12.95. ISBN 978-0-88995-471-7.

BULION , Leslie. The Universe of Fair. illus. by Frank W. Dormer. 253p. CIP. Peachtree. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-561456345. LC 2011020974.

BURSTEIN , Lisa. Pretty Amy. 328p. Entangled Teen. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-62061-119-7; ebook $5.99. ISBN 978-1-62061-120-3.

BUSBY , Cylin. Blink Once. 288p. CIP. Bloomsbury. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-818-2. LC 2012011232.

BUYEA , Rob. Mr. Terupt Falls Again. 356p. Delacorte. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-74205-4; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98910-0.

CALAME , Don. Call the Shots. 458p. Candlewick. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5556-3; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6185-4.

CARD , Orson Scott. Ruins. Bk. 2. 530p. (Pathfinder Series). S & S/Simon Pulse. 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-9177-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-1428-0.

CARLON , Mick. Travels with Louis. 236p. Leapfrog Press. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-935248-35-4.

CATMULL , Katherine. Summer and Bird. 344p. CIP. Dutton. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-525-95346-3; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-101-59159-8. LC 2012015587.

COBEN , Harlan. Seconds Away. Bk. 2. 338p. (Mickey Bolitar Series). Putnam. 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25651-6; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-101-58156-8.

COHN , Rachel. Beta. 336p. CIP. Hyperion. 2012. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-1-42315719-9. LC 2012008663.

COULOUMBIS , Audrey. Not Exactly a Love Story. 276p. CIP. Random. Dec. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86783-5; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96783-2; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-89865-5. LC 2010048547.

CUSHMAN , Karen. Will Sparrow’s Road. 216p. bibliog. further reading. Clarion. Nov. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-73962-5; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-87515-6.

DICKINSON , Peter. Earth and Air: Tales of Elemental Creatures. 192p. Big Mouth. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-6187-3058-9; pap. $14.95. ISBN 978-1-6187-3038-1.

DOTY , M. Surviving High School. Bk. 1. 212p. (Surviving High School Series). Little, Brown/Poppy. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-22015-6; ebook $8.99. ISBN 978-0-316-22016-3.

EPSTEIN , Adam Jay & Andrew Jacobson . Circle of Heroes. Bk. 3. illus. by Greg Call. 326p. (The Familiars Series). CIP. HarperCollins/Harper. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-196114-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-219011-6. LC 2012005740.

EVANS , Lissa. Horten’s Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure. 352p. Sterling. 2012. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-4027-9870-2; ebook $7.99. ISBN 978-1-4027-9871-9.

FRY , Erin. Losing It. 262p. CIP. Amazon. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6220-0; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6222-4. LC 201103254.

GIBBS , Stuart. Traitor’s Chase. Bk. 2. 240p. (The Last Musketeer Series). HarperCollins. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-204841-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-204843-1.

GIFF , Patricia Reilly. Hunter Moran Saves the Universe. 128p. CIP. Holiday House. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-1949-4. LC 2012002969.

GILMAN , Charles. Professor Gargoyle. Bk. 1. illus. by Eugene Smith. 160p. (Strange Tales from Lovecraft Middle School Series). Quirk. 2012. Tr $13.99. ISBN 978-1-59474-591-1; ebook $13.99. ISBN 978-1-59474-592-8.

GRAHAME , Abby. Wentworth Hall. 276p. CIP. S & S. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5196-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5198-8. LC 2011051461.

GRANT , Michael & Katherine Applegate . Eve & Adam. 292p. Feiwel & Friends. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-312-58351-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-02648-4.

GREENWALD , Tommy. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit. Bk. 2. illus. by J. P. Coovert. 266p. (Charlie Joe Jackson Series). CIP. Roaring Brook. 2012. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-692-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-42995-543-0. LC 2011027820.

GURTLER , Janet. Who I Kissed. 314p. Sourcebooks/Fire. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7054-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7055-0.

HASTON , Meg. How to Rock Break-Ups and Make-Ups. Bk. 2. 346p. (How to Rock Series). Little, Brown/Poppy. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-316-06826-0.

HAWKING , Lucy & Stephen Hawking . George and the Big Bang. illus. by Garry Parsons. 304p. charts. diags. photos. CIP. S & S. 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4005-0; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4007-4. LC 2011035361.

HERLONG , M. H. Buddy. 296p. CIP. Viking. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-01403-3; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-101-59179-6. LC 2011042854.

HOCKING , Amanda. Wake. Bk. 1. 310p. (The Watersong Series). St. Martin’s Griffin. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00812-1; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-429-95658-1.

HOGAN , Edward. Daylight Saving. 216p. Candlewick. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5913-4; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6195-3.

JONES , Darynda. Death and the Girl Next Door. 274p. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-312-62520-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01722-2.

KEYES , Morgan. Darkbeast. 280p. CIP. S & S/McElderry. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-44244205-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4207-8. LC 2011040301.

KINSEY-WARNOCK , Natalie. True Colors. 242p. CIP. Knopf. Nov. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86099-7; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96099-4; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-89706-1. LC 2011037863.

KLISE , Kate. Homesick. 180p. Feiwel & Friends. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00842-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00843-5.

LARBALESTIER , Justine & Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Human. 348p. CIP. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-208964-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-208966-3. LC 2011026149.

LAYBOURNE , Emmy. Monument 14. 294p. Feiwel & Friends. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-312-56903-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-429-95524-9.

LOVRIC , Michelle. The Mourning Emporium. 432p. CIP. Delacorte. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-385-74000-5; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-385-90815-3; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-89862-4. LC 2012009510.

LYON , George Ella. Holding On to Zoe. 176p. CIP. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-33264-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-429-95528-7. LC 2011009832.

MCDOWELL , Beck. This Is Not a Drill. 216p. CIP. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25794-0. LC 2012011083.

MCNAMARA , Amy. Lovely, Dark and Deep. 342p. CIP. S & S. Nov. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3435-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3438-7. LC 2012008258.

MCQUERRY , Maureen Doyle. The Peculiars. 362p. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0178-8; ebook $16.95. ISBN 978-1-6131-2308-9.

MANZANO , Sonia. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. 224p. CIP. further reading. Scholastic. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-32505-9; ebook $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-46958-6. LC 2012009240.

MELOY , Colin. Under Wildwood. Bk. 2. illus. by Carson Ellis. 400p. (The Wildwood Chronicles Series). CIP. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-202471-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-211963-6. LC 2012019040.

MOREL , Alex. Survive. 260p. Penguin/Razorbill. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59514-510-9; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-10157-539-0.

MORPURGO , Michael. Shadow. 182p. Feiwel & Friends. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-312-60659-6.

MOSS , Marissa. A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero. 388p. bibliog. chron. photos. CIP. Abrams/Amulet. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0427-7. LC 2012008319.

MYERS , E. C. Quantum Coin. 324p. PYR. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61614-682-5.

NORRIS, Zack. The Monkey Howled at Midnight. Bk. 2. ISBN 978-1-4027-7913-8. LC 2010048187.
–––– . The Secret of Skull Island. Bk. 1. ISBN 978-1-4027-7912-1. LC 2010046090.
ea vol: 144p. (Double Detectives Series). CIP. Sterling. 2012. pap. $4.95.

PATTERSON , Janci. Chasing the Skip. 228p. CIP. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9391-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9637-8. LC 2012006164.

PAUL , Fiona. Venom. Bk. 1. 436p. (The Secrets of the Eternal Rose Series). CIP. Philomel. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25725-4. LC 2011047154.

PINKWATER , Daniel. Bushman Lives! illus. by Calef Brown. 248p. CIP. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-38539-6; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-92778-7. LC 2011048211.

POLLOCK , Tom. The City’s Son. Bk. 1. 458p. (The Skyscraper Throne Series). Flux. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7387-3430-9.

PONTI , James. Dead City. 278p. CIP. S & S/Aladdin. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5150-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4128-6. LC 2011048445.

REES , Celia. This Is Not Forgiveness. 280p. Bloomsbury. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-776-5.

RUTKOSKI , Marie. The Shadow Society. 408p. CIP. Farrar. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-34905-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-374-36757-2. LC 2011033158.

RYAN , Amy Kathleen. Spark. Bk. 2. 309p. (A Sky Chaser Novel). St. Martin’s Griffin. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-312-62135-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01416-0.

RYAN, Darlene. Cuts Like a Knife. ISBN 978-1-4598-0120-2; ISBN 978-1-4598-0119-6. LC 2011943733.

TULLSON, Diane. Riot Act. ISBN 978-1-4598-0140-0; ISBN 978-1-4598-0139-4. LC 2011943736.
ea vol: 112p. (Orca Soundings Series). CIP. Orca. 2012. PLB $16.95; pap. $9.95.

RYAN , Jeanne. Nerve. 294p. CIP. Dial. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3832-4; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-1015-9141-3. LC 2011048055.

Scieszka, Jon, ed. The Sports Pages. Bk. 3. 260p. (Guys Read Series Series). HarperCollins/Walden Pond Pr. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-196378-0; pap. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-06-196377-3; ebook $5.99. ISBN 978-0-06-219014-7.

SHIRVINGTON , Jessica. Entice. Bk. 2. 446p. (Embrace Series). Sourcebooks/Fire. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-6843-4; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-6844-1.

SIMONE , Ni-ni. No Boyz Allowed. 240p. Kensington/KTeen. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-0-7582-4193-1.

SKYE , Obert. Potterwookiee. Bk. 2. 256p. (The Creature from My Closet Series). Holt/Christy Ottaviano. 2012. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9451-0; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9753-5.

Strahan , Jonathan, ed. Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron. 416p. CIP. Random. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86830-6; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96830-3; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-89881-5. LC 2011031253.

STRAUSS , Victoria. Passion Blue. 352p. Amazon. Nov. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6230-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7614-6231-6.

TURETSKY , Bianca. The Time-Traveling Fashionista: At the Palace of Marie Antoinette. Bk. 2. illus. by Sandra Suy. 266p. (The Time-Traveling Fashionista Series). chron. CIP. further reading. photos. websites. Little, Brown/Poppy. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-316-10538-5; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-20295-4. LC 2012001553.

WALSH , Alice. A Long Way from Home. 182p. Orca. 2012. pap. $11.95. ISBN 978-1-926920-79-5.

WATERS , Daniel. Break My Heart 1,000 Times. 344p. Hyperion/Disney. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-2198-5; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-6088-5.

WINKLER , Henry & Lin Oliver . Mind If I Read Your Mind? Bk. 2. 172p. (Ghost Buddy Series). Scholastic. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-29888-9.

YLVISAKER , Anne. Button Down. 192p. CIP. Candlewick. 2012. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-53965; ebook $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-62073. LC 2011048114.


Anderson, E. Kristin & Miranda Kenneally, eds . Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves. 192p. photos. Zest Books. 2012. pap. $14.99. ISBN 978-1-9369762-1-8. LC 2012905455.

APUZZO, Michael. Flying Through Yellow: A Drive Through Life Without Braking. 100p. Fast Car Press. 2012. pap. $13.95. ISBN 978-0615589596.

AXELROD , Matt. Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide. illus. by David Barash. 192p. appendix. glossary. Jason Aronson Inc. 2012. pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7657-0887-8; ebook $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7657-0888-5.

BERGER , Lee R. & Marc Aronson . The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins. 64p. charts. diags. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. CIP. National Geographic. Nov. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-4263-1010-2; PLB $27.90. ISBN 978-1-4263-1053-9. LC 2012012943.

BERMAN , Len. The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs. 128p. charts. photos. w/CD. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7226-4.

GANERI, Anita. Indian Culture. ISBN 978-1-4329-6778-9; ISBN 978-1-4329-6787-1. LC 2011037702.

GUILLAIN, Charlotte. Islamic Culture. ISBN 978-1-4329-6779-6; ISBN 978-1-4329-6788-8. LC 2011037703.
ea vol: 48p. (Global Cultures Series). maps. photos. chron. further reading. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Heinemann Library. 2012. Tr $32.; pap. $8.99.

GILBERT, Sara. The Story of ISBN 978-1-60818-174-2. LC 2011035747.
–––– . The Story of Facebook. ISBN 978-1-60818-176-6. LC 2011035753.
ea vol: 48p. (Built for Success Series). photos. bibliog. glossary. index. CIP. Creative Education. 2012. PLB $35.65.

HODGE , Deborah. Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport. 60p. further reading. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. reprods. websites. CIP. Tundra. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-77049-256-1. LC 2011938776.

JUDSON, Karen. The United States Constitution: Its History, Bill of Rights, and Amendments. ISBN 978-0-7660-4067-0. LC 2011030976.

MADANI, Hamed. The Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch: How the Federal Courts Interpret Our Laws. maps. ISBN 978-0-7660-4065-6. LC 2011028544.

STREISSGUTH, Tom. The Security Agencies of the United States: How the CIA, FBI, NSA, and Homeland Security Keep Us Safe. ISBN 978-0-7660-4064-9. LC 2011028542.

THORBURN, Mark. The President and the Executive Branch: How Our Nation Is Governed. ISBN 978-0-7660-4063-2. LC 2011028543.

ZURLO, Tony. The United States Congress and the Legislative Branch: How the Senate and House of Representatives Create Our Laws. map. ISBN 978-0-7660-4066-3. LC 2011028545.
ea vol: 104p. (The Constitution and the United States Government Series). diag. photos. further reading. glossary. index. notes. websites. CIP. Enslow. 2012. PLB $31.93.

KEHRET , Peg. Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue. 192p. photos. Dutton. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-525-42399-7; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-1-101-57494-2.

Laird, Elizabeth, retel. Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings. illus. by Shirin Adl. 136p. Frances Lincoln. 2012. Tr $24.99. ISBN 978-1-84780-253-8.

LUMBARD , Alexis York, retel. The Conference of the Birds. illus. by Demi. 44p. CIP. World Wisdom Books, Inc. 2012. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-937786-02-1. LC 2012008103.

MURRAY , Elizabeth A. Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death. 72p. bibliog. diags. further reading. index. photos. websites. CIP. 21st Century. 2012. RTE $30.60. ISBN 978-0-7613-6696-6; ebook $22.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0139-6. LC 2011045218.

NEWMAN , Lesléa. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. 111p. further reading. notes. websites. Candlewick. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5807-6.

PINKNEY , Andrea Davis. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. illus. by Brian Pinkney. 244p. bibliog. chron. further reading. index. CIP. Disney/Jump at the Sun. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-4257-7. LC 2011051348.

PRINJA, Raman. Galaxies and the Runaway Universe. ISBN 978-1-60992-244-3.
–––– . Stars and the Dust from Space. ISBN 978-1-60992-247-4.
–––– . To the Planets and Beyond. ISBN 978-1-60992-245-0.
ea vol: illus. by Geraint Ford. 32p. (The Universe Rocks! Series). photos. glossary. index. websites. QEB. 2012. PLB $28.50 .

RAUM, Elizabeth. The Declaration of Independence. ISBN 978-1-4329-6753-6; ISBN 978-1-4329-6762-8. LC 2011037782.
–––– . The Mayflower Compact. ISBN 978-1-4329-6750-5; ISBN 978-1-4329-6759-8. LC 2011037778.

SONNEBORN, Liz. The Articles of Confederation. ISBN 978-1-4329-6749-9; ISBN 978-1-4329-6758-1. LC 2011037709.

STILLE, Darlene R. The Journals of Lewis and Clark. ISBN 978-1-4329-6754-3; ISBN 978-1-4329-6763-5. LC 2011037783.
ea vol: 48p. (Documenting U.S. History Series). maps. photos. reprods. chron. further reading. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Heinemann Library. 2012. PLB $32.; pap. $8.99.

SAPET, Kerrily. Suzanne Collins. 112p. ISBN 978-1-59935-346-3. LC 2012018324.

SPARKS, Barry. Rick Riordan. 128p. ISBN 978-1-59935-350-0. LC 2012018325.
ea vol: (World Writers Series). illus. photos. bibliog. chron. glossary. index. notes. websites. CIP. Morgan Reynolds. 2012. PLB $28.95.

SERRANO , Francisco. La Malinche: The Princess Who Helped Cortés Conquer the Aztec Empire. tr. from Spanish by Susan Ouriou. illus. by Pablo Serrano. 37p. bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. maps. notes. CIP. Groundwood. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-111-3.

SHAKESPEARE, William. Macbeth. ISBN 978-1-60992-239-9.
–––– . A Midsummer Night’s Dream. ISBN 978-1-60992-237-5.
–––– . Romeo and Juliet. ISBN 978-1-60992-236-8.
–––– . The Tempest. ISBN 978-1-60992-238-2.
ea vol: adapt. by C. A. Plaisted. illus. by Yaniv Shimony. 48p. (Tales from Shakespeare Series). QEB. 2012. PLB $35.65.

SHOKET , Ann. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas for You. 192p. photos. CIP. Running Pr. 2012. pap. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-7624-4524-0. LC 2012935723.

SIGAFUS , Kim & Lyle Ernst . Native Writers: Voices of Power. 90p. (Native Trailblazers Series). further reading. glossary. photos. websites. CIP. 7th Generation. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-0-9779183-8-6. LC 2011051617.

SIMON , Seymour. Seymour Simon’s Extreme Earth Records. 60p. charts. illus. index. photos. CIP. Chronicle. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-0785-1. LC 2011045937.