Do we control our own path or does fate determine our destiny? From Ruta Sepetys’s Out of the Easy to Bridget Zinn’s Poison, the following new mysteries selected by Junior Library Guild editors will give teen readers something to think about.
POWELL, Laura. Witch Fire. Bloomsbury. 2013. ISBN 9781619630062. JLG Level: MM : Mystery/Adventure Middle & HS (Grades 7–11).
Lucas and Glory go undercover in an exclusive boarding school for witches. While searching for a supposed terrorist, their budding romance hits a roadblock when Glory overhears that her mother was a double-agent for the Inquisition. No longer able to trust Lucas, she is determined to find her missing mother, only to fall into a dangerous tangle of deception in South America. Will Lucas be able to find her before it’s too late? The fast-paced sequel to Burn Mark (2011) continues to explore the powers of the fae with Bondlike adventures.
SEPETYS, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Philomel. 2013. ISBN 9780399256929. JLG Level: HH : History – High School (Grades 10 & up).
Josie grew up fast. At age 10, she had to start working, cleaning the New Orleans brothel where her mother works as a prostitute. Years later, she’s created a plan to leave The Big Easy for an education, separating herself from the dark underground world in the French Quarter. After her mother is accused of a murder, Josie finds herself having to make hard choices. Can she fight the path that destiny seems determined for her to take, or will her decisions shape destiny instead?
SHULMAN, Polly. The Wells Bequest. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. 2013. ISBN 9780399256462. JLG Level: MM : Mystery/Adventure Middle & HS (Grades 7–11).
The New York Circulating Material Library is no ordinary warehouse for books. Leo’s meeting with a smaller version of himself comes full circle when he discovers a time machine in its depository. Truth is not stranger than fiction―sometimes fiction is the truth, as Leo learns that story elements literally exist. When a unrequited romance turns to potential end-of-the-world disaster, Nikola Tesla must be warned that his death ray invention could be the victim of a theft. Time travel to the past is the only way to stop the future.
ZINN, Bridget. Poison. Disney/Hyperion. 2013. ISBN 9781423139935. JLG Level: FH : Fantasy/Science Fiction High (Grades 9-12).
Kyra has been a Master Potioner, fallen in love with the wrong man, and betrayed everyone she’d ever known―even before she tried to murder her best friend―the princess. Though her first attempt is unsuccessful, she is determined to kill Ariana in order to save the kingdom. Ironically, a wandering stranger and his pig doggedly get in her way. Full of humor and mystery, Zinn’s debut novel is more than a fairy tale. It’s a story of loyalty and finding yourself. Sadly, Zinn passed away in 2011.
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