February 24, 2018

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The Latest from Heavy-Hitters A. S. King, Marie Lu, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Julie Kagawa | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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redstarHosie, Donna. The Devil’s Intern. 240p. Holiday House. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823431953; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823432653. LC 2014002402.

Gr 10 Up –Hosie has written a book that will not only entertain but maybe even enlighten. Seventeen-year-old Mitchell Johnson has spent the last four years in Hell, where he is the Devil’s intern in the accounting office. With the number of new arrivals on the rise, Hell’s finances are strained. Fortunately, the Devil has a plan to use his Viciseometer, a time-travel device, to limit the number of those destined for Hell. Mitchell sees it as an opportunity to change his fate and revisit the day he met his fate with a bus. After stealing the Viciseometer, he travels back to the past with three of his friends (a Viking prince, a 17th-century peasant, and a wild-haired gal from the 1960s) and attempts to alter history, only to learn that life and death are complicated and unpredictable. Interesting characters, nonstop adventure, and humor with a touch of heart will not disappoint teens looking for a dark comedy. Glimpses of the afterlife could also spark discussion among readers.–Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

redstarKing, A. S. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. 308p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2014. Tr $18. ISBN 9780316222723.

Gr 9 Up –King returns with another wholly original work of magical realism. This eerie, provocative title centers on Glory O’Brien, on the verge of graduating high school. Though talented and whip-smart, Glory is an outsider whose social interactions are largely limited to her only friend, Ellie, who lives across the street in a commune, and her father, a one-time painter who’s been floundering since the suicide of Glory’s mother 12 years earlier. Both girls realize they have the power to see the past—and future—of strangers around them, and Glory slowly understands that an incredibly disturbing, Handmaid’s Tale–esque future lies in store, with the rights of women and girls being eroded and a second civil war breaking out. The teen is confronted not only by her future but by the past: she fears that she’ll go down the same path as her psychologically unstable mother and begins to learn about a falling-out that took place between her parents and Ellie’s years ago. As with works such as Ask the Passengers (2012) and Everybody Sees the Ants (2011, both Little, Brown), King has developed an unusual protagonist, yet one with a distinct and authentic voice. Elevating herself above the pack and imbuing her novel with incredible nuance, King artfully laces themes of disintegrating friendship, feminism, and sexuality into the narrative, as well as some provocative yet subtle commentary on the male gaze and the portrayal of women in our culture. This beautifully strange, entirely memorable book will stay with readers.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

redstarLaFevers, Robin. Mortal Heart. 464p. (His Fair Assassin: Bk. 3). ebook available. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Nov. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780547628400. LC 2014001877.

Gr 9 Up –This thrilling series conclusion narrates the fate of 17-year-old convent-raised Annith who impatiently awaits her assignment to serve as the god Mortain’s Handmaiden of Death. When the Abbess appoints her as Seeress, Annith is even more distraught, knowing that the position will condemn her to a life of celibacy and isolation. Vowing to confront her superior and aided by both the Helloquins (damned souls seeking redemption) and the Arduinnites (protectors of women and innocents), the teen escapes to the Breton court, where Duchess Anne and her followers are strategizing against the invading French. Distressed over her true parentage, Annith finds comfort in the Helloquins leader Balthazar, who has secrets of his own. LaFevers again mesmerizes her readers through the political struggles of 15th-century Brittany and the intrigues of the followers of Mortain. Details of court and village life in 1489 add vitality to the historic background, and back matter will further aid readers’ understanding of the times. Clear, fast-paced, dramatic prose reveals the story via short, action-packed chapters, and the expert craftsmanship of the writing is worth savoring. The protagonists’ sometimes-contradictory natures enrich their characters, and the intertwined relationships of realistic and Netherworld personages add depth to their personal stories. A plethora of strong females and their romantic relationships will have wide appeal for teens, making this a definite purchase where Grave Mercy (2012) and Dark Triumph (2013, both Houghton Harcourt) are popular and a strong story that can stand on its own.–Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

redstarLink, Kelly & Gavin J. Grant, eds. Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales. 480p. ebook available. Candlewick. Sept. 2014. RTE $22.99. ISBN 9780763664732.

Gr 9 Up –Find a dark corner, light a candle, and wrap yourself in a blanket—these are stories that beg to be read in the dark. Between these pages readers will find entries by literary greats as well as new authors. Some of these tales are moving, others terrifying, but they all have one thing in common: monsters. In Paolo Bacigalupi’s “Moriabe’s Children,” a girl hears the kraken that drowned her father calling her to come to them. A disobedient teen discovers that interstellar space pirates are more monstrous than the creatures she’s been taught to fear in the amusing “Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)” by Holly Black. In “This Whole Demoning Thing” by Patrick Ness, a young demon discovers how to be true to herself through music. And “Left Foot, Right” by Nalo Hopkinson is an eerily touching story about one girl’s crippling grief and the monsters that guide her through to the other side. From vampires to ghosts and from strange creatures made of mercury to half-harpies, these beasts will broaden readers’ perspectives. Teens will never think about monsters in the same way again. Long after the last page is turned, these tales will linger in readers’ brains, in their closets, under their beds, and in the shadows.–Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

redstarNELSON, Jandy. I’ll Give You the Sun. 384p. ebook available. Dial. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803734968.

Gr 9 Up –A resplendent novel from the author of The Sky Is Everywhere (Dial, 2010). Fraternal twins and burgeoning artists Jude and Noah are inseparable until puberty hits and they find themselves competing for boys, a spot at an exclusive art school, and their parents’ affections. Told in alternating perspectives and time lines, with Noah’s chapters taking place when they are 13 and Jude’s when they are 16, this novel explores how it’s the people closest to us who have the power to both rend us utterly and knit us together. Jude’s takes are peppered with entries from her bible of superstitions and conversations with her grandmother’s ghost, and Noah continuously imagines portraits (complete with appropriately artsy titles) to cope with his emotions. In the intervening years, a terrible tragedy has torn their family apart, and the chasm between the siblings grows ever wider. Vibrant imagery and lyrical prose propel readers forward as the twins experience first love, loss, betrayal, acceptance, and forgiveness. Art and wonder fill each page, and threads of magical realism lend whimsy to the narrative. Readers will forgive convenient coincidences because of the characters’ in-depth development and the swoon-worthy romances. The novel’s evocative exploration of sexuality, grief, and sibling relationships will ring true with teens. For fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (St. Martin’s, 2013) and Melina Marchetta’s realistic fiction. See author Q&A.–Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

redstarO’Porter, Dawn. Paper Airplanes. 272p. ebook available. Abrams/Amulet. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781419711848.

Gr 10 Up –In this captivating and at times gritty debut, O’Porter presents a funny and poignant coming-of-age friendship of Flo and Renée. It’s 1994, and the 15-year-olds are each facing their share of troubles on the small British island of Guernsey. Flo’s parents have split up, and she’s dealing with a critical mother at home and an incredibly domineering best friend at school. Renée is an extroverted troublemaker at school, but feels like a stranger in the home she shares with her bulimic younger sister and emotionally unavailable grandparents. The girls bond over the shared experience of familial tragedy and become close friends, exchanging notes on paper airplanes and finding in each other the support they crave. Readers will be drawn into the story, which moves quickly through alternating first-person narrations, which also serves to reveal potential cracks in the teens’ bond. By the end, each girl comes to learn the importance of friendship and forgiveness and that the past, while not forgotten, doesn’t have to define you. Though their behavior can be frustrating at times—Flo not standing up to mean girl Sally; Renée secretly having sex with Flo’s older brother (in a scene that is entirely more heartbreaking than risqué)—readers will root for the pair and will also eagerly await the sequel.–Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Alexander, Jen. The Aftermath. 288p. ebook available. Harlequin Teen. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780373211326.

ANDERSON-DARGATZ, Gail. Search and Rescue: A Claire Abbott Mystery. (Rapid Reads). 120p. Orca. Sept. 2014. pap. $9.95; ISBN 9781459805767; ebk. ISBN 9781459805781.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Doubt Factory. 486p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2014. Tr $18.ISBN 9780316220750; ebk. ISBN 9780316220743.

Beyer, Kat. The Halcyon Bird. 352p. (The Demon Catchers of Milan: Bk. 2). Egmont USA. Nov. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781606843161; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9781606843178.

Brouwer, Sigmund. Tin Soldier. 264p. (The Seven Sequels). ebook available. Orca. Oct. 2014. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781459805460; ebk. $10.95. ISBN 9781459805484.

Buckingham, Royce Scott. The Terminals. 288p. ebook available. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne. Oct. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250011558.

Campbell, Melodie. The Artful Goddaughter: A Gina Gallo Mystery. 144p. (Rapid Reads). Orca. Sept. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781459808195; ebk. ISBN 9781459808218. LC 2014935364.

Cardi, Annie. The Chance You Won’t Return. 352p. ebook available. Candlewick. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763662929. LC 2013946619.

Clare, Cassandra & others. The Bane Chronicles. 528p. illus. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Nov. 2014. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781442495999; ebk. $11.99. ISBN 9781442495661.

Crockett, Mary & Madelyn Roseberg. Dream Boy. 336p. Sourcebooks Fire. 2014. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781402295836.

Crowe, Chris. Death Coming Up the Hill. 208p. ebook available. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Oct. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544302150.

Dashner, James. The Rule of Thoughts. 336p. (The Mortality Doctrine: Bk. 2). ebook available. Delacorte. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780385741415; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780375984648. LC 2014011983.

Desir, C. Bleed Like Me. 288p. ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442498907.

Don, Lari. Mind Blind. 336p. Floris/KelpiesTeen. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781782500537; ebk. ISBN 9781782500643.

FIRMSTON, Kim. Stupid. 208p. ISBN 9781 459406117.

LUNDGREN, Jodi. Blow. 232p. ISBN 9781 459405981.

ea vol: (SideStreets Series). ebook available. Lorimer. Sept. 2014. pap. $9.95.

Foley, Jessie Ann. The Carnival at Bray. 224p. Elephant Rock. Oct. 2014. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9780989515597. LC 2014937608.

Frey, James & Nils Johnson-Shelton. Endgame: The Calling. 453p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Oct. 2014. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062332585.

Frost, Jeaniene. The Beautiful Ashes. 304p. (A Broken Destiny: Bk. 1). Harlequin HQN. Sept. 2014. lib. ed. $24.95. ISBN 9780373785018; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9780373779055; ebk. $7.95. ISBN 9781460330333.

Gallardo, Adam. Zomburbia. 361p. (Zombie Apocalypse: Bk. 1). Kensington/KTeen. Sept. 2014. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781 617730986; ebk. $8.99. ISBN 9781 617730993.

Gleason, Colleen. The Spiritglass Charade. 360p. (Stoker and Holmes: Bk. 2). ebook available. Chronicle. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452110714. LC 2013030945.

Guertin, Chantel. Depth of Field. 208p. (Pippa Greene: Bk. 2). ebook available. ECW. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781770411838.

Han, Jenny & Siobhan Vivian. Ashes to Ashes. 388p. (Burn for Burn: Bk. 3). S. & S. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442440814; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442440838. LC 2014004241.

Hastings, Avery. Feuds. 272p. St. Martin’s Griffin. Sept. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250057716; ebk. ISBN 9781250045706.

Jacobs, Evan. Self. Destructed. 254p. (Gravel Road). Saddleback. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781622507221.

JONES , Patrick & Brent Chartier . At All Costs. ISBN 9781467721295; ISBN 9781467744751; ISBN 9781467746526. LC 2013041072.

brown, Herman . The Option. ISBN 9781467721288; ISBN 9781467744737; ISBN 9781467746519. LC 2013046619.

JONES, Patrick . Out of the Tunnel. ISBN 9781467721264; ISBN 9781467744713; ISBN 9781467746496. LC 2013034230.

priest, A. L . Breakthrough. ISBN 9781467721318; ISBN 9781467744720; ISBN 9781467746502. LC 2013048813.

ea vol: 104p. (The Red Zone Series). Darby Creek. Sept. 2014. lib. ed. $27.93; pap. $7.95; ebk $20.95.

Kagawa, Julie. Talon. 416p. ebook available. Harlequin Teen. Nov. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780373211395.

KARRE, Elizabeth. All You Are. 120p. ISBN 9781467735100; ISBN 9781467744775. LC 2013042948.

–––– . Certain Signals. 112p. ISBN 9781467735117; ISBN 9781467744799. LC 2014000693.

ea vol: (The Gift). ebook available. Darby Creek. Nov. 2014. lib. ed. $27.93; pap. $7.95.

Legrand, Claire. Winterspell. 464p. S. & S. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442465985; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442466005. LC 2013019385.

LU, Marie. The Young Elites. 368p. Putnam. Oct. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399167836; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698171725.

McGill, Leslie. Fighter. 140p. (Cap Central: Bk. 1). Saddleback. Sept. 2014. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781622507054; ebk. ISBN 9781612479569.

Martinez, Claudia Guadalupe. Pig Park. 248p. ebook available. Cinco Puntos. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781935955764; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781935955771. LC 2013040645.

Monahan, Hillary. Mary: The Summoning. 240p. (Bloody Mary). ebook available. Disney-Hyperion. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781423185192. LC 2014004254.

Myracle, Lauren. yolo. 240p. Abrams/Amulet. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781419708718.

O’Leary Wanket, Maureen. How to Be Manly. 166p. Giant Squid Bks. Sept. 2014. pap. $15.00. ISBN 9780692214008.

O’Rourke, Erica. Dissonance. 496p. ebook available. S. & S. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442460263. LC 2013033578.

Oatman High, Linda. Otherwise. 148p. (Gravel Road). Saddleback. Sept. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781622508914.

Parker, Amy Christine. Astray. 384p. Random. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780449816028. LC 2013034047.

Parker, Natalie C. Beware the Wild. 336p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Nov. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062241528.

Perry, Jolene. Stronger Than You Know. 243p. ebook available. Albert Whitman. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807531556.

Portman, Frank. King Dork Approximately. 368p. Delacorte. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385736183; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780385905916; ebk. ISBN 9780375985676.

Reed, Amy. Damaged. 384p. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Oct. 2014. Tr. $17.99. ISBN 9781442456990.

Richards, Linda L. If It Bleeds: A Nicole Charles Mystery. 144p. (Rapid Reads). Orca/Raven. Sept. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781459807341; ebk. ISBN 9781459807365. LC 2014936095.

schultz Nicholson, Lorna. Hoop Dreams. 136p. (Podium Sports Academy). Lorimer. Sept. 2014. Tr $9.95. ISBN 9781459405875.

Summer, Mary Elizabeth. Trust Me, I’m Lying. 336p. Delacorte. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385744065.

Sussman, Elissa. Stray. 384p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062274557; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062274588.

Tabak, Lawrence. In Real Life. 256p. Tuttle. Nov. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780804844789.

Thomas, Sherry. The Perilous Sea. 432p. (Elemental Trilogy: Bk. 2) HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062207326.

Waters, Tawni. Beauty of the Broken. 368p. S. & S./Simon Pulse. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481407090; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481407106.

Williams, Sean. Crashland: A Twinmaker Novel. 480p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Nov. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062203243; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780062203267. LC 2014002147.

Winters, Cat. The Cure for Dreaming. 368p. chron. ebook available. further reading. photos. Abrams/Amulet. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781419712166.

Yovanoff, Brenna. Fiendish. 352p. ebook available. Penguin/Razorbill. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781595146380.

Graphic Novels

AUSTEN, Jane . Pride and Prejudice. 376p. illus. by Po Tse. ISBN 9781927925171.

Hugo, Victor . Les Misérables. 336p. illus. by Tszmei Lee. ISBN 9781927925157.

ea vol: Crystal Silvermoon, ed. (Manga Classics). Udon. 2014. Tr $24.99.

Crane, Jakob. Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials. illus. by Timothy Decker. 128p. Islandport Pr. Sept. 2014. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781939017338. LC 2013958057.

Craver, Marcella Marino. Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying. illus. by Amerigo Pinelli. 64p. Magination Pr. 2014. pap. ISBN 9781433816512. LC 2013048065.

Doctorow, Cory. In Real Life. illus. by Jen Wang. 192p. First Second. Oct. 2014. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781596436589.

Elliott, Dave. The Weirding Willows. illus. by Barnaby Bagenda & Sami Basri. 104p. (A1 Presents: Vol. 1). Titan. 2014. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781782760351.

Hatori, Bisco. Millennium Snow. tr. from Japanese by Honyaku Center. illus. by Bisco Hatori. 416p. (Millenium Snow: Vol. 1 & 2). Viz Media. 2014. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781421572451.

Kagami, Takaya. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. tr. from Japanese by Adrienne Beck. illus. by Yamato Yamamoto & Daisuke Furuya. 200p. (Seraph of the End: Vol. 1). Viz Media. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781421571508.

Kawahara, Kazune. My Love Story! Vol. 1. adapted by Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane. tr. from Japanese by JN Productions. illus. by Aruko. 184p. (My Love Story!!). Viz Media. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781421571447.

Shapiro, Howard. The Hockey Saint. illus. by Marica Inoue & Andres Mossa. 133p. (Forever Friends Trilogy: Vol. 2). ebook available. Animal Media. Sept. 2014. pap. $13.95. ISBN 9780991255016.

Takami, Koushun. Battle Royale: Angels’ Border. tr. from Japanese by Nathan Collins. illus. by Mioko Ohnishi & Youhei Oguma. 280p. (Battle Royale: Angels’ Border). Viz Media. 2014. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781421571683.

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