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And Wendy thought deciding between Finn and Loki was bad. Now she has to worry about a war. Wendy comes of age in this final conclusion with twists and turns that will keep you wanting more.Click here to read more
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
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The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Release Date: May 12, 2012
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After her parents' divorce, Dashiell moves to a new house, along with her mother and her fashionable sister, Arica. A change which excites Dash is that her new school has a baseball team that she is dying to join. Unfortunately, the only person who supports her dream is her mother. Arica fears social suicide, the coach and players claim that it's against the rules for a girl to join the team, the softball team is offended that she won't play for them, and her father won't even return her calls. Dash is determined to show everyone that she is an amazing athlete and deserves her place on the team.
Nunzio Defilippis and Christina Weir's graphic novel, Play Ball, will appeal to all readers, from sports fans to novices.
Evan Boroughs is plunged into the world of pro-cycling before he can even realize what's happening to him. As he races with his team in the popular Tour of California, this 18-year-old discovers what he's made of while gaining some adult perspective on the good and bad of cycling and relationships. Click here to read my full review.
A funny, refreshing take on love and relationships from a guy's POV, Sebastian is the "Hook-Up Doctor", an anonymous match maker who helps girls get their dream guys.
He, himself doesn't "do" love or long term relationships because he's watched his mom crash and burn so many times he's lost count. He figures keeping things strictly "fun" is the way to go. This theory works great until he falls in love...Click here to read my full review....
We've got some amazing news for Julie Kagawa fans!
Palomar Pictures Options The Immortal Rules and Blood of Eden Series
by New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Kagawa
Independent film production company Palomar Pictures today announced that it has optioned Blood of Eden, the newest series from New York Times bestselling young adult author Julie Kagawa. The Immortal Rules, the highly anticipated first book in the Blood of Eden series, will be published by Harlequin TEEN on April 24, 2012. The Immortal Rules is set in a future world where humanity, decimated by a deadly virus, exists merely as a food source and slave class to an elite society of vampires. When a young woman, a survivor who dreams of the day humanity will rise up against their supernatural masters, is turned into a vampire, she is forced to choose between becoming what she despises or helping those who would destroy her.
Palomar principal Joni Sighvatsson was passionate about The Immortal Rules’ film potential and quick to secure film rights for the book and the Blood of Eden series. “It’s simply a great story with an electrifying heroine for the 21st century. It makes the series an ideal subject for a film adaptation," said Sighvatsson. "Julie’s ability to familiarize the reader with this complex world in a few pages demonstrates the cinematic qualities of her imagination and complements my own sensibilities as a film producer."
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Lissa (pronounced LISS-sa) studied with Caroline Leavitt, Donald Maass and Janet Fitch, and read at the Iowa Summer Workshop. She has lived in Japan and India, but now resides in the Southern California foothills with her husband and the occasional deer.
She’s a member of SCBWI, SFWA, ITW, as well as one of the Apocalypsies, a group of 2012 debut YA and MG authors. In 2012 she joined Beth Revis and the talented gang of five 2011 and five 2012 debut YA dystopian and science fiction authors at The League of Extraordinary Writers.Thank you for joining us on YABC today! First off, can you tell us a little bit about your latest novel, STARTERS?
Thanks so much for inviting me! STARTERS takes place in a future where desperate teens rent out their bodies to seniors called Enders so they can enjoy being young again. But one Ender plans to do more than just have fun, she plans to murder someone. It is my debut and came out on March 13. The book trailer showed before The Hunger Games movie in selected theaters both in the U.S. and the U.K.
Were there any television shows, films, songs, or books that helped fuel your creativity and inspiration while working on STARTERS?
I was very encouraged by the writing of Suzanne Collins because she didn't talk down to the reader—she just told her story. I also loved the UGLIES series by Scott Westerfeld for his amazing world building.
But the films of Christopher Nolan were my biggest influences. I love to play with different levels of reality, and have scenes where at least one character doesn't know who the other one really is.
Are there any STARTERS contests our readers should know about and enter?
Yes, always! If you go to www.LissaPrice.com I have a page that updates current contests. And many are announced on Twitter. Follow me at Lissa_Price there or LissaPriceAuthor on FB for the latest announcements.
Which books or authors have inspired your craft?
This book really impressed me. Not only is it a great book to learn from, but it's an EASY book to learn from. IT's not your typical boring educational book, no sirree. It's simple words are easy to read and talk about it with young children. Plus, it's about bats! My boys are completely into bats right now and loved reading this book over and over. To read more of my review, click here.
Amanda, or Zero as she goes by, is a struggling artist with terrible self esteem. She's obsessed with the famed Salvador Dali and had planned to attend art school in Chicago, was even accepted but her scholarship was pulled at the last minute. Her home life is a mess and the while she usually takes solace in her painting, even that has her doubting herself. But when she heads out to a club one night, expecting to drown in self pity, a heated exchange with another club goer gives her the courage she needs to talk to Mike, the guy with the amazing eyes. Their first conversation is awkward and funny and her insecurity is palpable. The night ends with Mike promising to call and Z doubting he will but when he follows through, it sets them on a journey of love, forgiveness and figuring out how to believe in yourself. Click here to read more...
Fear: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant
Release Date: April 3, 2012
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Spectral by Shannon Duffy
Release Date: April 10, 2012
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I know angst is cool and all, but boy, I really love me a happy ending. I love when the kooky, wonderful heroine gets the nice, groovy boy. I love when mean kids get their comeuppance. I love a little bit of magical realism and a gay best friend. I love... oh heck. I loved this book.
Cat Girl's Day Out is a new novel by Kimberly Pauley, author of Sucks to Be Me, and Still Sucks to Be Me.
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An active daydreamer, Martin can't help his mind from wandering on the first day of school. His teacher's waving arms remind him of the seagulls that fly along the river banks, which reminds him of a summer trip he took with his mother, which reminds him of a poem he wrote, which reminds him... To read more of my review, click here.
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Go on a fantasic voyage to discover all kinds of unbelievable, almost magical dramas playing out in--yep--your very own backyard! A gardening family and a pair of chickens bring you on an interesting and fun journey in this informative book. Click here to read my full review.
In a world where vampires are the ruling race and a plague has left the remaining humans at their mercy, living in fear of the Rabids, seventeen year old Allie dreams of day when the humans will rise up and take back all that's been stolen from them. Their freedom, their choice and their lives. She hates vampires with a vengeance but when she suffers a vicious attack one night at the hands of Rabids, she's faced with a choice, die or be "Turned"?
Once again, Julie Kagawa has written an amazing book that is nothing like I expected! It's a book about finding hope where all hope seems lost and seeing people for who they really are.
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It all starts with a set of 400 year old letters. Add to that the death of a close friend. Sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself off on a search to get behind the secrets hinted at in a set of letters she'd been translating. What she finds will have her question everything she knows and loves. This is one smart, lush tale that will keep you up late at night following Nora as she searches for the truth behind the mysterious Lumen Dei.Click here to read more
By: Kimberly Pauley
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It's 1963, and in the small town of Medley, Cully Pennyacre's summer is about to get more complicated than he ever imagined possible. With his dad on a world-traveling hiatus and his family's apple farm losing financial ground, Cully takes on an apprenticeship that ends up adding more to his life than just a little extra cash. Click here to read my full review.
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How do dinosaurs make cookies? The only way they know how--with scratch-and-sniff cookie scents throughout! These classic, bestselling characters from Jane Yolen and Mark Teague are through eating dinner and they are ready for dessert! To read more of my review, click here.