Wednesday, May 2, 2012

B&N Best of the Month Selections: May 2012

See the full Barnes & Noble Best of the Month Selections for Kids & Teens list here.
See all B&N Best of the Month Selections for Kids & Teens for the year to date here.

Young Adult


Changeling
by Philippa Gregory

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 272
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: May 29, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, fantasy



First in The Order of Darkness series. From Barnes & Noble:
"Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.

Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.

Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.
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City of Lost Souls
by Cassandra Clare

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 536
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release date: May 8, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy, romance



Fifth in The Mortal Instruments series. From Goodreads:
(BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD if you have not read the previous books in the series!)
"The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
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The Enchantress
by Michael Scott

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 416
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release date: May 22, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy



Sixth in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. From Barnes & Noble:
"The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And Danu Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance—how will the legend end?"


Insurgent
by Veronica Roth

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 525
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: May 1, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia



Second in the Divergent series. From Barnes & Noble:
"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
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Middle Grade


Middle School: Get Me out of Here!
by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 288
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 7, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction



Second in the Middle School series. From Barnes & Noble:
"After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He's been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It's more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he's never done before, he's going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe's never known, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down."


Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
by Lincoln Peirce

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 224
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: May 1, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade



Comic in the Big Nate series. From Barnes & Noble:
"Big Nate is awesome!

Did you know that Nate's the star of his own comic strip? Check it out!

Will Nate get away with his master plan? Or will Mrs. Godfrey catch him in the act? Find out what happens next!
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2 comments:

  1. Lot of good books to look forward to.

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