Friday, June 1, 2012

B&N Best of the Month Selections: June 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

by Lauren Kate

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition
Pages: 448
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release date: June 12, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, romance, paranormal, angels

Fourth in the Fallen series. From Barnes & Noble:
"The sky is dark with wings. . . .

Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth.

Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed.

And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

The Fear
by Charlie Higson

Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 384
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release date: June 12, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, horror, zombies

Third in The Enemy series. From Barnes & Noble:
"The sickness struck everyone sixteen and over. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters, and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups who are hungry, bloodthirsty, and not giving up.

DogNut and the rest of his crew, in search of the friends they lost during the fire, set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

by Sara Shepard

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: June 5, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary

Eleventh in the Pretty Little Liars series. From Barnes & Noble:
(BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD if you have not read the previous books in the series!)
"In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four stunningly beautiful girls are haunted by a very ugly past. Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily want nothing more than to forget Alison DiLaurentis, their former best friend who tried to ruin their lives. But someone refuses to let her memory die. A is still out there, lurking in the shadows and digging up the pretty little liars' newest secrets.

Emily's reconnecting with an old flame, one baby step at a time. But is she headed toward true love or another bundle of heartache? Spencer's learning about the highs and lows of campus life on a trip to Princeton. Aria's seeing a whole new side to Noel's dad—and it could drive a wedge between her and Noel. And, for better or worse, Hanna's getting in touch with her inner A.

Secret by secret, lie by lie, the girls get tangled in A's dangerous web. A knows about everything, from their tiniest transgressions to the awful incident in Jamaica. Soon A will have enough ammunition to pull the trigger and end the pretty little liars, once and for all. . . .

Snow White and the Huntsman
by Lily Blake

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 240
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: June 5, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, fairy tales, retellings

From Barnes & Noble:
"A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her."

Middle Grade

The Melting Sea
by Erin Hunter

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition
Pages: 288
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: June 5, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy

Second in the Seekers: Return to the Wild series. From Barnes & Noble:
"Is fate pulling them apart?

Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Yakone trek onward toward the Melting Sea, battling the elements and struggling to move quickly as the ice begins to thaw. Kallik is anxious to reunite with her brother, Taqqiq, and the rest of the bears at her old home—but Toklo and Lusa can't imagine continuing their journey without her.

As they cross the Melting Sea, the foursome encounters Shila, an injured white bear who tells them that a vicious gang of bears is terrorizing others for food and land. Kallik is horrified to discover that her brother has joined these fierce bears. Can the Seeker bears convince Taqqiq to come back to the right side?

The future of the close-knit team is uncertain. As the bears face separating for the first time since their quest began, they struggle with the difficult choice between returning home or remaining with the companions who have become their true family.

Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess
by Rachel Renée Russell

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 368
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: June 5, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

Fourth in the Dork Diaries series. From Barnes & Noble:
"Nikki Maxwell isn’t at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He’s such a sweet guy—of course he wants to help those adorable puppies! Then Brandon tells her that the shelter is in danger of closing, and Nikki knows she can’t let that happen. Especially when she discovers a shocking secret about Brandon that makes keeping that shelter open more important than ever. So Nikki and her friends Chloe and Zoey enter an ice skating competition to help raise money for the shelter, but (big surprise) Mackenzie has to stick her nose in and cause trouble so that she can be the one to swoop in and save the day. No way will Nikki let that happen: She’ll just have to come up with some extra creative ideas this time!"

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