Monday, June 25, 2012

New Release Round-Up: June 25-July 1, 2012

Young Adult


Dust Girl
by Sarah Zettel

Release date: June 26, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 304
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy, historical fiction



First in The American Fairy Trilogy. From Goodreads:
"Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she’s never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west": California.

Along the way she meets Jack, a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company — there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there’s also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very much aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.
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Secret Letters
by Leah Scheier

Release date: June 26, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 336
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, mystery



From Goodreads:
"Inquisitive and observant, Dora dreams of escaping her aristocratic country life to solve mysteries alongside Sherlock Holmes. So when she learns that the legendary detective might be her biological father, Dora jumps on the opportunity to travel to London and enlist his help in solving the mystery of her cousin's ransomed love letters. But Dora arrives in London to devastating news: Sherlock Holmes is dead. Her dreams dashed, Dora is left to rely on her wits--and the assistance of an attractive yet enigmatic young detective--to save her cousin's reputation and help rescue a kidnapped heiress along the way.

Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this gripping novel heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice in young adult literature.
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Other YA new releases for this week:



Middle Grade


Rebel McKenzie
by Candice Ransom

Release date: June 26, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 288
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction, contemporary



From Goodreads:
"Rebel McKenzie wants to spend her summer attending the Ice Age Kids' Dig and Safari, a camp where kids discover prehistoric bones, right alongside real paleontologists. But digs cost money, and Rebel is broker than four o'clock. When she finds out her annoying neighbor Bambi Lovering won five hundred dollars by playing a ukulele behind her head in a beauty contest, Rebel decides to win the Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department's beauty pageant. Rebel may not be a typical pageant contestant, but how hard can it be? Rebel's dramatic reading about life is the Pleistocene era is sure to blow away the competition. It turns out that winning a beauty pageant is harder than it looks. By the end of the summer, Rebel has learned a thing or two about her true calling that will surprise everyone--most of all, herself."


Flying the Dragon
by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Release date: July 1, 2012
Available as: hardcover
Pages: 240
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction, contemporary



From Goodreads:
"American-born Skye knows very little of her Japanese heritage. Her father taught her to speak the language, but when their estranged Japanese family, including Skye's grandfather, suddenly move to the United States, Skye must be prepared to give up her All-Star soccer dreams to take Japanese lessons and to help her cousin, Hiroshi adapt to a new school. Hiroshi, likewise, must give up his home and his hopes of winning the rokkaku kite-fighting championship with Grandfather. Faced with language barriers, culture clashes and cousin rivalry, Skye and Hiroshi have a rocky start. But a greater shared loss brings them together. They learn to communicate, not only through language, but through a common heritage and sense of family honor. At the rokkaku contest at the annual Washington Cherry Blossom Festival, Hiroshi and Skye must work as a team in order to compete with the best."

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week: