Sunday, July 1, 2012

B&N Best of the Month Selections: July 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


Hide and Seek
by Sara Shepard

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: July 31, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, mystery, thriller



Fourth in The Lying Game series. From Barnes & Noble:
(BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD if you have not read the previous books in the series!)
"My friends and I used to play lying games.

Now my twin sister is living one.

When I was alive, my family seemed picture-perfect. My adoptive parents adored me, and my little sister, Laurel, copied my every move. But now that my long-lost twin, Emma, has taken my place to solve my murder, we’re both learning just how flawed my family really is.

Laurel is shooting Emma nasty looks and sneaking around with my ex-boyfriend. And it turns out my parents are keeping a huge secret—could it be the reason I’m dead?

How far would they go to keep the truth buried? No one can harm me now, but Emma is still fair game. And if she’s not careful, she’ll end up buried, too. . . .

From Sara Shepard, the #1
New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences."

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails and Makeup Ideas For You
by Ann Shoket

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 192
Publisher: Running Press
Release date: July 3, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, non-fiction



From Barnes & Noble:
"When it comes to teen beauty advice, no brand is more trusted than Seventeen, the #1 best-selling monthly teen magazine. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty is a girl's handbook to celebrating her natural beauty. It’s packed with clear, customized service that helps make the most of her skin tone, her face shape, her hair texture, and her style! Each chapter is filled with detailed how-tos, amazing inspiration, and awesome advice from Seventeen’s editors and the Beauty Smarties, our real-girl beauty experts, to help the reader have fun with her look!.

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty is broken down into three main sections: makeup, hair, and a resource guide. Makeup is organized by five beauty vibes—Girly, Boho, Classic, Glam, and Edgy—and shows you how to look great for any occasion (school, weekend, party, date). Each vibe offers exclusive makeup looks from Seventeen’s Beauty Smarties, insider secrets from celeb experts, and an inspiration board filled with runway, red carpet, and real girl ideas. Hair is organized by styles: braids and twists, waves and curls, updos and buns, sleek and straight, and ponytails. Each chapter includes easy-to-do styles for every occasion, a Smarties spotlight, celeb tricks, and an inspiration board. The book ends with comprehensive resource guides to getting clear skin and great nails—and gives detailed info on getting ready for a big event, like prom or sweet sixteen."


I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies
by Pittacus Lore

Available as: paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: July 24, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, science fiction



Part of the Lorien Legacies series. From Barnes & Noble:
"You know we're out there, living among you.

You know we're waiting for our day to come.

You have seen the power of our legacies.

You know this is why they hunt us.

You may think you know our stories.

You are wrong.

We each have our own story.

We know the time has come to share them with you.

Our legacies are your only hope.
"


Insignia
by S. J. Kincaid

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 444
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: July 10, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, science fiction



First in the Insignia series. From Barnes & Noble:
"More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.
"


Middle Grade


The Last Guardian
by Eoin Colfer

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 304
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release date: July 10, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy



Eighth in the Artemis Fowl series. From Barnes & Noble:
(BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD if you have not read the previous books in the series!)
"Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?

New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer will leave Artemis Fowl fans gasping up to the very end of this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series.
"

Big Nate Fun Blaster: Cheezy Doodles, Crazy Comix, and Loads of Laughs!
by Lincoln Peirce

Available as: hardcover
Pages: 224
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: July 3, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade



From Barnes & Noble:
"Big Nate Fun Blaster will rock your socks off! This second Big Nate themed paper-over-board activity book is bursting with awesome NEW activities for Nate fans, including trivia quizzes (How well do you know Nate?), Timber Scout badges, super sudoku puzzles, crackable codes, create your own comix, amazing mazes, poetry slams, ridiculous rhymes, marvelous Mad Libs, and much more. Nate's world pops off the pages with more than 500 black-and-white illustrations . . . that YOU get to help create!"

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