Monday, July 16, 2012

New Release Round-Up: July 16-22, 2012

Young Adult

The Unquiet
by Jeannine Garsee

Release date: July 17, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 388
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, thriller

From Goodreads:
"When Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town she hopes it will be a fresh start—a place where nobody knows about her past. At first, everything goes according to plan. She falls in with the popular girls at her new school and falls for the very cute boy-next-door Nate. But River Hills High School has a secret. The ghost of a girl who died back when Rinn’s mom was a student supposedly haunts a hallway. Rinn’s not sure she believes it, but when strange things start happening to her friends, Rinn decides there’s only one way to know for sure. She needs to ditch her bipolar meds and see what the voices are really trying to say... Fans of films like Black Swan will be fascinated by this psychological thriller."

A World Away
by Nancy Grossman

Release date: July 17, 2012
Available as: hardcover, audiobook
Pages: 400
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Suggested tags: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary, Amish

From Goodreads:
"A summer of firsts

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She's never even talked to someone her age who isn't Amish, like her.

A summer of good-byes

When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can't wait to leave behind everything she knows. She can't imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so different from her own.

A summer of impossible choice

Every minute Eliza spends with her new friend Josh feels as good as listening to music for the first time, and she wonders whether there might be a place for her in his world. But as summer wanes, she misses the people she has left behind, and the plain life she once took for granted. Eliza will have to decide for herself where she belongs. Whichever choice she makes, she knows she will lose someone she loves.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

The Friendship Matchmaker
by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Release date: July 17, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 192
Publisher: Walker & Company
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

From Goodreads:
"Lara Zany is known throughout the school yard as the Friendship Matchmaker—kids call on her expertise and follow her hard-and-fast rules to find best friendships. Lara’s documented everything from friendship categories (the BOBF, or Bus Only Best Friend; the TL, or Total Loner; the LBC, or Loner By Choice) to strategies (BJF, or the Bungee Jump Friend; FTFP, or Field Trip Faux Pas). But when new kid in school Emily Wong questions Lara’s methods, the two decide to compete by each finding a TL a best friend. But Lara, an LBC, doesn’t bank on finding her own best friendship in the most unlikely of places. . . .

In the tradition of
Clueless, this reimagining of Jane Austen’s Emma for middle school readers is a funny and heartwarming story of celebrating individuality and finding acceptance."

The Wishing Spell
by Chris Colfer

Release date: July 17, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 448
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy

First in The Land of Stories series. From Goodreads:
"Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:

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