Monday, July 9, 2012

New Release Round-Up: July 9-15, 2012

Young Adult

The Forsaken
by Lisa M. Stasse

Release date: July 10, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 384
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia

First in The Forsaken series. From Goodreads:
"A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.

Never Enough
by Denise Jaden

Release date: July 10, 2012
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Suggested tags: young adult, realistic fiction, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"From the author of Losing Faith, a novel about two sisters and the eating disorder that threatens to destroy their family.

Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special… even if that means betraying her sister.

But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship —and her sister—before it’s too late?"

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

Eva of the Farm
by Dia Calhoun

Release date: July 10, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 256
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

From Goodreads:
"Twelve-year-old Eva is trying to remain hopeful as banks threaten to foreclose on Acadia Orchard, the apple and pear farm in Washington state that’s been in Eva’s family for generations. Acadia Orchard is long on lovely but short on cash and luck—and things go from bad to worse as one of the fruit crops is ruined, Eva’s parents start bickering, and her baby brother gets very, very sick.

Ever resourceful, Eva turns to her imagination for help. Soon, the importance of poetry and art become clear, not only as valuable means of expression, but also for their ability to connect people in profound and unique ways (and maybe even earn a few dollars).

Told in verse from Eva’s perspective, this is a lush, moving portrait of a family in flux, and the transforming powers of imagination and hope.

The Scorpions Of Zahir
by Christine Brodien-Jones

Release date: July 10, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 256
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Suggested tags: middle grade, adventure

From Goodreads:
"Zagora Pym has always wanted to be a desert explorer. Her father, Charlie Pym, is exactly that, and she's always loved to look over his maps of far away exotic places. One day she'd be trekking through the deserts of Africa and China, discovering hidden treasures from lost tribes. But Zagora would never have guessed that her chance to prove herself would come so soon. Like most adventures, it starts with a mysterious letter. The question is, how will this adventure end?

Zagora's dreams of desert exploration are about to come ture, but are she and her father and brother being followed? And will they ever make it back to civilization?

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:

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