Thursday, August 2, 2012

B&N Best of the Month Selections: August 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

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure
by James Patterson

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 368
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 6, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, science fiction

Eighth in the Maximum Ride series. From Barnes & Noble:
"One last chance...
for Max, Fang, and Dylan...

before it all ends.

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.

The Kill Order
by James Dashner

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release date: August 14, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia, survival

Prequel to the Maze Runner series. From Barnes & Noble:
"Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next.

Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there's a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they're determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you're worth more dead than alive.

The Rise of Nine
by Pittacus Lore

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 416
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: August 21, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, science fiction

Third in the Lorien Legacies series. From Barnes & Noble:
(BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD if you have not read the previous books in the series!)
"Until the day I met John Smith, Number Four, I'd been on the run alone, hiding and fighting to stay alive.

Together, we are much more powerful. But it could only last so long before we had to separate to find the others. . . .

I went to Spain to find Seven, and I found even more, including a tenth member of the Garde who escaped from Lorien alive. Ella is younger than the rest of us, but just as brave. Now we're looking for the others—including John.

But so are they.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They caught me in New York—but I escaped.
I am Number Six.
They want to finish what they started.

But they'll have to fight us first.

by Neal Shusterman

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: August 28, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, science fiction, dystopia

Second in the Unwind Trilogy. From Barnes & Noble:
(BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD if you have not read the previous books in the series!)
"Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simltaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular
Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live."

Middle Grade

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
by Tom Angleberger

Available as: hardcover, ebook
Pages: 160
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: August 7, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

Third in the Origami Yoda series. From Barnes & Noble:
"With Dwight attending Tippett Academy this semester, the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are on their own—no Origami Yoda to give advice and help them navigate the treacherous waters of middle school. Then Sara gets a gift she says is from Dwight—a paper fortune-teller in the form of Chewbacca. It’s a Fortune Wookiee, and it seems to give advice that’s just as good as Yoda’s—even if, in the hands of the girls, it seems too preoccupied with romance. In the meantime, Dwight is fitting in a little too well at Tippett. Has the unimaginable happened? Has Dwight become normal? It’s up to his old friends at McQuarrie to remind their kooky friend that it’s in his weirdness that his greatness lies.

With his proven knack for humorously exploring the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school, Tom Angleberger has crafted a worthy follow-up to his breakout bestsellers
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back."

The Demigod Diaries: The Heroes of Olympus
by Rick Riordan

Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 256
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: August 14, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy, mythology

Part of the Heroes of Olympus series. From Barnes & Noble:
What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion...all in one hour or less?

With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.

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