Monday, June 3, 2013

New Release Round-Up: June 3-9, 2013

Young Adult

The Moon and More
by Sarah Dessen

Release date: June 4, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 435
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Suggested tags: young adult, romance, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

The Testing
by Joelle Charbonneau

Release date: June 4, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 336
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia

First in The Testing series. From Goodreads:
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

by Melanie Crowder

Release date: June 4, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 144
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Suggested tags: middle grade, dystopia

From Goodreads:
"A mesmerizing debut about a girl, a boy, and a dog struggling to survive in a parched and barren land.

Sarel is a girl with secrets. She knows which tree roots reach down deep to pools of precious water. But now she must learn how to keep herself and her dogs alive. Nandi is the leader of those dogs. She knows they can’t last long without water—and she knows, too, that a boy is coming; a boy with the water song inside him.

Musa is that boy. His talent for finding water got him kidnapped by brutal men, yet he's escaped, running away across the thirsty land that nearly claims his life. And so Sarel, Musa, and the dogs come together in what might be their last hope of survival.

The Quirks: Welcome to Normal
by Erin Soderberg

Release date: June 4, 2013
Available as: hardcover
Pages: 240
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Suggested tags: middle grade, paranormal

First in The Quirks series. From Goodreads:
"Molly and her family have moved around for years. Every time they think they've found a home, one of the Quirks slips up and sends them packing - because the Quirk family is a bit, well, quirky. Each family member has a magical power that makes them unique, and highly unusual. Mom can control minds; Grandpa twists time; Molly's twin sister Penelope has an all-too-real imagination; and Finn is the pesky kid brother -- who happens to be invisible. Then there's Molly, the most unusual Quirk of all. Molly is completely, utterly normal. Molly's greatest desire is to fit in, and she's found the perfect spot: Normal, Michigan. With its cookie cutter houses, welcoming committees, and all-town competitions, it seems like just the place for an ordinary new life. But the Quirks aren't known for fitting in -- especially in a place like Normal..."

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:


  1. There are SOOO many good looking books coming out!

    I want to read 'Confederates don't wear Couture' JUST from the cover. However, I haven't read the first one yet...

    I'm thinking I will have to get them this summer for my school library!


    1. I feel the same way about "Confederates"! I need to read the first one too - I really wanted to when it first came out and I just haven't gotten around to it yet. :/ I bet your students would love having them in the library!

      Thanks for visiting! :)