Friday, July 27, 2012
Enthralling Summer Reads for Teens and Tweens
(Belles Series #1)
Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she’s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn’t go so well.
Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn’t thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and, in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing that lurk beneath their classmates’ Southern charm, a secret is unfolding that will change both girls’ lives forever.
(Grisha Trilogy #1)
Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, the one thing she could rely on was her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’re sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.
When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. Ripped from everything she knows, she is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the one person with the power to destroy the Fold.
Swept up in a world of luxury and illusion, envied as the Darkling’s favorite, Alina struggles to fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But as the threat to the kingdom mounts, Alina uncovers a secret that sets her on a collision course with the most powerful forces in the kingdom. Now only her past can save her . . . and only she can save the future.
(Bloodlines Series #2)
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
(Order of Darkness Series #1)
Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.
Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.
Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.
(For Darkness Show the Stars Series #1)
Inspired by Jane Austen's "Persuasion"
It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.
(The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series #1)
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
(Across the Universe Series #2)
Trapped on board the spaceship Godspeed, Amy trusts no-one.
The ship's ruler is dead and a rebellion threatens. Amy wants to help Elder as he tries to take charge, but she's torn between her feelings for him and the chaos that's pulling everything apart. As more harrowing discoveries are made about Godspeed, Amy is caught in a desperate race to unravel its secrets. Only one thing is certain.
They have to get off this ship.
(Alex Rider Series #1)
They told him his uncle died in a car accident. Fourteen-year-old Alex knows that's a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle's windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6--Britain's top secret intelligence agency.
Recruited to find his uncle's killers and complete his final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6 assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong.
These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious—and identical—overnight. It's up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him.
Zane Guesswind has just killed his grandfather, or so he believes. So he steals the 1969 Plymouth Barracuda his long-gone father left behind and takes off on a manic trip to his mother’s grave to kill himself. Armed with a six-pack of Mountain Dew, a jumbo pack of Sharpies (for scribbling all over the dashboard), and a loaded gun in the trunk, he’s headed to Zanesville, Ohio, with no rearview mirror and no more worries. On the way, he meets Libba, a young hitchhiker who shares his destination, and other mystic and mysterious characters.
With each encounter, and every mile marker he passes, Zane gets farther from the life he knows — but closer to figuring out who he really is.
(Sucks to be Me Series #1)
Mina Hamilton's parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They're vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina's more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she's being forced to take.
How's a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck--literally?
Lucy Moon is the kind of girl who loudly supports animal rights - during hunting season. She wears a woven cap made of hemp in support of third world workers. Lucy Moon is the kind of girl who spots injustice and isn't afraid to fight it.
So when two of her classmates are caught sledding on Wiggins Hill and the local paper refuses to report it - or the role of Ms. Ilene Viola Wiggins, richest woman in town, in the arrest - Lucy begins a campaign to fight against corruption in her hometown - and for sledding rights on Wiggins' hill.
(The Sunken Kingdom Series #4)
AN EXPLOSION WAKES Asa and Rollo in the middle of the night. It’s their enemy, the evil emperor Flood, destroying the homes of innocent people in his search for the two royal children! In order to protect the people around them, Asa and Rollo know they must leave and search out the man they have been avoiding all along. They sail the invisible ship Northseeker to Flood’s stronghold, Castle Crag.
If they are lucky, they will find their mother and father in the castle’s dungeons. But one thing they know for sure—it’s time for a final showdown with Flood!
(Eerie, Indiana Series #4)
Many of Marshall's possessions--his old sneakers, his homework, his just-finished model kit, the papers from his paper route, even the gum from under his desk at school--all start disappearing into thin air. He and Simon suspect a strange new kid at school, and set a trap.
But the truth is more than even they have suspected: Marshall's stuff is headed for the future.
Miley and her best friend Lilly have a major falling out when Lilly doesn't ask Miley to join the flag football team. Their friend Oliver decides the best way for the girls to work it out is to talk, so he handcuffs the two of them together-then accidentally loses the key!
Plus, when Miley and Lilly start their first day at Seaview High, everything is going great-until Miley receives a text from someone who knows her secret identity! Spotlight editions are printed on high-quality paper and with reinforced library bindings specifically printed for the library market.
(High Seas Adventures Series #1)
There was once a village bred by evil. On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wreckage; dead sailors' tools and trinkets became decorations for their homes. Most never questioned their murderous way of life.
Then, upon that pirates' shore crashed the ship The Isle of Skye. And the youngest of its crew members, 14-year-old John Spencer, survived the wreck. But would he escape the wreckers? This is his harrowing tale.
(Eerie, Indiana Series #8)
A mysterious painting leads Marshall and Simon on the trail of an artist who learned how to put real life into her work.
In the Eerie Museum, Marshall and Simon admire a beautiful painting of a girl named Alice Prophet standing in a flower garden. But when they come back to look at it the next day, the lovely garden is now threatened by storm clouds, and Alice seems to be scared of a sinister shadow to one side. Nobody seems to notice except the boys.
They find out that the real Alice Prophet learned how to put things from the real world into her paintings -- for good. The boys suspect that may have included Alice herself, now trapped inside her own painting.
(Hall Family Chronicles Series #6)
The new bike isn't pretty...
Not like the slick, red, twenty-one-speed bike that was stolen the very night Eddy had received it as a birthday present. The bike that Prince Krishna sent is old-fashioned and has a wicker basket -- the kind of bike no self-respecting boy like Eddy would be caught dead riding. Soon, though, Eddy doesn't care how the bike looks, because it has the ability to travel in ways he never thought possible -- in the fourth dimension. Eddy can't wait to take the ride of his life, visit important dates in history, and find a way to bypass exam week. But trips through time can have unpredictable results, and they're not always without danger...
Rescue Me by Alice Alfonsi
(That's So Ravven Series #2)
Raven is totally psyched about her date with an older guy. So what if her parents don't approve? But the date goes horribly wrong when Mr. Hottie turns out to be Mr. Not-tie.
Plus, when Raven's big mouth leads to a parent- teacher conference, Raven disguises herself as her mother in an attempt to keep her parents out of the picture.
(American Girls Collection #2)
Samantha Parkington is a bright Victorian beauty being raised by her wealthy grandmother in 1904. Samantha's stories describe her life during this important period of change. Her own world is filled with frills and finery, parties and play. But Samantha sees that times are not good for everybody. That's why she tries to make a difference in the life of her friend Nellie, a servant girl whose world is nothing like Samantha's.
Samantha sets up her own school to teach Nellie how to read. But Nellie teaches Samantha some important lessons, too.
(Animal Ark Series #29)
This newest Animal Ark title will provide cozy reading for animal lovers everywhere. With sales of over 6 million books worldwide, the Animal Ark franchise is a hit with young readers.
A wild tabby cat has turned up in Welford and Mandy is worried. The poor cat is about to have kittens, and she has no one to look after her. Bill Ward, the postman, comes to the rescue, allowing her to live in his garden shed. But the tabby isn't the only cat in the neighborhood having kittens -- and some of the kittens need extra-special care.
Will Mandy be able to help the kittens -- and their mothers?