Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fun New Titles for Teens and Tweens Available This Week

The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories Series Book # 2

After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.

Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret by Liz Kessler
Emily Windsnap Series Book # 4

Follow the siren call to Emily's magical new adventure Can the spunky half-mer girl pass Neptune's test--and help humans and merpeople get along? 

Emily Windsnap is finally enjoying a swimmingly peaceful life on Allpoints Island, hanging out with her mermaid BFF, Shona, and her new friend Aaron (half-merperson like herself ). But their idyll is cut short when Emily learns that the Windsnaps and friends must return to their old home in Brightport, where construction projects are threatening a secret mermaid community under the sea. Neptune's mandate? No less than an interspecies intervention to bring merpeople and humans together, a task the imperious god feels the mixed Windsnap family is well suited for. 

There are just a few snags for Emily, however, like dealing with old nemeses Mandy and Mr. Beeston, figuring out her feelings toward Aaron, and untangling a high-suspense mystery related to a group of legendary lost sirens.  
Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler
Emily Windsnap Series Book # 5

Strange storms are blowing up from the ocean, caused by the nightmares of Neptune, King of the Sea. Convinced that his dreams herald an approaching threat, Neptune enlists half-mermaids Emily Windsnap and Aaron for a top-secret mission to find and eliminate the source of the trouble. But Emily and Aaron quickly get in over their heads in the frigid waters of the frozen north. 

Deep within an alpine lake where magical reflections show what could be rather than what is, the two discover a trove of stolen memories and Neptune’s darkest secret. 

The One With All the Hair by Wendy Mass
Twice Upon a Time Series Book # 1

There are two sides to every story -- even fairy tales. A he said/she said series with a prince and princess twist.

Rapunzel is having the ultimate bad day. She's been stolen from home by an evil witch, locked in an incredibly high tower, and doesn't even have a decent brush for her hair. Prince Benjamin is in a pretty uncomfortable situation himself. His father wants him to be more kingly, his mother wants him to never leave her sight, and his cousin wants to get him into as much trouble as possible. Plus, there's the little matter of prearranged marriages. . . . Both Rapunzel and Prince Benjamin are trapped--in very different ways. It's only when their paths cross, that things really start to change.

Hand of Fate by Dotti Enderle
Fortune Tellers Club Series Book # 5

A car accident prevents Anne from going to cheerleader camp and possibly winning the Cheerleader of the Year Award. This odd twist of events provokes the Fortune Tellers Club to explore the cause of the accident. 

Using astrology and other fortune telling techniques, the girls discover a strange connection between Anne and a woman she's never met. As the club gradually unravels the tangled web of fate, Anne learns shocking news about herself. Anne can't help asking if fate forced her to miss cheerleading camp. And, if so, why? 


Daisy for President by Marci Peschke

It is time for student council elections and the fourth grade president is also the student body president. 

Madison likes to be the boss, so shes decided shes going to be president! The rest of the grade doesnt think that would be a good idea. Min, DeShaye, and Blanca have decided Daisy should runwill Daisy win? 

Or will dirty politics ruin the election?

Liberty Porter, First Daughter: New Girl in Town by Julia Devillers

In New Girl in Town, Liberty is settled in at the White House but off to a rough start at her new school.

It’s hard being the new girl, especially since she has to bring along a bodyguard. 

And do the other kids only want to be friends because she’s the First Daughter?

Green Algae and Bubble Gum Wars by Annie Bryant
Beacon Street Girls Series Book # 13

Meet the Beacon Street Girls...They're real, they're fun-they're just like you! 

Science isn't exactly Maeve's favorite subject, but she's still excited to be going to the Sally Ride Science Festival at MIT with her hunky tutor, Matt. Sure, the BSG and her annoyingly brilliant younger brother are going as well, but it's still almost kind of a date, isn't it? 

The festival gives the BSG a super idea-an environmental science fair at Abigail Adams Junior High. But plans for a bubble gum factory nearby put Avery and Katani on opposite sides of an environmental issue-and Avery finds herself in a bubble gum war with the Queens of Mean!

Indie Kidd: Oops, I Lost My Best(est) Friends by Karen McCombie
Indie Kidd Series Book # 2

There's no way Indie Kidd would ever want to be without her best(est) friends, Soph and Fee. Indie knows how much fun it is having friends, so she gets to work on the very important project of helping her stepbrother Dylan make some best friends of his own. 

The trouble is Indie's so busy improving Dylan's image, that she's hardly had time for Soph and Fee. Now they're freezing her out and Indie feels like she's lost her best(est) friends. And ouch that hurts!
Fiona Finkelstein, Big Time Ballerina by Shawn Stout

Sometimes Fiona Finkelstein's life seems to be a lot like a TV show -- everywhere she goes, there's a lot of drama. That's what being nine in Ordinary, Maryland, is like when your dad is the chief meteorologist for the local TV station, your mom lives in California and stars in a soap opera, and your little brother thinks he's a superhero. But right now, life is even better than TV, because Fiona Finkelstein has a chance to become what she's always dreamed of being: a big-time ballerina. There's just one problem: In her last recital, Fiona starred as the unforgettable Fiona VOMITstein -- all over the stage, and all over Benevolence Castles's can-can costume.

Can Fiona overcome her fears so that she can finally be a big-time ballerina in the local holiday production of The Nutcracker? Or will she remain the only one in her family who has the flat-out worst case of stage fright ever?

Mr. Klutz is Nuts! by Dan Gutman
My Weird School Series Book # 2

Never before has school been this mixed up--or this much fun

Principal Klutz was hanging upside down from the school flagpole. He kissed a pig on the lips and painted his bald head orange.

And now he wants to bungee jump off the roof of the school dressed as Santa Claus.
My Best Frenemy by Julie Bowe

Ida May finally fits in at school after becoming best friends with Stacey Merriweather, who is universally liked by their classmates. But then Ida?s frenemy, bossy Jenna Drews, brings in a game of truth or dare, and all the girls are suddenly daring one another to misbehave. When Ida finds herself in the principal?s office, she?s scared into ratting out her friends and gets freezed out of the group. 

The only way she can fix things is to take a triple-dog dare: letting one of the girls pierce her ears. 

Will her BFF come to her rescue, or is this the perfect job for a frenemy? Packed with fourth-grade jealousies, problems, misbehavior, and consequences, this third book about Ida May stands on its own.
Ms. Coco is Loco! by Dan Gutman
My Weird School Series Book # 16

Something weird is going on

It's Poetry Month And Ms. Coco, who runs the gifted and talented program, is poetry crazy. 

She cries when she sees a sunset. She thinks boys should have feelings She talks in rhyme. All the time. Will A.J.'s life ever be normal again?
I Got a “D” in Salami by Henry Winkler
Hank Zipzer Series Book # 2

It's report card day-the most dreaded day in Hank's school year. And when Hank gets his grades, they're his worst nightmare come true: a D in spelling, a D in reading, a D in math. 

After school, Hank and his friends go to his mom's deli. His mom is on the prowl-she knows a report card day when she sees one. Hank tries to stall her, but she's going for his backpack. He's cornered. Hank hands the report card off to his friend Frankie, who gives it to his friend Ashley, who gives it to Robert, who puts it into a meat grinder! Hank watches as his Ds are ground into a big salami, and this particular salami is being made for a very important client. 

How will Hank get out of this one?
Tell Me Who by Jessica Wolloman

Want to know the name of your future spouse? Try tarot cards, Ouija boards, or . . . the Who-Meter! When Molly and her best friend, Tanna, discover an antique machine that reveals their future husbands, news spreads fast! Now every kid in their class is lining up for an appointment. 

Knowing the future is fun at fi rst, but when things get sticky, Molly wonders if the unknown is preferable to discovering too much too soon. 

This fast and fun novel is perfect for Valentine's Day and everyone who has ever wished for a glimpse into the future.
Who Stole Halloween by Martha Freeman

Eleven-year-old sleuths Alex and Yasmeen are on the trail of a serial catnapper. Halloween is the first cat to go missing. One by one more cats from the neighborhood disappear. 

It's rumored that a ghost is responsible. 

Will he strike again? It's up to Alex and Yasmeen to find out before Halloween is gone forever!
The Lucky Lottery by Ron Roy
A to Z Mystery Series Book # 12

Dink and his pals Josh and Ruth Rose solve mysteries in the fun and wacky new series for the Stepping Stone line. 

When Dink writes to his favorite mystery writer, Wallis Wallace, inviting him to visit Green Lawn, he's amazed when the author accepts. But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. 

The police think he's just missed the plane--but Dink suspects foul play.

Double-Dare to be Scared by Robert D. San Souci

What’s creepier than being lost in the woods all alone? How about being lost in those woods, and sensing that you’re not alone?

Robert D. San Souci, popular author of Dare to Be Scared, has spun another thirteen masterful tales to keep nightlights burning across the country.  


The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin
Candle man Series Book # 1

Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . .

But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift. 

A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever. 

Somebody's Girl by Maggie de Vries

Martha knows she is adopted, but she's well-loved and popular, at least until her mother gets pregnant and she feels her parents' attention start to shift. 

Upset and confused, Martha lashes out at--and loses--her friends. She also makes no secret about her annoyance at being forced to do a school project about sturgeon with Chance, a difficult boy whose foster parents are family friends. To add insult to injury, Martha's birth mother announces that she is getting married and moving away. 

Now Martha isn't number one in anybody's life. When her mom goes into labor prematurely, Martha realizes that she needs to figure out a way to be a better friend and daughter, and a great sister.
Politically Incorrect by Melissa Morgan
Camp Confidential Series Book # 23

When Tricia Bennett, the First Daughter of the country's first "green" president, arrives at Walla Walla, Natalie is assigned to show her the ropes. 

Walla Walla is going green this summer, so Tricia should fit right in. But when a national newspaper shows up on camp grounds and finds a pile of used Styrofoam containers behind the girls? Somehow Natalie gets the blame. 

And you'll never believe who the culprit is!
Seeing is Deceiving by H.B. Gilmour

Without even trying, Cam and Alex have started reading people's minds, using magick on the soccer field. It's bringing them closer together, but it's forcing Cam and her best friend, Beth, apart. Beth has been hanging with Helping Hands, a group that's all about doing good things. 

Only Helping Hands seems to be real shady. When Alex sneaks out to the group's all-night party, she suddenly finds Beth and herself in terrible danger. Thanatos, the evil one who wants the twins eliminated, has taken Beth hostage. Must Alex sacrifice herself to save her sister and friend?
A Whirlwind Vacation by Nancy Krulik

Katie can't wait to go on a European vacation with her family! She's so excited to see new things and learn how people in other countries live. But she realizes that traveling abroad is harder than she thought, especially when you don't speak another language! 

And to make matters worse, the magic wind appears four times—turning her into a Buckingham Palace guard, a flamenco dancer in Spain, a gondola driver in Venice, and an artist in Paris! 

Will Katie be able to handle this vacation chaos?!
Oh, Baby! by Nancy Krulik 

Katie and Suzanne want to see the new big movie, Tornado, but neither of their parents will let them.

As Suzanne complains loudly about always being treated like her baby sister, Katie actually becomes Suzanne's baby sister, Heather. When Katie is Heather-she speaks. 

Find out how Katie gets out of this one!
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Shoes Series Book # 1

Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. 

But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it's going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice! Pauline is destined for the movies. Posy is a born dancer. 

But practical Petrova finds she'd rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette. Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.