Monday, September 16, 2013

Fun NEW Books for Teens and Tweens Available This Week

Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider Series Book# 8

It's just another day in the life of an average kid. If you're Alex Rider, that is. A con artist has realized there is big money in charity? the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. 

But Alex Rider will face whatever it takes; gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries? to bring down his most dangerous adversary yet.

Crandall’s Castle by Betty Ren Wright

When her uncle decides to buy the Crandalls' old mansion and make it a bed-and-breakfast, twelve-year-old Charli is all for it, at first. She even volunteers to help clean out the dilapidated building. Then strange things begin to happen. Charli hears someone singing--but no one is there. She sees the shadow of a rocking cradle--but there is no cradle. 

And then she hears a baby crying, and crying. . . . 

Something terrible happened in the Crandalls' house many years ago. And it may happen again, unless Charli can figure out how to stop the past from ruining the future .

Happy Birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and you're invited! Bad Kitty's second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information -- and even some suspense! 

Who took Kitty's presents? Why are Kitty's friends so bizzare? 

Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty's feline mood swings, and they'll be touched by the heartwarming visit from a surprise guest.

Poison Island by H.I. Larry
Zac Power Series Book # 1

Mission: Find Formula for Solution X
Enemy: Dr. Drastic
Featured Gadget: SpyPad Turbo Deluxe
Danger Rating: 6.7

Zac Power is on a mission to the world's most dangerous island. He has to track down Dr. Drastic, an evil mad scientist, in a jungle is full of quicksand, piranhas, and poison frogs. No sweat! When you come from a family of spies, you do this sort of thing millions of times before the age of twelve.

But this time is different. Something goes terribly wrong and Zac’s geeky older brother gets kidnapped. Now, Zac only has 24 hours to find the formula for solution X and stop Dr. Drastic…before his brother gets fed to a volcano!

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Princess Academy Series Book # 1

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

Annie Richards knows there are a million things to look out for—bicycle accidents, food poisoning, chicken pox, smallpox, typhoid fever, runaway zoo animals, and poison oak. That's why being careful is so important, even if it does mean giving up some of her favorite things, like bike races with her best friend, Rebecca, and hot dogs on the Fourth of July. Everyone keeps telling Annie not to worry so much, that she's just fine. But they thought her brother, Jared, was just fine too, and Jared died.

It takes a new neighbor, who looks as plain as a box of toothpicks but has some surprising secrets of her own, to make Annie realize that her plans for being careful aren't working out as well as she had hoped. And with a lot of help from those around her—and a book about a pig, too—Annie just may find a way to close her umbrella of sadness and step back into the sunshine. 

Babymouse Monster Mash by Jennifer Holm

IT WAS A dark and scary Halloween. . . .

This year, Babymouse is determined to have the best Halloween costume and the best Halloween party ever. Will Babymouse be the monster of her dreams? 

Will Felicia Furrypaws come to the party? And is that really the creature from the black lagoon living in Babymouse’s locker?

Don't Kill Santa! Christmas Stories by Donald Davis

Over the river and through the woods we go, hoping Grandma doesn't get run over by a reindeer. The words Christmas Pageant probably either make you glow with nostalgia or break out into a cold sweat. 

This collection of stories will make you laugh, make you cry, and answer the eternal question, What the heck is myrrh anyway?