Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Exciting NEW Additions Teens and Tweens

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

For more information on Mindy McGinnis and her latest works visit her website.

Metawars: the Dead are Rising by Jeff Norton
Metawars Series Book # 2

At the climax of the first instalment, METAWARS: FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE, Jonah Delacroix led the "Uploaded," the digital dead, from the faltering Metasphere virtual world into the light of the rival Changsphere world.

The Changsphere offers a safe haven for the Uploaded, and with more processing power than the Southern Corner could ever offer, the Uploaded begin to grow, develop, and yearn to be alive again. With the Changsphere offering competition to the Metasphere, more and more avatars take up residency in it. But the Uploaded begin to prey on live avatars, infecting them, and their users, with their personalities and becoming reborn in the real world. The dead are rising.

Now reborn into the real world, the once dead avatars will not let anyone shut down the Changsphere - the source of their rebirth. Meanwhile, Jonah, Sam, and Axel struggle to keep the Metasphere safe from Granger's assault on the Western Corner, which is housed in the old subway lines under New York City. But Jonah struggles with whether they are doing the right thing: in fighting Granger, they face a more dangerous virtual world, where millions of Uploaded now roam freely, stalking users for their virtual avatars and their real bodies.

THE DEAD ARE RISING deals with the unintended consequences of Jonah's actions, and creates a frighteningly plausible future where the digital dead could be stored online and eventually reborn in new bodies.

For more information on Jeff Norton and his latest works visit his website.

Beauty by Robin McKinley

A strange imprisonment...

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast.

For more information on Robin McKinley and her latest works visit her website. 


Discovering Prehistory by Robert Muir Wood

An Inside Look is specially designed to explore the natural forces and amazing technology that shape our universe. Each volume takes readers on a remarkable adventure into an important part of our world. 

Striking, full-color illustrations complement a fact-filled text. Inviting two-page spreads offer many access points for readers to explore intriguing concepts. The abundance of easily understandable, cutting-edge information makes these large-format books invaluable references.

Prehistory. The word itself brings up different images for different people. Perhaps it's the picture of crude cave drawings. Maybe it's the thought of the mighty T. Rex, scouring the earth for its next victim. Whatever the thought, in Discovering Prehistory, young readers will get right to the core of the entire story, from learning how fossils form to how the dinosaurs lived and died, to the varying beliefs of early peoples.

Whether the interest is in dinosaurs or in radiocarbon dating, readers will definitely not be disappointed.