Category Archives: New Young Adult Books

Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance

 by Jennieke Cohen

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: with an older sister happily wed, and the future of her family estate secure,  she has few obligations and ample opportunity to while away her time in the fields around her home.  But Vicky’s comfortable, idyllic life is overturned, and she must quickly marry–of find herself and her family destitute.  Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, Vicky enters society’s season in a flutter of silks, dances, and pretty words.

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Every Stolen Breath

 by Kimberly Gabriel

The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable-random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake.  It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.  After a close encounter with the swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works.  Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group.  Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings-and fast- Lia may end up the next target.

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Crying Laughing

 by Lance Rubin

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows:  She’s hilarious.  It might be a long wait, though.  After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself.  Well, to herself and her dad.  Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe.  Maybe he’s even…flirting?

Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS.  That is…not funny.  Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing.  And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants.  But is it what he needs?

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In The Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery

 by diana Peterfreund

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students–are left stranded on campus with their headmaster.  Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory, and it’s very clear his death was no accident.  With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder.

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The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

 by Sherry Thomas

CHINA 484 A.D.

All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight.  Then a messenger from the Emporer arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders.  Mulan takes up her sword and joins the army.

Thanks to her martial arts skills, she is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling–But the princeling has secrets of his own.  As they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond, Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past, unmask a traitor, and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion…before it’s too late.

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Becoming Beatriz

 by Tami Charles

Set in New Jersey in 1984, Beatriz’s story is a timeless one of a teenager’s navigation of romance, gang culture, and her own family’s difficult past.

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Maybe This Time

 by Kasie West

One Year. Nine events. Nine chances to…fall in love?  Weddings. Funerals.  Barbecues.  New Year’s Eve parties.  Name the occasion, and Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart.  The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie.  Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew.  Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school.  But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated.  Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all…

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The Last Word

 by Samantha Hastings

London, 1861.  Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite searialized novel has died before completing the story.  Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts.  Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves–and each other–are anything but fictional.

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Hope and other Punchlines

 by Julie Buxbaum

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her.  Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11.  Now, fifteen years later, she is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer incognito at Knights Day Camp.  Too bad, Noah Stern has a similar plan.

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Somewhere Only We Know

 by Maurene Goo

9:00p.m.: Lucky is the biggest Korean pop star on the scene, and tomorrow is her debut on The Tonight Show, hopefully a breakout performance for her career.  She’s in her fancy hotel, and her feet are killing her.  She’s dying for a hamburger.  10:00p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid reporter job that he keeps secret from his high-profile journalist father.  On his way out, he runs into a girl wearing hotel slippers who is determined to find a hamburger.  She looks familiar.  She’s kind of cute.  He’s really curious.  12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

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