Here are this week’s newly-printed books.
Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer (756 pages) – this is the conclusion of the Twilight seriess, which has proven to be incredibly popular (and is being turned into a film series). Bella Swan is in love with a vampire, and must decide whether she should join him in immortality or remain human in this ’spellbinding romantic epic.’
Climbing the Stairs, by Padma Venkatraman (247 pages) – Fifteen-year-old Vidya lives in India, during WWII, and she and her brother move in with their extended family after her father suffers a brain injury. Here she must become accustomed to a whole new way of life, dictated by tradition and limited by her gender. Will she be able to pursue her dreams?
Write Naked, by Peter Gould (247 pages) – When Victor finds an old Royal typewriter at a yard sale and takes it to his uncle’s isolated cabin in the Vermont woods to attempt to write, he meets up with an unusual girl, and together they explore their concerns about the world, themselves, and each other.
Screw Loose, by Chris Wheat (327 pages) – This is a follow-up to Looselips, set a year later. It follows a very mixed group of Australian high school students, and is “deliciously silly and laugh-out-loud funny”.
Smiles to Go, by Jerry Spinelli (248 pages) – Will Tuppence’s life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends.
The Compound, by S. A. Bodeen (248 pages) – After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
Wyvernhail, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (174 pages) – This is the fifth and concluding volume of The Kiesha’ra series, the story of several races of shape-shifters. Atwater-Rhodes published her first book at the age of 14, which isn’t too shabby, and now, at 24, has written 10 books.
Gone, by Michael Grant (558 pages) – Everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, and those who remain begin to form factions. Some of them begin to develop supernatural powers, and battle lines are drawn. This is the first book in a planned series. (The author is married to K. A. Applegate, who created the Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld, and Barf-O-Rama series, interestingly.)