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More New Books for the New Year

09.01.09 | Comment?

Here are more of the the latest additions to the YA books (there are others besides these – that’s just how huge our library is).

Bras, Boy, and Bad Hair Days: A Girls’ Guide to Living With Style, by Anita Naik (172 pages) – This books reveals style secrets for teenage girls. It also has sections on dealing with friends, boyfriends, and how to live a green lifestyle.

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady : An Enola Holmes Mystery, by Nancy Springer (234 pages) – Sherlock Holmes’ sister, Enola Holmes, is being hunted by her own brother, all the while looking for clues as to the whereabouts of one Lady Cecily. Evocative of Victorian England, and the third in a series.

First sentence: ‘“We would not be in this deplorable situation,” declares the younger and taller of the two men in the small club-room, “if you had not tried to bully her into boarding school!”

Identical, by Ellen Hopkins (565 pages) – From the catalogue: ‘Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.’ The entire story is told in poetry, which is pretty impressive, given the number of pages.

First sentence: ‘                      When I look into a
                          mirror,
                                               it is her face I see.

Everything Beautiful : A Love Story About the Broken and the Broken-Hearted, by Simmone Howell (278 pages) – Riley Rose would rather be partying with her friend Chloe than being stuck at Spirit Ranch Holiday Camp, and she plans to escape. The camp, however, has too many secrets to ignore. ‘Heathers meets I Shot Andy Warhol‘, according to Publishers Weekly.

First sentence: ‘I am the maniac behind the wheel of a stolen dune buggy.

Jerk, California, by Jonathan Friesen (327 pages) – Sam has Tourette’s Syndrome, so his school is a torment. His stepfather hates him, and the girl he likes never notices him. Until Sam meets an old man who sends him on a road trip where he discovers the truth about his life …

First sentence: ‘“Sam has it. Question is, how bad?”

Necropolis, by Anthony Horowitz (387 pages) – This is the the highly-awaited fourth book in the Power of 5 series, which is about … well, just read the pretty cool official website.

First sentence: ‘The girl didn’t look before crossing the road.

Forever Changes, by Brendan Halpin (181 pages) – Brianna Pelletier, at only eighteen, is a genius at maths and could study wherever she wants. She has cystic fibrosis, however, and she doubts she will make it to nineteen. But after an encounter with a maths teacher she learns to find something to live for.

First sentence: ‘As the warm sunlight faded, there was a faint chill in the breeze coming off the harbour.

Punk Rock Etiquette : The Ultimate How-To Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands, by Travis Nicols (138 pages)[Non-fiction] – This is a guide (as the title suggests) for those creating a band and then touring, with helpful tips, rules and so on. There is a website! And great illustrations – the author is also a cartoonist.

And some more new books, in brief (the catalogue will have a brief synopsis):

The Dust Devils, by Sean Williams (126 pages)
Bonechiller, by Graham McNamee (294 pages)
Feathered, by Laura Kasischke (261 pages)
Junktown Lemmings, by Dugal Parker (352 pages)
Somewhere Else, by Sandra Glover (156 pages)
The Ballad of Sir Dinadin, by Gerald Morris (245 pages) – Book 5 of The Squire’s Tales


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