Wednesday, September 30, 2009


New Young Adult books
by Walter Sorrells: A charter plane crash on a deserted island forces a disparate group of teenagers to bury their petty jealousies and cooperate in an attempt to survive.

Nation by Terry Pratchett: A tsunami destroys everything leaving Mau, an island boy, Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, and a small group of refugees responsible for rebuilding their village and their lives.

Daniel X Watch the Skies by James Patterson: A dangerous outlaw arrives in the small town of Holliswood, where everything seems perfect, with the intention of documenting the chaos and destruction he hopes to cause, and Daniel X attempts to stop the powerful villain with a hand-picked team.

Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher: In 1941 Chicago, fifteen-year-old Ruby, a Polish-American girl from the slums, leaves her meat-packing plant job to be a "taxi" dancer, paid a dime apiece to dance with men in a dance hall, and becomes entangled with the mob.

George's Cosmic Trasure Hunt by Lucy Hawking: George is heartbroken when his neighbor Annie and her space-scientist father move to Florida, but when Annie sends him a secret message telling him she has been contacted by aliens with a terrible warning, he joins her in a galaxy-wide search for answers.

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd: In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

The Brother's Torres by Coert Voorhees: Sophomore Frankie finally finds the courage to ask his long-term friend, Julianne, to the Homecoming dance, which ultimately leads to a face-off between a tough senior whose family owns most of their small, New Mexico town, and Frankie's soccer-star older brother and his gang-member friends.

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages: While her father works on the Manhattan Project, eleven-year-old gadget lover and outcast Dewey Kerrigan lives in Los Alamos Camp, and becomes friends with Suze, another young girl who is shunned by her peers. One Book - One Nebraska For Children Selection 2009

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez: Seventeen-year-old Daisy Giordano, daughter and sister of psychics, attempts to help her mother discover who is behind a series of bizarre attacks on teenage girls in their little town of Nightshade, California.

The Calder Game by Blue Balliett: When Calder Pillay disappears from a remote English village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely drawn--his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help his father find him.

The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding: Orphan Catherine "Cat" Royal, living at the Drury Lane Theater in 1790s London, tries to find the "diamond" supposedly hidden in the theater, which unmasks a treasonous political cartoonist, and involves her in the street gangs of Covent Garden and the world of nobility.

When the Black Girls Sings by Bil Wright: Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive girls' school where she is the only African-American student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.

House of Dance by Beth Kephart: During one of her daily visits across town to visit her dying grandfather, fifteen-year-old Rosie discovers a dance studio that helps her find a way to bring her family members together.

Good Enough by Paula Yoo: A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions.

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