Antici……pation: September 2014

September promises a plethora of amazing sounding books – we may have gone a bit overboard in our list this time! (And possibly we will add more as the month goes on…) Summaries are primarily from (or adapted from) publisher descriptions on Edelweiss.

collage of four book covers

Title: Half a World Away (middle grades)

Author: Cynthia Kadohata

Publisher & Release Date: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Sept 2

The Hook: An angry adopted boy who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when his parents decide to adopt another child.

The Hook: An angry adopted boy who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when his parents decide to adopt another child.

Title: Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Author: Edited by KellyLink and Gavin J. Grant.

Publisher & Release Date: Candlewick, Sept. 9

The Hook: “Predatory kraken that sing with -and for- their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Here you’ll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these and a few monsters that defy categorization, some of today’s top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.

Title: The Iron Trial (middle grades)

Author: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Publisher & Release Date: Scholastic Press, Sept 9

The Hook: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial and enter the Magisterium. But Callum Hunt has been warned by his father to stay away from magic, so he does his best to fail. And fails at that.

Now he’ll enter the strange magic school whether he wants to or not, slowly make friends, and discover secrets he didn’t know existed, about his father, about magic history and about himself.

Title: Blood of My Blood

Author: Barry Lyga

Publisher & Release Date: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sept. 9

The Hook: The conclusion to the I Hunt Killers trilogy! Where we left off–  “Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home is tiny Lobo’s Nod.”

Title: Afterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher & Release Date: Simon Pulse, Sept 23

The Hook: “Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finished her book, faces, critique, and falls in love.

“Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips in the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about.”

Title: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (middle grades)

Author: Julie Berry

Publisher & Release Date: Roaring Brook Press, Sept 23

The Hook: “The students of St. Ethelreda’s School for girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home – unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.”

Title: Firebug

Author: Lish McBride

Publisher & Release Date: Henry Holt & Co., Sept. 23

The Hook: “Ava is a firebug – she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hit men … and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her mother’s death was ordered by Venus – who is now her boss.

“When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably while keeping the murder to a minimum.”

Title: Unmade

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publisher & Release Date: Random House Books for Young Readers, Sept 23

The Hook: The conclusion to the Lynburn Legacy! “Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

“Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility – and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves the most.”

Title: Love is the Drug

Author: Alaya Dawn Johnson

Publisher & Release Date: Arthur A. Levine Books, Sept. 30

The Hook: “Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC’s elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

“Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart. A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus – something about her parents’ top secret scientific work – something she shouldn’t know…”

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