Antici…..pation – February 2015

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The Book: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
The Lay Down: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Feb. 3
Publisher Summary: “Skylar is a trailer-park girl with big dreams. Josh is the combat veteran she never expected to fall for.
“If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating straightedge Skylar from art school is three months of summer… until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.
“Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returned home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.
“What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into a friendship and soon, something deeper.”

The Book: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
The Lay Down: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Feb. 10
Publisher Summary: “The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
“As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
“And she’ll be with the boy she loves—who’s also her best friend.
“But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
“Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
“And now it’s too late to walk away.”

The Book: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The Lay Down: HarperTeen, Feb. 10
Publisher Summary: “Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
“To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.”

The Book:  Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
The Lay Down: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!
“Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.
“As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.”

The Book: Dove Arising by Karen Bao
The Lay Down: Viking Books for Young Readers, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “Shy but brilliant Phaet (“Fate”) Theta has spent fifteen years living a quiet existence in a lunar colony founded by scientists generations before. But when her mother is imprisoned and accused of treason, Phaet must save her sibilings from a grim orphan’s future by joining the Militia, a league of faceless enforcers. To survive Militia training, Phaet must rely on her wits, resilience, and fierce ambition—and on Wes, with whom she feels kinship if not exactly trust. But the higher Phaet climbs through the ranks, the more she discovers the world she’s known is a lie.”

The Book: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Lay Down: Scholastic Press, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
“Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.”

The Book: Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci
The Lay Down: Roaring Brook Press, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “In this thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky.
“After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it’s discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula’s worst enemy.”

The Book: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Lay Down: Scholastic Press, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.
“As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.
“But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?”

The Book: Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
The Lay Down: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!
“Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.
“As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.”

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