BookExpo America: LBYR Summer Titles

Little Brown for Young Readers is a part of the Hatchett Book Group and if you have never had the *cough* pleasure of going through their catalogs consider yourself blessed.  In their new release catalog you’ll find reprints mixed with paperback releases years old books beside sequels.  Not only that but they list titles available from other HBG imprints so half the time you don’t even know which division to call to try and order the book you want.  Absolute nightmare to navigate.  Currently, their fall electronic catalog is being “fixed” so they are kindly sending me a hard copy.  Until that arrives, here are some good choices from the May-August lineup.  BEA Exhibit Booth 3632


Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi.  In this companion novel to the award-winning Ship Breaker, refugees Mahlia and Mouse have avoided the violence that plagues the cities devastated by environmental disaster. But when they’re hunted by soldiers, will Mahlia flee to her own safety or try to save Mouse, the boy who once saved her?  In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man–a bioengineered war beast named Tool–who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible. Publication Date: 5.1.2012


Revived by Cat Patrick.  As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.  A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined.  Publication Date: 5.8.2012


Lost Girls by Ann Kelley.  No parents. No rules. No way home. Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn’t be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand with her fellow Amelia Earhart Cadets-the daughters of the men and women stationed there during the Vietnam War. But when a strong current deposits the girls on what their boatman calls the “forbidden island,” things take a turn for the worse: A powerful storm comes to destroy their campsite, the smallest of the junior cadets is found dead, and their boatman never returns. What once seemed like a vacation in paradise has become a battle against the elements.  Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie’s journal, Lost Girls is a page-turning, heart-pounding adventure story about a group of teen girls fighting for their lives. Publication Date: 7.10.2012


Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown.  Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation. Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.  With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.  Publication Date: 7.10.2012


Sequels to watch for:


Other:  These books are published under the Poppy Imprint of HBG but have also turned up in the LBYR catalog.  Since, as of this post, Poppy doesn’t have its own exhibitor booth at BEA you may want to watch for these while scoping out the ones above.

Last princess by Galaxy Craze.  Happily ever after is a thing of the past.  A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.  When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope-and love-once more.  Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become . . .The Last Princess.  Publication Date: 5.12.2012

Snow White and the Hunstman (Movie Novelization) by Lily Blake.  A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.  Publication Date: 6.5.2012




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