Yet another Macmillan imprint, this one has has quite a few titles of interest to the YA audience in a wide variety of genres.
Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles. Note: this is a middle grade book but it should appeal to the YA audience. Evvy Hoffmeister must leave her family and lose her freedom. Evvy Hoffmeister is thirteen years old when her family brings her to Loon Lake Sanatorium to get cured of tuberculosis (TB). Evvy is frightened by her new surroundings; the rules to abide are harsh and the nurses equally rigid. But Evvy soon falls into step with the other girls in her ward. There’s Sarah, quiet but thoughtful; Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour; and Dina, whose harshness conceals a deep strength. Together, the girls brave the difficult daily routines. Set in 1940 at a time of political unrest throughout the U.S. and Europe, this thought-provoking novel sheds light on a much-feared worldwide illness. Hundreds of thousands of people died each year of TB and many ill children were sent away to sanatoriums to hopefully recover. This is a masterful novel—both eloquent and moving—that gives voice to those who fought hard to overcome the illness. Publication Date: 6.5.12.
37 Things I Love Kekla Magoon. When the world is falling apart, it’s the people you love who hold it together. Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isn’t exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support. Her best friend fails even to notice that anything is wrong and Ellis feels like her world is falling apart. But when all seems bleak, Ellis finds comfort in the most unexpected places. Life goes on, but in those four fleeting days friends are lost and found, promises are made, and Ellis realizes that nothing will ever quite be the same. Publication Date:5.22.2012
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Only her past can save her…and only she can save the future. Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart. Publication Date: 6.5.2012
For What It’s Worth by Janet Tashjian. Welcome to the new music frontier–Laurel Canyon, California. The year is 1971. Quinn, a fourteen-year-old music “encyclopedia,” looks forward to writing his music column “For What It’s Worth,” playing guitar with his band, and hanging out with his first-ever girlfriend, Caroline. But then a draft dodger in need of help shows up, and Quinn is suddenly faced with some tough decisions. If that weren’t enough, Quinn starts receiving cryptic messages from Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix via his Ouija board, and realizes he’s in over his head. Fortunately for Quinn, Caroline helps him get a grip on reality. In her wit-smart style, Janet Tashjian explores a compelling time period through the winning voice of a list-making, music-adoring teen. Publication Date: 7.3.2012
Pizza Love Kathryn Williams. Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance? Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America’s finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame. Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering–fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance. Publication Date:8.21.2012
Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson. A bounty hunter, an untrustworthy daughter, a bad-boy skip, and a road trip that goes horribly wrong. Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle. Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules. Publication Date:10.2.2012
Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman. A teenage girl with a secret advice blog finds herself in need of advice. Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy. It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance. What’s a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life. Publication Date: 11.13.2012
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