[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Teen Scene October 2009

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  • Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 10:11:52 -0400

New and Recently Released!

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd - edited by Holly Black and Cecil 
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Pub Date: 08/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780316008099
ISBN-10: 0316008095
Short Stories. Geeks get a lot of guff for being so devoted to their (often 
admittedly obscure) interests. But, as evidenced by the popularity of the 
broadcasting their geek pride in this collection (click the Table of Contents 
link to check them out), geeks also write bestselling books. Now, the nerdy
have their very own short-story collection in Geektastic, which delves into a 
variety of geekdoms from Star Trek to online gaming to The Rocky Horror Picture
Show, astronomy, cosplay, Comic-Cons, and more. Alternately heart-wrenching and 
hilarious and interspersed with comics such as "What Your Lunch Table Status
Means" and "How to Identify the Living Dead," these 15 stories will appeal to 
anyone with an unbridled passion.
Table of Contents

Just Another Hero - by Sharon M. Draper
Publisher: Atheneum Books
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Pub Date: 06/23/2009
ISBN-13: 9781416907008
ISBN-10: 1416907009
Fiction. It's senior year for the group of friends that readers met in The 
Battle of Jericho and November Blues, and there's a lot going on. Arielle's rich
stepfather is turning out to be a controlling bully; November has returned to 
school after giving birth to Josh's baby; Kofi is MIT-bound but has a disturbing
secret problem; Jack is acting crazy as usual; and a rash of thefts at the 
school has everyone on edge. But no one expects the terrifying situation that
concludes this final volume in the trilogy--and someone will have to step up 
and be a hero. If you like realistic characters and plenty of drama, be sure
not to miss Just Another Hero.
First Chapter

The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon--and Me, Ruby 
Oliver - by E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Pub Date: 07/28/2009
ISBN-13: 9780385904377
ISBN-10: 0385904371
Humorous Fiction. Lovably neurotic 16-year-old Ruby Oliver is still struggling 
to deal with life, boys, and panic attacks in this 3rd book to feature her
(after The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book). She kind of likes her chemistry 
lab partner, Noel, but her friend Nora liked him first. Her ex-boyfriend Jackson
is acting like he might want her back, and both college-boy Gideon and 
soccer-stud Finn seem to be sending romantic signals, too. On top of Ruby's 
with boys and friends, she's been fired from her job at the zoo--and she's got 
a bake sale to run. Complete with quirky wordplay and chortle-worthy footnotes,
this installment of Ruby's painfully hilarious saga is sure to satisfy her fans.
First Chapter
Table of Contents

So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) - by Micol Ostow; 
illustrated by David Ostow
Publisher: Flux
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Pub Date: 07/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780738714714
ISBN-10: 0738714712
Humorous Fiction. Guys in bands get dates. At least, this is Ari Abramson's 
theory, and it's the reason he decides to form a ska/punk band with his charming
but not-so-talented best friend, Jonas, and Yossi and Reena Gluck (Yossi is the 
only person at their Jewish prep school who owns a drum kit, and if he
joins, his sister Reena joins--that's the deal). But just as their group The 
Tribe is becoming popular, tensions among the members and the disapproval
of Ari's demanding parents threaten to rip the band apart. Illustrated 
throughout with enlightening (and hilarious) comic art, So Punk Rock "drums on 
funny bone and reverberates through the heart" (Booklist).
Rebels...with a Cause

Earthgirl - by Jennifer Cowan
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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Pub Date: 03/24/2009
ISBN-13: 9780888998897
ISBN-10: 0888998899
Fiction. After Toronto teenager Sabine (aka "Bean") Solomon gets splattered 
with "McFatty meal" leftovers flung out the window of an idling minivan, she
vaults off of her bicycle and gives the offending driver a piece of her mind. 
Bean's eco-rant against the fast-food flinger soon shows up on YouTube (a
friend recorded the whole incident) and her transformation into a full-time 
eco-warrior begins. This debut novel includes posts from Bean's blog--with
comments!--and crackles with sharp wit and romance. It also provides solid, 
factual information on the state of the environment as well as tips on what
readers can do to protect the planet.

Little Brother - by Cory Doctorow
Publisher: Tor Teen
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Pub Date: 04/29/2008
ISBN-13: 9780765319852
ISBN-10: 0765319853
Fiction. Computer hacker Marcus spends most of his time outwitting school 
surveillance until the day that San Francisco is bombed by terrorists--and he
and his friends are arrested, taken to a secret prison, and brutally questioned 
for days. When they release Marcus, the authorities threaten to come for
him again if he breathes a word about his ordeal; meanwhile, America has become 
a police state where everyone is suspect. For Marcus, the only option left
is to take down the power-crazed Department of Homeland Security with an 
underground online revolution. The Los Angeles Times calls this scary and 
riveting book "pretty freaking cool."
First Chapter

Quaking - by Kathryn Erskine
Publisher: Philomel Books
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Pub Date: 06/21/2007
ISBN-13: 9780399247743
ISBN-10: 0399247742
Fiction. Matt (not "Matilda," and definitely not "Mattie") is a smart-mouthed 
Goth girl who has been shuttled from one foster home to another for years.
She doesn't allow people to get close to her, since in her experience that 
leads to getting hurt. Now she is moving in with yet another foster family,
and they are Quakers who are active in the movement against the Iraq war. Matt 
tends to run from her fears and problems, so she at first thinks her foster
parents are crazy for confronting war supporters in their small town. But when 
the school bully and a fanatically pro-war teacher make a target of Matt,
she may be ready to stand up for her beliefs for the first time ever.

The Gospel According to Larry - by Janet Tashjian
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Pub Date: 11/01/2001
ISBN-13: 9780805063783
ISBN-10: 0805063781
Fiction. Scary-smart high school senior Josh Swensen wants to save the 
world--and to win the heart of his best friend, Beth. He's also got more than 
bone to pick with American culture, which he sees as ridiculously materialistic 
and celebrity-worshipping. So, he starts an anonymous blog (calling himself
"Larry"), publishes "sermons" that rail against corporations' manipulation of 
our lives...and becomes a celebrity whose legions of fans are determined
to uncover his true identity. What's an anti-consumerist philosopher to do? 
Left-leaning activists, fans of realistic characters, and anyone who likes
a fast-paced, provocative read will love this book and will also want to read 
the follow-up volumes Vote for Larry and Larry and the Meaning of Life.
First Chapter
Supernatural Romance

Thwonk - by Joan Bauer
Publisher: Speak
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Pub Date: 06/06/2005
ISBN-13: 9780142404294
ISBN-10: 0142404292
Humorous Romance. When lovelorn 17-year-old A.J. McCreary, a talented 
photographer, is assigned to snap a cover shot for the school yearbook, she 
upon a stuffed cupid who comes to life and offers her his assistance. Despite 
the otherworldly archer's admission that he never quite gets love spells
right, A.J. opts for help in the romantic realm instead of asking for success 
in art or academics, her other choices. Soon, hunky Peter Terris, A.J.'s
longtime unrequited love, can't get enough of her, which is great...right? 
Readers of this hilarious riff on the adage "be careful what you wish for" are
in for one fun and wacky ride through the world of high-school romance.
First Chapter

Need - by Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Pub Date: 12/23/2008
ISBN-13: 9781599903385
ISBN-10: 1599903385
Paranormal Romance. After her stepfather dies unexpectedly, grieving, phobic 
Zara goes to live with her grandmother in chilly, small-town Bedford, Maine.
As she begins to make friends and attract the attention of several local boys 
(including sexy Nick, who runs faster than any human should be able to),
Zara notices something unsettling: she's being followed by a strange man who 
leaves a golden, glittery trail everywhere he goes. To her horror, she learns
that her stalker is a pixie king...and that if he doesn't mate with a queen 
soon, the young men in Bedford will all be in terrible danger. Fans of Melissa
Marr's Wicked Lovely will definitely want to read this creepy, suspenseful, and 
action-packed romance.

Blood and Chocolate - by Annette Curtis Klause
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Pub Date: 08/14/2007
ISBN-13: 9780385904346
ISBN-10: 0385904347
Horror. It's the same old story; a young girl falls in love with a boy her 
mother warns her against--except in this case it's because the boy is human.
Self-assured, beautiful Vivian is a werewolf, and since her father died a year 
ago, the adolescent males in her pack (called the Five) have been in fierce
competition to take his place as its leader. But Vivian blames the Five for her 
dad's death, and is sick of their careless endangerment of the tribe and
their constant fighting. This makes her especially vulnerable to the 
attractions of sweet, sensitive Aiden, a "meat-boy." Can he love her if he 
finds out
what she really is?
First Chapter

Raven - by Allison Van Diepen
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Pub Date: 02/10/2009
ISBN-13: 9781416978992
ISBN-10: 1416978992
Urban Fantasy. High-school senior Nicole has been in love with Zin since the 
first time she saw him dance. But even though Nicole feels a connection between
them--one that helps her deal with her messed-up family life--Zin seems 
determined to keep her at a distance. After she begins performing in Zin's 
group at New York City's club Evermore, however, Nicole learns the startling 
truth about him: he is one of the Jiang Shi, immortals who feed on the souls
of dying humans. Are the feelings that she has for Zin really strong enough to 
last...forever? Twilight fans who can handle something a bit grittier will
appreciate the tantalizing romance in Raven, and dance aficionados will love 
the detailed descriptions of the dance group's moves.
Don't judge a book by its movie!

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Brashares, Ann
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Pub Date: 09/01/2001
ISBN-13: 9780385729338
ISBN-10: 0385729332
As they part for the summer, four friends, Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, 
embark on a journey of self-discovery when they decide to share an old pair
of worn jeans that were purchased from a thrift shop and form the Sisterhood of 
the Traveling Pants.
First Chapter
Eragon - Paolini, Christopher
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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Pub Date: 08/01/2003
ISBN-13: 9780375826689
ISBN-10: 0375826688
When fifteen-year-old Eragon comes to learn that he is a gifted Dragon Rider, 
he realizes that his destiny is to fight the evil powers that will bring 
destruction to the Empire and so leaves his quiet life as a farm boy to succeed 
in his one true mission in life, in a deluxe edition which includes a foldout
map, an expanded pronunciation guide, and an excerpt from the next book in the 
First Chapter

I love you, Beth Cooper - Doyle, Larry
Publisher: Ecco
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Pub Date: 05/01/2007
ISBN-13: 9780061236174
ISBN-10: 0061236179
Recklessly announcing his love for the head cheerleader during his 
valedictorian commencement speech, Denis Cooverman is inducted into the wilder 
side of
youth culture by the object of his affection, who turns out to be more than he 
bargained for. A first novel.
First Chapter
Watchmen - Moore, Alan
Publisher: DC Comics
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Pub Date: 11/12/2008
ISBN-13: 9781401219260
ISBN-10: 1401219268
As former members of a disbanded group of superheroes called the Crimebusters 
start turning up dead, the remaining members of the group try to discover
the identity of the murderer before they, too, are killed.

Coraline - Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russel
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Pub Date: 07/01/2008
ISBN-13: 9780060825430
ISBN-10: 006082543X
Graphic novel edition!  Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a 
mysterious door in her new home and into a world that is similar, yet 
different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to 
save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

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