Now that school is out for the summer, you may find that you have some extra time for reading, but don’t know where to start. Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of when new titles will be released:
Miracle by Elizabeth Scott
Pretty Little Liars: Stunning by Sara Shepard
The Golden Lily: a Bloodlines Novel by Richelle Mead
Rapture by Lauren Kate
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Endlessly by Kiersten White
Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure
by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts
Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans
The Kill Order by James Dashner
Wake by Amanda Hocking
The Heroes of Olympus the Demigod Diaries
by Rick Riordan
Over You by Emma McLaughlin
The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 2 by Kenneth Oppel
Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto
Every Day by David Levithan
– Lynn H., Youth Services Specialist
DOPE SICK by Walter Dean Myers
Life is full of choices. If you had it to do all over again, would you make different ones?
Lil J finds himself in trouble after he participates in a drug deal gone bad, which leaves a police officer clinging to life and Lil J holding the gun. As he tries to elude capture by the numerous cops on his trail, Lil J ends up in an abandoned building where he encounters a mysterious man who shows him episodes of his life on a television. In each instance Lil J relives a moment where a choice he made helped to land him in the position he now finds himself. Lil J is forced to come to terms with his choices by the mystery man who constantly asks the question: “If you could take back anything you did, what would it be?” Prolific Young Adult author Walter Dean Myers offers up a novel that is sure to get teens to think about the decisions they make and their consequences.
IF I GROW UP by Todd Strasser
“When you grew up in the projects, there were no choices. No good one, at least.”
If I Grow Up offers a gritty, realistic view of growing up in the inner city where teens face touch circumstances and limited choices. Deshawn, unlike many of his peers, is a good student and obeys his grandmother. He knows that life in a gang or being a drug dealer is not for him, yet his options seem scarce as he struggles to take care of his family. Although at times a bit heavy-handed, the message in this book is clear. Strasser clearly illustrates that without positive role models, support and direction, even the best teen can get caught up in wrong situations. One cannot help but to root for Deshawn as he tries to do the right thing and feel heartbroken when he succumbs to his environment.
JUMPED by Rita Williams-Garcia
Sometimes what you don’t say means more than what you do.
What would you do if you overheard someone saying they were going to jump someone after school and that someone doesn’t have a clue? Would you let them know, or would you stay out of it and not say anything? This is the dilemma Leticia finds herself in when she overhears Dominique announce that afterschool she is going to beat up Trina because she “cut into” her space as she passed by in the hallway. Told in the alternating viewpoints of Leticia, Dominique and Trina, this novel gives readers a frightening and realistic look at teen angst and bullying. Williams-Garcia does a masterful job at showing how the lives of these very different girls connect and how choices can have serious consequences.