New Books Coming Soon!

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Bonjour, bibliophiles!  Today we are going to take a look at some new Young Adult titles which will soon be finding their way to these very shelves.

Crossed

First up, it’s Crossed, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Ally Condie’s super-popular dystopian YA novel Matched.  We haven’t got our hands on this novel yet, but here is what our fellow book-lovers over at YA Reads have to say about it:

“In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.”

Sounds intense!  You can find out more about Crossed by checking out the book trailer below and reading this interview with author Ally Condie. 

The Scorpio Races

Next up, we are pretty excited about hard-to-spell YA author Maggie Stiefvater’s latest book, The Scorpio Races.  Why, you may ask?  Oh, only because its plot is basically about rideable killer seahorses.  AMAZING.  Here’s a little taste of the action from Stiefvater’s website:

“It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.  At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.  Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.”

Apparently there may even be a film in the works!  Meanwhile, here is the wonderful animated book trailer made by Maggie Stiefvater herself.  Not only did she hand-illustrate it with approximately 8 billion individual drawings, but she also wrote and performed the soundtrack.  What a legend!

Playground

Finally, we were delighted and, to be honest, a little bit perplexed to learn that 50 Cent (yes, that 50 Cent) has written a YA novel.  Apparently it’s kind of about bullying.  Here’s what Amazon has to say:

“Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn’t have much going for him. He’s teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he’s stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz.  Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground – a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention. Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.  This devastating yet ultimately redemptive story is told in voice-driven prose and accented with drawings and photographs, making it a natural successor to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  Loosely inspired by 50 Cent’s own adolescence, and written with his fourteen-year-old son in mind, Playground is sure to captivate wide attention – and spark intense discussion.”
 
We are very intrigued to see how Fiddy stacks up as an author.  If you are also curious about his literary chops, you can have a sneak peek at an excerpt from Playground here, and watch the following interview where he talks to Gayle King about what led him to becoming an author.
 

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