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Summer Sneak Peeks Part II – Middle Grade & Young Adult

March 2, 2012

We’re back with Part II of our Summer Sneak Peeks, today we’re featuring some of our Middle Grade and Young Adult titles that will be in your bookstores and libraries this Summer.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

In the Kingdom of Goredd, humans and dragons have been at peace for 40 years, though it is an uneasy alliance. Dragons live in human cities in a human form, though they must wear bells to identify themselves. They  are treated as second class citizens and considered by many humans to be untouchable. There are forces at work on both sides to tip the balance, banish dragons from the realm and start another war. Into this world is born Seraphina, an unlikely half-human half-dragon girl who straddles both worlds once her origins are made clear.  Rich, imaginative and literary, Rachel Hartman has created a new dragon mythology that teens and adults will want to delve into. –Deanna

The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau, illustrations by Jason Beene

Max lives in a normal village, normal except on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays everyone stays safely in their homes, doors locked and windows shuttered, strange and unpredictable things happen Wednesdays. On this particular Wednesday Max looks out the window and sees something, something this curious boy can’t resist looking into….So begins a wacky, perilous adventure. Will their sleepy little village and Max ever be the same again? Read and find out. -Kate

Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger


Loved this book! The story of a young girl named Precious Bones growing up in the Everglades in 1949, the book addresses racism, war, greed, and the human condition in compelling story. “Bones” is a delightful heroine, innocent and thoughtful, curious and caring. With her best friend, Little Man, Bones solves the murders of two men involved in Everglades land development. Love the non-PC touches — Mama smokes Lucky Strikes, and Bones swabs her face with a rag dipped in a can of DDT kept by the door before she heads out to the swamp.  –Trish Brown, Hooray for Books!

 Lies Beneath by  Anne Greenwood Brown

I picked this book up because the description of a family of “murderous mermaids” hooked me instantly. What I imagined would be a quick summer beach read turned out to be so much more: a well-written blend of fantasy, romance and horror. I loved this book and can’t wait to see where book two picks up next spring.  If you’re getting weary of vampires, angels and fairies, you will enjoy this new aquatic addition to the fantasy genre! –Erin

One Moment  by Kristina McBride

What if you couldn’t remember that one moment?  The moment everything changed?  And what if everyone was counting on you to remember?  Because you are the only one that knows what really happened?  Author Kristina McBride raises serious questions among her characters after a tragic death strikes the tight knit group.  They quickly realize that they aren’t as close as they thought they were, and secrets begin to rise to the surface.  Tense, gripping and also very sweet, this is a great read for 14+ girls. –Nic

 Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Guitar Notes is an utterly charming story of friendship and love between two unlikely teens who find eachother through music. She’s a straight A, classical musician and he’s the bad-boy guitar player whose mom had confiscated his guitar. He borrows a guitar and can use a practice room at school, but he has to share it with her on alternate days. Nothing will go awry, right? Au contraire, our hero and heroine immediately butt heads and communicate initially through snarky notes and eventually in person. I won’t give away the story, suffice to say it left me smiling. Perfect for younger and older teens, and grownup readers too. –Kate

Thanks for joining us and we hope we’ve given you plenty of new releases to look forward to this Summer. Please share your thoughts with us in our comments section.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 2:28 pm

    They all look good, but Precious Bones catches my eye. It sounds great!

  2. March 3, 2012 12:27 am

    Oh my goshhhh so many great-sounding books I want to read them ALL


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