Jeremy Johnson Johnson has a secret: he can communicate with the dead. And one ghost in particular, Jacob Grimm of Grimm Brothers fame, has chosen to stay close to Jeremy to protect him from the growing evil invading the town of Never Better. Aided by Grimm’s ghost and best friend Ginger, Jeremy might be the only one who can defeat the monster hiding in the town’s midst.
In his debut novel for teens, author and filmmaker Ransom Riggs mixes vintage photographs with fiction to create a fantasy story both unique and mesmerizing. Jacob loves to look at the old photographs and listen to his grandfather’s strange stories of orphaned children who lived on a mysterious island. Through magic or fate Jacob discovers the island and its’ odd inhabitants.
The Testing might satisfy readers of The Hunger Games series who are looking for the next dystopian read. Meet Cia, just turned 16 and graduated from high school in remote Five Lakes Colony. She finds herself selected for The Testing and is on her way to Tosu City.
Nate is a hilarious, misunderstood, small-town guy with big-city dreams. When he gets the opportunity to audition for E.T.: The Musical in New York, he takes it! However, he conveniently forgets to mention his whereabouts to his parents, and a comical adventure ensues. A must-read for fans of the TV show Glee.
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time, all by girls named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend, Hassan, to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his nineteen failed relationships.
This is the first book of the Wildwood trilogy. Prue McKeel's life is ordinary until her baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it. But Prue and her friend Curtis dare to enter and uncover a world of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and dark figures.
In this two book set, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang tells the compelling story of the Boxer Revolution from two very different perspectives. In Boxers, Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy, begins the rebellion with inspiration from Chinese gods in order to rid the Chinese people of oppressive westerners. In Saints, Vibiana, a Chinese girl taken in by Christian missionaries, tries her best to protect the only people who have shown her kindness when the rebellion turns violent.
The first book in the Finishing School series, Etiquette & Espionage is set in an alternate England of 1851. Spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. Fans of mysteries, historical fiction, and steampunk won’t want to miss this one!
Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast. And its stars-17-year-old Chevie Savano, a quasi-disgraced FBI agent (of sorts), and Riley, the reluctant young assassin of the title, are every bit as dynamic as Artemis and Holly. After a bungled mission, Chevie has been sent to London where she is "babysitting a metal capsule," which she learns is one end of a wormhole to the year 1898.
Tragedy changes Elmgrove with the murder of two teenage girls. This Baltimore suburb in which the book is set, believes Cheryl's ex, a ne'er do well named Buddy was the killer, but Nora, who is friends with the victims, has her doubts. This story is closely based on true events that happened in the author’s neighborhood in 1956.