New Books January/February 2011 – Secondary

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more.  So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris-until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.  Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

‘Very sly.  Very funny.  Very romantic.
You should date this book.’
– MAUREEN JOHNSON,
New York Times bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Scarlet Fever

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away.

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her; and more if she’ll let him.

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide . . .

Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling

‘YOU’RE THE LAST OF THE WEREWOLVES.
DON’T FIGHT IT, SON;
EMBRACE IT. CONQUER IT.’

When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator.

When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him.

And when a vicious beast invades his home, his gums begin to tear, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms . . .

Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan’s men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy.

Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him – and master the animal within?

University of Queensland Press

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

An unforgettable new story from the winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal

Two young people, two stories, one country – Sudan.

Home for just long enough to eat, Nya would now make her second trip to the pond.  To the pond and back – to the pond and back – nearly a full day of walking altogether.
This was Nya’s daily routine seven months a year.
Daily.  Every single day.

Salva ran until he could not run anymore.  Then he walked.  For hours, until the sun was nearly gone from the sky.
As Salva walked, the same thoughts kept going through his head in rhythm with his steps.  Where are we going?  Where is my family?  When will I see them again?

This mesmerizing dual narrative by Newbery medallist Linda Sue Park shows us that in a troubled country, determined survivors may find the future they are hoping for.

Teachers’ Notes

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