New Books March 2011 – Secondary

Twelfth Grade Kills: The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd Book 5 by Heather Brewer

Vladimir Tod
NORMAL TWELFTH-GRADE STUDENT? OR POWERFUL VAMPIRE?

Vlad’s running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him only weeks to live, and that’s if the Slayer Society doesn’t kill him-along with all the citizens of Bathory-first. Then there’s the issue of Vlad’s father, who may or may not be still alive after all these years. Oh yeah, and that tiny little devil in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race.  So much for college applications.

In this epic finale to Heather Brewer’s heart-stopping Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become new enemies, and warm blood will run cold.  Just be careful it isn’t yours.

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the upcoming prom. Scholarship student, Lizzie Bennett, can neither afford nor is interested in designer dresses and shoes, but her best friend Jane is; especially as her crush, Charles Bingley, is returning from a semester in the UK.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend Will Darcy, who’d snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie, either, and she assumes it is because her family has no money. But if Will Darcy is such a jerk, why does Lizzie find herself so drawn to him?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Darcy’s prejudice keep them apart, or will they overcome their mutual distrust and accept their attraction? Elizabeth Eulberg has created a delightful modern-day romp through the well known parlour rooms of Jane Austen’s world, it is a love story to entertain and engage as much now as then.

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

IN HER DREAMS HE’S SEDUCTIVE, CHARMING AND UNDOUBTEBLY DANGEROUS . . .Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, but when a devastatingly handsome boy appears at her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at his slightest glance.

Theia does not understand why she dreamed of Haden Black before they met, by as the Haden of both the day and the night beckons her forward, Theia knows she cannot resist him – even when she discovers what he truly is; and even if the cost of that knowledge is her soul.

 . . . IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO FALL

Valley of Blood and Gold by Tony Palmer

‘I’m a daughter of my homeland.  We’re Irish. It’s all we need to know.’
‘This isn’t Ireland, Niamh.’ Kilkenny Pat cut through her words. ‘It’s a new country.
Even the English aren’t English here.’

It is 1854 and Ballarat is teeming with miners, dreamers and rebels. On the eve of the Eureka Stockade battle, Fintan Donovan is fighting private battles of his own. Torn between his Irish upbringing and his friendship with an English boy called Matthew Ward, Fintan must make a stand. Will he be dominated by the hatreds of the old world or will he find a new way to live in the new country?

Vivid and powerful, The Valley of Blood and Gold evokes a moment in history that is entrenched in Australian national heritage.

Gladiator: Fight for Freedom by Simon Scarrow

This is your new home. Forget your past lives. All that remains is to learn how to fight and survive.

Rome, 61 BC

Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior.

But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father’s old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free.

Yet, unbeknown to him, Marcus is hiding a life-threatening secret. And if the Romans discover it, there will be no escape…

The Queen’s Lady by Eve Edwards

Surrey, England, 1584When Lady Jane Rievaulx begins service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled at the court’s newest arrival . . . Master James Lacey.

Despite her previous courtship with his older brother, James is the man she truly loves. And for his part, he cannot deny his fascination with her. However, James is setting sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins.

BUT WHEN LADY JANE ID FORCED into a terrible situation by her own family, there is only one man to save her. Will Master James return to his lady ­- before it’s too late?

Time Riders: The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow

LIAM O’CONNOR should have died at sea in 1912.
MADDY CARTER should have died on a plane in 2010.
SAL VIKRAM should have died in a fire in 2026.

But all three have been given a second chance – to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history . . .

In 1994 British computer hacker Adam Lewis finds his name in a coded manuscript that is almost one thousand years old. How did Adam’s name get in there . . . and why?

Confronted by Adam in 2001, the TimeRiders travel back to Sherwood Forest in 1194 to discover the origins of the ancient message. But when a strange hooded man appears interested in the same thing, they begin to wonder what terrible threat this cryptic link from the past holds for the future . . .

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