New Books for Secondary – October, 2011

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Blood sings to blood, Froi . . .
Those born last will make the first . . .
For Charyn will be barren no more.

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home – or so he believes.

Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper.  But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds.  Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess.

And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Gripping and intense, complex and richly imagined, Froi of the Exiles is a dazzling sequel to Finnikin of the Rock, from the internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and The Piper’s Son.

When We Were Two by Robert Newton

Dan had to go,
He felt he had no choice,
but leaving home was never
going to be easy . . .

Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

When they are taken under the wings of a group of would-be soldiers marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie’s journey becomes something quite unexpected.  The experiences they share will shape their future beyond recognition.

 
Goliath: Leviathan Book 3 by Scott Westerfeld

Alek and Deryn are aboard the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pick up an unusual passenger. This brilliant, maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath. It can end the war. But whose side is the inventor really on?

While on their top-secret mission, Alek finally discovers Deryn’s deeply kept secret. Not only is Deryn a girl disguised as a boy … she also has feelings for Alek.

The crown, true love with a commoner, and the destruction of a great city all hang on Alek’s next and final move.

The thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series.

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume.  The more expressive the outfit-more sparkly, more fun, more wild-the better.  But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future.  And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood.

When Cricket-a gifted inventor-steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

 
Metamaus by Art Spiegelman

VISUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY RICH, METAMAUS IS AS GROUNDBREAKING AS THE MASTERPIECE WHOSE CREATION IT REVEALS.

In the pages of METAMAUS, Art Spiegelman re-enters the Pulitzer prize-winning MAUS, the modern classic that has altered how we see literature, comics, and the Holocaust ever since it was first published twenty-five years ago.

He probes the questions that MAUS most often evokes – Why the Holocaust? Why mice? Why comics? – and gives us a new and essential work about the creative process.

METAMAUS includes a bonus DVD that provides a digitized reference copy of THE COMPLETE MAUS linked to a deep archive of audio interviews with his survivor father, historical documents, and a wealth of Spiegelman’s private notebooks and sketches.

Compelling and intimate, METAMAUS is poised to become a classic in its own right.

Brother/Sister by Sean Olin

WILL How many times do I have to say it?
Yes, I see the picture. It’s a body, obviously.
It’s a dead body.
 
ASHELEY You have to understand, I love my brother.
I’m scared of him too, but . . . regardless of what he has or hasn’t done, I feel for him, you know.
 
WILL I don’t care what happens to me, really, I don’t.
But Asheley . . . she had nothing to do with any of this.
 
ASHELEY It’s not like it sounds. He had a good heart.
He trusted me.
And I always did the best I could to help him.
 
WILL It’s not her fault. None of it. Okay then.
The guy in the photo. I killed him . . .
but I had to. I had no choice.
Why?
That’s complicated. That’ll take a while.

Son of Neptune: Heroes of Olympus 2 by Rick Riordan

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a blood-chilling quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Who are the other four mentioned in the prophecy? The answer may lie in another camp thousands of miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea . . .

Eight Keys by Suzanne La Fleur

Before I used it, the key had infinite possibilities.
 
Eleven-year-old Elise feels stuck. Her school locker-buddy squashes her lunch and laughs at her, every day. She doesn’t want to go to school – and her best friend Franklin just makes things worse.

Now I was ready for something to be different. Anything, really.

One day Elise discovers an incredible secret. A secret that might just help her unlock her past, and take a chance on the future.

I decided that tomorrow I would see what that key opened up. It had my name on it, after all . . .

TimeRiders: Eternal War 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 . . .

A time wave has struck that alters the entire history of the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln has followed Liam into the present from 1831 – and now the world is in a dangerous state of limbo . . .
 
If the TimeRiders can’t return Lincoln to the past, the Civil War will never end. Can Maddy persuade two colonels on either side of no man’s land to ceasefire long enough to save the future?

Young Samurai: Ring of Fire

JACK FLETCHER FACES HIS TOUGHEST CHALLENGE YET. . .

After a snowstorm forces him to take shelter, Jack comes across a village in need of protection from raiding mountain bandits. Torn between moving on or helping, Jack is persuaded to stay and fight the villagers’ cause.

But Jack is the first and only samurai to do so. Now he must enlist other warriors to the villagers’ aid before the bandits return to steal their harvest. No easy task when the reward is so little and he is a foreigner. If only he had his friends to call on…

Using the Ring of Fire, can Jack overpower the bandits and win?

Monsters in the Movies by John Landis

Be afraid, be very afraid…a century of cinema nightmare with John Landis

From B-movie bogeymen and outer space-oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by horror film maestro John Landis celebrates the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk or rampage across the Silver Screen. Feast your eyes on a petrifying parade of voracious vampires, flesh-eating zombies and slavering werewolves as Landis explores the historical origins of archetypal monsters.

Filled with the author’s own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of movie-making along with contributions from some of the world’s leading directors, actors and special-effects wizards, the book is stunningly illustrated with over 1,000 movie stills and posters from the unrivalled archives of the Kobal Collection to keep you entertained right until the curtain comes down.


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