New Books for Secondary – December, 2011

Legend by Marie Lu

Once known as the western coast of the United States, the Republic is now a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies.

Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy.  Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country, she is being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest circles.

Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal.  But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths-until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.  Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June tries desperately to avenge Metias’s death.

But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full on nonstop action, suspense, and romance, Marie Lu has written an exhilarating first novel that is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Vampire Academy Ultimate Guide

Love and Loyalty Run Deeper than Blood . . .

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic.  Her best friend Rose Hathaway is a dhampir: a guardian whose blood is a powerful blend of vampire and human.  Rose’s life id dedicated to protecting Lissa from the dangerous Strigoi-the fiercest vampires, who will stop at nothing to make Lissa one of them.  Over the course of six books, love will blossom, hearts will be broken, and lives will be lost.  But through it all, Rose and Lissa’s friendship will never surrender . . .


  • Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the totally addictive world Richelle Mead has created
  • Find out the real history of St. Vladimir’s Academy
  • Explore the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa’s unusual friendship
  • Discover even more illicit secrets about Rose and Dimitri
  • Quiz yourself to find out how much you really know about VAMPIRE ACADEMY

Features exclusive behind-the-scenes stories from author Richelle Mead along with everything readers need to go even deeper into the characters and lore of Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice . . .

Girl’s Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler

She’s learning to be happy . . . on her own.

Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground.  She’s got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn’t there to take care of everyone, they’d probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she’s lost her footing.  Suddenly she’s doing things she never would have a few months earlier: jumping around in a chicken suit for a part-time job, competing against her ex-boyfriend for a scholarship to study birds in the Galápagos, and falling for a guy who’s encouraging her to leap from her old life . . .and fly.

PRAISE FOR KRISTEN CHANFLER’S DEBUT NOVEL, Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me

‘Beautifully written and thought-provoking.’
School Library Journal

‘An engaging story of self discovery.’

‘A lively drama, saturated with multifaceted characters and an environmental undercurrent.’
Publishers Weekly

The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing edited by John Ross

A selection of our finest writing about the mystery and majesty of the Australian bush.

Since settlers and explorers first started recording their experiences of the Australian bush, is has loomed as large in our imaginations as in our landscapes.  Sometimes dark and forbidding, sometimes lush and beautiful, this terrain and the people who venture into it fascinate us and draw us in.  The exploration of our forests and outback is the source of some of our favourite stories.

In The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing, prolific writer and editor John Ross has collected tales about the bush from all over our wide land.  Richard Flanagan pays homage to the ‘golden wood’ industry of Huon pine in Tasmania, Henry Lawson journeys by train from Sydney to Bourke, A.B. Facey works the land on Western Australian frontier, and Miles Franklin describes the menace of the fauna in the countryside of her childhood.

Full of adventure and peril, joy and longing, The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing is so rich and evocative that you will be able to smell the foliage and feel the crunch of sticks underfoot.

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