While at the Penguin offices on Thursday visiting the lovely Dial editors Alisha and Kate, I was able to snag a copy of their January-April 2010 catalog! I was so engrossed with it on the train back, I nearly missed my stop! I'll share some of the books in it I am looking forward to the most.
Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman
I love this cover!
Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama
Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.
Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.
Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.
Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham
I'm always a fan of historical fiction (in my opinion, there's not enough of it in YA), and I like how quilting is an influential aspect of the novel.
A young girl sets out to save her sick mother and records her adventures in quilt pieces.
Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong.
But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won’t help. That’s when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic—leave Gee’s Bend for the very first time. Mama needs medicine that can only be found miles away in Camden. But that doesn’t stop Ludelphia. She just puts one foot in front of the other. What ensues is a wonderful, riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town.
Set in 1932 and inspired by the rich quilting history of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Leaving Gee’s Bend is a delightful, satisfying story of a young girl facing a brave new world.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
February 23rd, 2010
Cannot wait for this one as well! It sounds so fascinating! It was originally published in the UK (where it is a bestseller). Here's the description from AmazonUK:
Incarceron – a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology – a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber – chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here.
In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison – a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device – a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born ...
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
March 9th, 2010
This looks to be one of the most promoted books next spring--its cover is the catalog's cover as well! And it looks oh so good as well! I was able to snag a copy while I was at Penguin, and it is very tempting to drop all of my other books and read it right now!
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.
This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.
The Line by Teri Hall March
I have to admit, this is probably the one read I am looking forward to the most! You all know about my soft spot for futuristic novels, right? or maybe "soft spot" isn't the way to describe it..."insatiable need" is more apt! Either way, I cannot wait for The Line!!
Set in the near future, THE LINE chronicles the adventures of fifteen year old Rachel Quillen. Since her father died in a war, Rachel and her mother, Vivian, have lived in relative isolation on a place called The Property. It's the home of Ms. Moore, a taciturn woman who makes her living growing orchids. She hired Rachel’s mother as a housekeeper, even though she sensed Vivian was in some sort of trouble. Ms. Moore couldn’t be too picky, for there are reasons that good help is hard to find when you live too near the Line.
The National Border Defense System is an impenetrable barrier intended to protect the Unified States from invasion. Because of an impending attack, construction of the System had to be rushed, and the last section—called the Line—was built inside the U.S. border. When it was hastily activated, it created a permanent division between those lucky enough to be on the U.S. side and those who were not. Families were ripped apart, lovers separated. The territory left unprotected became known as Away; the abandoned unfortunates who survived the enemy attack became the Others. Over the years frightening stories circulated about the Others, stories about strange abilities and evil intentions. The Line became a place to avoid.
For Rachel, the activation of the Line is just a history lesson; it happened long before she was born. Life on The Property has been good, if rather dull, and the Line is just something that has always been there. But things are about to change in ways she never imagined and suddenly the world outside The Property—a world of government control and corruption, where people without power or influence have few choices—begins to intrude.
Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
I loved, loved, loved Taken by Storm, so I cannot wait for Angela's next novel! It's described as a "tragic romance", which means I'll be crying probably as much as I did in Taken by Storm! Click here to read all about it on Angela Morrison's website. It's a very sweet story of how this novel came about.
AND--Taken by Storm is coming out in paperback in February with a new cover. I am a little disappointed because I adored the hardcover cover, but the paperback one is really pretty as well. It's very different from the hardcover, making it hard to compare the two, but I think everyone will like it!
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
My catalog says that this will be out in April, but I talked to Richelle yesterday and she said it got pushed back to summer! Bummer! Though I feel kind of silly saying that since I haven't even read Blood Promise yet! There is a description, but I refuse to allow myself to read it in case there are spoilers in it! The cover is really pretty, even though it does look similar to the first edition cover of Frostbite. Nonetheless, exciting! I love the Vampire Academy series!
My Boyfriend's Dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall
This looks like a cute read!
True love is like a good dog—it comes when you need it the most. Bailey Daley might not have found true love just yet, but it’'s not for lack of trying. She has a string of ex-boyfriends—and their dogs—to prove it. Bailey’s been raised to believe in true lasting love—and to wait for it. Along her path to love—and three boyfriends later—Bailey discovers that the things she was taught to believe are the things she really believes, too: it’s worth waiting for that one true love, the guy has got to believe in God, and he’s got to love her for who she is.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
April 6th, 2010
Is there anyone who isn't excited for this book? Both of these authors are great writers on their own--I'm really excited to see what they've come up with together! And the cover is awesome! (I don't think it's officially out yet, so I am going to err on the side of caution and just leave it at that.) It's the story of two guys, both names Will Grayson, who have never met and how their paths cross. It is sure to be fantastic!
The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
This looks really good (and sad)--it's so unique.
Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend.When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal she left behind. But he is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.
For Keeps by Natasha Friend
I love this one's cover! It's so pretty! And I think I may have mentioned my strange fascination with dysfunctional family stories? Yeah, this one is calling to me!
For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It’s been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that’s how Josie likes it. Until one day, in the pet food aisle of Shop-Co, they run into the parents of Paul Tucci, Kate’s high school boyfriend—the father Josie has never met. If Mr. and Mrs. Tucci are back in town, it’s only a matter of time until Paul shows up. Suddenly Josie’s mature, capable mother regresses to the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie’s on the verge of having her first real boyfriend, while her free-loving best friend, Liv, begins yet another no-strings-attached fling. When Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci, she finds herself questioning what she’s always believed about her parents—and about herself. In FOR KEEPS, Natasha Friend tells a fresh, funny, smart story about what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.
Willow by Julia Hoban
Willow is coming to paperback in March! This is very exciting! Not only is Willow one of my favorite books, but Julia is such a sweet person! I love how they are keeping the original cover too!
Scott Westerfeld's books Peeps, The Last Days, and So Yesterday have gotten a facelift! They're a bit more urban and edgier than the originals. Unfortunately, I couldn't find pictures of them online, so you'll just have to trust me--they're cool.
So many books for next year, and this is just ONE publisher...I am going to be very, very busy!