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  • Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush

    Peter Lourie, Wendell Minor

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Here is a compelling middle grade nonfiction tale of how one classic writer drew upon a rugged life of adventure to create works of literature, punctuated by stunning black-and-white art by Wendell Minor and illustrative photographic material.Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold―the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold. A Christy Ottaviano BookA Junior Library Guild Selection"The numerous archival photos add a greater perspective of the time. Copious back matter, including information on First Nations of the area, provides more facts about London’s journey. Rich in details for social studies and language arts." ―Booklist, starred review"Lourie’s captivating tale of the grueling experiences behind London’s crystalline prose testifies to his endurance." ―Publishers Weekly
  • Secret Soldiers: A Novel

    Keely Hutton

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Over a quarter million underage British boys fought on the Allied front lines of the Great War, but not all of them fought on the battlefield―some fought beneath it, as revealed in this middle-grade historical adventure about a deadly underground mission.Secret Soldiers follows the journey of Thomas, a thirteen-year-old coal miner, who lies about his age to join the Claykickers, a specialized crew of soldiers known as “tunnelers,” in hopes of finding his missing older brother. Thomas works in the tunnels of the Western Front alongside three other soldier boys whose constant bickering and inexperience in mining may prove more lethal than the enemy digging toward them. But as they burrow deeper beneath the battlefield, the boys discover the men they hope to become and forge a bond of brotherhood. Secret Soldiers is another stunning story of strength, perseverance, and love from Keely Hutton.This title has common core connections.
  • Teen Hyde: High School Horror

    Chandler Baker

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    High school meets classic horror in this YA contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.Welcome to Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying. Cassidy Hyde is NOT having a good year. Her boyfriend cheated on her, killed her best friend's date during homecoming, and was then murdered in turn by a serial killer―and that's not even counting that one thing that no one knows about. (But Cassidy doesn't like to think about that.) The point is, anyone in her situation would be a little depressed by recent events, and you can't blame a girl for needing a little bit of help. That's where Sunshine comes in. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like everything is good and she's the golden girl once again. A little memory loss feels like a small price to pay to get her life back. And the fact that boys are once again going missing (boys who Cassidy does NOT want to remember) has NOTHING to do with anything! Right? Thus begins Chandler Baker's Teen Hyde, a standalone volume in the High School Horror series.Praise for Teen Hyde:"Improves on the solid scares of Teen Frankenstein, making this new and topical for any teen collection." ―Booklist"The revenge story is unmatchable for drama." ―The BulletinPraise for Teen Frankenstein:"A dose of atmospheric horror." ―Publishers Weekly"There's a lot of humor―especially in Adam's not-too-successful attempts at imitating teen behavior. Tor is a prickly, unintentionally abrasive character whom some readers will find downright refreshing." ―Kirkus Reviews"This offers some scares as well as a strangely compelling protagonist. Recommend to fans of Shelley’s original and teens ready for more intrigue than R. L. Stine’s Fear Street series has to offer." ―Booklist"In this trilogy opener, Baker takes the essence of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; throws in heaps of high school drama; mystery, and murder; and then sets it in the small town of Hollow Pines, TX." ―School Library Journal
  • The King's Questioner

    Nikki Katz

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    From Nikki Katz, the author of The Midnight Dance, comes The King's Questioner, an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.Kalen is a mental picklock, able to access a person's memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown. But when Kalen's estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus's mind, Kalen saves his life―and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.
  • When Life Gives You Demons

    Jennifer Honeybourn

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A smart and funny young adult novel from the author of Wesley James Ruined My Life, Jennifery Honeybourn, about a girl who fights demons for a living.Some people have school spirit.Shelby Black has real ones.Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy―a Catholic priest―has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own. High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time. But Shelby knows how to keep a secret―even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it’s all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her―even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.Praise for When Life Gives You Demons:"Despite the dark topic, the tone is light and Shelby's first-person narration is comical. A rapid-paced read with plenty of action that may appeal to fans of paranormal fiction." ―School Library Journal Praise for Wesley James Ruined My Life:"Everything readers expect and want from a lighthearted summer teen romance. . .Pitch-perfect." ―School Library Journal
  • Shadow State

    Elyse Brayden

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Elyse Brayden’s Shadow State is a pulse-pounding young adult thriller that tackles homeland security, government conspiracy, and obsessive love, with a final-page plot twist you’ll never forget.What Brynn Caldwell can’t remember might get her killed.Brynn is a promising science student recovering from a major setback: Last year, a bad relationship sent her spiraling into depression. But as she puts the pieces of her life back together, a few don’t fit. Soon Brynn starts having flashbacks―hazy memories of being abducted and possibly brainwashed. It’s all connected to a wonder drug to treat PTSD that might actually be the ultimate weapon: a tool to control people’s memories. And Brynn can’t trust the people who know the truth―her best friend turned enemy, her genius scientist mother with a secret, and Brynn herself, whose memories might all be lies. Now, to stop a possible terrorist attack, Brynn has to uncover what she’s been forced to forget―and learn what side she’s really on.An Imprint BookPraise for Shadow State:"Suspenseful, with a relatable but unreliable narrator and a gripping premise." ―Booklist
  • Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over

    Shani Petroff

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A bad storm, two cancelled flights, trapped with the guy who broke her heart…Shani Petroff delivers laugh out loud comedy and unforgettable disasters in this highly relatable comedy of errors about a teen stuck in an airport with her cheating ex. Flight delayed. Send help. Not him.After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, Mother Nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled―including Sari's. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev! When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice―she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, author Shani Petroff looks at both heartbreak and forgiveness in her latest YA comedy of errors, Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over.Praise for Shani Petroff:"It’s light as powdered sugar and just as sweet." ―Booklist on My New Crush Gave to Me"Will delight romance lovers with its fast pace and humorous tone." ―School Library Journal on Romeo and What’s Her Name
  • The Game Can't Love You Back

    Karole Cozzo

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Bitter sports rivalries and swoon-worthy romance intertwine, in Karole Cozzo’s classic enemies to lovers young adult story where two former nemeses blur the lines between love and hate. Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's learned to focus on one thing and one thing only―being the best pitcher she can be. But when a freak accident forces her school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher―especially to a girl. As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Game Can’t Love You Back follows Eve as she is forced to join a new baseball team and contend with the insufferable (and cute) rival pitcher.Praise for The Game Can't Love You Back:"Cozzo's twist ending is to be applauded. A strong addition to any young adult library, especially where sports fiction is needed." ―School Library JournalPraise for How to How to Say I Love You Out Loud:"A budding romance with family drama and a feel-good ending.” ―School Library Journal
  • All Is Fair

    Dee Garretson

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A young lady is pulled out of school and into a secret wartime mission with a dashing American spy in Dee Garretson's YA historical mystery, All Is Fair.Lady Mina Tretheway knows she’s destined for greater things than her fancy boarding school, where she’s being taught to be a proper English lady. It’s 1918, and war is raging across Europe. Unlike her father and brother, who are able to assist in the war effort, Mina is stuck sorting out which fork should be used with which dinner course. When Mina receives a telegram that’s written in code, she finally has her chance to do something big. She returns to her childhood home of Hallington Manor, joined by a family friend, Lord Andrew Graham, and a dashing and mysterious young American, Lucas. The three of them must band together to work on a dangerous project that could turn the tide of the war. Thrilled that she gets to contribute to the war effort at least, Mina jumps headfirst into the world of cryptic messages, spycraft, and international intrigue. She, Lucas, and Andrew have to work quickly, because if they don’t succeed, more soldiers will disappear into the darkness of war.Praise for All Is Fair:“I love the writing style and you capture the era so very well. I love it so far and I can't wait to read more. Definitely a yay!” ―Bookish Worm, Swoon Reader“You have a great voice and engaging style. I like Mina already.” ―Linda D., Swoon Reader
  • Flight Risk: A Novel

    Jennifer Fenn

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Flight Risk is Jennifer Fenn's debut young adult novel inspired by true events, about a teenage boy who has stolen―and crashed―not one, but three airplanes. And each time he’s walked away unscathed.Who is Robert Jackson Kelly? Is he a juvenile delinquent? A criminal mastermind? A folk hero? One thing is clear: Robert always defies what people think of him. And now, the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal and land a plane. Told as an investigation into Robert’s psyche, the narrative includes multiple points of view as well as documentary elements like emails, official records, and interviews with people who knew Robert. Ultimately, Flight Risk is a thrilling story about one teenager who is determined to find a moment of transcendence after everyone else has written him off as lost.This action packed thriller is a perfect read for young adult fans of adventure, heist stories, and fact-based fiction.Praise for Flight Risk:"Debut author Fenn tells a multilayered story of identity, ambition, and societal expectations as she chronicles the misadventures of Robert Jackson Kelley. . . . Inspired by the true story of the so-called Barefoot Bandit, this story moves slowly but steadily through the years, building a larger-than-life aura around Robert." ―Publishers Weekly"The exciting third act . . . is rife with police chases, vacation-home burglaries, and, of course, plane crashes." ―Kirkus Reviews
  • Romeo, Juliet & Jim: Book 1

    Larry Schwarz, Iva-Marie Palmer

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Two are star-crossed--but three are unscripted in Larry Schwarz and Iva-Marie Palmer's Romeo, Juliet & Jim, book 1 of this YA trilogy.Romeo and Juliet seem to have it all. They are heirs to the two greatest and oldest fashion houses Paris has ever seen, the rival houses of Montague and Capulet. They live in stunning mansions, attend glamorous parties, count celebrities and supermodels among their closest friends. Yet the one thing they want most they can’t have―each other. Juliet is tired of a clandestine relationship. She wants to run off together and escape. Enter Jim, a mysterious American who swoops in and befriends the young lovers. But who is Jim, really? Once Romeo and Juliet find out that their new friend has his own troubling connections within their world, all three of them have a lot to figure out. And with all that's at stake, there's more--Juliet and Jim are falling in love. Can Romeo win back his lover's heart? Or will Juliet and Jim rewrite the ending of the world's most famous love story?A Christy Ottaviano Book
  • Love Is Both Wave and Particle

    Paul Cody

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    This achingly beautiful YA debut by Paul Cody considers how to measure love when it has the power to both save and destroyLevon Grady and Samantha Vash are both students at an alternative high school for high-achieving but troubled teens. They have been chosen for a year-long project where they write their life stories and collect interviews from people who know them. The only rule is 100% confidentiality―they will share their work only with each other. What happens will transform their lives. Told from the perspectives of Levon, Sam, and all the people who know them best, this is a love story infused with science and the exploration of identity. Love Is Both Wave and Particle looks at how love behaves in different situations, and how it can shed light on even the darkest heart.Praise for Love Is Both Wave and Particle:"[A] series of first-person narratives from the teens’ parents, classmates, and counselor . . . offer varied perspectives on Sam and quiet, handsome Levon Grady, who is “maybe somewhere on the broad spectrum of Asperger’s,” as he puts it. . . . Part romance, part psychological study, adult author Cody’s first book for teens thoughtfully conveys Sam and Levon’s complex mental states, the evolution of their relationship, and their journeys of self-discovery." ―Publishers Weekly