YA Today: A History Renewed

A History Renewed (The Mercer Legacy #2)
by Leslie Deaton
Paperback, 304 pages
June 30th 2012
Published by Leslie Deaton Books
ISBN 1475291647 (ISBN13: 9781475291643)

SYNOPSIS:

    “Lyla Mercer is back, and this time she not only has to face the consequences of her actions the night of the battle, but she must learn to do it alone.

    After Lyla discovers the truth about her family’s dark past, she knows her life will never be the same. Her move to Salem revealed a history plagued with secrets and a future full of danger. Lyla is a witch, and the Mercers aren’t the only witches living in the small town. There are others, some allies, some enemies; and one unfathomably evil man who is hunting them all. Fearing their own extinction, the witches unite, ready to defend themselves, but when Lyla breaks the coven rules, she finds herself forced to face her hunter alone.”

LEARN MORE AT: http://www.amarkedpast.com

About the Author:
Leslie Deaton is originally from just outside Dayton Ohio where she grew up in a creaky old farm house. As an avid writer and English major she spent her free time reading great books and writing nonsense in her journal at coffee shops. After decades of reading young adult novels, she dreamed up Lyla Mercer and created A Marked Past. She currently lives outside of Washington D.C., with her husband, three dogs, and all her books. A Marked Past is her first novel.

YA Today: Zoe Letting Go

Zoe Letting Go
by Nora Price
Hardcover, 272 pages
June 28th, 2012
Published by Razorbill
ISBN 1595144668 (ISBN13: 9781595144669)

SYNOPSIS:

    “It’s not a hospital, a spa, or an institution. That’s what they told me- that’s what the brochures promised.

    But no matter what the brochures promised, Zoe finds that Twin Birch is a place for girls with a penchant for harming themselves. Through journal entries and letters to her best friend, Elise, she tries to understand why she was brought there, and how she could possibly belong in a place like this. But Zoe’s letters to Elise remain unanswered. She wonders why her best friend would cut her off without a word, reliving memory after memory of their beautiful, rocky, inescapable friendship. But everyone has secrets–including Zoe. And as her own fragile mental state hangs in the balance, she must finally learn to come to terms with what happened before she’s able to let go.”

LEARN MORE AT: http://noraprice.tumblr.com

About the Author:
Nora Price is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her debut YA novel is “Zoe Letting Go”, to be published by Razorbill in June 2012.

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YA Today: My Life in Black and White

My Life in Black and White
by Natasha Friend
Hardcover, 304 pages
June 28th, 2012
Published by Viking Juvenile
ISBN 067001303X (ISBN13: 9780670013036)

SYNOPSIS:

    “Lexi has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi’s face goes through a windshield. Now she’s not sure what’s worse: the scars she’ll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she’s much more than a pretty face.”

LEARN MORE AT: http://www.natashafriend.com/

About the Author:
A writer and full time mom, Natasha (Tasha, Tash) Friend has taught at the Brearley School in New York City and Ecole Bilingue in Cambridge. She also served as Director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Her writing has appeared in “”Family Fun”” magazine and “”Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul.”” Tash lives in Connecticut with her husband and two little boys.

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YA Today: Smart Girls Get What They Want

Smart Girls Get What They Want
by Sarah Strohmeyer
Hardcover, 352 pages
June 26th 2012
by Balzer + Bray
ISBN 0061953407 (ISBN13: 9780061953408)

SYNOPSIS:

    “Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

    Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

    These friends are determined to show that smart girls get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for….”

LEARN MORE AT: http://www.sarahstrohmeyer.com/

About the Author:
Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of fifteen novels one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became a Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT. Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA™. Her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Turkish, Taiwanese and a bunch of others. Her first young adult novel, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT, will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, on June 26, 2012.

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YA Today: Secret Letters

Secret Letters
by Leah Scheier
Hardcover, 336 pages
June 26th 2012
Published by Hyperion Book
ISBN 1423124057 (ISBN13: 9781423124054)

SYNOPSIS:

    “Inquisitive and observant, Dora dreams of escaping her aristocratic country life to solve mysteries alongside Sherlock Holmes. So when she learns that the legendary detective might be her biological father, Dora jumps on the opportunity to travel to London and enlist his help in solving the mystery of her cousin’s ransomed love letters. But Dora arrives in London to devastating news: Sherlock Holmes is dead. Her dreams dashed, Dora is left to rely on her wits—and the assistance of an attractive yet enigmatic young detective—to save her cousin’s reputation and maybe even rescue a kidnapped heiress along the way.”

LEARN MORE AT: http://www.leahscheier.com

About the Author:
Leah Scheier was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. As a child, she was inspired by her favorite authors, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis to dream up tales of adventure and romance. Now grown up with daughters of her own, Leah works as a pediatrician and continues to create new stories. Leah and her family divide their time between Atlanta, Georgia and Modiin, Israel.

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