YA Today: Poison Tree

Poison Tree (Den of Shadows #8)
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Hardcover, 272 pages
July 10th 2012
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0385737548 (ISBN13: 9780385737548)

“Alysia Marks certainly isn’t an optimistic idealist, convinced that the world would be a better place if everyone learned to get along. So how did she end up at the SingleEarth Mediator’s Table? Alysia moved quickly to a position of responsibility in SingleEarth, working among shapeshifters and witches who fight against vampires, but she is hiding secret alliances that could put her fellow mediators at risk.

Sarik kuloka Mari, a Mistari shapeshifter, ran away from home and all she knew when she was a teenager, taken in by SingleEarth Haven. As a member the Mediator’s Table at Haven #4, she will do anything and everything in her power to see that her new life, her chosen world, remains safe. Sarik had distrusted Alysia from the moment she joined the mediator’s table two weeks ago.

Now, someone is hunting SingleEarth. The Table convenes.”

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About the Author:
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was thirteen. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, Persistence of Memory, Token of Darkness, and All Just Glass. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha’ra: Hawksong, Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry, and Wyvernhail. When she isn’t writing, Amelia teaches high school in Concord MA, and lives nearby with her wife and their menagerie of animals.


YA Today: Dark Companion

Dark Companion
by Marta Acosta
Hardcover, 368 pages
July 3rd 2012
by Tor Teen
ISBN 0765329646 (ISBN13: 9780765329646)


    “When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She’s even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the birch grove.

    Something’s not quite right about the school — or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She’s also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

    The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

    Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?”

LEARN MORE AT: http://martaacosta.com/

About the Author:
“Marta Acosta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a feral reader, roaming the stacks of the public library. She received a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Stanford University and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and Spaces Magazine. Marta lives with her husband, spawn, and their crazy dogs. An avid gardener, she likes independent films, funny novels, loud music and lively conversations. She’s always happy to hear from readers, even the ones who point out typos.”

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YA Today: Waking Storms (Lost Voices #2)

Waking Storms (Lost Voices #2)
by Sarah Porter
Hardcover, 400 pages
July 3rd 2012
Published by Harcourt Children’s Books
ISBN 0547482515 (ISBN13: 9780547482514)


    “After parting ways with her troubled mermaid tribe, Luce just wants to live peacefully on her own. But her tranquility doesn’t last long: she receives news that the tribe is on the verge of collapse and desperately needs her leadership. The tribe’s cruel queen wants Luce dead. Dorian, the boy Luce broke mermaid law to save, is determined to make her pay for her part in the murder of his family. And while the mermaids cling to the idea that humans never suspect their existence, there are suddenly ominous signs to the contrary. But when Luce and Dorian meet, they start to wonder if love can overpower the hatred they know they should feel for each other. Can Luce fulfill her rightful role as queen of the mermaids without sacrificing her forbidden romance with Dorian?”

LEARN MORE AT: http://sarahporterbooks.com/

About the Author:
Sarah Porter is a writer, artist, and freelance teacher in the New York public schools via Teachers and Writers Collaborative. She lives in Brooklyn with her wonderful husband Todd, an artist and fabricator of electronic art, and their cats Jub Jub and Delphine. Sarah has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from City College.

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YA Today: Choke

by Diana Lopez
Hardcover, 240 pages
July 1st 2012
Published by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN 038573462X (ISBN13: 9780385734622)


    “If she could — if her parents would let her — eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She’d get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she’d wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy’s best friend Elena is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.

    And then one day, Windy gets the change she’s been looking for. New girl Nina — impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone — starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be “”breath sisters.”” Windy isn’t sure what that means, exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.

    Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends, girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion in the new crowd comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life … but is she really willing to give up everything in the process?”

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

About the Author:
Diana López is the author of Confetti Girl. She was a middle school teacher for more than a decade, and saw firsthand the disturbing “choking game” trend. Currently, Diana teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, Texas.

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