YA Today: Michael Vey – Rise of the Elgen

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2)
by Richard Paul Evans
Hardcover, 336 pages
August 14th 2012
Published by Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink
ISBN: 1442454148 (ISBN13: 978-1442454149)

SYNOPSIS: “Michael was born with special electrical powers—and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a tecno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out.

After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power—and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world.”

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

About the Author:
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written eleven consecutive New York Times bestsellers. He is one the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won several awards for his books including the 1998 American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards, and the 2005 Romantic Times Best Women Novel of the Year Award. His books have been translated into more than 22 languages and several have been international best sellers.


YA Today: Kissing Shakespeare

Kissing Shakespeare
by Pamela Mingle
Hardcover, 352 pages
August 14th 2012
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Read
ISBN 0385741960 (ISBN13: 9780385741965)

SYNOPSIS: “Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she’d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he’s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen’s really from. He wants Miranda use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn’t convinced she’s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it’s her only chance of getting back to the present and her “real” life. What Miranda doesn’t bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.”

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

About the Author:
Pamela Mingle is a former teacher and librarian. Kissing Shakespeare is her first novel.

YA Today: Narc

by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Paperback, 288 pages
August 8th, 2012
Published by Flux
ISBN 0738732478 (ISBN13: 9780738732473)

SYNOPSIS: “Seventeen-year-old stoner Aaron Foster was offered a choice: go to jail or turn undercover narc to find the dealer who’s funneling drugs into Miami’s Palm Hammock High School. But Aaron has never been good at getting close to people. He’s human wallpaper, a stoner wastecase who’s obsessed with video games and street magic.

With a cop from Narcotics breathing down his neck, Aaron gets himself invited to parties where the deals go down. To get close to the school’s biggest players, Aaron lies to everyone–most of all, the cute but troubled Morgan Baskin. With the Everglades party on Halloween night–and a planned drug bust there–just days away, Aaron realizes that he’s falling hard for Morgan . . . and trying to protect her could cost him everything.”

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

About the Author:
Crissa-Jean Chappell’s debut YA novel, TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER (HarperTeen) is a Florida Book Award medalist, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” (starred review) and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Next up is NARC (Flux Books, summer 2012).

YA Today: Burn

by Heath Gibson
Paperback, 264 pages
August 8th 2012
Published by Flux
ISBN 0738730955 (ISBN13: 9780738730950)

SYNOPSIS: “William Tucker loves being a volunteer firefighter (maybe it’s no coincidence that a pastor’s son would enjoy saving people). And after he rescues his crush, Mandy Pearman, she undergoes a profound transformation for the better. In fact, it seems like a lot of good comes from the embers of tragedy in his small Alabama town. William may not be able to meet his father’s expectations, force his mother to ditch the gin, or protect his gay brother, but for those who need a second chance at life, William isn’t afraid to light the match–and become the hero the town needs.”

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

About the Author:
Heath Gibson (Atlanta, GA) holds an MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and teaches English at a high school in Atlanta.

YA Today: Rift

Rift (Nightshade)
by Andrea Cremer
Hardcover, 448 pages
August 7th 2012
Published by Philomel
ISBN 039925613X (ISBN13: 9780399256134)

SYNOPSIS: “Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.”

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

About the Author:
Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the “Canadian Shield” rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she’s not writing, Andrea teaches history at a very nice liberal arts college in St. Paul.