Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Books for Teens

This week has been very exciting for our collection of books for teens, as we've been getting tons of new books from some of the best authors around. Here's a quick rundown of three of our newest titles:

Skinned, by Robin Wasserman - The first book in a new trilogy, this is the story of a young girl named Lia Khan, who, after nearly dying in an tragic accident, isn't quite a young girl named Lia Khan anymore... or is she? Taking its cue from the cyberpunk movement and the speculative fiction of Phillip K. Dick, the book takes on the questions of death and identity, the places technology can take us, and whether these are places we want to go.

Shifty, by Lynn E. Hazen - Soli is a fifteen-year-old boy who has spent his life drifting from one foster home to another; always in trouble, always an outsider. Now, he's trying his best to keep out of it, but it seems that trouble is determined to follow him wherever he goes. Hazen's writing is as real as it is quirky, full of wry humor and keen insight into the head of a boy trying to find his way in a world which has already written him off.

Planet Pregnancy, by Linda Oatman High - This free-verse novel tells the story of Sahara, a sixteen-year-old girl living in Texas who discovers that she's become pregnant. Sahara's story is one of turmoil and transformation as she comes to terms with the immensity of the changes this news wreaks on her life. Even more compelling for its simple eloquence, Planet Pregnancy is a must-read story of personal growth and social awareness.

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