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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

February 2016

Hardcover

Of Better Blood by Susan Moger - Historical Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

AW Teen | 9780807547748 | Published February 1, 2016

It's 1922, and eugenics --- the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding --- has taken hold in America. After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at 16 to play a born cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But gutsy, outspoken Dorchy befriends Rowan and helps her realize her own inner strength and bravery. The two escape to a summer camp on an island where they discover something is happening to the children. Rowan must find a way to stop the horrors on the island…if she can escape them herself.

The Sapphire Cutlass by Sharon Gosling - Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

Switch Press | 9781630790417 | Published February 1, 2016

Remy and the Ruby Airships crew have traveled deep into the Indian jungle to learn the truth behind the mysterious Sapphire Cutlass. But Remy is torn between helping her friends and finding her twin brother. Will her choice put everyone in danger?

Women of Colonial America: 13 Stories of Courage and Survival in the New World by Brandon Marie Miller - Biography, Education, History, Young Adult 12+

Chicago Review Press | 9781556524875 | Published February 1, 2016

Using a host of primary sources, author Brandon Marie Miller recounts the roles, hardships, and daily lives of Native American, European, and African women in the 17th and 18th centuries. With strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness, these women and many others played a vital role in the mosaic of life in the North American colonies. 

A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World's First National Park by Erin Peabody - Education, History, Young Adult 12+

Sky Pony Press | 9781634502047 | Published February 2, 2016

The summer of 1871, a team of 32 men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day’s most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched and photographed the region’s breathtaking wonders --- from its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma. At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development.

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers - Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

HarperTeen | 9780062363787 | Published February 2, 2016

17-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn't stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she's confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.

She awakens one night to a house full of smoke. and she narrowly escapes, but she isn't able to save her Family as their home is consumed by flames. With horror, she realizes that Val and his Family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there's just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay.

Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

HMH Books for Young Readers | 9780547418063 | Published February 2, 2016

Every 11 years, Earth's senior wizards hold the Invitational: an intensive three-week event where the planet's newest, sharpest young wizards show off their best and hottest spells. Wizardly partners Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan, and Nita's sister, former wizard-prodigy Dairine Callahan, are drafted in to mentor two brilliant and difficult cases: Penn Shao-Feng, a would-be sun technician with a dangerous new take on managing solar weather, and Mehrnaz Farrahi, an Iranian wizard-girl trying to specialize in defusing earthquakes. When both candidates make it through to the finals stage on the dark side of the Moon, they and their mentors are flung into a final conflict that could change the solar system for the better . . . or damage Earth beyond even wizardly repair.

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto - Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062366153 | Published February 2, 2016

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. The memory of her past still haunts her and she’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes. But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold --- which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Historical Fiction, Military, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Philomel Books | 9780399160301 | Published February 2, 2016

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. But just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes, and all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Feiwel & Friends | 9781250091840 | Published February 2, 2016

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin - Gay & Lesbian, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062382863 | Published February 2, 2016

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure --- media and otherwise --- is building up in Riley's life.

Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent and to tell the truth of what it's really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley's starting to settle in at school, the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley's real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created --- a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in --- or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

 

The Unpopular Ones: Fifteen American Men and Women Who Stood Up for What They Believed In by Jules Archer - History, Nonfiction

Sky Pony Press | 9781634502009 | Published February 2, 2016

When she wore pants, Amelia Bloomer was a “hussy,” subjected to jeers and catcalls. As the only female doctor in the entire western United States, Bethenia Owens was so unpopular that she was threatened and driven out of town. And when Jonathan Walker was caught helping escaped slaves, he was branded with the letters “SS,” for “slave stealer.” Today we recognize these unpopular ones as both brave and in the right. Their stories remind young readers that sometimes it is important to speak out against the popular opinions of the time. What are those opinions in today’s world? These fifteen men and women set examples of standing up for what's right. Whose unpopular beliefs today will be the truths of tomorrow? Will you be one of the unpopular ones?

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell - Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Simon Pulse | 9781481432047 | Published February 2, 2016

A lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl named Gwen, who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain and bloodthirsty beasts.  As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman - Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Simon Pulse | 9781481432696 | Published February 9, 2016

Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history's most infamous pirate --- Blackbeard --- and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and ultimately set him on his path of destruction.From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach's father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden.

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward - Gay & Lesbian, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Suspense, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Adaptive Books | 9780986448485 | Published February 9, 2016

Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within 24 hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood oozed out of the ground, even through the concrete, even in the water.  Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and her girlfriend however she can.

Little White Lies by Brianna Baker and F. Bowman Hastie - African American Interest, Fiction, Friendship , Humor, Racism, Social Issues

Soho Teen | 9781616955151 | Published February 9, 2016

Seventeen-year-old honors student Coretta White’s Tumblr,Little White Lies --- her witty thoughts on pretty much…everything --- has gone viral. She’s got hundreds of thousands of followers; she’s even been offered a TV deal. But Coretta has a secret. She hasn’t been writing all her own posts. Stressed from the demands of the sudden attention, she hired an expert ghostwriter, forty-one-year-old Karl Ristoff, to keep the Tumblr going. Now consumed with guilt, she confesses. Almost instantly, she suffers a public humiliation. Then Karl is thrust into the limelight, only to suffer a dramatic fall himself. Together, they vow to find out who is responsible for ruining both of their lives, and why. But in order to exact justice and a wicked revenge, they must first come clean with each other.

Red Ink by Julie Mayhew - Loss, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Candlewick | 9780763677312 | Published February 9, 2016

When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce her to a living, breathing father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete. But at least Melon has The Story. The Story is the Fouraki family fairy tale. A story is something. This time-shifting novel follows a narrator as she struggles with sudden grief—and the unfolding process of finding out who she really is.

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan - Dystopian Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 11+, Youth Fiction

HarperTeen | 9780062377647 | Published February 9, 2016

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead. But when she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk.

Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Social Sciences, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Kathy Dawson Books | 9780803741607 | Published February 9, 2016

Five teens, five futures. Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world. Brixney must escape a debtor colony by finding a way to increase the number of hits on her social media feed so she’ll attract corporate sponsorship. Epony goes “High Concept” and poses as an otherworldly being to recapture her boyfriend’s attention. Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard. And Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

Ascending the Boneyard by C.G. Watson - Adventure, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Simon Pulse | 9781481431842 | Published February 16, 2016

Sometimes life gets too real, and Caleb Tosh has taken one hit too many. First, there was the accident that changed everything for Tosh’s younger brother and now his mom has left. All the pain, the grief and loss, have finally pushed Tosh over the edge. Tosh immerses himself in the complex missions from the game he obsessively plays, The Boneyard. The game bleeds into the dark nature of his everyday life, folding reality into surreality until it’s impossible to separate one from the other. 

Bluescreen by Dan Wells - Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062347879 | Published February 16, 2016

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni --- a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online 24 hours a day, this connection is like oxygen --- and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She lives on the net --- going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. It’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen --- a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, nonchemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey - Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Clarion Books | 9780547235561 | Published February 16, 2016

Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed --- marked --- as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible.

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange - Friendship , Social Issues, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 9781619634985 | Published February 16, 2016

Andi, Sam, York, and Boston find themselves in the woods together when a party gets busted by the cops. Trying to run rather than get caught, they hop into the nearest car they see and take off . . . until they realize the car they've taken has a trunk is full of stolen drugs. Now they must rely on each other or risk their lives. Should they run or turn themselves in? Every decision could determine the rest of their lives . . . but how can any of them trust people they barely know.

Riders by Veronica Rossi - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

Tor Teen | 9780765382542 | Published February 16, 2016

Eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, an aspiring U.S. Army Ranger, is definitely dead from an accident that leaves him with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can't remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny of becoming War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Now, he and the other horsemen --- Conquest, Famine, and Death --- must help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence. When they fail, Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he's fallen for he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig - Adventure, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Greenwillow Books | 9780062380753 | Published February 16, 2016

Nix's life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, modern-day New York City and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix's father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he's uncovered the one map he's always sought --- 1868 Honolulu, before Nix's mother died in childbirth. Nix's life --- her entire existence --- is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Balzer + Bray | 9780062360243 | Published February 16, 2016

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen. To do that, Lorelai needs to be stronger, faster and more powerful than Queen Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol's father and older brother are killed, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own. He makes a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promising to become her personal huntsman --- and bring her Lorelai's heart.

Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman --- who she likes far more than she should --- Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn't going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.