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February 22, 2010

This Week's New Releases

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February truly goes out with a bang and not a whimper, as we have some great releases coming your way. In the mood for a good techno-thriller? Then Matt Whyman’s GOLDSTRIKE is the book for you. Or maybe a gritty novel about gang life is more up your alley. If that’s the case, then Todd Strasser’s IF I GROW UP may pique your interest. And if you’re looking for something a tad lighter, TIME YOU LET ME IN: 25 Poets Under 25 may be what the doctor ordered. There are so many great things coming out this week that you can’t go wrong!


New Releases for February 22nd

Paperback

THE COMEBACK SEASON by Jennifer E. Smith (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
The last place Ryan Walsh should be this afternoon is on a train heading to Wrigley Field. She should be in class, enduring yet another miserable day of her first year of high school. But for once, Ryan isn't thinking about what she should be doing. She's not worried about her lack of friends, or her suffering math grade, or how it's been five whole years since the last time she was really and truly happy. Because she's finally returning to the place that her father loved, where the two of them spent so many afternoons cheering on their team. And on this --- the fifth anniversary of his death --- it feels like there's nowhere else in the world she should be.

Ryan is once again filled with hope as she makes her way to the game. Good luck is often hard to come by at a place like Wrigley Field, but it's on this day that she meets Nick, the new kid from her school, who seems to love the Cubs nearly as much as she does. But Nick carries with him a secret that makes Ryan wonder if anyone can ever really escape their past, or believe in the promise of those reassuring words: "Wait till next year." Is it too much for Ryan to hope that this year, this season, might be her comeback season?


New Releases for February 23

Hardcover

GOLDSTRIKE by Matt Whyman (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
In GOLDSTRIKE, a fugitive teenager hacks into a state-of-the-art computer guarding priceless goods while on the run from the government and assassins.

PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL by Stephanie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, and Michele Jaffe (HarperTeen)
In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot (HOW TO BE POPULAR), Kim Harrison (A FISTFUL OF CHARMS), Michele Jaffe (BAD KITTY), Stephenie Meyer (TWILIGHT), and Lauren Myracle (TTYL) take bad prom nights to a whole new level --- a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don't hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper --- and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look.

From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.

TIME YOU LET ME IN: 25 Poets Under 25 selected by Naomi Shihab Nye (Greenwillow Books)
Celebrated poet Naomi Shihab Nye brings together the poetry of twenty-five poets under the age of twenty-five. Ranging in style and subject, but all already high-caliber in their artistry, these young voices speak the thoughts, hopes, and concerns of their generation. Featuring an introduction by Nye, this is a collection full of hope, humor, and heartbreak. Features extensive notes on the contributors.


Paperback

THE BIG GAME OF EVERYTHING by Chris Lynch (HarperTeen)
You have to love your family. You do, even if you don't, right? You don't have to understand them or play tennis with them, but you have to love them. It's a rule, and it's the kind of rule you don't break unless you're some kind of animal.

My brother happens to be some kind of animal. My sister rides this sweet gold Honda scooter and has amazing hair. You'd hate her. My parents are vegetarian let-the-sunshine-in freaks. Lovable freaks but freaks all the same. My grand­father possesses a shocking comb-over, a kilt, about half of his original marbles, and his own golf complex. This summer, we are all working for him. It is going to be two hot, lucrative, carefree months of paradise.

Or, possibly something else.
- Click here to read our review of THE BIG GAME OF EVERYTHING.

IF I GROW UP by Todd Strasser (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop out of school and join gangs, and every kid knows someone who died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis.

DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy fancy sneakers and big-screen TVs, DeShawn's family can barely afford food for the month. How can he stick to his principles when his family is hungry?

In this gritty novel about growing up in the inner city, award-winning author Todd Strasser opens a window into the life of a teenager struggling with right and wrong under the ever-present shadow of gangs.