Thursday, April 05, 2012

Spring 2012 Children's Books

The Spring 2012 Children’s Books issue of Publishers Weekly is out!

I took some time to flip through the pages, and based on the brief descriptions allowed, here are the recently released or soon-to-be released teen and mid-grade novels that made me say, “Awkward!” or “Conflict potential!” or just plain “Hmm…

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett. What happens when a new Ice Age descends on Earth?

Awkward by Marni Bates. Mackenzie avoids the spotlight until a disastrous day at school turns her into an Internet sensation.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg. After literally dying of a broken heart, a teen watches her family members’ lives unravel.

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral tells a love story entirely through photos and drawings.

Cracked by K.M. Walton. A teen lands in the psych ward with the bully who drove him to attempt suicide.

Croak by Gina Damico. In this series launch, a teen discovers her family is in the grim reaping business.

Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala. A girl accepts the help of a homeless boy in order to survive.

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss. An atheist teen falls in love with a devout Christian.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. A boy whose incarcerated father is a serial killer becomes a suspect when bodies start turning up again.

Katana by Cole Gibsen. A teen can’t explain her dreams about 15th-century Japan or the samurai skills she suddenly possesses.

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. In this story of two friends in 1958 Little Rock, one of them is taken out of school, accused of being a black girl passing as white.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. A gay Montana teen is sent to a religious conversion camp to “fix” her sexuality.

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky. Gay teenage Justin tries to become popular by dating a female classmate.

The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend by Lili Wilkinson. After Midge pretends that she met a cute boy over the summer, a boy who matches her exact description of him shows up at school.

Odette’s Secrets by Maryann Macdonald. A Jewish girl leaves Nazi-occupied Paris to pose as a Christian in the countryside.

Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm. The living history museum where Libby is interning turns out to be haunted.

Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand. A painter and a poet from different time periods enter each other’s worlds.

Revived by Cat Patrick. Daisy, a test subject for a drug that can bring people back from the dead, realizes she’s part of an evil scheme.

Run the Game by Jason Myers. Two teenage prostitutes fall in love.

Shift by Em Bailey. Olive grows suspicious when a new girl who’s rumored to have killed her parents befriends the popular group.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Children of fallen angels are destined to promote such deadly sins as envy, greed, lust, and pride.

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. Six teens are trapped inside their school during the zombie apocalypse.

The Vindico by Wesley King. Villians plan to kidnap a group of teens to take over when they retire.

What Boys Really Want by Pete Hautman. Adam decides to write a relationship advice book, infuriating his friend Lita.

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle is a novel narrated by the girl Romeo was supposed to love.

1 comment:

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