June 1 releases of childrens/YA science fiction/fantasy

Taken from Teens Read Too, with help from Amazon.

9-12 year olds:

The Red House (The Haunting of Derek Stone, Book 3), by Tony Abbott. “Derek didn't ask for this. It's bad enough that his brother's body is hosting a dead soul. Then there's that whole business of the evil dead waging war. And don't even get him started on all the weird voices rattling around inside his head. But like it or not, the war is on. The Legion is back in full force, and they're heading for the mysterious, long-abandoned Red House. It holds a secret that could change everything. Derek doesn't know what they're after --- but he knows he has to find it first. “

Deltora Shadowlands: The Complete Series, by Emily Rodda. "The Shadow Lord's evil tyranny over Deltora has ended. He and the creatures of his sorcery have been driven back across the mountains. But thousands of Deltorans are still enslaved in the Shadowlands. To rescue their friends and families, Lief, Barda, and Jasmine, heroes of the quest for the Belt of Deltora, must find a weapon powerful enough to combat the Shadow Lord's magic on his own ground. For the first time, all three books in this follow-up to the bestselling Deltora Quest fantasy series are brought together in one action-packed hardcover volume."

The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival, by Dene Low. I’m not sure if this is, strictly speaking, fantasy, but it sounds like fun! “You would think Petronella’s sixteenth birthday would be cause for celebration. After all, fashionable friends are arriving at her country estate near London, teas are being served, and her coming out party promises to be a resplendent affair. Everything is falling nicely into place, until, suddenly—it isn’t. For Petronella discovers that her guardian, Uncle Augustus T. Percival, has developed a most unVictorian compulsion: He must eat bugs. Worse still, because he is her guardian, Uncle Augustus is to attend her soiree and his current state will most definitely be an embarrassment.During the festivities, when Petronella would much rather be sharing pleasantries with handsome Lord James Sinclair (swoon), important guests are disappearing, kidnapping notes are appearing, many of the clues are insects, and Uncle Augustus is surreptitiously devouring evidence. It’s more than one sixteen-year-old girl should have to deal with. But, truth be told, there is far more yet to come . . .”

I want this one! Here are two reviews (at Bookends and The Happy Nappy Bookseller) that makes me want it more!

Mugglenet.com's Harry Potter Should Have Died: Controversial Views from the #1 Fan Site, by Emerson Spartz & Ben Schoen.


Girl #3, by Nichole McGill "From the outside, 14-year-old Syd Johanssen seems like a typical teenage girl — busy delivering newspapers, training with her high school track team, and hanging out with her friends. Under the surface, though, things aren’t what they seem. Her family life leaves a lot to be desired: her workaholic mom turns up her nose at Syd’s offbeat tastes, and she hasn’t seen her dad in months. Even more troubling, Syd can’t shake her fascination with the highly publicized kidnappings and murders of two local girls. Her friends think she’s nuts to obsess over such a morbid subject, and Syd’s afraid to tell them she’s started having visions of the murdered girls. Syd’s obsession turns to terrifying reality when she realizes she’s being stalked on her paper route. Tense and fast-paced, Girl #3 is a vivid portrayal of the dangers girls have to watch out for, and how, in the darkest of hours, a friend can be found in the most unlikely of places."

Mind Rain: Your Favorite Authors on Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Series, edited by Scott Westerfeld. My review coming soon!

Sea Change, by Aimee Friedman. "16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate. There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?”

Gosh, perhaps the name of the island is a subtle clue.
The Secret of the Dread Forest: The Faire Folk Trilogy Book 3, by Gillian Summers. "In the third book of the popular and critically acclaimed Faire Folk Trilogy, sixteen-year-old Keelie Heartwood reluctantly joins her father in the Dread Forest, home to the elves and her fearsome elf grandmother. Keelie's budding romance with Sean is dashed, her "real" friends are gone, and her dad is preoccupied with the responsibilities of being Lord of the Forest. Except for her impossible guardian cat Knot, and Alora, a demanding and bratty little princess tree, Keelie has no one to hang with—unless you count the nasty elf-girl Elia, who suddenly wants to be Keelie's friend (or frenemy). Then Keelie discovers a mysterious boy in the woods...Both humans and dark magical forces encroach on the elves' enchanted realm, threatening to destroy the Dread Forest and all who dwell within it. Meanwhile, an age-old rift within her family and among the elven community reaches a dangerous climax."

WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin, originally scheduled for release today, has been pushed back to July 1…my review will be coming soon!

1 comment:

  1. Some of these sound fascinating. I think I'll search out Mind Rain...

    BTW, I gave you an award...


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