New releases of fantasy and science fiction for children and teens--the beginning of December edition

Here are the new releases of fantasy and science books for children and teenagers from the beginning of December. A short list, but not without interest. As usual, my source is Teens Read Too, with help from Amazon. And, if you were, by any chance, to shop through the Amazon links, you'd be benefiting the Cybils!

9 to 12 Year Olds

The Midnight Masquerade with Princess Emma and Princess Jasmine (The Tiara Club), by Vivian French. "Princess Emma and Princess Jasmine are visiting the Tiara Club Academy to determine if they would like to become members. Together with the other princesses, they early await the Midnight Masquerade, a huge party complete with masks and ice skating! But will someone try to spoil the fun, and who will win the chance to be taken to the ball in style on a dog-driven sleigh?"

Raiders' Ransom, by Emily Diamand. "It's the 22nd century and, because of climate change, much of England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty sea-cat when greedy raiders pillage the town--and kidnap the prime minister's daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. "If I save his daughter," Lilly reasons, "the prime minister's sure to reward me." Little does Lilly know that it will take more than grit to outwit the tricky, treacherous piratical tribes!"

Young Adult

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. "Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything."

Blood Ninja by Nick Lake. "Is Taro, a fisherman's son, destined for greatness? In the course of a day, Taro's entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who -- and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he's less and less sure that he wants to be one. But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back on his fate."

What I Wore to Save the World, by Maryrose Wood. "Senior year's coming up fast and Morgan still has no clue about college, or a career-the whole rest of-her-life thing is basically a blank. Maybe it's because she spent her junior year obsessing about Colin, the hot Irish guy she fell for last summer (that was right around the same time she discovered she's a half- goddess from the days of Irish lore... you had to be there). She even saved Colin from a nasty enchantment, but he doesn't know that. Colin doesn't believe in magic, not even a little. But then a mysterious message reunites her with Colin, who turns out to be caught up in the biggest faery-made disaster ever. We're talking the end of reality-not just reality TV. To save the world, she's going to have to tell Colin the truth about her half-goddess mojo. But if he doesn't believe in magic, how will he ever believe in her?"

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