The Liar’s Daughter
by Megan Cooley Peterson (Holiday House $17.99)
Seventeen-year-old Piper knows that Father is a Prophet. Infallible. The chosen one.She would do anything for Father. That’s why she takes care of all her little sisters. That’s why she runs end-of-the-world drills. That’s why she never asks questions. Because Father knows best.Until the day he doesn’t. Until the day the government raids the compound and separates Piper from her siblings, from Mother, from the Aunts, from all of Father’s followers–even from Caspian, the boy she loves.Now Piper is living Outside. Among Them.With a woman They claim is her real mother–a woman They say Father stole her from.But Piper knows better. And Piper is going to escape.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
By Judith Kerr (Penguin Random House $8.99)
Based on the gripping real-life story of the author, this poignant, suspenseful middle-grade novel has been a favorite for over forty years. Perfect for Holocaust Remembrance Month.Anna is not sure who Hitler is, but she sees his face on posters all over Berlin. Then one morning, Anna and her brother awake to find her father gone! Her mother explains that their father has had to leave and soon they will secretly join him. Anna just doesn’t understand. Why do their parents keep insisting that Germany is no longer safe for Jews like them?Because of Hitler, Anna must leave everything behind.
By Cora Carmack (McMillan Publishing $17.99)
Princess or adventurer. Duty or freedom. Her kingdom or the storm hunter she loves. If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. The kingdom of Pavan is nearly unrecognizable as the home she left behind. A new family’s flags fly atop the walls. Hundreds upon hundreds of remnats camp just outside the city begging for entrance and mercy, only to receive cruelty in return. And her mother, the great, powerful queen, is nowhere to be found. To set things right, Aurora joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan and puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the cause. But the Rage season is at its peak, and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different…they churn with darkness and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent. This feels like more than rage. It feels like war.
One of Us is Next
By Karen McManus (Penguin Random House $19.99)
A year after the Bayview four were cleared of Simon Kelleher’s death, a new mystery has cropped up–a game with dangerous consequences that’s targeting students at Bayview again. And if the creator isn’t found soon, dangerous could prove deadly
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
By Mariko Tamaki (Roaring Brook Press $17.99)
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.
Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever.
Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.
Where the World Ends
By Geraldine McCaughrean (MacMillan $18.99)
Every time a lad went fowling on the stacs, he came home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is.
Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned–cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?
This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.