Monday, May 2, 2011

What's new this month in Young Adult Book Releases....

As it's the beginning of the month, and after our fabulous Friday Five, I was inspired to share with you the Debut May releases for May 2011.

**All Pictures and Blurbs are courtesy of Goodreads.

Raised by an unstable father who keeps the family constantly on the move, Sam Border hasn't been in a classroom since the second grade. He's always been the rock for his younger brother Riddle, who stopped speaking long ago and instead makes sense of the world through his strange and intricate drawings. It's said that the two boys speak with one voice--and that voice is Sam's.

Then, Sam meets Emily Bell, and everything changes. The two share an immediate and intense attraction, and soon Sam and Riddle find themselves welcomed into the Bell's home. Faced with normalcy for the first time, they know it's too good to last.

Told from multiple perspectives, Holly Goldberg Sloan's debut novel offers readers fresh voices and a gripping story, with vivid glimpses into the lives of many unique characters. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I'll Be There is a story about connections both big and small, and deftly explores the many ways that our lives are woven together.

Expected publication: May 3rd 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0316122793 (ISBN13: 9780316122795)

As if transferring senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has been bumped to lower level classes at her new school. With no friends, a terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future is starting to seem like an oncoming train for which she has no ticket.

Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket to something else: popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, brilliant, and rich. As her new side kick, Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team—and closer to Neal, Amanda's equally brilliant friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.

But just when senior year is looking up, Charlotte’s life starts to crumble. The more things heat up between Charlotte and Neal, the more Neal wants to hide their relationship. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely competitive, and she's keeping a secret Charlotte doesn't want to know.

Talented newcomer Alexa Martin delivers a poignant story of first love, jealousy and friendship, where the ups and downs of senior year have never been so complicated. What else can Charlotte do but throw her hands up and ride?

Expected publication: May 3rd 2011 by Hyperion Book CH
ISBN 142312135X (ISBN13: 9781423121350)

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.

Expected publication: May 3rd 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN 1442416947 (ISBN13: 9781442416949)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Expected publication: May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN 0062024027 (ISBN13: 9780062024022)

David Gershwin's summer is about to take a turn for the weird. When his dad's new patient Zelda tells him she s from outer space and on a quest to take Johnny Depp back to her planet, he knows he should run away screaming. But with one look from her mean, green eyes, David's hooked, and soon he's leaping across rooftops, running from police, and stealing cars just to stay by her side. He might not be a typical hero, but David's going to get the girl even if it takes him to the ends of the earth—or beyond.

Expected publication: May 4th 2011 by Chronicle Books
ISBN 0811874605 (ISBN13: 9780811874601)

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.

Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0802722318 (ISBN13: 9780802722317)

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN 0805092528 (ISBN13: 9780805092523)

In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she's decorating a cake. Unfortunately everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable.

But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems - only her dad's about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed.

Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by EgmontUSA
ISBN 1606841297 (ISBN13: 9781606841297)

While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.

Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN 0374371938 (ISBN13: 9780374371937)

For Jane Jones, being a vampire is nothing like you read about in books. In fact, it kind of sucks. She's not beautiful, she's not rich, and she doesn't "sparkle." She's just an average, slightly nerdy girl from an ordinary suburban family (who happens to be vampires.) Jane's from the wrong side of the tracks (not to mention stuck in the world's longest awkward phase), so she doesn't fit in with the cool vampire kids at school or with the humans kids. To top it all off, she's battling an overprotective mom, a clique of high school mean girls (the kind who really do have fangs), and the most embarrassing allergy in the history of the undead, she's blood intolerant. So no one's more surprised than Jane when for the first time in her life, things start to heat up (as much as they can for a walking corpse, anyway) with not one, but two boys. Eli's a geeky, but cute real-live boy in her history class, and Timothy is a beautiful, brooding bloodsucker, who might just hold the key to a possible "cure" for vampirism. Facing an eternity of high school pressure, fumbling first dates, or a mere lifetime together with Timothy, what's a 90-something year-old teen vampire to do?

Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Random House Children's Books
ISBN 0375968911 (ISBN13: 9780375968914)

Wow! This just takes us up to next week and as previously mentioned is only the DEBUT releases. So, if you like the sounds of these or the covers (we know how you buy books, thanks to Hannah!) add them to your To Be Read pile or use them for one of the many Reading Challenges I'm sure you have signed up for.
You can find me on Goodsreads at Adrienne Gelbart


Pam Harris said...

I'm telling you all--pick up Divergent! You will definitely not be disappointed. :)

Marquita Hockaday said...

Pam is right! She lent me her ARC of Divergent and I started reading it last night. It is AMAZEBALLS! I'm also looking forward to Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend but I saw on Borders and Amazon that it has been pushed back to June...did anyone else see that?

Michael L. Martin Jr. said...

Some the titles alone make me want to read them. Thanks for the recommendations.

Holly Dodson said...

Wow, I love the cover of Girl Wonder! Also, that blurb for Worst. Vampire. Ever. ROCKS. Can't wait to get my hands on that one!

Great list, Adrienne, thanks!

Jessie said...

These look fantastic! Can't wait to read them. Thanks for the list!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Listen to Pam about Divergent. You all definitely have to pick it up.

Michelle Julian said...

Thanks for the list. As if my pile of "too read" isn't long enough:)

Sophia Richardson said...

You're killing me with all these books to add to my TBR list!
- Sophia.

KO: The Insect Collector said...

so many books. These all look super cool!

blueeyedadri said...

My To-Be-Read list is ridiculously long, it will take an eternity to read them all but I keep adding!