Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Just released (U.S.): Origins (The Missing Link Trilogy book 3)

Origins (The Missing Link Trilogy book 3) by was just released in the U.S.

Description: All Nessa knew was that Cats and Dogs were different. Always had been. Always would be. Generations in the future, our world has been changed irrevocably by an unspeakable disaster. In this bleak landscape a cat named Nessa has been exiled from her community during a violent outbreak with a group of Dogs. But when Nessa meets a fellow exile, a Dog named Farral, these unlikely companions set off to uncover the truth about their ancestry. Could Cats and Dogs have more in common than they have been taught to believe? Award-winning author Kate Thompson has crafted a brilliant page-turner in which readers will ultimately discover the secrets of a society's origins and the truth about what really happened in a genetic lab called Fourth World.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Just released (U.S.): The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm book 5)

The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm book 5) by Michael Buckley was just released in the U.S.

Description: In book five of the series, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are ready to tackle their own case: Who is stealing the magical possessions of the most powerful Everafters in town? With Granny distracted by Mayor Heart's campaign against human residents, the girl detectives are on their own. Puss in Boots (now an exterminator), Cinderella (a radio relationship counselor), Sleeping Beauty (owner of a coffee shop), and their old enemy, Prince Charming, are among the many suspects, and one thing is for certain: The villain's plans mean a grim future for the Grimms—truly!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Just released (U.S.): Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson was just released in the U.S.

Description: In this action-packed finale to the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. But that's just the beginning of problems facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow-creature Lord Ombra in a struggle to save themselves, not to mention the planet. It's a wild desert adventure, with rockets, carpets, and camels all flying through the air, zooming toward an unforgettable climax. . .
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Just released (U.S.): Ratha's Courage (The Named book 5)

Ratha's Courage (The Named book 5) by Clare Bell was just released in the U.S.

Description: Ratha and her clan, the Named, are sentient prehistoric big cats. In Ratha's Courage, the first book about the Named since 1994 Ratha extends the use of the Red Tongue—fire—to a hunter tribe. One of the hunters ignites a blaze that sets off a devastating conflict between the two clans. Now Ratha must find the courage within herself to set it right.
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Just released (U.S.): Indigara

Indigara by Tanith Lee was just released in the U.S.

Description: Jet and her robot dog, Otis, have been taken to their planet's film capital, Ollywood, and are soon catapulted into the unplumbed underworld that lurks below the studios and lots. Here lies the beautiful and sinister otherwhere of Indigara, which has spontaneously generated from the sets, costumes, models, and actual celluloid of rejected pilot fantasy and SF movies that never got made into series. Even while girl and dog try to survive the dangers and terrors below, their Indigaran mirror images have replaced them, and are running amok in the real world above . . .
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Just released (U.S.): Two Moon Princess

Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban was just released in the U.S.

Description: In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family's kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets.
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Saturday, October 13, 2007

New Book Review: The Dirt Eaters (The Longlight Legacy book 1)

New review of The Dirt Eaters (The Longlight Legacy book 1) by Dennis Foon posted by David.

Description: Roan, a boy, has lived a peaceful life in the town of Longlight. Long ago, when the earth was ravaged and nearly destroyed, the people of Longlight sheltered away in a hidden place to practice peace and to make sure some survived. But that peace was their destruction. Roan's life is overturned as a horde of masked strangers find and enter Longlight, and then, they destroy it and kill almost all of it's inhabitants. Roan escapes and is taken in by a strange society called 'The Brothers'... But something strange is going on inside this group, and Roan soon realizes that with Longlight, perhaps the last safe haven was destroyed...
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Forthcoming book (U.S.): Runemarks

Runemarks by Joanne Harris will be released on January 8, 2008 in the U.S.

Description: SEVEN O'CLOCK on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again....Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith's world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, faeries, goblins, magic, glamours—all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The "ruinmark" she was born with on her palm proves it—and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy's mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.
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Just released (U.S.): Grimpow: The Invisible Road

Grimpow: The Invisible Road by Rafael Abalos was just released in the U.S.

Description: Grimpow had no idea who the dead man was, but hidden in his leather bag was a treasure that would change his life forever. Ruby and emerald encrusted daggers, silver coins, jewels, and a letter with a golden seal depicting a snake swallowing its own tail. And clutched in the man's firm grip - a stone. A stone that will shape Grimpow's destiny. For when he holds it, strange things begin to happen. Visions of places he's never been fill his mind and he's able to read the strange language in the letter, a message meant for someone else entirely. So begins Grimpow's journey with the stone - a centuries-long journey that has driven sane men crazy, turned peaceful men violent, and made strong men powerless. No man has ever unlocked its secrets. But no boy has ever tried.
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Forthcoming book (U.S.): Cybele’s Secret

Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier will be released on February 12, 2008 in the U.S.

Description: Companion novel to Wildwood Dancing! FOR PAULA, ACCOMPANYING her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true—and even better, he is allowing her to act as his assistant. They have come to this city of trade on a special mission to purchase a most rare artifact—a gift from the ancient goddess, Cybele, to her followers. It's the only remnant of a lost pagan cult. But it soon becomes clear they are playing at a dangerous game. A colleague of Paula's father is found murdered. There are rumors of Cybele's cult reviving within the very walls of Istanbul. And most telling of all, signs have begun to appear to Paula—signs that can only be coming from the mystical Other Kingdom—urging her to unlock Cybele's secret. Paula doesn't know who in Istanbul she can trust and finds herself drawn to two very different men: a mysterious, dashing pirate and her bodyguard, Stoyan. As time begins to run out, Paula realizes they may all be tied up in the destiny of Cybele's Gift, and she must solve the puzzle before unknown but deadly enemies catch up to her.
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Forthcoming book (U.S.): Little Fur #3: A Mystery of Wolves (Little Fur book 3)

Little Fur #3: A Mystery of Wolves (Little Fur book 3) by Isobelle Carmody will be released on January 22, 2008 in the U.S.

Description: LITTLE FUR GOES in search of her friend, Ginger the cat, who has vanished completely in this third book in the Little Fur quartet. The wise Sett Owl tells Little Fur that she must first discover who or what the Mystery of Wolves is. The only creature Little Fur finds who has heard of them is a mad prophet. He explains that the Mystery of Wolves is a mystic order of wolves who dwell in the high mountains to the east of the city. On an adventure that leads to more than just Ginger, Little Fur learns more about her long-gone father and mother and ultimately risks everything she loves to save the mysterious and dangerous humans who do not even know she exists.
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Forthcoming book (U.S.): 100 Cupboards

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson will be released on December 26, 2007 in the U.S.

Description: TWELVE-YEAR-OLD HENRY YORK wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning... Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room—with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
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Newly released book (U.S.): Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine (Molly Moon book 4)

Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine (Molly Moon book 4) by Georgia Byng was just released in the U.S.

Description: Molly Moon's talents know no bounds! Hypnotism, world-stopping, time-travel … and now she's reading minds! With the help of her long-lost brother Micky Minus, everyone's favorite hypnotist must now use her telepathic powers to save the world from an evil Superbrain. Can Molly's secret hypnosis crystals ward off tsunamis and twisters and heatwaves thrown at her by a massive weather machine in time to find safety on the other side of the rainbow?
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Just released (U.S.): Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl)

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl) by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin was just released in the U.S.

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Just released (U.S.): Dusssie

Dusssie by Nancy Springer was just released in the U.S.

Description: Dusie always knew puberty was going to be confusing, but she never realized it was going to be catastrophic—until she wakes up one morning to find that her hair has turned into a writhing mass of slithering snakes and discovers the real truth about her family: her mother is a Gorgon—right out of Greek mythology—and she was named after her mother's younger sister, Medusa. Her mother had hoped that Dusie's being half-mortal would protect her from inheriting the family curse. Still reeling from this revelation, Dusie tries to keep her snakes under wraps. But after a boy she likes in school almost exposes her, she discovers another family secret—just one look from Dusie's snakes has the power to send someone right into his own personal Stone Age. Talk about "if looks could kill"! Dusie better figure out how to control her snakes and her rage, and find a way to get her life back—before anything else disastrous happens.
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Just released (U.S.): The Shadow Speaker

The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu was just released in the U.S.

Description: When fifteen-year old Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, her world shatters. In an era of mind-blowing technology and tantalizing magic, she embarks on a mystical journey to track down her father's killer. With a newfound friend by her side, Ejii comes face-to-face with an earth turned inside out -- and with her own magical powers. But she soon discovers that her travels across the sands of the Sahara have a greater purpose. Her people need to be protected from a force seeking to annihilate them. And Ejii may be just the hero to do it.
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Just released (U.S.): The Chaos Code

The Chaos Code by Justin Richards was just released in the U.S.

Description: Matt Stribling is stuck spending another vacation with his brilliant, yet scatterbrained archaeologist father. His dad's house is often a mess, so when Matt arrives to find the place turned upside down and his father missing, he's not immediately worried. But a cryptic message and some strange sandy footprints quickly persuade Matt that all is not right. With the help of some unusual family friends, Matt discovers that his father had been searching for an ancient code, one rumored to have brought down the Mayans, and maybe even the fabled civilization of Atlantis. Now in the hands of a madman using high tech computers to decipher it, the code is being readied for new and sinister uses. Matt and his friend, Robin, will traverse the globe, battling terrifying sand creatures and mercenaries alike in their efforts to stop the chaos code from being fully reactivated—and dooming the modern w orld to a catastrophe not seen since the days of Atlantis.
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Just released (U.S.): The Declaration

The Declaration by Gemma Malley was just released in the U.S.

Description: It's the year 2140 and Longevity drugs have all but eradicated old age. A never-aging society can't sustain population growth, however...which means Anna should never have been born. Nor should any of the children she lives with at Grange Hall. The facility is full of boys and girls whose parents chose to have kids—called surpluses—despite a law forbidding them from doing so. These children are raised as servants, and brought up to believe they must atone for their very existence. Then one day a boy named Peter appears at the Hall, bringing with him news of the world outside, a place where people are starting to say that Longevity is bad, and that maybe people shouldn't live forever. Peter begs Anna to escape with him, but Anna's not sure who to trust: the strange new boy whose version of life sounds like a dangerous fairy tale, or the familiar walls of Grange Hall and the head mis tress who has controlled her every waking thought? Chilling, poignant, and endlessly though-provoking, The Declaration is a powerful debut that will have readers agonizing over Anna's fate until the very last page.
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Just released (U.S.): Extras

Extras by Scott Westerfeld was just released in the U.S.

Description: It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol. Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules. As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn't care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself. Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity...and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for.
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