Brand NEW Teen Books (Week of 8/5/13)

Proxy (Proxy, #1)

                          Alex Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments.






Fingerprints of You


Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant.










 They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.

Will is her Intended.

The end of the world is near.





My sister wants the truth.

Seven Minutes in Heaven (The Lying Game, #6)

But sometimes the truth hurts.

For months, my long-lost twin, Emma, has been living my life and trying to solve my murder. She’s unearthed dark secrets about my friends, my family, and my tangle

d past. But when it comes to finding my killer, she keeps running into dead ends.







The Fairest of Them All

What if Rapunzel was Snow White’s evil stepmother? From the author of Godmother and MermaidThe Fairest of Them All explores what happens when fairy tale    heroines grow up and don’t live happily ever after.

Two more NEW books!

Released yesterday and available for your reading enjoyment NOW!

Breaking Glass

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality.

        Ages 13+

The Boy on the Bridge

(Fun fact: The latest Natalie Standiford release is semi-autobiographical – she met and fell in love with a Russian boy while studying there.) Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia–a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse.

Grades 8+


Here are some more new books, hot off the presses and just waiting for you to borrow them!


JUNE Releases


In this ‘sizzling love story,’ Ben has won a track scholarship at the University of California. He’s anxious to leave behind his small-town life, but his best friends don’t have college to look forward to. To make them happy, he goes with them to check out the hot girl parked on the side of Highway 447.  Enter Lala, whose Gypsy family earns money by telling fortunes. But lately Lala’s been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben’s cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.

Ages 14+

Recommended for fans of: Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Of Beast and Beauty

In this unique twist on Beauty and the Beast, Princess Isra was raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside the city, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people from starvation. Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

Ages 14+

Recommended for fans of: Alex Finn’s Beastly or Stacey Jay’s other twists on classics (Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed)

Long Division

Told in two alternating stories, this unique work of science fiction involves an onstage meltdown by City Coldson during a quiz show in present day and someone with the same name in 1985 who travels to the future.

Ages 14+

Recommended for fans of: Back to the Future movies

Far Far Away

Ever since Jeremy admitted to hearing voices, the people of his town have treated him like a total outsider. The voice he hears is none other than the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous brothers Grimm, writers of dark fairy tales. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But anyone familiar with Grimm’s fairytales knows that not every story can have a happy ending….

                                Grades 6+

               Recommended for fans of: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book or Joseph Delaney’s dark series The Last Apprentice

A Trick of the Light

Mike Welles had everything control, but lately his life is a total mess. Things are rough at home and they’re getting confusing at school. Then he hears a voice in his head – a seemingly friendly voice that is trying to help him gain control again by becoming faster and stronger. The voice wants to rid Mike’s life of everything holding him back and show him who he really is, if he’ll only listen.

Ages 14+

Recommended for fans of:  Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls or Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why

How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend

The most popular new cheerleader at Riverbend High used to be a complete nerd. Nora’s popularity matters to her so much that she’s willing to “dumb down” her schedule. But when funny, sweet, cute, and hyper-intelligent Adam moves to town and steals her heart, how can she prove to him she isn’t the airhead she pretends to be?

Ages 12+

Recommended for: fans of Sarah Dessen or Meg Cabot

When You Were Here

Danny’s mother has just lost her five-year battle with cancer – three weeks before his high school graduation. Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn’t know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore. A letter from the property manager in his mother’s Tokyo-based treatment center sends him on a journey toward revelation: perhaps the secret in how to live is how his mother died.

Ages 12+

Recommended for fans of: John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars or Gayle Forman’s If I Stay

JULY Releases 

Right of Way

Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.
Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.
Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Ages 14+

Recommended for fans of: Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More

45 Pounds (More or Less)

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life:

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

Grades 8-10

Recommended for fans of: Libba Bray’s Going Bovine or Chris Crutcher’s Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Dangerous Girls

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.
But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Ages 14+

Recommended for fans of: murder mysteries

Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

Ages 12+

Recommended for: Meg Cabot’s Awakened series

  Prep School Confidential

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne could care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate, Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school. When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it.

Ages 12+

           Recommended for fans of: Pretty Little Liars or Ally Carter’s Heist Society series

The Distance Between Us

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span.

Ages 13-17

Recommended for fans of: Stephanie Perkins’ Lola and the Boy Next Door

The Newest Teen Books

Browse the ‘New Books’ section in the Teen Zone for the hottest new titles. I’ll be adding more very soon!

June Releases

The Testing (The Testing, #1)

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

In this dystopic thriller, the planet that remains after the Seven Stages War is a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing – their one chance at a college education and rewarding career. Cia Vale has been chosen as a candidate, but her father forewarns her: trust no one. 

Grade 7+

Similar to: Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy or Veronica Roth’s Divergent


The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis

The summer before Olivia’s senior year, something unusual happens. She runs into a psychic in an elevator who warns that Olivia’s summer is pivotal and all her choices are connected. She doesn’t believe in psychics, but lately it feels like something in her life is missing. Could the mother she has never known be the secret ingredient she’s always been lacking? 

Grade 8+

Similar to: books by Sarah Dessen meets Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why


In the After (In the After #1)

In the After by Demitria Lunetta

This post-apocalyptic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. In a world overtaken by vile creatures, Amy must hide to survive. When she is miraculously “rescued” and taken to a colony of survivors, she thinks everything will be alright. But is her newfound sanctuary all it initially seems?

Ages 13+

Similar to: Marie Lu’s Legend


 My Chemical Mountain 

My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco

Everyone deals with death differently; Jason’s mother buries her sorrows through overeating. Jason handles the difficult time with various acts of rebellion: breaking into his town’s abandoned mills and factories with his best friends Charlie and Cornpup. Their town is heavily polluted, yet the boys see their exploration of the industrial wasteland as living life on the edge. Then one night, something happens that will change everything.

Grade 7+

 Similar to: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders

Boy Nobody

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die – of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

Grade 9+

Similar to: James Patterson’s Alex Rider series or James Dashner’s The Maze Runner series



July Releases

A Really Awesome Mess

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook + Brendan Halpin

Alternating between heart-wrenching and laugh-out-loud funny, this unique book delves into the lives of Justin and Emmy – both sent to reform school for very different reasons. Their paths cross at Heartland Academy, where they also encounter a group of teens as broken, stubborn and sarcastic as themselves.

Grades 7-9

Similar to: Rachel Cohn/David Levithan’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist


Hello there

New Teen Librarian here!

This is Me

I just started working at the Wilmington Memorial Library about a month ago. I can’t wait to meet more of you! Stop into the Teen Zone on the second floor sometime and say hello.

A bit about me:

  • My favorite authors are John Green, Gayle Forman, Ellen Hopkins, and Neil Gaiman.
  • I’m currently reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, about an alien invasion and the ominous life that follows.
  • I’m a singer and published journalist (Gothic Beauty magazine). I will be having a Teen Open Mic Night and a Creative Expression workshop this fall, so stay tuned!
  • I love crafts! I will be having weekly drop-in crafts every Tuesday in August – everything from duct tape flowers to monster bookmarks. You can come in anytime from 2-4pm to get crafty!
  • I have 8 tattoos. And I can talk your ear off about hair dye (I’ve been dying my hair since I was 13.)
  • I have two kittens named Tea and Crumpet.

Anything else you want to know about books, all things spooky, or what I have in store for 6-12th graders this coming year? Feel free to ask!

Looking forward to getting to know all the teens of Wilmington!

- Alison