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New in Young Adult Fiction: 2 Highly-Anticipated Installments

In the last couple of weeks we have received some pretty exciting installments in two of our most popular and beloved young adult series: The Divergent Trilogy and The Brotherband Chronicles. Check out these exciting new novels below!

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

One choice breaks free of his past

One choice embraces his future

One choice exposes the dangers

One choice changes him–forever

Once choice will free him

This fun new installment in the Divergent trilogy contains four new short stories written in the voice of Tobias Eaton, otherwise known as Four. Follow Four as he makes the decisions that will turn him into the man that Tris knows and loves. BONUS: Also includes three scenes familiar to fans of the Divergent trilogy, written instead from Four’s point-of-view rather than Tris’s. A great addition to any young adult, dystopian library!

Brotherband Chronicles #4: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan

Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia’s most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud–leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal’s constant opponent–has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Arulean villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action…with the help of one of Arulean’s finest Rangers.

In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale.


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YA Books to Look Forward to This Fall

This Fall is packed with great titles. Here are a few we’ve been looking forward to at the Book Table. Some are already out!

October 2
The Heroes of Olympus Book 3:
The Mark of Athena

By Rick Riordan

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

October 30
Brotherband Chronicles 3: The Hunter
By John Flanagan

Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard.

The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawless fortress of Ragusa. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive.

November 13
Matched Book 3: Reached
By Ally Condie

Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the “New York Times” bestselling Matched Trilogy
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising–and each other–Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.
In this gripping conclusion to the #1 “New York Times” bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

August 21
Princess Academy 2: Palace of Stone
By Shannon Hale

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting… until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she “should “help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. Picking up where “Princess Academy “left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.

September 4
Janitors 2: Secrets of New Forest Academy
By Tyler Whitesides

Now, more than ever, Spencer, Daisy, and even Dez must fight to save schools everywhere. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance (BEM) is after Spencer, and the only place he is safe is within the walls of the New Forest Academy. Or so he thinks. In this fast-paced adventure, the kids must figure out where their loyalties lie and who they can trust as they fight to discover the true secret of the New Forest Academy and what it means to the future of education.

August 14
Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen
By Richard Paul Evans

Michael was born with special electrical powers—and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a tecno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out.

After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power—and the truth of their plan to “restructure”

September 4
The Missing Book 5: Caught
By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Jonah and Katherine are accustomed to traveling through time, but when learn they next have to return Albert Einstein’s daughter to history, they think it’s a joke—they’ve only heard of his sons. But it turns out that Albert Einstein really did have a daughter, Lieserl, whose 1902 birth and subsequent disappearance was shrouded in mystery. Lieserl was presumed to have died of scarlet fever as an infant. But when Jonah and Katherine return to the early 1900s to fix history, one of Lieserl’s parents seems to understand entirely too much about time travel and what Jonah and Katherine are doing. It’s not Lieserl’s father, either—it’s her mother, Mileva. And Mileva has no intention of letting her daughter disappear.

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May ’12 Childrens New Releases

The Serpent’s Shadow and The Invaders are in! Read about the exciting conclusion to the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, as well as John Flanagan’s second book in the Brotherband Chronicles here.

Another final book in a beloved series, The Sisters Grimm, is now out as well, released in mid-April. Michael Buckley’s series has fascinated readers with his fairy tale telling that almost makes one wonder if ABC knew what they were doing when they came up with Once Upon A Time.  We highly recommend this series for age 8 and older.

The Sisters Grimm #9: The Council of Mirrors
By Michael Buckley

In the final volume in the Sisters Grimm series, Sabrina, Daphne, and the rest of the Grimms and their friends must face off against the Master to decide the fate of Ferryport Landing—and the world. When Mirror fails to escape the barrier using Granny Relda’s body, he turns to his plan B: killing all the Grimms so that the magical barrier collapses. In the meantime, Sabrina has gathered the other magic mirrors as advisors on how to deal with their mortal enemy. They tell her to join forces with the Scarlet Hand against Mirror, in exchange for offering all the citizens of Ferryport Landing their freedom. This final chapter is the end of the road for several beloved characters, but the conclusion is sure to satisfy devoted fans of the series.

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Brotherband Chronicles & Kane Chronicles Release Date

Eagerly awaiting the release of book 2 in the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan? The Invaders comes out May 1, 2012! It’s going to be awesome! Those of who have read the Ranger’s Apprentice series know how exciting this is. We want to read more about the fantastic world John Flanagan has contrived.

And another interesting thing about May 1, 2012 is the release of The Serpent’s Shadow, book 3 in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles trilogy. What’s next for Carter and Sadie Kane? We’ll find out on May 1.

When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at—order—to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those that remain are weak. Walt, one of Carter and Sadie’s most gifted initiates, is doomed and can already feel his life force ebbing. Zia is too busy babysitting the senile sun god, Ra, to be of much help. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

There is, possibly, one way to stop Apophis, but it is so difficult that it might cost Carter and Sadie their lives, if it even works at all. It involves trusting the ghost of a psychotic magician not to betray them, or worse, kill them. They’d have to be crazy to try. Well, call them crazy.

With hilarious asides, memorable monsters, and an ever-changing crew of friends and foes, the excitement never lets up in The Serpent’s Shadow, a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the Kane Chronicles trilogy.

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New Book by Ranger’s Apprentice Author: The Brotherband Chronicles

From the author of the bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice books comes a new series full of adventure and heroism, the Brotherband Chronicles. Get it this month and you only pay $14.24–that’s 35% off the list price.

DESCRIPTION: They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others – they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger’s Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn’t mean they don’t have skills. And courage – which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger’s Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger’s Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.


–And while you’re in the store, don’t forget to pick up the Ranger’s Apprentice: The Lost Stories. Basically, it fills in the gaps of the series.

AND, if you haven’t already, pre-order. Inheritance, the fourth and final series that all started with Christopher Paolini’s Eragon. It comes out November 8, and we’ll be open until midnight November 7 for those wanting to get it as soon as they can.

AND, sign up to win the $1,000 shopping spree! The “red box of luck,” as I’m coming to call it, is at the back desk. You never know if you’ll be the lucky one!

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Coming this Fall to Children’s/Young Adult

Here are some release dates in the Children’s department that have us on the edge of our seats in anticipation.

  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Inheritance Cycle, Book 4: Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts by John Flanagan. Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Ranger’s Apprentice: The Lost Stories by John Flanagan. Release Date: October 4, 2011.
  • A Prince Among Frogs (Tales of the Frog Princess) by E.D. Baker. Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Home For Christmas by Jan Brett. Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln At Last! by Mary Pope Osborne.  Release Date: December 27, 2011
  • A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #5: The New Year Dragon Dilemma by Ron Roy. Release Date: December 27, 2011