Saturday, 30 July 2011

New YA Releases - August 2011

Here's a look ahead at what's got me excited in the world of YA fiction for August 2011. Let me know if you'll be reading any of these!

*please note I don't read hardbacks so although some of these have been out in hardback for a while they will be on this list as they are now coming out in paperback*

Extent: 352 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: 9th August 2011

When Alton's ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it's better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton's mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But, like all apparently casual choices in any of Louis Sachar's wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined. As his relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to conclusion. Alton's mother is in for a surprise!

Extent: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: 1st August 2011

When a Pincent Pharma lorry is ambushed by the Underground, its contents come as a huge surprise - not drugs but corpses in a horrible state. It appears Longevity isn't working and the drugs that are supposed to guarantee eternal youth are failing to live up to their promise. A virus is sweeping the country, killing many in its wake, and Longevity is powerless to fight it. When Richard Pincent of Pincent Pharma suggests that the Underground has released the virus, something has to be done to alert everyone to the truth and put the story straight once and for all.

Extent: 384 pages
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pub Date: 23rd August 2011

We are the last defence.

I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened to John Smith. To the world he's a mystery, but to me ... he's one of us. Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us, if we all still believe in our mission.

There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another, but our Legacies are developing and soon we'll be ready to fight. Is John Number Four - and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who might be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio ... and failed. I am Number Seven. And I'm ready to fight.


Extent: 384 pages
Publisher: Chicken House
Pub Date: 4th August 2011

Thomas was sure that escape from the maze meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one knew what sort of life they were going back to.

The earth is a wasteland. Government and order have disintegrated and now Cranks, people driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim…and meal.

Thomas can only wonder - does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

The pulse-pounding sequel to The Maze Runner.


Extent: 304 pages
Publisher: Templar
Pub Date: 1st August 2011

Regency England's feistiest twelve year old is back! When Kat Stephenson's family arrive in Bath in search of a suitor for her sister, it's not long before Kat discovers that the town of Bath is fizzing with wild magic. Stumbling upon a plot to harness the magic in the Roman Baths, Kat finds that her brother is unwittingly involved. To foil the plot and save her brother she must defy the Order of the Guardians and risk losing her magical powers, forever...

Extent: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub Date: 30th August 2011

The president’s son, luke, and his friends Theo and Callie are constantly being watched by Secret Service agents at Camp David. But when things spiral out of control, Luke and his friends are suddenly on their own, racing to escape a raging wildfire threatening their lives. They urgently need a plan: to override the security systems, to save those who were supposed to save them, to get through an impassable gate, and to escape Camp David.

Debut author Dee Garretson delivers a heart-pounding survival thriller—an action-packed adventure with undeniable suspense.


Extent: 352 pages
Publisher: Puffin
Pub Date: 4th August 2011

After a snowstorm forces him to take shelter, Jack comes across a village in need of protection from raiding mountain bandits. Torn between moving on or helping, Jack is persuaded to stay and fight their cause.

But Jack is the first and only samurai to do so. Now he must enlist other warriors to the village's aid before the bandits return to steal their harvest. No easy task when the reward is so little and he is a foreigner. If only he had his friends to call on…

Using the Ring of Fire, can Jack overpower the bandits and win?

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