January 2013 Releases
Finding Zasha by Randi Barrow
Hitler’s troops are marching across Russia and 12-year-old Ivan has joined a secret group fighting against the Nazis. When he meets Zasha and Thor, he knows that he must save them and stop them from becoming weapons of war.
Return to Me by Justina Chen
Tagline: And there it was again, the troubling notion that I barely knew the people I loved.
Rebecca’s life is upturned when her family moves and dad takes off.
Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta by Shannon Duffy (Middle Grade)
The first title from Month9Books, a new YA imprint focusing on speculative fiction. Gabriel Stone finds a crystal that transports him to strange new worlds, literally.
The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington
This line really says it all: “I was living in a murder house.” There are ghosts, mysteries, swoony guys and a cute little brother. Christie G. has read and is writing her review as we speak.
The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman
It is 1923 and Jade Moon is a headstrong, reckless girl; something that is not valued in Chinese girls. But when her father and her find the chance to move to America, they discover that freedom isn’t always what they think it is, especially for Chinese immigrants.
Catherine by April Lindner
Chelsea sets off to New York to try and find her missing mother, Catherine. In a dual voice narrative, we learn about the great and obsessive love of Catherine and Hence while Chelsea tries to understand what could make a mother leave her daughter. A modern day mystery, this is a play on Wuthering Heights.
Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer
Princess Victoria is destined to be the queen of England. Meyer bases this work of historical fiction off of Queen Victoria’s own diaries. This is not only a sweeping love story, but an intimate look at one of England’s most beloved queens.
Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mylnowski (Middle Grade)
Mylnowski continues her Whatever After series with a little twisted Cinderella. What’s Cinderella going to do with a broken foot? The Tween and I love this series and can’t wait to read this next title.
Altered by Jennifer Rush
Tagline: When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?
Anna lives with a group of genetically altered boys who are poised to be secret government weapons. They soon find themselves on the run, fleeing for their lives and Anna has discovered she has a secret connection to one of them, Sam. They must find out what that connection is in order to survive.
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder
Tagline: Love found her. Now it won’t let her go.
Rae has always dreamed of having a boyfriend like Nathan, but is he really the dream guy she thinks he is?
Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick
Two years ago Adrienne’s best friend walked out of her life. One week ago she left a desperate message asking for help. Adrienne never called her back. When Dakota disappears and leaves behind a rumored suicide note, Adrienne can’t help but wonder. Can Adrienne find and help Dakota, or is it really too late?
Other titles I can’t wait to read this month:
Prodigy by Marie Lu, the sequel to Legend
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Archived by Victoria Schwab
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Prey by Andrew Fukuda, the sequel to Hunt
What are you looking forward to in January?
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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