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Book Talk Tuesday - Hate List

Valerie is sick of the kids that make fun of her at school, who call her “Sister Death” because of her dark eyeliner and black clothes. So she and her boyfriend Nick start keeping a “Hate List”, a list of all of the people and things that annoy them. Valerie thinks that the list is just a joke, a way to blow off steam - until the day Nick opens fire on the school cafeteria, killing kids on the Hate List before turning the gun on himself. Now, three months later, Valerie is back in school for senior year. Her parents no longer trust her, she’s being investigated by a detective who thinks that she and Nick planned the shooting together, and her old classmates both hate and fear her. Worst of all, Valerie still misses Nick. She knows that he did a terrible thing, but she loved him, and she can’t forget the good times they had together. The memory of the shooting haunts Valerie, and moving on with her life won’t be easy.

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We are (as if you couldn’t tell by our posts!) huge science fiction/dystopian fans here at PPL: we are tremendously excited for tomorrow’s visit with Mindy McGinnis, who’ll be talking about her dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink

So of course we’re also thrilled that this year’s summer reading theme is Science! Here is a (very, very) brief guide to science fiction topics in some of our favorite YA reads. And to see these awesome book covers in full, click through the image to find our dedicated Pinterest board! 

Some great recommendations on this list!


Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (6th - 12th April). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: April 8th
Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing which will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists. But first, they have a mystery to solve. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.

Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Release date: April 8th
Sixteen-year-old Inuit Billy Bah spots a ship far out among the icebergs. The ship carries provisions for Robert E. Peary, who is making an expedition to the North Pole. As a child, Billy Bah spent a year in America with Peary’s family. When the ship gets caught in the ice, Billy Bah sets out to find Peary.

Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances. But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected.

Burn Out (Burn Out #1) by Kristi Helvig
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release date: April 8th
One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen year-old dirt-bike daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: April 8th
Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

Great by Sara Benincasa
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 8th
In Sara Benincasa’s contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen-year-old Prenna James immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Incinerator (Crusher #2) by Niall Leonard
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 8th
London ganglord The Guvnor is in hiding, and Finn Maguire has begun a new life running a boxing gym with his old friend and coach Delroy. But when Finn’s lawyer Nicky Hale vanishes overnight with all his money, Finn finds himself in hock to a loan shark with a vicious gang of enforcers.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (The Tribe #1) by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
The Reckoning destroyed civilisation. Rising from the ashes, some people have developed unique abilities, and society is scared of them. Guided by the ancient spirits of the land, Ashala Wolf will do anything to keep them safe.

The Klaatu Terminus (The Klaatu Diskos #3) by Pete Hautman
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
Tucker, Lia, and Kosh must evade the pursuit of maggot-like Timesweeps, battle Master Gheen’s cult of Lambs, all while they puzzle out the enigmatic Boggsians as they search for one another and the secrets of the diskos. Where — and when — will it all end?

The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 8th
A meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County reignites the feud between two families when the toxic fire throws together good girl Victoria Whitfield and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale. Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.

The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin
Publisher: Philomel
Release date: April 8th
The Nethergrim, a beast of legend, has returned. Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. He and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t. Now he’s alive again. Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: April 8th
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 8th
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. They are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the souls of the damned. Only this year, the souls will not be quieted. Separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known.

Swim That Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: April 8th
When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time.

Toxic Heart (Mystic City #2) by Theo Lawrence
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 8th
Aria believes she can save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with. Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.

Troll Mountain: Episode 1 by Matthew Reilly
Publisher: Momentum Books
Release date: April 8th
When his sister is struck down by a deadly disease and his tribal leaders refuse to help him, an intrepid youth named Raf decides to defy his tribe and do the unthinkable: he will journey alone to Troll Mountain and steal the elixir from the dreaded trolls.

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art’s Sake, that is being filmed at their high school. But then Luke—the creative force behind their vigilante poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show.

What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Release date: April 8th
Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny’s chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide.

The World Outside by Eva Wiseman
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release date: April 8th
Seventeen-year-old Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. But Chanie has a beautiful voice and dreams of becoming an opera singer - a profession forbidden to a Hasidic girl. When she meets David, a non-Hasidic Jewish boy, he opens the portals to the world outside her fundamentalist community.

Zom-B Mission (Zom-B #7) by Darren Shan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 8th
B Smith and the other Angels are relieved to finally receive their first mission - to safely escort a group of human survivors from the zombie-infested streets of London to New Kirkham, a barricaded safe haven in the country. But after battling through crowds of undead monsters, B discovers that the survivors of the town aren’t the best of humanity.

The End of Never (Spitfire #2) by Tammy Turner
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Release date: April 9th
Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Peyton is too smart to fall for pickup lines. She knows crushing on her immortal admirer Kraven could get her heart broken. Or maybe even ripped out of her chest. Literally.

Deadfall (Agent 21 #4) by Chris Ryan
Publisher: Random House
Release date: April 10th
Zak Darke is sent on what seems like a straightforward surveillance op in South Africa but it soon turns into the toughest, most dangerous mission he has ever faced. An old enemy has teamed up with a terrifying gang of child soldiers and Zak is caught in the middle.

Goddess by Laura Powell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: April 10th
The Cult of Artemis is the only home Aura has ever known. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.

Hate by Alan Gibbons
Publisher: Indigo
Release date: April 10th
Eve’s older sister, Rosie, was bright and alive and always loved being the centre of attention. Then one day, she is brutally murdered. Six months later, Eve meets Antony and discovers that he was there the night Rosie died and did nothing to help. Is there any way she can ever get past that?

Mayday by Jonathan Friesen
Publisher: Speak
Release date: April 10th
Crow will stop at nothing to protect her younger sister—even if it costs her her own life. But then she’s given a chance to come back and make things right. There are a few catches, though. She won’t come back as herself. And before she can set things straight, she’ll have to figure out what’s what—and things aren’t as clear-cut as she remembered.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: April 10th
Theo is better now. She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

The System (The Killables #3) by Gemma Malley
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: April 10th
Everybody watches everyone else; nothing is hidden. And for those who fail to ‘update’ every fifteen minutes, the consequences are deadly. Evie and Raffy have escaped the City but they still fear for their lives. Now the only person who can help them is Frankie, the most popular girl in the world, watched every second by millions of people.

The Soul Healer (Silver Moon Saga #2) by Melissa Giorgio
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Release date: April 11th
It’s been two months since Gabi Harkins first learned of demons and the mysterious hunters who battle them. Now she wants to settle into a normal routine, but when her life is destroyed by the ultimate of betrayals, Gabi must survive her hardest challenges yet.

New books coming out this week! I CANNOT WAIT to read Dreams of Gods & Monsters. Which one are you most excited for?

Book Talk Tuesday - Freakboy

Brendan is a popular jock who spends his free time competing in wrestling matches and hanging out with his girlfriend, Vanessa. It might seem like he has it all, but inside Brendan full of questions about why he sometimes feels so weird inside his own body. Is it crazy that he’d sometimes like to trade his body for one with long, silky hair and soft feminine curves? Are there other guys out there who sometimes wish they were girls? Does he want to be with Vanessa, or does he want to be her? Is there a place where someone like him can fit in, or will he always be a freakboy? Freakboy explores these questions from dual perspectives in sharp, crackling free verse.

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J.K. Rowling to Pen Fantastic Beasts Trilogy as Harry Potter Spin-Off - Us Weekly


Potterheads rejoice! J.K. Rowling is not only writing the screenplay for a film adaptation of her wizarding textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but she and Warner Brothers are turning the spin-off into a trilogy.

The New York Times reports that with the help of WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Rowling has agreed to writing three films, which will be set seven decades before the start of Harry Potter’s story.

The films, which currently don’t have any release dates or casting information, will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander, who is not directly linked to the Potter family, but rather a part of the wizarding world in general.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” J.K. wrote on her Facebook page in September. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Wait new Harry Potter movies whaaat? Awesome!

Book Talk Tuesday - Panic


There’s not much to do in Heather’s small town, which is normally sleepy and quiet. But all of that changes on the first day of summer - the day that Panic starts. Panic is an annual tradition where graduating seniors participate in a series of increasingly dangerous challenges throughout the summer. The stakes are high, but so is the prize: the winner of Panic walks away with more than $50,000. That’s a lot of money in a town like Heather’s - enough to get away and start a whole new life. This year, Heather, her best friend Nat, class loner Dodge, and thirty-one other seniors are competing in Panic. Most are in it for the money, but a few have other motives - like revenge. This year’s Panic will be the most intense ever, and as contestants are eliminated, Nat, Heather and Dodge will find themselves in a fight for their lives.

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