discover them and kill Kayla like he did
Kayla’s sister. Kayla resents this life in
hiding because it also means keeping her
telekinetic powers a secret. Disobeying
her mother, Kayla regularly uses her power to steal until a handsome teleporter,
Daniel, threatens to reveal Kayla’s secret
if she doesn’t use her gift to help him find
his kidnapped mother. Thus begins a race
to find three magical stones before they
fall into the wrong hands, and both Kayla
and Daniel’s families pay the price. Durst
(Conjured) delivers a fun adventure with a
superpowered twist as Daniel and Kayla
use their abilities to solve the crises that
come their way. Even in dangerous situations, Kayla retains her wry sense of humor, which brings a bit of lightness to
some of the story’s cornier moments and
cinematic plot twists. Think The Mummy
(temples, tombs, and all) with Veronica
Mars calling the shots, and a dash of romance in the mix. Ages 14–up. Agent:
Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger. (Oct.)
Amy Reed. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (384p) ISBN
“Straight A student, soccer star, full
athletic scholarship to the University of
Michigan in the fall.” That’s how 18-year-
old Kinsey Cole lets people see her, even
though she still feels broken and numb
two months after a drunk truck driver hit
her car, killing her best friend, Camille.
When Camille’s boyfriend, Hunter, approaches Kinsey with the idea of running
away to San Francisco, she surprises herself by jumping at the chance to flee her
small Michigan town and her combative
relationship with her unpredictable
mother. Kinsey’s “sadistic drill sergeant”
personality and Hunter’s anger at his father and heavy drinking make for a lot of
conflict as they cross the country, but the
biggest source of tension comes from
Kinsey’s escalating encounters with Camille’s threatening ghost, which move
from the realm of nightmares into nightmarish reality. While perhaps a few too
many chapters end with Kinsey falling
asleep, paving the way for dream sequences, Reed (Over You) presents a thoughtful
portrait of survivor’s guilt and road-trip
story about taking the risk of shedding
one’s past. Ages 14–up. Agent: Amy Tipton, Signature Literary Agency. (Oct.)
; The Doubt Factory
Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown, $18 (496p)
In this provocative thriller, Bacigalupi
(The Drowned Cities) traces the awakening of a smart, compassionate, and privileged girl named Alix Banks to ugly re-alities of contemporary life, while seeking to open readers’ eyes, as well. Alix’s
life is thrown into disarray when an activist group targets her family, its eyes
on her father’s powerful public relations
business. Moses is a charismatic black
teen living off the money from a settlement with a pharmaceutical company after one of its medications killed his parents. Along with four other brilliant
teens who have lost family to this sort of
legal/medical maleficence, Moses hopes
to enlist Alix’s help to release incriminating data from her father’s files, à la
Edward Snowden. This openly didactic
novel asks challenging questions about
the immorality of the profit motive and
capitalism, but does so within the context of a highly believable plot (backed
up with references to actual front
groups, lawsuits, warning labels, and literature on the subject, which will send
readers to their search engines) and well-developed, multifaceted characters. Fans
of Cory Doctorow’s work should love
this book. Ages 15–up. Agent: Russell
Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency.
; Taking Flight:
From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
Michaela and Elaine DePrince. Knopf, $16.99
(256p) ISBN 978-0-385-75511-5
A compelling narrative of the journey
of an African orphan whose hard work,
emotional strength, and supportive adoptive American parents helped her build a
life as a professional dancer, 19-year-old
Michaela DePrince’s memoir, coauthored
by her mother, holds many stories. Chapters on Michaela’s early childhood in Africa present a powerful portrait of family
love and affection set against horrific images of the violence enacted by rebels in
Sierra Leone in the 1990s. Later chapters
offer a close look at the ups and downs of
adapting to life in America for the four
Baking Day at Grandma’s Anika Denise, illus.
by Christopher Denise. Philomel, Aug.
Bruno and Titch: A Tale of a Boy and His
Guinea Pig Sheena Dempsey. Candlewick, Aug.
The Flat Rabbit Bárdur Oskarsson, trans. from
the Faroese by Marita Thomsen. Owlkids, Sept.
The Scarecrows’ Wedding Julia Donaldson,
illus. by Axel Scheffler. Scholastic/Levine, July
The Way to the Zoo John Burningham.
Bombay Blues Tanuja Desai Hidier.
Can’t Look Away Donna Cooner.
Ghosting Edith Pattou. Amazon/Skyscape, Aug.
Isla and the Happily Ever After Stephanie
Perkins. Dutton, Aug.
Kinda Like Brothers Coe Booth. Scholastic
Rise of the Undead Redhead Meghan
Dougherty, illus. by Alece Birnbach.
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, July
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes
Juan Felipe Herrera, illus. by Raúl Colón. Dial, Aug.
; Bubbe’s Belated Bat Mitzvah Isabel
Pinson, illus. by Valeria Cis. Kar-Ben, Sept.
Goodnight, Ark Laura Sassi, illus. by Jane
Chapman. Zonderkidz, Aug.
The Master Song Andrew Maloney. Whitaker
African girls Elaine DePrince and her
husband ultimately adopted. The book’s
strong thread is Michaela’s lifelong passion for ballet and her candid depiction
of the physical and emotional struggles
of becoming a black classical ballerina.
There is plenty of ballet detail for dance
lovers to revel in, and the authors achieve
a believable, distinctive teenage voice
with a nice touch of lyrical description:
“I... learned that pain, like the green of
the jungle leaves, comes in many shades.”
Photos not seen by PW. Ages 12–up.
Agent: Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary. (Oct.) ;