believe that their immortality is a sign of
the devil. In a move meant to be noble but
that instead paints him as deeply unsympathetic, Charlie parts ways with Emma.
In the present day, Emma becomes a private investigator, determined to find her
lost love and the church members who are
killing teenage girls in an attempt to
draw her out. Preble’s memorable characters and unusual take on being forever
young are mired in a tangle of unneeded
story lines, including Charlie’s stint as a
war pilot and the church’s dubious scheme
to find Emma. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jennifer
Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May)
; The Safest Lies
Megan Miranda. Crown, $17.99 (368p)
Miranda (Soulprint) explores the traumatic effects of fear conditioning while
offering chills aplenty in this frightening
thriller. Kelsey Thomas lives in a beautiful home with her mother, Amanda,
who hasn’t left for 17 years, since Kelsey
was born. The house is a fortress meant to
keep any threat at bay. When Kelsey is
involved in a car accident and rescued by
volunteer fireman and classmate Ryan
Baker, it kicks off a series of events that
bring to light the horror that her mother
suffered all those years ago. Then Kelsey’s
mother disappears. Someone has Kelsey in
his or her sights, and it’s surely connected
to her mother’s past. Desperate to find her
mother, Kelsey, with Ryan’s help, begins
sifting through clues about her mother’s
abduction and discovers that nothing is
what it seems. Writing from Kelsey’s
first-person perspective, Miranda
expertly builds a sense of dread, leaving
readers to uncover the truth right alongside Kelsey. A touch of romance adds
levity, and the breathless cat-and-mouse
game between Kelsey and her shadowy
pursuers makes this a fast-paced, sus-penseful treat. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sarah
Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (May)
Ashley Herring Blake. Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-544-
Hadley’s family is trying to repair itself
after the discovery that her father was
having an affair. Sam’s family is in a similar
situation—his mother was the one
involved with Hadley’s father. After the
two teenagers meet at school, they begin
to fall for each other, but Hadley is unaware
of the connection between their families;
Sam regrets keeping this secret from her
but worries it could ruin their fragile new
romance. Shifting between Sam and
Hadley’s points of view—with anger and
disillusionment viscerally apparent in each
of their voices—debut author Blake puts
the teens in a near-impossible situation,
adeptly showing how Sam and Hadley can
be more adult in handling the complications of romance than all four of their parents. The two scenarios Blake sets up
(Hadley’s family tries to stay together,
while Sam’s starts over) both emphasize the
painful ways that infidelity takes a toll on
entire families. Readers will be left
thinking about the ways love can both hurt
and heal. Ages 14–up. Agent: Rebecca Podos,
Rees Literary Agency. (May)
; We Will Not Be Silent:
The White Rose Student
Resistance Movement That
Defied Adolf Hitler
Russell Freedman. Clarion, $17.99 (112p)
Freedman (Angel Island: Gateway to Gold
Mountain ) illuminates a small but powerful
student movement that used a secretive
leaflet campaign to oppose Hitler’s regime.
Siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl and a few
of their like-minded friends at the
Munich began the
White Rose resis-
tance: “All of them
were repelled by
what was hap-
yearned to speak freely, to be entirely
themselves again.” Nine chapters with
titles such as “Rumblings of Doubt” and “
‘We Are Your Bad Conscience’ ” (wording
aimed at Hitler from the fourth leaflet)
depict how the Scholls started out as Hitler
Youth and gradually became disenchanted
with the Nazis’ monolithic message of con-
formity and hate. Thoroughly researched,
with numerous archival photos, this well-
told story of the White Rose opposition
unfolds chronologically and with building
suspense. From the Scholls’ childhood in
Nazi Germany to their eventual executions
and the legacy of their daring acts of nonvi-
olence, Freedman seamlessly places their
story within the larger context of WWII.
Source notes, a bibliography, and an index
complete this inspiring historical narra-
tive. Ages 10–12. (May) ;
Chuck and Woodchuck Cece Bell. Candlewick,
ISBN 978-0-7636-7524-0, Mar.
; Hector and Hummingbird Nicholas John
Frith. Scholastic/Levine, ISBN 978-0-545-85701-7,
Let’s Play! Hervé Tullet. Chronicle, ISBN 978-1-
Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus John Hendrix.
Abrams, ISBN 978-1-4197-1899-1, Feb.
Midnight Madness at the Zoo Sherryn Craig,
illus. by Karen Jones. Arbordale, ISBN 978-1-
Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountains Mike Norris, illus. by Minnie Adkins. Univ. of
Kentucky, ISBN 978-0-8131-6614-8, Feb.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville Pat Zietlow
Miller, illus. by Frank Morrison. Chronicle, ISBN
7 Days of Awesome: A Creation Tale Shawn
Byous, illus. by Colin Jack. Zonderkidz, ISBN 978-
The SheepOver John and Jennifer Churchman.
Little, Brown, ISBN 978-0-316-27356-5, Dec.
Super Jumbo Fred Koehler. Dial, ISBN 978-0-
The Abyss Surrounds Us Emily Skrutskie.
Flux, ISBN 978-0-7387-4691-3, Feb.
Firstlife Gena Showalter. Harlequin Teen,
ISBN 978-0-373-21157-9, Feb.
The Girl from Everywhere Heidi Heilig.
Greenwillow, ISBN 978-0-06-238075-3, Feb.
The Key to Extraordinary Natalie Lloyd.
Scholastic Press, ISBN 978-0-545-55274-5, Feb.
Kill the Boy Band Goldy Moldavsky. Scholastic/
Point, ISBN 978-0-545-86747-4, Feb.
Pull Anne Riley. Spencer Hill, ISBN 978-1-63392-
This Song Is (Not) for You Laura Nowlin.
Sourcebooks Fire, ISBN 978-1-4926-0290-3, Jan.