Lips Touch - Laini Taylor

Magic may be powerful, but desire is even more so as Lips Touch: Three Times (Scholastic, $17.99). In each of Laini Taylor’s three novellas, a kiss has consequences. Adding to the book’s intensity is a series of wordless illustrations by Taylor’s husband, Jim di Bartolo, that begin each story and always foretell dark pasts. For fantasy and non-fantasy lovers alike, here’s a book that shows just how many places a kiss can lead when the supernatural is lurking. Ages 15 and up. JEH

The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han

Since 15-year-old Belly was a baby, her family has spent summers at the beach with her mother’s best friend, Susannah, and her two sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. However, this summer seems different. Conrad, ready for college, and Jeremiah, almost 17, respond differently to her and the spirited Susannah seems ill. Author Jenny Han uses flashbacks to provide an understanding of the characters’ previous and current relationships. In retrospect, Belly acknowledges that this is The Summer I Turned Pretty (Simon and Schuster, $16.99), but also the summer her life changed forever. This romantic, resonant novel will linger in the mind, no matter the season. Ages 14 and up. MAG
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ISBN: 9781416968238
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2009

Crossing Stones - Helen Frost

Muriel and Ollie Jorgensen and Frank and Emma Norman have grown up together, their homes connected by the Crossing Stones (FSG, $16.99) that form a bridge across Crabapple Creek. Now, as America enters World War I, all four teenagers are struggling to find their place in the world. Frank and Ollie leave their families to join the war effort in Europe, Emma helps keep the families safe at home, and Muriel finds her place in the burgeoning women’s rights movement and the fight for women’s suffrage. Muriel, Ollie, and Emma take turns narrating Helen Frost’s novel in carefully crafted verse. Ages 14 and up. DMC
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ISBN: 9780374316532
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 29th, 2009