Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath - Steven Goldman

Mitchell Wells and his best friend, David, are plodding through their junior year. Mitchell spends his time alternately trying to fit in and wondering if he even wants to bother. David knows he doesn’t. Mitchell’s serious yet cynical take on high school is poignant and funny. Steven Goldman’s first young adult novel, TWO PARTIES, ONE TUX, AND A VERY SHORT FILM ABOUT THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Bloomsbury, $16.99), is a funny, original, and spot on coming-of-age story. Ages 14-18.

Nation - Terry Pratchett

Mao is returning home from his manhood survival quest when he is struck by a tsunami. When he finally reaches the tropical shores of the NATION (HarperCollins, $16.99), instead of the celebration he expects, he finds total devastation and not a living soul. Meanwhile, Ermintrude, a girl of noble birth, is the lone survivor when the tsunami crashes her ship into the island Nation’s forest. Over the next few weeks, a motley assortment of traumatized tsunami survivors, including a native priest and a pregnant woman, arrive by canoes expecting the young people’s care and support. At times deeply funny, at others clever and moving, Terry Pratchett’s brilliant and stirring survival adventure is also an exploration of faith in the face of ruin. The excellent audio book (Harper Collins, $29.95) is read by Stephen Briggs. Ages 13 to adult. Jewell Stoddard
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ISBN: 9780061433016
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Published: Clarion Books - September 30th, 2008

The Uninvited - Tim Wynne-Jones

After a disturbing freshman year at NYU, Mimi Shapiro can’t wait to escape to what she believes will be the peace and quiet of her father’s remote Canadian cottage. But her summer is anything but peaceful. Who is The Uninvited (Candlewick, $16.99)? The married professor she’s dumped who continues to harass her? Jay, a local musician about her age, who has taken up residence in her dad’s cottage? The anonymous person who keeps leaving strange artifacts in and around the cottage? Together, Mimi and Jay untangle a complex and surprising web of past and present relationships, stretching from New York to Canada in this gripping, fast-paced thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones. Ages 15 up.
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ISBN: 9780763639846
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Published: Candlewick - May 12th, 2009