ALA Books Spotlight {1}

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ALA Books Spotlight {1}

I went to ALA Midwinter and came home with quite a few books, all of which I’m excited for. But as I added them to Goodreads, I noticed that a lot of them didn’t have a lot of adds. I wanted to spotlight some of those to bring them to your attention in case you haven’t heard about them. Most of the featured books have less than 200 adds, with a couple that have about 300…definitely all under 400 though. I will have a post from now until Friday showcasing them, so check back each day! Here we go. :)
Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery by Linda Joy Singleton
Publication Date: March 8th 2012 by Flux
Add it on Goodreads!

In a new school and determined to keep her secrets from being discovered, Thorn finds a mysterious locket that leads to a shocking discovery—the unmarked grave of a newborn baby. Surrounded by new friends she barely knows, as well as the school’s famous former student, a smoking-hot musician named Phillipe, Thorn must investigate to find out if one of them is a murderer.



The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley
Publication Date: January 31st 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
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An orphaned boy, a desolate house, and a poltergeist with a terrible itch for revenge…

After Michael’s parents die, he is invited to stay with his guardian in a desolate country house. He begins to suspect something is not quite right on the day he arrives when he spots a mysterious woman out in the frozen mists. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself. His guardian is rarely seen, and there’s a malevolent force lurking in an old hallway mirror. As the chilling suspense builds, Michael realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many more secrets-both dead and alive.



Riding Out the Storm by Sis Deans
Publication Date: February 28th 2012 by Henry Holt BfYR
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Zach is riding the Greyhound bus through a snowstorm to visit his older brother Derek, whom he hasn’t seen in seven months. That’s when their parents finally went broke paying Derek’s doctor’s bills and had to give him up as a ward of the state. Nothing—not drawing in his sketchbook, not basketball—lets Zach forget that his brother is living in a mental institution five states away. But surprisingly, sitting next to a talkative teenage girl he nicknames Purplehead starts to take the edge off Zach’s pain.

Prompted by a chain of unpredictable events and by the people he meets along the way, Zach’s cynical humor gives us a poignant look at medical insurance and health care systems for the mentally ill, and at the everyday fears, joys, and revelations of adolescence.



Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees
Publication Date: July 10th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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David Ellison dreams of acting at Juilliard, but he’s expected to attend nearby Stanford University, just like all of his classmates at hard-driving Oak Fields Prep. As if wasting his private school education weren’t enough, David is also on track to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend, Ellen, when he finds himself falling for his new co-star, Vanessa.

With David’s Juilliard audition approaching, and his relationship teetering on the brink of disaster, Oak Fields is thrown into chaos as a mysterious prankster begins attacking the school’s highest achievers, determined to sabotage their college aspirations. Anyone who excels is a potential target, and David, the star of every play, could be next.

From the author of the highly praised The Brothers Torres comes a dangerously insightful book about enduring the pressures of high school, surviving the ins and outs of love, and fighting for your dreams, no matter what.



Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publication Date: February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster
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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.



Jess @ Gone with the Words

36 Responses to “ALA Books Spotlight {1}”

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    they sound so good. haven’t heard of them apart from the second, so thanks for sharing! :)

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    I know I’ve told you this before, but I have to say it again.. I think this idea of showcasing a few *not so popular* books from ALA each day is the best idea EVER!  I did not see Riding Out the Storm there, but reading this synopsis has made me want to check it out.  I also picked up a copy of Lucky Fools b/c I think it sounds great!

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    I hadn’t heard of of any of these books before! I think it’s great that you’re doing this, as it’s quite often the bigger books that get all the love.

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    I haven’t heard of any of these either!  The new Saenz book sounds good.  His book, “Last Night I Sang to The Monster” is one of my favorites.

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    Christa (Hooked on Books)

    This is a great idea for a feature. I love the sound of Riding Out the Storm – definitely adding that one to my to-read list.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Me too!! I first noticed the cover because, hey, it’s a guy and there’s snow falling and he looks…intriguing…it’s eye catching! But after reading the synopsis it definitely had my attention!

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    Shannon P.

    I really love that you’re doing this because I also like showcasing smaller, lesser known titles. I’ve heard of Riding Out the Storm and The Dead of Winter before but not the other two. Can’t wait to see which other titles you feature this week :D

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    I love that you are spotlighting books that are not on everyone’s radar! Great idea!

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    Ashley Perez

    Benjamin Alire Saenz is fantastic–I loved his Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood. Last Night I Sang to the Monster has a lot of appeal, too.

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    SaraO @ TheLibrarianReads

    Loving this feature as I was stuck in FL while everyone else seemed to ship off to ALA! I’m entertaining the first book about the goth-crime solver. Liking the unique personality of the narrator. Also, The Dead of Winter. Thinking it might be a really cool horror (like the poisoned house) if it’s good. 

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    Great books. I only had one of those books. I can’t wait to see what you think. I want all of them…but I can do without Aristotle. It rocks he tutored Alexander the Great, but gag me with a spoon.

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    Ok. I amend my previous comment. Aristotle & Dante’s adventure in friendship actually does sound good. Poop. Now I might want that one to. I covet my neighbor’s donkey or Jess’s great taste in books.

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    I don’t know where you find all these books, but in every list you have I find something that I think I might like.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives

    Jess…you are awesome! I’m going to go through all of these posts and add books to my TBR!

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    Thanks for including my upcoming THE SEER spinoff, BURIED.

    It’s already gotten good Kirkus and VOYA reviews and when I get my author copies I’ll offer some on the YALSA list. Librarians are some of my best friends (g).

    Linda joy singleton

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