ALA Books Spotlight {3}

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ALA Books Spotlight {3}

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. :)

This set is probably the one with the most known out of all the ones I’ll be featuring,  but they were still under 500.
Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn
Publication Date: April 17th 2012 by Clarion Books
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Based on an actual crime in 1955, this YA novel is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age story. The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora Cunningham’s junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil. Her certainties, friendships, religion, her prudence, her resolve to find a boyfriend taller than she is – are shaken or cast off altogether.

Most people in Elmgrove, Maryland, share the comforting conviction that Buddy Novak, who had every reason to want his ex-girlfriend dead, is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then begins to doubt Buddy’s guilt, and finally comes to believe him innocent – the lone dissenting voice in Elmgrove.

Told from several different perspectives, including that of the murderer, Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.



Belles by Jen Calonita
Publication Date: April 10th 2012 by Poppy
Add it on Goodreads!

Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she’s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn’t go so well.

Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn’t thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and, in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing that lurk beneath their classmates’ Southern charm, a secret is unfolding that will change both girls’ lives forever.



Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Publication Date: July 5th 2012 by Dutton Juvenile
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On the night of Becca’s high school graduation, the discovery of an unidentified dead girl left to bleed out on the side of a dirt road sends the town—and Becca—into a tailspin. Becca has always longed to break free from her small home town, but as the violence of the outside world creeps into her backyard, she withdraws and retreats inward, paralyzed for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson’s life are intercut with Becca’s own coming-of-age summer, unfolding into the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and tense romantic relationships as the summer’s tumultuous events twist Becca closer and closer to the truth about Amelia’s murder.



Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Publication Date: February 2nd 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
Add it on Goodreads!

A stunning new novel from threetime Newbery Honor–winning author Jacqueline Woodson.

Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she’s still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel’s new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past.

When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she’s able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction.

Incorporating Laurel’s bittersweet memories of life before and during the hurricane, this is a stunning novel by one of our finest writers. Jacqueline Woodson’s haunting—but ultimately hopeful—story is beautifully told and one readers will not want to miss.



Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
Publication Date: July 10th 2012 by Little, Brown BfYR
Add it on Goodreads!

Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.

With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.



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Jess @ Gone with the Words

5 Responses to “ALA Books Spotlight {3}”

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    Great choices! I like the sound of all the books you’ve chosen, especially Belles! I like that cover a lot! Thank you for featuring them!!

    Sam ^__^
    Books For All Seasons

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    Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

    Belles sounds like a book that’s just up my alley. But I think the one I’m most interested in reading from your selection above is Beneath a Meth Moon. It sounds like it’s going to be a thought-provoking novel. As always, thank you for sharing! It’s definitely great to discover even more titles I want to read :)

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    Randi M

    I’ve read through the first three posts so far and have added about a dozen books to my TBR. :) I’m really enjoying these posts! Excellent idea. Thank you!

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    Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives

    Guess what?! I have all of these on Goodreads already! YES! ;)

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    Sharyla @ A Bookish Wonderland

    Beneath a Meth Moon looks amazing! I’m off to add it to my wish list. Thanks!

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