Fantastic New Fall Fiction
Across the Universe by Beth Revis. (Science fiction)
Amy, her parents, and others are cryogenically frozen on the spaceship Godspeed that is making a 300-year journey to their new planet home, but Amy awakens 50 years too early to face a frightening existence. This is the first book of the Across the Universe Trilogy.
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. (Magic and wizards)
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons a powerful djinni (genie) named Bartimaeus. This is the first book of the Baritmaeus series.
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata. (Service dog in Vietnam War)
Cracker is a German shepherd dog trained to sniff out bombs, booby traps, and enemy soldiers.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick. (Sports and high school life)
Peter Friedman, a star baseball pitcher, is injured and out for the season so he turns his attention to becoming a sports photographer at his high school, having a girlfriend, and spending more time with his photographer grandfather who is showing early signs of Alzheimer’s.
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski. (High school students and telepathic powers)
After receiving contaminated flu shots, a group of high school students develops the ability to hear other people’s thoughts.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman. (Movie tie-in edition; coma and death)
Seventeen-year-old Mia while in a coma from an automobile accident that killed her parents and brother has the choice of joining her family in death or going on with her life without them.
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore. (Mystery with ghosts)
Daisy Goodnight, who has the power of seeing ghosts, is kidnapped by a mobster and forced to find his missing daughter.
Tandem by Anna Jarzab. (Science fiction)
Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson is transported to Aurora, Earth’s parallel universe, for the purpose of impersonating a princess. This is the first book of the Many Worlds Trilogy.
The Tyrant’s Daughter: A Novel by J. C. Carleson. (An exiled Middle Eastern girl living in the U.S.)
After her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila and her family flee to the United States to make a new life.
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn. (Addiction to technology)
Because Veronica, a college freshman, is so distracted by her many electronic devices, her college professors and friends urge her to enter a rehab facility for the technology-addicted.