I actually thought ahead to write and schedule this post as I will be at the ALA Annual conference in Chicago on Saturday. The only thing I have to do on Saturday is link it on Tynga's page.
More Than This by Patrick Ness. 480 p. Candlewick Press, September, 2013. 9780763662582.
Publisher synopsis: A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .
The Vanishing Vampire: a monsterrific tale by David Lubar. 137 p. A Tom Dougherty Associates Book, May, 2013. 9780765330772.
Publisher synopsis: There’s something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. People are turning into monsters—literally!
How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbits. (Middle School #4) 309 p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 24, 2013. 9780316231756.
Publisher synopsis: Rafe Khatchadorian, the hero of the bestselling Middle School series, is ready for a fun summer at camp--until he finds out it's a summer school camp! Luckily, Rafe easily makes friends with his troublemaking cabin mates and bunkmate, a boy nicknamed Booger-Eater, who puts up with endless teasing from the other kids. Rafe soon realizes there's more to a person than a nickname, though, and Booger-Eater might be the kind of friend you want on your side when the boys from the Cool Cabin attack.
Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz. 247 p. Roaring Brook Press, March, 2013. 9781596437210.
Publisher synopsis: Best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band.
That's what's new with me! What's new with you? Check back here next week for my ALA haul.