I found a package from Candlewick in my school mailbox this week that looks promising:
The Catalyst by Helena Coggan. 426 p. Candlewick Press, October 11, 2016. 9780763689728.
Publisher synopsis: Eighteen years ago, a dimensional break ripped open the sky, drawing humans into an ancient conflict. Otherworldly souls rained down and fused with those of people, dividing the population into the green-eyed, magical Gifted and the dark-eyed, nonmagical Ashkind. A devastating war followed, and the Gifted have managed a fragile peace ever since, largely through a brutal law enforcement organization known as the Department. Fifteen-year-old Rose’s father, David, has a leading role in the Department. Rose and David are Gifted, but they are also something else — something terrible. Their lives depend on keeping it secret. But when a mysterious murder threatens to tear Rose’s world apart, forcing long-buried secrets into the open, her loyalties are put to the test. How much does Rose really know about her father’s past? How far is the Department willing to go to maintain order? And, when the time comes, who will Rose choose to protect?
This is a debut by a sixteen-year-old author!
Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. 277 p. Candlewick Press, February 14, 2017. 9780763688288.
Back jacket: Last fall, Cynthia Rothschild saved her best friend (as well as the entire student body) from demon librarian Mr. Gabriel, all wile executing the most awesome set design for the school production of Sweeney Todd. But now all that demon stuff is behind her, and Cyn is going to have the best summer ever at theater camp with her former-crush-now-boyfriend Ryan Halsey. Once she gets to camp, though, Cyn realizes that this summer might not be all she's been hoping for. First, Ryan's best camp friend is a girl (which Ryan never mentioned before), and she just happens to be ridiculously pretty. Plus, it appears the demon stuff is not entirely over as Cyn had hoped. At least any new demons that show up to ruin her summer can't possible be as evil as Mr. Gabriel. It's not like he could somehow come back to life to seek his terrible revenge or something.
Evil Librarian is buried somewhere on TOM, my tbr pile. Better dig it out!
MWD: Hell is coming home by Brian David Johnson and Jan Egleson. Illustrated by Laila Milevski and Karl Stevens. Candlewick Press, February 14, 2017. 9780763657062.
From the jacket: Liz served in Iraq with her trusty military working dog, Ender, by ther side. But now that her tour is over, she has to readjust to life in her small New Hampshire town. Despite being surrounded by people she's known her whole life, Liz feels entirely alone and soon gets trapped in a downward spiral of flashbacks and blackout drinking. Things seem destined for a bad end, but when her on-again, off-again boyfriend Ben, almost hits a stray dog while Liz is in the car, things start to change. Brutus, as Liz names him might just be the only thing that can bring her back from the brink.
That's what's new with me. What's new with you?