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Fall Picks: Need to Know YA Releases Part 3

Here's Part Three! (Part One and Part Two)

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Release Date: November 23, 2010

Need to Know: Orson Scott Card has a readership among teens and adults, so expect his new series to have wide appeal. Rigg is a boy who can see the path’s of people’s paths, but when his father dies, Rigg learns secrets that were kept from him and the fact that he can change his past-and his future.

What if it’s not in: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Softwire by P.J. Haarsma, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: September 21, 2010

Need to Know: The horror offering of the “Penguin Five”, Brenna Yovanoff is Maggie Stiefvater’s (of Shiver fame) critique partner and Maggie offers a blurb on the book which is sure to help it sell. The two along with their other critique partner Tessa Graton, have a website, The Merry Sisters of Fate, where they post short stories, that has a strong fanbase. Add the need for great YA horror stories and this one should do well.

What if it’s not in: Dark Secrets by Elizabeth Chandler, Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link, The Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld, The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding,

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Release Date: October 12, 2010

Need to Know: Jennifer Donnelly’s first YA novel, A Northern Light, won a Printz Honor Award. Now seven years later she has another YA novel that combines two girls from two time periods-Andi in current day Brooklyn and Alexandrine in Paris 200 years ago. Their stories begin to weave after Andi discovers Alexandrine’s diary.

What if it’s not in: The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson, Illyria by Elizabeth Hand, Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Release Date: October 5, 2010

Need to Know: Zombies are becoming more and more popular in YA. Rot and Ruin is set in a zombie infested post-apocalyptic America and the main character has just gotten an apprenticeship as a zombie hunter.

What if it’s not in: The Enemy by Charlie Higson, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon, How to Be a Zombie by Serena Valentino, Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Virals by Kathy Reichs
Release Date: November 2, 2010

Need to Know: Kathy Reichs joins the adult authors writing for YA trend with Virals, the first in a new YA series. The series mixes mystery with science and teens with animal instincts (ala Maximum Ride). I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one have adult fans as well as teens-give this to the same readers who are waiting for the next Maximum Ride book.

What if it’s not: The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Double Helix by Nancy Werlin

You by Charles Benoit
Release Date: August 24, 2010

Need to Know: The ARC of this book has tons of buzz and advance praise from authors. Charles Benoit has authored three adult mysteries and this is his first YA novel. The buzz surrounding it says it’s a realistic and emotional read, so readers looking for great realistic fiction should pick this one up.

What if it’s not in: Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes, novels by Chris Crutcher, Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas

Z by Michael Thomas Ford
Release Date: September 7, 2010

Need to Know: Zombies combined with video games. Josh is the best zombie torcher in his virtual reality zombie hunting game. But Josh finds an underground gaming league that’s isn’t virtual and all reality.

What if it’s not in: For zombie fans, see list for Rot and Ruin. For gaming fans, try Z. Rex by Steve Cole, Bunker 10 by J.A. Henderson, Epic by Conor Kostic

Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Release Date: September 21, 2010

Need to Know: Zombies Vs. Unicorns started as an online debate between authors choosing one team or another and has morphed into a short story collection with YA authors debating which side is better.

What if it’s not in: Readers should check out the titles by the various authors listed in the anthology. For readers wanting more short story collections from YA authors, try The Eternal Kiss, Geektastic, Love is Hell, Prom Nights from Hell, Vacations from Hell


  1. DUDE. I want all of those. Especially the Orson Scott Card one. And Replacement. And Rot and Ruin. And....Basically all of them.
    -sigh- My mom says any books she buys will be going for Christmas presents, though.

  2. I cannot WAIT to read Revolution. You gotta tell me if you read it first.

  3. I'm reading Rot and Ruin right now and IT ROCKS!!! It really is original, and I did not think I would like it because I was "zombied" out. But, I promise, it is really good.

  4. These posts are so helpful in keeping up with what's coming out soon! I especially love the "what if it's not in" part. Thanks!

  5. I'm rocking your fall picks right now! I have several of these from BEA/ALA and picked up Rot & Ruin as well as Zombies vs. Unicorns this weekend. Now I just need to win the lottery so all I have to do is sit around and read all the time, haha


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