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Spring Picks: Need to Know YA Releases Part 1

Here's the Spring 2010 version of Sarah's Picks! Remember, I make these based on what I think will be popular at my library, so it's not always going to match the whole world of YA. And these are just my thoughts on what will be big and of course I can't include everything! I hope you enjoy this list!

A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Release Date: May 1, 2010

Need to Know: Holly Schindler is a local author and the book takes place in Springfield. The book recently received a starred review in Booklist. Holly also will be appearing at the Teen Book Mania event in June. The story is about a girl dealing with her artistic mother who is schizophrenic. She worries that her own artistic talent will lead to a similar mental illness.

What if it’s not in?: Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, So B. It by Sarah Weeks, Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern, Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian

Beastly by Alex Flinn
Release Date: December 29, 2009

Need to Know: A big screen version of this novel will be releasing in July. The novel is a modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast from the beast’s point of view. The book also was on this year’s Gateway award list and won third place. (NOTE: The movie got pushed back to March 2011)

What if it’s not in?: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn, Any of the Once Upon a Time Series by Various Authors, Beauty by Robin McKinley, Ice by Sarah Beth Durst, Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 2, 2010

Need to Know: Mean Girls meets Groundhog Day. A mean girl has one day to live-and has the chance to repeat that day seven times. This is the author’s debut novel and has a lot of buzz around it. The book has spent five weeks on the NYT Bestseller List, is a Border’s Original Voices pick, a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, and accolades from numerous young adult authors.

What if it’s not in?: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Everafter by Amy Huntley, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Before I Die by Jenny Downham

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Need to Know: Violet has the power to sense dead bodies-or at least the ones that have been murdered. When a serial killer begins to terrorize her small town, Violet realizes she’s the only person who can stop him. This one combines the supernatural, mystery, and romance.

What if it’s not in?: Sleepless by Terri Clark, The Christopher Killer (and sequels) by Alane Ferguson, 1-800-Where R You Series by Meg Cabot, Deadly Little Secret (and sequel) by Laurie Faria Stolarz, The Mark by Jen Nadol

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Release Date: April 27, 2010

Need to Know: Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame’s teen years. May have some teen appeal, but the prime audience will be fans of the show. Do note that this follows the books written by Candace Bushnell and is not a prequel to the show-many facts between the two are different.

What if it’s not in: Any of the fashionable girl gossipy series would be good. L.A. Candy (and sequel) by Lauren Conrad, Secrets of My Hollywood Life Series by Jen Calonita, Girl Stays in the Picture by Melissa de la Cruz, The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Need to Know:
A prequel series to widely popular Mortal Instruments series. With hints of steampunk, fantasy, paranormal, and mystery this series should have wide appeal.

What if it’s not in: My Soul to Take (and sequels) by Rachel Vincent, Leviathan (and upcoming sequel) by Scott Westerfeld, Airborn (and sequels) by Kenneth Oppel

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Release Date: March 9, 2010

Need to Know: A companion/sequel to the very popular zombie book The Forest of Hands and Teeth. The books are slow-paced and quiet zombie books-not a lot of action. But the readers who enjoy them are very passionate about the books.

What if it’s not in: Go for dystopian lit over zombie lit-Generation Dead (and sequels) by Daniel Waters, Tomorrow When the War Began (and sequels) by John Marsden, The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, The Line by Teri Hall, Feed by M.T. Anderson, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Life As We Knew It (and sequels) by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Epitaph Road by David Patneaude

Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
Release Date: July 27, 2010

Need to Know: The anti-vampire vampire novel. Not all vampires are sparkly and beautiful. What if you got turned into a vampire as an overweight acne-ridden teen? Sure to have appeal for readers who like humor and who are over the vampire-lit trend.

What if it’s not in: The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks, Chronicles of Vladimir Todd Series by Heather Brewer, Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins, Sucks to Be Me (and sequel) by Kimberly Pauley, Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: March 2, 2010

Need to Know: A paranormal book with lots of humor and set at a private school. This one has been getting rave reviews. Readers looking for a lighter take on the paranormal will enjoy this one.

What if it’s not in: You are so Undead to Me (and sequels) by Stacey Jay, Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby, Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton, Bite Me! by Melissa Francis, Sucks to Be Me (and sequel) by Kimberly Pauley


  1. Great list! Holly Schindler is such an awesome lady, and A Blue So Dark is at the top of my TBR list! I'm also really excited for her next book! Everything on that list sounds so good, and most were already on my TBR list lol! I did an interview with Holly on my blog, if you want to check it out.


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