The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Need to Know: Probably the biggest need to know middle-grade/young adult release of 2010. From the author of the Percy Jackson series, The Kane Chronicles is the story of two teens and Egyptian mythology. With the same mix of adventure and humor, fans will be eager to get their hands on this one. A new Camp Halfblood series is expected in October.
What if it’s not in: Warrior Princess (and sequel) by Frewin Jones, Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner (and sequel), Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, The Shadow Thieves (and sequels) by Ann Ursu, The Magic Thief (and sequel) by Sarah Prineas, Gods of Manhattan (and sequel) by Scott Mebus
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Release Date: April 13, 2010
Need to Know: The sequel to Perfect Chemistry, these books are perfect for readers looking for contemporary romance. They have a Romeo and Juliet feel and very steamy.
What if it’s not in: Simone Elkeles has other titles-Leaving Paradise and the How to Ruin series, Bloom by Elizabeth Scott, Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Release Date: Volumes 1-5 out now, Volume 6 out July 20, 2010
Need to Know: While not a YA graphic novel series, this one definitely has older teen appeal. Scott is a 20-something who meets and falls for Ramona Flowers. But before he can date her, he has to defeat her seven evil exes. A big screen adaptation starring Michael Cera in the title role hits theaters in August.
What if it’s not in: This one is pretty unique so read alikes aren’t that easy. Suggest some of the Minx comics titles (Plain Janes, Good as Lilly, Clubbing, Kimmie66)
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Release Date: June 5, 2010
Need to Know: Just when we thought Twilight was over, a new “novella” is released-and just before the Eclipse movie. This is the story of Bree, a human-turned vampire who appears in Eclipse (for all of ten pages, so you might not remember her appearance!) Twilight fans will be asking for this one I’m sure.
What if it’s not in: See previous paranormal lists-might also suggest paranormal short story collections
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Release Date: June 7, 2010
Need to Know: A darker entry into the paranormal lit world. Wolves, sisters, and modern fairy-tale re-telling of Snow White and Rose Red, Sisters Red already has a long list of author blurbs and glowing reviews. Good for paranormal fans looking for darker more suspenseful fare.
What if it’s not in: See previous paranormal lists. For darker reads, suggest Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, Holly Black, Francesca Lia Block, Laurie Faria Stolarz
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Need to Know: This book boasts a long list of glowing accolades from numerous YA authors on its cover, and it’s very deserving. This is a stick with you long after you read it book. The story is about Lennie, a girl whose older sister died suddenly and now in her grief finds herself torn between two boys-her sister’s ex-boyfriend and the new boy in town. Beautiful writing and a great cast of characters. It’s heartwarming and a tearjerker all at the same time-great for Sarah Dessen fans.
What is it’s not in: Authors: Sarah Dessen, Elizabeth Scott, Sonya Sones, Deb Caletti, Susane Colasanti, Lisa Schroeder Titles: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel, Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee
White Cat by Holly Black
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Need to Know: A new series from Holly Black, this paranormal is told from a male perspective. Cassel comes from a family of curse-workers, but he has no magic himself. He believes that he’s the one that murdered his best friend Lila three years before. But now Cassel finds out the whole thing might be a con and that Lila might still be alive.
What if it’s not in: Holly Black has several other titles available, Laurie Faria Stolarz, Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, Ballad by Maggie Stiefavater, Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Need to Know: Two NYT Bestselling YA authors together in one novel-this one of course debuted on the NYT Bestseller list. Two boys both named Will Grayson meet one night in Chicago and their lives begin to intertwine.
What if it’s not in: Both author’s have numerous previous books. Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan, How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart