The Fall 2010 Children’s Books issue of Publishers Weekly is finally here!!! Relying on the brief descriptions given for each title, here are the upcoming (or recently released) mid-grade and teen novels which most piqued my curiosity:
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury, illus. by McElligott. Victor discovers that Benjamin Franklin was put into suspended animation and hidden away in his basement for 200 years.
The Blending Time by Michael Kinch. In 2054, three teens are chosen to help repopulate Africa after a solar flare leaves its people sterile.
Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney. When the other girls at school become obsessed with a vampire book, shy Finbar pretends to be undead to get some attention.
The Boy Who Howled by Timothy Power. A boy who has been living with a wolf pack tries to fit in when he is sent to live with humans.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. Four kids competing in a candy-making competition must discover who is trying to sabotage the candy factory.
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. In a rare items library, Elizabeth discovers a secret room filled with items from Brothers Grimm tales.
Hero by Mike Lupica. Billy learns that his father was a superhero—and he has inherited his powers.
The Limit by Kristen Landon. If a family exceeds the debt limit imposed by the government, the oldest child is taken away to a workhouse.
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. After she is date-raped at school, Alex turns to an underground student society to seek justice.
My Fake Boyfriend Is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer. Two seventh-grade frenemies battle it out using their made-up boyfriends.
Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen. A girl whose parents have a ghost-debunking TV show discovers that two angry ghosts have followed her to her new school.
Rules for Secret Keeping by Lauren Barnholdt centers on a girl who runs a successful secret-passing business.
Stork by Wendy Delsol. The heroine of this novel of romance and the supernatural has the ability to decide who gets pregnant.
Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck. Kerry begins receiving text messages from three schoolmates who died in a car accident.
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz is a dystopian novel about a girl attending a school in a mall where students are used for market research.
Virgin Territory by James Lecesne. After his mother dies, a boy meets the leader of a group of kids whose families seek out sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz. When her secret love is killed, Annaleah struggles with a grief that no one will acknowledge.
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard. On her birthday, Kayla wishes that all her previous birthday wishes would come true, but may regret it when they do.