The Spring 2011 Children’s Books issue of Publishers Weekly has arrived! Relying on the brief descriptions allowed for each title, here are the upcoming (or recently released) mid-grade and teen novels which had me saying, “Hmm... Interesting! I may have to check that out.”
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. A plane filled with beauty pageant contestants crashes on a desert island.
Bumped by Megan McCafferty. A virus renders everyone over age 18 infertile in this dystopian novel.
Choker by Elizabeth Woods. Cara worries that her best friend may be responsible for the death of a mean, popular girl.
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. After it’s revealed that she was switched at birth, Amber is ordered to split the year between her two families.
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby. Emma is charged with ridding the world of annoying fairies.
Fantasy Baseball by Alan Gratz. Alex becomes involved in a fantasy baseball tournament featuring storybook characters.
Father of Lies by Ann Turner is a fictional retelling of the Salem witch trials from the perspectives of a girl and the devil.
Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer. After making a wish, Ralph is trapped in a fantasy world full of killer bunnies, evil aunts, and bothersome bacteria.
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison. After crashing her car and landing in limbo, a mean girl must face people she’s wronged.
Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin. The truth about two teen TV idols’ phony off-screen romance is revealed.
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody. A girl notorious for making bad decisions puts her fate in the hands of blog readers.
OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy. At a Christian summer camp, Ellie worries that being Jewish will ruin her chances of winning a scholarship to speech school.
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi. A girl finds inspiration while working at a funeral home.
Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt. Required by a guidance counselor to choose a “focus object” to study, a teen chooses the head of the boy who sits in front of her in class.
So Shelly by Ty Roth is a modern-day retelling of the friendships among poets Keats, Byron, and the Shelleys.
Storm Runners by Roland Smith. A boy who pursues severe storms with his father is tested in new ways when the hurricane of the century hits.
Subject Seven by James A. Moore. An alter-ego living inside a teen escapes and is determined to destroy his creator.
Taking Off by Jenny Moss. In this novel, a teen is determined to witness the Challenger launch after meeting Christa McAuliffe.
Trapped by Michael Northrop. Teens struggle to survive when a blizzard strands them at their high school.
Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee. Marigold is mortified when her performance artist mother becomes a drama teacher at her school.
You Don’t Know About Me by Brian Meehl is a reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.