by W.H. Beck
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
When Malcolm (a smaller than average rat) arrives at crumbling McKenna School, he revels in the attention, the Poptart crumbs, and his new Comf-E-Cube. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that protects the students. There’s just one problem: it turns out that rats have a terrible reputation. Have you heard? They are sneaky, disloyal, dirty, and greedy! So when everyone assumes Malcolm is a mouse, he doesn’t exactly squeak up. Maybe once he proves himself in the Academy, he can admit his rattiness.
But Malcolm’s is not the only secret at McKenna. Why does fifth grade teacher Mr. Binney roam the halls after midnight? Who is stealing chemicals from the science room? And what exactly are those shrieks from the clock tower? Then Malcolm’s secret is exposed—just as an Academy member disappears. The Academy turns on Malcolm with suspicion. After all, rats can’t be trusted. And now, banished from the Academy, Malcolm must use all his rat traits to prove his innocence—and to learn what kind of rat he really is.
by F.T. Bradley
Harper Children's, October 2012
ALEX RIDER meets THE DA VINCI CODE when a regular kid goes undercover in Paris...
Undercover spies, codes and ciphers, a secret painting with unimaginable powers . . . It's all in a day's work when you're one of the world's top kid agents.
But Linc Baker isn't a kid agent at all. He just happens to look exactly like one of them. And when this lookalike goes missing, Linc will have to impersonate him on a mission that plunges him into a world of intrigue, danger, and great pastries.
When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else - more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world - full of dark humor and hard truths.
HIGH AND DRY
by Sarah Skilton
Amulet Books, coming April 14, 2014
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(And that's just Sunday night.)
High school soccer player Charlie Dixon has until Friday to sober up, clear his name, save his best friend from a life of crime, and win back the girl of his dreams.
How would *you* do it?
SPIES & PREJUDICE
by Talia Vance
Egmont, 2012website ~ blog ~ YAMuses blog
Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.
So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.
But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?
With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.