Snarky and Sweet by Susan Denney

Title: Snarky and Sweet

Author: Susan Denney

Publisher: Diva Press

Release Date: October 11, 2011

ISBN: 978-0937660737

Size: 189 pages, 5.5×8.5, paperback

Genre: YA Romantic Comedy

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A Romantic Comedy about Twins, Texas and a Big Red Diamond

Resistance is futile.

Shy, demure, reserved Lurleen couldn’t possibly be more different than her gregarious, sassy, sarcastic twin, Lurlette. One is your kind stereotypical schoolteacher and the other is a man-eating adventuress. Whether they take you cruising in a Miata or busting out of a kidnapper’s shack on a John Deere, you’re in for one riot of a ride. The novel moves you to compassion then spins you into comedic circles.

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Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can’t stay away. Nobody else understands her—and riles her up—like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win, she takes antianxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even sicker of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.

Sometimes being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

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Title: Virtuosity

Author: Jessica Martinez

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: October 18, 2011

ISBN: 978-1442420526

Size: 304 pages, hardcover

Genre: YA Contemporary

Girls Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler

Title: Girls Don’t Fly

Author: Kristen Chandler

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Release Date: October 13, 2011

ISBN: 978-0670013319

Size: 300 pages, hardcover

Genre: Young Adult

Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She’s got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn’t there to take care of everyone, they’d probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she’s lost her footing. Suddenly she’s doing things she never would’ve a few months earlier: quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapogos, and falling for a guy who’s encouraging her to leap from her old life . . . and fly.

Set on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, Girls Don’t Fly is a tale of evolution, the personal kind.

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Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure by B.K. Bostick

Title: Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure

Author: B.K. Bostick

Publisher: Sweetwater (CFI)

Release Date: October 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599559117

Size: 288 pages, 5.5×8, hardcover

Genre: Middle Grade Mystery

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When his grandfather dies, Huber Hill is devastated—until he opens Grandpa Nick’s mysterious box. An old gold coin and directions to a hidden Spanish treasure send him and his friends off on an mind-blowing adventure, but he’s not the only one on the hunt. Filled with dangerous animals and cryptic puzzles, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

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The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry

Title: The Next Door Boys

Author: Jolene B. Perry

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: October 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599559100

Size: 272 pages, 6×9, paperback

Genre: Young Adult Romance

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Leigh Tressman has been known as a lot of things – the girl who sings, the girl who sews, Jaron’s little sister, and last year, the girl with cancer. With her body still recovering from the cancer treatments, she’s determined to be independent and convinces her parents to let her follow her overprotective brother, Jaron, to BYU.

With an ever expanding line of young men ready to be in love with her–not to mention physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas–Leigh almost misses the opportunity to be with the man who has been quietly falling in love with her since they met. The Next Door Boys proves that even with (or maybe in spite of) independence, love can be found in comfortable, but delightful places.

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Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Title: Circle of Secrets

Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: October 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0545165617

Size: 336 pages, hardcover

Genre: Middle Grade Suspense

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After her mother walked out on Shelby Jayne and her dad, Shelby thought she’d never speak to her mamma again. But with her dad leaving the country for work, it turns out she doesn’t have a choice: Shelby has to move back into her mamma’s house, deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou.

Her new classmates tease and torment her, so Shelby’s relieved to finally find a friend in Gwen, a mysterious girl who lives alone on the bayou. But Shelby can’t help wondering if Gwen has something to do with the puzzling messages she finds hidden in the blue bottle tree behind her house. The only person who might be able to explain is her mamma — but Shelby’s not ready to ask. Not yet. It may take a brush with something from the beyond to help Shelby see that the power to put her own ghosts to rest is within her reach.

A haunting story of friendship and family and the power of faith, once again set against the lush backdrop of the Louisiana bayou.

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Pride and Popularity by Jenni James

Title: Pride and Popularity

Author: Jenni James

Publisher: Walnut Springs

Release Date: July 13, 2011

ISBN: 978-0983829300

Size: 240 pages, 6×9, paperback

Genre: Young Adult

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Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club!

As if!

Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.

This modern high school adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable falling for Taylor.

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Hope’s Journey by Stephanie Worlton

Title: Hope’s Journey

Author: Stephanie Worlton

Publisher: Bonneville Books (CFI)

Release Date: July 10, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599555065

Size: 288 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

A life-changing mistake. A soul-changing journey.

Sydney is a straight-A student heading to college on a scholarship, and Alex is a quiet jock preparing to serve an LDS mission. But their dreams are shattered on the eve of their high school graduation when they find out that Sydney is pregnant. Separated, they must both trust in God as they search for the worth they once found in each other.

Bitter Blessings by Christine Mehring

Title: Bitter Blessings

Author: Christine Mehring

Publisher: Bonneville Books (CFI)

Release Date: July 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599555232

Size: 192 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

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Megan has the perfect life, but when her mother dies in an accident, everything spins out of control. With the rest of her family falling apart, Megan must confront her past to uncover the truths that will keep everyone together.

Watched by Cindy M. Hogan

Title: Watched

Author: Cindy M. Hogan

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: June 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-0615493381

Size: 342 pages, 5×8, paperback

Genre: YA Suspense

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It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change fifteen-year-old-Christy’s life. It takes murder.
A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator’s aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot boys.

She discovers that if she can’t help the FBI, who want to protect her, it will cost her and her new friends their lives.

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Flames of Redemption by Michelle Thompson

Title: Flames of Redemption

Author: Michelle Thompson

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: June 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599555058

Size: 208 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Jane Carter’s last foster family was abusive. Broken and scarred, her search for healing with her new family, and the prospect of facing her abuser again, lead her to a decision: cling on to her hate, fear, and bitterness or, like the mythical phoenix, let herself be engulfed in flames and be reborn from the ashes.

Daughter of Helaman by Misty Moncur

Title: Daughter of Helaman

Author: Misty Moncur

Publisher: Bonneville/CFI

Release Date: May 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554976

Size: 208 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Historical/Young Adult

Nearly a thousand boys are camped in the training ground in Melek, and more arrive each day with their swords strapped to their backs. Some are bold, others are anxious–but all are curious. Is it true, they wonder, that young boys are really forming a militia to assist the Nephite armies?

Keturah hides her secret desire to fight in the stripling army as she watches the boys from the trees. But she believes that if God can protect a boy, He can protect a girl too and persuades Gideon, a handsome and dark-eyed warrior (of course!) to meet her in the woods and teach her to use her weapons. Nearly betrothed to Zeke, she should hardly be spending so much time in the woods with another boy. Nobody will approve, especially not Zeke, but Keturah has to follow her heart.

By the time Captain Helaman takes command of the army, Keturah is armed, she is ready, and she is done watching from the trees.

Adventurous and romantic, the story of the pretty Ammonite girl who felt compelled to fight for the Nephite homeland, learned to follow the Spirit and fell in love while doing it, is both faith inspiring and unforgettable.

The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt

Title: The Royal Treatment (Princess for Hire, Book 2)

Author: Lindsey Leavitt

Publisher: Hyperion

Release Date: May 3, 2011

ISBN: 978-1423121930

Size: 272 pages, 5.5×8.5, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

Series: Princess for Hire (book 1)

Desi Bascomb’s job as a princess substitute has gotten a whole lot more glamorous now that she’s advanced to Level 2 within the Facade Agency. Magical make-up, roller-skating celebrities, and the chance to see Prince Karl again are just some of the major perks. Not to mention, she’s landed the role of Fairy Queen in her school’s production of Midsummer’s Night Dream (opposite her best friend’s crush. Which is a little weird, but at least he wears a donkey head during their kissing scene). Life should be perfect, but Desi can’t seem to shake the feeling that there is more going on with the agency’s magic than she’s told. Like why is this mind-bending power exclusive to royals? Is it possible that there could be a bigger way to make an impact in both parts of her life?

Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith

Title: Back When You Were Easier to Love

Author: Emily Wing Smith

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Release Date: April 28, 2011

ISBN: 978-0525421993

Size: 304 pages, hardcover

Genre: Young Adult Romance

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What’s worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you’ve been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan – the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah – unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan’s former-best-friend Noah.

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Cayman Summer by Angela Morrison

Title: Cayman Summer (Taken by Storm, book 3)

Author: Angela Morrison

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: April 19, 2011

ISBN: 978-1461090793

Size: 298 pages, 5.5×8.5″, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

Series: Taken by Storm, Unbroken Connection

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In Morrison’s debut young adult novel, TAKEN BY STORM, Michael faces incredible loss, but he finds Leesie.

UNBROKEN CONNECTION is Leesie’s story. By the final page, she is broken and battered–physically and spiritually. Morrison vowed to her readers not to leave her that way.

CAYMAN SUMMER recounts Michael and Leesie’s final journey. Michael takes Leesie to the Cayman Islands to heal. Time, sunshine, and Michael’s devotion free her of physical pain, but grief and guilt haunt her. Michael will do anything to find the old Leesie who prayed, spoke of visions, and kept the rules. For Leesie, that girl is lost forever. Rules? What’s the point now? She’s ready to break every one.

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Generations: Wilder Times by Lori Folkman

Title: Generations: Wilder Times

Author: Lori Folkman

Publisher: Springhill Publishing

Release Date: April 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-9835474-1-9

Size: 310 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Romance

Ben Wilder never really dreamt about becoming a rockstar. It was more of a given—his throne to inherit. But the more he walks in his famous father’s footsteps, the more Ben sinks into the murky past that left his dad dead.

Katrina Hayes never dreamt about becoming a rockstar either. However, she does spend plenty of time dreaming about one particular rockstar. But when she finally has the chance to meet Ben Wilder, it comes at a cost. The price? Sacrificing a friendship that’s been in place since birth. And that’s just the finder’s fee.

Balance by Jean Stringham

Title: Balance

Author: Jean Stringham

Publisher: Bonneville (CFI)

Release Date: April 4, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599555188

Size: 208 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

Series: The Hoarders (#1)

Twelve-year-old Adele’s life is elegant and refined, aside from her five noisy siblings, her unfeeling parents, and the fact that she’s the last person at school—including the kindergartners—without a cell phone. Can she learn to balance her perfectly proper dream life with her real-life family?

Fresh and alluring prose makes this follow-up to The Hoarders a delightful read that’s sure to stick with you long after the last page.

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

Title: Miles from Ordinary

Author: Carol Lynch Williams

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: March 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-0312555122

Size: 208 pages, 5.5×8″, hardcover

Genre: Young Adult

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Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother’s ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control…

This award-winning YA author brings us a gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.

Sean Griswald’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Title: Sean Griswald’s Head

Author: Lindsey Leavitt

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Release Date: March 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599904986

Size: 288 pages, 6×9, harcover

Genre: Young Adult

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.

Independence Rock by Debra Terry Hulet

Title: Independence Rock

Author: Debra Terry Hulet

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Release Date: January 8, 2011

ISBN: 978-1599554419

Size: 208 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

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Heredity and circumstance lock Katie McBride into a life of failure. First her father abandons her, and then her mother, an alcoholic, abuses her. Katie’s path begins to look very much like that of her parents, and she sees no way out.

Over one hundred and fifty years earlier, Katie’s pioneer ancestor Katherine faces great hardships as she travels West with a wagon train. A young, widowed mother, she is miraculously compelled to somehow help her wayward descendant. Katie finds Katherine’s journal and reads it as she completes her juvenile-court sentencing – a difficult, two-week youth handcart trek.

At Independence Rock, Katie’s and Katherine’s paths and divine intervention meet. Katie is discouraged, though, and decides that it is too late for her to change. She must be willing to believe in herself if she is wants to stop the downward generational spiral that has plagued her family.

Perilous by Tamara Hart Heiner

Title: Perilous

Author: Tamara Hart Heiner

Publisher: WiDo

Release Date: November 16, 2010

ISBN: 978-0979607080

Size: 265 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: YA Suspense

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Jaci Rivera has plans for her sophomore year: go to regionals with the track team, make the honor roll, and eat too much pizza with her best friends, Callie and Sara. Her biggest concern is Amanda, the pushy girl who moved in a few months ago.

What she doesn’t plan for is catching a robber red-handed, or being kidnapped. The desperate thief drags her and her friends 2,000 miles across the Canadian border. They escape from his lair, only to find that he has spies and agents watching their path home, waiting to intercept them and take them back.

Then Jaci finds out something about her family. Somethings which irrevocably connects her to the kidnapper, and makes her questin their chances of escape.

It All Started with Autumn Jones by Jack Weyland

Title: It All Started with Autumn Jones

Author: Jack Weyland

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: ? 2010


Size: 176 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: YA

When Nick Baxter signs up for a class from the infamous Dr. Thomas Penstock, all he wants is the “A” he needs to get into law school. What he isn’t counting on is the outspoken girl in his class: Autumn Jones. When Autumn stands up on the first day of class and openly disagrees with Dr. Penstock, Nick is amazed, but also a little scared for her. Doesn’t she know Penstock is the meanest, most narrow-minded professor on campus? He can’t believe it when he actually convinces himself to stand up with Autumn and defend the beliefs they share.

Nick and Autumn begin studying together, preparing arguments for the discussions in Penstock’s class. Autumn is like no one Nick has ever met, and as they spend more and more time together, he finds himself falling for her. There’s just one major complication: Autumn doesn’t feel the same way. Autumn and Nick make a great team, but she is writing to a missionary and doesn’t want to let go of that relationship.

When Nick is able to help Autumn with a family crisis, he realizes she really is the girl he wants to spend the rest of his life with; but how can he compete with her perfect missionary? Will Autumn ever realize she and Nick could be more than just a good team?

The Water is Wide by Marianne Monson

Title: The Water Is Wide (Mima Journals, book 1)

Author: Marianne Monson

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: October 15, 2010


Size: 224 pages, 5×7.5, softcover

Genre: YA Historical

The Water Is Wide begins the beautifully written story of fourteen-year-old Jemima “Mima” Hough.

After her mother meets a pair of Latter-day Saint missionaries in the small English town of Wooden Box in 1845, Mima hopes that her life won’t change that much. Then her mother decides to emigrate to America.

Mima faces some tough decisions. Should she stay in Liverpool with her brother, or face the journey with her mother?

Mima’s story is one of courage and self-discovery, of heartache and love.

Book 1 of a three-book series, The Water Is Wide begins the epic adventure of a girl who experiences the life of a pioneer as an outsider.

Unbroken Connection by Angela Morrison

Title: Unbroken Connection

Author: Angela Morrison

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: August 26, 2010

ISBN: 978-1453758960

Size: 320 pages, 6×9″, softcover

Genre: Young Adult

Series: Taken by Storm

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Against all odds, the couple that swept you away in TAKEN BY STORM is back. Michael is in Thailand diving his dream. Leesie is at BYU living hers.

And they just can’t leave each other alone.

Their romance rekindles, deeper than before. They grow desperate to see one another again. To hold one another again. Michael decides there is only one direction their relationship can go and asks Leesie the ultimate question. Her answer challenges everything Michael is and wants to be.

Can she change for him?

Can he change for her?