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Monday 11 October 2010

New YA Fiction for Girls

Young Adult Fiction has never been hotter - and these new release books will turn up the heat even further for both YA-aficionados, and older girls and young women who just love to get lost in a book.

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it's hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother's death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet's idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?

After he gives her the world's most incredible kiss and then abandons her on her front doorstep, Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln's explanation: he is Grigori - part angel and part human - and Violet is his eternal partner.

Without warning, Violet's world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there's no denying the strange changes in her body … and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can't stand to be around him.

Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He's intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity…

Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of nine years, former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters.

Title: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Hachette, A$24.99RRP
Publication Date: 14 October 2010
ISBN: 9780734411846
Format: Paperback
For ages: Young Adult
See the Embrace website
This book can be bought online

Lolli's Apple by Tomas Fleischmann

The remarkable true story of a six year old boy and the mother determined to save him.

Seen through the eyes of six year old Tomas, the story unfolds through the games Tomas plays as he is transported to Szered Camp, Auschwitz and Terezin concentration camps.

This is a story intertwined with the inspirational bravery of his pregnant mother Lolli, who managed to keep Tomas and her newborn baby Peter alive in a camp where 16,000 children perished and only 123 survived.

Far from being a tale of woe, it is a wonderful, true account of a boy being a boy, in a terrible place at the worst possible time. It speaks of steadfast love and innocence amidst grave indifference and unspeakable cruelty.

Title: Lolli's Apple
Author: Tomas Fleischmann
Publisher: A.K.A Publishing, A$19.95RRP
Publication Date: 14 October 2010
ISBN: 9780980453034
Format: Paperback
For ages: Young Adult
This book can be bought online

The Rosie Black Chronicles: Genesis by Lara Morgan

Rosie Black is on the run to save her family and uncover the truth.
Five hundred years into the future, the world is a different place. The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities and Newperth is divided into the haves, the “Centrals”; the have-nots, the “Bankers”; and the fringe dwellers, the “Ferals”.

Rosie Black is a Banker. When Rosie finds an unusual box, she has no idea of the grave consequences of her discovery. A mysterious organisation wants it – and they’ll kill to get it. Forced to rely on two strangers, Rosie is on the run.

But who can she trust?

Pip, the too attractive Feral, or the secretive man he calls boss? From Earth to Mars, Rosie must learn the secrets of the box. Before it’s too late.

A fast-paced, action-adventure, this is a thrilling new trilogy by an exciting new children’s author. Set five hundred years in the future, where the world is a very different place, the story highlights possible environmental consequences of our present-day actions.

Title: The Rosie Black Chronicles: Genesis
Author: Lara Morgan
Publisher: Walker Books, A$24.95RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2010
ISBN: 9781921529399
Format: Paperback
For ages: Young Adult
See the Rosie Black website
Teachers' Notes

Torment by Lauren Kate

The eagerly anticipated sequel to the international bestseller Fallen, the most stylish gothic romance novel of 2009, with both teenage and adult appeal.

In Torment, fallen angel Daniel and his mortal love Lucinda think they are safe but evil forces are massing against them.

As Luce learns more about her past, and discovers that the lives she’s already lived hold the key to her future happiness; she starts to wonder if Daniel has told her the whole truth.

What if his version of events isn’t the way things happened?

What if that means that she’s really meant to be with someone else?

Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Doubleday, A$29.95RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2010
ISBN: 9781407078465
Format: Paperback
For ages: Young Adult
This book is available online