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Saturday 26 February 2011

KBR Recommends: Young Adult Fiction - Feb 2011

Haven Moore has always known she's different: there are the talents that can't be explained; the knowledge of places she's never been; and then there are the visions that overwhelm her - terrifying visions of a life that ended tragically two decades earlier and more than a thousand miles away in New York City. The citizens of Haven's rural, highly religious community, believe that she's been possessed by a demon. But this is no demon: it's reincarnation.

Haven journeys all the way to Manhattan in search of clues about her past life and a decades-old murder. One wrong move could lead her into the clutches of the sinister villain at the center of a conspiracy much larger than she could have ever imagined. But if she makes the right choices, Haven will find the answers she's been seeking her entire life.

Title: The Eternal Ones
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: Puffin, $19.95
Publication Date: August 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141331997

Sixteen-year-old Dee is a cloverhand-someone who can see faeries. So when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to beautiful, mysterious Luke, Dee knows that he wants something more dangerous than a summer romance. But Dee doesn't realise that Luke is an assassin from the faerie world. And she is his next target.

Title: Lament
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic, $19.99
Publication Date: February 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781407120317

As long as we are still alive, we can have everything later, we can start from scratch. My Nguyen, Kinglake. I hope to feel safe in every part of Afghanistan, not just in my room. Sabrina Omar, Kabul. Kinglake had one day of disaster with far-reaching effects; Kabul has endured thirty years of war. From Kinglake to Kabul is a collaborative anthology created by students from two schools connected by tragedy.

In this collection of young people's writing, students from two vastly different countries share their stories of resilience, courage and hope. In doing so they illustrate the remarkable healing quality of words and illuminate what connects us as humans. This is not a book of remembrance or a book that desires to shock, it is a book about what is best about human nature.

Title: From Kinglake to Kabul
Edited by: Neil Grant and David Williams
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $18.99
Publication Date: February 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781742375304
Type: Non-fiction

It is 1854 and Ballarat is teeming with miners, dreamers and rebels. On the eve of the Eureka Stockade battle, Fintan Donovan is fighting private battles of his own. Torn between his Irish upbringing and his friendship with an English boy called Matthew Ward, Fintan must make a stand. Will he be dominated by the hatreds of the old world or will he find a new way to live in the new country?

Title: The Valley of Blood and Gold
Author: Tony Palmer
Publisher: Penguin, $17.95
Publication Date: 28 February 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143008972

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he's doing all right - until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak. Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he's a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else. With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But can a bratty harbinger named Ashley save his skin?

Title: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Author: Lisa McBride
Publisher: Penguin, $19.95
Publication Date: November 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143204961

At the start of the summer holidays, the unthinkable happens when Jess's beloved pony Diamond has a terrible accident. Why won't Shara, Jess's closest friend, tell her what happened down on the river flats that day? Jess suspects the worst, and feels as though she's lost not just one best friend, but two.

But new friends and new horses come into Jess's life, along with the chance to compete in the Longwood campdraft. And there's one little filly who needs her help... Can Walkabout heal Jess's broken heart in return?

Title: Diamond Spirit
Edited by: Karen Wood
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $9.99
Publication Date: January 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781742373157