NEW FICTION BOOKS AT CAL YOUNG FOR 2008-2009!

Action, adventure, suspense, myth come alive, future…


Book of Story Beginnings by Kladstrup, Kristin
After moving with her parents to Iowa, twelve-year-old Lucy discovers a
mysterious notebook that can bring stories to life and which has a link to the
1914 disappearance of her great-uncle. 2008

Cherry Heaven by Adlington, L. J. PG
Kat and Tanka J leave the war-torn city, move with their adoptive parents to the
New Frontier, and are soon settled into a home called Cherry Heaven, but Luka,
an escaped factory worker, confirms their suspicion that New Frontier is not the
utopia it seems to be. 2008 (2nd in this series)

Diary of Pelly D by Adlington, L. J. PG
When Toni V, a construction worker on a futuristic colony, finds the diary of a
teenage girl whose life has been turned upside-down by Holocaust-like events,
he begins to question his own beliefs. 2005. (1st in this series)

Dragon's Eye by Steer, Dugald; Carrell, Douglas (ILT)
While spending the summer with their parents' peculiar former tutor, Dr. Ernest
Drake, Daniel Cook and his sister, Beatrice, begin studying dragonology and
soon find themselves plunged into a race to find the stolen Dragon's Eye jewel
before it falls into the wrong hands. 2008

Dread Locks by Shusterman, Neal (see description under Fantasy)

Game by Jones, Diana Wynne
Sent to a boisterous family gathering in Ireland by her overly strict grandmother,
orphaned Hayley feels out of place until her unruly cousins include her in a
special game involving travel through the mythosphere, the place where all the
world's stories can be found, and where some secrets of her past are revealed.
2007

Go Big or Go Home by Hobbs, Will
Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love extreme sports, but nothing
could prepare them for the aftermath of Brady's close encounter with a meteorite
after it crashes into his Black Hills, South Dakota, bedroom. 2008

Gods of Manhattan by Mebus, Scott
Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his
contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the
city's colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen
Rory to perform a dangerous mission. 2008

Gone by Grant, Michael
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen
suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents
and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The
Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not. 2008

Halo : The Fall of Reach by Nylund, Eric S.
Before the Human-Covenant War engulfed Halo, the planet-colony Reach came
under attack by the Covenant, and Earth's specially trained and augmented
warriors, code-named SPARTANs, stood alone to fight for humanity's survival.

Halo : The Flood by Dietz, William C.
Fleeing the destruction of the planet Reach, the Master Chief and a few human
survivors crash-land on Halo, where they race to unravel its secrets in order to
gain control of a great source of power before the alien occupiers do. 2003

Halo : First Strike by Nylund, Eric S.
With the destruction of Halo, the human-Covenant war rages on as the
SPARTAN super soldier Master Chief, aided by the artificial intelligence Cortana,
race against time to rescue survivors of the disaster and evade Covenant
warships that still patrol much of space. 3rd in the series.

H.I.V.E. : Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Walden, Mark
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a
brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and
Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison
known as H.I.V.E. 2006
H.I.V.E. : Overlord Protocol by Walden, Mark
Still trapped at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, or H.I.V.E., evil-
genius-in-training Otto Malpense is nearly assassinated and must now not only
try to escape, but also find out who murdered his best friend--and save himself.
2008

The Hungry City Chronicles by Reeve, Philip
Predator's Gold by Reeve, Philip
After their airship is attacked by the Green Storm, Tom and Hester find
themselves in the icy city of Anchorage and now have to fight their way out
of the plaque-infested city filled with thieves and savages before the
Huntsman of Arkangel makes his next appearance in this dramatic sequel to
Mortal Engines.
Infernal Devices by Reeve, Philip
In the distant future, when fifteen-year-old Wren Natsworthy, bored with life
in Anchorage, steals an Old-Tech book for a Lost Boy, she sets off a
sequence of events that leads her parents, Tom and Hester, back into battle
with old enemies and new.

Darkling Plain by Reeve, Philip
While dealing with people from their past and treachery from unexpected
sources, Tom, Hester, and Wren return to the radioactive sesspool known
as London to save the world, in the thrilling conclusion to The Hungry City
Chronicles.

Inkdeath by Funke, Cornelia Caroline
As Bluejay--Mo's fictitious double--tries to keep the Book of Immortality from
unraveling, Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, asking for
Bluejay's surrender or the children will be doomed to slavery in the silver mines.
10/2008


James Bond Adventures by Higson, Charlie
Double or Die : A James Bond Adventure
Teenage James has forty-eight hours to rescue a kidnapped professor and
to keep a powerful weapon from falling into the wrong hands. 2008
Blood Fever : A James Bond Adventure
During a summer holiday in Italy, the teen-age James Bond tangles with an
underground empire of criminals as he attempts the rescue of a kidnapped
young girl. 2007
Silverfin : A James Bond Adventure
Young James Bond, while attending boarding school at Eton in the 1930s,
must battle against an insane arms dealer who, by using killer eels, is
attempting to create a race of indestructible soldiers on the eve of World
War II. 2006

Little Brother by Doctorow, Cory
Having mastered the cutting-edge technologies of the networked world,
seventeen-year-old Marcus and his friends cut school in search of high
adventure and find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack
on San Francisco and wrongfully incarcerated in a secret prison by a totalitarian
Department of Homeland Security. 2008

Maximum Ride series by Patterson, James

The Missing Girl by Mazer, Norma Fox
In Mallory, New York, as five sisters, aged eleven to seventeen, deal with
assorted problems, conflicts, fears, and yearnings, a mysterious middle-aged
man watches them, fascinated, deciding which one he likes the best. 2008

Mister Pip by Jones, Lloyd
On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, on which survival is a daily
struggle, eccentric Mr. Watts, the only white man left after the other teachers flee,
spends his day reading to the local children from Charles Dickens's classic
"Great Expectations." 2008

Montmorency and the Assassins by Updale, Eleanor
After twenty years as a gentleman, Montmorency is glad to be free of Scarper,
his wretched alter-ego, but when a young friend is caught in the middle of a
murderous political plot, Montmorency may have no choice but to call upon
Scarper for help. 2007 (We have the earlier Montomorencies! They’re great!)

Nobody's Princess by Friesner, Esther
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom,
headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day,
learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an
adventure throughout the Mediterranean world. 2007
Nobody's Prize by Friesner, Esther
Still longing for adventure, Princess Helen of Sparta maintains her disguise as a
boy to join her unsuspecting brothers as part of the crew of the Argo, the ship
commanded by Prince Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece. 2008

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
by Barry, Dave; Pearson, Ridley; Call, Greg (ILT)
Fearing that the sinister Lord Ombra was not destroyed, Peter and Molly travel to
the land of Rundoon, which is ruled by the evil King Zarboff. 2007

Playing with Fire by Landy, Derek (Skulduggery Pleasant sequel)
When the evil Baron Vengeous escapes from prison, Detective Skulduggery
Pleasant and his apprentice, Valkyrie Cain, have just two days to recapture him
or the Baron's creature, the Grotesquery, may summon the Faceless Ones back
to their world. 2008

Search for the Red Dragon by Owen, James A.
Nine years after they came together to defeat the Winter King, John, Jack, and
Charles return to the Archipelago of Dreams and face a new challenge involving
the Lost Boys and giants. By the author of Here, There Be Dragons. 2008

Spy High
Mission One
by Butcher, A. J.
As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six
teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being
sent out into the field to sink or swim. 2004
Chaos Rising by Butcher, A. J.
The members of the Bond team at Deveraux Academy, a special high school
that trains students to be secret agents, try to save the world from a deadly
computer virus designed by CHAOS to destroy computer programs and
human life. 2004

Swindle by Korman, Gordon
After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable
baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break
into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use
the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker. 2008

Time Paradox by Colfer, Eoin
When the only way to save his mother's life lies with the lemurs he made extinct
five years ago, Artemis turns to his fairy friends to take him back in time, where
he tries to undo the damage while avoiding his dangerous younger self. 2008

Tunnels by Gordon, Roderick
When his father goes missing and he begins to delve into an archaeological dig
to uncover clues, Will Burrows discovers a strange subterranean society where
enslaved citizens live under the control of a cruel sect and so now must convince
some of them to begin a revolt in order to free themselves and his father in the
process. 2008

Vampirates series by Somper, Justin
Book 3: Blood Captain
While Connor faces trouble in the form of an obnoxious new crewmate, Grace,
his twin sister, seeks out a vampirate guru who might be able to heal their dear
friend Lorcan's blindness. 2008

Warriors series by Hunter, Erin
Eclipse, Outcast, Firestar’s Quest, Warrior’s Refuge, Warrior’s Return,
Into the Woods