Upcoming Teen Books Winter 2013

Here are some upcoming books that may be good reads for boys. Let us know if you know of others, or if you're going to be publishing one.
Annotations are mostly from publishers

There's no stopping to sequels is there?

The third book in Will Hill's excellent Department 19 series will be coming out in April. "Dracula is on the verge of coming into his full power. Department 19 is on the back foot. Ladies and gentlemen: welcome to war."
I'm sure Mr. Hill will continue to wipe sparkle vampires off the planet with this book.

Marcus Yallow's high tech rebellion continues in Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow. Marcus, now a webmaster for a politician, has to figure out what to do with a thumbdrive full of Wikileaks-type evidence and how to rescue his kidnapped ex-girlfriend.
I should get a hold of the first book soon.

One of our favourite series for preteens and teens is ending. The third book in Brandon Mull's Beyonders series, Chasing the Prophecy, will be coming out in March 2013.  Jason and Rachel will be heading off onto their separate quests to "become the heroes Lyrian needs".

Other sequels:
Nano wars continue in BZRK book 2 by Michael Grant.
And of course, a yet-to-be named Miss Peregrine by Ransom Riggs.

Now for some non-sequels:

Crap Kingdom by DC Pierson caught my eye because the premise is similar to Magic Kingdom For Sale SOLD!, the Terry Brooks' book I'm reading right now. Tom Parking is whisked away from Earth because he is the prophesized Chosen One to restore a magical kingdom to its former glory, but there is nothing desirable about this kingdom: "The kingdom is mostly made of garbage from Earth... the king hates Tom. Also, the princess likes to wear fake mustaches. And being Chosen One seems to consist mainly of cleaning out rats' noses at the Royal Rat-Snottery."
The smart thing to do of course is to turn down the job, but when Tom finds out the kingdom just replaces him with his best friend Kyle, he wants it back.

Mojo by Tim Tharp looks like a good one for mystery fans. Dylan is trying to solve a missing rich girl case so he can get some respect at school, but attaining "mojo" is not that easy and Dylan will find himself suck into a dangerous underground club.

It's nice to see a ghost story with a male protagonist. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal is about Jeremy who "can hear voices. Or, specificially, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm." But will Jacob be able to protect Jeremy from the "unhappy ending" that Grimm fairy tales often end in?

Eoin Colfer is starting a new series called WARP: The Reluctant Assassin, which Publishers Weekly called "Oliver Twist meets The Matrix time-travel adventure series".
Catherine Fisher has a new sci-fi / fantasy series Obsidian Mirror.
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff, "starring a teenage boy with no name or history - the perfect soldier-assassin" (from Publishers Weekly)

What books are you looking forward to read this winter? 
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  1. Marcee said...:

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