Hey internet people! Just wanted to let you know that there are a number of shiny new Lerner titles available for your Kindle, Kobo, Sony, and coming soon to Nook and Apple devices.
Max Flash, ‘missions’ 1 – 6; Game On, Supersonic, In Deep, Grave Danger, Subzero, Short Circuit. Meet Max—an explosive hybrid of Harry Houdini and James Bond. He’s an ace at escaping perilous predicaments—and the Department for Extraordinary Activity wants to harness his skills to battle increasingly sinister paranormal activity… Interest level: (grades) 2 – 5.
The Dojo, books 1 – 4; Body Shot, Head Kick, Side Control, Triangle Choke. The dojo: it’s a training center. But for the teens who are learning mixed martial arts there, it’s a home base. As they work toward mastering their fighting skills, they’ll have to use the sport’s discipline to deal with real-life issues—both in and out of the fighting cage. Interest level: (grades) 6 – 12.
The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance, books 1 – 4; Leaping at Shadows, Stolen Luck, The Cursed Ballet, Twin Dangers. For aspiring teen ballet performers, attending the Dario Quincy Academy of Dance is a dream come true—one that quickly takes a nightmarish turn. This elite performing arts boarding school isn’t just cutthroat: it’s haunted. Each book reveals a new chapter of the institution’s creepy history, as the students dodge the schemes of hyper-competitive classmates, the scrutiny of menacing instructors, and the threats of supernatural sabotage. Interest level: (grades) 6 – 12.
The Opportunity, books 1 – 6; Box-Office Smash, The Campaign, Chart Topper, The Franchise, Going to Press, Size 0. What would you do with the chance of a lifetime? Every year, a wealthy and mysterious media tycoon lets an African American high school student from his alma mater answer that question. Through a secretive selection process, he handpicks one senior to spend a semester as an intern at one of the many companies he owns. Too good to be true? Maybe. After all, it’s one thing to land your dream job at a trendy clothing company or a political blog—and another thing to get caught up in the dirty work. Faced with everything from shady journalism to movie set intrigues, these teens have tough choices to make, with their futures hanging in the balance. Interest level: (grades) 6 – 12.
Can You Say Catastrophe? The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair, book 1. There’s one thing April Sinclair knows for sure: she was born into the wrong family. Her mom is always creating weird outfits for her, and her dad owns a restaurant and likes to dole out unsolicited advice to his customers (and his daughters). And then there are her little sisters. All April wants is to have fun with her best friends, lead a normal teenage life . . . and maybe snag the gorgeous boy who moved in next door. Everything seems difficult enough in her small, Southern town, but almost impossible when her freaky family keeps getting in the way. Interest level: (grades) 5 – 9.
Turbocharged, books 1 – 6; Blind Curve, The Classic, Drift, The Duel, Jacked, Slammed. Six tuned-up cars. Six teens behind the wheel. One thing in common: they’re all in for a wild ride. From street-racing to outrunning the law, it’s full speed ahead for each daring driver. These high-speed, high-stakes adventures follow young car enthusiasts and their modded wheels as they carve out reputations in hostile territory, clear their names in crimes they didn’t commit, and make peace with their rocky pasts. Interest level: (grades) 6 – 12.
Numbed! When Logan’s class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day—until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area. The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped. They realize only later that they’d left the museum without their math skills. To get back the knowledge they need for school—not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more—they’ll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math challenges. Being “numbed” will teach Logan and Benedict just how useful, and even fun, math can be. Interest level: (grades) 2 – 5.
Mallory, books 2 – 7 & 20; Back to School, Mallory, Mallory vs. Max, Happy Birthday, Mallory!, In Business with Mallory, Heart to Heart with Mallory, Mallory on Board, Play it Again, Mallory. Meet Mallory McDonald, a spunky, energetic young girl whose comical exploits and joke-telling will hit the mark with early chapter-book readers. Check out Mallory’s website at www.mallorymcdonald.com. Kids can meet Mallory’s creator (author Laurie Friedman), find out fun facts about Mallory’s family and friends, and see how many details they remember from her books. The “Fun Stuff” section is loaded with goodies-a fan club certificate, screensavers and wallpaper, recipes, bookmarks, stationery, even a Mallory Calendar! (And educators, the Web site has a downloadable teacher’s guide with great ideas for using the books in the classroom.) Interest level: (grades) 2 – 5.
Shadowlark, The Skylark Trilogy, Book 2. Lark Ainsley never asked to be anyone’s savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone’s weapon. She might not have a choice. For fifteen years, Lark believed in a lie. Now she knows that her city isn’t really the last refuge of civilization. There are other settlements—other people—beyond the Wall. And her Resource isn’t merely the energy that helps keep the city running. It’s a power far greater—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. One that others seek to use for their own ends. Forced to flee the only home she’s ever known, Lark must learn to survive in the outside world—and harness the magic that could be the key to saving more than just herself. Interest level: (grades) 7 – 12. Coming 10/1/13
A Wounded Name. Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when she takes her pills, the bean sidhe beckon, reminding her of a promise to her dead mother. Now, in the wake of the Headmaster’s sudden death, the whole academy is in turmoil, and Ophelia can no longer ignore the fae. Especially once she starts seeing the Headmaster’s ghosts—two of them—on the school grounds. Her only confidante is Dane, the Headmaster’s grieving son. Yet even as she gives more of herself to him, Dane spirals toward a tragic fate—dragging Ophelia, and the rest of Elsinore, with him. You know how this story ends. Yet even in the face of certain death, Ophelia has a choice to make—and a promise to keep. Interest level: (grades) 7 – 12.
Believe. When Janine Collins was six years old, she was the only survivor of a suicide bombing that killed her parents and dozens of others. Media coverage instantly turned her into a symbol of hope, peace, faith—of whatever anyone wanted her to be. Now, on the ten-year anniversary of the bombing, reporters are camped outside her house, eager to revisit the story of the “Soul Survivor.” Janine doesn’t want the fame—or the pressure—of being a walking miracle. But the news cycle isn’t the only thing standing between her and a normal life. Everyone wants something from her, expects something of her. Even her closest friends are urging her to use her name-recognition for a “worthy cause.” But that’s nothing compared to the hopes of Dave Armstrong—the man who, a decade ago, pulled Janine from the rubble. Now he’s a religious leader whose followers believe Janine has healing powers. The scariest part? They might be right. If she’s the Soul Survivor, what does she owe the people who believe in her? If she’s not the Soul Survivor, who is she? Interest level: (grades) 7 – 12.
Sex & Violence. Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time. After an assault that leaves Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota—which, ironically, turns out to be the one place where Evan can’t escape other people. Including himself. It may also offer him his best shot at making sense of his life again. Interest level: (grades) 9 – 12. Coming 10/1/13