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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Debut YA Book Birthday

Tuesday = Release Party!! If you're a dance lover, this week's releases will have you tapping your toes. Let's celebrate with these debut YA authors:

Oct. 10th - 
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
On-stage beauty. Backstage drama.
As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet. 

But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?


Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe


When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she's deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem's muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she's chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin


Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever.

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.
Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter.  When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait--to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.


(Sorry for the wonky fonts and spacing -- blogger and I are not getting along so well today.  Grrr!)

3 comments:

Nisa said...

Having been to Yellowstone several times, that's pretty creepy. Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

I love the Bunheads cover! And these ballet books sound great. Then there's the post-apocalypic -- have this one on my Kindle & really need to read it! Love!

Lisa_Gibson said...

Wow, that Bunheads cover is amazing. Sound like great books, all of them. Thanks for sharing.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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