So here I was, thinking I was going to be horribly belated with this post, and it turns out no debut YA authors had birthdays yesterday. Phew. But there is one today and one tomorrow. Huh? I know, weird. So anyway, let's raise a glass for these debut YA novels.
Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin
A ballerina tale with a thoroughly modern twist!
Casey Quinn has
got more grace in her pinkie toe than all those prissy ballet-school
girls put together, even if you'd never guess it from the looks of her
too-long legs and dirty high-top sneakers. It's 1959, and freckle-faced
Casey lives in the red-dust countryside of South Carolina. She's a farm
girl: Her family can't afford ballet lessons. But Casey's dream is to
dance in New York City. And if anyone tries to stand in her way, she's
going to pirouette and jeté right over them!
Casey's got the
grit, and Casey's got the grace: Is that enough to make it in Manhattan
someday? Or might the Big Apple have something even better in mind? When
she meets a visionary choreographer she calls "Miss Martha," Casey's
ballerina dream takes a thoroughly, thrillingly modern twist!
Survive by Alex Morel
Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening
is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental
hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a
lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes
black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a
snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul,
who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.
and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night,
forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and
lethal force, and only one of them will survive.