Join us 4pm Saturday, January 29th, when Changing Hands Bookstore presents YAllapalooza 2011, a literary extravaganza for tween and teen readers featuring free pizza, games, prizes and the chance to mix and mingle with your favorite YA authors! We'll have a live game show that tests contestants' knowledge of young adult and middle-grade literature with games guaranteed to amaze and amuse.
Attending authors: Lisa Mangum, Bree Despain, Karen Hoover, Cameron Stracher, Jessica Day George, Obert Skye, Janette Rallison, James Owen, Angela Morrison, Tom Leveen, Jon Lewis, Adam Rex, Laurie Brooks, Lisa McMann, and Kofi O. Okyere.
>> Read about YAllapalooza in the Arizona Republic here.
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum | Paperback | $7.99 | Abby's senior year of high school is going according to plan. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery reaching into 16th-century Florence.
The Hourglass Door series is continued in The Golden Spiral.
|Sapphire Flute by Karen Hoover | Hardcover | $19.95 | It has been 3,000 years since a white mage has been seen upon Rasann when Ember discovers she can see magic and change the appearance of things at will. Against her mother's wishes, she leaves for the mage trials and discovers she has inherited her father's secret -- a secret that places her in direct conflict with her father's greatest enemy. Now she's in a race with the evil C'Tan to find a powerful artifact -- for if she fails, it could mean the destruction of everything she holds dear. |
|The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher | Hardcover | $19.95 | Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold. Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and more will follow—victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas. But Kai didn't seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. Kai claims he knew the government's secret, but then he was gone. There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. He has be found—and his truth told—before it is too late. ||The Dark Divine by Bree Despain | Paperback | $9.99 | Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared --the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. The mystery her family has tried to bury resurfaces when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth to save the ones she loves, but she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it -- her soul. |
Grace's story is continued in the sequel, The Lost Saint.
|Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George | Hardcover | $19.95 | Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other's countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It's got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. |
Also see Jessica Day George's other YA novels, Princess of the Midnight Ball, the Dragon Slippers Series, and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.
|Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye | Paperback | $8.99 | Fourteen-year-old Leven Thumps (a.k.a. "Lev") lives a wretched life in Oklahoma. But his life is about to when he learns about the secret gateway that bridges two worlds—the real world and Foo, the place created at the at the beginning of time that makes it possible for mankind to dream, hope, and imagine. But Foo is in chaos, and three transplants from the dreamworld—wisecracking Clover, powerful Winter, and Geth, the rightful heir to Foo—have been sent to retrieve Lev, who alone has the power to save Foo. Now Lev must overcome his doubt, or Sabine and his dark shadows will find the gateway first and destroy mankind. |
The Leven Thumps Series is continued in The Whispered Secret, The Eyes of Want, The Wrath of Ezra, and The Ruins of Alder. Also see Skye's Pillage Trilogy.
|My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison | Paperback | $8.99 | After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, sophomore Savannah Delano wishes she could find a true prince to take her to the prom. Enter Chrissy Everstar: Savannah's gum-chewing, cell phone-carrying, high heel-wearing Fair Godmother. Showing why she's only Fair—because she's not a very good fairy student—Chrissy mistakenly sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White. Finally she sends Tristan, a boy in Savannah's class, back instead to turn him into her prom-worthy prince. When Savannah returns to the Middle Ages to save Tristan, they must team up to defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious and undeniably sexy Black Knight. |
Also see Janette Rallison's other YA novels, My Double Life, Just One Wish, and more!
|Here, There Be Dragons: Book One of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen | Paperback | $9.99 | An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during WWI. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica -- an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard Bert's Dragonship, one of only seven vessels that can cross the Frontier between the worlds. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. |
The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica is continued in The Search for the Red Dragon, The Indigo King, The Shadow Dragons, and The Dragon's Apprentice.
|Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison | Paperback | $8.99 | Leesie Hunt has many rules: No kissing. No sex. No dating outside the Mormon faith. When Michael Walden, a deep-sea diver who lost his parents in a violent hurricane, arrives in town, Leesie sees someone who needs her. They fall for one another, even though his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above. Will their intense chemistry be too strong to resist? Now, Leesie and Michael must make the hardest choice of their lives: whether to follow their beliefs or their hearts. |
Also see Angela Morrison's other YA novels, Sing Me to Sleep and Unbroken Connection.
|Party by Tom Leveen | Hardcover | $16.99 | It's Saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story, the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming. |
|Invasion by Jon S. Lewis | Hardcover| $14.99 | Colt McAllister is about to be drawn into a war against things he thought only existed in comic books. After a car wreck takes the lives of his parents, Colt moves to Arizona to stay with his grandfather. There, an informant tells him that his parents were actually murdered because his mom, a journalist, was getting ready to write a story exposing Trident Industries. Along with Oz and Danielle, his new comrades at Chandler High, Colt vows to uncover the truth. But the more they learn, the more bizarre reality becomes. Mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles only scratch the surface of what they discover. Soon, Colt is recruited by a secret organization called the Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural. But the battle isn't just against an out-of-control giant corporation. A gateway to another world is opening, and the invasion has already begun. |
Jon S. Lewis also visits Changing Hands to present Invasion, the first book of his new C.H.A.O.S. fantasy series, at 7pm on Thursday, January 20th. More »
|Fat Vampire by Adam Rex | Hardcover | $16.99 | Doug Lee is undead quite by accident—attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and fifteen forever. When he has no luck finding some goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of the night. But it's just not the same. Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her—hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated—it's not as easy as studying Dracula. Especially when the star of Vampire Hunters is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings. |
Also see Adam Rex's other YA novels, Guess Again! and The True Meaning of Smekday and more!
|Selkie Girl by Laurie Brooks | Hardcover | $19.95 | Elin Jean has always known she was different from the others on their remote island home. She is a gentle soul, and can't stand the annual tradition of killing seal babies to thin the population. Even Tam McCodron, the gypsy boy to whom she is strangely drawn, seems to belong more than she does. It's just a matter of time until Elin Jean discovers the secret of her past: her mother, Margaret, is a selkie, held captive by her smitten father, who has kept Margaret's precious seal pelt hostage for 16 years. Soon Elin Jean faces a choice about whether to free her mother from her island prison. And, as the child of this unusual union, she must make another decision. Part land, part sea, she must explore both worlds and dig deep inside herself to figure out where she belongs, and where her future lies. || |
Wake by Lisa McMann | Paperback | $8.99 | For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does—they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.
The Wake Trilogy is continued in Fade and Gone.
|Cabo Corso by Kofi O. Okyere | Hardcover | $12.95 | Time heals all wounds. We hear that always, but what happens when hate and revenge burn so strong that neither death nor time can withstand it? |
6 graduate students on tour in Ghana decide to sneak into Cape Coast castle (An integral part of of the transatlantic slave trade) on their last night. Their fun and laughter soon turns to pain and screaming as they find themselves trapped inside with a crazed lunatic.
Kofi O. Okyre also visits Changing Hands 5pm Saturday, Feburary 5, to celebrate the launch of Cabo Corso. Details here.
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