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A Wounded Name Sex & Violence Believe Shadowlark Losing It

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A Wounded Name
by Dot Hutchison

Sixteen-year-old 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. 

At the center of her crumbling world is Dane, the Headmaster's grieving son. He too understands the power of a promise to a parent—even a dead one. To him, Ophelia is the only person not tainted by deceit and hypocrisy, a mirror of his own broken soul. And to Ophelia, Dane quickly becomes everything. Yet even as she gives more of herself to him, Dane slips away. Consumed by suspicion, rage, and madness, he spirals toward his 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. She is not the girl others want her to be. But in Dot Hutchison's dark and sensuous debut novel, the name "Ophelia" is as deeply, painfully, tragically real as "Hamlet."

Dot Hutchison has worked in retail, taught at a Boy Scout camp, and fought in human combat chessboards, but she's most grateful that she can finally call writing work. When not immersed in the worlds-between-pages, she can frequently be found dancing around like an idiot, tracing stories in the stars, or waiting for storms to roll in from the ocean. She currently lives in Florida. This is her debut novel.
Visit her online at www.dothutchison.com.

Hardcover: 978-1-4677-0887-6 ● List: $17.95 ● S&L: $13.46
eBook: 978-1-4677-1618-5 ● List: $12.95 ● S&L: $9.71
Ages: 12-18 ● Reading Level: Grade 7 ● Interest Level: Grades 7–12
320 pages
5 ½ x 8 ½

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Sex & Violence
by Carrie Mesrobian

At first you don't see the connection. 
Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan Carter. He has a strategy—knows the profile of The Girl Who Would Say Yes. In each new town, each new school, he can count on plenty of action before he and his father move again. Getting down is never a problem. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time. 

And then you can’t see anything else. 
After an assault that leaves Evan bleeding and broken, his father takes him to the family cabin in rural Pearl Lake, Minnesota, so Evan's body can heal. But what about his mind? 

How do you go on, when you can't think of one without the other? 
Nothing seems natural to Evan anymore. Nothing seems safe. The fear—and the guilt—are inescapable. He can't sort out how he feels about anyone, least of all himself. Evan's never really known another person well, and Pearl Lake is the kind of place where people know everything about each other—where there might be other reasons to talk to a girl. It's all annoying as hell. It might also be Evan's best shot to untangle sex and violence.

Carrie Mesrobian is an instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Sex & Violence is her first novel. Visit her online at www.carriemesrobian.com.

Hardcover: 978-1-4677-0597-4 ● List: $17.95 ● S&L: $13.46
eBook: 978-1-4677-1619-2 ● List: $12.95 ● S&L: $9.71
Ages: 14-18 ● Reading Level: Grade 7 ● Interest Level: Grades 9–12
304 pages
5 1/4 x 7 1/2

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By Sarah Aronson

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?

Sarah Aronson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of several books for teens and young readers. She lives near Chicago. Visit her online at www.saraharonson.com.

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eBook: 978-1-4677-1617-8 ● List: $12.95 ● S&L: $9.71
Ages: 12-18 ● Reading Level: Grade 7 ● Interest Level: Grades 7–12
296 pages
5 1/4 x 7 1/2      

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By Meagan Spooner
Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley's wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She's always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever. 

But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus. 

Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter. 

Lark never asked to be anyone's savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone's weapon. She might not have a choice. 

Book two in the Skylark Trilogy.

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting and spent several years living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every journey in the stories she writes. She currently lives and writes in Northern Virginia, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there. 

In addition to writing The Skylark Trilogy, Meagan is the co-author of These Broken Stars with Amie Kaufman. You can visit Meagan online at www.meaganspooner.com.


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eBook: 978-1-4677-1664-2 ● List: $12.95 ● S&L: $9.71
Ages: 12-18 ● Reading Level: Grade 7 ● Interest Level: Grades 7–12
336 pages
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 


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Losing It

A travesty. A violation. An ecstasy. A disappointment. An instant. A lie. A theft. A rite of passage. Whatever you call it, there's only one first time. 

A.S. King, Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Anne Fine, Sophie McKenzie, Bali Rai, Jenny Valentine, Mary Hooper, and Andrew Smith. Some of today's leading international YA authors contributed to this hard-hitting collection of original short stories: some funny, some moving, some haunting but all revolving around the same subject—virginity.

You never forget the first time.

Melvin Burgess is the author of Smack, winner of the Carnegie Medal. 
Anne Fine is the author of more than 50 books for young readers and was the Children's Laureate of Great Britain. 
Keith Gray is the author of Ostrich Boys
Mary Hooper is the author of Newes from the Dead
A.S. King is the author of Please Ignore Vera Dietz, a Michael L. Printz Honor book. 
Sophie McKenzie is the author of Close My Eyes. 
Patrick Ness is the author of A Monster Calls, winner of the Carnegie Medal. 
Bali Rai is the author of Killing Honour
Andrew Smith is the author of The Marbury Lens
Jenny Valentine is the author of Me, the Missing, and the Dead, a William C. Morris Honor book.


Hardcover: 978-1-4677-2041-0 ● List: $17.95 ● S&L: $13.46
eBook: 978-1-4677-2049-6 ● List: $12.95 ● S&L: $9.71
Ages: 14-18 ● Reading Level: Grade 6 ● Interest Level: Grades 9–12
200 pages
5 1/4 x 7 1/2 

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