Penguin Young Readers Group has released new thrillers, mysteries and stories of teen life for young readers.
"This Side of Jealousy" ($17.99), a young adult novel by Lili Peloquin, follows the lives of sisters Alice and Charlie as they settle into exclusive Serenity Point. Charlie makes friends with Jude and Cybill, but Cybill keeps leading Jude into trouble. Alice contends with her love for Tommy but old boyfriend Patrick won't leave her alone. Then Nick, their father's intern, arrives and starts telling secrets about the past summer which upset both Jude and Tommy. Alice will soon learn ugly family secrets.
"Flicker and Burn" ($17.99), a young adult novel by T.M. Goeglein, is the second in a trilogy set in Chicago. When her father and brother are kidnapped, Sara Jane Rispoli, 16 years old, learns her family is involved with the Chicago Outfit, an old Mafia group. The tale follows her attempts to thwart a crooked uncle, the cops and mysterious beings who seem intent on murdering the entire family.
"Proxy" ($17.99), a young adult novel by Alex London, is set in a future world. Poor children (Proxies) pay off their debts by serving out the prison sentences of wealthy people (Patrons). The Guardians pass judgment and inflict sentences. Patron Knox crashes a car and kills a friend. Proxy Syd is beaten. The two collude to challenge the system and break free.
"Sylo" ($17.99) is the first of a trilogy by D.J. MacHale. Tucker Pierce lives off the coast of Maine on Pemberwick Island. Pierce plays football and is approached by a stranger who promises him a red crystal will improve his performance. A secret branch of the military, SYLO, comes to the island and says its residents must be quarantined. Pierce does not believe their story and thinks the red crystal is the issue.
"The Moon and More" ($19.99) is the latest from accomplished young adult writer Sarah Dessen. The setting is Colby, a beach town familiar to her readers, where she follows the love and personal growth of Emaline. a Colby native who manages her parents' summer rentals. As always, Dessen strikes true and adds another to her impressive list of achievements.
Four titles will appeal to younger readers.
"Nickel Bay Nick" ($16.99) by Dean Pitchford is about what happens when someone gets a second chance. It is Christmas and Sam Brattle is miserable. His father's bakery is bankrupt, his mother won't be there for Christmas, and the town patron who gives away money at Christmas is a no-show this year. Desperate to find some cheer, he goes in search of Nickel Bay Nick and in the process learns about himself and his family.
"Iggy Loomis: Superkid in Training" ($16.99) by Jennifer Allison answers every kid's nightmare question: what if my kid brother suddenly got superpowers? Daniel has no patience with younger brother Iggy. He makes friends with neighbor Alistair, but he does not know she is an alien. When Iggy disrupts one of Alistair's experiments he starts to mutate and Daniel and Alistair must keep everyone from learning the truth.
"Penelope Crumb Finds Her Luck" ($14.99) is the latest in the series by Shawn Stout. Penelope wants to be somebody's favorite, but so far she hasn't found someone who wants her to be. Penelope, a great artist, decides to take charge of painting the mural at Portwaller's Blessed Home for the Aged, which will surely make her the favorite of all there. When it does not, an old woman promises to help Penelope find her luck so someone will like her. Penelope soon learns love is more important than being the favorite.
"Friends" ($17.99) by Eric Carle is another beautiful book by the man who created "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Though meant for the youngest readers, the book is so beautifully illustrated it will prove attractive to parents and art lovers alike.