I've got a couple WoWs to share today - I couldn't pick just one!
Friend is Not a Verb by Daniel Ehrenhaft (HarperTeen, 5/1/10)
From the author of the Edgar Award–winning The Wessex Papers comes a hilariously offbeat novel about Henry “Hen” Birnbaum, a teenage boy who dreams of becoming a rock star despite a minor setback, namely: his girlfriend just dumped him and kicked him out of their band. Now his social life consists of night after night of VH1 marathons with his best friend and next-door neighbor, the neurotic Emma Wood.
Then there’s the matter of Sarah, his sister, who mysteriously disappeared for a whole year and just as mysteriously returned. As the story unfolds, the reasons for her disappearance seem more unbelievable than Henry ever could have imagined. Maybe rock god status isn’t too farfetched for Henry. After all, crazier things have happened.
I'm a fan of Ehrenhaft's Tell It to Naomi - but I haven't read anything by him in quite awhile. Seeing that he has a new book coming out in 2010 reminded me of my love of his books! :)
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (Luna, 2010)
An unforgettable futuristic story about a girl whose attempts to rebel quietly puts her at the forefront of a revolution.
This little blurb is from a bookmark that I got over the weekend at Maria's signing:
"I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. One of the thousands who work in the lower levels, keeping inside clean for the Uppers. I do my job and try to avoid Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous - the only neck at risk is my own.
Until a prophet claims a Gateway to Outside exists. And guess who he wants to steal into the Upper levels to get proof?
You're right. Me. It's suicide plain and simple. But guess who can't let a challenge like that go unanswered? Right again. Me."
I'm so excited for Maria's new book - which is also her first YA! I'm curious to see if I'll love it as much as I loved her Poison Study series! It sounds really different...