September 13, 2011 Candlewick Press
She knows only Sam, a mysterious teenage boy. He is her sole companion; her whole life. She was born, already a teenager, lying outside a burning building in soot-stained clothes, remembering nothing, not even her name. He showed her the necklace she had on, the one that named her: Abby. Sam brought her to live in his cave-palace, where he gives her everything she needs. He loves her. He protects her from the world outside, from everyone who wants to hurt them, like the denizens of Circle Nine, Dante’s deepest circle of hell. But even in a charmed, brand-new life like Abby’s, change will come. Sam falls ill. A new girl comes to stay, and Abby begins to question Sam’s devotion. With doubt comes emotional turmoil, changes in perception, and glimpses of her past identity. In this courageous psychological thriller, Abby tells the story of living her new life and discovering her old one, while grappling with an ever-changing reality.
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December 5, 2011 Little Brown
Winter Town follows two childhood best friends who learn that growing up means growing apart. This is written from both points of views.
Evan: Every winter, Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The “girl next door” has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But even though Lucy’s changed, Evan and Lucy connect again. And this time, Evan falls in love.
Lucy: Lucy has secrets. She doesn’t tell Evan about her mother’s new abusive boyfriend, her own violent boyfriend, and the fights that got her kicked out of her house. She feels guilty and starts to resent Evan’s picture perfect (boring) life. She knows Evan won’t change, and Lucy knows she must break his heart and move on.
Evan: The next winter, after transferring to an art college against his father’s wishes, Evan sees Lucy again. And this time, they know the timing is right.
This unique story features gorgeous black-and-white illustrations throughout (comic strips, spot art, chapter heads, etc.).
Is it just me or does Circle 9 sound pretty frickin’ awesome?! I can’t wait for that one!! Winter Town also sounds fantastic, and it has illustrations!