From the writer whose stories have been called "brilliant" (BOOKLIST ) , "masterful" (Horn Book) , and "breathtaking" (School Library Journal) , comes a romantic new standalone fantasy. The past never forgets . . .Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer's apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas 'title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what here members. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.
How Do You Live?
By Yoshino, Genzaburo
First published in 1937, Genzabur Yoshino's How Do You Live has long been acknowledged in Japan as a crossover classic for young readers. Academy Award-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle) has called it his favorite childhood book and announced plans to emerge from retirement to make it the basis of a final film. How Do You Live is narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confront inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper's emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life's big questions as Copper begins to encounter them.
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Beyond the Blue Border
By Linke, Dorit
Hanna and Andreas have always been friends. When they're expelled from school for activism directly challenging the socialist state in East Germany, they end up doing factory work. But what kind of life do they have to look forward to without education or opportunity? Especially when they aren't allowed a voice? The choice to risk imprisonment or death by escaping to the democratic West seems like a risk worth taking. They set out to swim twenty-five hours across the choppy waters of the Baltic Sea.Linke's storytelling achieves a delicate balance between heightened moments of danger--searchlights, jellyfish, a Russian helicopter, a violent summer storm--and the monotony, ineffable fatigue, physical pain, cramping, fear, and hope that fill the rest of the journey.
The Queen Will Betray You
By Henning, Sarah
After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone's plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more. Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stableboy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love...Book 1: The Princess Will Save YouBook 2: The Queen Will Betray YouBook 3: The King Will Kill You (forthcoming) "Everything we love about YA fantasy, complete with first love, sweeping adventure, and a fierce heroine who holds her own.