Excerpt Releases: March 23


Here is a selection of excerpts from young adult novels that have recently hit the web.

cracks in the kingdom jaclyn moriartyThe Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeline #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: March 25th 2014
Princess Ko has been bluffing about her father’s disappearance in order to keep her kingdom together. But if she can’t produce him in a matter of weeks, the consequence could be a deadly war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt, she starts recruiting specially abled teens to crack the case of the missing royals of Cello – one of them being Elliot, determined to find his father and the only one aware where the royals actually are: trapped in the World.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 1st 2014
Her name is Amy Gumm. She’s from Kansas, and she knows the score on Oz: seen the movies, read the books and knows all the songs. But, when she is recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to make sure that Dorothy – the Dorothy – is killed for good, she finds that sometimes, maybe the Good Witches are not to be trusted, and nothing is as the story claims.
To read an excerpt, click here.


the hit melvin burgessThe Hit by Melvin Burgess
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: April 4th 2014
A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. The Hit. Take it, and you have one amazing week to live. It’s the ultimate high. At the ultimate price. Adam is tempted. Life is rubbish, his girlfriend’s over him, his brother’s gone. So what’s he got to lose? Everything, as it turns out.
To read an excerpt, click here.


plus one elizabeth famaPlus One by Elizabeth Fama
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: April 8th 2014
Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.
To read an excerpt, click here.

This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 1st 2014
When David’s brother was killed, he used anger as his outlet. But his parents got religious. David doesn’t know about a higher power, but he does know that as he gets closer to Bailey, the new girl in town, he feels happier. However, his parents are preparing for the Rush, the moment when they believe the faithful to God will be taken away – and they want him to do the same.
To read an excerpt, click here.


Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: February 25th 2014
Luc lives in a house of mistreated orphans, barely getting by. Then a man calling himself Prof comes to town with a mysterious mission. Together, Luc and Prof head into the rough, dangerous jungle in order to study elusive chimpanzees. There, Luc finally finds a new family — and must act when that family comes under attack.
To read an excerpt, click here.

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Hebah Uddin

Hebah is a 21-year-old Muslim girl who reads a lot of books, writes a lot more, and wears a lot of (figurative) hats. As a result of being raised on a steady diet of foreign films and BBC period dramas, she now likes to think of herself as Charlotte Bronte + one of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai women. She’ll rap your fingers with her katana if you don’t mind your manners - or your grammar.

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