Excerpt Releases: October 20

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

across a star swept sea diana peterfreundAcross A Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) by Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: October 15, 2013
In this thrilling rendition of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Persis Blake’s frivolous aristocrat visage conceals her true purpose as a spy. Her new romance with handsome medic Justen is also her most dangerous venture. Though she is truly falling for Justen, he hides dark secrets – secrets that could plunge their world into a dark age.
To read an excerpt, click here.

the darkest path jeff hirschThe Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: September 24, 2013
The militant religion, The Glorious Path, and the remains of the US government, are locked in a vicious civil war. Fifteen-year-old Callum and his brother were forced to convert to the Path years ago, and are close to becoming its deadliest secret agents – until Callum rescues a stray dog and kills its commander, who wanted to train it into a monstrous attack dog. Now, boy and dog are on the run.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release date: February 11, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Austin brings together the story of his family’s history in Poland and immigration to the United States, with the story of how he and his best friend brought about the end of humanity and the rise of a human-sized army of praying mantis in his small town in Iowa.
To read an excerpt, click here.

In the Age of Love and Chocolate (Birthright #3) by Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: October 29, 2013
In the third installment of the Birthright series, Anya Balanchine has suffered from run-ins from the law, the loss of her parents and grandmother…and now, a break-up with Win, after her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis, Charles Delacroix. Anya is determined to soldier on and make her nightclub a success – but when a misstep leaves her fighting for her life, she is forced to depend on others and reckon with her choices.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: January 7, 2014
Emily’s father has been accused of murdering a teenager. Emily is sure this can’t be true – but what really happened that night in the woods? She teams up with the teenager’s enigmatic boyfriend, Damon, in hopes that they can both solve the mystery…but Damon has his own secrets about the dark woods, and what happens within them at night.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: October 22, 2013
Eureka’s mother always warned her daughter not to cry – but now she is gone, and now there is Ander, a tall, pale blond who warns Eureka of impending danger, and brings her closer to tears than anyone ever has. It is because of Anders, and a haunting tale included in her strange inheritance, that Eureka will discover her life has darker undercurrents than she knew.
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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