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Some New Teen Fiction

December 30, 2009 - Amy Phelps
Here's a quick mention of some great new teen fiction:

From Newbery Honor Winner Audrey Couloumbis and her husband, Akila Couloumbis is "War Games," based on the true story of Akila's growing up during German-occupied Greece during World War II. For Petros and his older brother, Zola, the events of the war feel far away and their childhood is relatively unaffected. That is, until word comes that the Germans are coming to their city. Because the family has dual citizenship in Greece and America, Petros' father orders them to hide everything having to do with America. Soon there is a German soldier living in their house and instantly the whole atmosphere of the town is changed. While Petros and Zola want to do something to help the Resistance, it seems everything they do could endanger their lives and their family. And finally they find a way to make a difference. "War Games" is published by Random House. It is $16.99 and is for ages 8 to 12. * A new book is reminsicent of "The Da Vinci Code" but for kids in "Ring of Fire" by P.D. Baccalario. It seems to be a mix-up of reservations in a hotel in Rome during the New Year's Eve holiday. A triple-booked room leads to several travelers' children staying in the hotel owner's daughter, Elettra's room. There's Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris and Sheng from Shanghai. As the kids attempt to get to know each other, one mentions their birthday - February 29, Leap Day. The others are stunned because that is also their birthday. And that's when things get wierd. Thinking the power has went out, the kids go outside to investigate and run into a man carrying a briefcase who is dying. He insists someone is looking for him and wants the children to keep the briefcase safe. Curious, the children open the briefcase and find a little umbrella and several tops with writing on them, a strange box and a tooth. There's also a paper that tells of a hundred years secret. Soon they're finding clues all over the town, linked to the four elements - fire, earth, air and water -that will lead to a mysterious object of power called the Ring of Fire. But an object of power like that can attract all sorts of attention, and the children just may be in danger. "Ring of Fire" is published by Random House. It is $16.99 and is for ages 10 to 13.


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