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Two New YA Books

September 26, 2011 - Amy Phelps
Though a young adult book, the story of a teen who experiences love and tragedy will appeal to many in "On the Volcano" by James Nelson.

It is 1875, and Katie McDonald has spent her whole life living with her father on the rim of a volcano. She's only known her father, Old Dan and Lorraine, a former nurse who travels around the frontier, helping people. All Katie wants to do is travel to Badwater, the closest town and finally meet people. Her father decides she can make the trip on her 16th birthday, but under the guise of a boy "George" for her own safety. There she meets Sheriff Benson and his young deputy, Adam Summerfield. The two warn her father about some dangerous drifters. But Katie is too excited to care. And she can't stop thinking about Adam. Before the day is out, Katie is in a fight with some local boys.

After they return home, Katie finds a man's glove nearby. Did someone follow them? What do they want? Could it be the gold in the cabin? Or could it be Katie herself? Before she can believe it, a young man is dead after attacking her. Then two men attack and kill her old friend, Dan and her father begins tracking the killers. Before Katie's story ends, several people are dead, and Katie must rely on everything her father and Lorraine taught her if she is going to survive on the frontier. But even as danger surrounds her, there is hope for Katie - in a romance.

A story about a resourceful young woman and life on the rough and tumble frontier, readers will enjoy seeing this tough heroine perservere and find a love all of her own.

"On the Volcano" is published by Putnam. It is $16.99 and 272 pages long.


Juliet is locked in an eternal struggle with Romeo in "Juliet Immortal" by Stacey Jay.

The Shakespearean story is a lie. Juliet didn't kill herself - instead Romeo killed her after their short marriage to attain power and immortality through dark forces. Juliet was called to fight against them for the Ambassadors of Light. Ever since they have leapt into the bodies of young people - Juliet fighting for true love and Romeo for the darkness in everyone's heart. And this may be their last battle.

Juliet leaps into the body of a young woman named Ariel, while Romeo leaps into Dylan. While Juliet fights to protect her young lovers against Romeo/Dylan, she encounters an unexpected twist - she meets a young boy by the name of Ben. Juliet is drawn to Ben, but there's major complications, he's the new boyfriend of Ariel's best friend and may be the one she's supposed to save. Will Juliet save true love or destroy it? Will she and Romeo have their last battle?

This take on the classic story gives it a fun supernatural twist that will have young fans reading all night.

"Juliet Immortal" is published by Delacorte. It is $17.99 and 306 pages long.


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