New Release Books by Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin is the author of Healer and Witch (2022), Double Helix (2021), And Then There Were Four (2021), Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good (2021) and other 8 books.

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Healer and Witch

release date: Mar 22, 2022
Healer and Witch
After eleven young-adult novels, best-selling and award-winning author Nancy Werlin casts a brilliant new spell in a middle-grade historical fantasy for fans of classic fare. Nancy Werlin’s first story for middle-grade readers tackles and transcends traditional fantasy tropes: can a young woman gifted with magic learn to manage her powers—and claim her strength—without violence? Sylvie and her mother and grandmother are beloved, trusted healers in their medieval French village, though some whisper that fifteen-year-old Sylvie and her grand-mere deal in more than herbs and medicines. Perhaps they’re a bit . . . witchy? After her grandmother dies, and an attempt to use magic to heal her mother’s grief brooks tragic consequences, Sylvie leaves her village in search of a teacher. The journey subjects her to strange alliances, powerful temptations, danger, and deceit. In the end, there may be only one wise woman Sylvie can trust in a world that would define her limits: herself. Beautifully crafted, this quietly powerful work for younger readers assures a whole new audience for an established author.

Double Helix

release date: Dec 14, 2021
Double Helix
Eli Samuels has just graduated from high school and lucked into a job at Wyatt Transgenics—offered to him by Dr. Quincy Wyatt, the legendary molecular biologist. The salary is substantial, the work is interesting, and Dr. Wyatt seems to be paying special attention to Eli. Is it too good to be true? Eli''s girlfriend doesn''t think so, but his father is vehemently against his taking the job and won''t explain why. Eli knows that there''s some connection between Dr. Wyatt and his parents—something too painful for his father to discuss. Something to do with his mother, who is now debilitated by Huntington''s disease. As Eli works at the lab, and spends time with Dr. Wyatt, he begins to uncover some disconcerting information—about himself.

And Then There Were Four

release date: Sep 29, 2021
And Then There Were Four
Thrilling suspense from New York Times bestselling and Edgar award winner Nancy Werlin. Five teens are students at Rockland Academy, and they’re the only ones summoned to a meeting in an old building—when the roof caves in on them. They survive, but barely. It was a terrible accident. Or was it? Saralinda: “I’m a huge burden to my mother.” Caleb: “I’m a monster.” Kenyon: “My grandfather hates me.” Antoine: “My mother has already tried to kill me twice.” Evangeline: “I’ll be worth 40 million dollars on my birthday. Then, I fill out the papers to give it all to the Upper East Side Cat Society. Not a penny to my stepmother. Unless I die first—haha.” But their families can’t have banded together to kill them all. That’s crazy. Then another “accident” happens. Now they are four, and in a desperate race to escape the trap that’s squeezing shut around them. REVIEWS: “The trap is sprung. The hunt is on. Don’t expect to sleep tonight. A stunning thriller told in two unforgettable voices.” -Julie Berry, Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolls “Unpredictable and emotional.” -USA Today “A plot that left me breathless, and strong, memorable characters. Not many writers can do both. Nancy Werlin makes it look effortless. I could not put this book down.” -Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award-winning author of A Long Walk to Water “Tense, vivid, lively, and heart-twisting—I could not catch my breath. What a very great pleasure this was to read. -Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of The Song of the Lioness quartet A gripping page-turner with a lot of twists and turns. Those fans of mystery looking for something different to read? Werlin’s latest definitely stands out. - RT Book Reviews Although the psychology of the kids—and their parents—is a huge part of the story, it’s the nonstop action that sweeps readers along. People are on the run, bodies are piling up, and murder is in the air. Up until the last moment, it’s not clear who is going to make it out alive. -Booklist

Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good

release date: Apr 06, 2021
Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good
A buttoned-up overachiever works overtime to keep her inner nerd at bay—failing spectacularly—in Nancy Werlin’s hilarious and heartfelt return to contemporary realistic fiction. Planning is Zoe Rosenthal’s superpower. She has faith in a properly organized to-do list and avoids unnecessary risks. Her mental checklist goes something like this: 1) Meet soulmate: DONE! 2) Make commitment: DONE! 3) Marriage: TO COME! (after college). She isn’t sure which college yet, but it will have a strong political science department, since her perfect boyfriend, Simon, plans to “save the country,” as his sister puts it, “and the planet and everything.” Zoe will follow along, the perfect serious, supportive girlfriend. It’s good to have her love life resolved, checked off, done. But speaking of unnecessary risks, Zoe’s on a plane to Atlanta, sneaking off to Dragon Con for the second season premiere of Bleeders. The show is subject to her boyfriend’s lofty scorn, but Zoe is nothing like these colorful hordes “wearing their inside on their outside.” Once her flirtation with fandom is over, she will get back to the important business of planning a future with Simon. The trouble is, right now, Bleeders—and her fellow “Bloodygits”—may just mean the world to her. Will a single night of nerdery be enough? Best-selling and award-winning author Nancy Werlin is best known for science fiction, fantasy, and suspense, but here she turns her pen to realistic fiction with broad appeal. Confirmed nerds will revel in a diverse cast, zany fandoms, and cosplaying crowds, but this is for any reader seeking a smart, breezy coming-of-age story about finding your friends—and your inconvenient self.

Black Mirror

release date: Nov 27, 2020
Black Mirror
Frances Leventhal refuses to look in the mirror; she can''t bear to face her reflection. She has hidden from herself and everyone around her for such a long time, and now that her brother Daniel has committed suicide, she can''t help thinking that it''s somehow her fault. If she hadn''t been so caught up in her own pain, maybe she would have noticed her brother''s. It''s time to stop hiding-to reach out to Daniel''s friends at their private school. Daniel had been deeply involved in Unity Service, the charitable group on campus, and Frances is determined to join the group and to make amends.But something''s not quite right about Unity, and soon Frances finds herself in the middle of a puzzle too ominous to ignore. Exactly what are the Unity members trying so hard to hide? And why does no one else on campus, adult or teen, seem suspicious of them? This time Frances won''t scurry away to hide. The memory of her brother is at stake.

Unthinkable

release date: Sep 12, 2013
Unthinkable
This much anticipated sequel to the New York Times Bestseller Impossible – a fantasy full of suspense, mystery, and romance – will appeal to fans of Beautiful Creatures, Raven Boys, and Wicked Lovely. Fenella was the first Scarborough girl to be cursed, hundreds of years ago, and she has been trapped in the faerie realm ever since, forced to watch generations of daughters try to break this same faerie curse that has enslaved them all. But now Fenella’s descendant, Lucy, has accomplished the impossible and broken the curse, so why is Fenella still trapped in Faerie? In her desperation, Fenella makes a deal with the faerie queen: If she can accomplish three acts of destruction, she will be free, at last, to die. What she doesn''t realize is that these acts must be aimed at her own family – and if she fails, the consequences will be dire, for all of the Scarborough girls. How can she possibly choose to hurt her own cherished family – not to mention the new man whom she’s surprised to find herself falling in love with? But if she doesn’t go through with the tasks, how will she manage to save her dear ones?

Extraordinary

release date: Sep 06, 2011
Extraordinary
Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange new girl in school, and the two soon become as close as sisters. Then Mallory''s magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate hold on Phoebe - but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon Phoebe discovers the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that they are from the faerie realm, here to collect on an age-old debt. And the price of that debt could cost Phoebe everything. But with the help of her friend Ben, Phoebe ultimately learns her own worth and breaks the generations-old curse. "Werlin crafts her characters so deftly and unrolls the story so cleverly . . . readers will be under the spell to the end." - Booklist "A compelling tale of friendship and a refreshing antidote to faerie stories about that one special girl deserving of supernatural love." - Kirkus Reviews

Locked Inside

release date: Nov 29, 2020
Locked Inside
Finalist for the Edgar award for best mystery. As the orphaned daughter of a wildly successful inspirational singer/author, Marnie Skyedottir stands to inherit great wealth. But until then, Marnie has to survive a dreary life in private school. She endures by escaping into an online role-playing game as much as possible and steering clear of the other students.So when Marnie is kidnapped by someone who also claims to be Skye''s daughter, she is worried. With her reclusive tendencies, will anyone even know she''s gone? And will her online gaming skills be of any help to her in this real-life drama.

The Killer's Cousin

release date: Nov 27, 2020
The Killer's Cousin
Winner of the Edgar award for best mystery.Recently acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David has moved to Massachusetts to complete his senior year of high school. His aunt and uncle have offered him shelter-escape from the media''s questions and from the uncertain glances of his neighbors and ex-friends.His attic apartment doesn''t feel much like a shelter, though. He sees ghostly shadows at night, his aunt is strangely cold, and his eleven-year-old cousin, Lily, is downright hostile. And as Lily''s behavior becomes more and more threatening, David can''t help wondering why. What ugly secrets lurk within the walls of Lily''s home?There''s one thing David knows with certainty.The more he learns about his cousin Lily, the harder it is to avoid thinking about his own past.

The Rules of Survival

release date: Mar 13, 2008
The Rules of Survival
This National Book Award Finalist is a thought-provoking exploration of emotional abuse, self-reliance and the nature of evil. A heart-wrenching portrait of family crisis, this is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why. For Matt and his sisters, life with their cruel, physically abusive mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But then Matt witnesses a man named Murdoch coming to a child’s rescue in a convenience store; and for the first time, he feels a glimmer of hope. Then, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt’s mother. Life is suddenly almost good. But the relief lasts only a short time. When Murdoch inevitable breaks up with their mother, Matt knows that he’ll need to take some action. Can he call upon Murdoch to be his hero? Or will Matt have to take measures into his own hands? A gripping, powerful novel that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. Nancy Werlin, the New York Times Bestselling author of Impossible, shows why she is a master of her genre. “[A] dark but hopeful tale, with pacing and suspense guaranteed to leave readers breathlessly turning the pages.”—Booklist (starred review) “Beautifully framed as a letter from Matthew to his younger sister, the suspense is paced to keep Matthew’s survival and personal revelations chock-full of dramatic tension. Bring tissues.”—Kirkus (starred review) “Grace and insight.”—School Library Journal (starred review) National Book Award Finalist LA Times Book Prize Finalist ALA Best Books of the Year ALA Quick Pick

Are You Alone on Purpose?

release date: Jun 14, 2007
Are You Alone on Purpose?
Though fourteen-year-old Alison Shandling is a brain, her twin brother, Adam, is autistic. All of her life, Alison''s parents have focused on Adam and what he needs, while Alison has always felt she had to be perfect. When the rabbi''s son, Harry Roth, begins taunting Alison about her brother, she does her best to stand up for herself. But when Harry is injured in a diving accident, Alison senses that he''s hiding something that he wants to share with someone. And she begins to think that she''s just the someone he can share it with....

Impossible

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Impossible
Scarborough Fair trilogy, Book 1 - A New York Times bestseller. Lucy Scarborough is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child''s birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won''t be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents beside her. And she has Zach, whose strength amazes her more each day. Do they have enough love and resolve to overcome an age-old evil? Inspired by the ballad "Scarborough Fair," the New York Times bestseller Impossiblecombines suspense, fantasy, and romance to tell a story of love and family conquering all.
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