Teen

The Red Queen

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Victoria Aveyard

The story of The Red Queen takes place in a dystopian society where the under-class are governed by the aristocrats. This is the first book in the series, and I listened to the audio-book version offered through our digital catalog and Overdrive. Having not read a summary of the book beforehand, I had expected something more along the line of books by Philippa Gregory, however, this book reminded me more of Divergent by Veronica Roth. It took a little while to visualize the type of world the author had built, but I found it entertaining.

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Marybeth – Youth Services

 

The Lines We Cross

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Lines We Cross
The Lines We Cross

This is a young adult story about a girl who is an Afghan refugee in Australia and a boy, Michael, whose parents are very involved in an Aussie Values group that stands against accepting refugees.  Their paths cross at a protest and then again at school and they begin to get to know each other.  As they do, Michael begins to get a better understanding of what it means to be a refugee and who they are.  It is a timely novel, given the situation in today's world.  The Australian setting was also interesting to me because it is so similar to things we hear in the United States.  It was a quick and thought provoking read.

Laura G., Youth Services

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Monday, August 28, 2017
Jane Nickerson
Strands of Bronze and Gold

 

Romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale. Sophie is a seventeen-year-old girl, in the late 1800’s, who just lost her father.  Sophie receives, an invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, the godfather she has never met. When Sophie first arrives at Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi, she is enchanted by the generosity of Monsieur Bernard de Cressac. She begins to hear rumors about her godfathers past wives. She soon becomes alarmed by what she hears.
 

The story is told in the first person as Sophie unravels the plan Monsieur Bernard de Cressac has for her. The author takes great care to describe that house and the grounds with all of it’s locked doors, dark secrets and hidden objects. The scene is set. Can Sophie solve the mystery of the 4 wives and save herself?  Check our catalog

Sara D., Youth Services

 

Defy the Stars

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars

This is a teen science fiction story that I found very enjoyable.  It appears to be the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Neomi is a young soldier defending her planet from Earth.  Abel is a one of a kind “mech” or robot who was left behind for 30 years in an abandoned space ship.  They meet as a result of a battle and start on an adventure to save her planet by sacrificing Abel.   Along the way they learn about the politics of the solar system as well as themselves.  There’s plenty of adventure, just a bit of romance and an ending that leaves you waiting for more.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Everything, Everything

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything
An interesting twist for a basic “star crossed” love story.  Very clever dialogue and an easy read.  A great beach book. Check our catalog
 
Barb C., Tech Services

The Boys who challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Phillip Hoose
The Boys who challenged Hitler
Fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen was outraged when the officials of his homeland, Denmark, let the Nazis take over the country without a fight.  He, his brother and some of his school friends decided to take matters into their own hands and sabotage the Germans. It started with changing road signs so the Nazis would get lost. After a while the group grew in size and courage and knowledge and soon important buildings used by the enemy  were bombed.  The Nazis grew frustrated with the Churchill Club (the boys named their club after Winston Churchill) and tracked them down.  But their efforts were not in vain; their courage sparked a full-blown Danish resistance.  The author, Phillip Hoose, was able to interview Knud Pedersen before he died to get the facts straight and tell a fascinating story. Check our catalog
 
Jeanne S., Youth Services

Being Jazz

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Jazz Jennings
Being Jazz

I chose to read this book to see if I could get a better understanding of what being transgender means.  It’s written by a teen transgender girl.  Jazz was born a boy but knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a girl.  Her parents allowed her to live as a girl beginning around age 4.  This book tells the story of her life from infancy to about 15.  It was interesting insight into the world of transgender people.  The writing was so-so but it did hold my interest all the way through the book.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Vietnam: A History of the War

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Russell Freedman
Vietnam: A History of the War

I usually enjoy books by Russell Freedman and this one caught my eye. I was a child during the time of the Vietnam War: old enough to be aware of it, but too young to understand any of the politics behind it. The author did a great job of explaining the history of Vietnam and things that led up to the U.S. war in the country. Facts were presented in a clear and very readable manner. I learned a lot!

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Laura G., Youth Services

No Better Friend

Friday, November 18, 2016
Robert Weintraub
No Better Friend

The book is about "A Man, A Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in WWII." The smarts and instincts of the dog, Judy, are amazing given the circumstances she was in. If you enjoy WWII books and/or dog stories, this is a book worth reading. The book is well written and is a quick read.

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Jeremy E., Administration

Breaking Sky

Friday, October 7, 2016
Cori McCarthy
Breaking Sky

This is a great book for any action-seeking reader. This book follows Chase Harcourt as she flies a new fighter jet, the “Streaker.” On top of learning to save the world, Chase deals with the same problems of any other teenage girl. Tristan, another teen learning to fly the “Streaker,” creates plenty of boy drama in Chase’s life. Some past family issues also come back to haunt Chase but she learns to put everything behind her in order to save her country.

I loved this book because the plot was completely unique to any other dystopian novels I’ve read and kept me interested the whole way through! I’d recommend this book to anybody who's at least 14 years old. This book would be great for someone who wants something new and exciting to read!

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Miranda M., Circulation

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