Teen

Learning to Swear in America

Monday, August 29, 2016
Katie Kennedy
Learning to Swear in America

Yuri, a 17-year-old physics prodigy from Russia, is on his way to America to help save California from a big bad asteroid—a very big, very bad asteroid that could take out Japan with a tsunami. His knowledge of English is very good but he doesn’t know how to swear in English. Many of the much older physicists don’t believe this kid has any knowledge that can help this very serious situation. Yuri meets Dovie, a normal teenage girl and he learns what it’s really like to be a teenager. You will laugh out loud, cry a bit, and cheer on this pair of teens that could, might, maybe save the world.

An extra bit of knowledge: Ms. Kennedy is from the U.P. of Michigan and this is her first novel. I am hoping for many more.

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Jeanne S., Youth Services

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go

This is the first book in one of my favorite trilogies, Chaos Walking. This futuristic adventure book follows Todd, a teenager that lives in Prentisstown, as he struggles to uncover secrets that have been kept for years. Todd’s search becomes even harder because he has to deal with the Noise. The Noise that allows everyone around him to read his thoughts. The Noise that makes secrets very hard to keep. The Chaos Walking books kept me on the edge of my seat and I'd recommend them to anyone 13 or older!

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Miranda M., Circulation

The Nameless City (eBook)

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire
The Nameless City

I enjoyed reading this fast-paced graphic novel for kids. A city is called “The Nameless City” because it has been taken over and renamed by so many groups over the years it’s hard to keep track of its name. The current government will soon have held it for 40 years and there are a few different ideas for what the next steps should be. While some want to grow a stronger army, one official has the idea to share the city amongst the feuding countries. The story unfolded without giving me all the details so I’m anxious to read the second book when it comes out.

I appreciated the ambiguity of the culture, location, timeframe, etc., so the focus was on the main character and the plot. I think it could have been a little longer to have more time to explore the main character’s familial relationships, but lack of this made his newfound relationship with a girl who grew up in the city more believable.

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Janice H., Youth Services

Apple and Rain

Friday, July 1, 2016
Sarah Crossan
Apple and Rain

A beautifully written portrayal of the struggles, heartache, and disappointments a young teen faces in her family and school life. Keep the tissues handy! This is a powerful coming-of-age story.

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Kate D., Youth Services

The Yearbook

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Carol Masciola
The Yearbook

When misfit Lola finds work cleaning out the library basement, she becomes intrigued with a 1924 yearbook for the local high school. When she falls asleep, she is transported to the high school dance where she meets a nice boy. She then time travels back and forth, confusing everyone including Peter. So is it all a hallucination or is she really mentally ill like her mother was?

This is a fascinating fantasy with lots of twists and turns that really hold the reader's interest.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Noggin

Thursday, June 9, 2016
John Corey Whaley
Noggin

I read this young adult book on my iPad using Overdrive. The book is about a 15-year-old boy, Travis Coates, who dies of leukemia. His head is cryogenically preserved in anticipation that, one day, medical science will progress to the point where he will be given a new body. Much to everyone’s surprise, technology progresses much more rapidly than anticipated and he is brought back to life only five years after his passing.

Okay, sounds all sci-fi and what-not, but really this book is more about how Travis copes with the fact that his best friend and his girlfriend are suddenly five years older than him, have gone on with their lives while he “slept,” and how disorienting it is to go to sleep, wake up, and have the world pass you by.

It’s told completely from Travis’ point of view and is both funny and sad. I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed reading this book and how much I sympathized with Travis’ situation. It was a sweet story. Good for young adults and older teens.

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Peggy G., Circulation

Stargirl

Monday, May 2, 2016
Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl

I have middle school boys. The pressure to conform is enormous. We used to live in a subdivision that had a list of approved house colors and pages of rules regarding when and where you could do things. The rules are written and unwritten, but make no mistake--we are surrounded by the message to conform.

In Spinelli’s book, Stargirl arrives at the high school and seems unaware that there even are these expectations of conformity. What freedom! It becomes contagious within the school until a line is crossed.

This is a wonderful story that will challenge every reader to be just a little bit truer to the self they are when they first wake up.

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Cindy A., Circulation

Red Queen

Friday, April 22, 2016
Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen

Set in a society separated by the color of blood (silver or red), Mare Barrow rattles the way of life for everyone when she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Mare’s newfound abilities land her a spot in a castle full of secrets and in the perfect place to start a revolution. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard will capture the attention of any reader that also fell in love with The Hunger Games or Divergent trilogies. This book held my attention the entire time with its perfect balance of action and romance. Mare’s story is very easy to relate to and I think will inspire any reader to discover who they are and find the power within themselves to do the impossible. The second book in the series is already out and a third will be coming as well! I would recommend this book for anyone in 6th grade and up. Red Queen has definitely made my top ten favorite books!

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Miranda M., Circulation

Never Fall Down

Friday, March 11, 2016
Patricia McCormick
Never Fall Down

I cried.

Arn was about 11 years old when the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia. We follow him through years of starvation, fear, and death. He was a spirited, fun loving boy doing everything to help his family do a little more than scrape by before the killing took over his world. This is what enabled him to survive, performing, acting the part, doing the unimaginable to survive one more day.

If you have not read a genocide survivor story before, prepare your heart. Even when he has been adopted and living in America, he struggles with what he has to do to survive being rescued. The author did her research and based this novel on the real life of young Arn Chorn-Pond, who has since founded several organizations: Children of War, Cambodian Living Arts, and Cambodian Volunteers Community Development.

I read a lot of books related to genocide. This is one of the very best. It is powerful. I think sometimes we get lost in the overwhelming numbers or the cold description of atrocities. Perhaps, because this happened in Cambodia, so close to where I spent years in China. Perhaps, because I can see my son in Arn’s personality. Perhaps, because it wasn’t a European Holocaust story that seems so known. Arn’s story is going to be haunting me for a long time.

 

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Cindy A., Circulation

Witch and Wizard

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
James Patterson
Witch and Wizard

Witch and Wizard is the first book in this series by James Patterson. It is written as a testimonial by 15 year old Wisty, and her older brother Whit. Their lives are turned upside down when they are torn from their parents, slammed into a secret prison, and accused of being a witch and wizard. The regime, known as The New Order, is intent upon suppressing life, liberty and the pursuit of being a normal teenager. While trapped in this relentless nightmare, Wisty and Whit begin to discover that they actually have incredible powers, but will they be able to master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents and maybe the world?

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Marybeth K., Circulation

 

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