Teen

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

 

Prisoner B-3087

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Gratz, Alan
Prisoner B-3087

Based on the life of Jack Gruener we gain the experience of a young Jewish Pole.  Incredibly, he experienced and survived the Holocaust; the initial sweeps, the ghetto, and ten different concentration camps.  Told from Jack's perspective we see things not as cold history, but heart wrenching pain of a young boy robbed of his youth and what he forfeits of his humanity to survive. The story seems so unlikely, you think the author has really taken liberties for the shock value.  No, it was thoroughly researched and closely based on Jack's experience. Prisoner B-3087 is well done, a definite must-read.

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Cindy A., Circulation

 

Beauty: A retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Robin McKinley
Beauty: A retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

I read this as an assignment for our department and thoroughly enjoyed it.  There were over 200 pages of detail about how Beauty ended up in the beautiful castle and how the magic affected her life. Then I went back to other Beauty and the Beast books and compared them to this very detailed one.  Fascinating reading, I recommend it for teens and adults. Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

These Broken Stars

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars has a little bit of everything in it:  science fiction, romance, steampunk…  The story begins aboard a massive luxury spaceliner (think Titanic) which quickly encounters disaster.  Two very different people are the only survivors.  They land on a beautiful but, apparently, deserted planet.  Lilac and Tarver are forced to rely on each other to survive and find a way home.  I thought the book was well written and enjoyed reading it.  I’m looking forward to the next one. Check our Catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

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