Teen

Jane, the fox & me

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault, Christine Morelli and Susan Ouriou

There was no possibility of hiding anywhere today. (p9)

The tale of Jane, the fox & me, begins at school.  Helene’s school.  Drawn in pencil sketches of black, white and grey quickly gives the reader the sense that all is not well for Helene.  Immediately there’s a sense of sadness and it is quickly discovered that Helene has been outcast from a group of girls that were once her friends.  Now, it’s a day to day struggle to survive.  The bullying is relentless and cruel, hitting on one of the most sensitive nerves in all young woman.  Body image.

Today they wrote on the stall door in the second floor washroom, Helene weighs 216…and below…she smells like BO! (p12)

As Helene’s story unfolds she is dealt a horrible hand and learns that her class is taking a fieldtrip to a Nature Camp.  A field trip that includes four nights and forty students.   Everyone is going.  To make matters worse, there will be swimming at the nature camp and Helene needs a new bathing suit. 

Once at the Nature Camp, Helene is grouped together with the “Outcasts”.  There are three of them in total and they have been assigned to share a tent.  Hopeful that she might connect with one of the two girls proves to be fruitless when each girl neglects to communicate with anyone at camp.  The days are long and the bullying continues.   It escalates at one point leaving Helene alone in the woods where she discovers a fox.  The fox is just as intrigued by Helene as she is by him and just as he gets close enough to touch, one of the outcast roommates goes ballistic. 

What kind of idiot are you ?  Don’t you know that a fox that comes that close must have rabies?  It’s sick, dangerous.  I’ll have you know I just saved your life. (p80)

Helen is left feeling utterly and completely castaway and alone.

Is all hope truly lost? 

Is there anyone out there that wants to be Helene’s friend?

Is there any hope for Helene to once again see how beautiful she truly is despite the heavily weighted words of her peers? 

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Emily D, Circulation

Looking for Alaska

Monday, April 7, 2014
John Green
Looking for Alaska

Miles craves the "Great Perhaps".  So begins his studies at Culver Creek Boarding School.  He wants to experience life, not watch it go by.  He is befriended by his roommate, the Colonel, who teaches him how to pull pranks, smoke, and live beyond his previous experience growing up in Florida.  Alaska, lives up to her name "that which the sea breaks against", lives down the hall and brings life to a higher level.  Such a great read about all those heavy topics we deal with when searching for our young  selves.  The thrill of love and sex, the fear of bullies, the intensity of teenage friendship, the anguish of young life lost. Winner of the 2006  Michael L Printz award for best book in young adult literature.  It has my vote.  Check our catolog.

Cindy A., Circ

Transformers DVD

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Transformers DVD

Since some of the Transformer movies will be filmed in Detroit and I saw the setting near Comertica Park, I decided to step out of the box and watch the first Transformer DVD. It was definitely not my kind of movie but I enjoyed the action, the amazing transformers, and the actors and actress. If you plan to see the one filmed in Detroit, you might want to see this first one as I did. Check our catalog

Sue N. Youth Services

Camp

Monday, June 24, 2013
Elaine Wolf
Camp

This is a great summer read. This book has many facets to it: relationships in families, secrets, bullying, courage and forgiveness. It's a very compelling book that makes you think about how complicated relationships can be when people keep secrets and the price is paid.Check our catalog

Kate D. Youth Services

The Darkest Minds

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds

 

If you are a Hunger Games fan and looking for more, this is it.  The tweens are contracting a terrible virus that kills many of the children, those that survive have dangerous symptoms that frighten the adults.  So much so, they are killed or sent to a horrific rehabilitation camp.  In Ruby's case the disease manifests as being able to erase memories of those around her.  She escapes after years of confinement, joins up with others and they fight for their freedom.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

 

Son

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Lois Lowry
Son

This is a companion book to the Giver by Lois Lowry. I had read the Giver years ago but remembered what it was about. In Son a young woman becomes a birthmother and has to give away her baby. She locates him in a nursery and spends the rest of her life trying to connect with him. The book reminds me of the Hunger Games with the type of civilization the people are living in and used to. When Claire gets away, she has another type of life and it takes her a while to get used to the 'elsewhere' which is our type of living. Very interesting Science Fiction book and worth reading. Check our Catalog

Sue N. Youth Services

Enclave

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Ann Aguirre
Enclave

Enclave

Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre is the beginning of another dystopian series for teens.  I was reminded of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan as well as The Hunger Games.  The setting is a post-apocalyptic future in which people only live until their 20’s and there are small pockets of isolated survivors.   The book begins with Girl15 having her naming ceremony during which she is also given the role of a Huntress in her clan.  Her clan lives in the subway tunnels below New York City and has never seen sunlight.   Her job is to hunt “Freaks”, zombie like creatures, and keep them away from their settlement.  She is paired up with another  Hunter, Fade, who was born outside of the tunnels but adopted with the Enclave found him wandering alone in the tunnels.  The Freaks are getting more aggressive and decimating settlements.  After returning from a mission, Fade and Deuce are framed for a crime and exiled from the enclave.    Here their adventures really begin and the stage is set for the sequel. Check our Catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Shiver

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver

I listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater on audio. It’s a teen fiction book in the paranormal  genre about werewolves. The author tells the story from alternating points of view.  Sam is the male werewolf who lives in the woods behind Grace’s home. Grace has been fascinated with Sam as a wolf ever since she was attacked by the wolf pack when she was younger and saved by Sam in his wolf form. When Grace finds Sam as a human on her back porch after he was shot, she realized that he is “her” wolf.  It is a paranormal teen romance that sets the story up for the sequel. As a parent myself, I found the role that the parents were relegated to in the book irritating…either completely absent and uninvolved or abusive. I didn’t like it as well as others that I have read but it was enjoyable.

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Laura G., Youth Services 

Divergent

Monday, June 11, 2012
Veronica Roth
Divergent

Divergent is another book in the YA dystopian genre. Tris is a 16 year old girl living in a society where people are segregated according to their “faction”.  People choose their factions at 16.  Factions are based to personality profiles: the Erudite (intelligent), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (courageous), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest).  If they choose a faction different from the one their family is a part of, as Tris does, they leave their family behind and begin initiation with the new faction.  It was well written and an exciting read.  There is lots of excitement and some romance and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Glow

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Amy Ryan
Glow by Amy Ryan

“Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.”

I found myself thinking a lot about this book after I had read it – which to me is a sign of a great book.  For me this book explored the “doing the ‘right’ thing” theme in-depth… which characters really did the right thing and what would I have done?  What sacrifices were necessary for the greater good?  Where are these lines drawn? 

Older teens and adults would enjoy as well as fans of science fiction, survival, dystopia, and action adventure.  While not overly similar to the Hunger Games, I think fans would enjoy this book as well due to similar themes and struggles. 
(This is the first book in the "Sky Chasers" series, second book "Spark" scheduled to be published July 17, 2012.)
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Janice, Youth Services

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