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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

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

The author pored through collections of peculiar, vintage photographs and incorporated them into a most unique story.  Jacob's grandfather told him fantastical stories of a girl who could fly, a boy that was home to bees, siblings that could lift boulders over their heads.  He told Jacob of fighting monsters.  As Jacob grew older he doubted the veracity of the stories, until his grandfather is killed.  He makes his way to the Welsh island where is grandfather grew up after escaping the monster Nazis.  Jacob discovers the peculiar children in the photographs that he heard about are real and alive. As are the monsters.  A haunting book in large part due to the blending of incredible photographs that tell the story.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ. 

Delirium

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Lauren Oliver
Delirium

This is a YA book that takes place in a futuristic dystopian world.    If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games or Life as We Knew It, you’ll enjoy this one.  Lena is an almost 18 year old girl who lives in a society that has tried to eradicate the disease of  “love” a.k.a. “deliria” with a medical procedure at the age of 18.  Lena is content with this world until she finds out more information about her mother’s death and begins a romance with a mysterious young man.  It’s a fast paced read that leaves you looking forward to the sequel.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

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