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What should you read over Winter Break?

Need some reading suggestions for Winter Break!? Checkout Teen Librarian Colleen’s recommended titles below from her list of books she read this year. And don’t forget to stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk to learn more about the Teen Winter Reading program for your chance to win!

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

YA PIERSON, D.

Recommended to: Anyone who what’s to laugh out loud! The premise itself is hilarious: a teen boy finds out he is to be the next leader of a fantastical kingdom, only when he gets there it is literally crap.  The kingdom is mostly literal garbage and its citizens aren’t much better. What happens after he rejects his destiny..? Well, it definitely gets more weird and more funny!

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

YA SF SKOVRON, J.

Recommended to: Readers who like a spin on classic tales.  This is a modern day Frankenstein, but the main character is the son of Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein.  There are all kinds of other traditional monsters and classic literature beasts that make appearances.  The bonus is that this novel is also packed with a ton of sci-fi elements.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

YA MY CAVALLARO, B.

Recommended to: Those that love mysteries! This is a play on the Sherlock Holmes story where you have the great great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes and the great great grandson of John Watson attending the same boarding school and who happen to just become embroiled in solving a mystery.  This definitely kept me guessing and the relationship between Charlotte and Jaime is well-played!

Beware that Girl by Tess Toten

YA TOTEN, T.

Recommended to: Realistic Fiction readers.  This is a frenemy story with a psychological twist.  It can get pretty gritty but if you like drama and a story where a character or characters are struggling with psychological disorders or depression, then this book is for you.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

Recommended to: Those who love British fantasy! Seriously, this has everything that a British fantasy fan could want.  Humor, magicians, dragons, and a young woman in the middle of everything that just wants to be left alone.  Definitely something to read if you have loved Terry Pratchett’s works.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

YA HAMILTON, A.

Recommended to: Those looking for a unique read.  This novel is part Arabian fantasy and part Western.  If you love kick-butt female leads then this is also a book you should pick up!  It’s action packed and kept me turning the page!

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

YA MOLDAVSKY, G.

Recommended to: Anyone who has ever been a fangirl or who likes a quirky novel that makes you laugh.  This book is darkly funny and has a bit of mystery to it.  It is definitely a must-read!

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Recommended to: Readers who like political thrillers.  This is a fantastic novel about a teen who lives in a fictional country called Adria where her grandfather is an ambassador and they live in an area filled with many other ambassador residences.  Her mother was murdered years ago and it is only now that she happens to come across clues as to why and follows a dangerous trail to discover her mother’s killer. Filled with many twists and turns this is an intense read!

Undead by Kristy McKay

YA MCKAY, K.

Recommended to: Those who love zombies! I have, admittedly, read as many zombie novels as I can get my hands on.  I love them! Undead was one I just wasn’t drawn to right away, but I am so glad I picked it up! It is a good mix of danger, gore, and comedy.  I also love the premise of being stuck in a ski town in Scotland, on a school ski trip, with packs of roaming undead.  It’s definitely one of the best zombie novels that I have read in awhile!

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

Recommended to: Steampunk fans! This novel takes the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker and puts them in a steampunk Victorian London to solve their first mystery together that may or may not be tied to an ancient Egyptian cult! There’s so much in this novel!  It’s an action-packed page turner with to very interesting and very tough female leads.

TAB Picks!

Books

hive legend  Stormbreaker  eye-of-minds  enders-game  5th Wave

H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden

Legend series by Marie Lu

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner

Ender Saga series by Orson Scott Card

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

 

Movies/TV

pacificrim interstellar  timeless  babydaddy  younghungry   malcolmmiddle

Pacific Rim

Interstellar

Timeless

Baby Daddy

Young and Hungry

Malcolm in the Middle

 

Gaming

minecraft

Minecraft

uncharted3

Uncharted 3

runescape

Runescape

slither-io

.iogames.space

 

People to Follow

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Liza Koshy on YouTube

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Teen Novels to Read If You Like Star Wars

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

YA SF MEYER, M.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

YA SF LANDERS, M.

Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia– and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It’s a nest of vipers– and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.

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Railhead by Philip Reeve

YA SF REEVE, P.

In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Sponner

YA KAUFMAN, A.

Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

YA SF REVIS, B.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to kill her. The Godspeed is controlled by the tyrannical Eldest and Elder, his teenage heir, who is fascinated by Amy and eager to discover if he has what it takes to lead. Uncertain whether or not she can trust Elder, Amy does know that she and Elder must unlock the Godspeed’s secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

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Avalon by Mindee Arnett

YA SF ARNETT, M.

Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents’ old spaceship, Avalon.

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Tin Star by Cecil Castelucci

YA SF CASTELUCCI, C.

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

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Illuminae by Amt Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

YA SF KAUFMAN, A.

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

YA SF CARD, O.

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

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Shade’s Children by Garth Nix

YA SF NIX,G.

In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

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The 100 by Kass Morgan

YA SF MORGAN, K.

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

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Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

YA SF DUNCAN, A.

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. How will she build a future on an Earth ravaged by climate change?

7 Teen Novels for Election Day

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The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White

YA WHITE, E.

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers’ happy life in Massachusetts changes drastically when her mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, becomes the front-runner in the race for United States President.

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Wide Awake by David Levithan

YA LEVITHAN, D.

In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world.

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Homeland by Cory Doctorow

YA DOCTOROW, C.

When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer’s election campaign, are all endangered.

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

YA THORN, J.

After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kate Quinn meets the father she did not know she had, joins his presidential campaign, falls for a rebellious boy, and when what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide what is best.
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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

YA LIEB, J.

In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

YA BAUER, J.

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner’s political campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.

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First Boy by Gary Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

Dragged into the political turmoil of a presidential election year, fourteen-year-old Cooper Jewett, who runs a New Hampshire dairy farm since his grandfather’s death, stands up for himself and makes it clear whose first boy he really is.