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Novels for Teen Gamers

EpicEpic by Conor Kostick

YA SF KOSTICK, C.

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

GamerGirlGamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

YA MANCUSI, M.

Struggling to fit in after her parents’ divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother’s house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

DontTurnAroundDon’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

YA GAGNON, M.

After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

For the WinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

InsigniaInsignia 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.

HeirApparentHeir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

YA SF VANDE VELDE, V.

While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.

HeadGames2Head Games by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICKS, M.

Two teenagers connect online in a role-playing game which leads them into their own face-to-face, half-acknowledged courtship.

feedFeed by M.T. Anderson

YA SF ANDERSON, M.

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

evilgeniusEvil Genius by Catherine Jinks

YA SF JINKS, C.

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

RushRush by Eve Silver

YA SF SILVER, E.

Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and other teens battle real-life aliens and the consequences of each battle could be deadly.

CodaCoda by Emma Trevayne

YA SF TREVAYNE, E.

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem — the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid. Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

freetofallFree to Fall by Lauren Miller

YA SF MILLER, L.

In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.

zZ by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 4, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

Book Trailer of the Week– Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 28, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads

Book Trailer of the Week– Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 21, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Recap of our Mike Mullin Visit on November 4

Check out this video highlighting Mike Mullin’s visit.  It was an amazing night where the author shared his wealth of knowledge on writing, supervolcanos and taekwondo. Plus there were plenty of laughs to go around.

 

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on November 18, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Author Event, Award Winning, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 14, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction

Teen Reads for Veterans Day

warisWar is– : Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell

YA 810.8035 WAR

An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems, and essays about war.

ThingsBrotherKnowsThings a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

YA REINHARDT, D.

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

IfYoureReadingThisIf You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

YA REEDY, T.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

SoldiersHeartSoldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

PurpleHeartPurple Heart by Patricia McCormick

YA MCCORMICK, P.

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

IPledgeAllegianceI Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.

PersonalEffectsPersonal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.’s death in Iraq, but after discovering that he may not have known his brother as well as he thought he did, Matt is able to stand up to his father, honor T.J.’s memory, and take charge of his own life.

TornTorn by David Massey

YA MASSEY, D.

Only eighteen when she is sent to Afghanistan, British army medic Elinor Nielson is continually at odds with her hard-nosed bunk-mate, Heidi Larson, but connects with a mysterious Afghan girl and local children, as well as an American lieutenant.

SoldierBoysSoldier Boys by Dean Hughes

YA HUGHES, D.

Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.

mares warMare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

HarlemHellfightersThe Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

Somebody PleaseSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 11, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Truancy by Isamu Fukui

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 7, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, High School, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book is so exciting and really keeps you at the edge of your seat! I’m not done yet, but I’m excited to see what the ending brings!
Review by Grace

fourFour by Veronica Roth
YA SF ROTH, V.
The book Four was a good addition to the Divergent series . It gave you all of Tobias’ thoughts and helped you see what Dauntless was like before Tris gets there. Also, you get to see Tris jumping into the net from Tobias’ point of view.
Review by Mia

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
A girl with cancer named Hazel finds a boy her age. They fall in love instantly. In this book you will find romance, comedy, and tragedy. I recommend this book for people in 7th grade and up.
Review by Seamus

ThingsNotSeenThings Not Seen by Andrew Clements
YA SF CLEMENTS, A.
The book is about a boy named Bobby who becomes invisible after he goes in the shower one morning. When he is invisible, he meets this girl that is blind. His parents tell him not to tell anybody but he told the girl anyway, so she told her parents, and they made a club to turn Bobby back to normal.
Review by Aidan

SchwaThe Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
This book was awesome! I loved all twists and turns that made you want to read more. It is about a boy named Antsy and he meets someone named Schwa and there is something unique about him and it’s so cool to see that they become friends.
Review by Caitlin

Fahrenheit451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
YA SF BRADBURY, R.
Fahrenheit 451 – the approximate temperature for books to burn in. Books cannot exist in this world. They are meant to be burned by firemen. “Why?”, you ask. Well, then read the story of our protagonist, Guy Montag. You’ll find out about a different world that may just exist.
Review by Dev

 

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
It was a really good book with lots of actions and sad scenes.
Review by Beetal

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 6, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Author visit with Mike Mullin

Hey, where can you hear about supervolcanos, determination, meeting life goals, writing and then watch someone break a concrete brick? You can do this all Tuesday, November 4 at 7 PM when Mike Mullin visits the Library. The author will discuss his books along with sharing tons of exiting information (yes, he will break a brick).

The first book in Mike’s series, Ashfall, imagines what would happen if the world was plunged into a cataclysmic natural disaster after a supervolcano eruption. The story is a high intensity adventure that follows Alex as he treks 140, perilous miles to find his family.

The program is open to teens and adults. Registration is not required, but if you want to make sure you have a seat please register here. Mike will be available to answer questions and sign books after the presentation. Don’t worry if you don’t own one of Mike’s books because Barbara’s Bookstore will be there selling copies.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on October 29, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Author Event, Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week–The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 24, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery