This week’s book trailer of the week is for She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. Laureth’s father is a famous author, who Laureth believes is missing. She desperately wants to find him, but as she discovers more and more clues about his disappearance, the more dangerous the search gets. Adding to the danger, Laureth is blind, so she relies on her seven-year-old brother to be her eyes as they travel across the world searching for their father. Click here to find She is Not Invisible in the Library!
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
YA CREMER, A.
When I got this book, I only looked at the cover and assumed it was going to be about an invisible boy falling in love with a visible girl. Then I actually started reading it… this book had me reading! Stephen is an invisible boy who is cursed by his curse-caster grandfather. Maxwell Arbus is the wicked curse-caster who is invisible as well but when he is around, it gets crazy. Elizabeth is an ordinary visible girl who can see curses but hasn’t really figured that out YET.
Review by Elizabeth
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
Speak is about a girl named Melinda who is entering high school with a bad reputation. She was at a summer party and got raped and didn’t know what to do so she called the cops. At school now Melinda has no friends but throughout her year she finds herself with the help of a tree.
Review by Valerie
DJ Rising by Love Maia
YA MAIA, L.
This is the first book in a long time that I’ve read and truly didn’t want someone to tell me how it ends. It started a little slow, but after that it took off! After reading DJ Rising, my love of music has grown even more than before! Definitely recommend this book!
Review by Susanna
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom is about a girl who is lesbian and gos to prom with another girl in a tux. Prom is cancelled and there is some major controversy.
Review by Bianca
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book kept me at the edge of my seat from the very first word. I kept wondering what would happen to Thomas. He is thrown into this world and no one is giving him answers. I cannot wait until the movie comes out!
Review by Emily
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
YA SF SANDERSON, B.
It was a great read. The book is good for kids just entering their teen years. It was so intense. I like David for his determination. I like this book because the author made it seem so real.
Review by Emmanuel
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
YA SANDERSON, B.
The Rithmatist is an amazing book about a non-rithmatist (Joel) discovers a crime happening in Armedius. His dream is to become a rithmatist but he is not meant to be one. Instead, he works with his rithmatist friend (Melody). This book has a great unexpected ending. This is now my favorite book.
Review by Sofia
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
YA ACHEBE, C.
Good book relating to Ibo culture and language. It talked about his life falling apart due to his attachment to the clan. I would recommend this bok to 6th-12th graders.
Review by Sara
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.
This book is about two girls (both having famous families that deal with investigation) discovering why girls have been murdered. The murders are related to an Egyptian statue. Along the way of their investigation, they meet a boy (Dylan) from 2016. Miss Holmes, Miss Stoker, and Dylan help discover the reason for the killings.
Review by Sofia
Summer is officially here! I don’t know about you , but I always enjoy picking up a novel to read in the summer that is actually set in the summertime. Check out this list below, if you are like me, and are look for a good summer read set in the summertime:
YA BURD, N.
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.
YA KANTOR, M.
Kate has never had a boyfriend. But while crashing at her mother’s wealthy friends’ home at Cape Cod for the summer, Kate meets Adam. But when her breezy summer romance with Adam becomes more complicated, Kate asks herself if she is girlfriend material.
YA NOEL, A.
Far away from the everyday. Closer to making dreams come true…What does summer mean to you? For the two teenage girls in these two unforgettable novels, summer means being torn away from the familiar and finding new friends.
YA OCKLER, S.
While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.
YA TRACY, K.
When seventeen-year-old high school students Veronica and Dessy go to Prague to attend a summer writer’s program for college students, they experience romance, conflicts, and, ultimately, the strengthening of their friendship.
YA MY FORD, J.
Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.
YA MY MCNAMEE, G.
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.
YA BROOKS, K.
When two of sixteen-year-old Pete’s childhood classmates disappear from a carnival the same night, he is a suspect, but his own investigation implicates other old friends he was with that evening–and a tough, knife-wielding enemy determined to keep him quiet.
YA BRADBURY, J.
After graduating from high school, best friends Win and Chris take a cross-country bicycle trek from West Virginia to Washington state, during which they discover amazingly beautiful places, meet fascinating people…and have a nasty fight. Win abandons Chris in Montana with no explanation, so Chris finishes the trip solo and returns home to start college…and until an FBI agent shows up to question him about the details of their trip, Chris has no idea that Win never made it back. Outdoor types, armchair travelers, and mystery fans won’t be able to flip these pages fast enough
YA STINE, R.
Decades after the filming of a horror movie is halted in the wake of three actor deaths and rumors about a haunted set, Claire, the daughter of a failing studio head, helps with a production on the same site.
YA CALAME, D.
Fifteen-year-old Matt and his two best friends Sean and Coop, the least athletic swimmers on the local swim team, find their much anticipated summer vacation bringing them nothing but trouble with unsucessful schemes to see a live naked girl and with Matt, eager to impress the swim team’s “hot” new girl, agreeing to swim the 100-yard butterfly.
YA MURDOCK, C.
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
YA PENA, M.
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
YA LYNCH, C.
Jock and his eccentric family spend the summer working at Grampus’s golf complex, where they end up learning the rules of “The Big Game of Everything.”
YA HELDRING, T.
Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.
YA GREEN, J.
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
YA PERKINS, L.
A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck…
YA HALPERN, J.
Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.
YA FRIESEN, J.
Plagued by Tourette’s syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Midwest town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.
YA BAUER, J.
Jenna Boller, the star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago, is a very tall sixteen-year-old who really stands out in a crowd, but when Madeline Gladstone hires Jenna to drive her cross country to save her business, she learns the rules of the road, as well as the rules of life.
YA FRANK, H.
Anabelle and her fellow high school graduates navigate their way through a disastrous summer of love and friendship in the small coastal town of Normal, Maine.
YA HARTINGER, B.
When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.
YA JOHNSON, M.
When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.
YA MCDONALD, A.
Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending the summer communing with nature in rural Canada, until she discovers that not all of the rugged residents there share her beliefs.
YA REINHARDT, D.
When her father divorces her beloved stepmother and leaves her without her stepsister, Tess, Harper decides to join a volunteer organization to build houses for tornado victims, but struggling to figure out her role in the mix upon her arrival, Harper is befriended by Teddy who inspires her to love and trust once again.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz. This novel follows the experiences of four teens who are trapped inside a mall with thousands of other consumers after a bomb goes off that releases a toxic chemical as part of a bio-terrorist attack. The fight for survival begins as people start getting sick, and everyone turns on each other. Told in alternating chapters, we learn about each of the four teens– their lives and how their experiences in the mall intersect and become one. Click here to find No Safety in Numbers in the Library!
Whether you are going on a long road trip, hanging out in your own cool air conditioned space, or laying beach-side or by the pool– check out some of these audiobooks that are a sure bet to be a good listen no matter if you are an avid audiobook listener, new to the listening scene, or need an audio that will appeal to teens and adults to listen to together.
YA BOOK CD SF PFEFFER, S.
When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. 7 CDs.
YA BOOK CD PATTERSON, J.
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose. 8 CDs.
YA BOOK CD BLACK, H.
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. But not Cassel. He has carefully built up a facade of normalcy. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat. 6 CDs.
YA BOOK CD CARTER, A.
Born into a family of con artists and thieves, 15-year-old Katarina Bishop plans a con of her own–scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected. 5 CDs.
YA BOOK CD 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. 8 CDs.
YA BOOK CD STIEFVATER, M.
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. 10 CDs.
YA BOOK CD WOLF, A.
Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself. 9 CDs.
YA BOOK CD NIELSEN, J.
Sage was just a young orphan in the kingdom, until a nobleman by the name of Conner chose him to be part of a devious plan. With the kingdom on the brink of civil war, Conner needed something to unite the people, and he found that something in Sage. By making the boy pose as the long-lost son of the king, Conner hopes to use him as a way to avert war. But Sage begins to suspect that Conner’s plans may involve more than he is letting on. 7 CDs.
YA BOOK CD PRATCHETT, T.
History and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking tale of adventure and mystery, unexpected coming-of-age, and one remarkable boy’s rise in a complex and fascinating world. 9CDs.
YA BOOK CD PATTERSON, J.
Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents’ murder but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel’s perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what. 5 CDs.
YA BOOK CD WEIN, E.
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can. 9 CDs.
YA BOOK CD 623.4511 SHE
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos. 6 CDs.
YA BOOK CD LARBALESTIER, J.
Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one. 7 CDs.
YA BOOK CD PIERSON, D.
Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe. 7 CDs.
YA BOOK CD SF COLFER, E.
In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever. 8 CDs.
YA BOOK CD CARRIGER, G.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. 8 CDs.
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This week’s book trailer of the week is for Free to Fall by Lauren Miller. Rory lives in a future society where technology has invaded every facet of life. Everyone relies on an app called “Lux” to basically run their lives, as it makes every decision for them. Rory has just been accepted to a prestigious academy, where her mother also went to school. Secretly, Rory struggles with having “Doubt” or the second guessing of decisions made for her by Lux. As she starts her new school, she finds herself learning more about her mother who died years ago. The more that is revealed to Rory about her mother, the more she begins question everything she thought she knew about her mother and how she died. Click here to find Free to Fall in the Library!
Did you know that May is Zombie Awareness Month? It serves as a good reminder to brush up on your zombie reads, just in case the world is ever overrun by the undead! Check out a recommended reading list below, and you will be fully prepared to run, fight, or barricade yourself in your protective fortress.
YA SHAN, D.
When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.
YA MABERRY, J.
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
YA HABEL, L.
In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.
YA BEAUDOIN, S.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.
YA BICK, I.
Alex, a resourceful 17-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.
YA HIGSON, C
After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.
YA MCKAY, K.
On a school trip to snowbound Scotland, several students become infected and turn into hungry zombies, leaving a small band of survivors to take refuge in the school bus.
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.
YA HART, J.
New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.
The Zombie Survival Guide is one’s key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking thestreets right now.
Could zombies actually walk the earth? Join science punk Frank Swain as he digs into the science of body and mind control, from Haitian Vodou potions to military interrogation techniques. He recounts true zombie tales from the archives, including resurrected dog heads, secret agent drugs, and remote-controlled bulls and rats. He even investigates how psychologists are shaping our thoughts in the design of city streets.
The Zombie Handbook‘ explains how to identify a zombie, survive an attack, and ultimately, defeat the undead hordes. Packed with sound, practical advice, true-life encounters, and a world history of these drooling brain munchers.
In the myths, legends, and folklore of many peoples, the returning, physical dead play a significant role, whether they are the zombies of Haiti or the draugr of Scandinavia. But what are the origins of an actual bodily return from the grave? Does it come from something deep within our psyche, or is there some truth to it?
This week’s book trailer of the week is for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher. If you like Star Wars or if you like Shakespeare or if you like Star Wars and Shakespeare, then this book is perfect for you! It retells the fourth episode completely in Shakespeare’s language. It is laugh out-loud funny and it is definitely a new spin on the classic movie. And there are more on the way! William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back was just published in March. Click here to find William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope in the Library today!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Half Bad by Sally Green. In Nathan’ world good and evil are clearly defined: either you are a black witch or a white witch. What happens when someone is both black and white? That is the case for Nathan. He was born as an illegitimate son of a white witch mother and a black witch father. His punishment? He is sentenced to live in a cage and beaten regularly. Nathan is constantly looking for a way to escape, as his captors are waiting until he turns 17 and will receive his gifts. However, no one is sure whether Nathan will be a good witch or a bad witch, but both sides want him! What happens when Nathan escapes his cage, a month before he turns 17..? Click here to find Half Bad in the Library!
Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day! In honor of this awesome day the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the nominees for Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about what goes into selecting the Teens’ Top Ten titles, click here. The Top Ten will be announced the week after Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014). If you want to try and read all 25 nominees before the Top Ten are announced, check out the list below!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine