This week’s book trailer of the week is for Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. Uninvited takes place in an alternate, modern-day world where scientists have discovered the gene that gives a person the predisposition to violence. In other words, they found the gene that causes “Homicidal Tendency Syndrome” and those who have it are supposed to be unpredictable and dangerous. Davy seems to have it all– the perfect boyfriend, a loving family, and a prestigious place in a private school where she has accepted a scholarship to Juilliard. This all disappears when she is diagnosed as a carrier of the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. Now Davy must attend a special school with others who have HTS, but this school may be more dangerous that the students in attendance… Click here to find Uninvited in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Ink by Amanda Sun. Katie’s still messed up from the sudden death of her mother when she is sent to live with her aunt in Japan. A native New Yorker, Katie feels very out of place in her new school and she is attracting a lot of attention, especially from the guys. Katie doesn’t waste her time with any of them, until she sees the artwork of Tomohiro. Not only is he a talented artist, but his works of art come alive before her eyes! Katie knows something is not quite right and she is determined to find out more about Tomohiro’s gift, but soon finds herself wrapped in a dangerous struggle involving the Japanese mafia and the ancient gods of Japan. Click here to find Ink in the Library!
Interesting choice for the first official clip from the upcoming Divergent movie, since it is a quiet and emotional moment between Tris and four. But it is a great look at what to expect from the two actors who will portray the two main characters. Here it is:
What did you think!? Divergent will hit movie theaters in March 2014. If you haven’t read any of the books in the trilogy or you want to re-read them, follow the links below to find them in the Library!
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
This week’s book trailer of the week is for After the Snow by S.D. Crockett. The United States has plunged into a new Ice Age, and Willo has never known a world that hasn’t been covered in snow and ice and cold. After returning from a hunt, Willo finds that his family is missing and can only assume that they have been taken away. He sets out to find them, but he instead finds a girl about his age who has also lost her family. Willo can’t just leave her in the cold to die, so he commits to helping her just until she can get to a safe place. What Willo doesn’t know, however, is that fate will tie him to her as they discover the world is not at all what they thought it is. This is definitely a great winter read, if you’re OK with embracing the cold weather! Click here to find After the Snow in the Library!
Looking for ways to spend your days relaxing this winter break? Check out this Mental Floss post about 11 Classic Video Games You Can Play Online. Personally, we can never get tired of Pacman! Also, be sure to check in at the Library, where we have an extensive video game collection for teens. Click on some of the images below to see if some of these staff favorites are checked in today!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this post-apocalyptic novel that centers on Saba, whose father has just been murdered and brother kidnapped. Saba sets off (tailed by her younger sister) to retrieve her twin brother and to do so she has to cross a brutal desert. She and her sister survive the trek, only to be captured themselves, and Saba is forced to become a female gladiator, fighting for her life in an arena for the entertainment of others. Can Saba escape and save her family? Click here to find Blood Red Road in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. Iolanthe and Titus have a great destiny. The two mages will overthrow the evil Bane. Titus has been searching and waiting to find the mage that is the key in helping him overthrow the tyrant. When he finally finds her (seeing the sign of a powerful lightning bolt) he discovers Iolanthe, who is woefully unprepared for her destiny. To keep her safe until she is ready, Titus hides her in disguise at a London school for boys, until they are both ready to do whatever it takes to fulfill their destinies. Click here to find The Burning Sky in the Library!
by Joelle Charbonneau
The Testing is not your average dystopian– I have been reading plenty of dystopian novels lately and when I came across The Testing, I knew I had to check it out. Yes, there is a strict and some may say corrupt government in place which puts its young people through trials, however this is where this dystopian differs from the rest. In order to attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must participate in the Testing. For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, her chances of qualifying for the Testing are very limited, since there have been no candidates from her colony selected to take part in the Testing for years. This year, however, there are four and Cia is one of them. Cia knows she will never see her family again, but she hopes that it is because she has passed the Testing and enters college and not because she failed. Cia knows that if someone fails they are never seen again. Cia’s father participated and passed the Testing. Before she leaves he warns her to not trust anyone. It is then that Cia knows the Testing is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.
This novel really picks up when Cia enters Tosu City to participate in the series of exams to determine her fate. At first they just seem rigorous, but as Cia continues to advance, the tests become more and more intense and soon it is not a fight to attend college, but a fight to stay alive. As Cia progresses, she also begins to make allies and enemies. Her strongest ally is Tomas, who is from her colony but who she barely knew while growing up. As they get closer and rely on each other more, a romance forms, and when they enter the last test– a physical show of force as students fight to survive a trek through dangerous territories riddle with traps and deadly competition–Cia and Tomas will do everything they can to be sure each survives.
I would definitely recommend The Testing to anyone that likes dystopian fiction, especially fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. It’s also a good read for those who like a lot of action and adventure, but be warned: there are some gruesome scenes in this novel! Also be sure to look out for the sequel to The Testing, Independent Study, which hits bookshelves in January!
|We’ll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Belly has always loved Conrad, but dated his brother Jeremiah. When Jeremiah proposes she expects although she doesn’t love him like she should. The wedding gets closer and Belly keeps waiting for Conrad’s love. Will she ever be loved by him?
Review submitted by Paige.
|A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
This book is hilarious, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The characters are so well developed.
Review submitted by Jake.
|The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I thought this book was amazing! I’ve read it many times before and I just couldn’t put it down!
Review submitted by Josephine.
by Dan Brown
This book follows NSA employee Susan Fletcher and fiancé David Becher as the agency struggles to crack a seemingly unbreakable code. I enjoyed this book because it has plenty of twists and action and makes you keep reading.
Review submitted by Ellen.
|Crossing the Wire
by Will Hobbs
This book is packed with adventure as a boy tries to cross the border into the U.S. to work and support his family in his hometown in Mexico. I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering 8th grade or higher.
Review submitted by Michael.
|The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
A book that proves you can do what others think impossible. 5 stars!
Review submitted by Sydney.
|I, Emma Freke
by Elizabeth Atkinson
This book was about a girl named Emma. She never really fit in and only had one friend. She doesn’t know who her dad is or that side of the family. She was invited to a reunion from her dad’s side. When Emma comes back she is a new person. I thought this was a great book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
|The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book is amazing! It’s romantic, gross, a cliff hanger, adventurous, and more! I loved it!
Review submitted by Julia.
|It Happened to Nancy
When Nancy is raped, her attacker leaves something behind that Nancy will never be able to forget, the HIV virus. As the virus rages through her body, Nancy must come to terms with herself before it is too late.
Review submitted by Paige.
|Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Imagine a dream of yours. Imagine that you have it but then it is taken away from you. This is what happened to the main character in Flowers for Algernon. His dream was to be smart, and he was smart until it was taken away from him. This book would be best for 8th graders and older.
Review submitted by Michael
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This week’s book traile of the week is for The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe. Kaelyn lives with her family on a small remote island in Canada. A disease has broken out on the island and though it starts like an ordinary flu, it turns someone crazy before it ends up killing them. Kaelyn is watching everyone around her get sick and is chronicling what happens in letters to her good friend Leo, who has gone away to attend school on the mainland. Soon the island is quarantined and as people die around her, Kaelyn has to fight to survive. Click here to find The Way We Fall in the Library!