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Teen Novels Set in Chicago

CarnivalAtBrayThe Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

YA FOLEY, J.

It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

esspressologistThe Espressologist by Kristina Springer

YA SPRINGER, K.

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

comebackseasonThe Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

YA SMITH, J.

High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on opening day, and their blossoming relationship becomes difficult for Ryan when she discovers that Nick is seriously ill and she again feels the pain of losing her father five years earlier.

rock and the riverThe Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

YA MAGOON, K.

It’s 1968, and Chicago teen Sam is torn. He’s always looked up to his father, a civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence. His older brother Stick, however, has left home to join the revolutionary Black Panther Party. At first Sam is skeptical of the Panthers’ militant approach to ending racial injustice, but after one of his friends is brutally beaten by the police, Sam starts to question his father’s nonviolent beliefs.

virtuosityVirtuosity by Jessica Martinez

YA MARTINEZ, J.

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

CharlysEpicFiascosCharly’s Epic Fiascos by Kelli London

YA LONDON, K.

Sixteen-year-old aspiring actress Charly St. James, who works as a waitress to help support her dysfunctional mother and younger sister, leaves a Chicago suburb for New York to live with her aunt and audition for a reality television show.

art of secretsThe Art of Secrets by James Klise

YA KLISE, J.

When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, victims of a possible hate crime, is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous outsider artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, adults and teenagers alike debate who should get the money and begin to question each other’s motivations.

world awayA World Away by Nancy Grossman

YA GROSSMAN, N.

Sixteen-year-old Eliza, an Amish girl, goes to work for an “English” family as a nanny to two young children in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, and must then choose between two entirely different ways of life.

WillGraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
YA GREEN, J.

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

LoveLikeaDogLove Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno

YA CALCAGNO, A.

Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father’s approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk’s father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

ColdFuryCold Fury by T. M. Goeglein

YA GOEGLEIN, T.

Sixteen-year-old Chicago preparatory school student Sara Jane Rispoli must unravel a web of complex mysteries after her family goes missing and she is pursued by unknown enemies.

SadStoriesSad Stories of the Death of Kings by Barry Gifford

YA GIFFORD, B.

Collects stories centering on a boy named Roy and the people he encounters growing up without a father in postwar Chicago.

angelinmypocketAn Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper

YA COOPER, I.

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon the mysterious and kind Gabby moves into her building and helps her face her major losses, and then the coin connects her with three classmates who all find new ways to believe in themselves.

PullPull by B. A. Binns

YA BINNS, B.

After his father kills his mother, seventeen-year-old David struggles to take care of his two sisters–and himself–while dealing with his grief, guilt, and trying to fit in at a tough new school while hiding his past.

StoreBoughtBabyStore-Bought Baby by Sandra Belton

YA BELTON, S.

The death of Leah’s beloved older brother, and her parents’ reactions to the tragedy, raise questions for Leah about the meaning of family and about her place in her own.

CatGirlsDayOffCat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

YA PAULEY, K.

High schooler Natalie Ng has always kept secret her talent for talking with cats, but when she learns– from a cat– that a celebrity has been replace by an imposter, she and her friends investigate, becoming movie extras to get the scoop.

permanent recordPermanent Record by Leslie Stella

YA STELLA, L.

Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things “easier,” his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificat’s newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Bud’s name.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 12, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Award Winning Teen Books!

Yesterday morning the Youth Media Awards were held at the American Library’s Association’s Midwinter Conference.  These awards are held annually and recognize some of the best books written for the year for kids and teens.  Check out the recording of the awards ceremony and then take a look at the winning Teen books below!

The Michael L. Printz Award

Given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Winner:

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

AndWeStayCarnivalAtBraygrasshopper jungleThisOneSummer

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer also was named a Caldecott Honor Book: the Randolph Caldecott Medal is for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

 

William C. Morris Award

Given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Winner:

Gabi

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Four other books were finalists for the award:

CarnivalAtBrayStoryofOwenscarboysstrangebeautifulsorrows

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner:

Popular

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Four other books were finalists for the award:

laughingatmynightmareFamilyRominovIdaMTarbellPortChicago50

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov was also named a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, for most distinguished informational book for children and teens:

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

 

2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA)

These books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects. Click here to find the full list!

Top Ten list from the final selections:

crossoverCarnivalAtBrayvangoStoryofOwenGospel of WinterWeWereLiarsYoungElitesIllGiveYouSunjackabyNoggin

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Vango by Timothee de Fombelle
The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim by  E.K. Johnston
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

Coretta Scott King Honor Book:  The Coretta Scott Kind Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

HowitWentDown

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

 

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The John Steptoe New Talent Award recognizes new talent and is determined by the Coretta Scott King Task Force:

When I Was The Greatest

When I Was the Greatest written by Jason Reynolds

 

Schneider Family Book Award’s Teen Selection: for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

GirlsLikeUs

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

 

Stonewall Honor Books:  given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

BeyondMagentaIllGiveYouSun

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Reading History Through Graphic Novels

Try out some of these graphic novels from the Teen collection, for a different way to read about history.

marchMarch. Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LEW

A graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

silvenceofourfriendsThe Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos and art by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LON

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1968 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

 

 

LewisClarkLewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 917.8042 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorers Lewis and Clark during their journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean.

ShackeltonShackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 919.8904 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorer Ernest Shackleton in the Antarctic.

 

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.

 

WWIWorld War One: 1914-1918: the War to End All Wars written by Alan Cowsill; illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma; inking by Jagdish Kumar; colorists, Pradeep Sherawat, Vijay Sharma

YA GRAPH 940.3 COW

It was the first major conflict of the 20th century, a war that devastated the whole of Europe and expanded across the entire globe, decimating a generation. From the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo to the armistice of 1918, World War One: 1914-1918 provides a complete overview of the war that shaped the modern world from the viewpoint of the servicemen who fought in it, creating a unique graphic novel history of one of the most destructive conflicts of all time.

 

BoxerThe Boxer by Reinhard Kleist

YA GRAPH 796.8309 HAFT, H.

Poland, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Harry Haft is sent to Auschwitz. When he is forced to fight against other inmates for the amusement of the SS officers, Haft shows extraordinary strength and courage, and a determination to survive. As the Soviet Army advances in April 1945, he makes a daring escape from the Nazis. After negotiating the turmoil of postwar Poland, Haft emigrates to the United States and establishes himself as a professional prizefighter, remaining undefeated until he faces heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in 1949. In The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist reveals another side to the steely Harry Haft: a man struggling to escape the memories of the fiancée he left behind in Poland. This is a powerful and moving graphic novel about love and the will to survive.

AuschwitzAuschwitz by Pascal Croci

YA GRAPH 940.5318 CRO

Using the fictional story of a couple named Kazik and Cessia who lose a daughter at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camp and barely survive themselves, Pascal Croci depicts the horror and brutality of the Holocaust in grim, searing, black-and-white illustrations.

MausIMausIIMaus I and Maus II by Art Spielgelman

YA GRAPH 940.5318 SPI

A son struggles to come to terms with the horrific story of his parents and their experiences during the Holocaust and in postwar America.

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.

bombingnazigermanyBombing Nazi Germany: the Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign that Defeated Hitler in World War II by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 940.544 VAN

Bombing Nazi Germany tells the story of the first and second generations of airmen, soldiers, and politicians from both sides who sought to bomb the enemy into submission.

BigJimBig Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville & Paddy Lynch

YA GRAPH 941.835 MCC

On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. Over the next four months, James Larkin would lead the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish society.

47RoninThe 47 Ronin by Sean Michael Wilson; illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, with lettering by Ben Dickson

YA GRAPH 952.025 WIL

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin –all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply rooted cultural imperative of honor, persistence, loyalty, and sacrifice.

Showa1Showa2Showa: a History of Japan, 1926-1939 and Showa: a History of Japan, 1939-1944 by Shigeru Mizuki

YA GRAPH 952.033 MIZ

A look at the Showa period in Japanese history with events leading towards World War II. On a personal level, these years mark a dramatic transformation in Mizuki’s life, too.

GrantvLeeGrant vs. Lee by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 973.73 VAN

Grant vs. Lee tells the dramatic story of the final year of the Civil War in Virginia – a bloody and unyielding fight for both sides – through the eyes of the two greatest Civil War generals: the North’s Ulysses S. Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee.

WarrenCommisionReportThe Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón, and Jerzy Drozd ; foreword by Richard Reeves

YA GRAPH 973.922 MIS

Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the assassination. In its report, the Warren Commission determined that there was “no credible evidence” conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Colón, bestselling illustrator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation , teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commission’s findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques.

great american dust bowlThe Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

YA GRAPH 978.032 BRO

A speck of dust is a tiny thing. In fact, five of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence. On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up millions upon millions of these specks of dust to form a duster–a savage storm–on America’s high southern plains. The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air. Sand and dirt fell like snow–people got lost in the gloom and suffocated. . . and that was just the beginning. Don Brown brings the Dirty Thirties to life with kinetic, highly saturated, and lively artwork in this graphic novel of one of America’s most catastrophic natural events: the Dust Bowl.

gandhiGandhi: My Life is My Message by Jason Quinn; illustrated by Sachin Nagar

YA GRAPH B GANDHI

In graphic novel format, introduces the life and accomplishments of the Indian political and spiritual leader who led his country to freedom from British rule through his policy of nonviolent resistance.

bestshotwestBest Shot in the West: the Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.; illustrated by Randy DuBurke

YA GRAPH B LOVE, N.

Describes, in graphic novel format, the life of Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, who grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 21, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Inspirational, Issues, Multicultural, Nonfiction

Royal Reads

Enjoy reading novels about kings, queens, and the like?  Check out this list of teen novels that have royalty in their blood!

KingdomLittleWoundsThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

YA COKAL, S.

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion. In the palace at Skyggehave, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined.

ThroneGlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

princessforhirePrincess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

YA LEAVITT, L.

Desi Bascomb has been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life. So when a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know if Desi would like to become a substitute princess, Desi of course agrees. While being a substitute princess is harder than Desi thought, her determination to make a positive impact proves fruitful, in spite of one royal fiasco at a time.

SphinxsPrincessSphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner

YA FRIESNER, E.

Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti’s dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.

BriefHistoryMontmarayA Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

YA COOPER, M.

On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

alphabetofdreamsAlphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher

YA FLETCHER, S.

Fourteen-year-old Mitra, of royal Persian lineage, and her five-year-old brother Babak, whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives in the company of the magus Melchoir and two other Zoroastrian priests, traveling through Persia as they follow star signs leading to a newly-born king in Bethlehem.

kingofithakaKing of Ithaka by Tracy Barrett

YA BARRETT, T.

When sixteen-year-old Telemachos and his two best friends, one a centaur, leave their life of privilege to undertake a quest to find Telemachos’s father Odysseus, they learn much along the way about what it means to be a man and a king.

KingsroseThe King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby

YA LIBBY, A.

Catharine Howard recounts the events in her life that led to her being groomed for marriage at the age of fifteen to King Henry VIII, her failure to produce an heir to the throne, and her quick execution.

palaceofspiesPalace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

YA ZETTEL, S.

In 1716 London, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl from a good family impersonates a lady-in-waiting only to discover that the real girl was murdered, the court harbors a nest of spies, and the handsome young artist who is helping her solve the mystery might be a spy himself.

LadyMacBethsDaughterLady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

YA KLEIN, L.

In alternating chapters, ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband, and Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

cleopatrasmoonCleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

YA SHECTER, V.

Cleopatra Selene, the only surviving daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, recalls her life of pomp and splendor in Egypt and, after her parents’ deaths, capitivity and treachery in Rome.

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

beautysdaughterBeauty’s Daughter: the story of Hermione and Helen of Troy by Carolyn Meyer

YA MEYER, C.

When renowned beauty Helen runs off to Troy with Prince Paris, her enraged husband, King Menelaus, starts the Trojan War, leaving their plain daughter, Hermione, alone to witness the deaths of heroes on both sides and longing to find her own love and place in the world. Includes historical notes.

falsepricnessThe False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

YA O’NEAL, E.

For sixteen years, Nalia has been raised as the princess of Thorvaldor, but one day she learns that her real name is Sinda and that she is part of a complicated plot that would change the future of her country forever.

FallingKingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

YA RHODES, M.

After centuries of peace, the three kingdoms of Mytica stand on the brink of war. As rulers struggle for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed and four key players find their fates forever intertwined amidst betrayal, murder, secret alliances, and even unforseen love.

entwinedEntwined by Heather Dixon

YA DIXON, H.

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother’s death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who’s trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

wisdomskissWisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

Princess Wisdom yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne. She forms an uneasy alliance with Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family; Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips; and Magic the cat as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.

rieseRiese by Greg Cox

YA SF COX, G.

When Princess Riese meets Micah, a mysterious wandering artist, she pretends to be a peasant for a chance at being a normal girl, while the clockwork Sect infiltrates the court and grows stronger.

ConfusionPrincesA Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

YA SF NIX, G.

Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself.

summer princeThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

YA SF JOHNSON, A.

In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três’ matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

selectionThe Selection by Kiera Cass

YA KASS, K.

America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

musiciansdaughterThe Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap

YA DUNLAP, S.

Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy’s court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue to his death a strange gold pendant around his neck. Then her father’s mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight into her father’s secret life. It’s there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she discovers honor, and the possibility of a first, tentative love. Thrumming with the weeping strains of violins, as well as danger and deception, this is an engrossing tale of murder, romance, and music that readers will find hard to forget.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 15, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Mystery, Romance

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book is a great book for people that enjoy action and adventure. It’s full of great details and has a wonderful storyline.
Review by David

TeashopGirlsThe Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer
YA SCHAEFER, L.
Overall, this book is really good! I would give it 8.5 out of 10 stars!
Review by Marissa

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
I liked how Roth used terms that had common meanings but not commonly used. I also liked how she had a person go from one thing to another but she didn’t really change the person’s personality.
Review by Micaela

MangoShapedSpaceA Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
YA MASS, W.
This book is about a girl named Mia and her beloved cat, Mango. Mia has synesthesia, a disorder where someone sees colors or shapes related to the sense. It is a journey Mia must take to discover herself and others while holding onto her past.
Review by Audrey

grimmlegacyThe Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
YA SHULMAN, P.
A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s good vs evil, mystery and love, throughout the book. You discover magic is real and magic can do some really terrible things.
Review by Kyra

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
I really liked the book Red Scarf Girl. It was about what one girl experiences in the Chinese cultural revolution. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The author goes into great detail about her experiences and how they impacted her. It was a really touching book.
Review by Rachel

eleanor and parkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
This book is a marvelous, easy read. Park and Eleanor’s romance blooms and so will your love for this book. Must-read for those who love a heartwarming story. Highly recommend to all!
Review by Sarah

ChampionChampion by Marie Lu
YA SF LU, M.
This book was amazing with a lot of action and suspense. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. This book was amazing because of the climax building up.
Review by Gabby

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
Great story! Leaves the reader feeling emotions like sadness and laughter all in one epic romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to almost anyone that hasn’t read it yet. This story definitely deserves its popularity. 5 stars.
Review by Erin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
The Elite, the second book in The Selection series, was just as interesting and intricate as the first book. It was a perfect continuation of the first book and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down and was impatient for the next one.
Review by Cassidy

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 7, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

permanent recordPermanent Record

by Leslie Stella

Badi Hessamizadeh has just voluntarily left his public high school because his solution to ending the everyday, intense bullying he experienced was to blow up a toilet. Badi’s reputation as a terrorist after the toilet explosion, has made the bullying against him unbearable. So, Badi’s father changed his name– now Badi is known as Bud Hess– and transferred Badi to a private academy. Can life be different for Badi, now Bud, at his new school or will he face the same prejudices as before?

Permanent Record is a pretty compelling read, not only because it deals with the issue of racial profiling and bullying, but also because Badi is a flawed character.  He doesn’t make the right decisions, and while at first it is hard to understand Badi’s reasoning for acting out, as you continue reading you get to know Badi.  You understand that he is struggling with anxiety and depression, and the bullying that he has to endure at school is horrible.  Added to all of his struggles is that Badi has as Iranian-American is a post-911 world.  I was surprised at how much this book moved me, and also how much I got to know the character of Badi and his struggles.  By the end of the novel, I didn’t expect it to end the way that it did, but now I can think of no way that I would have rather it ended.  If you are in the mood for a realistic and thought-provoking read, you should definitely pick up Permanent Record.  Click here to find it in the Library!

permanent record event

Permanent Record is also this year’s Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel.  To learn more about the Suburban Mosaic Reading program, which “seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature”, then click here to be directed to the website.  To celebrate the selection of Permanent Record as the 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel, the Library will be hosting An Evening with Leslie Stella on Monday, September 15.  Leslie Stella will talk about her novel, writing, and there will also be a book signing.  Click here to register for the program and find out more information.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 9, 2014 Categories: Award Winning, Bullying, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Issues, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Reviews by You!

ifigrowupIf I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.
DeShawn is growing up in the poorest area of New York where there are two main careers: gang involvement or fast food. When the responsibility of caring for his grandma, sister, and twin niece and nephew, with a baby on the way, become too much, DeShawn joins the Disciples to help cope financially.
Review by Paige

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
This book was amazing! It had action and some problems with the Capitol which made it so much harder to put the book down. I would rate this book 11 out of 10! This book is by far in my top 10 favorite books.
Review by Gabby

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
This was one of the best books I ever read. It starts out with a girl named Chloe who fell asleep in study hall. When she wakes up, it is six months later and it is snowing. She finds out that her crush is now her boyfriend, she scored a really high SAT, but her best friend won’t talk to her. Chloe must figure out how it happened and do something to fix it before it’s too late.
Review by Theresa

ScorpiaScorpia by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
Full of twists and surprises, from one truth to the next, a real page turner and impossible to put down.
Review by Lia

dualedDualed by Elsie Chapman
YA CHAPMAN, E.
A girl named West Grayer lives in a place where they have twins (with the same DNA) from different parents. Now it’s West’s turn to try to kill her twin or she will be killed.
Review by Brigitte

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Allegiant was a great way to wrap up the Divergent trilogy. Although I was upset by the way Roth ended the book with an unexpected event, it is worth reading. I enjoyed Insurgent more than Allegiant due to the fact of Insurgent being more people-pleasing and ending happily.
Review by Kristen

Long Way GoneA Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
YA 966.404 BEA
This book was really good. I really liked that there was so much detail involved. I didn’t like to believe that it was a true story because it is so sad. Overall I would recommend this book.
Review by Sam

hatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen
YA PAULSEN, G.
Hatchet is an amazing book! It is about a boy who gets lost in the wild and has to survive. This realistic fiction book is a cliffhanger and makes you want to read on. So, for overall rating, I’d give this book a 9.5/10.
Review by Adam

savingtheworldSaving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
YA PATTERSON, J.
This is a really good book to read during the summer. Maximum Ride is a 14-year-old girl that has wings and can fly. She and her flock go on a mission to save the world and have to stop the crazy scientists from killing half the people in the world.
Review by Zoe

SomethingWickedSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
YA BRADBURY, R.
I thought that this classic book was really interesting. It made me think a lot! It was pretty scary and creepy, but it would be a great sci-fi read for anyone!
Review by Abby

Reviews by You!

pointblankPoint Blank by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
I really liked the idea and descripton mixed in with action and excitement. A must read series!
Review by Lia

SeaofMonstersThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
It’s another great action-packed book by Riordan. It is very detailed and definitely one of my favorite books. I love how the characters are well-developed and have a sense of humor. It’s full of all emotions and feelings.
Review by Jill

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
5 stars!! A tale about true love and fighting back. Rebels, peacemakers, lovers, fighters, all come together. I really liked this book and I’m sure others will too!
Review by Natalie

ShadeOfMoonThe Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA SF PFEFFER, S.
This book was an amazing read. It was interesting and a quick read.
Review by Ammu

IdTellYouILoveYouI’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
YA CARTER, A.
I really liked this book. 5 stars. It was exciting, romantic, and full of action. If you are looking for romance, excitement, and action, then read this book.
Review by Alexandra

DareYouToDare You To by Katie McGarry
YA MCGARRY, K.
The story is about trusting yourself. It’s about Beth who struggles with figuring out who she is and Ryan who does not know what his future should look like. I highly recommend this book to teen girls everywhere.
Review by Olivia

DoesMyHeadDoes My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.
This was a very good book filled with laughter. Abdel-Fattah really does understand the life of a typical teenager. She wrote an amazing book! One of my favorites by far.
Review by Patricia

RunawayKingThe Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.
I really liked this sequel to The False Prince. It was action-packed and you never get bored. There are twists and turns that keep you reading. I hope there is another book in the series.
Review by Mia

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
Downsiders is a wonderful book. Lindsay discovers a hidden world underneath her city. When she goes to the secret city with her new friend, Talon, she unknowingly puts his world in jeopardy.
Review by Kyra

BeachBlondesBeach Blondes by Katherine Applegate
YA APPLEGATE, K.
Sun, sand, water– how nice did that sound? It sure did sound great to Summer Smith. She was on her way to Clam Claw Beach, Florida, when a tarot lady tells her she she will find love. The lady tells Summer that she would meet three guys: mysterious, dangerous, and the one.
Review by Elizabeth

Reviews by You!

navigatingearlyNavigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
YA VANDERPOOL, C.
This book was great, stupendous, wonderful, thumbs up. At least, that’s how Early Auden, the strangest of boys, would describe it. Join Jack Baker and his new friend, Early, as he takes an unexpected turn in his life and tries to find his way back home.
Review by Genevieve

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
Percy and his team have to go through a labyrinth. Their goal is to find the evil army.
Review by Om

sizzleSizzle by Lee McClain
YA MCCLAIN, L.
Amazing! The author did a great job of telling how you do things for your family. To help others who are hurt or ill. Trying to make something yours even when you’re having trouble.
Review by Jacqueline

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth was an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down and the suspense after every page kept me reading! If you haven’t read this book, you really should.
Review by Brayden

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, D.
I thought that Six Months Later was a really cool book. It didn’t turn out the way I expected, and I liked that. It was an interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend it to sci-fi and mystery lovers.
Review by Abby

CodeSilenceCode of Silence by Tim Shoemaker
YA SHOEMAKER, T.
5 stars!! This is a great book about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and trust. A group of friends witnesses a robbery but they are too scared and threatened to report it.
Review by Natalie

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers
YA MYERS, W.
This book was basically about a basketball athelete (Slam) trying to overcome life. He has to move his grades up to stay on the basketball team while dealing with his best friends and his family. School is tough (for Slam).
Review by Stephanie

HowToLeadLifeCrimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
YA MILLER, K.
I liked this book because I think it can appeal to both kids and adults. It was a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing characters.
Review by Molly

FindingDaddyFinding Daddy by Louise Plummer
YA PLUMMER, L.
An awesome book! I love this book – it has a little humor, suspense, romance, and action. I think that this book would be good for teens like me.
Review by Khaulana

FoodGirlsAndOtherFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA ZADOFF, A.
Andy is the fat kid that stands in the back of the class because he can’t fit into a desk. Then when he developes a crush on a girl he finds himself trying out for football. He makes the team, but his life is kinda out of hand, so he is trying to piece back his life.
Review by Bennie

Reviews by You!

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of the best books I’ve ever picked up! Although, it was a little slow in the beginning, it drew me in and kept me reading until the very last word.
Review by Brayden

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
It was a great book. My favorite part is when they’re in the arena. The book had me reading while the rest of my family was asleep at night.
Review by Emmanuel

lyinggameThe Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
It might be a lie that I like this book or not, what do you think? It was unknown to Emma that she had a twin sister and now there was a video with her sister being murdered. Emma now has to be Sutton because nobody believes Sutton’s dead. Can Emma put the pieces together or not?
Review by Elizabeth

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
It’s a sort of autobiography about Jiang’s life during the cultural revolution in China. It was very interesting and well written. Highly recommend.
Review by Merrily

KidsofKabulKids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis
YA 305.235 ELL
I found this book amazing. The author, Deborah Ellis, interviews kids about how they live through a never ending war in Afghanistan. The kids’ stories are phenomenal.
Review by Paula

passionPassion by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
In this story, Luce decides to travel to her past lives to see what went wrong and if she can break the curse between herself and her boyfriend, Daniel.
Review by Neela

bombBomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
YA 623.4511 SHE
I loved this book so much! It was action packed, surprising, and a cliffhanger. The nonfiction book was packed with info about World War II, and it was written so well! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in World War II. I loved it!
Review by Adam

AnythingtoHaveYouAnything to Have You by Paige Harbison
YA HARBISON, P.
Natalie and Brooke are best friends and when Aiden comes to town, Natalie calls dibs, but Brooke ignores it and starts dating Aiden even though she knows how Natalie feels. Fast forward two years to a party with too much alcohol and Natalie wakes up next to Aiden and can’t remember anything, all she knows is she had sex, but with who?
Review by Paige

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.
A disturbing concept, yet fun to follow, with tons of romance. This book was thrilling, horror-filled, and just disturbing. With a twist at the end that I would have never imagined, this was a book that had me read it in one go. 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

strangebeautifulsorrowsThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton
YA WALTON, L.
This book certainly lives up to its title, being both strange and beautiful. With its lyrical writing and emotional twists and turns, this book is easily the best one I’ve read all year and a book I’d recommend to anyone.
Review by Caitlin