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Back to School, With a Supernatural Twist

Not many of us are excited to go back to school, but if you need a way to make the back to school time of year a little more enjoyable, then check out some of these novels that make school seem more exciting.  Let’s just say these are not your average schools…

zombiequeenZombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

YA ASHBY, A.

While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

greatterriblebeautyA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

avalonhighAvalon High by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

CrossMyHeartCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school in the world…for spies. The school hosts some mysterious guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the school’s top secret status, she and her friends face danger to clear Cammie’s name and learn the truth about Blackthorne.

jekelhydeJekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

YA FANTASKEY, B.

As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Hex HallHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate

YA KATE, L.

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

legaciesLegacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

YA LACKEY, M.

After her family is killed, Spirit White is taken to Oakhurst Academy, a combination orphanage and school for those with magical powers, where she and her new friends investigate when students start mysteriously disappearing.

Vampire AcademyVampire Academy by Richelle Mead

YA MEAD, R.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 28, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, High School, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

Book Trailer of the Week– The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Blessed by Tonya Hurley.  This novel centers on three different teenage girls.  Each of these girls finds themselves in the same emergency room on the same night.  Agnes is the kind of girl who tries to do everything right, but ends up feeling miserable, and tries to kill herself after her most recent breakup.  Cecilia is a very talented musician, but she is heading down the wrong path and parties a little too hard.  Then there’s Lucy.  She is a famous socialite who has everything anyone could want, unfortunately, that comes with a price, and she is brought into the ER because of an accidental overdose.  After each of these girls are treated and released from the ER, they are visited by an enigmatic stranger.  What follows is a strange story that connects the three girls’ fates together as they mirror the saints they are named for.  Sebastian holds the key, however, to the truth about why these girls’ lives mirror the saints’ lives.  Click here to find The Blessed in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 22, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

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

Book Trailer of the Week– Conversion by Katherine Howe

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Conversion by Katherine Howe.   Conversion is part medical mystery and inspired by the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen is in her final semester at St. Joan’s High School, and when some of her fellow classmates begin to fall to a mysterious illness, Colleen researches the similarities between what is happening at her school and what happened back during the Salem Witch Trials.  What Colleen discovers, however, may be more dangerous than her classmates cracking under the pressure of finals.  Click here to find Conversion in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 15, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, High School, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews By You!

MatchedMatched by Ally Condie
YA CONDIE, A.
5 stars!! An awesome story! A dramatic tale about making your own choices, falling in love, and rebelling. All the while, telling yourself to always believe in what you think is right.
Review by Natalie

city of bonesCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
YA CLARE, C.
I thought this book was really good. It had a lot of twists that want you to keep reading. It also makes you want to read more about all of the characters to see what happens to them all.
Review by Micaela

BookThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
YA ZUSAK, M.
A wonderful book that describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents and a young Jewish man who hides in her home during World War II. Also, it is a fantastic book that anyone should have the time to read.
Review by Junghoo

All Unquiet ThingsAll Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
YA MY JARZAB, A.
A high school student attending Brighton Day was shot and killed. Everyone thought the case was closed but Neily and Audrey are not so sure. But what will the truth cost?
Review by Emma

House of HadesThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
It’s a great book! It is very hard to try and stop reading. Rick Riordan, as usual, made us hungry for more, as Percy and his friends try to close the doors of death and stop Gaea from rising.
Reivew by Benjamin

WhenAudreyMetAliceWhen Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens
YA BEHRENS, R.
When Audrey Met Alice is a cleverly written book for people who like adventures and some suspense. Out of 5 stars, I would give it a 4.
Review by Marissa

WishWish by Joseph Monninger
YA MONNINGER, J.
Wish is about Bee and her brother’s vacation from the Blue Moon Foundation. Her brother, Tommy, has cystic fibrosis. This book should be read by anyone who loves sharks. Their vacation wasn’t really what they expected. You’ve got to read the book to find out what actually happens.
Review by Emily

messengerMessenger by Lois Lowry
YA SF LOWRY, L.
Messenger weaves the wonderful story of a boy finding his place in life. He must make a choice that will decide whether he lives or dies, and how his previously perfect home will be affected.
Review by Lisa

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
The finale to the Divergent series did not disappoint! It was a great book with an unexpected and wonderful ending. I seriously love the ending to this series and it was my favorite ending to any trilogy ever! 4.5 stars out of 5.
Review by Sarah

TigersQuestTiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
YA HOUCK, C.
An awesome book! Everyone should read the whole series!
Review by Beetal

Reviews By You!

daughters break the rulesThe Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
YA PHILBIN, J.
All in all, this book was a great summer read, and on my list of Top 15 books. I loved to read about the life of a famous person and Lizzie, Catrina, and Hudson’s journeys, and ability to stand up to their parents.
Review by Claire

if i ever get outIf I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth
YA GANSWORTH, E.
This was a good book. At first, I thought it would be boring but it turned out to be interesting. It shows how people even today can discriminate against somebody if he/she is different.
Review by Ravi

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
I loved this book. It was really great. It was about Katniss and Peeta, and they had to go back to the arena because of the third quarter quell. At the end, Katniss gets taken back to district 13, but Peeta gets taken to the capitol because Katniss is the mockingjay.
Review by Zoe

AnimalFarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
This book is an excellent easy read and fast read for middle-schoolers. It describes how an animal farm goes against their owner and begins to operate without humankind but some problems become visible. Read on to find out if the animals will be able to solve them.
Review by Karolina

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
It rips your heart out, slowly, then all at once. It proves the world is not a wish granting factory.
Review by Samantha

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent was an amazing book! It was action-packed, a book with murder and sabotage, a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was so intense it made me stay awake to the first hours of the morning. I can’t wait to read the sequel Allegiant.
Review by Antonios

WhenDadKilledWhen Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
YA LESTER, J.
This book is told from the children’s points of view. It is about how they cope with their mom gone and their dad in jail. The ending was pretty shocking. It is where they piece together why the dad did what he did.
Review by Emily

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
It is very addictive. When I stop reading, I am dying to know what is going to happen. It is heartbreaking.
Review by Nehak

EveAdamEve & Adam by Michael Grant
YA SF GRANT, M.
This book was exciting from the first page. There is never a boring moment and the characters are interesting and relate-able. I could not put this book down. I would highly recommend it.
Review by Cassidy

19841984 by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
4.9/5 After many years, I’ve read many classics. Many were dull and simply not worth reading. 1984 , however, is a true classic with a haunting message of epic social and political proportions. The only moment I felt bored was when the book was being read in the story. Otherwise, a scary world is masterfully designed that should warn the reader of any of the same happening now.
Review by Renzmark

FlawlessFlawless by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
A for Alison’s murderer? A for Alison? Or A for the Liars? Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series. A knows all of the liars’ secrets and if they don’t do what A wants, their secrets will be out. The liars struggle to find out who killed Ali and who A is. A is closer than they think.
Review by Elizabeth

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

Reviews by You!

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Divergent is an amazing book about a girl that learns about what she truly believes in. This book teaches a lot about beliefs and the preservation of these beliefs. She learns ways to fight her fears and cope with reality and the danger surrounding her.
Review by Lisa

HootHoot by Carl Hiaasen
YA HIAASEN, C.
I think that this book had a lot of adventure and cool ideas and exciting characters.  It has two story lines together. I loved the settings Coconut Cove and Mother Paula’s. The ending is awesome. I loved everything about this book.
Review by Gavin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
This was the 2nd book in The Selection and a very fast paced plot. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Morgan

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
The story is about seventeen year old Luce Price who is sent to a reform school where she meets new friends and falls in love. She also discovers her past love life with Daniel.
Review by Neela

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
Sixteen year old Jessica is a runner, but when a tragic accident takes her leg, Jessica is simply shattered with no hope. But can she overcome it to run once more?
Review by Max

bestfriendsneverBest Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison
YA HARRISON, L.
A really good book on friendship and being accepted. I love it and want to read the rest of the series.
Review by Beetal

Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
I read this book like five times and it never gets boring! I always get to learn something new. I love this book as much as I love the other books, like The Lost Hero. It is humorous and adventurous!
Review by Jill

outsidersThe Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
YA HINTON, S.
The Outsiders was a really good book. It was a little violent and sad, though. Ponyboy (yes that’s his real name) is a likeable character. I really enjoyed reading The Outsiders and recommend it to anyone who can handle some tough things.
Review by Abby

sonofneptuneThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This book is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I liked this book a lot because it was adventurous. I could not stop reading it!
Review by Megan

rulesforbreakingThe Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston
YA ELSTON, A.
This sequel to The Rules for Disappearing shows the relationship that Anna and Ethan have built after the crazy events that had taken place, but little do they know it’s not over yet.
Review by Emma

Reviews by You!

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
This book was very interesting and captivating. The author’s detailed descriptions and storytelling led me to finish it in only two sittings. I really enjoyed the development of the characters and by the end, I felt like I knew Hazel and Augustus personally.
Review by Stephanie

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
This book was very engaging. It was a quick read and fast paced. I fell in love with Tris and Four. I thought the five factions were interesting and the fact that Tris didn’t belong in one single faction made her very relate-able.
Review by Natalia

yotsuba3Yotsuba&! Volume 3 by Kiyohiko Azuma
YA GRAPH AZUMA, K. V.3
I found Yotsuba&! Volume 3 very funny and light. It was an easy read but still very enjoyable. In Volume 3, Yotsuba, a six year old girl, goes on small adventures with her dad, uncle, and neighbors. This was very fun to read and you should also read it.
Review by Abby

MemoirsMemoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
YA ZEVIN, G.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like some parts of the book were slow, but near the end the pace picked up and I thought that the book ended in a good way. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Review by Natalia

markofathenaThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This book was like an adventure! There is always something dramatic going on. You feel like turning the page because of the incredible adventures. The characters are also really well developed and have very awesome powers. The teamwork makes this book even more fun.
Review by Jill

DarknessFallsDarkness Falls by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Like the first book, this book has a slow beginning and draws more into Nat’s past with Incy. This book goes more into the fight between good and evil. Overall, it was an okay book and good for those who liked the Beautiful Creatures series and I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

ashAsh by Malinda Lo
YA LO, M.
I give the book 5 stars! It was really good and I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this book to people who like romance, action, fantasy, and sadness.
Review by Alexandra

deadlyDeadly by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
This book was so intense. Even when you think A is revealed, another crazy twist happens. Pretty Little Liars [the series] is a great read that is sure to keep you hooked from beginning to end!
Review by Kendall

pandemoniumPandemonium by Lauren Oliver
YA OLIVER, L.
Better than the first book, fast paced, interesting, lots of action to keep you on your toes. I liked how the author shows Lena exploring other areas and cities within the dystopia. The love triangle is dull and unoriginal. However, the cliff hanger ending will make you read Requiem.
Review by Ellie

PerksThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA CHBOSKY, S.
I love the characters. They give you insight into a life you may have never had before, they will give you a new world view. Also this book can help you understand and relate to others better.
Review by Rhiannon

Reviews by You!

invisibilityInvisibility 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

SpeakSpeak 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 RisingDJ 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

TessaTessa 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

Maze RunnerThe 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

NightNight by Elie Wiesel
940.548 WIE
Night was a sad book about Elie’s experience in the concentration camps. I would tell everyone I know to read this sad but moving story.
Review by Olivia

SteelheartSteelheart 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

RithmatistThe 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

ThingsFallApartThings 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

clockwork scarabThe 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