South Branch Staff Picks Category: Fiction

Prawie siostry Maria Ulatowska

Prawie siostry, nowa powieść autorki bestselleru Sosnowe dziedzictwo Marii Ulatowskiej jest miłą powieścią na lato.

Po ukończeniu liceum Leksi, Teo i Luśka, czyli Aleksandra, Teodora i Jolanta, trzy przyjaciółki z tej samej klasy, postanowiły, że bez względu na to, jak potoczą się ich losy, będą się spotykały co pięć lat w umówionym miejscu, zawsze tego samego dnia. Każda opowie wtedy, co się wydarzyło przez ten czas w jej życiu. A dzieje się wiele, jak to w życiu. Pojawia się pewien mężczyzna, jest więc miłość, odrzucenie, tęsknota, ból po stracie najbliższej osoby, zdrada, wybaczenie… Ale czyż z tym wszystkim nie poradzi sobie prawdziwa przyjaźń? Ta największa, trwająca przez lata…

Osadzona w trzech planach czasowych opowieść o wielkiej próbie lojalności, wierności i pamięci; o wartościach, dla których czas jest najtrudniejszym sprawdzianem.

Maria Ulatowska – autorka poczytnych książek obyczajowych („Sosnowe dziedzictwo”, „Pensjonat Sosnówka”, „Przypadki pani Eustaszyny”, „Domek nad morzem”, „Całkiem nowe życie”), urodzona i mieszkająca w Warszawie, najbardziej chciałaby, żeby można było się rozdwoić I mieszkac w kilku miejscach na raz. Tak jak wielu  z nas.

 

Maria G.

Museum of Thieves

Museum of Thieves

In the city of Jewel, children are escorted by a silver guardchain from the moment they learn how to walk, and are attached securely to their beds at night–how else could the city keep its precious children safe?  But Goldie Roth is tired of living chained to her parents, and when Separation Day is abruptly cancelled, she runs away! Now free to roam the city, but with nowhere to go, Goldie discovers Jewel’s most ancient secret: The Museum of Dunt. As she learns about the darker sides of her city, she will need all of her boldness to protect that secret, and the lives of everyone in Jewel.

This is the first installment in a fantastical, dystopian tale for a younger crowd!

If you like books like this, check out these: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, and The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.

Ransom by Lois Duncan

Ransom

It’s the end of the school day and you’re excited to start the weekend.  But when you realize the bus driver has his own agenda…Follow the cheerleader, the loner, two brothers, and an army brat as they discover they have been kidnapped on their way home from school. Pick up Ransom by Lois Duncan today and enjoy the twist and turns of this fast moving book. From the bestselling author of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Lois Duncan will keep you wanting more.

If you like this, you may also like: Twisted by Laurie Anderson and Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan.

Daughter of Smoke of Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Are you looking for a book that is filled with fantasy, action, and romance; well Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the book for you. Imagine living a double life, in which one you’re a normal 17 year old and in the other you’re running errands collecting teeth for a monster; well welcome to the life of Karou. Everything has been going great until the Angels start to appear, and Karou is faced with the ongoing war between “Good & Evil” and the love of her lives! “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

You may also like Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr; Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers; City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

By: Maria R.

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone  by Christopher Paul Curtis

There are some characters from books that leap off the page and into your heart, and somehow you know they’re going to stay long after you’ve finished reading. The Mighty Miss Deza Malone is one of these.  Deza Malone is twelve years old and living with her family in Gary, Indiana in 1936.  She observes the devastation of the Great Depression with wit, humor, and unquenchable curiosity.  Already a ravenous reader and enthusiastic essay-writer, her parents and teachers have told her that she is meant for a special path in life. As the Great Depression takes its toll, Deza’s father leaves Gary to find work.  Before long Deza, her brother Jimmie, and their mother follow him, riding on trains and hiking north to Michigan.  But when they can’t find him, Jimmie too leaves to find work.   Facing one challenge after another, you see that it’s not just her intelligence that makes her such a special girl, but her courage as well. Deza never stops believing in her family’s motto: “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.”

By Allison S.