Month: April 2016

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Books

HushHush

Bella: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Lord of the Flies Romeo and Juliet Freakonomics

Suzanne: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

AdorationJennaFox Thickety

Chloe: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, The Thickety: a path begins by J. A. White; illustrations by Andrea Offermann

MobyDick

Matt: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Movies/TV

JungleBook

Bella: The Jungle Book

MyBigFatGreek2 Zootopia DaddysHome

Kaite: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Zootopia, Daddy’s Home

FlashTV

Matt: The Flash

Life is Beautiful dvd

Suzanne: Life is Beautiful

Music

BackInBlack

Bella: ACDC “Back in Black”

Katie: Twenty One Pilots “Ride”

 

Chloe: Twenty One Pilots “The Pantaloon” and “Trapdoor”

Places to Eat

Matt: Moretti’sMago

Suzanne: Chipotle, Panera, Mingle Juice Bar

Thorri: Starbucks

Bella: Mia’s Cantina, Capannari Ice Cream

Konrad: Popeye’s

10 New Teen Novels in Verse

UpFromSea

Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
YA LOWITZ, L.
A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenage boy.

AmericanAce

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson
YA NELSON, M.
Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his severely depressed father, who learned upon his mother’s death that Nonno was not his biological father, by doing research that reveals Dad’s father was probably a Tuskegee Airman.

5to1

5 to 1: a novel by Holly Bodger
YA SF BODGER, H.
In a dystopian future where gender selection has led to [boys outnumbering girls] 5 to 1, marriage is arranged based on a series of tests. It’s Sudasa’s turn to pick a husband through this ‘fair’ method, but she’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Skyscraping book cover

Skyscraping: a novel by Cordelia Jensen
YA JENSEN, C.
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

DatingDown

Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons
YA LYONS, S.
Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father’s political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, “X,” even after he proves to be trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.

audacity

Audacity by Melanie Crowder
YA CROWDER, M.
A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.

Believarexic

Be·liev·a·rex·ic by J.J. Johnson
YA JOHNSON, J.
An autobiographical novel in which fifteen-year-old Jennifer Johnson convinces her parents to commit her to the Eating Disorders Unit of an upstate New York psychiatric hospital in 1988, where the treatment for her bulimia and anorexia is not what she expects.

PaperHearts

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
YA WIVIOTT, M.
Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.

HouseArrest

House Arrest by K.A. Holt
YA HOLT, K.
Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations.

OneCrossan

One by Sarah Crossan
YA CROSSAN, S.
Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery. But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

Green Teen Reads

TheyCameFromBelow

They Came From Below by Blake Nelson
YA NELSON, B.
While vacationing on Cape Cod, best friends Emily, age sixteen, and Reese, seventeen, meet Steve and Dave, who seem too good to be true, and whose presence turns out to be related to a dire threat of global pollution.

BoysBears

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald
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.

Hoot

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
YA HIAASEN, C.
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

MyChemicalMountain

My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco
YA VACCO, C.
The summer before they begin high school, best friends Jason, Charlie, and Cornpop go after the chemical plant that has been polluting their town, one seeking revenge for his father’s death and the others mainly for the thrill of it.

CrazyThingGirlsDO

The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love by Dyan Sheldon
YA SHELDON, D.
When fashionista Sicilee, arty Maya, and antisocial Waneeda risk their reputations by joining Clifton Springs High School’s Environmental Club to be near gorgeous new student Cody Lightfoot, each finds a new way of looking at the world.

Rootless

Rootless by Chris Howard
YA SF HOWARD, C.
In a world devastated by war and disease, a young tree builder searches for the last trees on earth.

empty

Empty by Suzanne Weyn
YA SF WEYN, S.
When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.

CarbonDiaries

The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
YA LLOYD, S.
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control. Told in short diary entries filled with scrapbook clippings, this riveting ecothriller is one girl’s attempt to stay grounded in a world where disaster has become the norm.

DestroyAllCars

Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson
YA NELSON, B.
Through assignments for English class, seventeen-year-old James Hoff rants against consumerism and his classmates’ apathy, puzzles over his feelings for his ex-girlfriend, and expresses disdain for his emotionally-distant parents.

Ward

The Ward by Jordana Frankel
YA SF FRANKEL, J.
Set in a futuristic Manhattan after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, sixteen-year-old Ren must race against a conspiracy to find freshwater springs and a cure for the deadly disease that has stricken her sister and many others in the Ward.

Steampunk Novels for Teens

DarkUnwinding

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
YA CAMERON, S.
In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family’s estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurrences soon have her doubting her own sanity.

Clockwork Angel book cover

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
YA CLARE, C.
When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Gray’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

magicunderglass

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
YA DOLAMORE, J.
A wealthy sorcerer’s invitation to sing with his automaton leads seventeen-year-old Nimira, whose family’s disgrace brought her from a palace to poverty, into political intrigue, enchantments, and a friendship with a fairy prince who needs her help.

Dearly Departed book cover

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
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.

Peculiars

The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry
YA MCQUERRY, M.
Eighteen-year-old Lena Mattacascar sets out for Scree, a weird place inhabited by Peculiars, seeking the father who left when she was young, but on the way she meets young librarian Jimson Quiggley and handsome marshall Thomas Saltre, who complicate her plans.

FridaySociety

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
YA KRESS, A.
Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.

Steampunk!: an anthology of fantastically rich and strange stories book cover

Steampunk!: an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
YA STEAMPUNK
A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.

IronThorn

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
YA KITTREDGE, C.
In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.

girlsteelcorset

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
YA CROSS, K.
Finley, who has a beastly alter ego inside of her, joins Duke Griffin’s army of misfits to help stop the Machinist, the criminal behind a series of automaton crimes, from carrying out a plan to kill Queen Victoria during the Jubilee.

ThisMonstrousThing

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
YA LEE, M.
When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens of Geneva think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein.

the clockwork scarab book cover

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.
In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs–but where does a time traveler fit in?

Airman

Airman by Eoin Colfer
YA COLFER, E.
In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.

Foundling

Foundling by D.M. Cornish
YA CORNISH, D.
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamund sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.

CorsetsClockwork

Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances edited by Trisha Telep
YA SF CORSETS
Collects thirteen original stories set during the Victorian era, including tales of steam-powered machines, family secrets, and love.

Airborn

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

Fever Crumb

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
YA SF REEVE, P.
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

MortalEngines

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
YA SF REEVE, P.
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

DeathCollector

The Death Collector by Justin Richards
YA MY RICHARDS, J.
Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

HunchbackAssignments

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur G. Slade
YA SLADE, A.
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

Leviathan

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically engineered beasts.

HauntingAlizabelCray

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
YA WOODING, C.
As Thaniel, a wych-hunter, and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, try to rid the alleys of London’s Old Quarter of the terrible creatures that infest them, their lives become entwined with that of a woman who may be either mad or possessed.