Though it’s a snow day at many area schools, the Teen Space (and the library) is open! Come check out a board game, the PlayStation controllers or just find a comfy chair to read your favorite magazine, graphic novel or book, while overlooking the snowy trees lining Elmhurst Road.
Whats New Category: High School
We’ve had a lot of dark and stormy nights recently, which is the perfect atmosphere for Mystery Month! Why not curl up by that rain-spattered, lightening-illuminated window with a great mystery inspired by the master detective Sherlock Holmes?
When their classmate dies and the circumstances seem too suspicious to be causally dismissed, the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and and John Watson join together to solve the mystery. Step into their Connecticut boarding school and let Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes take you on a suspenseful, hair-raising, and at times amusing adventure in Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte.
A typical small town teen finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of crime and detective work in Peter Abrahams modern day caper Down the Rabbit Hole. Between soccer, play practice, middle school and family life, Ingrid Levin-Hill must channel the cunning and quick-witted problem solving skills of her hero, Sherlock Holmes.
What happens when you combine teens, mysteries, secrets and passions? Well if you’re the competitive and brilliant English teens Lock and Mori, you make a shaky pact to see who can solve the crime first, promise to share all the clues with each other, and end up not knowing who you can trust.
In 1868 Sherlock Holmes wasn’t a famous detective, in fact he was just an ordinary teenage boy spending a summer with his aunt and uncle. But when an ordinary boy with an extraordinary intellect and a tendency for finding clues finds a dead body and some sinister people, the hero of 221b Baker Street must solve the mystery or risk losing his own life. Meet the young Holmes in Andy Lane’s Death Cloud.
Take a detective named R. F. Jackaby who has all the brains and analytical powers of Sherlock Holmes, add a female sidekick named Abigail Rook who has all the wit and wisdom of Dr. Watson, throw in a solid dose of the paranormal, and you’ll get a strong resemblance to the original super sleuthing duo in William Ritter’s Jackaby. Check out this page turner as Jackaby and Rook hunt for a serial killer on the loose in 1892 New England.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
YA THOMAS, L.
Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
YA SUMMERS, C.
Regina, a high school senior in the popular – and feared – crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz
YA MY MILLER, A.
A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime.
The Yo-Yo Prophet by Karen Krossing
YA KROSSING, K.
Small, shy Calvin becomes the Yo-Yo Prophet when his street tricks get the attention of a bully named Rozelle.
Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
YA MORACHO, C.
Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.
The 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.
Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers
YA BROTHERS, M.
Sixteen-year-old Maria leaves her father and grandmother in Red Hill, South Carolina, to live with her mother, an artist who lives with her young boyfriend in a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon
YA LENNON, T.
Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
YA ASHER, J.
Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on — and discover their profiles on something called Facebook, fifteen years into the future.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
YA DANFORTH, E.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
Skyscraping 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.
A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux
YA BONDOUX, A.
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA CHBOSKY, S.
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
YA BUXBAUM, J.
Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago to “The Valley,” with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters.
Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski
YA OSTROVSKI, E.
Youths infected with the fatal Peter Pan Virus are sent to Westing Academy where Noah Falls pins his affections on a boy who does not reciprocate, and soon tarnishes his other relationships and increases his feelings of self-loathing.
The New Guy (and other senior year distractions) by Amy Spalding
YA SPALDING, A.
Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.
This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
YA STROHMEYER, S.
Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend. After months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula. But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
YA DINAN, K.
To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.
Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker
YA HEIDICKER, C.
Jaxon meets the girl of his dreams on the same day that his father ships him off to video game rehab. Now he must earn 1 million therapy points in a week, if he wants to be released from rehab in time for his date.
The Leveller by Julia Durango
YA SF DURANGO, J.
Nixy Bauer, a sixteen-year-old self-made video-game bounty hunter, gets in over her head when she attempts to rescue a game developer’s son from a virtual trap.
Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
YA BREZENOFF, S.
The lives of two Minnesota teenagers are intertwined through the world of role-playing games.
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
YA WEWWELHOEFT, C.
Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
YA GAGNON, M.
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
YA CLINE, E.
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
YA SF KINCAID, S.
Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
YA SF MILLER, L.
In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.
Rush by Eve Silver
YA SF SILVER, E.
Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and other teens battle real-life aliens and the consequences of each battle could be deadly.
Coda by Emma Trevayne
YA SF TREVAYNE, E.
Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem — the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid. Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
YA GRAPH DOCTOROW
Immersing herself in an online role-playing game where she enjoys fantasy heroics, Anda confronts a difficult choice when she befriends a disadvantaged Chinese kid who works illegally to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money.
Sword Art Online: Progressive: 001 original story, Reki Kawahara; art, Kiseki Himura; character design, abec; translation, Stephen Paul
YA GRAPH KAWAHARA, R. V.1
An astute teen, Yuuki Asuna spends most of her time studying for her high school entrance exams. One day, she borrows her brother’s virtual reality game, ‘Sword Art Online,’ and finds herself trapped in its fantasy world. Soon, though, she learns the mechanics of the game, develops her swordplay technique and impresses a pro gamer who invites her to join the best players on the front lines. Is Asuna ready to swap her hard-earned education ethics for high-rank play in a virtual realm?
Hit Count by Chris Lynch
YA LYNCH, C.
Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, and while his dad cheers him on, his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch, but Arlo’s winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince him that everything is OK–in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
YA ALLEN, R.
Four girls, who each have their own personal reasons for wanting revenge, come together to complete the fourteen dares on a list before the rookie members of the football team can accomplish the same goal.
Call Me By My Name by John Ed Bradley
YA BRADLEY, J.
Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept.
The Walk On by John Feinstein
YA FEINSTEIN, J.
After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback but must deal with idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is not only a local hero, he is also the son of the corrupt head coach.
If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy
YA REEDY, T.
For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.
Always a Catch by Peter Richmond
YA RICHMOND, P.
After he joins the new football team, Jack, a new junior and a skilled piano player at a preparatory boarding school, must decide how far he is willing to go to fit in with his new teammates, and how much he is willing to compromise himself to play the kind of music the school expects him to.
The League by Thatcher Heldring
YA HELDRING, T.
Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.
Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace
YA WALLACE, S.
Felix O’Sullivan, standing in the shadow of his dead brother, an angry, distant father, and racial tension, must lead the last-ever Muckers high school football team to the state championship before a mine closing shuts down his entire town.
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.
Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
YA KENNEALLY, M.
Jordan Woods, captain and quarterback of her high school football team, seeks an athletic college scholarship, but when Ty Green joins the team and takes her position, her scholarship chances and her camaraderie with the team are threatened.
Swim the Fly by Don Calame
YA CALAME, D.
Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.
Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde
YA FORDE, C.
Fourteen-year-old Jimmy Kelly is “Fat Boy Fat,” the largest kid in his Scottish community, who is made to feel useless at everything. Only his family knows he’s a whiz in the kitchen, and Jimmy’s determined to keep it that way. After all, what would people say if they discovered that “Big Blob Kelly” had one special talent and it involved food? So when GI Joe, the toughest coach at school, finds out his secret, Jimmy’s sure he’s doomed. But, Coach proposes a deal: If Jimmy helps him, Coach will help Jimmy . . . swim. With each stroke Coach teaches him, Jimmy feels like he’s getting closer to recognizing the Shadow Shape that’s been haunting his dreams. And closer to Ellie, whose chocolate brown curls look good enough to eat. Coach and Ellie know there’s more to Jimmy than meets the eye. Now it’s time for Jimmy to stop hiding and realize it himself.
A Matter of Heart by Amy Dominy
YA DOMINY, A.
Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition and forces her to discover who she is without the one thing that has defined her entire life.
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
YA CRUTCHER, C.
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school’s less popular students. The Cutter All Night Mermen, a group of seven misfits who are members of a makeshift swim team, come together to challenge their high school’s sports culture and fight for dignity in a world where a moment’s inattention can bring lifelong heartache.
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein
YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.
Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.
Breathless by Jessica Warman
YA WARMAN, J.
At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother.
Losers Take All by David Klass
YA KLASS, D.
At a sports-crazy NJ high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels start a soccer team designed to undermine the jock-culture of the school.
Last Chance for First by Tom Hazuka
YA HAZUKA, T.
A star high school soccer player needs to cope with parents who compare him to his perfect brother, his best friend and co-captain of the team who is thrown off for drinking, a difficult, if not sadistic, coach, and an eccentric, unpredictable girlfriend–and still get the team to the State championships.
Shots on Goal by Rich Wallace
YA WALLACE, R.
While pursuing his goal of helping his soccer team win the league championship, fifteen-year-old Bones tries to deal with his resentment of his best friend, on whose girlfriend he has a crush.
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
YA PADIAN, M.
Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.
Keeper by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.
Exposure by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.
Compuls1on by Heidi Ayarbe
YA AYARBE, H.
Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
YA MYERS, W.
Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
YA BLOOR, E.
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson
YA SWANSON, J.
Seventeen-year-old Leah’s chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live.
Breakaway by Kat Spears
YA SPEARS, K.
When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates–Mario, Jordie, and Chick–to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.
Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
YA WILLIAMS, M.
When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.
Review: This book is for a mature crowd. It is filled with loving characters.
Read-a-Like: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Theme Song: Miss Jackson by Panic! at the Disco
Actor: Cameron Dallas as Miles
Review submitted by Isabella!