Whats New Category: High School

Leverage by Joshua Cohen

Leverage Joshua Cohen pulls together the brutal, intense, harsh worlds of: football, gymnastics, bullying, horrible secrets, and meeting expectations, in excellent but painfully harsh at times read.  Leverage throws you into the world of Danny and Kurt, two completely different guys, or maybe not so different.  Danny is small, athletic, and dreams about getting himself a full ride to college for gymnastics. His moves on the uneven bars make audiences gasp.  Kurt is a beast, a football playing beast, who was recruited from another high school by his coach. But Kurt has much more to him, a nightmarish past and a future that greatly depends on his success in his new spot on the hardcore and hard hitting Oregrove Knight’s high school football team.  A team with some members, pumped full of steroids, who bully and brutalize the seemingly small and weak. When this bullying goes beyond just teasing to terrible cruelness and evil Danny and Kurt find themselves coping with the terrible repercussions and a unlikely friendship that helps them through it. 

Recommended for students in 9th grade and up

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium book cover“It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”

In 95 days seventeen-year-old Lena is scheduled to have the procedure, which ensures she will never become infected with amor deliria nervosa, or love, the deadliest of all diseases. After her procedure she’ll be paired with a boy whom the evaluators have chosen for her.  She won’t have to worry about love affecting her mind so she cannot think clearly, or rationally.  After the procedure she will be safe and free from any pain that love might have brought her.  However, one day when Lena and her best friend Hana are up for their evaluations, Lena sees a boy.  Their eyes meet for a moment and then everything changes.  A whole other version of the world she lives in is revealed to her because of this boy and her best friend Hana. Lena finds herself making choices that may seem irrational and she’s definitely not thinking clearly.  Where do Lena’s choices lead her? Delirium by Lauren Oliver will infect you once you start reading it and you will find it very hard to put down.  Your stomach will flutter with anticipation of what’s coming next and you might even find yourself falling in love with it. It’s quite contagious.

Keep up to date with author Lauren Oliver here.

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Feed book coverAll the new technology, electronics and gadgets are great right? All the information you need right at your finger tips! What if you could be connected to the internet, your friends, family, and the information you need -24/7? That would even better– right?

Feed by M.T. Anderson zooms right in on that issue and our possible future. In this future, people living in the United States, including Anderson’s main character Titus, now have transmitters in their brains.  Transmitters broadcast a constant barrage of banner ads, news, and trends into your mind, that’s known as the “feed.”  In school there’s no need for reading, research or writing things down because the “feed” will get you all the information you’re looking for.  You don’t even need to open your mouth to talk to your friends you can hear them using the M-chat feature of the “feed.” Nice huh?

Titus and his friends decide to go up to the moon to party and that’s where he meets Violet.  Violet is homeschooled and her transmitter is older and she’s not a big fan of the “feed.”   Not to mention her transmitter is always malfunctioning and the government refuses fix it, which means eventually Violet will completely shut down.  Violet challenges Titus’ view of the “feed” and the society they live in, but Titus has a hard time coming to terms with the truth.  Are those lesions sprouting up on everyone’s face really supposed to help you get a date? Is the news from the government broadcasted on the “feed” even real? What’s the true purpose of the “feed” and who really controls it?  After reading Feed you’re guaranteed to give the direction technology is headed in a second thought. 

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

the Cardturner book coverBridge: a card game for your grandma and grandpa, or is it?  In his latest book The Cardturner, Louis Sachar, author of the extremely popular, Holes, takes his love of playing bridge to the next level by writing a book about it and it works because this book not only focuses on bridge, there’s also two girls, a questionable best friend, and a lot of mixed up family history involved, which make the story engaging.

Seventeen-year-old Alton has recently been dumped by his girlfriend, who his best friend just so happens to be dating now. Alton doesn’t have a job or money.  Insert Uncle Lester Trapp, the “rich” uncle, who Alton’s parents have been trying to impress for years in hopes of getting into his will.  Uncle Lester Trapp has recently gone blind and now needs someone to drive him to his weekly bridge games at the club, insert Alton who becomes his chauffer and cardturner during the bridge matches.  While playing it up with Trapp, Alton meets Toni, the granddaughter of Trapp’s sister in-law and former bridge partner, who was rumored to be crazy. According to Alton’s parents that craziness runs through the family, but Alton begins to see the truth as he spends more time with Toni.  As Alton spends more and more time with Trapp he begins to find out bits and pieces about his past and family.  Alton slowly sorts through the mysteries surrounding his uncle, his former bridge partners, Toni’s family and his feelings towards Toni.  All in all, The Cardturner ends up being quite the page turner because you want to get to the bottom of all the tricks.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

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by Robin Benway

Audrey hears her name everywhere she goes. The song “Audrey, Wait!” is playing on the radio, it seems every five minutes. It would not bug Audrey so much, if the song wasn’t about her break up with her boyfriend. The hit song, “Audrey, Wait!” is about Audrey and her ex boyfriend, Evan’s break up.

Audrey becomes famous and has to live like a celebrity while her ex-boyfriend’s band is out touring China. Audrey suffers and has to change her e-mail three times and switch her phone numbers five times. It doesn’t help much when a reporter calls her house for an interview and Audrey is sarcastic. But it turns out the reporter took everything Audrey said seriously, so now her life turns even more horrible. Her current boyfriend, who never got noticed before, keeps getting attacked by the paparazzi. When a music video of Audrey is made, her life doesn’t calm down.

This book is really fun to read. With Audrey’s humor and sarcasm, it makes reading even more fun. You can’t put down the book, until it’s over and even then you still think about Audrey and what happened to her. I grew to love the character of Audrey.   As you read this book, you soon realize how crazy this girl actually is and how her life got seriously turned upside down. I recommend this book to any one. This book can relate to almost any girl. It is just a fantastic read.

review submitted by Emmy