Whats New Category: High School

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

permanent recordPermanent Record by Leslie Stella

Badi Hessamizadeh has just voluntarily left his public high school because his solution to ending the everyday, intense bullying he experienced was to blow up a toilet. Badi’s reputation as a terrorist after the toilet explosion, has made the bullying against him unbearable. So, Badi’s father changed his name– now Badi is known as Bud Hess– and transferred Badi to a private academy. Can life be different for Badi, now Bud, at his new school or will he face the same prejudices as before?

Permanent Record is a pretty compelling read, not only because it deals with the issue of racial profiling and bullying, but also because Badi is a flawed character.  He doesn’t make the right decisions, and while at first it is hard to understand Badi’s reasoning for acting out, as you continue reading you get to know Badi.  You understand that he is struggling with anxiety and depression, and the bullying that he has to endure at school is horrible.  Added to all of his struggles is that Badi has as Iranian-American is a post-911 world.  I was surprised at how much this book moved me, and also how much I got to know the character of Badi and his struggles.  By the end of the novel, I didn’t expect it to end the way that it did, but now I can think of no way that I would have rather it ended.  If you are in the mood for a realistic and thought-provoking read, you should definitely pick up Permanent Record.  Click here to find it in the Library!

Permanent Record is also this year’s Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel.  To learn more about the Suburban Mosaic Reading program, which “seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature”, then click here to be directed to the website.  To celebrate the selection of Permanent Record as the 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel, the Library will be hosting An Evening with Leslie Stella on Monday, September 15.  Leslie Stella will talk about her novel, writing, and there will also be a book signing.

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…

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashbyzombie queen book cover

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.

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskeyjekel loves hyde book cover

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 Academy by Richelle MeadVampire Academy book cover

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.

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

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent book cover

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

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally CarterI'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you book cover

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

Does My Head look big in this book coverDoes 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

Reviews by You!

navigatingearlyNavigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

YA VANDERPOOL, C.

This book was great, stupendous, wonderful, thumbs up. At least, that’s how Early Auden, the strangest of boys, would describe it. Join Jack Baker and his new friend, Early, as he takes an unexpected turn in his life and tries to find his way back home.

Review by Genevieve

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

Percy and his team have to go through a labyrinth. Their goal is to find the evil army.

Review by Om

sizzleSizzle by Lee McClain

YA MCCLAIN, L.

Amazing! The author did a great job of telling how you do things for your family. To help others who are hurt or ill. Trying to make something yours even when you’re having trouble.

Review by Jacqueline

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent book cover

YA ROTH, V.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth was an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down and the suspense after every page kept me reading! If you haven’t read this book, you really should.

Review by Brayden

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, D.

I thought that Six Months Later was a really cool book. It didn’t turn out the way I expected, and I liked that. It was an interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend it to sci-fi and mystery lovers.

Review by Abby

CodeSilenceCode of Silence by Tim Shoemaker

YA SHOEMAKER, T.

5 stars!! This is a great book about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and trust. A group of friends witnesses a robbery but they are too scared and threatened to report it.

Review by Natalie

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

This book was basically about a basketball athelete (Slam) trying to overcome life. He has to move his grades up to stay on the basketball team while dealing with his best friends and his family. School is tough (for Slam).

Review by Stephanie

HowToLeadLifeCrimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

YA MILLER, K.

I liked this book because I think it can appeal to both kids and adults. It was a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing characters.

Review by Molly

FindingDaddyFinding Daddy by Louise Plummer

YA PLUMMER, L.

An awesome book! I love this book – it has a little humor, suspense, romance, and action. I think that this book would be good for teens like me.

Review by Khaulana

FoodGirlsAndOtherFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

YA ZADOFF, A.

Andy is the fat kid that stands in the back of the class because he can’t fit into a desk. Then when he developes a crush on a girl he finds himself trying out for football. He makes the team, but his life is kinda out of hand, so he is trying to piece back his life.

Review by Bennie

Books to Read the Summer After You Graduate High School

Did you just graduate high school this past Sunday?  If you did, and you are looking for something to read this summer, check out this list of novels and graphic novels about the summer before college or the first year of college.  There’s also some great nonfiction titles that can help you prep for your first year in college.

Fiction

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

FangirlFangirl book cover by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

DontStopNowDon’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

YA HALPERN, J.

Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

hellweekHell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore

YA CLEMENT-MOORE, R.

While working undercover on a series of stories for her campus newspaper, college freshman Maggie reluctantly endures mixers, rites, and peculiar rules, but soon learns that members of the sorority to which she has pledged have strange powers and a terrible secret.

Graphic Novels

Between GearsBetween Gears by Natalie Nourigat

YA GRAPH NOURIGAT, N.

This honest, autobiographical account of a college senior’s life will transport you to the land of Jell-O shots, term papers, job interviews, road trips, and sanguine optimism in the face of uncertainty and change.

little fishLittle Fish: a memoir from a different kind of year by Ramsey Beyer

YA GRAPH BEYER, R.

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

Nonfiction

TakeThisAdviceTake This Advice: the most nakedly honest graduation speeches ever given edited by Sandra Bark

YA 815.008 TAK

Bark compiles the 40 most powerful, affecting graduation speeches delivered in the last ten years by popular speakers such as Toni Morrison, Judy Blume, Mister Rogers, Al Franken, Gloria Steinem, Jon Stewart, and many others.

 

Ten Tools10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: the know-how you need to succeed by Bill Coplin

YA 378.013 COP

Ten tools for maximizing your college years and planning for post-graduation success.

Secrets College SuccessThe Secrets of College Success by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman

YA 378.198 JAC

Over 600 essential tips and tricks for current and future students.

What Color is Your ParachuteWhat Color is Your Parachute? for Teens: discovering yourself, defining your future by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles with Jean M. Blomquist

YA 331.702 CHR

New chapters on social media and sustainable jobs update the classic title that provides all the big-picture advice you need to set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are– and who you want to be.

collegecookingCollege Cooking: feed yourself and your friends by Megan & Jill Carle

YA 641.5 CAR

The Carle sisters (authors of Teens Cook) are off to college, where they serve up an array of tasty dishes with their usual know-how and attitude, presented in a richly photographed package.

college dorm survival guideThe College Dorm Survival Guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers

YA 378.1987 DEV

Comprehensive, humorous, and practical, this handbook to dorm living covers everything from roommates to hot plates to the Freshman 15.