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Isabella: Splintered by A.G. Howard, Wake by Lisa McMann, I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Will: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Maya

Janelle: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Naomi: The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Ron: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

TV

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Matt: The Flash, Arrow, Modern Family

Reece: The Middle, Friday Night Lights

Janelle: The Fosters

Music

Montevallo

Janelle: “Thunder” by Leona Lewis, “House Party” by Sam Hunt

Kelsey: Sounds Good, Feels Good by Five Seconds of Summer

Rick: “She’s Kinda Hot” by Five Seconds of Summer

Ron: MrSuicideSheep

Games

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Teo: Skyrim (PC), Fallout series (and platform)

Rick: Destiny (any platform)

Naomi: Rocket Game (PC, PS4)

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week

September 6 – 12, 2015, is National Suicide Prevention Week. Check out the resources below dealing with Suicide Awareness and Prevention and also novels centered on the topic.

Websites

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
You Matter

Books dealing with Suicide Awareness and Prevention

SuicideMentalHealth

Suicide and Mental Health by Rudy Nydegger
616.8584 NYD
Delving into a topic of perennial interest and concern, particularly among teenagers, this important volume addresses the full range of issues relative to suicide and suggests ways to help those who struggle.

WordsWound

Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja
YA 302.343 PAT
Teens everywhere deal with cyberbullying – whether they are targeted themselves, have bullied others, or simply know it happens around them. This book speaks directly to those teens about what they can do to prevent and respond to cyberbullying. It provides them with numerous peer anecdotes and strategies they can use to make their schools, and communities, places where cyberbullying simply doesn’t happen.

PowerPreventSuicide

The Power to Prevent Suicide: a Guide for Teens Helping Teens by Richard E. Nelson & Judith C. Galas
YA 362.287 NEL
When teens consider suicide, they often tell other teens-if not always directly, then in other ways. This book spells out the warning signs, guides teens through the steps of reaching out to a friend, and explains when and how to seek help. It also suggests ways for teens to help themselves when they’re feeling stressed or depressed.

Novels where characters deal with Suicide

13 Reasons Why book cover

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
YA ASHER, J.
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

AllBrightPlaces

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
YA NIVEN, J.
Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another.

FallingIntoPlace

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
YA ZHANG, A.
One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life.

MyHeartOtherBlackHoles

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
YA WARGA, J.
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution–Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it.

Forgive Me Leaonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
YA QUICK, M.
A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

Reviews by You!

perfect chemistry book coverPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
YA ELKELES, S.
Perfect Chemistry, was such a good book. It had twists and turns but it was also a book with romance and people believing in themselves. I loved that about it. I would recommend it to girls and guys ages 14 and up so that they can relate to it.

Review submitted by Lily.

 

OneThe One by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
I read the book, The One, and I loved the book. It was the third book from The Selection series and the last one. I finally found out who Prince Maxon chose as his wife! I liked it because it was romantic and it had lots of cute moments. I would recommend this to teens and young adults.

Review submitted by Khwaish.

Black Duck  by Janet Taylor LisleBlack Duck book cover
YA LISLE, J.
The book is about David Peterson on a mystery to find out who shot the man on the shore and killed him. I like this book because it’s a good mystery book. I would recommend it to those who like mystery books too.

Review submitted by Kasper.

 

FreedomWalkersFreedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
YA 323.1196 FRE
I read a book called Freedom Walkers. It is a non-fiction book and it is about the Bus Boycott. It was interesting to find out about what happened to African Americans before I was born. I would recommend it to anyone trying to find out more about what happened during the Bus Boycott.

Review submitted by Danielle.

mark of athena book coverThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Mark of Athena is a great book. It is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. I would recommend it to people who are looking for an adventure, mysteries, and myths to come to life.

Review submitted by Antonios.

 

lightLight by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
The last book is the end game for the children in the Fayz. The whole series is just great for the people who like supernatural and dystopias.

Review submitted by Elizabeth.

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear Me CryRoll of Thunder book cover by Mildred D. Taylor
YA TAYLOR, M.
I just finished the book Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry. This book was a challenging book to read but overall taught me a lot. The language in this book was very southern and took place around the 1930’s. I would recommend this book to 7th – 9th graders looking for a challenge.

Review submitted by Paige.

 

RebelRebel by Amy Tintera
YA SF TINTERA, A.
Rebel by Amy Tintera is the sequel to Reboot. The human kids when they die, come back to life and the longer they’re dead the more powerful they become. Wren and Callum take Reboots to a camp but the leader is crazy so they leave with other reboots. They go and rescue reboots out of HARC (the people who control the reboots) and get rid of HARC officials.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

LostHeroThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is mainly about these three friends who didn’t know that they were demigods (half human, half god) and trying to survive from monster attacks. I liked this book because there are a lot of adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Percy Jackson series because this series goes after that series.

Review submitted by Leslie.

 

Mockingjay book coverMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Mockingjay is another great book by Suzanne Collins and reminds me of what it takes to win a battle nevertheless a war. It reminds me of what the patriots had to do for America.

Review submitted by James.

Reviews by You!

the Running Dream book coverThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
The reason why I liked The Running Dream is because it showed you that even though you might be different, you can still make a good friend. Also, it shows children and adults to never give up even if it’s hard. The book is about a girl that gets in a bad accident and has her leg cut off. She overcame the struggles in her everyday life. I would recommend this to people in grades 5th-8th.

Review submitted by Claire.

LikeItNeverHappenedLike It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
YA ADRIAN, E.
The book, Like It Never Happened, is about Rebecca and her four besties, including her boyfriend. She takes a ride home after acting class with her acting teacher and someone tells on her for riding home with her acting teacher a few times.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

The Scorch Trialsthe Scorch Trials book cover by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
I read the book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book in the Maze Runner series.  The book is mostly about the Glaciers getting across a giant desert to get a cure for the flare. I liked it because it was really suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend it to my friends because they would enjoy a fast-paced book too.

Review submitted by Theresa.

Catching FireCatching Fire book cover by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Catching Fire is like a fire getting bigger and noticeable. But the only thing that is different is that you are wanting to go on to continue the adventure.

Review submitted by James.

Serpent_ShadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Serpent’s Shadow is about two siblings who have to fight a giant snake named Apophis. I liked it because it was about mythology. I would recommend it to people who like mythology.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

sherlock holmes Death Cloud book coverDeath Cloud by Andy Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
The book that I read was called Death Cloud. It is about young Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery about a cloud of death. I liked it because it was exciting and a fun mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and action.

Review submitted by Panagiotis.

 

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivanbiggie book cover
YA SULLIVAN, D.
Biggie is a book about an obese teenager who throws a perfect wiffle ball game to get a girl. So he starts working out and losing weight. I like this book because it is a comeback story. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little bit of love and who understands obesity.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

Small Steps: The Year I got Poliosmall steps: the year I got polio book cover by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
The book Small Steps: The Year I got Polio is a great book because from the first page you get hooked on the suspense. You learn about how treatments for polio were found and you can also see pictures of what treatments looked like. I like this book because it was interesting to learn about polio and read about it from a different point of view.  I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about polio.

Review submitted by Cydaney.

 

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I read The Fault In Our Stars. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. The book is really sad because Hazel has thyroid cancer.

Review submitted by Thorri.

 

downsiders book coverDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
The book I read was called Downsiders. It was an awesome book because it had a girl and a boy as the main characters. The book uses interesting language and I would recommend it to tweens like me.

Review submitted by Whitney.

New Teen Reads Perfect for the Beach!

StitchingSnowStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

YA NEW SF LEWIS, R.

A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which seventeen-year-old Essie, a master at repairing robots and drones on the frozen mining planet Thanda, is pulled into a war by handsome and mysterious Dane after his shuttle crash-lands near her home.

DeadToMeDead to Me by Mary McCoy

YA NEW MY MCCOY, M.

In 1948 Hollywood, a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who is the sole witness to a beating that put her sister, Annie, in a coma.

ElenaVanishingElana Vanishing: a memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

NEW YA 362.1968 DUN

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

RockinTheBoatRockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries by Jeff Fleischer

YA NEW YA 920.02 FLE

We love to root for the underdog, and that’s part of why we’re drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin’ the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

GirlDefectiveGirl Defective by Simmone Howell

YA NEW HOWELL, S.

Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

redqueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

YA NEW AVEYARD, V.

In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard –a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

No Parking at the End TimesNo Parking at the End Times book cover by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

UtopiaIowaUtopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky

YA NEW YANSKY, B.

For the most part, aspiring screenwriter Jack Bell is just your typical Midwestern kid. He’s got a crush on his hot best friend, Ash. He’s coping with a sudden frostiness between his once crazy-in-love parents. He’s debating where to go to college next year – or whether to go at all. But then there’s his gift (or curse): Jack can see dead people, just like the kid in The Sixth Sense. Lately, the ghosts are more distracting than usual, demanding that Jack get to the bottom of their mysterious deaths — all while avoiding the straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith, who doesn’t believe in gifts or curses and can’t help wondering why Jack keeps turning up at crime scenes. Is there a happily-ever-after in Jack’s future, or is that only the stuff of movies?

DaughterDeepSilenceDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

YA NEW RYAN, C.

At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

GothamAcademyGotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy written by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher ; art by Karl Kerschl

YA GRAPH CLOONAN, B.

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

Nimona book coverNimona by Noelle Stevenson

YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.