by Virginia Bergin
The poisoned rain has killed almost everyone in England and now Ruby must go find her father as her fresh water runs out. Ruby narrates her harrowing story of escape to a safer place. –Charlotte
Sad Animal Facts
by Brooke Barker
Barker, a former reference librarian, brings us a small book for a big laugh. On each page you will find an illustration of an animal, a fun fact about it and then of course a sarcastic or funny remark. This can be read in one sitting. –Kristin
Diary of a Haunting
by M. Verano
This is a quick thriller written in journal form. Great for teens who may not like to read. –Kristin
5 out of 5 stars from Jane!
This historical novel and Masterpiece Theatre WGBH production were equally exciting and well done. The complex plots, lavish settings and character developments of book and movie were not to disappoint!
The story took place in 1872 in smoggy, sinister Victorian London where Sally Lockhart fends for herself after receiving a scrawled warning. She must dodge dangerous situations as she steadfastly unravels the truth behind her father’s shipping business.
This protagonist, a feisty orphan, was a heroine to be reckoned with. There was much to admire in her characterization!
“A graphic novel that tells the stories of the canine military heroes of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. This collection of three historical fictional stories tell the tales of the men who train the dogs and how they rely on each other to survive. “Gripping stories and amazing art! – Charlotte
Swim that Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano. Candlewick, 2014.
“When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn’t easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time.”
Great story with a local theme! – Charlotte
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson. Penguin, 2015.
“Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.”
The third book in the series, The Shades of London, this creepy thriller will keep you reading all night! You will want to read the other books: In the Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath. – Charlotte
“When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.”
Fans of The Fault in our Stars have something new to read!
Great book!– Charlotte
Besides Fault in Our Stars by John Green, this has to be the biggest teen read of 2014. The book was made into a film this year starring Mad Men’s Chloë Grace Moretz Be warned, this book is bit morbid, as the main character is speaking to us from another realm, watching her family & loved ones grieve for her at a hospital. Fear not though, the ending does provide relief. Readers who enjoyed Alice Sebold’s Lovely Bones are sure to love this book. – Kristin
Gene Luen Yang, author of graphic novel American Born Chinese, has written two graphic novels about both sides of the 1898 Boxer Rebellion in China. The what? From the book description: China, 1898: Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of the ancient gods, he recruits an army of Boxers-commoners trained in kung-fu- who fight to free China from “foreign devils.” Saints tells the story of one of the ‘secondary devils,”Four-Girl”, who has converted to Christianity. These are moving and thoughtful books about the conflict. For 8th grade and high school.
Uncrashable Dakota by Andy Marino
Not just a steam-punk novel, bu an alternative history of what might have happened if the North had air power during an after the Civil War. Hollis is the teenaged grandson of the Samuel Dakota, who created the first airship and the company Dakota Aeronautics. He is part of the family who are going on the first flight of the titanic airship Wendell Dakota in 1912. There is a bit of problem-a hijacking. Great adventure from beginning to end! For middle and high school readers. –Charlotte
Tana, a senior in high school, wakes up in the bathtub after an all-night drunken party. Going out to see what’s happening, she finds all the guests dead except for her ex-boyfriend, who has been infected and a chained vampire. She decides to take them both to Coldtown. It is a complicated world. This horror story is for teens ages 15 and up. –Charlotte
Time Traveling Fashionista
by Biance Turetsky
After meeting Turestsky at a book talk here at the library, I picked up my very own, autographed copy, and dug right in! This book is a great read for teens, especially young ladies very passionate about fashion and history! Join the main character, Louise (affectionately named after the author’s grandmother), as she tries on a vintage dresse & is transported back in time the the voyage of the Titanic!! If you love this, please try the next 3 books in the series! –Kristin
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
What a gem. Don’t be put off by the summary in the dust jacket. It may involve the death of a teenager, but the teen’s journey through the afterlife and the ending will warm your heart. I can’t say too much about this book without giving it away, so pick it up & try it! – Kristin
Scott Westerfield’s The Uglies Series
Imagine a futuristic world where at 16 years of age you are forced to conform to society’s rules on your appearance. Conformity involves some serious plastic surgery – imagine Barbie Doll! But if you are anything like the main character – you won’t have any part of it! This series of four books follows a rebellious female & her friends who refuse to follow these rules and the triumphs & tribulations they face. The first book of the series is “The Uglies.” – Kristin
Here’s another series which takes places in a futuristic society. Again this series has a strong female character who the reader will instantly root for. At the end of each book you will be dying to know what happens to the characters. Series books are a great way to get your teen to read! –Kristin
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
[Be warned, this books revolves around a young girl’s suicide.] Her carefully laid plans included leaving recorded messages about why she committed the act and how thirteen people affected her life. Each person takes a turn listening to her story. The lead character spends his time pacing and waiting to receive his sound recording to find out just what he could have done to make her commit suicide…. –Kristin
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