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New books for young adult fiction (grades 7-12)!

Here’s a list of some of our most recent additions to young adult fiction:

 

Alice in Time by Penelope Bush 

As her self-centered behavior spirals out of control, fourteen-year-old Alice gets an unusual chance to fix her whole disastrous life when she is mysteriously spirited back in time.

 

A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, bonds with a treecat, a telepathic and fully sentient animal, putting her in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.

 

Black, White, Other by Joan Steinau Lester

Twenty miles from Oakland, California, where fires have led to racial tension, multi-racial fifteen-year-old Nina faces the bigotry of long-time friends, her parents’ divorce, and her brother’s misbehavior, while learning of her great-great grandmother Sarah’s escape from slavery.

 

Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Instantly drawn to a mysterious, alluring boy in her class, teenaged Megan, an American living in Ireland, discovers that they are linked by a supernatural destiny that gives them powers Megan never knew she possessed.

 

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett

Retells the story of the minotaur through the eyes of his fifteen-year-old sister, Ariadne, a lonely girl destined to become a goddess of the moon, and her new friend, Theseus, the son of Athens’ king who was sent to Crete as a sacrifice to her misshapen brother.

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

 

The Death Cure (The final book in the Maze Runner trilogy) by James Dashner

As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from WICKED, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as WICKED claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly FLARE virus.

 

Destined (A House of Night novel) by Kristin & P.C. Cast

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is..

 

Eve by Anna Carey 

In 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus has wiped out most of the earth’s population, Eve discovers the terrible fate that awaits students when they graduate from their all-girls school, and she sets off on a treacherous journey into the wilds of The New America, searching for a place where she can survive.

 

A Kid from Southie by John “Red” Shea

Desperate to help his unemployed mother, seventeen-year-old Aiden O’Connor reluctantly begins working for the Irish mob in tough South Boston, despite his coach’s efforts to convince him he could be a professional boxer.

 

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, book #1) by Maureen Johnson

Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

 

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

 

Silence (book #3 in the Hush, Hush saga) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for — and their love — forever.

 

Supernaturally (sequel to Paranormalcy) by Kierstan White 

Sixteen-year-old Evie thinks she has left the International Paranormal Containment Agency, and her own paranormal activities, behind her when she is recruited to help at the Agency, where she discovers more about the dark faerie prophecy that threatens her future.

 

Variant by Robison Wells

After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico’s Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future, but instead he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems.

 

Vesper by Jeff Sampson

By the time sixteen-year-old Emily discovers that she and several of her high school classmates in their small Washington town are products of genetic engineering, they all display very dangerous powers by night and are stalked by a murderer.

 

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

After a killing for which she feels responsible, sixteen-year-old Ashline Wilde moves cross-country to a remote California boarding school, where she learns that she and others have special gifts that can help them save the world, but evil forces are at work to stop them.

More information on the books for our book club!

Our youth book club begins Sept. 17 at 1 pm. Click here for the original post. I wanted to describe the books a bit more, including Accelerated Reader information.

  

The first book we’ll be reading is Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. This is book 1 in the series (the 2nd book, Sapphique, is also available) and will be released as a movie in 2013. Taylor Lautner (Jacob from the Twilight movies) will be playing main character Finn.

Incarceron is a science fiction, dystopian novel that has been praised by critics, including School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Fans of The Hunger Games, Matched and The Maze Runner will enjoy this action-packed and suspenseful read.

Here’s the synopsis from the publisher:


Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden’s daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive…

Accelerated Reader lists Incarceron as a 4.6 reading level for grades 6 and up, and is worth 14.0 points.

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The next book we’ll be reading is The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick, which won the Caldecott Medal in 2008. This book will also be released as a movie, entitled Hugo and directed by Martin Scorsese. It is due in theaters Nov. 23, 2011.

The New York Times cited The Invention of Hugo Cabret as “wonderful” and that “the result is a captivating work of fiction that young readers with a taste for complex plots and a touch of magic, think Harry H., not Harry P., can love.”

Here’s the synposis:

Orphan Hugo Cabret lives in a wall. His secret home is etched out in the crevices of a busy Paris train station. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a life of quiet routine until he gets involved with an eccentric, bookish young girl and an angry old man who runs a toy booth in the station. The Invention of Hugo Cabret unfolds its cryptic, magical story in a format that blends elements of picture book, novel, graphic novel, and film. Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Brian Selznick has fashioned an intricate puzzle story that binds the reader like a mesmerist’s spell.

AR lists Hugo Cabret as a level 5.1 for middle grades (4-8), and is worth 4.0 points.

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In January and February we will be reading the winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. This richly detailed novel is both a coming-of-age story and enjoyable historical fiction read.

The Kirkus Starred Review:

“When 12-year-old Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kan., in 1936 to stay with her father’s boyhood friend, little does she know her sojourn will take her back, via mesmerizing tales, newspaper clippings, curious mementoes and World War I letters, to Manifest as it was in 1918—and into the life of the mysterious boy nicknamed Jinx. This young con man effected extraordinary change in the lives of the mostly immigrant residents and the fortunes of the mining town in that year. Abilene and readers get so caught up in the past in this richly detailed, splendidly written novel that they easily make the transition between the Depression and WWI eras and long to learn more about the town that once was. Readers will love guessing how Abilene’s dad fits into all the stories and townspeople’s memories. The absolute necessity of story as a way to redemption and healing past wounds is at the heart of this beautiful debut, and readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending.”

 

AR lists Moon Over Manifest at level 5.3 for middle grades (4-8) and 12.0 points.

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To celebrate the March 2012 release of The Hunger Games movie, we will be reading the book in February and March. If you are not already familiar with this exciting trilogy, come join the craze! And for those who’ve already read the series, meet with us to discuss the book and what you’re excited to see on the big screen.

AR cites The Hunger Games as a 5.3 level for middle grades plus (grades 6 and up) and is worth 15.0 points.

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The book for the Spring 2012 sessions has not yet been determined. I’d like to let YOU decide, so let me know your picks! Please contact me, Ashley, at 270-442-2510 ext. 122 or aadair@mclib.net if you have any questions or comments. I look forward to seeing you Sept. 17!

 

 

 

Realistic fiction for middle school girls

Are you tired of reading the same old magical stories about fairies, dragons, witches and wizards? The following list includes authors who write about real girls – ones with real problems like growing up, sibling rivalry, school trouble, and of course first crushes. You won’t find much about imaginary lands or magical spells, but you might find out that you have a lot in common with these characters.

 

The Winnie Years series (Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen) by Lauren Myracle

This realistic series follows young Winnie as she grows up and learns more about life.

The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell and the sequel, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be 

Dowell creates a vivid and relatable world with best friends Kate and Marilyn and the paths their lives take once middle school arrives.

Heartbeat and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Like many of Creech’s novels, these both follow young girls (ages twelve and thirteen) as they deal with family issues while growing up.

Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick

This series follows four very different friends from Concord, Massachusetts as they participate in a book club with their mothers, navigate through middle school, and write to their pen pals in Wyoming.

Willa Havisham series by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The first book, The Wedding Planner’s Daughter, follows 12-year-old Willa as she adjusts to her new life in Bramble, Cape Cod. Book 6, From Willa, With Love, will be released in July and finds Willa dealing with new challenges as a sophomore in high school.

Beacon Street Girls series by Annie Bryant

A group of middle school friends are the base of this realistic series about friendship and growing up.

 

Similar authors to try are:

Judy Blume – You can’t go wrong with Judy Blume.

Meg CabotAllie Finkle’s Rules for Girls and the Princess Diaries are favorites.

Beverly ClearyRamona Quimby is a classic.

Ann M. Martin – Following her Babysitter’s Club success, Ms. Martin has written another hit with her Main Street series.

Alison McGhee – Her Julia Gillian series is a feel-good treat.

Megan McDonald (best known for her Judy Moody and Stink series, Ms. McDonald’s newest series is the Sisters Club)

     

 

All good things must come to an end…

This year marks the end of some of the most popular young adult series. Check out the following list and be sure to catch up before they end! As always, stay tuned for more book lists and new book releases.

Everlasting (Immortals series)

Everlasting (Immortals series) by Alyson Noel – available now!

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy)

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls series) by Maggie Stiefvater – released July 12

Goliath (Leviathan series)

Goliath (Leviathan series) by Scott Westerfeld – released September 20

The Hidden (The Hollow trilogy)

The Hidden (The Hollow trilogy) by Jessica Verday – released September 6

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle)

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini – released November 8

 

Isle of Blood (Monstrumologist series)

Isle of Blood (Monstrumologist series) by Richard Yancey – released September 13

Silence (Hush, Hush saga)

Silence (Hush, Hush saga) by Becca Fitzpatrick – released October 4

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And don’t forget to check out our Summer Reading Program! We have shows for all ages on Tuesday & Wednesday at 10, 1 & 3. The tween/teen programs are Mondays at 1 pm(with our fun book club) and 2 pm(with a different craft program each week. Be sure to fill out your reading log to get your free backpack and submit your name & library card number to be entered to win the big prizes at the end of summer!