Monthly Archives: November 2011

Amazon’s Best Young Adult Books 2011

Amazon has released its top 10 list of best young adult books for 2011. The list includes supernatural and dystopian stories, as well as realistic fiction for teens.

Have you read them all yet? As always, you may check them all out at the library.


1. 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. This is a supernatural love story you won’t want to miss.


2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.


3. Exposed by Kimberly Marcus

High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz’s older brother of a terrible crime.


4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.


5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.


6. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.


7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.


8. 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.


9. You Against Me by Jenny Downham

When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offense, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.


10. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special–he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens–and through them, the world.



Fiction books set in Kentucky

Here’s a list of juvenile and young adult fiction books that are set in or feature our beautiful state of Kentucky:

Kentucky Komodo Dragons by Johnathan Rand (book # 27 in the American Chillers series) 

While hiking in the forest in Paducah, Kentucky, Jason Bradford and his sister, Jillian, spot a lizard in a tree.  However, this is a species of lizard they’ve never seen before.  It’s nearly two feet long–and vicious.

Something to Sing About by C.C. Payne

Ten-year-old Jamie Jo’s fear of bees keeps her inside most of the time, but a series of events that begins when her mother is excluded from the church choir brings about many changes, including new friendships and greater trust in God.

Gabriel’s Horses by Alison Hart (Racing to Freedom trilogy, book #1)

In Kentucky, during the Civil War, the twelve-year-old slave Gabriel, contends with a cruel new horse trainer and skirmishes with Confederate soldiers as he pursues his dream of becoming a jockey.

Underground by Jean Ferris 

In 1839, Charlotte Brown is sold north to Kentucky, where she becomes a maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, falls in love with one of the tour guides there, and gets involved in the Underground Railroad.

Midnight in Lonesome Hollow by Kathleen Ernst (An American Girl Mystery: Kit)

While staying with her Aunt Millie in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky in the summer of 1934, Kit tries to discover who is sabotaging a visiting folklore researcher.

Happy Birthday, Kit! by Valerie Tripp (An American Girl book)

On a visit to Cincinnati from rural Kentucky during the Great Depression, Aunt Millie impresses Kit with her money-saving cleverness. Includes information on life in America during the Great Depression.

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech 

Thirteen-year-old Zinnia Taylor uncovers family secrets and self truths while clearing a mysterious settler trail that begins on her family’s farm in Kentucky.

Spitting Image by Shutta Crum

In the small town of Baylor, Kentucky, twelve-year-old Jessie K. Bovey and her friends confront some of life’s questions during their summer vacation in the late 1960s.

Flying Free by Sharon Dennis Wyeth (My America series)

In 1858, nine-year-old Corey Birdsong and his family, fugitive slaves from Kentucky, build a new life in Amherstburg, Canada, while still hoping to help those they left behind.

The Beatinest Boy by Jesse Stuart

A hard-working, adventuresome boy in Appalachian Kentucky tries various ways to earn money to buy his grandmother a Christmas present.

Special Mention: 

In John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, the main character and his friend pull into a rest stop near Paducah, Kentucky!

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.

New books for juvenile fiction (grades 3-7)!

Here’s a short list of just some of our most recent additions to juvenile fiction.


How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over (Tia Lola series) by Julia Alvarez

Worried that Papa Espada cannot find a job, Tía Lola, Juanita, Miguel, and the “Sword” sisters decide to start a bed and breakfast at Colonel Charlebois’s Vermont house.


Darth Paper Strikes Back (sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda) by Tom Angleberger

Harvey, upset when his Darth Paper finger puppet brings humiliation, gets Dwight suspended, but Origami Yoda asks Tommy and Kellan, now in seventh grade, to make a new casefile to persuade the School Board to reinstate Dwight.


You Have to Stop This (The Secrets series #5) by Pseudonymous Bosch

When a mummy disappears from the local history museum while Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji are there, they try to solve the case in order to clear their names and, they hope, discover the Secret they have been seeking.


NERDS: The Cheerleaders of Doom (NERDS series #3) by Michael Buckley

When a former member of NERDS turns into a villainous cheerleader, Matilda “Wheezer” Choi and the rest of the NERDS must infiltrate the cheerleader squad and save the world from a machine that wreaks havoc by entering other dimensions.


Meet Marie -Grace (An American Girl book) by Sarah Masters Buckey

When Marie-Grace arrives in New Orleans in 1853, she is not sure she fits in, until an unexpected invitation opens the door to friendship.

-Also check out the other books in the Marie-Grace series!


The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

Noah and his friends follow a trail of mysterious clues to uncover a secret behind the walls of the Clarksville City Zoo–a secret that must be protected at all costs.


The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, including Lemony Snicket, Jon Scieszka, Sherman Alexie, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, and Stephen King! 


Home for the Holidays (Mother-Daughter Book Club series) by Heather Vogel Frederick 

Four girls continue their mother-daughter book club, reading Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” but from unexpected blizzards to a sledding disaster, nothing goes as planned.


Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.


Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes

A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin’s transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.


Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin

Nine-year-old Pearl and her popular, thirteen-year-old sister, Lexie, do not get along very well, but when their grandfather moves in and the girls have to share a room, they must find common ground.


Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles #1) by Colin Meloy

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness–a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon–and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.


Thriller (part of the Guys Read series) edited by Jon Scieszka

A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenage terrorist, a mysterious wish-granting machine, and the world’s worst private detective.


Pie by Sarah Weeks

After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice’s friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly’s secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus series, book #2)

Demigod Percy Jackson, still with no memory, and his new friends from Camp Jupiter, Hazel and Frank, go on a quest to free Death, but their bigger task is to unite the Greek and Roman camps so that the Prophecy of Seven can be fulfilled.

PebbleGo – an interactive encyclopedia for kids!


Did you know the library has a large variety of digital databases available to you for free with your library card? The databases range in content from downloadable audiobooks and e-books via Kentucky Unbound and TumbleReadables, downloadable music from Freegal, and our newest addition, AbdoDigital.

AbdoDigital includes Capstone Interactive Library, a resource that allows you to read interactive e-books – much like Tumblebooks and TumbleReadables. AbdoDigital also has fun, interactive non-fiction resources about Major League Baseball, the NFL, the U.S. presidents, and a United States map and state guide.

PebbleGo, an interactive encyclopedia for kids, is also a part of the AbdoDigital databases. PebbleGo features PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space. Both of these are great collections for school reports and to use as a fun yet informative resource.

PebbleGo Animals has information on everything from dinosaurs to insects and spiders to pets. You can even hear sounds and view videos about certain animals!

PebbleGo Earth and Space has information on Earth science, space, seasons and weather. Videos of avalanches, earthquakes, and clips of different ecosystems are just a few of what you will find on this database.

To access all of these free databases, you will be prompted for your library card number, so have it handy! We hope you enjoy these new services and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.