Virals & Seizure by Kathy Reichs
When Tory Brennan & her friends are accidentally exposed to an experimental (and illegal) virus they find themselves developing weird new abilities. With heightened senses & animal quick reflexes the “pack” winds up in more danger than they could have imagined.
Review by Youth Services
Titanic Sinks! by Barry Deneberg
She was supposed to be the fastest, most luxurious ship of her time. Her sinking on April 14, 1912 remains a source of fascination to this day. This oversize volume filled with photographs, details and first-hand accounts blends facts and fiction for a total “you are there” experience.
Review by Youth Services
The Future of Us. Jay Asher (author of the anti-bullying tale,Thirteen R3asons Why) & Carolyn Mackler (author of Tangled & the Award winning The Earth,My Butt, and Other Big Round Things) team up to tackle the emotional lives of teenagers who discover their future selves on Facebook. Told with honesty and simple truth, the book tackles broad questions about friendship, integrity and the need we all have for connection. Recommended highly by Youth Services @ LML
Salt by Maurice Gee This gripping fantasy tells the story of two teenagers fleeing their old life while trying to survive in a hostile environment. This book has it all- An underground world, war, radioactive weapons, action, tyrants and telepathic heroes. When Hari’s father is kidnapped by “Company” to work in Deep Salt, Hari embarks on a dangerous journey to save him. He encounters Pearl who is escaping an arranged marriage. The two teenagers have the psychic ability and an unnerving connection. Will they save Hari’s father and themselves? Read the book and find out!
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
“Whatever you do – don’t get caught.” That’s the motto of the Axis Institute for World Domination. Computer genius Cadel Piggott is enrolled there by his adoptive parents after several schools are unable to cope with his high I.Q. and anti-social attitude. Gradually Cadel begins to unravel the deceptions and lies that shroud his background… and what he discovers is more appalling than ever could have imagined.Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks.
In Genius Squad, Cadel is recruited to be part of a team of brilliant misfits with the stated purpose of getting evidence against GenoMe, a mysterious company with unknown evil intentions. But, In Cadel’s life, nothing is ever what it seems…
Reviewed by Lisa Smith, Head of Children’s services
Teen Inc by Stefan Petrucha
When 14 yr old Jaiden was a newborn, his parents died in an accident caused by a defective product made by NECorp. As part of the settlement, Jaiden will receive a large cash settlement when he is 25. In the meantime, NECorp is his guardian. He lives in an office at company headquaters and is supervised by a series of managers who organize his life. When the legal department totally messes up his first date, he takes off on his bike and learns NECorp might be causing mercury pollution near their factory. With the help of his friend Nate and his – hoped for- girlfriend, Jenny, Jaiden tries to learn the truth about his “parent” and gain some freedom from his corporate “nannies”.
Hot Lunch by Alex Bradley
Sophomore Molly Ollinger has blue hair and a bad attittude! When the bad attitude results in a food fight between Molly and fellow student Cassie, both girls find themsleves in charge of the lunch program at their alternative high school. Will the food produced by student cooks ever be edible? Can two girls who never opened a can of soup before earn rave reviews? Anything is possible…
Escape the Mask by David Ward “There was fear coming from the Onesies’ cages. With each new outbreak of moaning it blew across my bare skin like a chill wind from the lower caves. I could smell their dust and the waft of drying sweat from such a long journey across the sands…” Excerpt from the first chapter of Escape the Mask by David Ward.
If you like science fiction, fantasy and intense action – this book is for you. It is the beginning of the Grassland Trilogy. Children are slaves, cellmates are family and freedom is complicated. Pick it up at the library today! (Good for ages 11-15.)
H.I.V.E by Mark Walden 13 yr old Otto Malpense thinks he has his life under perfect control. He effectively runs the orphanage where he lives and when it is threatened, he moves quickly and decisively to remove the threat. How then does he come to be kidnapped and “enrolled” in a school with textbooks titled “Deathtraps: Their Use and Care”, “Effective Threats”, and “Global Domination: What You Need to Know”? Although he is intrigued by the curriculum and curious at how he comes to be chosen for the school , Otto, roommate Wing Fanchu, and two other students plan an escape. The operation does not go as planned and Otto, Wing, Laura, and Shelby find themselves simultaneously saving the school and prevented from leaving -for now.
Otto and his friends are six months into their H.I.V.E. training. One of the members of G.L.O.V.E. (Global League of Villainous Enterprises), the organization that operates the H.I.V.E. School, has ambitious plans. Plans that, if carried out, will result in the destruction of H.I.V.E. and catastrophe for civilization. Using their unique talents and specialized training, Otto, Wing, Shelby, and Laura must defeat an impossibly powerful enemy with tremendous resources at his command.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book grabs you and doesn’t let you go. 10-year-old Liesel Meminger is growing up in the Germany during the Holocaust. What she sees and experiences will bring tears to your eyes. Her way of escaping the horror that surrounds her is to steal books and read them. They bring comfort to her and her neighbors during bombings. Her family is hiding a Jewish man living in her basement. She grows fond of him and worries about him. She doesn’t want him to be captured and sent to the death camps. What will happen to Liesel and her family? Read this book and find out.
After the sudden deaths of her parents and uncle, Princess Benevolence finds herself chaffing under the tutelage of her unsympathetic aunt. Locked in a bleak tower room as punishment for her intractable behavior, Princess Ben discovers an ancient magic – mastery of which just might save her kingdom and solve the mystery of her parents’ deaths