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Apr 2, 2013 by ginaf

Fourteen-year-old June loves medieval history, Mozart, and fine art. She’s not a typical teenager and she doesn’t have many friends. Her closest friend is her Uncle Finn. To her, he’s the only person who fully understands her. When Finn dies of AIDS, she feels lost and broken. Her mother is keeping secrets about Finn and her sister is mean to her for reasons June doesn’t understand. It’s also 1987, a time when the disease came with a stigma. Then June strikes up a secret friendship with a man who knew Finn well and perhaps knew him better than anyone else. This friendship teaches June some important things about love and compassion. This book was not published as a young adult title, but would certainly be enjoyed and appreciated by teens as well as adults. Check Our Catalog

 

Mar 14, 2013 by ginaf

Hazel and Augustus share a sense of humor, sarcasm, wit, love, and cancer. And once Hazel shares her favorite book, Augustus shares that too. Both read the novel multiple times, finding it comforting and frustrating—it ends mid-sentence. They love it most because the main character has cancer, but it’s not a cancer book, just like Green’s novel isn’t a cancer book. While Hazel and Augustus are technically sick—Hazel needs an oxygen tank and Augustus has a prosthetic leg—they are still just teenagers who have crushes, have their hearts broken, fear fitting in, and are frustrated with adults. Together they decide on a plan to meet their favorite author and along the way they fall in love. This book is a sob fest. You will probably laugh out loud and will most certainly cry, but it’s worth it. The writing is wonderful and you will adore the characters. Warning: Don’t read the end of this book in public. Check Our Catalog

Mar 6, 2013 by jimj

Mahlia and Mouse are refugees in a dark, dystopic future America. The relative calm of their war-torn lives is shattered when they discover a wounded bioengineered war beast named Tool hunted by a squad of young war boys led by a psychopathic lieutenant. Mouse is captured by the squad and Mahlia faces an impossible decision: risk her life to save a friend or flee to freedom. A fast-moving adventure tale of love, loyalty and changes of heart. Check Our Catalog



Mar 5, 2013 by ginaf

Clay Jensen mysteriously receives a package of cassette tapes that contain recordings by Hannah Baker—a girl who recently committed suicide. The tapes outline the thirteen reasons, or people, who drove her to kill herself.  Clay is baffled to be on this “list” because he had a crush on Hannah and thought he was always nice to her. As Clay listens to the cassette tapes, he slowly learns how big events and even small events had lead to Hannah’s final act and how a seemingly perfect and beautiful girl was struggling underneath her smile.  This is a page turner—you want to know how one story leads to another and you certainly want to know how Clay, who seems perfectly nice and innocent, comes into the picture. Check Our Catalog

Feb 26, 2013 by ginaf

In the medieval land of Goredd, humans and dragons have been living peacefully together for forty years. There is no fighting or fire-breathing and the once-famous dragon-killing knights have been banished to the hills. But then a member of the royal family is murdered in a very dragon-like fashion and there are rumors of another assassination on the anniversary of the peace treaty. Seraphina Dombegh, the new assistant to the court composer, finds herself thrown into the middle of the investigations, sleuthing alongside Prince Lucian Kiggs and trying not to fall in love with him. She has some insights into the world of dragons and secrets that make her more valuable than anyone can imagine, but also put her in terrible danger. And if you fall in love with these characters (they are loveable!), don’t fret; the author is currently working on the sequel. Check our Catalog



Feb 13, 2013 by ginaf

Delaney Maxwell fell into a semi-frozen lake and was dead for eleven minutes before her best friend Dexter could save her. In those eleven minutes her life was changed forever.  She wakes up from a coma six days later with seemingly nothing wrong—but she has a strange new “ability.”  And this new ability has attracted a new friend, Troy Varga, who knows a thing or two about death. Now her parents think she could be a murderer, her doctors think she’s gone crazy, and Dexter, well, he’s finally seeing that their friendship could be something more. This suspenseful, supernatural romance will keep you on the edge of your seat. Check our Catalog



Feb 6, 2013 by ginaf

During the summer before his senior year Cullen Witter experiences some major life events—his cousin overdoses, his town becomes obsessed with a bird, he hooks up with his dream girl, and most importantly his little brother Gabriel goes missing. And while Cullen is grappling with the meaning of it all and having zombie daydreams, Benton Sage is having a crisis of faith half way around the world. The two plots inch closer and closer together until they merge and then the reader is in for an intriguing surprise. It’s no wonder this book won the 2012 Printz Award. Check our Catalog



Jan 29, 2013 by ginaf

Bev and Colby have been working on a post-high school plan since they were thirteen—they will travel around Europe for a year before considering college. Colby hopes that during this time he and Bev will become more than friends. But first, Colby and Bev’s all-girl, not-so-great-sounding rock band are going on a West Coast summer tour that ends up altering plans and relationships. Along the way, Colby and the girls try to document all of the trip’s memorable moments in an attempt to delay the inevitable: growing up and saying goodbye. Check our Catalog



Jan 17, 2013 by julier

The final volume in the Matched trilogy.  The Rising has begun with an epidemic which mutates into a pandemic. Cassia's sorting ability, Xander's Physic training and Ky's flying skills give them important roles to play.  The trio is separated for much of the book and experience the governmental upheavals in different ways making the short chapters that shift from one person to the other addictive reading as you learn things that the other characters are unaware of in nearly every chapter.  The ending provides a satisfying personal conclusion and an interesting and thought provoking conclusion to the social issues. Check Our Catalog

Jan 4, 2013 by ginaf

This is the first book in the Immortals series that follows Ever, a girl who can hear people’s thoughts and see dead people after surviving a horrific crash. Ever moves in with her aunt in fancy Laguna Beach and meets super good-looking and mysterious Damen, who silences her powers and seems to have abilities of his own. Is he a vampire? Maybe, maybe not! If you're a fan of Twilight, this might be a new series to try. Check Our Catalog

Nov 15, 2012 by julier

Jennifer Strange is having a busy week. So far she has been threatened with jail, two people have tried to kill her, she has received 58 marriage proposals, she has been outlawed by the king and she has discovered that she is the Last Dragonslayer. The real problem is that she is not entirely sure the dragon should be slain and she only has a couple of days to figure it all out. Jasper Fforde has a dry sense of humor that can turn the most mundane situation on its ear. If you are a fan of Terry Prachett or Daniel Pinkwater you should give Fforde a try. Check Our Catalog

Aug 6, 2012 by megana

A funny and frothy Jane Austen satire complete with feisty heroine (Althea Crawley) on the hunt for a wealthy husband amidst dimwitted stepsisters and boring suitors (Lord Boring among them). It's a mash-up of Austen characters and plotlines, complete with faux 19th century prose. An especially fun read if you've read any of Austen's novels or even seen some of the movies. Check Our Catalog

Jul 31, 2012 by dianec

Laurel Daneau is living on the street, begging for money to buy more drugs. Crazy. Just a few months ago she was a cheerleader at her new high school. But then she met T-Boom and not only does he love basketball and kissing Laurel, but he also loves meth. But don't worry...they'll never be addicts. Check Our Catalog

Jul 31, 2012 by dianec

Min Green is writing Ed Slaterton a l-o-n-g breakup letter. Going through each love token she saved in a box in her closet (including a movie ticket, a protractor and a box of matches) , Min describes how the mismatched couple (he’s a popular jock and she’s “arty”) met, fell in love and fell apart. The way their story unfolds, and the illustrations of each item, is charming. Check Our Catalog

Jul 5, 2012 by julier

Looking to take a road trip this summer?  Tag along with friends (well sort of) Alice, Summer and Tiernan as they drive from Boston to Austin to catch a one-night-only show by their old favorite band, Level3, that broke up four years ago, just like their friendship. The trip is full of "interesting" adventures--skinny dipping with Santa anyone? Karmic meetings, cute Southern boys heading North for the summer and maybe, just maybe, friendship. Check out the book trailer for more. Check Our Catalog for a library copy of the book.

As part of the book's release, the publisher is having a Boston to Austin concert tour and on July 25th,Quincy is one of the stops! So grab a towel and your sunscreen for a teen concert on the lawn.

Jul 2, 2012 by dianec

Ethan was abducted when he was 7 years old; now 16, he is reunited with his family. After living with his abductor, in a group home and on the street, it's hard for him to adjust to school, curfews and siblings.Tensions build as Ethan falls in love with Cami, the girl next door, and his brother Blake doubts his story. Why can't Ethan remember anything about his past or the day he was kidnapped? Dead to You is a believable story with likeable characters, and an ending that will hit you hard. Check Our Catalog

May 18, 2012 by julier

This book is a hard-to-describe addicting read, in fact I'm going to read it again tonight.  On the surface, Chopsticks is the story of 16-year-old piano prodigy Glory Fleming, who falls in love with the new boy next door, Fransico Mendoza, but pay careful attention and a whole other story emerges.   Beginning with a news broadcast of Glory's disappearance, the story is told through a collection of news clippings, photos, memorabilia, IM messages and other random items. The story is carefully constructed and engrossing, and you never know what the next page turn will bring. Check Our Catalog

Do not be fooled by the mediocre film of the same name!!  This is an amazing story that follows a menagerie of unique individuals led by Allan Quartermain and including Mina Harker, Dr. Jekyll, The Invisible Man, Dorian Grey and Captain Nemo as they pit wits and battle against two malicious enemies set out to destroy this alternate Britain.  The story is fast paced and the illustrations are just quirky enough to complement the action.  Check our Catalog

Nov 22, 2011 by ritas

Eighteen-year-old Fergus McCann is living in Northern Ireland in 1981. He and his parents are deeply involved in the Troubles because his imprisoned Republican brother decides to join other prisoners on a hunger strike. Fergus is studying for medical school, wants to be a doctor, and doesn't understand his brother's dedication to the IRA. Life becomes more complicated when he crosses from Nortern Ireland into the Irish Republic to steal peat for his uncle to sell as fuel and he discovers the perfectly preserved body of a young girl buried in the marsh 2000 years ago. This brings archaeologists to his small town and opens up new worlds for Fergus. Fascinating subject matter and a great read! Check Our Catalog

Nov 15, 2011 by julier

Strongarmed by his parents into taking geeky Lithuanian exchange student Gobija Zaksauskas to the senior prom, Perry Stormaire figures the night will be a disaster and he's right.  A dance floor attack by the school bully is just the beginning. What ensues--car chases in his father's Jag, assassinations and a leap out of a 47th floor window--certainly makes for an unforgettable night.  This no holds barred race against the clock is laugh out loud funny. Check Our Catalog



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