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FOR YOUNGER KIDS
THE WILLOW TREE: THE DIARY OF LYDIA AMELIA PIERCE: Portland,
Maine, 1918 By Lois Lowry
Another wonderful Dear America book. Orphaned by the Spanish
flu epidemic in 1918, 11-year-old Lydia Pierce and her 14-year-old
brother, Daniel, of Portland, Maine, are taken by their uncle
to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. The
Shakers' way of life is very strange to Lydia and she must
learn to live in a new world. Now separated from her brother,
for men and women do not mix in this community, Lydia must
adjust to many changes. But in time, and with her courageous
spirit, she learns to find the joy in life again.
GENIUS FILES: MISSION UNSTOPPABLE By Dan Gutman
In eight days, Coke and Pepsi McDonald are going to turn 13.
Before then, they'll experience some very exciting adventures.
They will get trapped in the locked basement of their burning
school, be chased cross-country by murderers, and left for
dead in the pit of a sand dune. This book is non-stop action,
just right for reluctant readers.
IN TIME, ABRAHAM LINCOLN
written and illustrated By Patricia Polacco
Here is an exciting time-travel story that will keep you reading.
Michael and Derek don't expect the adventure of a lifetime
visiting a Civil War museum with their grandmother. Then the
museum keeper invites them to play a game, and before they
know it, they’re into a very realistic depiction of
1863. They participate in the destruction at the battlefield
of Antietam, and meet President Lincoln. Soon, they start
to wonder if it’s really a game, and they race across
Confederate-occupied land to return to their own time before
it's too late.
BOOKS FOR TEENS
AND YOUNG ADULTS
THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship
Godspeed. She will wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the
future. But Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged some 50 years
early, and she is nearly killed.
Nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have given control
to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder,
his teenage heir. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But
should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock
Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to
JUST GLASS by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah
Vida was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her
guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart.
But now Sarah IS a vampire --- changed by the boy she thought
Aida Vida is Sarah's older sister, the reliable sibling who
always does her family proud. But when Aida's mother insists
that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment
that she may not be able to carry out. You will not be able
to put down this story of two sisters who must choose between
love and duty.
by R.A. Nelson
Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy --- until
the lost night. She's shocked to wake up in the hospital one
morning, weak from blood loss. A monster had attacked her:
a vampire named Wirtz. And it was her very condition that
saved her: a grand mal seizure interrupted Wirtz and left
Emma with all the amazing powers of a vampire --- heightened
senses, rapid speed --- but no need to drink blood. Is Emma
now a half-vampire girl?
by Cynthia Hand
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel.
Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her
smarter, stronger and faster than humans, but it means she
has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do.
Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands,
she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought
she'd have to make --- between honesty and deceit, love and
duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally
ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
This paranormal novel has some of everything, vampires, werewolves,
zombies... just the thing for a cold winter's night. Quincie
P. Morris is a teen neophyte vampire, and is in the fight
of her life. Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she
must clear her best friend and true love, the hybrid werewolf
Kieren, of murder charges, and keep her dead parents’
restaurant up and running. She hires a chef and adds the beautiful
Zachary to her wait staff. But with hundreds of new vampires
on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula
Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature --- and a flaming
sword --- and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before
it’s too late. Even if they save the world, will there
be time left to salvage Quincie’s soul?
RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen
Is her life is over when Jessica loses a leg in a car accident?
She'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg,
but who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles
to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic,
Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People
who don't know what to say act like she's not there. Which
she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that
she'd done the same thing herself to Rosa, a girl with cerebral
palsy. Now Rosa is going to tutor her through all the math
she's missed. With everyone's support Jessica may actually
be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She
doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she
wants to take Rosa with her.