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August 2017

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

Summary:
"I would give this book 5 stars. I thought the story was so heartwarming and very sweet. I loved that the book switched between talking about the present and the past. The story also teaches the reader not to judge others and be kind to everyone you meet. I would definitely recommend this book!"


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Allison T., Grade 11
March 2017

Angela's Ashes

By Frank McCourt

Summary:
“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.


Genres: Biography
Recommended By: Jennifer R-- 12th Grade
January 2017

Anything but Ordinary

By Lara Avery

Summary:
A slight error left Olympic diving-hopeful Bryce Graham in a five-year coma and now, at at twenty-two, she must adjust to a world that went on without her and to visions that may or may not be real.


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Juliana, Grade 10
March 2017

By Your Side

By Kasie West

Summary:
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble; a loner with a bad reputation. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Jennifer - 12th Grade
June 2018

Carve the Mark

By Veronica Roth

Summary:
Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.

When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they’ve been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what’s right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.

When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?

Recommended By: Destiny B., 10th grade
July 2017

Champion

By Marie Lu

Summary:
"Champion is a great book for teens. Along with being part of a series which can keep a reader busy for a while, this book includes a roller coaster of emotions in the characters' lives. It is the perfect ending book to the Legend series. It had plenty of action, adventure, romance, and sorrow that can allow readers to connect to the characters. It is also in a dystopian setting which often appeals to teen readers. I highly suggest, not only those book but, the whole series to anyone teenager looking for a good book to read."


Genres: Fantasy
Recommended By: David
December 2017

Diabolic

By S.J. Kincaid

Summary:
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy's most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator's daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.

Recommended By: Jackie C., Librarian Trainee
June 2018

Dragon's Green

By Scarlett Thomas

Summary:
For fans of the Land of Stories and the Wings of Fire Series, this first enchanting adventure from acclaimed novelist Scarlett Thomas is set in a wondrous realm where magic most decidedly exists, a growing evil lurks, and a group of children is destined to save the world.

Effie Truelove believes in magic, as does her grandfather Griffin (although he refuses to do any magic, let alone teach Effie how to use it). After a mysterious incident leaves Griffin close to death, Effie is given an unusual silver ring and told she must look after her grandfather’s library of rare and powerful books. But then the books fall into the hands of shady scholar Leonard Levar, and Effie is propelled into the most dangerous adventure of her life.

Now, Effie and her friends—nerdy Maximilian, rugby-mad Wolf, helpful Lexy, and eccentric Raven—must discover their true powers if they are to get the books back. And Effie alone will have to travel to the Otherworld, where she will uncover the true meaning of the strange old book called Dragon’s Green…


Genres: Fantasy
Recommended By: Siu-Lin S., 7th grade
September 2017

Dumplin'

By Julie Murphy

Summary:
Willowdean, aka "Dumplin" is a self-proclaimed fat girl who has always felt comfortable with her body and herself. All of that changes when she meets Bo, a handsome boy that has expressed interest in dating her. Suddenly Will is full of insecurities and can't bring herself to date him out of fear of what others would say. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does.


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Luisa, Teen Services Librarian
March 2017

Four Perfect Pebbles

By Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Summary:
After more than six years of living under Nazi rule and being continously moved around to various camps, this story provides a factual reflection of the life of a young girl and her family during the Holocaust and the struggles they endured to survive and stay together.


Genres: Biography
Recommended By: Anthony F. - 6th Grade
March 2017

Harry Potter (Series)

By J. K. Rowling

Summary:
The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and Muggles.


Genres: Fantasy
Recommended By: Eliana A - 6th grade
March 2017

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

By J. K. Rowling

Summary:
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.


Genres: Fantasy
Recommended By: Jack L - 6th Grade
March 2017

Hatchet

By Gary Paulsen

Summary:
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Nicholas L - 6th Grade
August 2017

Hate List

By Jennifer Brown

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Jasmine R., Grade 7
March 2017

Heroes of Olympus (Series)

By Rick Riordan

Summary:
The Heroes of Olympus is a pentalogy of adventure, mythological fiction and fantasy novels by American author Rick Riordan that collectively form a sequel to the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.


Genres: Fantasy
Recommended By: Adam G - 6th grade
August 2017

Highly Illogical Behavior

By John Corey Whaley

Summary:
"Highly Illogical Behavior is an engaging realistic fiction tale of 16 Solomon Reed and his encounters with Lisa and Clark. This is a truly captivating story that'll leave you wanting more. The intriguing characters draw us in as readers and show depth in each specific person in the story, and the references to movies that we may know, such as Star Trek The Next Generation, really help us to connect with the characters. Overall, a great find for anyone looking for an interesting, quick read."


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Sarah M., Grade 10
July 2018

Identity Crisis

By Melissa Schorr

Summary:
Who does she think she is? Annalise's audacious freshman-year hookup with Cooper Franklin has a trio of friends thirsting for revenge. So they catfish Annalise by creating the perfect virtual guy, with Noelle playing along reluctantly only because her lifelong crush, Cooper, is in love with Annalise. As Annalise falls for it, even buying tickets for the concert of the year for her and her mythical new guy, Noelle feels more and more guilty. Then, the whole thing blows up and Annalise faces her betrayers. But when Annalise forgives, the reunited friends learn that adults--even famous adults--can be even more bogus than teenagers.


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Victoria B., 7th Grade
January 2017

If I Was Your Girl

By Meredith Russo

Summary:
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Luisa, Teen Librarian
January 2017

Keeping the Moon

By Sarah Dessen

Summary:
When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much. But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Oriana, Grade 10
January 2017

Leap of Faith

By Jamie Blair

Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Faith shepherds her neglectful, drug-addicted mother through her pregnancy and then kidnaps the baby, taking on the responsibility of being her baby sister's parent while hiding from the authorities.


Genres: Fiction
Recommended By: Juliana, Grade 10