Kokie, E. M. PERSONAL EFFECTS
Somerville, MA : Candlewick, 2012
Matt Foster is angry—belligerent at school, alienated from his bullying father—and grieving for his big brother T. J., who never came back from the Iraq war. All he wants is for people to leave him alone and to have some of T. J.’s personal effects, something to remember him by. So when big boxes arrive from the military, he is determined to open them up, even though his father has warned him not to go anywhere near them. The letters Matt finds inside reveal a secret life that T.J. led before he died that Matt had never even dreamed of. Matt takes off on a road trip to find the letter writer, even though he knows his father will be furious. What will he find? Will this letter writer even want to meet him? Will what he discovers change his life forever? (Winnie Host, Penncrest High School)
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
Hillenbrand, Laura. UNBROKEN : A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
New York : Random Hosue, 2010
This is the extraordinary true story of Louis Zamperini, 1936 Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, who was shot down over the Pacific Ocean flying a mission and didn’t make it home for twenty- seven months. Adrift on a raft, starving, thirsty, and weakened for 47 days he survived only to fall into the hands of the Japanese who imprisoned him for the next two years. Louis suffered physical and mental torture, hunger, extreme cold, illness, and crushing work loads which almost broke him—and yet he survived. Read this, and be inspired by a war hero who was forced to the very limits of human endurance. Winnie Host, Penncrest High School (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
Fine, Chelsea. SOPHIE AND CARTER
New York : Acacia Publishing, 2013
Have you ever felt like you are just trying to survive high school? Neighbors and best friends, Sophie and Carter are working hard to do just that. They do not dream about cars, proms, and graduation. Instead, they struggle to meet their very adult responsibilities and still attend high school. Both Carter and Sophie struggle to keep their families together while caring for troubled mothers and siblings. The only thing they have to look forward to is the evenings they spend together on Sophie’s front porch swing. -Peg Bruch, Bangor Area High School. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
Calame, Don. CALL THE SHOTS
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2012
“It’s my best idea yet!” Coming from Coop, this can only mean trouble. Whether it’s a plot to see a naked girl or to play in the Battle of the Bands, Coop’s schemes usually end in headache and heartbreak for his best friends Matt and Sean. His newest plan is to get rich quick by making the next big low-budget horror film. Sean laughs it off until his parents drop a bombshell: his mother is pregnant, and when the baby arrives, Sean will have to share a room with his twin sister and “Queen of Darkness,” Kathy. Suddenly, Sean could really use some extra cash to help pay for an addition on the house, and winning $30,000 in a film contest doesn’t seem so crazy. Luckily they have a killer concept for Zonkey!, featuring a plague of half-man, half-monkey zombie-vampire hybrids. Things start falling into place when Sean talks his Uncle Doug into financing the project. His new girlfriend, Evelyn, has access to some slick video equipment. Kathy’s best friend, Nessa, volunteers to help Sean out with the script. Maybe best of all, Sean gets to cast his drama class crush as the lead actress. But things get complicated when Uncle Doug demands creative control … Evelyn insists on taking over the lead part, revealing a serious jealous streak in the process … and Sean starts to wonder if Nessa actually likes him, or if she and Kathy are just up to a scheme of their own. Will Sean straighten out his love life, secure his own room, and finish the movie on time? Read the hilarious, totally fun Call the Shots to find out! (Amy V. Pickett, Ridley High School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
Bruchac, Joseph. WOLF MARK
New York : Tu Books, 2011
Luke’s dad taught him a lot of things including outdoor survival skills, of course; after all they’re descendants of a Native American Indian tribe. But Luke’s dad also taught him martial arts including four different ways to disarm an unsuspecting enemy. Luke and his dad live alone in a ram shackled trailer in the middle of nowhere. They stay under the radar and Luke doesn’t ask too many questions. He knows his dad is former black ops, and that it left him emotionally scarred. They don’t have neighbors or family to rely on, so when Dad is kidnapped it’s up to Luke to find him. This story rips into a high-octane action adventure as Luke uses every skill in his arsenal to outwit evil villains, the Russian mafia and an unscrupulous scientist to rescue his dad. Along the way he uncovers the family’s dark secret. One look at the cover and it’s not likely giving anything away to say the story includes werewolves. But not the European werewolves you probably imagine. Luke and his dad are skin walkers…shape changers. Is that a blessing or a curse? You’ll need to read Wolf Mark to find out.
Patricia McClune, Conestoga Valley High School (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
Bodeen, S. A. THE RAFT
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012
Robie peeked over the edge of the raft, water everywhere. It wasn’t a dream, it was a real nightmare. It was her normal flight from Honolulu to her home on the island. It was the same cargo plane, the same pilot, just a new co-pilot. But something had gone terribly wrong. There was a crash in the ocean. With the pilot dead and the co-pilot unconscious, she struggles to survive on a leaky raft with no supplies but a bag of Skittles. Robie just hoped that help would come in time. Marti Trzepacz, Strath Haven Middle School (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
Bardugo, Leigh. SHADOW AND BONE
New York : Henry Holt, 2012
Ravka, a land constantly at war with its neighbors, is divided in two by the “Unsea,” an almost impenetrable swath of darkness infested with flesh-eating monsters called volcra. Alina Starkov, an orphan of the Border Wars, has spent most of her life in an orphanage along with her best friend and secret crush, Mal. In Ravka, Grisha Examiners test every child for magical abilities. When neither Alina nor Mal shows any talent for magic, they are assigned to the less glamorous tasks of map-making and tracking. But on their first crossing through the Unsea, they are attacked by volcra. Mal is nearly killed and Alina’s magic finally reveals itself: she is a Sun-Summoner, the only one who can bring light into the Unsea and reunite all of Ravka. She’s quickly whisked away into the glamorous world of the Grisha elite and their mysterious leader, the Darkling. As Alina struggles to adapt to a world of rigorous training and royal gossip, she falls under the Darkling’s seductive spell even though Mal is never far from her mind. But when a dark secret is revealed, she realizes that she might be even more important to Ravka than she ever could have imagined – and in more danger. This intense, action-packed, romantic high fantasy is the first in a trilogy, and a movie is already in development. Read it ASAP! (Amy V. Pickett, Ridley High School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)
THE CYDONIAN PYRAMID
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2013
In the first book of the Klaatu diskos series, we met Tucker Feye. When his parents disappeared, he began to see strange shimmering disks above the house. When he stepped in one, he found himself on a strange journey through different time periods. During the journey, he keeps running into a strange girl that his father had brought home after one of his disappearances. In the second book of the series, we see the same events but this time from Lah Lia's point of view. We learn about her background and how she is caught up in the diskos and meets Tucker Feye. We also learn more about the Digital Plague and the origins of the Lah Sept
Swanson, James L. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SHOT!
New York : Scholastic, 2013
Fifty years ago, John Kennedy was president of the United States and enjoying a visit to Dallas. No one could have known what would happen on November 22, 1963. In this book, we learn about the days that led up to that fateful day. The assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, hadn't even planned on shooting the President until just a few days before. But an article about the President's visit in a local newspaper caught his eye. You will learn about Oswald's background and desire to do something extraordinary. And you will learn about the details surrounding the President's assassination.
Bascomb, Neal. THE NAZI HUNTERS
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013
During World War II, a young man named Adolf Eichmann came into his own. Rising through the ranks in the German army, Eichmann found himself appointed to head up the Nazi Final Solution. And he was very good at the job. He claimed to have caused the extermination of 5 million Jews. But when the war was lost, he hid in the hills and then escaped to Argentina. Although it took many years, he was finally located and brought to Israel to stand trial for his horrendous war crimes. This is the story of how Eichmann was located after the war and his trial in Israel.
Aguirre, Ann. HORDE
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2013
Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out to find reinforcements for the battle against the freaks. They know that there is a good chance that the town of Salvation will be destroyed before they can return but they have to try. The freaks have organized and thousands of them are attacking. What has changed? Why are the freaks acting like this? Is it possible that they are working together as a tribe? Is there any way that the humans can survive an all out organized attack?
Aguirre, Ann. OUTPOST
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012
Having been banished from their tribe and rescued from the ruins, Deuce and Fade have found a new home in Salvation. Tegan and Stalker have joined them and the four teens are living in comfort and surrounded by hope. The town has strong walls and can defend against the freaks. When planting season arrives, they volunteer to join the patrol that will protect the planters. But the freaks attack and destroy the crops. Deuce senses something different about the freaks. They are acting more as if they are a tribe rather than the mindless savages they are used to. Is it possible that the freaks are changing? And what does that mean to the people of Salvation?
Suma, Nova Ren. 17 & GONE
New York : Dutton, 2013
Lauren is beginning to have visions. She believes that several girls are talking to her. These girls all have one thing in common. They are all 17 and they have all gone missing without a trace. But Lauren believes she can hear them and maybe even see them. At least save Abby, the one who she hears most often. But what if Lauren is the next to be taken? She is also 17 and she is terrified that she is the next girl to go missing. As we live in Lauren's shoes, we see a world that may be spinning out of control. And we wonder why Lauren is having these visions.
Quick, Matthew. FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK
Boston : Little, Brown, 2013
Today is Leonard's 18th birthday. And he has a special celebration in mind. He wonders if his mother will remember. She is away on business and never seems to care what he does. Chances are she will forget as usual. You would think that a mother would remember giving birth. His friends won't remember since he has none. He's a misfit. The kids make fun of him and he is always bullied in school. His teachers probably aren't told when birthdays are so they won't know. They don't really care anyway. Except for one. Leonard's former best friend should know but he has become so hurtful to Leonard. Little does Asher Beal know, but he is really the guest of honor at Leonard's celebration. No cake and ice cream. Just a loaded gun.
McGinnis, Mindy. NOT A DROP TO DRINK
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
Lynn and her mother live alone in a future world where water has become scarce and you need to fight for your survival. The two women know they must defend their pond or else risk being killed. When her mother is killed by wolves, Lynn is now alone and trying to survive. Anyone who comes near her pond is met with a bullet. Lynn has never known life other than this one. There is a neighbor nearby but they only communicate by waving. Lynn has only met the man once. But all this is about to change with the arrival of a down and out family who are camping nearby. Lynn takes in the young daughter when the mother is unable to care for her. Now the lives of Lynn, her neighbor and the newcomers are entwined and Lynn will never live life the same again.
Gardner, Sally. MAGGOT MOON
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2013
In an alternate United Kingdom in the 1950s, Standish is living in a dystopian society. Standish and his grandfather are living in Zone 7 and barely surviving. Food is scarce and the military is everywhere. His parents have disappeared after speaking out about the conditions. Now Standish goes to school each day and is bullied because of his learning disability. But once Hector and his family move in, they become like a family. Hector and Standish become very close friends and dream of flying to Jupiter to escape the curelty of the Motherland. But even their dreams of living in the land of Croca-Colas and Cadillacs cannot change the harshness of their surroundings. The boys have found a hole in the wall that keeps them in Zone 7 and they venture out. They know that it is dangerous. But they see a different side of life there. The wall gets higher and higher every day and the boys know they can't go in there again. But what happens when someone from the other side comes to them?
Marriott, Zoe. SHADOWS ON THE MOON
Somerville, MA : Candlewick, 2012
“On my fourteenth birthday when the sakura was in full bloom, the men came to kill us. We saw them come, Aimi and me. We were excited, because we did not know how to be frightened. We had never seen soldiers before.” Suzume is a shadow-weaver. She can create mantles of darkness and light, walk unseen in the middle of the day, change her face. She can be anyone she wants to be. Except herself. Suzume died officially the day the Prince’s men accused her father of treason. Now even she is no longer sure of her true identity. (Booktalk by New Hampshire Flume committee)
Cline, Ernest. READY PLAYER ONE
New York : Crown Publishers, 2011
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? (Booktalk by New Hampshire Flume committee)
Stiefvater, Maggie. THE RAVEN BOYS
New York : Scholastic, 2012
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. (Booktalk by New Hampshire Flume committee)
Laybourne, Emmy. MONUMENT 14
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012
Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not--you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus. But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran. Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. (Booktalk by New Hampshire Flume committee)
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