What Ms. Elliott's Reading Now
Pleasant Valley High School
Robert W. Cranston Library


F MCI McInnes, Nicole. 100 Days. New York: Farrar Straus, 2016. 387 pages.
What would you do if you only had 100 days left to live? Agnes doesn't know she has only 100 days, but she knows it is limited. She has Progeria, a rare disease that causes her to age almost 10 times faster than normal. Most kids don't live to be 10, but somehow she is 16 now. Her best friend Moira has been with her since elementary school and has protected her all her life. Together they are a team that seems unbreakable. Boone who used to be friends with the girls in elementary school did the unthinkable and they haven't seen him or hung out with him since. But then he re-appears in their lives in the lunch line. They are still enemies, but when Boone hurts Agnes, he has to do community service and that means they are thrown back together. You will laugh, cry and FEEL with this book.

F HAU Hautman, Pete. Eden West. Candlewick, 2015. 310 pages
Jacob has lived in Eden West almost all of his life. It is a world surrounded by a 9 foot fence that must be patrolled and strict rules. Beyond the fence is the "World" a place of wickedness and danger. Jacob has never had any contact, but then one day, a wolf enters their world and patrols to maintain the fence are increased. He meets Lynna, a girl who lives on the other side of the fence and suddenly all the answers he has been given are tested.

F SHO Showalter, Gena. Firstlife. Harlequin Teen, 2016.467 p.
Set in the future, this is the story of Tenley Lockwood, called "Ten" partly because she is obsessed with numbers. She is 16 years old in her firstlife. During one's firstlife, one has to choose where to go AFTER death. The choices are Troika and Myriad and both have positives and negatives. Her parents are Myriad, but Ten just can't decide. In desperation, her parents send her to a "facility" to help her decide. Methods include torture and manipulation. But then she meets her new roommate, Bow and before long Ten finds herself on the run and discovered why both sides want her to join them.

F LUU Luurtsema, Nat. Goldfish. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2016. 234 p.
"You'd think it would feel weird being nearly naked in front of so many people, but it doesn't." (page 1) Lou is a swimmer. It is what she does. Every day. At 5 am. But then at the Olympic Trials, she blows it. She is out of the running, but her best friend isn't. She's at a camp designed to prepare future Olympians. And Lou is happy for her, she really is, but... Suddenly she can't figure out who she is. She's rejected by the swim team and since that was her life, she has nothing. Until she meets some guys and becomes their coach. They are competing in a televised talent show and need an act. So Lou makes up a sport and training begins, but how many aquariums can they find access to? Even one?

F LEE Lee, Fonda. Exo. New York: Scholastic, 2017. 370 p.
IT has been 100 years since Earth was invaded and taken over. Society has evolved over time and there are three levels of status. The Zhree, the alien race, the Exos, a biologically transformed group of human beings, including Donovan, twho have an exoskeletal armor covering they can adopt at will, and lastly, the Squisies, the human race not genetically modified. Donovan is the son of the Prime Liasion. the highest ranking human government official. Donovan is on a reconnaissance to seek out members of Sapience, the rebel group when he is kidnapped and taken to their headquarters. Conflicts with what the best way to have society are embedded in this story and the fact that life and society isn't just black and white with simple answers. This is a great Science Fiction read.

F BRO Brooks, Kevin. The Bunker Story. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Labs, 2015. 260 p.
It all started the day Linus decided to help the blind man load up a suitcase into the back of his van. It was only later he realized, the guy would have had to have a driver and where was he? Drugged and kidnapped Linus ends up in a strange place with 6 bedrooms a bathroom and a kitchen. Then came Jenny, a little 9 year old girl, then Anya, a young professional and then there were 3 more. An elevator comes every morning at 9 am and slowly the six begin to figure out the rules to this surreal "game". Rewards and punishments come based on actions. A horrifying story.

F ROW Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. New York: St. Martins, 2013. 433 p.
Cathy Simon is such a fan of her favorite book series, she and her twin sister write fan fiction online proposing new scenarios for the characters. Life is great, but then she and her sister head to college and suddenly her sister, Gwen, wants nothing to do with her. Gwen starts partying and refuses to take Cathy's texts. Cathy's new roommate is very ... different with her boyfriend hanging around all the time. Cathy wants to fall further into the fantasy life she creates online and for which she is now famous, but a sudden illness forces her to carve her own path.

F PER Perkins, Lynne Rae. As Easy As Falling Off The Face Of The Earth. New York: Greenwillow, 2010. 352 p.
It all started with his big trip to camp while his parents were sailing the Caribbean. But then, as Ry was on the train to camp he reads a letter from them explaining it has been cancelled. Totally bummer, he decides to call his grandpa back at home, but there is no reception, so he climbs a nearby hill when the train pauses due to technical difficulties. And then it takes off with all his stuff on it. He's stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no cash, no clothes and a dying cell phone. Nothing left to do but walk. And walk he did until he finally arrives at the next town. There he meets Del, and life as he knew it ceased to exist. He begins the greatest adventure of his lifetime involving the train, a car, a plane, a boat, his feet and new people and places, all in search of his elusive parents.

F COL Colette. Three Short Novels: Gigi, Julie de Carneilhan, Chance Acquaintances. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1952. 315 p.
Colette writes about women, specifically French women and the ways in which they interact with men. It is a fascinating look at French society in the 20th century. Expand your world and see how different the world can be!


F NG Ng, Celeste. Everything I Never Told You. New York: Penguin, 2014. 297 p.
First paragraph. "Lydia is dead." But why? When her body is found the in the lake, the Lee family begins to question what happened. Lydia was the perfect daughter, the one her parents had placed all their hopes and dreams on. She was set to go to college and become a doctor. As the mystery of her death is being examined, secrets begin to emerge about her parents, the boy next door and what everyone believed to be true is clearly an illusion.


F KAU Kaufman, Amie and Jay Kristoff. Illuminae. The Illuminae Files _01 . New York: Knopf, 2015. 599 p. This has a really unique style of writing, posed as a series of reports about the invasion of the colony Kerenza. Kady and Ezra, former boyfriend/girlfriend are caught up in the attack on their planet and must flee on a series of transports managed by the Artificial Intelligence unit, Aiden. Pursued by The Lincoln in order to ensure the true story never makes it out, they race through space with 2 other ships. But then plague strikes the ship, The Copernicus, and suddenly Aiden takes over controlling all decision making at the cost of thousands of lives. Gaining back human control of the ship is imperative and Kady plays a major role. But it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. (NOTE: while the number of pages may seem intimidating, it is actually a pretty fast read. The design of the reports and information and the formatting makes it very interesting).

F ALE Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Josh Bell has a talent for composing raps, and he and his twin brother Jordan are kings of the basketball court. But when the twins' close relationship begins to unravel under the strain of changes in their lives, the brothers start to realize life isn't always about winning.

F KID Kidd, Sue Monk. The Invention of Wings. New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2014. 373 p
"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid and follows the next thirty-five years of their lives".

F BOW Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. New York: McElderry, 2015. 374p.
A world without war, or at least one that rarely has war. In the future an entity called Talis has taken over the world and rules it with the greatest motivation to NOT go to war. Each country must send one child as a hostage to a boarding school where should that country choose war, the child will be killed. The Children of Peace live this way until they turn 16 when they are returned home and another child is sent. Greta is only a few months shy of her 16th birthday, but one day a new hostage arrives and Elian doesn't believe in following rules. Suddenly Greta sees her world and the way it is ruled. When war breaks out, she knows she must find a way to change this world.


F PAL Palacio, R. J. Wonder. New York, Knopf, 2012. 404 p.

August was born with extreme cranial-facial deformations. With little expectation of his living after age 5, he is considered a miracle. After multiple surgeries and being home schooled for years, he is admitted into the private middle school, Beecher Prep. His face is still disfigured and trying to convince classmates that under the surface, he is just like them. Told from the viewpoints of several characters, this is an extraordinary story about an extraordinary student.

F WEA Weaver, Will. The Survivors. New York: HarperCollins, 2012. 308 p.
This is a sequel to Memory Boy. Miles and Sarah and their family have survived the huge volcanic explosion, but the ashes have devastated their world. After being driven out of their home and then finding squatters at their lake house, Miles takes them to a rustic cabin far in the woods where they must try to survive.

F MUR Murphy, Julie. Dumplin'. New York: Balzer & Bray, 2014.375 p.
Willowdean likes herself. She knows she's not perfect and her body is on the fat side, but she likes who she is. Her mom is a former beauty queen and in charge of the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet beauty pageant and every year there is a big push at her house as her mom becomes obsessed with all the preparations. Usually Willowdean ignores it all, but this year is different. She's got a crush on her co-worker Bo, who is a hot former jock, and oddly enough she starts feeling different about her body. Then something comes over her and she decides to enter the beauty contest. What it does to her and her friends is truly transforming.

F GIL Giles, Gail. Girls Like Us New York: Candlewick, 2014. 210 p.
Quincy and Biddy have both graduation from their high school's special education program. Their social worker has placed them in an apartment together and found jobs for them both. Quincy will be working at a grocery store in the deli and Biddy will be cleaning and caring for an older woman. The two seem to have little if anything in common and don't really like each other, but they learn to live together and when something horrific happens to Quincy, Biddy is the one who can step in and help her in ways no one else can. This is an incredibly heartwarming story that you won't forget.


921 SUNDQUIST Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. New York: Little, Brown, 2014. 326 p.
A funny, poignant memoir of a professional ParaOlympic skier looking at his dating life and trying to figure out what went wrong in his relationships. His date with Francesca the summer after high school is hilarious. They go to a par 3 golf course and his prosthetic needs readjusting but the method he uses to accomplish this will leave you in stitches! (page 112).

F CHA Charbonneau, Joellle. Need. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2015. 338 p.
Need a new iphone? Need a tablet? What about a hoverboard? If so, join NEED and you will have your item placed on a list to receive it. Jack did and all he needed to do was to invite 5 of his friends to join. When Nate signed on , he just had to have 10 friends sign up. The next person simply needed to pick up a pre-paid box of cookies and deliver them to someone's doorstep. It all seemed like no big deal until things began to happen.... How far would you go to get your needs fulfilled?

F LU Lu, Marie. The Rose Society. New York: Putnam's, 2014.395 p.
This sequel to The Young Elites (see below) continues the story of Adelina. She begins to further explore her powers and seeks revenge for those responsible for causing her suffering and pain. With her sister by her side she escapes Kenettra and those who almost killed her. Her power is fueled by hate and fear begin to grow so quickly that she no longer is sure she can control them.


F KLA The Last Thing I Remember. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009. 346 p.
Charlie wakes up in a bunker, tied to a chair, beaten and bloody. Outside men are talking and he clearly hears them say "Kill Him". Charlie remembers nothing of how he got here, why he is here. Managing to escape by using his mixed martial arts skills, he soon realizes the government is looking for him as he has escaped a federal prison. Combined with that a group of terrorists called Homelanders is also after him. He learns he has been convicted of killing his best friend but has no memory of anything that occurred in the last year. Action packed, exciting and hard to put down!

F LEV Every You, Every Me. New York: Knopf, 2011. 245 p.
Evan has lost his best friend, Ariel and is devastated, but then one day as he is walking through the wooded area near his house, he sees an envelope. Inside is just a photograph of the spot he is standing in. The next day another photo appears and this time he is in it. Is Ariel back and tormenting him because of what he did to her? He and Jack, Ariel's former boyfriend form an unlikely partnership investigating the mystery and trying to determine who is behind all of this. Along the way they discover secrets Ariel kept and have to decide how to live with themselves. This is a poignant mystery about loss and life.

F LU Lue, Marie. The Young Elites. New York: Putnam, 2015. 355 p.
Adelina has always felt like an outcast. After the blood fever that killed her mother, she has been disfigured with only one eye. Her sister also survived the fever, but is beautiful and not affected at all. Many of the children who survived developed special powers and abilities, but Adelina has none. Her father has tried to incite them in her and then decides to sell her off to get her off his hands. Running away from home to escape her fate, her father finds her and suddenly she is consumed with rage, ending with her father lying dead in the road. She is taken into custody to be burned at the stake. At the last minute she is saved by a boy named Enzo and spirited away where she begins to learn of her incredible power. This is not the story of the nice girl who breaks free, but of the "bad girl" who starts to learn her true power and abilities and must decide how to use them.

F NEL Nelson, Jandy. I'll Give you the sun. Dial: New York 2014. 371 p.
This book is so hard to describe. It reminds me in many ways of John Green books in that the characters are fascinating and very real. They discover who they really are and find joy in their lives and the lives of others. Here Jude and her twin brother Noah are best friends and highly competitive with each other. Jude is the fearless one and super athletic and daring. Noah is more artistic and definitely more cautious,, often being bullied by others until he meets Brian. When they are 14 their mother dies in a car crash and the story jumps from when they were 14 before their mom died to when they are 16 and begin discovering secrets about their mom and her life. Being true to yourself regardless of outside pressures and actually understanding yourself and others is a big part of this book that at the end let's you find out what was really going on.

F PRO Proimos, James. 12 Things to do before you crash and burn. New York: Roaring Brook, 2011. 121 p.
A super short read that flies by. Hercules goes to spend 2 weeks with his uncle who gives him 12 tasks he must complete before he heads back home. But Hercules is much more interested in the "Beautiful but Unattainable Woman" he met on the train. Somehow while completing tasks like go on 7 job interviews in one day, finding the best pizza joint in town and cleaning the garage, he figures out some pretty powerful stories about his family and himself.

F GRA Grant, Michael. Messenger of Fear. New York: HarperCollins, 2014. 260 p.
So CREEPY! Maya wakes up in a weird yellow fog to find the Messenger of Fear standing over her. She has no memory of who she is, where she came from or anything. She's then learns that she is being forced to become his apprentice. He brings justice to all the wrongs in the world and his form of justice is horrifying. What he sees done, what punishments he enacts are bone-chilling. As the story progresses, a plot twist reveals why Maya was chosen to be his apprentice.

F DOE Doerr, Anthony. All the Light We Cannot See. New York: Scribner, 2014. 530 p.
Marie Laure is only 8 when she begins to lose her eyesight. Her mother is dead and her father helps as he can. He builds her models of her neighborhood for her to learn independence and they practice every day. He is a locksmith at the Museum of Paleontology and takes Marie Laure with him. When World War II comes to Paris, they must flee but before they do the Museum has her father do a special job for them to secure a valuable diamond, The Sea of Flames. When they escape to the coast they may be carrying the most valuable jewel with them. Meanwhile in a small German town, Werner and his sister Jutta live in an orphanage. They are starved for education and Werner's fascination with radios allows them to hear a nightly broadcast on science. Werner is soon inducted into the Hitler Youth and leaves to train as a radioman. His job is to find rogue broadcasts and dismantle them. Werner and Marie Laure stories soon converge with life or death being their only choices. Decisions they make will determine who lives and who dies.

F KEL Kelly, Lee. City of Savages. New York : Saga Books, 2015. 406 p.
For 20 years, Manhattan has barely survived after World War III. It has become a huge prisoner of war camp ruled by a prisoner called Rolladin. Skyler and her family live with the others in the winter, but in the summers they leave and forage off the land seeking their independence. Her mother is full of secrets and rarely talks; her father has been missing since the outbreak of the war and they presume he is dead. In this world of fights to the death, and bare survival Skyler is forced to work for Rolladin to protect her family. But then strangers arrive on a boat and bring a shocking message. Secrets about the island, the war, Rolladin and her mother begin to unravel and just when they feel they are saved, they are imprisoned again by even darker forces.

F HOR Horowitz, Anthony. The House of Silk. New York: Little Brown, 2011. 294 p.
This is written in the style of Sir Arthur Conon Doyle and is a new, original tale of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is given a case that occurred in the U. S., but the criminal has followed the victim back to England. Meanwhile, Sherlock has one of his Baker Street Irregulars follow and watch for the criminal and he is found murdered soon after. The cases don't seem to have any connection, however, Sherlock's amazing deductive powers soon find the connections. The ending is horrifying and totally unexpected. If you love mysteries, this one is for you!

F HOS Hosseini, Khaled. And the Mountains Echoed. New York, Riverhead, 2013. 404 p.
Beginning and ending with two poverty stricken children in Afghanistan, Pari and Abdullah who are inseparable until his parents sell Pari to a wealthy family. Following this, Abdullah must work and hopes to see Pari , but it is not to be. This book shows the impact of actions over time. The fate of Pari and Abdullah and those with whom they interact is amazing, spanning the world from Afghanistan to France to the United States. This is an amazing, complex, moving story.


F AND Andrews, Jesse. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. New York: Abrams, 2012. 295 p.
Greg is the kid everybody knows, but really doesn't He works hard to to the guy everybody likes with no controversy, but then his mom tells him about Rachel, the neighbor girl he kinda knows, who just got cancer and forces him to go visit her. It's awkward and he'd never do it other than his mom making him do it. Everybody thinks he's a great guy, but he knows he isn't. He doesn't fall in love with her, he visits her reluctantly. He and his buddy Earl make stupid films that are re-makes of weird ones his dad watches and he screws around mostly. Between Rachel and Earl his love has a nobody is disintegrating before his very eyes. Funny, honest and real.

F NES Ness, Patrick. More than This. Somerville, MA : Candlewick, 2013. 472 p.
"A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . ." This book is part fantasty/dystopia and part science fiction. The cover makes it look less than it is, but it is a great read. Virtual reality is in the near future.


F HEL Heller, Peter. The Dog Stars. New York: Random, 2012. 320 p.
This book is a dystopia for those who want something will a little more meat on it and more of an adult level. A pandemic has hit the world and killed almost everyone in it. Those who survived it so far have to be careful who they befriend and must protect themselves. When Hig's wife dies he meets us with Bangley, ex-military man and together they protect the area, with Hig flying a Cessna to scout the surrounding land and Bangley in a tower armed to the teeth. But when Jasper, Hig's dog dies, he decides he needs to try and find more. He's tired of surviving and wants to live again. He sets out to search and gets to the point that there is no return if he can't find more gasoline. He ends up finding more and less than he had and choices must be made.


F REY Reynolds, Jason. When I was the Greatest. New York : Atheneum, 2014. 232 p.
Ali is small for his age and lives in a tougher neighborhood in Brooklyn than most, but his mom is pure gold and his little sister is awesome. His dad's out the picture after being put in jail for shooting a man, but they've been fine without him. Then Noodles and Needles move in next door to the local crack house and Ali hangs out with Noodles at lot. Clearly is life is much tougher, but even though Noodles seems to always find trouble, it's not too bad until the night they head out to a party and trouble finds them. But help comes from lots of different places and people when you are in trouble and the guys soon learn all is not as it seems.

F MEY Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. New York: Fiewel and friends, 2012. 390 p.
An adaptation of the Cinderella story told in a dystopian format. Cinder is the adopted daughter who is part cyborg. She works as a mechanic and in this position, she meets the prince. A horrific plague is racing through the country and one of her sisters falls prey to it. There is a ball coming up and naturally Cinder is denied being allowed to go by her step-mother, however; she finds she has special abilties and eventually danger follows her when she attends.

F CAS Cass, Kiera. Heir. New York: HarperTeen, 2015. 346p.
Daughter of the main characters in The Selection series is now set up to go through her own Selection with a group of young men. Eadlyn's not so sure she wants to deal with marriage along with running a country. The country is struggling too with growing pains after the abolishment of the caste system and the new law that a female can become queen.

F AVE Aveyard, Victoria Red Queen. New York: HarperTeen, 2015. 388 p.
In a world of slaves (Red bloods) and gods (Silverbloods) Mare unexpectedly discovers that she has been gifted with unique powers and is caught up in the world of the Silverbloods to cover up her anomoly. Joining the resistance while begin housed in the palace and betrothed to the prince just add to the complications

F TAH Tahir, Sabaa. An Ember in the Ashes. New York: Penguin, 2015.
Laia's brother keeps a secret sketchbook and it is this that pulls the Empire's soldiers to their home where her grandparents are killed and her brother is taken to jail. Laia now must try to locate the Resistance to help save her brother from certain death. At this same time, Elias is a soldier and is being trained as a killer called a Mask. The two intersect when Laia agrees to spy for the resistance in exchange for saving her brother. It soon becomes clear that not all is as it seems and saving her brother may have too high a cost.

F PAT Patchett, Ann. State of Wonder. New York: Harper, 2011. 353 pages
Marina works for a huge pharmacutical firm and loves her job. When her co-worker is sent to the Amazon to try and bring back a researcher who is studying a tribe who can give birth at age 70, she is fully supportive, but when he is declared dead, she is devastated. His family needs closer and she is sent to recover the body, but this is far more difficult and challenging than one can imagine. What price can science exact?

F BRU Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker. New York: Dial, 2005. 231 pages.
Ned Begay is only 15 when Pearl Harbor is attacked, but he wants to join the Army immediately. His parents make him wait one year, and after that year, he becomes one of the highly secretive units of Code Talkers. These were Navajos who created code using the Navajo language to communicate secretly during World War II and helped save thousands of lives. This is the fictionalized story of one boy describing his life and the horrors of war.

910.4 BRY The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. New York, Broadway, 2006. 268 pages. Part memoir, part historical look at the United States, specifically Des Moines, Iowa during the 1950's and 1960s. Bill Bryson describes with humor and pathos the life he lived as a child in a midwestern town, what it gave him, what live was like for the average child and how it impacted his future. Funny, moving and delightful to read.

F HUT Hutchins, M. K. Drift. New York, Tu Books, 2014. 392 pages.
In the future, the entire world is composed of islands competing for coral resources in order to survive. In fact, each island is actually a living being, a turtle, and the inhabitants must make sure it survives, or they will die. The greatest honor is to become a Handler and as soon as Tenjat can, he applies. He wants to help save his world and protect his sister, but he soon learns that there are secrets that will affect his life as well as the lives of everyone.

F LOC Lockhart, E. We were liars. New York, Delacorte, 2013. 225 p.
Rich, wealthy Sinclairs. A beautiful family of 3 gorgeous girls who had beautiful children who spent summers on their private island. The group of older cousins became known as the liars, and this title came to mean it all. One summer something horrible happened and Cadence didn't go back the next summer. She has terrible headaches and cannot remember much of anything. So begins the story of the Liars and what you will learn will change how you see them forever.

F HAM Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade, the symbol of the 1930's private investigator, is hanging out in his office, when a gorgeous young woman enters. She sparks all his protective instincts with her delicate features and need. She tells an odd story of an ornamental bird, a falcon, that she is on the hunt for and willing to pay for his services in helping recover it. It is clearly a treasure worth killing for as Sam finds out quickly after meeting Cairo, Gutman and the man who tails him everywhere. This is a great noir mystery written in a classic style.

364.1 RAM Ramos, Jorge. Dying to Cross. New York: Harper, 2005. 173 p. In 2003, a semi filled with South American illegal immigrants is crossing through Texas with at least 74 people packed into the back of the trailer. It was supposed to be air-conditioned and have about a third that number of passengers. Unfortunately none of that was true and therein follows the story of what happened that nightmare of a journey. In the end, 19 people died trying to cross into the United States. The story as well as the political implications and the impact this event had on the United States is outlined here.

F AND Anderson, Laurie Halse. The impossible knife of memory. New York, Viking, 2014. 391 p. Hayley's dad, Andy served in the Gulf War and had some very traumatic experiences. As a result, he is always trying to outrun the nightmares and the temptation to drink and do drugs. They finally move back to his hometown hoping that will chase away some of the ghosts, but before long, they come roaring back. Hayley has to survive, but how does she make sure she and her dad make it?

F DAS Dashner, James. The Eye of Minds. New York: Delacorte, 2013. 310 p. Michael loves video games. He's considered one of the best. He and his friends love spending time in the Virtunet where you are plugged in full body and have all the sensations you would have if you were living in the virtual reality world. When a gamer starts forming another world within the game and holding gamers hostage or worst yet, destroying them, law enforcement asks Michael and his friends to infiltrate the game within a game and bring them in to shut it down. Action packed and suspenseful!

F CLI Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One. New York: Broadway, 2011. 372 pages. Leap into a video game in this book! It is 2044 and most people live virtually in the world of the Oasis. Wade isn't exactly the most handsome, fit young man, but his avatar sure is and he spends so much time in the Oasis, he knows almost everything there is to know. If he just had more money, he could travel through all its various planets and become even more of an expert. When the developer of this virtual world dies, he bequeaths his empire and billions of dollars to the person who will win his current game. Wade is determined to play and finds out quickly how challenging it is. Enter the world of the Oasis where you must use knowledge, cunning and perseverance to survive and ultimately have a shot at the big time.


F CHA Charbonneau, Joelle. The Testing. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Looking for something "sorta like" The Hunger Games? This could be the one. Cia is finally graduating from high school and wants nothing more than to attend University. After the Seven Years War the United States was devastated the population dropped and the land was so bad, plants could barely grow and water was scarce. Only those who go to University hope to not become common laborers. But it has been years and years since anyone from the Five Lakes region has been selected. This year is very different. Four students are selected to go the capital and participate in The Testing and this is a test unlike any, a test to the death.

F SAN Sanderson, Brandon. Steelheart. New York: Delecorte, 2013. 386 pages. Such a great book! Calamity came with a burst of light in the sky and the entire world changed. Now EPICS rule the world and humans live in fear. Except of David, whose father was killed by the Epic, Steelheart. Revenge burns in his blood and he is making notes and plans to kill Steelheart. But he needs the help of a rebel group called The Reckoners. First he must find them, then convince them to let him join.

F BOW Bowman, Erin. Taken. New York: HarperTeen, 2013. 360 p. There are no men in Claysoot. Oddly enough when any male's 18th birthday arrives, they are "Heisted" away and disappear, never to be seen again. Gray feels like part of himself has been ripped away when his brother, Blaine, is heisted and knows in one short year, it will be his turn. Arriving back home, Gray stumbles across a letter his mother wrote to Blaine (page 36) revealing a secret about himself, but the letter ends before the secret is revealed. Gray is compelled to find answers, but everyone who goes over the Wall is tossed back the next day a charred corpse.

F RUT Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner's Curse. New York: Farrar, Straus Grioux, 2014. 355 p, At seventeen, Kestrel is given a choice by her father, a general in the army. She can either join the military or get married and she must decide before the end of 6 months. Neither option is one Kestrel wants; however, the clock is ticking. While walking through the market one day, a slave comes up for auction that intrigues her, and one a whim, she buys him. Arin is no ordinary slave. Kestrel's people overran his country, killed his family and have taken possession of his family home after making him a slave. He is ANGRY and he wants vengeance. They slowly get to know each other and realize it is much harder to be cruel to those you know than to those you do not. They also find that the black and white that is portrayed by the government and leaders isn't really that stark. They now are forced to make decisions based not only on their personal wishes, but on the lives of others.

F WEI Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. New York: Hyperion, 2013. 352 p. A horrifying, mesmerizing story of World War II. Rose is a flygirl. An American, she flies planes from one location to another to help the war effort in Europe. She never flies in war zones. But one day after flying to Paris, she sees a flying bomb and fearing it will explode in Paris, chases it and knocks it down. A group of German planes spot her and force her to fly to Germany where she is sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. The horrors of the war and the experiments done on the prisoners is described in horrific detail. If you want to get a feel for life in a concentration camp in Germany, this book will do just that.

F ROW Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2013. 325 p. It is so hard to put down this book. Eleanor walks on to the school bus one day, an overweight, tall wildly curly red-haired girl and sits down next to Park, a skinny, scrawny Asian boy with straight black hair who reads comic books and listens to indie rock. All Park wants is to be un-noticed, but how is he going to achieve that with Eleanor sitting next to him. She is quickly the butt of all the jokes and obnoxious comments on the bus and Park gets more and more uncomfortable until the day when he realized that Eleanor was reading his comics on the bus. Slowly but surely they realize they have a lot in common. But Eleanor has some huge secrets that she won't tell Park no matter how close they seem to get. Eleanor's secrets slowly begin to come out and Park realizes they are way more than he can solve on his own.

F KAG Kagawa, Julie. The Iron King. HarlequinTeen, 2010. 363 p. Meghan has always felt a little different from the age of 6 when he father simply disappeared into thin air, but lately she could swear she is seeing things. It is totally freaking her out Her best friend, Robin, is the only one she can talk to. But one day she finds out that she isn't who she thinks she is. Her brother is stolen by the faeries and she must travel to Faery Land to save him. Along the way she learns she has stronger ties to the fey that she ever knew.

F CAR Carleson, J. C. The Tyrant's Daughter. New York: Knopf, 2014. 280 p.
Laila moves to the United States after her father, a dictator in a Middle Eastern country is assassinated. Her entire life has been thrown into upheaval and everything is new. Trying to fit into high school life and figuring out who she really is is tough. Her mom just sits around the house all day and Laila is the one who worries about paying the rent and getting groceries in the house and taking care of her younger brother. Strange people start coming over to the house and her mom wants to have all these private conversations. Laila becomes suspicious, investigating what might really be happening, but betrayal will come from where she least expects it.

341.6 ELH The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a fatal meeting of the minds at the end of World War II. New York: Public Affairs, 2013.
If psychology is your thing, you need to read this book! Dr. Kelley was stationed at a Luxembourg detention center where he conducted numerous interviews with the Nazi leaders who had been captured and were to face trial in Nuremberg. He began interviews in order to determine what traits were indicative of a major criminal mind. Fascinating.

958.104 BOW Bowden, Mark. The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden. New York: Grove, 2012. 273 p.
Written by the author of Black Hawk Down, Bowden tackles the killing of Osama Bin Laden. If you've ever wanted to know the real facts behind the hunt for the terrorist and get a glimpse into the live of an intelligence officer, this is the book for you. Detailed descriptions of what was found, the questions it all raised and the decisions made at the highest levels can be found here.


623.4 SHE Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb: The race to build-and steal- the world's most dangerous weapon. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 236 pages. Starting with an arrest of a spy, Bomb explores what it really took to build the atomic bomb. The way the world felt at the time, the justifications for actions and the people who made history fill this book and you feel like you are part of the action and events. Really interesting!

F ZAF.Zafon, Carlos Ruiz. The Prince of Mist.. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. 212 p. A combination of mystery,horror and fantasy. Max keeps finding bizarre things happening in the new townie family has moved to on the coast. He and his sister meet a friendly boy named Roland and hear the story of the mysterious deaths of the passengers of the Orpheus and meet Roland's grandfather, the only survivor of the shipwreck. A strange symbol appears in odd locations and everything seems a little off. Loved this book! Zafon also wrote The Midnight Palace which is similar to this in tone, so if you like this one, be sure and try it as well.

F BOD Bodeen, S. A. Fallout. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2013. This is the sequel to Compound and follows up with Eli's family after they have escaped the underground bunker. They are trying to get their lives back together and determine how they all fit after 6 years of separation from his twin and grandmother. Meanwhile, Phil appears to want to rule the YK company until the twins are old enough to take over. Learning to live in the world is a big enough job, but soon Eli begins to realize his father has left a huge secret behind that he must now deal with.

F SHI Shinn, Sharon. The Shape-Changer's Wife. New York: Ace, 1995. The incomparable Sharon Shinn has created a fantastic fantasy where a young wizard is apprenticed to a shape changer wizard to learn his craft. While there he meets the unusual wife of the wizard and the servants of the house with unique characteristics. He discovers the ways magic can enhance or ruin a life and must make some huge choices about what he will become.

F MUL Mullin, Mike. Ashfall. Terra Haute, IN: Tanglewood, 2010. 463 pages
So powerful! So many dystopian novels seem unlikely, but this one is frightening as it appears it could actually happen. Alex is left at home for the weekend and one evening the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts and covers many of the Western states in ash and it continues for days and days, covering everything with up to 8 feet of ash. Suddenly, water is an issue, and gangs begin roaming, looking for food and clean water. Alex is frantic with worry about his parents and must now decide what he will do. This is fascinating!

F WIG Stung. Wiggins,Bethany
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New York: Walker, 2013. Fiona wakes up one morning, her usual 13 year old self, only to find that somehow the entire world has changed. Her brother has become this huge out-of-control beast and clearly plans to attack her. As she races from
her home, she finds even the outside world is different. Houses are boarded up and abandoned, people don't seem to exist and when she finds some, they seem intent on killing her. Saved by a sewer rat like person named Arris, she is dragged into an underground world and slowly learns about the bee flu that attacked the world four years ago. She also learns that being female in this world is extremely dangerous and she must conceal her identity to survive. As Fiona slowly learns what is happening, she realizes she is now 17 years old and has lost 4 years of her life and more horrifically, her entire family. This book pulls you in, making it so difficult to put down!

F WEL Variant. New York: Harper, 2011. 374 pages
Escaping from a series of foster homes to a full ride scholarship to a private high school seemed like a dream come true to Benson, but as soon as he was dropped off, he realized there was something different. There were no adults, only kids and they had to run everything from cooking, cleaning and even teaching. Day one Benson had to pick which gang he wanted to join.

F FIN The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door. New York: Viking, 2013 259 pages
Celia HATES Sandy Firestorm to the extent that she wants to have her revenge on her for what she and her friends did to her in 8th grade. So she plots and plans, but in between she meets Drake, the new cute, hot guy. Weirdly enough he seems to really like hanging out with Celia and when he tells her his deepest, darkest secret she swears to keep it private. But then Sandy attacks again and this time Celia isn't the only victim.

F SMI Winger. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013. 439 pages
Lots of profanity is interspersed in this book told in first person by Ryan Dean West, a 14 year old junior rugby student at the private Pine Mountain boarding school. A boy genius intellectually, he's still socially 14 and at 142 pounds thinks every girl is "hot" and is willing to fight with anyone, explaining his placement in the "O-Hall" where the troublemakes are forced to live. His lust of Annie and Megan (his roommate's girlfriend) is at times funny and pathetic. This book rings true for many teens.

F LYG I Hunt Killers. New York: Little Brown, 2012. This book is just creepy in so many ways! Jazz has been raised by a serial killer and "trained" in many of his techniques and processes. After "dear old dad" is hauled off to prison, Jazz is determined to show he is NOT his father, except sometimes he think he might be. He lurks at murders and tries to solve them using the techniques he learned from his dad. Then one day there is a murder in his town that is definitely a copycat murder to one his dad committed. And then another copycat occurs and Jazz knows that even though he is innocent everyone is looking at him.

F GRA Grant, Michael. Gone. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. 558 pages Stars-5.jpg
This has been one of the most popular series in the library lately and so I just had to read it to see what the students were raving about. It is GOOD! The world suddenly changes when a huge barrier crashes into earth and all the people age 15 and older suddenly disappear. Bables are left crying in the their homes, frying pans are going, restaurants no longer have anyone operating them and the mayor, police and teacher cease to exist. Sam discovered no long prior to this that he had special powers and after they are isolated from the world, it starts to become obvious that most kids have powers, though they vary greatly. One boy, Caine, comes from the private school up the hill and begins wielding great power. Sam and his friends must take action, but first they have to figure out how to survive in this new world. It is a long book, but a fast read.

F LU Lu, Marie. Prodigy. Stars-5.jpg
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013. Loved this book too. It is the sequel to Legend. Both are great dystopian pieces that I could hardly put down. Be sure and pick them up and read them too!

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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, Loved this book! The plot was so good and I had a hard time putting it down. In this dystopian world, the plague is prevalent and hits many parts of Los Angeles. The divide between the rich and the poor is huge and the only time you can break out of this, is when you turn 10 years old and go through the Trial. If you pass your score determines your life work. If you fail, you are sent to labor camps. Day doesn't pass and soon learns what the labor camps entail. He is the first ever to escape them. Now he must live undercover by his wits while his mother thinks he is dead. June was born in the privilege class and is the first to ever earn a perfect score at the Trial. Her brother and she live a wonderful life, until one night when the unthinkable happens.

F HEN Henry, April. Shock Point. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006. Fifteen-year-old Cassie Streng is determined to expose her stepfather after learning that he is giving a dangerous experimental drug to his teenaged psychiatric patients, but he sends her to a boot camp for troubled teens in Mexico in order to keep her quiet

F COO Cooper, Michelle. The FitzOsbornes in Exile. New York: Knopf, 2010. A sequel to A Brief History of Montmaray this novel takes the exiled FitzOsbornes to London where they must live with their aunt while their island is taken over by Germans during World War II. The struggle to get help, the challenges of fitting into high society and the challenges of just growing up fill the pages of this book told from the perspective of Sophie.

F KIT Kitanidis, Phoebe. Glimmer. New York: HarperCollins, 2012. Ever feel like you live in a world of oblivious, happy zombies? Well, Marshall and Elyse sure do, but then they are hardly ones to pass criticism. They woke up in bed, next to each other, with no idea who the other was. And no idea who THEY were. They have no memories at all of Summer Falls, their families, friends, school or ANYTHING! They make a pact to stick together while they figure it out, but life is messy. Sometimes great things happen, other times, horrible things happen and discovering it all can be more than a little overwhelming.

F ZEV Zevin, Gabrielle. All these things I've done. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. In this dystopian novel, chocolate and coffee are illegal. Anya's parents, who worked the black market, have died and she's responsible for helping keep her family together. But then she meets Win, the local DA's son and somehow she's embroiled in a murder.

F MAR Martinez, Jessica. Virtuosity. New York: Simon Pulse, c2011. 294 pages.
Carmen is falling in love and with the absolute WORST person to choose, her main competition in the upcoming Guarneri. She has worked her entire life to get this far and her mom and she have made incredible sacrafices. It all comes down to the next few weeks. But then she meets Jeremy. She hears him play and realizes that in her efforts to get where she is, she has lost something really important. How do you change the course of your life? Soon Carmen realizes the choices she makes will affect no only herself, but everyone around her.

F ZAR Zarr, Sara. How to Save a Life. New York: Little Brown, 2012. 341 pages.
Jill McSweeney just wants her old life back. The one where her dad is still alive, and her mom is happy and doesn't sob into her pillow every night. Mandy Kalinowsi just wants to be wanted. And when she realizes she is pregnant, she understands she can't give her child the kind of childhood they deserve.
So when Jill's mom offers to adopt Mandy's baby, life really gets complicated. Mandy comes to live with them and some of the truths behind the McSweeney family and Mandy's pregnancy start emerging and life will never be the same. This book was fascinating and you will find the ending to be a satisfying and realistic one that helps everyone to move through life just a little bit better.

F VAN Vande Velde, Vivian. Stolen. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, c2008. 158 pages.
Isabelle can remember NOTHING of her life, name or what she once had. Her first memory was running through a forest with a pack of dogs in hot pursuit. A kind couple takes her into their home, but everyone is sure she must be the little girl who was kidnapped 6 years ago by the witch. Isabelle is taken into their home, hoping she will remember something, but soon finds that true danger lies within those walls. Fascinating and with a definite twist at the end!

F CAL Calame, Don. Beat the Band. New York: Candlewick, 2010. 390 pages.
Cooper Redmond goes into his sophomore year with only one thing on his mind and it definitely isn't academics. He's trying to play the high school cool game until the day he gets paired up with "Hot Dog" Helen for a year long project on safe sex for Health class. Suddenly, he realizes that she will seriously affect his "coolness factor" and has to find a way to counteract it, specifically by trying to start a rock band even though he can't play an instrument. This story is funny, sad, and mean, but will keep you glued to the pages!

F HAU Hautman, Pete. The Big Crunch. New York: Scholastic, 2011. 280 pages
Jen and Wes don't fall in love instantly and passionately. In fact, they aren't even sure they like each other. But as time goes on and they get to know each other better, things begin happening. Jen starts dating Wes' friend, and Wes does some pretty stupid things. But eventually the chemistry is more than they can resist and it all begins. Until Jen's dad gets a new job and they have to move away. Jen and West can't live without each other now, so now what? Not your typical love story/romance, this one is realistic and honest.


F BED Bedford, Martyn. Flip. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2011. 258 pages. What would you do if you woke up one morning and realized you were in someone else's house and in someone else's body? That's what happens to Alex. The night before he was playing chess with his best friend, and now he is hundreds of miles from London, in a total stranger's house and even more surreal, in someone else's body. You just have to read Flip to learn what really happened to Alex and what happened to his "host body", Philip. Going home isn't a walk, but rather a real journey to figure out who you are and who you can be.

363.4 BLU Blumenthal, Karen. Bootleg: murder, moonshine, and the lawless years of Prohibition. New York: Roaring Brook, 2010. "Strong waters" and "hot waters" were common from the landing of the Mayflower and since there were always questions about the sanitariness of water, alcohol was commonly used by all the populace, from children to adults. The results of this led to the fight for the 18th amendment, Prohibition, and the consequences of that are detailed in this book. Al Capone and the Valentines' Day Massacre were one of these along with the actions of Carrie Nation and the distilling of often poisonous alcohol sold on the black market. This is a fascinating history of a social experiment that had both good and bad consequences.

F ZAF The Midnight Palace. Carolos Ruiz Zafon. New York: Little Brown, 2010. In the dead of night a mysterious man runs through the city of Calcutta clutching two babies to his chest, pursued by three men. He reaches safety and deposits the twins, but as he leaves, he is viciously attacked and is never seen again. The twin babies are separated, with Ben being placed in an orphanage, and Sheere left in the care of her grandmother. All seems fine the first 16 years of their lives, but as their 16th birthday approaches, the evil that pursed them that night returns and is begins wrecking havoc on their lives and that of their friends. Mysterious, surreal and mesmerizing!

F CUM Tilt. Alan Cumyn Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011. Stan just wants to make the JV basketball team this year, so he's been practicing daily and thinks he has it down, but then he finds the JV team has been cancelled due to budget cuts and Janine Igwash starts paying attention to him and suddenly all he can think about is her. At home, life is getting complicated too, as his mom's relationship with her boyfriend, Gary, seems to be escalating and his little sister Lily claims to have a cell phone and is talking to their dad who dumped the family 5 years ago for his pregnant girlfriend. Can life get more complicated? Then his dad shows up with Stan's step-brother and he finds not only can it get more complicated, but that the memories you have as a kid aren't always accurate.

F SEP Between Shades of Gray. Ruta Sepetys. New York, Philomel, 2009. It is 1941 and Lina is planning for art school, dates and summer, but that night a knock comes at the door and in 20 minutes she, her mother, and brother must all be packed and ready to leave. They have been gathered up by Stalin's troops for treason and are being sent to Siberia. Thus begins the nightmare that is her life. This is a fictionalized story based on the actual experiences of Lithuanians who were part of a mass-cleansing by Stalin who were brutalized in concentration camps living under unbearable conditions. Unforgettable.

F DES What Happened to Goodbye? Sarah Dessen New York: Viking, 2010. Mclean used to have the perfect life. Her parents owned a restaurant and while they didn't have a lot of money, life was good. But then her mom has an affair with the university basketball coach, gets pregnant and divorces her day to marry the coach. Life at high school is unbearable, so Mclean decides to hit the road with her dad, a restaurant consultant, moving every 6 months or so. In every school she goes to she has an opportunity to re-invent herself and she does. Landing in Lakeview is different somehow and before Mclean knows it, she is making friends and forming relationships that may make her re-invention impossible.

F CAR Once by Anna Carey. New York: Harper, 2012. In this sequel to Eve, Eve is living in Califia, but she can't stop thinking about Caleb and how she left him bleeding to survive on his own. When she finds information about him she determines she must leave the safety of Califia and save him. She is captured by the forces of New America and taken to the capital where she discovers a shocking secret about her past and finds that surviving inside the walls of the city are more dangerous than outside the walls. A superb sequel!

F OLI Delirium by Lauren Kate. New York: Harper Collins, 2010. "Delirium Nervosa" is the dreaded disease in the future. It causes people to lose all common sense, do strange and bizarre things and can even eventually lead to death. There are four phases of increasing infection. Due to this dangerous disease also called love, at the age of 18, all the population is inoculated against it. Lena is excited to receive the cure, but a mere 95 days before her schedule appointment, she meets a boy and decides she is not willing to be subjected to the cure. Now she must fight to be allowed to remain cure free and the only way to do this appears to be escape.

F EVA Evans, Richard Paul. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011. Michael has always been different. He has a special ability that he must hide from others and when he mistakenly uses it, his mom and he have to move immediately. Being small and slender makes him an automatic target of bullies, but one day it becomes too much and he uses his power to protect himself which sets off a series of events he could never have anticipated. As he searches for his kidnapped mother and fights for his life and that of his friends, Michael is forced to make decisions that define who he really is. Exciting and action packed!

F BAI Bailey, Em. Shift. New York: Egmont, 2012.
Set in Australia, Olive Corbett tries to rejoin the world of high school after her "incident". Her best friend, Ami, understands her feelings when her father leaves the family and helps her cope with the fact that now Olive is not part of the in-crowd, but most definitely a loner. When Miranda arrives at school, Olive finds her oddly fascinating. She watches everything, and before anyone seems to realize, Miranda is best friends with queen bee Katie, looking and acting just like her. Oddly, Katie begins to wane and look ill. Olive begins her research and discovers some very disturbing ideas that will change her life forever.

F BEN Benitez, Sandra. A Place Where the Sea Remembers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.
In Santiago, Chayo and Candelario learn that against all odds they are pregnant; however, they had just agreed to take and raise Chayo's sister's unborn child. When they renege on this promise, Marta becomes estranged from her sister. This is a moving story of tragedy, love and friendship. (perfect for the World Literature class)

F CAR Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Greenwillow, 2011.
Elisa is the chubby one at home, has never done anything impressive but somehow she was marked at birth to be a chosen one. She has a gem embedded into her body that means she will achieve great things. She is married off to a handsome man who lives in the desert and it is on the trip to his home after the wedding that she begins to realize how valuable others consider her gem, enough to take her life. She now must learn what it truly means to be the chosen one and what she is destined to do....if she survives.

F DIF Diffenbaugh, Vanessa. The Language of Flowers.
Attachment disorder and flowers are the central themes of this novel about a foster child who learns about the meaning of flowers as determined in Victorian times and creates a business based on this. She meets a young man who brings back memories of her youth and the one woman she considered her mother. Love, loss and redemption fill this book written by a Chico native.

F TAY Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. stars-4.jpg
A fascinating read about Karou, an otherworldly girl with blue hair, who can move between two worlds, one inhabiting Brimstone, a strange beast like creature who buys teeth of all kinds and her normal world at a local high school for the arts.

F SOR Fake I.D. by Walter Sorrells. stars-3.png Chass moves frequently from town to town, getting a new name in each one with her vivacious, but mysterious mother. But then in one small town her mom disappears, she discovers that she has to know the secrets her mom has been keeping from her and discover who she really is.

F LAN Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster. stars-3.png Kyle volunteers to let his dorky friend, Danny, hypnotize him at the annual talent show, but suddenly the world just stops. Nothing moves except the 4 who volunteered to be hypnotized. They soon realize that they were exempt from the upgrade the human population has undergone and that the world they lived in just hours ago no longer exists.

F CAR Eve by Anna Carey. stars-4.jpg A dystopian novel with a new twist. In a post-plague world, Eve has been attending school with other orphan girls for years and finally the day of graduation has come. Eve is the top of her class and to be honored with the President of New America attending. It is that evening when she encounters the prickly Arden and learns that the promises of her future life are a sham and she must escape. Exciting and horrifying at the same time!

F OLI Delirium by Lauren Oliver . stars-4.jpg Amor Deliria Nervosa is a rampant disease and it is only when one is 18 that one can receive the "treatment" to counteract its sometimes fatal effects. With its four phases (page 147) even a prevention hotline has been set up. Lena still remembers the night her cousin, Rachel, was forcibly taken from the house screaming and thrashing for her emergency treatment, and now Rachel is so calm and composed, married to a man the government selected for her. In 95 days Lena will receive her treatment, but then her friend, Hana, begins talking about not wanting the treatment and before long Lena begins questioning her own thoughts, especially after meeting Alex and the night she attends a rave.


F ROT Divergent by Veronica Roth. Stars-5.jpg
Without a doubt, the BEST BOOK I've read this year. If you loved the Hunger Games, you will love this dystopian novel as well. It is written on a slightly more sophisticated level. Follett's summary "In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all." This Action packed novel forces the reader to question society and freedom.

F CON Matched by Ally Condie. stars-4.jpg Another great dystopian novel where the Society determines ones life based on the massive amount of information they have gathered over time. Cassia is "matched" for her future life partner and at first she is delighted with the choice, but then she begins realizing how much power the Society has and how their decisions limit her choices, while trying to craft a perfect life for her. How much is she willing to give up and does she have any choice at all?


F KAT The Fallen by Lauren Kate. Lucy is sent to a school for juvenile delinquents when she is suspected of murdering her boyfriend. While there she is strangely attracted to two boys and slowly comes to the realization that they are not who they seem and there is a connection with her that spans time. Romantic, suspenseful and fun to read.

F BRA Beauty Queens. What started out seeming like an airhead novel, ends up being a totally fantastic spoof of the stereotypes of beauty queens in our society. These girls soon find out no one is going to take care of them once their plane crashes and take matters into their own hands with some very interesting results.

F FAN Jekel Loves Hyde. Jill Jekel is a rule follower, at least she was until she met the fascinating Tristen Hyde. When her science teacher suggests that she and Hyde plan a scientific experiment in order to try and win a $30,000 scholarship. Jill's in desperate need of the money, but she's not so sure about working with Hyde, especially after she hears what experiment he wants to perform.

F BAU Best Foot Forward. This is a sequel to Baur's book Rules of the Road featuring Jenna working at Gladstone's Shoes, which has been purchased by a huge corporation. A young man is caught in a shoplifting incident, and a huge conspiracy is unfolding. At times funny, at times heartwarming, Joan Bauer always makes her stories interesting and fun to read.


F LIP Raider's Night by Robert Lipsyte. New York : HarperTempest, c2006.
Just started this one... thus far, very realistic look at a high school football team, the pressures, the rewards and the relationships between the team members and between the players and their families. More to come as I finish it!


F SAN Bait by Alex Sanchez New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2009. stars-4.jpg
WOW... this is powerful! Diego has an anger management problem to put it mildly. Soon his anger is so out of control he is in front of a judge for assault. He luckily ends up in probation with a great P.O. and begins to figure out what really messed him up.

F FOR Forman, Gayle. If I Stay.
New York : Speak, 2010, c2009. 242 p stars-4.jpg
Mia had it all, until the snow day when her entire family piles into the car and ends up in a horrific car crash. Her parents are instantly killed while she and her little brother are rushed to the hospital. She's caught between life and death, with memories crowding in and the realization of how different life will be "if she stays". Heartbreaking, wonderful, funny and unforgettable.


F RES Resau, Laura and María Virginia Farinango. The Queen of Water. New York : Delacorte Press, c2011. 352 p stars-4.jpg
Based on a true story a Quechua Indian girl, living in a village in Ecuador, is sent to work as an indentured servant for an upper class "mestizo" family. At only 6 years old she is expected to cook, clean and care for the family's children. Her experiences are at times heartwarming and other times heart rendering.

N Lynch, Chris Hothouse. New York : HarperTeen, c2010. 198 p. stars-3.png
Teens D.J. and Russell, life-long friends and neighbors, had drifted apart but when their firefighter fathers are both killed, they try to help one another come to terms with the tragedy and its aftermath. Soon, however, the truth of their father's lives and weaknesses threaten to destroy families and the town.


F LOC Lockhart, E. The Boy Book. stars-3.png
It’s Ruby Oliver’s junior year and boy has the you know what hit the fan. Her best friend since forever refuses to speak to her, and their 2 friends have taken sides with her. Ruby’s never been so alone. She begins referring back to The Boy Book, a book listing everything the girls know about boys beginning in junior high and adds more to it based on what’s happening in her life. This book is very honest with plenty of details of the conflicts and connections between guys and girls and between friends. A fun, yet meaningful read.



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Andi’s life sucks. Her brother Truman, died less than a year ago; her mother isn’t coping AT ALL; her father left the family so he could win the Nobel prize and she is full of rage and grief. She pours out all her feelings in her music, but every other class is ignored, so she flunking out of school. Then her dad swoops in, puts her mom in a mental hospital and forces her to go with him to Paris France for some research he’s doing. While in Paris, Andi finds a hidden compartment in a guitar case from the French Revolution and sets off on a mystery that will totally pull you in about a young girl, named Alexandrine who lived during the Revolution. Loved this book and couldn’t put it down.

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Carlos Fuentes really looked up to his older brother, Alex, a member of the Latino Blood gang, but then Alex decides to get jumped out of the gang and go to college. Carlos is back in Mexico, but his mother decides he need to live with his brother in the states and sends him back. Carlos is not at all interested in hanging out with his brother now that he’s out of a gang, Staying out of a gang is harder than it seems even if the one you belonged to was in Mexico and you’ve had to move to Colorado. After being set up by a gang who is looking for his special talents, Carlos is forced to move into the home of a college professor and his goody-two-shoes kids. He and the daughter Kiara find out quickly that opposites really do attract, but when you are living in the same house, it can get complicated.



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Welcome to the world of zombies that are dying to attack you and have you join their ranks. This is the world in the far future where a virus takes over huge parts of the population and turns people into zombies, or “The Unconsecrated” as they are called in Mary’s village. It is a daily battle to make sure they do not break down the barriers between the town and the zombies. The “Sisterhood” runs the town and has told everyone they are the last remenents of the human population, but one day, Mary discovers a girl that clearly has never grown up in the village and realizes there is more.

F RYA Ryan, Carrie. The dead-tossed waves.
Sequel to The Forest of Hands and Feet. In this novel, you will discover if Mary ever made it to the ocean as she dreamed of doing in the previous book. Here you will meet Gabry, who lives a quiet life in a coastal town, helping her mother with the lighthouse. As Gabry, Catcher and her best friend all decide to go to the defunk amusement park in an area where the Unconsecrated can easily enter. As the teen clamber over the wall and start an evening of fun and for some possible romance, they are attacked and now Gabry must flee or become one of them. Just as quick paced and difficult to put down as the first book!



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Ames leads a charmed life living with her wealthy parents in Boulder, Colorado with her entire life sure to flow smoothly, until, that is her father is found to be stealing from clients at work and they lose everything, forced to move to Texas and live in a virtual hovel. Ames then begins to explore her dark side and meets Marc, a boy who vows to protect her no matter what and absolutely appeals to her dark so, but soon Ames must decide how far she is willing to go.


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by New York: Little, Brown, 2010. 335 pages
Alex Patrick heads out to a concert one night and then starts to party with some friends afterward. The next thing she knows, she is waking up in a strange guy's room without any clothing. She slowly comes to the realization she has been date-raped. She's at the famous, oh so perfect Themis Academy where everyone is wonderful and realizes she has no where to turn. As the story comes out, Alex learns of a group on campus called the Mockingbirds who right the wrongs that occur on campus unknown to the faculty. Now she has to decide if she wants to fight this, or if she will just walk away quietly.
There is some very specific language here and graphic content. The message Alex learns overshadows all of this.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty White. New York : Perennial Classics, 1998, c1947. 489 pages
A classic novel showing the struggles, joy, celebrations, and disappointments of a family living in a New York City slum.
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