Staff Picks

Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Roan is graduating from primary school, and waiting for his invitation to attend Pilot Academy Middle School.  He can’t wait to fly in space!  However, he’s rejected by Pilot Academy, but luckily gets a last minute invitation to go to Jedi School on the planet Coruscant.  He doesn’t know anything about Jedi’s or the Force, but it’s better than going to the Plant academy.

Sandcastles Girls by Chris Bohjalian

In 1915, new college graduate Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There she meets and falls in love with Armen, a young Armenian engineer. Years later, their granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love and loss as well as a wrenching secret. Critically acclaimed bestselling author Bohjalian, the grandson of Armenian survivors, writes his most personal novel yet. ~Karen Neal

Call number: Fiction BOHJALIAN, C.

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

The last thing Chloe remembers is falling asleep in study hall in May. The next time she opens her eyes, snow is on the ground and six months of her life have somehow passed. Now at the top of her class and dating the school’s most popular jock, Chloe’s life has completely changed--and she needs to find out why. ~Debra Wischmeyer

Call Number: Teen Fiction RICHARDS, N.D.

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The winner of the 2013 Printz Award, Midwinterblood is a wildly imaginative exploration of folk ritual, human connection, and enduring love.  The book opens in 2073, when Eric Seven travels to the isolated island of Blessed.  He is a reporter who has been assigned to uncover the secrets of a rare breed of orchid flower which seems to give the island’s inhabitants eternal youth.  Nothing is as it first appears, however, and readers are taken farther and farther into the past through seven fantastic stories connected to this ethereally beautiful, but dang

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Seventeen-year-old Richard’s recent transfer from the oncology ward to hospice signifies he has less than one month to live.  The utter finality of this diagnosis causes him to coin the term SUTHY Syndrome (Somebody Up There Hates You).  But as he is about to discover, there is a lot of adventure, love, and self-discovery to be had in a month.  This bittersweet story told from the perspective of an honest and sarcastically hilarious teenager is a great bet for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. ~Lynette Pitrak

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

In a mad attempt to save a batch of light elixir, novice mage Iolanthe Seabourne calls down a bolt of lightning and is thrown headfirst into fulfilling a prophecy that will pit her against some of the most powerful figures in the country. Helping her is Prince Titus of Elberon, who has sworn to protect her and his country. ~Debra Wischmeyer

Call Number: Teen Fiction THOMAS, S.

Falling Hard by Megan Sparks

Annie, a 14-year-old girl, has just moved to the U.S. with her dad from London.  Annie has a background in gymnastics, and plans on joining the cheerleading squad at school. However, she is introduced to the world of Roller Derby! Training for both cheerleading and roller derby quickly gets overwhelming. Deciding which sport to choose is even harder, especially when Tyler the soccer player hangs out with the cheerleaders and Jesse the skateboarder hangs out at the rink. Decisions, decisions . . .  

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal.  Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both.  Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf.  Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard.  Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Since she was young, Nyx has always known she was destined to marry the Dark Lord who has enslaved her kingdom. Her father has been preparing her for this match for many years, and while her destiny is marriage, the prophecy states that she will be the one to kill him, if he doesn’t kill her first. Nyx rails against the unfairness of the prophecy, as it was her father who bonded her and not her angelic twin sister to the Dark Lord, and yet her fierce determination will be what is needed to defeat him in the end. Or is the Dark Lord not what he seems?

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