Did you know Uranium in the Rocky Mountains gives Denver a 50% higher level of radioactivity than most other U.S. cities? This is the equivalent to getting three chest x-rays per year. Ironically, the cancer rate is lower in Denver than in the rest of the country. Want to know more? Check out the book The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide. Amaze your new teachers with your knowledge of science this school year!
Seventeen-year-old Wren was shot in the chest five years ago. After 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot. She's strong, fast, and unemotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are, and Wren is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas, now serving as a soldier for the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation.
Part of Wren's job is to train new Reboots, and Callum is one of the worst she's ever worked with. Callum was only dead for 22 minutes before becoming a Reboot. He's practically still human - frustratingly slow, emotional, and always asking questions. But Callum makes Wren feel alive, so when she is ordered to eliminate Callum for failing to measure up, Wren decides to disobey.
Reboot is a fast-paced, thrilling dystopian story with a fascinating premise and just the right amount of romance. Pick this up while you're waiting for the last book in the Divergent trilogy - you won't be disappointed!
I am a dog lover. Few things make me happier than spending time with dogs, although in a pinch I will settle for looking at pictures of dogs. That's why I love this new book, Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey. The book is an offshoot of the author's blog, in which he documented Maddie's year-long trip around the country, meeting people and balancing on everything from basketball hoops to shopping carts and soup cans.
Theron (who adopted Maddie from a Georgia rescue group) is traveling the country again with a new project - documenting rescue dogs and their families. He's still taking pictures of Maddie, though. You can even meet this photogenic coonhound when Theron's book tour swings through Colorado later this summer.
Alice fell down a Rabbit Hole and landed in another world, far Beneath the Surface of the reality we all know. Published in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll, it has enjoyed numerous renditions, from the Disney version in 1951 to the Tim Burton 2010 variation. Here are some recent books which play with the Wonderland story to create a whole new adventure!
Splintered: a novel by A.G. Howard - Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her delusions for now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-great grandmother Alice Lidel told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams inspiring his classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But perhaps she's not mad. And perhaps Carroll's stories aren't as whimsical as they first seem.
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - When her entire existence is shattered in the blink of an eye, Ali is forced to partner with secretive bad boy Cole Holland to avenge the deaths of her loved ones by returning an undead army to their graves.
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor - When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne. Follow-up books in this series are: Seeing Redd and Archenemy.
The outside world is full of dangerous hybrids: two souls in one body. Everyone starts out this way, but it can become very unstable as the two souls age and begin to disagree. Luckily, the citizens of America have worked hard to keep the population pure. In America, one soul eventually becomes dominant until the other fades away completely. And if a hybrid never settles? The government takes care of those unfortunate cases.
Eva and Addie are two souls living in one body well beyond the standard age of settling. Addie is the dominant soul, the one that controls the body and does the talking, but Eva is always there in the backgroud. They pretend they are settled because it's far too risky to let on that Eva is still there. But when someone from school offers Eva a chance to grow stronger and eventually speak and move for herself, Addie and Eva have to make a very difficult and potentially deadly decision.
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang is a great story of an alternate universe that feels like it could be real.
Here are the titles the Lakewood Teen Advisory Board is reading now:
24 Hours by Greg Isles Every year a group kidnaps a kid, holds him / her for 24 hours and then collects the ransom. This year things don't go according to plan when the kidnapped kid turns out to be a diabetic.
Shutout by Brendan Halpin Amanda and Lena are best friends until Lena makes the varsity soccer team and Lena only the junior varsity. Amanda begins to feel shut out of Lena's new life.
Bunheads by Sophie Flack Hannah has finally realized her dream and joined the Manhattan Ballet company. Handsome musician Jacob may put a kink in her plans.
Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen John, Jack and Charles and entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica. This leads them on a fantastical journey into the Arcipelago of Dreams, pursued by the forces of evil.
Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson Genetically engineered teens must evade capture by the corporation that made them if they want to survive.
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan is a compelling story of forbidden love, secrets and the lengths people will go to keep both. The Irving School is a prestigious boarding school; their motto is "enter here to be and find a friend." Every year the departing seniors leave a gift in their room - food, clothing, maybe booze - for the senior who inherits their room the next year. Duncan finds a surprising and intriguing gift: a stack of CD's that not only gives him the material he needs to write his tragedy paper (the grueling senior English thesis), but tells the story of Tim MacBeth. Tim transferred to the Irving School the last semester of the previous year. He was 17, an albino and shy. The last thing Tim expected was to find a friend let alone fall in love and perhaps, have that love returned. If you liked 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, then this is a must read book!
In a future Earth, giant human like creatures have invaded. Humans retreat behind walls to live protected from these giants. One day, the intelligent, 165 foot tall "Colossus Titan" appeared and breached these walls. Mikasa and her friends must find a way to defend the remains of the human race. This is my favorite Manga series of recent publication.
Tallulah Casey is a British teen who signs up for a performing arts camp, with visions of a summer spent being a star and kissing boys. Imagine her surprise when she finds that 1. there's no room for her in the dorms so she has to stay with a batty family who gives her squirrel slippers, 2. there are NO BOYS in her camp, and 3. the boys down the hill seem to be attending some sort of military school. Whilst coping with all of that, Tallulah is also coming to terms with her knobby knees and the fact that the boys caught her kissing a tree.
In book two, Tallulah lands a major role in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which would be an honor except she's playing Bottom, the fool who spends most of the play with a donkey's head.
In the latest installment, she's doing her best to resist falling for the bad boy, while trying to land the lead in a new play.