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Arra, Lakewood Library

History books don't have to be boring.  Try reading about history in a new format:

          

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey is the new IT title.  Get on the hold list now before it explodes and keep your eye out for Lucky Day copies.  I started the title last night and could barely put it down to sleep. Cassie is alone, totally alone.  In this sci fi alien invasion novel, Cassie must do the unthinkable - trust - in order to save her brother! Goodreads describes the book as "The Passage Meets Ender's Game."

From the book:

"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one."

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Arra, Lakewood Library

It is a sad fact that illegal drugs are readily available in our society.  Here are some books that look at this controversial issue:

Tweak by Nic Sheff: Nic details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.

How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White: After putting her fist through the glass, Stacy checks into a mental hospital. She hates it there but she slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author's experiences, How I Made it to Eighteen is a frank portrait of what it's like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos: Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.

Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos: Gantos relates how, as a young adult, he experimented with drugs and smuggling. He was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

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Chandra, Belmar Library

Me: Evelyn, a high school junior, first in her class, just visited Planned Parenthood to get birth control so her boobs will get bigger. 

Him: Todd, Evelyn's not-exactly-boyfriend. 

Them: The Stranger and The Lawyer, otherwise known as Evelyn's father and mother. Neither talks to her.

It: The fetus. Specifically, the fetus inside Evelyn.

 

Evelyn only found out she was pregnant because Planned Parenthood required her to take a pregnancy test before they'd give her birth control pills. Now she has 39 days to decide whether to get an abortion or keep the baby. Todd's no help, and she can't talk to her distant and fighting parents. 

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Jessie, Columbine Library

I read a lot of great books last year, and now all the sequels are coming out! Here are some of the sequels I'm excited to read.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: This is the sequel to last year's Cinder, which was a cyborg cinderella story. This one continues Cinder's story, but also introduces Scarlet who is searching for her missing grandmother, and the handsome bad-boy Wolf, who just might be able to help.

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers: This is the sequel to last year's Grave Mercy, in which Ismae escapeed to a convent that trained her to be an assassin for the god of Death. This new story follows one of the other girls, Sybella, who returns to her childhood home to stop an attempted kidnapping.

The Elite by Kiera Cass: The sequel to The Selection, which involved a reality TV competition to find the new queen. In The Elite, America is one of the top 6 girls but she is still undecided about her conflicting feelings for the prince and for her first love, Aspen.

Game by Barry Lyga: The sequel to I Hunt Killers, where Jazz was trying to make ammends for his serial killer father. In the new one, Jazz travels to New York to help the police track down another killer.

And one more that's not out quite yet:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (out 6/4) is the sequel to Shadow and Bone in which the Darkling trained Alina to destroy the monsters of the Fold. In the sequel, Alina and Mal are hunted as they begin to build an army. 

 

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Tana, Arvada Library

Game, by Barry Lyga is the follow up to I Hunt Killers, which was horrible in a good way.  In the first book we meet Jazz, a 17 year old living in a small town which seems to have attracted a serial killer.  Jazz, whose recently jailed father is one of the most prolific and terrifying serial killers in American history, tries to prove he is nothing like his dear old dad, by hunting down this deranged killer.  Needless to say the book is full of blood and guts and wierdness to the nth degree... and it's GREAT!

Game picks right up where the first book leaves off and it does not disappoint!  Fast paced, with tons of gruesome information you probably didn't know you needed to know, and plot twists galore, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.  It will also keep you looking over your shoulder...

 

Look for YA M FICTION LYGA

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Sophronia is a trial to her family, always up to some mischief or another.  Her mother has made the decision to send her off to finishing school but all is not as it seems.  The quote from the cover says it all: "It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time."  Etiguette & Espionage is filled with lots of non-stop action and good snarky dialogue.   

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Here are some books with dresses on the cover that I would love to wear.  Of course I wouldn't look nearly as good (imagine nerdy librarian in fancy dress.)

       

What book cover dresses would you love to wear? 

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Briana, Evergreen Library

Boarding schools have always been good settings for coming-of-age stories (A Separate Peace, anyone?) but I've seen a lot more of them lately. Here are four great realistic YA novels set in boarding schools.

Looking for Alaska by John Green: Miles Halter makes new friends and pulls pranks during his first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama, but his experience is dominated by Alaska Young, the beautiful, self-destructive girl who lives down the hall.

The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell: When he's accepted at an academy for gifted and talented students, 15-year-old James decides to leave his boring past behind and creates a new persona, but his lies lead to increasingly reckless behavior.

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard: Alex, a junior at a boys boarding school in 1982, feels devastated and guilty when he fails to save a friend from accidental drowning. The truth about what happened at the river is revealed through Alex's journal and poems

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan: Tim, a young albino, transfers to an elite prep school and falls for the most popular girl. She's into Tim, too, but her social status would be threatened if anyone knew about their secret relationship.

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Erin, Golden Library

Isaac has his bar mitzvah in two weeks and is wholly unprepared for it.  It doesn't help that he saw his buddy Eric puke his guts out at his just a few days ago.  When Isaac's parents go out of town unexpectedly, Isaac's brother Josh (or Super Jew as some call him) decides it's time to make Isaac a man.  Josh is super athletic and home for awhile after he left Columbia University under mysterious circumstances. He puts Isaac on a vision quest that includes a myriad of tasks both mundane and creative.  This quest with Josh has Isaac investigating a number of age old questions, like where to look at a strip club and what do you do in a bar fight, to name a few.

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of a Chris Crutcher's (who I LOVE) work. This title would definitely be a read alike to some of his work or something like Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach.This book had everything: it was hilarious and heartbreaking with some really engaging characters and some true soul searching. Rubens is apparently a former Daily Show writer and it shows. 

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