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Arra, Lakewood Library

Did you see the movie / read the book Life of Pi?  Want to read some other books that give you a good sense of Indian culture and life?  Try some of these great reads:

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Seventeen-year-old Oregon teenager Kelsey forms a bond with a circus tiger who is actually one of two brothers, Indian princes Ren and Kishan, who were cursed to live as tigers for eternity, and she travels with him to India where the tiger's curse may be broken once and for all.

Karma by Cathy Ostlere
After her mother's suicide, Maya and her Sikh father travel to New Delhi from Canada to place her mother's ashes in their final resting place. On the night of their arrival, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated.  Maya and her father are separated when the city erupts in chaos, and Maya must rely on Sandeep, a boy she has just met, for survival.

Anila's Journey by Mary Finn
In late eighteenth-century Calcutta, half-Indian half-Irish Anila Tandy finds herself alone with nothing but her artistic talent to rely on, searching for her father who is presumed dead.

Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans. Where does she fit in when she is constantly pulled between these two opposing cultures?

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

Humans and dragons engineered a fragile peace nearly forty years ago, but as the anniversary of the treaty nears, tensions escalate with covert factions on both sides instigating war. Seraphina, an unusually gifted musician, hides not only the extent of her talent but her heritage. Dragons can assume human form and a few live among the people of Goerdd as ambassadors and scholars; they are mathematical, rational and precise musicians, but they disdain emotion. Seraphina is half-dragon and half-human, something that everyone else presumes impossible. She must hide her true nature at risk of death for herself and her father, but her knowledge of dragons is uncanny. When the Crown Prince is murdered, Princess Glisselda and her betrothed, Prince Lucien rely on Seraphina’s courage and knowledge, drawing her deeper into an intrigue rooted in treason.

Vivid world-building at its best, Seraphina is an adventure that tests the boundaries of love, loyalty and what it means to be human.

by: 
Arra, Lakewood Library

Anya doesn’t fit in a school or home.  Her mom wants her to respect her Russian immigrant roots but she wants to be a normal American teen.  When she falls down the well in the park she finally gains a best friend, one that has been dead since 1918. Emily may have been dead for a century but she is determined to help Anya transform into a popular girl at school.  As the saying goes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence and sinister secrets follow Emily from the grave.  This is a well drawn story with images that perfectly capture what it is to feel like an awkward teen trying to fit in.  I loved this story from start to finish.

 

by: 
Arra, Lakewood Library

I'm not a big fan of horror fiction but for some reason I like zombie books.  Not the funny, quirky zombies, but the I'm going to eat you so you had better run kind of zombies.  Here are some of my favorite zombie books:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - Mary lives in a walled village and in the surrounding forest dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.  There are paths leading from the village down which no one has walked for generations.  They are nearly forgotten until one day a stranger comes into the village along one of the paths.

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry - In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.  What I love about this book is the new look at zombies as former humans.  The book starts slow but after the first chapter it really takes off.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick - A huge electromagnetic pulse has been set off and all electronics are dead along with most of the humans.  Alex was taking a solo hiking trip through the woods when the EMP struck and at first does not realize the danger.  Another side effect of the EMP?  People turning into zombies.  I couldn't put this book down.  It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let up till the end.

 

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