Gruesome hatchet murders are usually the subject of mysteries or horror
stories, but the bloody tale of Lizzie Borden is 100% true. Or is it?
accounts of the 1892 slaying of Andrew and Abby Borden, Lizzie's father
and stepmother, were so sensational that it was hard to tell fact from
fiction. Lizzie's suspicious behavior, which led to her trial for the
murders, only led to more rumors and misinformation.
This intriguing book presents the evidence from the Borden case in
you-are-there detail, allowing fans of courtroom drama and true crime to
cut through the hype and draw their own conclusions about these famous
-- and still unsolved -- murders.
The most important rule of cave exploration is to never go alone, but
since his best friend and caving partner David moved away, 13-year-old
no one to join him on his trips into the newly discovered tunnels
beneath his rural hometown. Buck carefully hides his solo caving from
his family, just like he hides the fact that he's viciously bullied at
school because of his stutter. Both situations are
dangerous, and when one of them turns almost deadly, Buck has no one to
rely on but himself. If you're moved by this emotionally authentic survival
story, you might also enjoy Dan Gemeinhart's The Honest Truth;
if you want another take on growing up with a stutter, check out Vince Vawter's Paperboy.
Though Saki Yamamoto would much rather be back in Tokyo with her
friends, her family insists that she travel to her grandmother's remote
the Obon festival honoring the spirits of their ancestors. As if being
stuck without a decent phone signal wasn't enough of a nightmare, Saki
accidentally brings down a death curse on her family. To break it,
she'll have to join the supernatural Night Parade
and follow three guides -- a four-tailed fox, a raccoon-like tanuki, and
a feathery tengu -- into the perilous spirit world. With "an
entertaining mix of Japanese folklore and teen angst" (School
Library Journal), The Night
Parade will charm readers of all kinds.
Fantasy. Named after a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet,
Rosemary "Rosie" Bennett has grown up surrounded by books, and has
always longed for the magical adventures inside them. Her reality is
certainly more challenging than it used to be: her dad has left, and her
friend Shelby seems to be drifting away. So when
Rosie and Adam, Shelby's brother, discover
old book of spells, they eagerly give it a try -- and accidentally
cause Shelby to vanish. An "addictive flow of magic and suspense" (Kirkus
will keep book lovers and fantasy fans turning pages as Rosie and Adam
desperately piece together the literary puzzles that will help
them reverse the spell.
Biography. She would later become a nurse, a spy, and an abolitionist,
but first, Araminta Ross had to survive an enslaved childhood in 1820s
Growing up to be brave and determined, Ross risked her life to escape to
the northern U.S., where slavery was illegal. Once she was finally
free, however, she felt compelled to return in secret, guiding others
out of slavery on the Underground Railroad. She
also changed her name to one you might recognize: Harriet Tubman. Like
the other books in the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series, The Underground
Abductor uses a funny frame story to help you understand how the life of one bold American fits into the nation's complicated history.
Even without TV, internet, or phone reception, it's hard for the Los
Angeles-dwelling Silver sisters -- 12-year-old Marigold, 11-year-old
five-year-old Lily -- to be upset about spending the summer with their
Aunt Sunny on Cape Cod. Zinnia and Lily ease right into lazy,
sunshine-drenched days on the beach, while the more motivated Marigold
makes plans to further her blossoming acting career (and
her first crush). If you love upbeat realistic fiction with a sweetly
nostalgic feel, don't miss this 1st book in the Silver Sisters series
(and keep an eye out for the next book, The
Brightest Stars of Summer, due out in May 2016).
Eleven-year-old orphan Arianna knows that she's too old to play with
paper dolls. Still, she finds comfort in her beloved paper "family,"
only relative she's got left is Gage, her 19-year-old brother. But Gage
doesn't have a job or an apartment, which means that he and Ari are
constantly couch surfing or sneaking into shelters. As the stress of
hiding their situation begins to strain her friendships
and her schoolwork, Ari is forced to consider how much she's willing to
lose to stay loyal to her brother. Those who enjoy this honest,
bittersweet story about family homelessness may also appreciate
Katherine Applegate's Crenshaw.
The youngest person to complete the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965
Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery was one of many students who risked her
to participate in the American Civil Rights Movement. She relates her experiences through
photos, and illustrations, using an easy, matter-of-fact style to
describe brutal beatings and grueling imprisonment as well as the warmth
of a strong community with a common cause. Ending with an epilogue
about current voting rights in the U.S., this
award-winning book provides vivid insight into the past and perspective
on the present.
Though Safi and Iseult have different magical gifts -- Truthwitch Safi
sees truth or lies in speech, while Threadwitch Iseult sees human
-- they're bound together by fierce friendship. When the Twenty Year
Truce ends and the Witchlands erupt into war, three clashing empires all
seek to control Safi's valuable power, forcing Safi and Iseult to flee.
Pursued by a deadly Bloodwitch mercenary, the
girls set sail with Merik, a Windwitch privateer whose loyalties might
not align with their own. Alternating points of view add even more depth
to the compelling characters, intricate world-building, and
breathtaking adventure in this series debut.
A few months ago, Lucille's dad attacked her mom and was
institutionalized. A few weeks ago, Lucille's mom left and didn't come
back. Now, too scared
and too stubborn to ask for help, Lucille is stuck paying the bills and
taking care of her 10-year-old sister Wren. Thankfully, she's got her
best friend Eden to lean on. But even that relationship gets complicated
when Lucille begins to fall painfully, inconveniently
in love with Digby, Eden's twin brother. Pairing Lucille's poetic voice
with her tough situation, This Raging Light
is an emotionally charged story about strength, loss, and finding first love when you least expect it.
Drum major Liza and her high school marching band aren't on a Destiny
cruise ship for fun -- they're there to win the $25,000 Ship of Dreams
arts prize before school budget cuts force them to disband. Energetic
Liza feels upbeat about her band's chances... at least until her
ex-friend Demi shows up with an annoyingly talented dance team, and Liza
is distracted by confusing feelings for both bandmate
Russ AND former crush Lenny. Bursting with breezy romance and slapstick
humor, this comedy about competing to save beloved school activities is
perfect for fans of Prudence Chen's Nothing
Can Possibly Go Wrong.
It's the first day of classes at Opportunity High School, which means
that everyone is gathered in the auditorium when the shooting starts.
former student, has returned with a gun, and the next 54 minutes of
terror unspool from the perspective of four students: Autumn, Tyler's
sister; Sylv, her secret girlfriend; Tomás, Sylv's brother; and Claire,
Tyler's ex-girlfriend. Though this unflinching,
minute-by-minute account of a school shooting may be overwhelming for
some, those who are drawn to raw, all-too-realistic fiction won't be
able to put it down. For a broader range of reactions to similar events,
try the short story collection Violent
Asthmatic 15-year-old Marlow Green may be a petty criminal with a nose
for trouble, but he never expected to face a deal with the devil: he
into a fight and tried to help a girl. But this particular girl, Pan, is
an Engineer, part of a secret army who've sold their souls to the
arcane Devil's Engine in exchange for superpowers. And now that Marlow
knows about the Engineers, he has no choice but
join in their battle to prevent hell on earth. If you like your horror
stories overflowing with darkness, demons, and gritty action, don’t miss
this 1st book in the Devil's Engine series.
Never Getting Back Together?
From burnt bridges to the hope of reunion, these books for fans of
realistic romance all depict the angst and drama of dealing with
break-ups and exes.
Audrey Cuttler had no idea that dumping her boyfriend would make her
famous. But when her erstwhile beau, Evan, poured his heartbreak into a
catapulted his band to the big-time -- and, being that the song was
written about Audrey, it dragged her along for the ride. How will she
ever get a second chance at love now? Music lovers will appreciate the
(actual) song lyrics that open each chapter, and
readers who like great characters, snappy dialogue, and romance will
adore this hilarious novel.
Laura Amores, a 17-old Cuban-American living in Miami, is blissfully in
love with her girlfriend, Marlena. But after Laura is caught reading a
from Marlena during class, she's expelled from her Catholic high school
and kicked out of her mom's house. She moves in with a friend, gets a
job, and manages okay until Marlena, who's been sent back to Puerto
Rico, renounces her feelings for Laura and marries
a hometown boy. Heartbroken, Laura thinks that perhaps her life will be
easier if she pretends to be straight, too...but can she be happy living
a lie? This story's vibrantly described Miami setting, ample comic
relief, and infusion of Cuban culture make it
Min Green is awkward, sincere, romantic, and loves classic cinema; Ed
Stapleton has simple tastes (basketball, girls) and is crazy-popular.
may have been doomed from the start, but the story -- about how they got
together, the details of their forays into each other's worlds, and
yes, the reasons why they broke up -- is chock full of the indefinable
stuff that makes fans of artsy, offbeat fiction
swoon. Memorable characters, quirky situations, cynical humor, and
honest emotion make Why We Broke Up
a superb choice for fans of John Green's An Abundance of Katherines
(or Will Grayson, Will Grayson,
which Green co-authored with David Levithan).
Fiction. Now that she's finally 16, Chelsea could
a normal job. Instead, she lets her best friend talk her into one more
petticoat-wearing, tourist-wrangling summer as a junior interpreter
at Colonial Essex Village in Virginia. It's a decision that Chelsea
quickly begins to regret, especially after Ezra, the ex-boyfriend who
broke her heart, turns up at orientation. Dealing with Ezra becomes even
more complicated when Chelsea starts crushing
on Dan, one of the "farbs" (aka unskilled reenactors) at Civil War
Reenactmentland, the rival historical attraction across the street.
Smart, snarky humor and an unusual setting make Past
Perfect a charming read for history geeks and romance fans alike.
For a mere $100 via Paypal, high schooler Becca Williamson will create
drama, expose weakness, and generally do whatever it takes to break up a
After losing her best friend to a popular boyfriend and seeing her
sister abandoned at the altar, Becca knows the damage that love can do.
In her eyes, it's only practical to destroy the delusion of true love
sooner rather than later. A mysterious request to
break up the school's power couple, however, combined with a forbidden
romance of her own, leaves Becca questioning the wisdom of ruining
others' relationships and wondering if she might have been wrong about
love after all.
"Always check for traps,
left is always right unless there's a middle, always put your healer in
the best armor and wear your magic rings on your toes instead of your
~ from Kate Milford's Greenglass House
If you knew your parents had committed a crime, would you turn them in?
It's a question that 12-year-old Ben never thought he'd have to answer.
after his parents drag him and his younger sister Olive on a surprise
"vacation" to the Australian bush, he follows the clues to the
disturbing truth: his parents are hiding millions in stolen cash. Now,
instead of quietly writing crime stories, Ben is stuck
inside one, and he has to figure out how to escape with his sister
before their particular story becomes a tragedy. Combining action,
suspense, and survival, this high-stakes thriller will keep you turning
pages right up until the end.
Fiction. Sixteen-year-old Josie feels a tingle of foreboding when she
arrives in the seaside Scottish town of Brindle, and not just because of
aunt and uncle's chilly welcome. Everything about the place is
unsettling, from the gloomy landscape to the secretive behavior of the
townspeople (including the alluring but off-limits Eli). Though she's
forbidden from asking questions, Josie can't control
her curiosity…not even when it puts her in danger. Set in 1807, Forbidden will
fans of historical mystery, as well as readers who relish atmospheric
tales with hints of the paranormal. For a similar story with a different
setting, try Laura Amy Schlitz's A
Drowned Maiden's Hair.
Fiction. Though he's gotten pretty good at stealing food, Jayson gets
collared when he tries to shoplift a new pair of sneakers. A talented
basketball player, Jayson needs the shoes to keep playing, but he can't
afford them since his mom died and her boyfriend took off. Once it's
revealed that he's living on his own, Jayson is taken in by the Lawtons,
a wealthy older couple Though he resists being
sent to a fancy private school, he doesn't hesitate to join the
basketball team, channeling his grief and anger into the game.
On-the-court action and authentic emotions make Fast
Break a perfect pick for sports fans, as well as anyone looking for a quick, upbeat read.
Jimmy McClean is three-quarters Lakota and one-quarter white, but his
light hair and blue eyes make him a target for the bullies at his school
Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. Seeing Jimmy's frustration at having
to constantly defend his heritage, Grandpa Nyles decides to take him on a
"vision journey" to explore the life of another light-haired Lakota:
the famous leader Crazy Horse. As they travel
across the Great Plains, stopping along the way for Grandpa Nyles to
tell intriguing stories about Crazy Horse's victories and struggles,
Jimmy gradually discovers a sense of pride -- not just in himself, but
in the pain and power of his people's history.
Imagine: you're stuck thousands of feet below the surface of the earth.
There's hardly any food. It's brutally hot, and it gets harder to
every day. Those were the conditions that 33 Chilean miners endured for
69 days in 2010. Trapped is
astonishing account of their ordeal, as well as the heroic (and
sometime bizarre) efforts of their rescuers. Alongside fascinating
insights into the history, science, politics, and mythology of mining,
author Marc Aronson vividly describes the miners' suspenseful
struggles and the increasingly desperate attempts to save them.
Eye-catching photos, diagrams, and quotations drive home the drama of
this real-life survival story.
In their isolated house at the edge of a forest, Annie, her younger
brother Rew, and their mentally unstable Gran are held hostage by an
Their terror turns to shock, however, when they learn that the convict
is the children's father, who they believed to be dead. Gran is too far
gone to help, Rew is disbelieving and furious, but Annie is strangely
reluctant to let go of this unexpected chance
to know her father. If you love intense, character-driven stories about
imperfect families and uneasy truths, don't miss this poignant and
poetic debut novel.
In the midst of a wild snowstorm, five unusual guests turn up
unannounced at the creaky old Greenglass Inn. Milo, the innkeepers' son,
is annoyed by
the interruption to his winter break, but his frustration turns to
intrigue when several items go missing from the guests' rooms.
Encouraged by his friend Meddy, Milo draws on the skills of Negret (his
character from the role-playing game Odd Trails) to investigate
the strange thefts. Offbeat and vividly written, Greenglass House
is loaded with tension, twists, and touches of fantasy. If you like this
multilayered mystery, you should check out Chris Grabenstein's Escape
from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, which also features young gamers in puzzling circumstances.
Suspense. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, many Americans braced for a nuclear attack that never occurred. But in Fallout,
the bomb actually does
trapping 11-year-old Scott -- along with his family and several of their
neighbors -- in an underground bomb shelter. As the food supply runs
low, tensions run high, exposing guilt, fear, and prejudice among the
survivors, who begin to wonder if they'll ever
make it out alive. Contrasting the familiar concerns of Scott's life
before the bomb with the horror of the aftermath, this thought-provoking
read is the perfect pick for those who enjoy speculating about what
might have been.