Despite knowing the dangers of the dark forest, apprentice woodwife
Rachelle strays from the path and pays the price: she is marked as
"bloodbound" to the wolfish,
forced to become a killer. As penance, Rachelle
pledges to use her deadly new powers to protect the kingdom from evil.
The king, however, orders her to guard his son, Armand, which not only
gets in the way of Rachelle's personal mission, but also kicks off an
angsty love triangle involving fellow bloodbound
Erec. This "unusual, intricately woven story" (Kirkus Reviews) based
on Red Riding Hood is sure to captivate fans of the author's previous fairy tale retelling, Cruel Beauty.
Overachiever Ana couldn't care less that this year's Washingcon sci-fi
convention conflicts with her quiz bowl team's championship, but geeky
Zak, a reluctant quiz bowl
alternate, is disappointed to miss the con. So when Ana's brother (and
teammate) Clayton ditches the quiz bowl for Washingcon, Ana enlists Zak
to help her find him. The two of them take turns narrating their wild
night-long search, which includes cosplayers,
gamers, card collectors, felons, a Star Wars/Star
Trek wedding...and a growing attraction that Zak and Ana can't ignore. Similar to Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Nick
and Norah's Infinite Playlist, this opposites-attract romance offers both genuine emotions and pop culture-inspired humor.
Carson hasn't seen his alcoholic father in years, but now that the guy
is dying, 17-year-old Carson is forced to spend the summer with him in
Billings, Montana. There, Carson
meets Aisha, who's been sleeping at the local zoo since her
ultra-conservative father kicked her out for being a lesbian. The two
quickly become friends, and after they discover some surprising clues
regarding Carson's long-absent grandfather, they take off
on a road trip to learn the truth and bring Carson's dad some closure.
If you prefer realistic fiction that's both funny and unflinching, don't
miss this bittersweet story about prejudice, forgiveness, and family.
Mystery. At 16, talented sleuth Scarlett has already finished high
school and started her own detective agency. Though her latest job seems
normal enough, it leads to
an ancient supernatural conspiracy in Scarlett's family history; to
crack the case, Scarlett will have to re-examine not only her personal
beliefs, but also her father's unsolved murder. Told in a tough-talking,
hard-boiled style, this debut novel introduces
a memorable teen detective and a suspenseful, mythology-infused mystery.
Readers who want another smart Muslim American heroine may enjoy G.
Willow Wilson's Ms.
Marvel comics, while those looking for another teen gumshoe should try Sean Beaudoin's You
Killed Wesley Payne.
Fantasy. When exuberant, gleefully violent Nimona first offers to be
his sidekick, villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart turns her down. Once
she reveals that she's a shapeshifter,
however, Blackheart is intrigued. And Nimona does have some good
ideas for overthrowing Blackheart's archenemies, Sir Goldenloin and the
of Law Enforcement and Heroics... But does she really have her powers
under control? Adorably edgy cartoons provide the perfect visuals for
this witty and heartfelt fantasy that overturns stereotypes about good
and evil. Whether you're a new fan
or you've been following Nimona since its beginning as a webcomic,
you may find it hard to resist the adventures of this irrepressible anti-heroine.
If You Like: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Combining humor, profanity,
and insight, these unconventional reads about friendship, creativity,
and the things that change (or don't change) your life will appeal to
fans of Jesse Andrews' Me
and Earl and the Dying Girl. The movie of Me and Earl opened in U.S. theaters in June.
Outspoken, irreverent, and a little too quick with his fists,
17-year-old Cricket doesn't see a lot of options for himself once he
leaves the Naskeag Home for Boys. He might
survive on his boxing skills, or by taking over for a local drug dealer,
but with such a bleak future and an unthinkable past, Cricket's not
even sure that life is worth living anymore. Enter Wynona Bidaban, the
girl who offers Cricket unexpected new perspectives.
Like Me and Earl's Greg, Cricket confronts both the excitement and
the bitter unfairness of life with sarcasm, self-awareness, and lots of movie references.
Junior year is turning out to be eventful for Mitchell Wells: his best
friend has just come out to him (and only him); he's turned in a
somewhat obscene claymation short
film instead of a paper about The Grapes of Wrath
(didn't go over
so well); and one of the most popular girls at school suddenly likes him
(?!?!). Prom is coming up, and at this rate, there's no predicting what
will happen. If you liked Stephen Chbosky's The
Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's a pretty good bet that you'll like Two
Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath, a drily hilarious and painfully honest slice of high school life.
Recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin Singleton
falls in love easily. Since third grade, he's had a grand total of 19
girlfriends, all named Katherine,
who have all dumped him. Freshly rejected by Katherine XIX, Colin sets
off on a road trip with his best friend Hassan, a chubby, Judge
Judy-obsessed Muslim with dreams of becoming a stand-up comic. They make
it as far as Gutshot, Tennessee, where they befriend
a girl who is NOT named Katherine, and where Colin works to perfect a
mathematical formula that can predict how long romantic relationships
will last. This offbeat male-bonding story should appeal to anyone who
thinks that math is fun, road trips have curative
powers, or that everyone's story matters.
Having been ditched one too many times by his flaky sort-of girlfriend,
Colleen, aspiring filmmaker Ben Bancroft wonders whether someone his
overbearing grandmother approves
of -- like popular, pretty, academically driven A.J., who is just as big
of a film nut as Ben -- might be a better match for him. But can A.J.
really see past Ben's cerebral palsy like Colleen does? Fans of the 1st
& Spaz (and other all-about-the-attiude novels like Barry Lyga's The
Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl), will be pleased to find the same sort of witty, electric banter in Now
Playing, and film buffs will appreciate the movies that are mentioned throughout.
Smart, cynical Tom Henderson is a typical high school loser whose
pastimes include coming up with band names (never mind the fact that
he's not in a band) and trying to
attract "semihot girls." Tom is baffled and annoyed by his teachers'
cultish allegiance to The Catcher in the Rye,
a book that changed their lives when they were teenagers. But Tom's own
life is about to be changed by a copy of the same book -- the copy that
his recently deceased father filled with cryptic notes that might
explain his mysterious death. Tom's sardonic humor
and esoteric musical references continue in the sequel, King Dork Approximately.
Historical Fiction. They may have escaped from the freak show where they used to perform,
but it's still hard for acrobat Clarissa and fur-covered, aspiring detective
Wild Boy to blend into everyday life in Victorian England. The two friends find allies in the secret crime-fighting society known as the Gentlemen, and are soon handed
a perilous case: to find the source and the antidote for a rare poison that’s spreading death and terror
throughout London -- all the way to the queen herself. This "thrilling, gory, head-rushing" (Kirkus Reviews)
sequel to Wild Boy is perfect for readers who like steampunk-style
Thriller. Princess X, the sword-swinging,
comic book superheroine created by fifth-grade friends May and Libby,
died on the day that Libby was killed in a car crash. So why is May, now
16, suddenly seeing stickers and graffiti featuring Princess X? It all
leads back to a recent underground
webcomic about the princess – a webcomic full of cryptic details which
indicate that Libby might be alive, in danger, and purposefully leaving
clues for May to find. Alternating between Princess X's illustrated
exploits and May's investigation (both on the
internet and in real-life Seattle), this techno-thriller is short,
savvy, and satisfying.
Since her mom died, 12-year-old Lily spends a lot of time taking care
of her four-year-old brother, Adam. Though it seems clear that Adam is
on the autism spectrum, Lily's
stepdad doesn't want to admit it, or seek out support for Adam. When
Adam meets and bonds with Nori, a wild dolphin being treated for cancer
at a local marine park, Lily is excited that Adam has found a friend.
But she can't help but wonder: is continuing Adam's
dolphin-assisted therapy worth keeping Nori in captivity? For another
realistically complicated look at family and human-animal relationships,
try Hurt Go Happy,
also by Ginny Rorby.
You'd think that the ability to see memories attached to objects would
be useful when starting a new school, but it's not much help to
eighth-grader Raine. She still has
to put up with the school's mean-girl clique, whose bullying seems more
sinister when memories reveal that they know more than they're telling
about the recent disappearance of fellow student Emily. Though following
Emily's memories becomes increasingly risky,
Raine feels compelled to find the missing girl. Combining authentic
middle school social drama with supernatural mystery, Raine's dogged
search for the truth is bound to keep you turning pages.
Fiction. As the only American Indian kid in the gifted program at a
mostly white school, seventh-grader Lewis Blake feels like he may as
well be from a different planet.
He's just about given up hope of making friends when he and new student
George connect over their shared love of the Beatles. Still, Lewis is
afraid that he can never be honest with George about his messed up
family and their life on the poverty-stricken reservation.
Set in 1975 against a backdrop of classic rock (there's even a playlist
included), If I Ever Get Out of Here
is an unhurried, authentic story of unlikely friendship.
Fiction. Breaking Gramps out of the nursing home wasn't the original plan. It's just the result of several disappointments for awkward,
eccentric Tyson. First,
his best friend ditched him because Tyson likes Taylor Swift more than
football. Then, his long-awaited hunting trip with Gramps was cancelled
due to Gramps' failing health (and some recent grizzly bear attacks in
the area). These setbacks only made Tyson more determined to prove his
worth as an outdoorsman, which is why he and Gramps are sneaking off for
some illicit elk hunting. But is Gramps' health
-- or Tyson's courage -- up to the challenge? Similar to Jack Gantos or
Jordan Sonnenblick, debut author Ryan Gebhart skillfully balances
realistic emotions with irreverent humor.
It's not exaggerating to say that Ana's life feels like a zoo -- after
all, her family lives in one. Moved there by her zookeeper parents, Ana
doesn't want her seventh grade
classmates to know about her unorthodox new neighborhood. Too bad her
famous grandfather is making a reality show about the family! Facing
unwanted fame and missing her best friend (who recently moved away), Ana
copes by making zoological "creature files" about
her classmates. Honest, funny, and poignant, Ana's story continues in
the sequel, How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel.
If a zoo sounds like your ideal habitat, you might also enjoy Stuart Gibb's Belly Up
Shortly before her 13th birthday, usually timid Tara gets caught trying
to steal a goat -- the school's mascot -- from the principal's office.
As punishment, Tara's parents
send her to spend the summer with her aunt and uncle in tiny Willow
Falls rather than taking her to Madagascar with them. But instead of the
boredom she expects, Tara finds mystery and a bit of magic in the
charmed little town and its unusual inhabitants. While
she may be shy, Tara has a lot of personality, and her wry narration is a
highlight of this companion novel to 11 Birthdays
and Finally. For more birthday tales full of colorful characters,
but touched by a good bit more magic, check out Ingrid Law's Savvy
There’s no need to wait until you’re an adult to chase your dreams.
the message that 13-year-old Chrishana Rodgers gives when she’s asked
to speak at other schools about her experience writing a book at the age
“I’ve been going around to different schools and school
districts and telling the kids their imagination has value,” she told
the Ouachita Parish Police Jury on Monday night. “Basically, it’s like a
person walking down the street with gold and not knowing the worth of
it until later on in life when you get word that it has value.”
Police Jury honored Rodgers and her father, Chris Rodgers, with two
separate proclamations. Chrishana Rodgers was honored for writing her
book, Daughter of the Unknown: A Concrete Princess. Her father was
recognized for taking a year off of work to publish his daughter’s book.
two exemplify what happens when a father invests totally … into his
family,” Juror Ollibeth Reddix said. “I thought it was so inspiring that
you took a whole year off to actually discover and create the
publishing of this book. It’s absolutely a wonderful novel.”
The book, which is available for purchase on Amazon, is a 220-page coming-of-age thriller.
want to say how much I appreciate you being a part of this for my
daughter,” Chris Rodgers told the jury. “She’s appreciating it and she’s
Chrishana Rodgers and her family will launch the book
locally at the main branch of Ouachita Parish Public Library at 6 p.m.
Chris Rodgers said he hopes his daughter’s accomplishments will motivate other children to take a risk.
hope it’s the first step in inspiring another kid that might have
something on their hard drive, some book, some poem,” he said. “And
they’ll say, ‘OK Ouachita Parish. They’re ready for me.’ This act says
to those kids that we’re waiting for you. We want you to take that one
step. We’re going to take 50 on their behalf.”
Chrishana Rodgers said the time is now for her generation.
little story could mean so much,” she said. “Do what you want to. You
don’t have to be 28 or 55 to do what you want to do. You can start out
now if you know what you want to do.” Follow @Kaleb_Causey on Twitter.
Read the book description on Amazon:
on the continent of North America, there lies a mystical world unto
itself called...Harlem. Among its diverse and proud people, and amid the
hustle and bustle of the city's never-sleeping streets, we find Gloria.
In many ways, Gloria is your typical teenage girl: intelligent,
creative, athletic, and a bit insecure. She's tough and beautiful too;
but she doesn't always see herself that way. She sees herself as no one
particularly special; just another person out here, trying to figure out
what this thing called life is really about. Anyway... One day, in the
recent past, a misunderstanding with a teacher unexpectedly gets Gloria
suspended from school. She has no idea how she's going to explain this
to her dad. Little does she know, she'll soon find that getting kicked
out of school is the least of her problems; for you see, when she gets
home, her dad will share with her a secret that will shatter both of
their lives forever... In Daughter of the Unknown, Chrishana Rodgers has
penned a suspenseful coming-of-age thriller that will have you
wondering... How far would you go for someone you love?