in Verse. Home and school: these are the only two places that
12-year-old Timothy is allowed to go after he's caught with a stolen
wallet. Though he was
just trying to help his struggling single mom pay for his baby brother's
medical treatments, he's sentenced to house arrest, as well as to
visits with a psychologist and a probation officer, and to keeping a
journal for a whole year. These journal entries,
written in easy-to-read free verse, offer readers a window into
Timothy's stress, anger, hope, and snarky humor. For another story in
which a journal reveals the inner life of a so-called delinquent, pick
up Mark Goldblatt's Twerp.
Fiction. Eddie Dane's boring life gets a lot more exciting after the
arrival of eccentric, attractive Scarlett White. Sure, Scarlett's
behavior is cagey
and her questions about his mother's death are a bit personal. But it's
not until after he witnesses a shocking murder and gets caught in a
repeating time loop -- always returning to the day he meets Scarlett --
that Eddie realizes he should have asked a few
more questions of his own. If you like this intricate, thought-provoking
tale about teens traveling through time to prevent disaster, you may
also enjoy the time-twisting suspense and romance of Cristin Terrill's All
One unusual old book links two very different girls in this
lighthearted, offbeat fantasy. Kai is spending the summer with her
quirky grandmother in
Texas, while Leila is visiting her dad's family in Pakistan. Yet when
each girl discovers and writes in a copy of The Exquisite Corpse,
she's able to see the other's writing! As Kai and Leila write up their summer experiences, The Exquisite Corpse's
(an old-fashioned romance) is gradually revealed…and altered. If you
relish intriguing books that encourage you to find connections between
multiple storylines and points of view, you don't want to miss A
Tale of Highly Unusual Magic.
Realism. For Teo and Esma, destiny strikes during their childhood in
the 1950s, when Esma and her Romani family visit Teo's Mixteco community
in the dusty
Mexican mountains. Teo is grieving the loss of his twin sister, but
spirited Esma (who calls herself the "Queen of Lightning") puts "the
spark of life" back in him. Though Esma's fortune-teller grandmother
predicts that their friendship will be lifelong, even
lasting into the lives of their grandchildren, readers are
fast-forwarded to the present day, where older Teo and Esma have lost
touch. Can their grandchildren figure out how to reunite them so they
can fulfill their destiny? Find out in this magical and deeply
Fiction/Thriller. When New Zealand teenagers Tane and Rebecca receive a
desperate SOS from their future selves, they embark on a dangerous
quest to stop
an impending ecological disaster that could mean the end of humanity. A
scientific experiment gone horribly awry threatens the planet with
lethal organisms as Tane and Rebecca race against time to unravel the
clues in the messages they continue to receive.
This adrenaline-pumping eco-thriller includes plenty of codes and
puzzles alongside the action and will have readers on the edges of their
seats to the final page.
After billionaire game designer Luigi Lemoncello builds a cutting-edge
new library in their town, Kyle Keeley and a dozen other 12-year-olds
opportunity to preview the new building during an overnight lock-in.
Once they're inside, however, they're given a challenge: they've got to
find their way out of the library using only the resources they find in
the library. Cool technology, sly gaming references,
and bookish in-jokes combine with clever puzzles in this "instantly
engaging and wildly creative mystery" (Booklist).
A sequel, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics,
is due out in January 2016.
Fiction. As a hurricane barrels toward their South Carolina island
home, 14-year-old Tory Brennan and her friends are caught up in a deadly
began as a geocaching game, a fun way for Tory and her "pack" of fellow
Virals (human teens with wolf DNA) to use their skills. But as the
elaborately coded caches become more dangerous, the mysterious
"Gamemaster" grows more threatening, leaving Tory desperate
to find and destroy a final, explosive cache before the storm hits.
Third in the thrilling Virals series, Code can
be read as a standalone, but if you're curious about the origin of Tory's pack, you'll want to start with the 1st book, Virals.
In a futuristic world characterized by retro-steampunk technology and
previously unknown lands, Kit West and his siblings, Zander and M.K.,
by the mysterious disappearance of their father, a famous explorer who
ran afoul of the corrupt Bureau of Newly Discovered Lands. After
discovering a map hidden by their father, the West kids race to follow
it to a hidden treasure, eluding government agents
and giant green slugs along the way. Fans of fantasy adventures such as
Rick Riordan's various demigod series and Philip Reeve's Larklight
trilogy are sure to enjoy this 1st book in the Expeditioners series, and
may want to keep reading through the 2nd book,
The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair.