After three years in juvenile detention, Angela is just months shy of release. When ten-year-old Jessica arrives in shackles and is placed in segregation, creepy things begin to happen and it becomes clear that Jessica and her possible supernatural powers are more dangerous than anyone expected.
Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by January 5, 2014 by going to http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply! If you're accepted, choose UAPL as your preferred book pick-up location!
Summer Library Club (SLC) is well underway and we are deep into exploring super powers in teen books. So far we have looked at super powers in fiction in the post Teen Super Powers and super powers in that place that gave super powers their start - graphic novels - in Graphic Novels: We Started It All! But, there are more than just super powers out there. This week we will look at books that explore some of these other unique powers, such as having magical abilities, being able to time travel, having psychic powers, learning you are a witch or fairy godmother, being able to raise the dead, being a hero, and more. For some top picks check these out:
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
- Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
- 15 Minutes by Steve Young
- Kat, Inocorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
- Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday
- Shifter by Janice Hardy
- Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin
- Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
For a look at The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott check out the book trailer below. And for some extra fun check out his website, Michael Scott, where he also has lots of extras, info, interviews, and even some Doctor Who stuff! By the way, when I saw this trailer not only did it make me want to run out and read this series, but made me hope for a movie! This is an edge of your seat trailer!
For links to these, and other teen books with a focus on all kinds of teen powers, in our catalog see the Teens Powers: All Kinds of Powers! book list.
Also, be sure to check back in July for our last two blog posts in the Super Power Saturdays series. July 11th will highlight heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies! and July 25th with wrap things up with books about creating your own stories, comics, and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!.
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
15 year old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians in the fading world of magic. When visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin all signs point to Jennifer and Big Magic! Also available is #2 The Song of the Quarkbeast.
Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors–but that doesn't make him a wuss. Henry's dad doesn't agree and thinks his masculinity needs a boost. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life, and soon both heretics and books will burn.
A gorgeous, bewitching story of two outcast girls whose lives are twisted by an ancient prophecy. Who will be queen of the witches? Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed are bound by their unlikely friendship and the boy they both love.
This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher. Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.
Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next!
The Fault in Our Stars, a young adult novel by acclaimed author John Green, has flown off the shelves with the premier of The Fault in Our Stars movie. If you loved this book (or movie), or if you are the 168th person in the request line for this fabulous novel, check out these read alikes. They may help dampen any post-reading-an-emotional-book withdrawal that many fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” have experienced.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find. This whirlwind romance is sure to captivate readers from the first page to the last.
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
“I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison.”
Lucy Grealy is diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer when she is nine years old. When she returns to school, she faces taunts from classmates and friends. This book captures the essence of true strength of truth and beauty, and addresses what it means to triumph over suffering.
The Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
An unlikely romance develops between a science-minded girl who is determined to reclaim her reputation and a boy with Asperger's Syndrome. This is a story about two kids who discover that the best parts of people can’t be summed up easily. Forget the cheesy cover—it is worth it.
Planning on going to see the new movie, “Victor Frankenstein”? Before you go, brush up on the original story or read a book inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic.
Read the real thing, Frankenstein. Or try some variations of the classic: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or Frankenstein adapted by Chris Mould. Are graphic novels more your style? How about these: Frankenstein: the graphic novel: quick text version , Frankenstein: the graphic novel, or Frankenstein.
Then you can sample newer books about this gruesome topic. This Dark Endeavor the apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel. UnWholly by Neal Shusterman, Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron, and This Monsterous Thing by Mackenzi Lee all bring a fresh eye to this timeless tale.
Wary of romance following her mother's second divorce and resisting her friends' attempts to fix her up with the hottest guy in school, Piper's life gets complicated when she receives a series of Valentines from a secret admirer.