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Kids and Teen Books
After a cyber incident in a class, all electronics were banned at Branton Middle School. Sticky notes start to appear everywhere bringing another set of challenges. Eric, our narrator, and his “tribe” including the new girl, find solutions to the challenges. Themes of anti-bullying, fitting in and friendship are appropriate for boys and girls. Loved it. -Sherry
To honor his best friend Lucas, 12 year old Toby sets out to finish their totally awesome, 10 item summer activity list alone by hiking the last 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail. A well-written, action packed adventure of self-discovery. Loved it. -Sherry
Cipher is a message in code. The Old York Cipher of 1798 yields an unimaginable treasure to anyone who follows the clues to find it, and many have tried. Three 21st century teens are on the hunt to save their families’ home from gentrification by solving it. What an engaging and inventive series opener offering an alternate history of NYC! Star reviewed by many including me! teen Sherry
To all appearances, Michael fits in perfectly in Nazi Germany, where his father is the Irish ambassador. He speaks fluent German and is a member of the Hitler Youth. But he and his parents are actually spies for the Allies. It’s a dangerous life for Michael in this exciting and suspenseful story. 9-12 Stephen
Adam Thorn’s life is falling apart: romantic troubles with his boyfriend, troubles with his family, troubles at work, too many things changing at once. And there’s a vengeful ghost roaming the countryside who might very well bring on the end of the world. An amazing novel from an excellent author. -Stephen
A 17-year-old pirate captain INTENTIONALLY allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this smart, thrilling adventure. Loved it! -Robin
A lab accident when he was three bonded Felix Yz to an alien intelligence called Zyx. Now, they’re a month away from a procedure to separate them and Felix is recording his thoughts, hopes, fears, and daily life in a secret blog, with a little help from Zyx. A wonderful, original book. -Stephen
Gemma, troubled daughter of a doctor at The Haven Institute and Lyra, a replica/clone from the Haven, appear unrelated in this dystopic story of bio-technology ethics, and yet the search for personal identity causes their paths to cross. Mysteries in one novel will be solved in the other. Read all of one, then the other or both simultaneously. Highly readable and thought provoking. Teen
11-year-old Alex wants nothing more than to launch his golden iPod, filled with sounds he’s recorded of the world around him, into space for aliens to find, but life has more than a few surprises in store for him. A funny and heartwarming story. 9-12 Stephen
Reuben Pedley discovers a treasure: an antique pocket watch with a winding key. He soon discovers its powers, and that there are evil, powerful men who want it. Lots of action adventure; a great story! By the author of the bestselling series, The Mysterious Benedict Society. Ages 10-13
Shy Pinmei’s grandmother, a beloved storyteller, has been kidnapped by an evil emperor. Pinmei and her friend Yishan must find the Luminous Stone for her release. Join Pinmei and Yishan in a fast-paced, exciting fantasy adventure, and prepare to be captivated! Ages 9-12
In this heartwarming, 1930’s Depression story, times are tough, and 10-year-old Beans Curry will do almost anything to earn a dime. When Key West is descended upon by men wanting to turn the town into a tourist destination, Beans is against the idea, until tragedy hits and he realizes this is not such a bad idea after all. Fun read! Ages 8-12
Natasha and Daniel meet and fall in love during 12 intense hours in New York City, despite numerous obstacles. Powerful and memorable. Loved it!! Teen.
In the future, the planet is a utopia. With no crime or disease, and out-of-control population growth, the answer is using Scythes, a group who “glean” citizens at random. 16-yr-old Citra and Rowan are chosen by a Scythe named Faraday to train as apprentices; neither wants this lifetime position. Powerful, thought-provoking and riveting! Teen
Described as “steampunk” fiction this book depicts a 20th century under-ocean railway, through language, engineering and artwork. Throw in pre-WWI history, suspense, young love, London, plots, counterplots and loose ends. Book one of a series??? Great read for 7th grade+ girls & boys.
The Bateson children are evacuated from London to avoid the Blitz and find themselves as a spooky Scottish Castle: Rookskill. Soon, strange things start happening. Ever practical Kat Bateson thinks Lady Eleanor, who rules the castle, is covering up a Nazi spy ring, but the truth is much more mysterious and dangerous, as the children discover. Ages 9-12. Stephen
After putting their teeth under their pillow, children are expecting something lovely from the tooth fairy, but are instead getting dead slugs and other creepy crawlers. Alfie, a boy with extremely bad teeth must brave the scary new dentist, and bring this mystery to an end. A delightfully funny tale. Ages 8-12. -Diana
Solomon is sixteen and hasn’t left the house in three years due to crippling anxiety attacks. Lisa, seventeen, is an aspiring psychologist who sees Solomon as perfect material for her college application essay, so she sets out to “cure” him. Whatever could go wrong? A funny and touching tale of friendship and mental illness. 14 & up. -Stephen
Described as The Fault in Our Stars for middle grade readers, Ben’s journey through friendships, bullying, losses, love and literature is readable, realistic, relatable and bittersweet for all who read it. Loved it. 10 & up. Sherry
In a world where creatures have human qualities and are despised by humans, a fox-like creature with a big heart has been raised in a horrid orphanage and named Number 13. He finds courage to escape when a little bird-like creature named Trinket befriends him and renames him Arthur, after King Arthur of the Round Table. So begins the perilous quest to find out where he came from. A magical takeoff from Dickens's Oliver, this story is full of heart and adventure. 9-12 -Robin
Morrigan Crow is cursed and doomed to die on her 11th birthday, but is rescued at the last minute by Jupiter North, who takes her to compete for a spot on the elite Wundrous Society through a series of trials, culminating in a show of her special talent. But what is her talent? This is an absorbing and exciting story, wrapped in magical delight. More, please! -Robin
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