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Reviewed: Nov 7, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Science fiction
Grade level: 7 and up

The Fifth Wave

by Rick Yancey

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

Read if you like: Ender’s Game; alien invasions; Variant

Reviewed: Nov 7, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Oct 22, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Science fiction, romance
Grade level: 8 and up

These Broken Stars

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Read if you like: Science fiction; survival stories; romance

Reviewed: Oct 22, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Oct 15, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Magic realism
Grade level: 7 and up

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

by Leslye Walton

Ava — in all other ways a normal girl — is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the summer solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

Read if you like: Quirky heroines; magical stories; lyrical writing

Reviewed: Oct 15, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Oct 8, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Dystopian
Grade level: 7 and up

The Darkest Minds

by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids, led by Liam, who escaped their own camp.

Read if you like: The Hunger Games; Divergent

Reviewed: Oct 8, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Sep 2, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Psychological thriller
Grade level: 8 and up.

The Naturals

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides — especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Read if you like: Criminal Minds, fast-paced suspense

Reviewed: Sep 2, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Aug 26, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Realistic fiction
Grade Level: 8 and up.

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits — smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love — and just how hard it pulled you under.

Read if you like: 80s movies or music; romances that aren’t sappy

Reviewed: Aug 26, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Aug 19, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Mystery
Grade Level: 7 and up.

We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from an old-money family, headed by a patriarch who owns a private island off of Cape Cod. Each summer, the extended family gathers at the various houses on the island, and Cadence, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat (the four “Liars”), have been inseparable since age eight. During their fifteenth summer however, Cadence suffers a mysterious accident. She spends the next two years—and the course of the book—in a haze of amnesia, debilitating migraines, and painkillers, trying to piece together just what happened.

Read if you like: Unreliable narrators, books about the super-wealthy, surprise endings

Reviewed: Aug 19, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Aug 11, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Historical fiction
Grade level: 7 and up

A Death-Struck Year

by Makiia Lucier

The Spanish influenza is devastating the East Coast—but Cleo Berry knows it is a world away from the safety of her home in Portland, Oregon. Then the flu moves into the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters are shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode—and into a panic.

Seventeen-year-old Cleo is told to stay put in her quarantined boarding school, but when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she cannot ignore the call for help. In the grueling days that follow her headstrong decision, she risks everything for near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies pile up, Cleo can’t help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Read if you like: Historical fiction, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793

Reviewed: Aug 11, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Aug 4, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca

Genre: Realistic fiction
Grade level: 8 and up

Falling Into Place

by Amy Zhang

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? The nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?

Read if you like: Mean Girls, Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why

Reviewed: Aug 4, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca



Reviewed: Apr 30, 2015
Recommended by:
Rebecca Harlow

Genre: Realistic fiction
Grade level: 8 and up

Winger

by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications with the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Read if you like: John Green

Reviewed: Apr 30, 2015
Recommended by: Rebecca Harlow