December 5, 2013
Five Flavors of Dumb is a unique, realistic, and engaging story. The characters are well-developed, especially Piper. Five Flavors of Dumb is about finding your talent and finding your self. I highly recommend this book to all readers age 13 and up.
Anthony John. Five Flavors of Dumb. New York: Dial Books, 2010.
With the tenth and final Alex Rider book (Russian Roulette) recently published, I decided it was time to try out the series. Stormbreaker reads like a PG version of James Bond; the secondary characters are ripped straight from Ian Fleming's imagination. Stormbreaker isn't the best teen spy book I've read, but I recommend it to readers who enjoy action adventure stories.
Anthony Horowitz. Stormbreaker. New York: Philomel Books, 2001.
October 29, 2013
The Future of Us is a well-crafted story by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. The novel alternates between Josh's and Emma's points of view, drawing the reader into both of their minds. The premise might seem a little goofy, but The Future of Us is a top-notch coming-of-age novel that will appeal to guys and girls (and those of us nostalgically remembering the 1990s).
Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler. The Future of Us. New York: Razorbill/Penguin Group, 2011.
October 16, 2013
Matched is not a complete story - you must read the entire trilogy (Crossed, Reached) to reach the conclusion, so I recommend having all three books handy before you begin reading. The Matched Trilogy is similar to The Hunger Games and almost as good. The later books are also told from the boys' point of views and I recommend the series to girls and guys (don't be deterred by the girl on the cover!).
Ally Condie. Matched. New York: Dutton, 2010.
Ally Condie. Crossed. New York: Dutton, 2011.
Ally Condie. Reached. New York: Dutton, 2012.
Wesley King's debut novel The Vindico is a fast-paced adventure with complex characters. This exciting novel will appeal to guys and girls. The Feros is a satisfying sequel with twists and turns to keep the reader on edge.
Wesley King. The Vindico. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012.
Wesley King. The Feros. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2013.
September 11, 2013
This clever novel won the 2009 Printz Honor Medal and was a National Book Award Finalist in 2008. Read a preview at E. Lockhart's website. Recommended for ages 13-up.
Emily Lockart. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. New York: Hyperion, 2008.
Elise Broach weaves together two mysteries (one over 400 years old!) into a delightful story about loyalty and perseverance. Don't be scared away by the title: you do not have to like Shakespeare to enjoy this book!
Elise Broach. Shakespeare's Secret. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005.