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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: August Recommendations for Teens

Friday, August 1, 2008

August Recommendations for Teens


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - For Frankie's first year at the exclusive Alabaster Academy she was a geeky member of the debate club and not much to notice. Over the summer things changed; she came back almost a different person and took this highly competitive school by storm. She was not a person to take no for an answer, and when she sets her mind to something she won't stop. With Secret Societies, pranks, boyfriends, and her future on the line, her sophomore year at school will be the most notorious year anyone has ever imagined and Frankie might just be the most cunning (near criminal mastermind) student ever seen.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - "Don't trust anyone over 25!" These words become a cry of the youth of a nation as terror, technology, and loyalty are brought to a test in this fantastic action packed, yet thoughtful, book! Meet Marcus (aka "w1n5t0n"); at the age of 17 he thinks he knows about all he needs to know. He has bested the private high-tech school's security system, and does pretty much what ever he wants. Suddenly there is a terrorist strike in San Francisco and everything changes. He is caught up with his friends for being in the wrong place at the wrong time by the department of Homeland Security. Virtually overnight SF becomes a Police state and Marcus must find ways to maintain freedom in this new world.

Nick of Time by Ted Bell - Adventure! That is the first word that comes to mind when reading this book; it is filled from beginning to end with adventure. With pirates, Nazis and time travel, how can this book not be anything but the best adventure novel for kids since Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson! Meet Nick McIver: young, idealistic, and a lover of ships—oh and don't forget his dog Jipper! It's just before WWII and a lot of weird things are being seen on his island off the coast of England: submarines, big planes flying overhead, and pirates. Soon Nick is involved in the adventure of his life to save the past, preserve the present and rescue his dog, all with the help of a time machine. This book is packed with great ideas (morals, good v. evil, and heroes) and tons of adventure.

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey - Felix Castor, a freelance exorcist, is summoned to end a haunting in London's prestigious Bonnington Archives. But the blood veiled fiend resists and Felix finds the tables turned as he becomes the object of affection for a ravenous succubus. Carey delivers a deft combination of wisecracking noir detective story with fantasy in this new supernatural noir series.

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray - In the concluding chapter of The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Gemma struggles against the tyranny of her family, worries about her upcoming debut into London society while sorting out how and why her destiny is tied to the Realms, a complex magical alter-universe. She discovers unexpected abilities and powers, not the least of which is the ability to travel, like her murdered mother, into the Realms. Gemma and her friends have another mystery to solve as well, one that will reveal the dark secret that lies at the heart of Spence Academy.


Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia & Laser Hair Renewal by Laurie Notaro - The New York Times bestselling author of The Idiot Girl’s Action-Adventure Club returns with her first collection of all new essays and personal observations in three years, her funniest yet.

One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War by Charles London - In this powerful and unforgettable book Charles London takes us into the world of refugee children, celebrating their unique skills for survival and reflection. Their remarkable stories and drawings will chill the blood and touch the heart, offering an indelible, firsthand portrait of the war that rages beyond the headlines.

Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs by Sharon Sakson - Did you know that Akita named Hotei is able to predict his owner's seizures, and gets her to lie down before they take place? That an organization called X-CPR promotes the use of small, hairless Mexican dogs to relieve the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia? Sakson shares stories of beloved pets that have supported their families, in miraculous ways, through periods of ill health; and it reviews the science that lends credence to claims of dogs' healing power. For the first time, the array of fascinating information on this topic has been gathered in one place.

Success Principles for Teens: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield and Kent Healy - This book includes 23 of the most important success strategies used by thousands of exceptional young people throughout history. With the right tools, inspirational stories, and timeless advice anyone can be successful.

Swallow the Ocean by Laura M. Flynn - Charismatic, beautiful Sally Flynn was the center of her daughters' imaginations, particularly Laura's. Without warning, life as they knew it changed as paranoid schizophrenia overtook Sally. Glimmers of her mother's future paranoia grew brighter as Laura's early years passed. Once their father left the family and filed for divorce, their mother's symptoms bloomed in earnest, and the three girls united in flights of fancy of the sort their mother had taught them in order to deflect danger. Set in 1970s San Francisco, Flynn presents a searing, beautifully written memoir in luminous prose of a childhood under siege.


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