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

Friday, October 31, 2008

November Recommendations for Teens


Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman - Fifteen year old Vidya is shocked and proud that her Papa (appa) has joined the Freedom fighters who follow Gandhi's teachings of non-violent protest against the British rule. During a rally, while Vidya observes in horrifying silence, her father is beaten and suffers severe brain damage. The family is forced to move in with relatives who favor a traditional home where the women are not allowed upstairs or to eat with the men to whom they serve meals. Set during WWII in India, Vidya's only refuge is her grandfather's library where she meets Raman, and their friendship blossoms. Will Vidya opt for marriage, or deal with derision to follow her dreams and continue her education? A stirring story of Hindu culture and love.

Abarat by Clive Barker - Cindy Quackenbush is a reluctant citizen of Chickentown, USA. Accompanied by John Mischief, whose brothers reside on the horns on his head, she is carried away by a mysterious sea to the ABARAT. Peopled with unique characters, this vast archipelago boasts of a different island for each hour of the day and one extra, the 25th hour, or time out of time. From the isle of Ninnyhammer, to the unofficial capitol the Yebba Dim Day, to Christopher Carrion's Island of Midnight, each island has a life and purpose unto itself. Candy's role is to save the Abarat from dark forces of evil, forces older than Time itself.

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman - Cerebral palsy prevents 14 year-old Shawn from possessing any muscle control, so he is imprisoned in his wheelchair. He constantly wishes people would realize he is a person inside of his immobile shell. Unpredictable seizures temporarily free him from the fetters of his mortal body, but his family believes they are a source of pain and frustration. Shawn suspects his father is considering killing him to terminate what he wrongly perceives as an unbearable, hopeless life. Does parental responsibility include the termination of perceived suffering? The author's note reveals that he too has a son like Shawn.

The King's Arrow by Michael Cadnum - The year is 1100 AD, and life in England is still troubled after the Norman Conquest not 50 years earlier. Young Simon, the son of a nobleman, is offered the chance of a lifetime, to accompany the King on a hunting trip. Hoping this would be the first step on an exciting future, things take a drastic turn and soon Simon finds himself running for his life. Was the King's death an accident or was it murder? Simon has to be careful to discover the truth and to stay alive. This fantastic historical fiction that is based on real events will capture the reader and take them back in time.

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Caveney - Sebastian Darke has a lot to live up to: his father was a famous jester and incredibly funny. Unfortuanately Sebastian is not funny at all, and with the death of his father he must attempt to succeed him as a court jester. He teams up with his father's Buffalope (a butler who is half buffalo and half antelope) to seek employment with the rich but evil king Septimus. Along the way to the kingdom they meet up with Captain Cornelius Drummel, a fierce warrior, and save a princess, but unbeknownst to them the princess was kidnapped on orders from the evil king. Who but a fool would go against the Evil King Septimus? Find out how this crazy story unfolds in this humorous and exciting tale.


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