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

Monday, February 2, 2009

February Recommendations for Teens


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel, Adapted by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir, Based on the Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald's short story about a newborn that ages backwards has received much attention as of late. The film adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett expands and alters the story in broad strokes. Here, in DeFilippis and Weir's graphic novel, the story lives closer to Fitzgerald's original tale. The sepia-toned illustrations by Kevin Cornell bring the story to life in its own curious way, by making the story appear steeped in time while simultaneously refreshing the old short story with a contemporary and modern medium. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has never looked more youthful and new. Curious, indeed.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson - Ginny is 17 and about to have the experience of a lifetime. Her beloved aunt Peg has just passed away, but not before sending a mysterious letter to Ginny that sends her on a journey of self-discovery. As Ginny follows the letters and her aunt's friends across Europe, she discovers how love and family will always help you find your way home.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti - What would you do with a $2.5 million tip? Indigo loves her life as a waitress in a small town with a crazy family and an adorable boyfriend to keep things interesting. When a mysterious man leaves her a generous tip, it transforms her life in ways she never expected, and not always for the better. How she finds her way makes this a fast, entertaining read.

The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman - Gecko drove a getaway car. Terence ran with the worst gang in Chicago. Arjay killed a boy. They all deserve to be in Juvenile Hall, right? But circumstances are not what they seem and all three boys are about to get a second chance. But if they can't learn how to get along, it will be their final chance.

The Unspoken by Thomas Fahy - Six kids were the only survivors of a great fire that destroyed the Divine Path religious compound five years ago. The last thing the kids remembered from life there was an eerie prophecy from the founder: "In five years' time, your greatest fear will consume you. It will rob you of your last breath." Now five years latter the teens have all thought they have moved on with their lives, but are reunited at the funeral of the son of the founder…he drowned, which was his worst fear. One by one the teens are being killed in mysterious and frightening ways; the others are trying hard to stay alive and find out what is the evil that is hunting them. This is a great thriller with lots of suspense. A great quick read that will leave you jumping at shadows and quaking in your boots.


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