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

Monday, March 2, 2009

March Recommendations for Teens


The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol II: The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson - Beginning with a quick summation of the first volume, Octavian and his tutor then flee to Boston. Octavian plans to enlist in the Royal Ethiopian Regiment in exchange for his freedom. Following a loss at Norfolk, they then take up quarters aboard British ships, barely fending off starvation and smallpox. As new recruits join the regiment, each relates his agonizing story of lost freedom. Octavian and his comrades are excluded from those ideals, while the leaders promising freedom do so only for a military advantage. Octavian surmises, "I saw that everything hath its price.., no value solid, but all cost as they are appraised for use. How a man's life worth?" When he expresses doubt about achieving manhood, his mentor, Dr. Trefusis, assures him, "That is the great secret of men. We aim for manhood always and always fall short.” A fascinating examination of the nature of humanity and how society defines freedom and oppression.

Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer - Vlad is back and a trip to Siberia gives studying abroad an entirely new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities. Will he be able to recognize a vampire slayer? This exciting sequel to Eighth Grade Bites forces Vlad to confront the secrets of the past and fight for his life.

Nation by Terry Pratchett - A tsunami shipwrecks Mau on a small tropical island, the only survivor of the island's "nation", where he meets Ermintrude, the supposed sole survivor of her empire. More than just a story of castaways, Prachett dissects and questions religion, justice, law, and society. Is a compassionate lie ever warranted? Laced with Pratchett's satirical humor, ghosts, bad puns, shooting, and shipwrecks, all will be entranced.

Kin by Holly Black - Rue is 16 and thinks she may be going crazy. She's seeing things that can't possibly be real, her mother is missing, and her father is the prime suspect in the murder of one of his college students. As Rue tracks down clues to prove her father's innocence, she learns the truth about who she really is and why she is seeing things others can't.

24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley - Jack Grammar can't find a date for the Prom, but it's not for a lack of trying. Jack's friends place a personal ad in the online school newspaper and receive an overwhelming 200 responses. Jack's friends narrow it down to 24 girls, leaving him 7 days to select a date, and they become the longest, craziest days of his life. It is a challenge to handle his meteoric rise in popularity and still remain true to himself and his friends. Find out who Jack chooses and the fun but meaningful lessons he learns about life, love and himself in this fast paced adventure through the sudden love life and popularity of Jack Grammar.


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