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

Monday, January 4, 2010

January Recommendations for Teens


Graceling by Kristin Cashore - As a child, Katsa discovers that she is Graced with killing when she accidentally kills a relative when he makes unwanted physical advances. It isn’t long before the king decides to harness Katsa’s unusual talent for his own dirty work. In an act of rebellion, Katsa forms the Council to help people in the surrounding kingdoms who are suffering at the hands of their kings. It is through her Council work that she comes across Po, a young prince who is also Graced with some unusual talents that make him the first real opponent Katsa has ever laid eyes on. Katsa’s story soon turns into one that’s full of romance, rescue missions, and self-discovery.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - Rose and Lissa ran away from the Academy, but no one knows why. They have survived two years of living among the humans undetected, but now the Guardians from the Academy have found them and have brought them back. All eyes are on Rose and Lissa as they struggle to defend themselves against classmates, teachers, and someone else who is watching their every move. It is Rose’s job to protect Lissa, but can she protect her from all of this and the insanity that threatens to take over Lissa’s mind? This is the first book in a series full of action, adventure, friendship and romance that is sure to leave you wanting more.

Freefall by Ariela Anhnalt - Best friends and roommates, Luke and Hayden, at an elite boys boarding school cope with the arrival of a new hot shot fencing team member. Luke is saddled with grief from the loss of his father, and when he and two boys go up to the cliff near their school, and only two return, everyone wants to know what really happened.

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough - Seventeen year old Tamsin is descended from a long line of witches. She has yet to discover her talent, and when mistaken for her older sister, she becomes embroiled in a lethal feud while uncovering layers of family secrets.

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted - In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenaged boy whose hands were amputated in an explosion and a gorgeous girl whose mother has recently died form an instant connection when they meet on their first day as new students.

The Gates by John Connolly - To show a bit of initiative Samuel Johnson and his dog Boswell decide to go trick-or-treating a whole three days early. When they arrived at 666 Crowley Ave, they did not expect to be rudely received and happen to witness the beginning of the end of the world. For those at 666 Crowley Ave were doing things they should not have been doing and cracked open the gates of Hell. Now young Samuel must convince his friends that the gates of hell are opening, find some way to close them, avoid the demons that are trying to stop him and save the world. This book is a crazy and hilarious book well worth reading.

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb - The title pretty much says it all. Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson’s got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich, or so everyone in Omaha thinks. It turns out that Oliver is really an evil genius who has been working to achieve world domination for several years, and could put Einstein to shame. It is only when Oliver’s father-—and arch nemesis-—makes a sly comment about once being class president that his plans for world domination take a very local twist. He’ll run, and he’ll win, after all it must be easier then running the world. Turns out that getting kids to like you is really harder than it looks. Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, just to one up his father? This story is witty and just a shy advanced but a great amount of fun to read.


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