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

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Recommendations for Teens

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - Clay Jenson is the nicest guy in school, so why is he on the list? The list. Before Hannah Baker committed suicide, she created the list. The list contains the names of 13 people in Hannah’s life who contributed to her final decision. When Clay receives a mysterious package one day it doesn’t take him long to recognize Hannah’s voice detailing each horrible situation and how each person on the list played their own role. The story alternates between Hannah’s voice and Clay’s thoughts as he listens to her words which demonstrate how even the smallest actions have strong consequences. Hannah’s story is fascinating in that I’m-watching-a-train-wreck sense, but it is also thought provoking as Hannah’s message is one about how we relate to each other each day and how each day makes a difference.

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles - Ellie desperately wants to find someone she can connect with, but instead she finds herself dealing with a series of meaningless hookups. Unfortunately, the fourth time this happens she finds herself pregnant and once again alone. With no support from her family, Ellie turns to her friends Caleb and Corienne to help her make the decision that will change the rest of her life: what does she do about the baby. Will she keep the life growing inside of her even though that would mean facing her classmates who have already turned her life to hell? Or will she choose a different path and end her pregnancy so that she can avoid the stares and nasty whispers that surround her?

Blood Ninja by Nick Lake - In Feudal Japan young Taro lives the life of a peasant and has the dreams of becoming a great warrior. All that changes when his father is murdered and a ninja saves Taro’s life. Suddenly he has so many questions: why was his father killed, who would want to kill him, and Ninjas? Taro and his friend Hiro are being protected by their ninja guide Shusaku through which they discover the connection between ninjas and vampires and find themselves being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan. This story is full of rich detail of old Japan; bring it to life with all sorts of cool and crazy things. Finally a book that has Vampires but also NINJAS!

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey - Will Henry is the 12-year-old orphan apprentice to Pellinore Warthrop, a brilliant and self-absorbed monstrumologist, who is a scientist who studies (and when necessary, kills) monsters. The world of New England in the 1800’s is dangerous, monsters do exist and it is up to Warthrop and his apprentice to understand and control them. The newest threat is the Anthropophagi, a pack of headless, shark-toothed bipeds, one whose corpse is delivered to Warthrop’s lab courtesy of a grave robber. Now Will and his master must struggle to understand this new beast, and find a way to contain them or possibly eliminate them…but how far must they go to do so and at what cost? This fantastic story is told as if reading from the journal of young Will, and will entertain you with grizzly details of monsters and intrigue.


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