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

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Recommendations for Teens

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires Book One) by Rachel Caine -
Claire Danvers is thrilled to be starting college life at the young age of sixteen; however, her parents are unwilling to let her go to the Ivy League schools she’s always dreamed of for fear that she find her way into trouble. They think that by sending her to a college closer to home they can keep her safe, but they couldn’t be more wrong. At Texas Prairie University Claire is the subject of hazing by older girls, one of whom seems to have a personal vendetta against Claire. After being pushed down a flight of stairs, Claire decides it isn’t safe to live in the dorms. However, it doesn’t take her long to learn that it’s not safe anywhere in Morganville.

Claire manages to find protection and friends, and in her new home she discovers the horrors that linger in the dark. Vampires walk to town, preying on those who are unprotected. It’s going to talk all her smarts to outwit and outmaneuver the vampires who have it in for Claire and her friends.

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves -
This wild and creative story is told by Hannah, who is a young girl struggling with some mental issues. She is unstable to say the least. She has been diagnosed with several disorders, she often hallucinates, and her aunt has threatened to throw her in a loony bin. However, Hannah decides to run away to avoid going back to an institution, but not before bashing said aunt over the head with a table lamp. Eventually, she makes her way to her mother (who left after she was born) in Portero, Texas. Of course the mom is almost as crazy in her own unique way, and wants nothing to do with Hannah, who insists on staying. Fortunately, the monsters in Portero make Hannah's hallucinations look absolutely normal. Because she has dealt with her own monsters all her life, Hannah is not freaked out by the strange happenings that take place.

As in any good book, Hannah finds a way to fit in and a boy who accepts her because his own life is almost as unbelievable. Bleeding Violet is definitely an interesting story, just be prepared for a heavy dose of paranormal when picking this one up.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock -
When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.

This is the lesson the D.J. becomes very familiar with over the summer. Her family seems to be on the brink of falling apart: her mother is never home, her little brother refuses to talk, and no one has heard from her two older brothers since they moved out to go to college. D.J. has essentially taken over her family’s dairy farm since her father’s accident, so who has time to talk anyway. She milks cows, mucks the stalls, oh, and helps with football training for Brian. She loves training Brian, and the more she does it the more she enjoys both football and Brian himself. Just a few problems with that, like: 1.) her dad would flip if she tried out for the team and 2.) Brian Nelson is sooo out of her league.

Through the course of the summer D.J. tries to figure out who she really is, and if what she wants is really worth going after. It might cost her everything if she speaks up, but boy does she have a lot to say. Her story is one every girl should read. It’s hilarious, romantic, and daring all tied into one neat package.

Heist Society by Ally Carter - A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy - Fourteen-year-old Valkyrie and the skeleton mage, Skulduggery Pleasant, try to foil a plot set in motion fifty years before to find and open the gate that will allow the Faceless Ones to return to this reality.

The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de La Cruz - Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods--an ancient group of vampires--now find themselves in an epic battle for survival following the stunning revelation of a young socialite's true identity and the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods.

Suzi Clue: The
Prom Queen Curse
by Michelle Kehm - Suzi Clue, a mystery-obsessed freshman with her own sense of style, investigates "the curse of the prom queen" at Seattle's Mountain High School.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks - Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them--until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.


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