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

Monday, May 3, 2010

May Recommendations for Teens

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink - Twins Alice and Lia have lived a hard life. Their mother having committed suicide when they were young, and now their father’s strange and untimely death has left the two girls and their younger brother orphaned. Fate, however, isn’t done with them.

Lia discovers an ancient prophecy, and the translation of it is chilling. It tells of a legion of lost souls and their leader, a fallen angel named Samael, who are seeking entrance into the living world, the outcome of which would be catastrophic. The cryptic writing also foretells of two sisters, one known as the Guardian and the other the Gate, who have the power to either help Samael or keep him from this world. But which role will Lia play? She has the heart of the Guardian, but has been marked as the Gate. Can she fight evil when she has been marked as evil herself?

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - Grace was nine when it happened. She was pulled from her backyard by a pack of starving wolves, and had already given up when a yellow-eyed wolf saved her from that gruesome fate. Since then she has had a thing for wolves, especially the yellow-eyed wolf who visits the woods near her home every winter. It isn’t until she finds a strange boy with familiar yellow eyes bleeding on her porch that she realizes the truth.

Sam was in his wolf form when he was shot by hunters, and in his desperation he has turned to Grace for help. The two obviously have feelings for one another, but they may not have time to see where it goes. Winter is coming soon and the temperature is the link to Sam’s humanity. Once it is cold, the werewolves must return to their wolf bodies; however, eventually they lose the ability to shift altogether. Sam fears that this is his last chance to have a human body and that adds both suspense and urgency to their story. Grace suspects that there might be a cure, but it is untested and possibly deadly. Is their love for one another worth the risk to Sam’s life? How much would you give up for the chance to be with the one you love?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - After years of drought, famine and war the United States has collapsed and Panem has risen. Panem controls every aspect of life for the citizens in its twelve districts, from food to entertainment. As part of their "entertainment" and as a reminder that the government is in absolute control, each year they hold a competition known as the Hunger Games. Each district must provide a boy and a girl to compete in a televised game where the winner is the last one standing.

When 16-year-old Katniss volunteers to take her little sister’s place in the games she is thrust into an arena and forced to fight for her life. She and Peeta, the boy from District Twelve, must face brutal terrain, deadly weather conditions, and other contestants who have trained their whole lives for the chance to win the Hunger Games. Complicating matters, Peeta confesses his love for Katniss, knowing that only one of them can make it out alive.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman - Troublemaker teens are salvaged for their body parts, and Connor, Risa, and Lev are all slated to be unwound. If they can survive till their eighteenth birthday, they cannot be harmed nor have every piece of themselves given away to others. An engrossing, harrowing glimpse into a stark future, filled with betrayal and a fight to survive and find love.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner - If you liked the Hunger Games, you will be intrigued by this fast paced story of Thomas who wakes up in the freight elevator only remembering his name. He finds himself surrounded by youth living in the Glade, a large expanse enclosed by a stone maze. Every morning the stone doors to the maze open, and specialized runners spend the day running through a changing maze attempting to solve the puzzle and escape. Each night the runners return exhausted, yet are unable to spend the night in the maze due to the murderous Grievers. Each month a new boy arrives, but after Thomas, a girl is sent, and although her memory has also been wiped clean, the note in her hands indicate she is the last arrival, and the final suspenseful days of the maze are upon the Gladers.

The Magician of Hoad by Margaret Mahy - Heriot was born with a special gift. He hears the thoughts of others in his head and receives visions of strange things that wake him in the middle of the night. Still trying of figure out these strange things happening to him, Heriot is taken away from his life and family by the King. Suddenly Heriot must find his place in the complex world of the royal court. The King calls on him to read the minds of friends and foes, and he has to be careful of not to get caught in the middle of a power struggle between 3 princes. Among all this he must learn to use his ability and take his part in this delicate game. Heriot finds it hard to trust people, but finds a strange friendship with Clayey, a street urchin, and who might be his only friend. His life and the kingdoms survival will depend on his ability…now if only if he can figure out how to do that! This great fantasy is sure to capture the minds of fans of Eragon, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter.

Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi - When Rukia was young she saw a ghost in the aquarium that her father worked at…but no one believed her. Years latter Rukia has a strange longing for the sea, and meets two strange boys Sora, and Umi, who are also drawn to the sea. Soon an epic story unfolds, starting with the disappearance of fish from the world aquariums. What does the missing fish and this longing for the sea mean? For a graphic novel this has a compelling story combined with elegant art that really makes the book come alive! A must read for those that read graphic novels, and for those that never have.


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