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

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Recommendations for Teens


The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff - Bad things don't happen in Gentry. No floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. No disease reaches the people of Gentry. Nothing bad happens.

Unless you count the children stolen from their cribs in the night, and offered up as human sacrifices days later. This is the price the town pays for their safety. Once a year, a child is taken and something else, something unnatural, is left in its place. The replacement is fragile, and usually doesn't survive. Parents bury the replacement and provide a headstone with their child's name on it.

That's what should have happened to Malcolm Doyle. Well, the replacement of Malcolm, anyway.

Mackie hates what he is. He lives his life just trying to blend in, and it generally works until Tate's sister is taken. Tate is determined to get her sister back, and she suspects that Mackie might be able to help her. Now, Mackie has to decide if he is willing to risk everything for Tate, by confronting the very monsters who left him to die in a stranger's crib. Or will he, like the rest of the people in Gentry, choose to let Tate's sister pay the price for their safety?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman - In the blink of an eye, Mia's entire life is forever changed. A day that begins as a cherished "snow day," one of those days where the universe grants you a special gift, no school, soon turns in to the worst day of Mia's life. One that takes everything she has. Now she must decide if she is strong enough to survive, or if she even wants to.

Witnessing her damaged body being pulled from the wreckage of her family's car is just the beginning. She listens as friends tell her it's okay to go, and as others tell her to stay. Intensely moving, this book explores the life that Mia had and what she has lost. If I Stay is a witty and fun book that manages to take a serious situation and turn it into a beautiful discovery.

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill - It was just a girls’ game till it turned deadly. This fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials is told in verse from the point of view of three young women living in 1692 Salem. Ann, Mercy, and Margaret unleash a torrent of accusations which forever alter the lives of the people in their village.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry - Fourteen years ago on First Night, Benny lost his parents and the world was wasted and overrun with zombies. All 15 years olds are required to find a job, and with great reluctance, he apprentices himself to his half-brother Tom, a bounty hunter. Benny is crippled by his overwhelming hatred of zoms and the last vivid memories he has of his parents. Further complications arise with the advent of a bounty-hunter rivalry. Plenty of gore for every reader.

Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck - Sophomore Kerry is overjoyed to be included by the three most popular high school girls; however when those three girls die in a tragic auto accident, they blame Kerry who did not pick up her cell phone on the first ring. Now Kerry feels three quarters dead without their dazzling presence, until she receives a text from one of them and time stalls. The ghostly girls seem to have unfinished business regarding the prom. As they continue their attempts to manipulate Kerry from beyond the grave, Kerry struggles to realize the meaning of true friendship.

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer - It’s been a year since the meteor collided with the earth which produced catastrophic changes. Miranda’s life is inconceivably altered by the harsh weather, scarcity of food, and many daily challenges. Her family struggles on, and miraculously survives only to have their supplies stretched even further when her father, his new wife, baby and three strangers arrive. This is a companion to Life as We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher - Incarceron is a unique prison, one which has a personality, and seeks revenge. Initially it was set up as a closed perfect environment. Claudia lives Outside, and as the daughter of the Warden is betrothed to an obnoxious prince. If she is able to help Finn escape from Incarceron, perhaps she will discover if he is lost Prince Giles, the true prince of the Realm, to whom she was betrothed when much younger.

The Genius Wars by Catherine Jinks - Hacking, programming, gaming—Hamish and Cadel think of themselves as Cyberwarriors. Cadel has been raised by a criminal mastermind, but now enjoys a relatively normal life, until Prosper English emerges from the murky shadows to stalk Cadel. With Cadel’s life in danger, and the lives of his friends in peril, Cadel shifts into hyper drive with a variety of cutting edge tricks up his sleeve.


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