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

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November Recommendations for Teens

Forever—Wolves of Mercy Falls #3 by Maggie Stiefvater - This final chapter in the Wolves of Mercy Falls triology finds Grace and Sam facing the biggest challenge of their lives. The wolves are being hunted, and the date has been set for elimination of the pack. Assisted by their friends, Cole and Isabelle, Grace and Sam fight for a plan to save the wolves, and their love . . . forever. A fast paced and fitting end to this series, fans of Shiver and Linger will find this read satisfying on all levels.

The Limit by Kristen Landon - When families exceed their financial debt limit, their children are wisked off to the Federal Debt Rehabilitaion Agency workhouse to work off their family debt. Matt is 13 years old and shocked when his family exceeds their spending limit and he is forcibly carted off to the workhouse. Once there, Matt uncovers suspicious occurances at the workhouse, and wonders if he and the other youth will ever be freed.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick - Alex running from her incurable brain tumor hiked into the woods to deal with the death of her parents and her dreams. When an electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, it kills billions and destroys every electronic devise and computer. Alex fights to survive accompanied by Tom, an ex- soldier, and bratty eight year old Ellie. Who can be trusted, and who is no longer human? What will people will do to survive? A zombie thriller!

The Auslander by Paul Dowswell - Peter and other Polish boys from the orphanage have been chosen by the Nazis to be reclaimed by the German National Community and to be adopted by a German family. Peter joins the Hitler Youth, and slowly becomes aware of the creeping evil and horrors of the war; he is faced with a most dangerous decision.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore - In Paradise, Ohio, 15 year old John, a fugitive on the run from his ruthless enemies the Mogadorians, has hidden with his guardian Henri. There were nine refugees from the planet Lorien, and the Mogadorians must kill them in order. #1 through #3 have been caught and killed- John is #4 and has amazing strength and speed. John and Henri are constantly on the move, hoping to gain enough time for John to train and his legacies to appear before the inevitable showdown.

Daughters of the Sea by Kathryn Lasky - May is forbidden from swimming, but following her fifteenth birthday, the pull of the sea becomes overwhelming. May discovers she belongs more to the world of the sea, and she meets a visiting college student astronomer. Suddenly there’s a choice between the freedom of the sea and her sisters, and love on land.

Megiddo’s Shadow by Arthur Slade - Edward Bathe is shocked and grieving for his older brother when he runs away to enlist leaving his widowed, deeply depressed father alone on the family farm. Edward wants to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of the Huns during World War I, but he is sent to Palestine where war is more brutal than he has imagined. There on the plains of Megiddo soldiers, horses and friends die from heat, disease and battle wounds. A riveting coming of age story.


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