Beth’s May Recommendations

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

last time we say goodbyeAfter her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real. – from publisher

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
red queenIn a world divided by blood–those with common, Redblood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard –a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. – from publisher
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
geek girlWhen she is accidentally discovered by a modeling agent, fifteen-year-old Harriet jumps at the chance to transform herself from a geek to a fashion model. – from publisher

Victoria’s January Recommendation

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

ashfall“After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.” – Summary

  • 2014 Nominated Grand Canyon Reader Award
  • 2014 Nominated New York State Charlotte Award

3 Similar Reads

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff


Anna’s February Recommendation

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

summer and birdis a story of two sisters searching for their missing mother in the alternate reality of Down.  It is also a story of rediscovery, broken dreams, and forgiveness–even when it seems impossibly difficult.  Catmull skillfully weaves fairy-tale elements with realistic family dynamics in a writing style that evokes the bare cleverness of e.e. cummings’ works”.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction, Children’s/Teen)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

3 Similar Reads (Fiction, Adult)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Tara’s January Recommendation

Every Day by David Levithan

“What would it be like to switch bodies with a different stranger every every daysingle day of your life?  This is the premise that David Levithan’s new novel, Every Day, is based on.  It’s a fast-paced, deep, enjoyable read with an inspiring ending. Don’t miss it.”  Here is a summary of the book from our online catalog: “Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

Getting the Girl by Marcus Zusak

The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Mary Ann’s January Recommendation

The Never Weres by Fiona Smith

never weres“I made a deal with my grand-niece: I’d read this if she read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  It was my first graphic novel.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It’s set in the future.  No babies have been born for fifteen years.  Three smart, unique teenagers (two are girls) work on solving a mystery that involves each of their talents in different ways.  It’s suspenseful, with plot twists that create a sophisticated story.  A plot thread involving the elderly is touching but not sappy.  I learned to attend to the graphic details that add to the richness of the narrative, and especially enjoyed those that refer to real books.  I loved that despite their futuristic inventions (our technology is considered antique) the kids go to a library to get information.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Stickman Odyssey: An Epic Doodle by Christopher Ford

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born by Peter David

Mary Ann’s July Recommendation

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

This is the second staff recommendation for this book!  Just last month, Laona talked about how much she liked this book.  This is what Mary Ann has to say about it:

“I’ve been coming across reviews of this Young Adult novel for months.  It’s one of the many YA novels that deserve attention as books that will captivate readers of any age.  Lots of book discussion groups are adding YA novels to their lists.  No vampires or dystopias–it’s an unsentimental look at a couple of teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  They speak to each other with wit and humor about their fears and dreams.  Their situations will tug at your heart, but the writing never becomes sugar-coated nor sappy.  The depictions of the adults who hover over them and interact with them ring true”.

Check out Laona’s June Recommendation below for a link to the book in the library catalog as well as a list of some suggested similar reads!

Laona’s June Recommendation

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

“I recently finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is a Young Adult book that reads beautifully.   Here is a book description: ‘Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.’  I laughed and cried uncontrollably through this book — often experiencing both emotions on the same page. The characters are honest and believable and they stole my heart.  For those who don’t read YA books because there is “too much angst,” please give this novel a chance to change your mind.”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (Access to library catalog here)

2) A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner (Access to library catalog here)

3) Before I Die by Jenny Downham (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (Access to library catalog here)

2) About Alice by Calvin Trillin (Access to library catalog here)

3) Dealing With Terminal Illness in the Family by Heather Wagner (Access to library catalog here)