Victoria’s April Recommendation

The Line by Teri Hall

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“Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.”  Summary from catalog

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner – “Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.”  Summary from catalog

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – “In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.” – Summary from catalog

The Giver by Lois Lowry – “Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.” – Summary from catalog

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Victoria’s March Recommendation

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

bumped“In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced ‘Surrogettes’ for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.” – Summary from catalog

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Wither by Lauren DeStefano – “After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.” – Summary from catalog

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan – “Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.” – Summary from catalog

Fragments by Dan Wells – “With the help of Samm and Heron, Kira sets out on a desperate search for clues as to who she is, while Marcus and the remaining human population gear up for war with the Partials.” – Summary from catalog

Sophia’s August Recommendations

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene

the fault in our starsThis is a love story.

The two main characters in  this book are all very young, they have cancer and they approach their condition with sarcasm. They are quite flip and the put downs fly, however somehow again and again, somehow the dialog is uplifting.  Some found the dialog a little too precious for this age group. I found it quite thrilling and remember my own experimental and excited use of a more adult vernacular. These are smart kids after all.

There is a backdrop of a holy grail of sorts. The characters seek closure in a novel that they have read. The characters in this novel were left unresolved, so they seek the novelist, to find out what happened. This mirrors their own seeking of  closure in their own lives and life’s meaning. The adventure rings true, and the outcome is both heart breaking and heart warming. Rings true, and will make you stronger.

Philosophy Made Slightly less Difficult, Garret J. DeWeese and J.P. Moreland

philosophy made slightly less difficultPhilosophy, with its rules of logic and exposition, establishes the rules of the game. The game of establishing a model for the world, and for establishing a model for how to establish a model for the world and what it means.
Understanding the rules means insight into both the context and parameters of the game. This books is for those who would like to take some time, note that the authors say “slightly less difficult” not “easy”, to understand the way that the greatest and deepest reaches of the mind have been expressed in this context.

These great and deep reaches are now world views in which we all live our lives. This book serves as a tourist guide and backdrop to the assumptions and outcomes of these world views. Nicely done.

Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr

immortal diamondAgain and again Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest  wraps his arms around diverse religious essence, practice and direction and warms the heart that we all share. A proponent of centering prayer and a master of finding commonalities across traditions, Father Rohr is a joy to read as he includes science and the aspirations of science in this search for what he calls “true self”. This is a short, beautiful, beautiful book that will put your mind to rest and inspire you in awareness of our eternal unity.

The New Science of Politics by Eric Voegelin

the new science of politicsIts both an inspiration and scary in this world what currently passes as scholarship to read the work of a true scholar. A man who has a such a deep and wide understanding of history, religion and culture that he is able to re contextualize and reinterpret our current political reality.
This is a quote that I am unable to attribute. The author says it better than I could say it:

Compressed within the draconian economy of the six Walgreen lectures, The New Science of Politics,  is a complete theory of man, society, and history, presented at the most profound and intellectual level.

I have no idea why Mr. Voegelin is not famous today. He should be.

Victoria’s July Recommendation #1

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

the testing“Making the jump from adult mysteries to YA, Charbonneau (the Rebecca Robbins series) launches a dystopian trilogy reminiscent of the Hunger Games. Cia Vale is one of four teens chosen to represent her small colony at the annual Testing, an intensive mental and physical examination aimed at identifying the best and brightest, who will go on to the University and help rebuild their shattered world. Forewarned not to trust anyone, Cia nonetheless forms a tentative partnership with resourceful Tomas, with whom she shares an unexpected emotional connection. As theTesting pushes its candidates to the breaking point and beyond, the body count rises, forcing Cia and her friends to fight for survival. The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers’ imaginations. However, it’s the last-minute revelations, a cliffhanger laden with potential, and the intriguing status quo of Cia’s world that will bring readers back for the next installment. Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative.” – Publisher’s Weekly

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Ellen’s March Recommendation

Little BrotherLittle Brother by Cory Doctorow

“Teens and adults alike will enjoy (and question) this book, set in San Francisco in the near future. Teen techno-geek Marcus, mistakenly detained for 6 days after a terrorist attack, fights back against an increasingly invasive and restrictive system. He and other tech-savvy teens find ways to disable the constant surveillance (gait recognition software, RFIDs, constant filming… ) and stage a online-managed revolution. Marcus is a very well-developed, complex character one easily feels for.  Doctorow’s tensely written work addresses social justice and civil liberties issues, and made me feel uncomfortably squirmy about the broad powers granted to Homeland Security and by the Patriot Act.  Some of the technology ( with explanations, for those of us who appreciate them), is currently used, some has been developed and is being tested, and some is in the future… maybe. I hope this book isn’t scarily prescient. I both loved it and was troubled by it.”

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Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden

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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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Margaret’s September Recommendation

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Collins has written a strong conclusion to her Hunger Games series.  Fans will not be disappointed except in that this is the last book in the popular trilogy.  As in the first two books, there is thrilling adventure, political intrigue, romance, and true friendship.  Yet, this final book also challenges the reader with some bigger questions about the impact of war, even when it is deemed necessary or just.  The book is not,however, weighed down by message, it is a fabulously gripping story.  Teens and adults who haven’t discovered the Hunger Games are in for an intense ride.  As a teen librarian, I am grateful to Collins for writing such a quality series that appeals to both boys and girls, men and women. This series has provided much disucssion and excitement amongst our teens.”

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This book is located in the library at the CALL # TEEN FICTION COLLINS.