Young Adult Fiction

The Last book in the universe

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“You’re aware that the things called ‘books’ used to be stored in libraries. That was long before you were born, so how did you know?” This phrase spoken by the character Ryter in The Last Book in the Universe is a reminder of how science and technology will change how and where books and libraries are available. Technology will not only affect access of information, but affect social interactions as well. For example, in our day in age, we see the change in how people socialize through social media. Tech is affecting us on a daily basis, assisting us with daily tasks, and furthering the way we take in information. Through online learning we are speeding up the way we can learn new skills and new information, but is this also opening the door to potential health risks or the breakdown of society and libraries? These questions were brought to my attention after reading a post-book era world written by Philbrick Rodman.

Sold

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A 2007 National Book Award finalist, Sold tells the story of a thirteen year old girl named Lakshmi who lives with her family in the mountains of Nepal. Her life there is simple and beautiful, but when the monsoons destroy her family's crops, Lakshmi's step-father tells her that she must earn money to support the family. She is taken away by strangers, sent to India under the impression that she will become a maid in the city. Soon, however, she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. This book is written in incredibly powerful vignettes, an unusual poetic style that portrays extremes of both horror and beauty. Taken from interviews of women who have been rescued from sex trafficking, Sold is a devastatingly real account of slavery as it exists today in our world.

Hatchet

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This is great read for all ages! Takes you on a journey and makes you feel like you are in the woods with the main character. I couldn't put it down!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Sixteen-year-old Jacob no longer believes the stories his grandfather told him when he was a little boy. Fairy tales about children with mysterious abilities, such as a girl who could levitate, a boy with bees living inside him, and a girl who can start fires with her hands. He decides that Grandpa's sepia-toned photographs of his strange friends must be fake. When his grandfather is mysteriously murdered, Jacob travels to the island where the stories took place and finds, not only the children, but the truth about himself. This first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies with a touch of horror. Grade 8 - adult.

Noggin

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In the near future we will be able to cryogenically freeze our head & brain to live again on a different donor body. We will be the same but different. We will have some physical skills that we might never have had in our first body. But, we will still love the same people. How do we adapt to these changes? And, how do the people we love adapt to the changes in us.

Hatchet

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This is a young adult book about a teen flying to see his father in Alaska for the summer. The plane crashes and the pilot is killed. He has to use his ingenuity to stay alive and struggles with finding hope and the will to survive. We follow his struggles in the wilderness to stay alive.

The Prince of Venice Beach

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If you’re a street kid who lives in a tree-house & spends your time surfing, skating & playing basketball what kind of job could you hope to get? What are your assets & strengths? And, what are your weaknesses? You’re officially “missing” until you turn 18 (unless you want to get shipped back to Nebraska) so that means no driver’s license & no car. But, let’s focus on what you do have…

Divergent

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In a future society, sixteen year old Beatrice Prior must choose one of five factions where she will spend the rest of her life. Each faction is devoted to a specific virtue: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peace), and Erudite (knowledge). Her decision is complicated during a test each sixteen year old takes that tells them which faction they would best fit in with. For Beatrice the results are inconclusive and she is warned not to revel this to anyone or risk death. As Beatrice struggles to come to terms with what her test results mean and her future she discovers that the society she lives in is not as perfect as it seems. Reminiscent of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, this is recommended for teens that enjoy dystopian fiction.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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This is a very unusual book whose plot is punctuated by antique photographs. Unique for the young adult genre, it contains a bit of a mystery that will appeal to teens and adults both.

Leviathan

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If you are curious about the steampunk genre-this is a classic example. This book takes place during World War I as Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated and the world goes to war. That is when the story takes a twist into an imaginary world. The conflict is between the Clankers, who create machines that run on steam, and the Darwinists, who create new species. Prince Aleksandar, whose people turn against him after his parents’ assassination, is a Clanker. He meets Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy working for the British Air Service. She serves on the Leviathan, a massive airship that crashes in Switzerland where the two teens cross paths. The story is exciting all the way to the end, when you will be left wanting to know what happens next.