Thursday, November 12, 2015

Paper Towns by John Green

"My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman."

What do you do when the girl next door invites you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? You follow, naturally. Quentin's not quite sure what Margo Roth Speigelman wants from him when she appears suddenly at his window, but one thing for sure - it will amazing Not really the adventuring type, Quentin has to be badgered along, ending up having the night of his life. But when Margo goes missing the next day, his life is turned upside down. Clues are left behind and Quentin knows that she wants him to be the one to find her. Or does she?

Highly recommended. If you love to laugh and get to know amazing characters, this novel is for you. John Green captures teen life on the cusp of young adulthood with humor and amazing insight.

Check it out @Your Lovejoy Library on Overdrive.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Do you ever feel like no one really gets you, that you're alone even when you aren't? Do you feel invisible at times, overshadowed by those who demand more attention just by being who they are? Sydney knows that she's second best in her family. Not only is her brother Preston more charming and vivacious, he's the darling of the family - and the daredevil. When he gets into more trouble than he can get out of, Sydney's life is turned upside down. Forced to change schools, losing her friends, and dealing with parents who never notice her, Sydney feels more invisible than ever. Starting over is hard, but when she meets an unusual family, hope blooms in Sydney's heart. Maybe she isn't invisible after all.

Beautiful coming of age story that will appeal to anyone who has ever felt misunderstood.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee

"Her memories never fade. They are never forgotten. But they can be stolen."

Who are you without your memories? Are you the same person or do you become someone else?

Genesis Lee is one of the Mementi, a human with the capability of storing memories in perfect detail through Links. To Genesis and the other Mementi, their Links define who they are. Without the Links, without their memories, they only live a half a life. Genesis feels safe and secure in her Mementi community, but is she? When she runs into a Populace boy who seems to know her even though they've never met before, Genesis is tossed into a nightmare of stolen memories and civil unrest that threatens to destroy her family and all of Havendale. Can she trust a boy she's never met over the family she's lived with all her life? Grace and Kalan must work quickly to find the thief before every connection she has to her friends, her family, and her community is broken.

Highly recommended if you love mystery, action, science fiction, and coming of age stories.

Check it out @Your Lovejoy Library through OverDrive.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Keeper of the Lost Cities

There's a secret that Sophie has kept hidden from everyone in her life. She is a telepath. Hearing the thoughts of others isn't just easy for her, it's also painful. Resigned to a life of headaches and keeping out of the limelight, Sophie's life takes a drastic change one day. A chance meeting with a young teen who can also read minds opens her eyes to a new world and the life she should be living. Now being a telepath is the least of Sophie's concerns as she must adjust to her new life with unfamiliar sights, sounds, and intrigue around every corner. For Sophie's mind holds secrets that could unravel the world or help those around her, and there are those who would do anything to get at those secrets.

If you love mystery, adventure, and a little something special, you'll love this first book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. It truly is a page-turner and one you won't want to put down.

Highly recommended for 4th grade and up.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Night Gardener

"Stay away from the Sourwoods." 
"Go back."
"That place is not for you."
These phrases follow Molly and Kip as they travel to their new employer and hopefully their new home in a land not their own. Molly knows this is her last and only chance to get her brother to a place where he can heal and where they can restart their lives. But arriving at Windsor Manor is just the beginning for the two orphans from Ireland. Although the day offers no more than hard work and slightly strange behavior from the Windsors, nighttime is a completely different story. Nightmares, strange footprints, and leaves in the hallway offer a mystery that Molly and Kip can't turn away, not to mention the small green door at the top of the house that stays locked. Who roams the house at night? What is behind that door? And why are the Windsors changing into pale ghostly versions of themselves? When Kip sees his sister slowly changing as well, he decides that something must be done. Can Molly and Kip unravel the sinister mystery of Windsor Manor and the Sourwoods before it is too late?

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier is perfect for those looking for a strange and spooky tale that brings delightful chills without causing nightmares.

Recommended for grades 4 and up