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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

September 15, 2014 · No Comments · Mystery

 

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Blue Sargent, the only non-clairvoyant in a family of clairvoyants, sits in the isolated and abandoned churchyard with her Aunt Neeve on St. Mark’s Eve where her aunt watches the soon-t0-be dead walk by.  Then she sees a boy!  Blue Sargent, non-clairvoyant, sees a soon-to-be dead boy!  “Get his name,” Neeve commands.  Blue asks the boy his name.  “Gansy.” Why could Blue see him?  “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love,” Neeve said, “or you killed him.”  Gansy and Blue meet.  Blue finds herself drawn to Gansy.  Gansy attends Aglionby, a local private school in Henreitta. He’s a Raven boy.  Gansy and his friends, Ronan, Adam and Noah, are on a quest.  Blue is caught up in their quest all the while knowing that within the year Gansy will be dead.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

September 15, 2014 · No Comments · Fantasy

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Every November on the beaches of the town Thisby, crowds come to view the Scorpio Races.  Riders attempt to ride the wild and dangerous capaill uisce (water horses) for the fame and profit.  This year Puck Connelly is determined to ride her beloved horse Dove against the blood-thirsty capaill uisce and win.  Winning will mean her brother, Gabe, can stay on the island along with her and her younger brother, Finn, and they can remain a family. The capaill uisce drowned both her parents leaving Puck and her brothers to fend for themselves.  If she enters, if she is allowed; it will be the first time a female has entered the races.  It will also pit her against Sean Kendrick, the returning champion, who works for the Malvern stables. At ten, Sean witnessed a gray uisce horse kill his father while training for the Scorpio Races.  Every year at the Scorpio Races, some riders finish, some riders die and there is only one winner.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

December 9, 2013 · No Comments · Historical Fiction, Young Adult

“Verity”, a British spy in Nazi-occupied Ormaie, France, finds herself captured by the Gestapo. The Nazi interrogaters give her a choice to give them information or visit the guillotine.  Verity chooses the first option and in writing to reveal her secret mission, she weaves a story of her friendship with Maddie.  Maddie, the pilot, who flew Verity to France.  Maddie whose piloting skills kept the plane from crashing after the tailplane was hit from gun fire from the ground.  Maddie who was able to get Verity to Ormaie and keep the plane steady while Verity parchuted to the secret location. Verity, like Scheherazade, gives the Nazis a wonderful tale in the details of her secret mission which prolong her life.  But will her tale be enough to insure her survival?

 

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Matched by Ally Condie

October 8, 2013 · No Comments · Dystopian Fiction

 

The Matching Cermony is a big event in a teen’s life.  Cassia has been matched with Xander from her own community.  Everyone is happy for Cassia and she is happy, too.  Xander and Cassia have been friends since childhood.  It is also fortunate that Xander lives in Cassia’s community when most other matches do not. Life for Cassia is comfortable.  But when Cassia views her match chip in the portal, a face pops up on the screen for just a few seconds. It’s not Xander.  It’s another familiar face.  Another young man in her community that Cassia knows.  “I don’t understand.  The Society doesn’t make mistakes.” Cassia finds herself questioning her perfect match and her perfect society.

 

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Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

August 6, 2013 · No Comments · Action/Adventure, Science Fiction

Alex Sawyer, juvenile offender,  has been captured, convicted and sent to Furnace, the world’s most secure youth penitentiary.  Furnace is located a mile beneath the earth’s surface; a place of pure evil guarded by giants in black suits and where deformed beasts roam the tunnels at night. The days in Furnace, though not as terrifying as the nights, are spent in hard labor and avoiding the ruling violent gangs.  Alex discovers that many of the youthful offenders were framed for their crimes and the only way to survive is to escape from Furnace.  So Alex hatches a plan.  This book does not disappoint!

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Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

August 6, 2013 · No Comments · Action/Adventure, Fantasy

Book One of the Ranger’s Apprentice series, The Ruins of Gorlan, finds Will excited about the prospect of improving his station in life. Will  is a ward of Baron Arald, the Lord of Redmont.  He arrived as a baby in a basket with a note which stated, “His mother died in childbirth.  His father died a hero.  Please care for him.  His name is Will.”  On Choosing Day, Will and the three other wards, hope to select their jobs with the Castle Redmont. Will desires to join battle school and become a knight. Sadly, he is rejected from battle school but his stealth and ability to blend into the surrounding are noticed by the Ranger Halt.  Will is selected to become Halt’s apprenctice and train to be a member of the Ranger Corp.

Meanwhile, the evil Morgarath is amassing a platoon of Wargals and deadly Kalkara which he found in the Mountains of Rain and Night. Morgarath readies his army for revenge on the kingdom.

At some point in this tale the two shall cross paths and the adventure will draw you in.

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The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

August 6, 2013 · No Comments · Fantasy, Mystery

As a fan of fairy tales and libraries,  I couldn’t help but be drawn to this book.  Mr. Mauskopf, Elizabeth’s social studies teacher, recommends her for a job at the New York Circulating Material Repository after reading her research report on the Brothers Grimm. The Repository is similar to a museum with artifacts but the patrons may check out these items like a library.  Elizabeth has a successful interview and passes her strange sorting exam to be hired as a page at the Repository.  Soon she discovers that mysterious things are happening in the Repository, and much of the mystery is connected to the Grimm Collection, magical objects, like the seven-league boots, right out of the fairy tales.  Elizabeth and the other pages, Marc, Anjali and Aaron, get swept up in the fantasy and mystery as these objects begin to disappear from the Repository and they set out to discover what is going on.

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Mother Teresa by Demi

March 12, 2013 · No Comments · Biography

Mother Teresa by Demi is a beautifully illustrated biography of a most interesting life.  Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.  She felt the call of religious life at the age of twelve. Agnes learned of a group of nuns from Ireland that were working in India.  At age 18, Agnes joined the Loretto Abbey in Ireland.  She learned English quickly. She chose the name of Sister Mary Teresa after the French Teresa of Lisieux. In 1929, Sister Mary Teresa left Ireland and traveled to India where she became a Loreto novice. She began teaching school and then helping the sick.  Sister Mary Teresa continued doing good works in India until her death in 1997.

Demi has other books on subjects of religious leaders such as Buddha and Muhammad.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

January 14, 2013 · No Comments · Action/Adventure, Dystopian Fiction

Siblings Beatrice and Caleb from the fraction Abnegation are on their way to their aptitude test.  Tomorrow is the Choosing Ceremony, where they will choose to remain a member of Abnegation or join one of the other fractions Candor, Erudite, Amity or Dauntless.  Results from their aptitude test will lead them toward the choice they will need to make.  Once they have chosen a fraction, they will become an initiate.  As initiates, they will progress through a series of training and tests. If they pass these tests, they will become members of their chosen fraction.  If they fail, they will join the fractionless.  After Beatrice completes her aptitude test, her test administrator tells her there was a problem, rushes out of the room to orally report the results and returns to inform Beatrice that she is Divergent.  She warns her not to share this with anyone!  Being Divergent is dangerous!  Divergent?  What does that mean? The Choosing Ceremony is approaching and Beatrice must choose whether to stay with Abnegation or choose one of the other two fractions revealed to her during her aptitude test.

This a a fast-paced novel.  Fans of The Hunger Games series should enjoy Divergent.

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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

December 11, 2012 · No Comments · Action/Adventure

 

Percy, Annabeth, Piper, Jason, Frank, Leo and Hazel are off on another journey aboard the Argo II in Rick Riordan’s third installment of The Heroes of Olympus series.  With the angry Roman campers from Camp Jupiter hot on their tails, the seven demigod friends race across the United States to find clues and any support that will stop Gaea from awakening and taking over.  Athena has given Annabeth another task which is not known by the rest. Follow the mark of Athena. Avenge me. 

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