The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta is the sequel to Saving Francesca, although you don’t really need to have read Saving Francesca to enjoy this book. The story focuses on Francesca’s friends, Tom Mackee who abandoned the circle of friends and his sort-of girlfriend Tara after his beloved Uncle Joe was killed by a suicide bomber in London. Unable to handle his grief, Tom fell in with new friends who party hard. After a particularly reckless night, Tom decides to leave his new friends, move in with his pregnant aunt, work on reconnecting with his old friends, sort out his deep feelings for Tara and reunite his parents who separated after Tom’s recovering alcoholic dad started drinking again to deal with his grief. This all sounds like the makings of a depressing novel, but Tom’s family is loving and realistic despite being slightly dysfunctional and you are really rooting for Tom through all of his struggles and I think you’ll be as pleased with the ending as I was!
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year's winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. “This taut, suspenseful novel is a relentless adventure story featuring nuanced characters in thought-provoking conflicts. Bacigalupi artfully intertwines themes of loyalty, family, friendship, trust and love,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Downey Howerton.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.
Nothing by Janne Teller
Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.
The library has an app for Apple devices called BookMyne! You can place holds, renew items and search the catalog by keyword or by snapping a picture of the barcode on a book. If you need suggestions, the app allows you to place holds directly from the NYT Bestseller lists or recommendation lists using your Goodreads account. Get the app for free from the App Store or the MAIN homepage. Next time you are browsing the bookstore you can check right away to see if the library has the book and can save you some money!
I have another book-to-movie post for you! We just got in a DVD copy of Flipped which is of course based on the much loved novel by Wendelin Van Draanen., about Bryce and Juli and their feuding egos. Come in and check it out!
This is another great postapocalyptic adventure for all you dystopian fans! Nailer is a teenager living in extreme poverty in a shanty town along the American Gulf Coast. The only source of income for his people is scavenging washed up oil tankers for copper. Every day Nailer strives to stay alive, “make quota” and avoid his violent, drug-addicted father. After a violent hurricane, Nailer and his friend Pima find a "lucky strike"- a luxury oceanliner filled with riches. As they are making plans for how to unload the treasures and get rich before anyone on their crew discovers the ship, they realize there is a survivor onboard. The daughter of a shipping-company owner is trapped in the wreckage and promises to show them a world of priviledge if they free her. Nailer and Pima must decided whether to believe her and take the time to save her and risk others finding the ship or slit her throat and scavange as much as they can from the ship before anyone else gets there. Can they trust her? Can they keep her hidden from Nailer's father? This book is faced paced and exciting and the story is really original which is hard to do given the huge amount of dystopian books that have been coming out lately! If you love this book, Bacigalupi has a couple adult books you can check out!
If you didn't get to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in the theater, now's your chance to check it out on DVD! The movie is based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley (which we also have!) and follows professional slacker and part-time muscian Scott Pilgrim as he tries to win the heart of the super cool Ramona Flowers by defeating her seven evil exes. It's a super fun movie with an awesome soundtrack (we have that too!) that you don't want to miss!
All 6 books are in the Teen Graphic section, the CD is in our music collection and you can check out the DVD from the rental collection.
The book It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini has been made into a movie staring Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham (the mom from Gilmore Girls!) and a ton of other actors you'll recognize. I haven't seen the movie yet but if it's anything like the book you won't want to miss it! It's out in limited release (mostly in NYC and LA) but watch for it coming to a theater near you or possible to DVD soon. While you're waiting, check out the book. You know what they say- even if the movie is good, the book is always better!
Phoebe meets Mallory in seventh grade when Phoebe shuns the popular clique and befriends the odd new girl Mallory. Mallory and Phoebe are inseparable for the next four years until Mallory reveals she has a never-before-mentioned brother and it's revealed to the reader that Mallory and her brother Rylant are faeries out to manipulate Phoebe and bring her to the Faerie Queen for some unknown and mysterious purpose. If you like faeries and paranormal fiction you are going to LOVE this book. But even if you tend to like more realistic books, I still think you'll enjoy reading about the drama that arises when two friends as close as sisters are torn apart because of a boy. If you like this one, also check out her last novel Impossible about a girl who has 9 months to break an ancient curse in order to save herself and her unborn baby.
If you really hate faeries but think this books would be perfect without them, check out some of Nancy Werlin's other fantasy-free books, like Rules of Survival, Locked Inside and Double Helix