Staff Picks

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Alaskan dogsled racer Victoria Secord takes her dogs out for a routine run and things go terribly wrong.  As she tries to figure out her coordinates, Victoria comes across an injured boy who crashed his snowmobile. They become lost and after their first night of sleeping outside, Victoria decides to travel in the direction she believes will lead them to the nearest home.  She could not have been more wrong. 

Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Roan is graduating from primary school, and waiting for his invitation to attend Pilot Academy Middle School.  He can’t wait to fly in space!  However, he’s rejected by Pilot Academy, but luckily gets a last minute invitation to go to Jedi School on the planet Coruscant.  He doesn’t know anything about Jedi’s or the Force, but it’s better than going to the Plant academy.

Sandcastles Girls by Chris Bohjalian

In 1915, new college graduate Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There she meets and falls in love with Armen, a young Armenian engineer. Years later, their granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love and loss as well as a wrenching secret. Critically acclaimed bestselling author Bohjalian, the grandson of Armenian survivors, writes his most personal novel yet. ~Karen Neal

Call number: Fiction BOHJALIAN, C.

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

The last thing Chloe remembers is falling asleep in study hall in May. The next time she opens her eyes, snow is on the ground and six months of her life have somehow passed. Now at the top of her class and dating the school’s most popular jock, Chloe’s life has completely changed--and she needs to find out why. ~Debra Wischmeyer

Call Number: Teen Fiction RICHARDS, N.D.

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The winner of the 2013 Printz Award, Midwinterblood is a wildly imaginative exploration of folk ritual, human connection, and enduring love.  The book opens in 2073, when Eric Seven travels to the isolated island of Blessed.  He is a reporter who has been assigned to uncover the secrets of a rare breed of orchid flower which seems to give the island’s inhabitants eternal youth.  Nothing is as it first appears, however, and readers are taken farther and farther into the past through seven fantastic stories connected to this ethereally beautiful, but dang

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Seventeen-year-old Richard’s recent transfer from the oncology ward to hospice signifies he has less than one month to live.  The utter finality of this diagnosis causes him to coin the term SUTHY Syndrome (Somebody Up There Hates You).  But as he is about to discover, there is a lot of adventure, love, and self-discovery to be had in a month.  This bittersweet story told from the perspective of an honest and sarcastically hilarious teenager is a great bet for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. ~Lynette Pitrak

The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

In a quiet Vermont community a series of severed right hands appear in milk cartons on the steps of the police department. Five days later, the body of each hand’s owner is found on public display. Alternating chapters from the past and present follow Reggie Dufrane, first as a 13 year-old living through this time of horror, with her mother the last victim, and then as an adult 25 years later, when her mother is found alive in a homeless shelter mentally and physically ill.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

In a mad attempt to save a batch of light elixir, novice mage Iolanthe Seabourne calls down a bolt of lightning and is thrown headfirst into fulfilling a prophecy that will pit her against some of the most powerful figures in the country. Helping her is Prince Titus of Elberon, who has sworn to protect her and his country. ~Debra Wischmeyer

Call Number: Teen Fiction THOMAS, S.

Falling Hard by Megan Sparks

Annie, a 14-year-old girl, has just moved to the U.S. with her dad from London.  Annie has a background in gymnastics, and plans on joining the cheerleading squad at school. However, she is introduced to the world of Roller Derby! Training for both cheerleading and roller derby quickly gets overwhelming. Deciding which sport to choose is even harder, especially when Tyler the soccer player hangs out with the cheerleaders and Jesse the skateboarder hangs out at the rink. Decisions, decisions . . .  

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