Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert seem to possess an enviable life together. Todd, a general contractor, flips houses on Chicago’s north side affording them a comfortable lifestyle. Jodi, a psychologist in part-time private practice from their lakeside condo, celebrates her professional achievements alongside their twenty-year relationship. Then Todd’s best friend’s daughter, a college student named Natasha, announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Todd, and Jodi’s world tilts on its axis. Receiving notice to vacate their home spurs Jodi to
David “Burn” Burnett has had it in for Steven “Crash” Crashinsky since elementary school. David is positive the two are connected in the same way as Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort- one will have to die in order for the other to live. Crash recounts their entire twisted history, including on-and-off periods of friendship and fighting, rivalries over girls, and horrific family tragedies. All of this leads up to April 21st of the boys’ senior year of high school: the day David brings automatic rifles and explosives to school. This novel is
Brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable as children in their Calcutta neighborhood growing up in the 1960s. Even so, they are opposites and in their twenties their paths diverge. Charismatic Udayan is drawn to politics and a radical communist movement in India.
On the fantastical island of Thisby, people come from far and wide to watch the deadly Scorpio Races, run by anyone brave enough to try to tame and ride the man-eating water horses that come out of the surrounding ocean each autumn. Out of desperation, Kate “Puck” Connolly is riding her family horse this year; the first time a woman or a land horse has competed. Returning champion Sean Kendrick is riding, too, dreaming of independence from his employer for himself and his water horse.
This first book in the Sherlock, Lupin & Me series introduces the reader to young Sherlock Holmes and his two best friends in the summer of 1870. While at a seaside resort town, the three find a dead man on the beach with an apparent suicide note in his pocket. Then a diamond necklace gets stolen and they wonder if there’s a connection. The friends end up in jeopardy more than once as they investigate, and the cliffhanger chapter endings keep the suspense moving.
Call Number: Teen Fiction GAUGHEN, A.C.
(This review is based off an Advance Reader’s Copy)
Set on a plantation in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803, this novel explores the relationship between two young girls that progresses over thirty-five years. Sarah, the daughter of the plantation owner, is given for her eleventh birthday ownership of ten-year-old Handful who is to be her handmaid. The two form a unique bond, learning much from each other and the differences there are between being free and slave. Sarah is a brilliant and eager student, but she finds out that a young woman’s place is not in education, but in preparing
Carl Hiaasen is most well-known for his wacky novels that take place in Southern Florida. Most of his villains are greedy developers ruining the Florida coastline with their condo developments or tourists who do not respect the ecosystem. However, Hiaasen has been a columnist at the Miami Herald for over 25 years and has used his column to express his disdain for Florida’s crooked politicians and damaging environmental policies, among many other topics.
Flora is a happy, curious pig who lives with her mom and siblings on a farm. She longs for adventure, but there isn’t much going on in the pigpen. One day, she makes an escape and tastes the joy of freedom. When she spies some dogs training for sled-pulling, she dreams of joining the team.
Eighteen year old Allyson is an organized and cautious high school senior on a European summer tour. In London, she meets the enigmatic Willem, a young Shakespearean actor who lives for spontaneous world-traveling. Allyson throws caution to the wind when Willem asks her if she wants to visit Paris with him, for ‘just one day’. This one day transforms Allyson’s young life as she confronts her fears, falls in love, and begins to view the world as a maturing adult instead of a self-restrained adolescent.