Staff Picks

Vitro by Jessica Khoury

When seven-year-old Sophie Crue and her father left Guam, her scientist mother stayed behind, working for Corpus on Skin Island. Much later, seventeen-year-old Sophie gets an emergency email from her mother. On Guam, no one will fly Sophie to mysterious Skin Island. Jim , a childhood friend, reluctantly agrees to take her and the plane is damaged on landing. Sophie goes with island resident Nicholas to find her mother, but becomes suspicious of him. Sophie slips into a room to find Lux sleeping – a girl who looks exactly like her.

My Name is Resolute by Nancy Turner

Nancy Turner’s latest is a gripping adventure novel following the tumultuous life of a young woman named Resolute Talbot.  At the tender age of 11, Resolute and her sister are snatched from her family’s Jamaican plantation in 1729 by Saracen pirates, never to see their family again. She is forced into indentured servitude by hard-edged Puritans, and finally gains her freedom as a young woman.

A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker

This sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats brings Julia Win, a successful Manhattan lawyer, back ten years later to her father’s homeland of Burma.  Julia’s personal life is in turmoil when she begins to hear in her head the voice of NuNu, a Burmese woman who is trying to discover the fate of her son who was a child soldier during the war in Burma.  Julia seeks answers for NuNu and in doing so learns what is truly important in her own life.  This beautifully written story keeps you wanting more while demonstrating what really matters in life.&nb

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

In the first book in the Age of Legends fantasy trilogy, Armstrong introduces twin sisters Ashyn and Moria, who are the Seeker and Keeper of the town of Edgewood. Living next to the Forest of the Dead, a place where no living thing should be able to survive, they are tasked with protecting the town and putting angry spirits in the forest to rest. When an annual ritual is interrupted by murderous, legendary creatures, everyone in their entire town is slaughtered except for the children, and Ashyn and Moria become separated.

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

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