Reading Room Blog

05/22/2009 - 1:44pm

We've pulled together a few suggestions for further reading. Some share the literary thriller aspect of Hoeg's book, some the Nordic atmosphere. 

09/04/2009 - 9:45am

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites too. I do believe that it is one of those books in a class by itself - there really isn't anything else that comes close to it! Having said that, I do have a couple of suggestions for you. Some of these titles deal with race relations; others deal with growing up in the South. Hopefully you will find something here that you will enjoy.

Black and White by Paul Volponi
Three teenage friends confront racism during the summer of 1955 in a small Southern town.

08/28/2009 - 4:56pm

Here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.

Dragon's Keep

by Janet Lee Carey.
In 1145 A.D., as foretold by Merlin, fourteen-year-old Rosalind, who will be the twenty-first Pendragon Queen of Wilde Island, has much to
accomplish to fulfill her destiny, while hiding from her people the dragon's claw she was born with that reflects only one of her mother's
dark secrets.

 

Ysabel

by Guy Gavriel Kay

05/22/2009 - 1:38pm

Posted - 11/05/2007 : 11:14:19 AM
Thank you for requesting a book match. If you like the works of VC Andrews, you might like the following titles and authors.

Here I Stay by Barbara Michaels

05/22/2009 - 1:23pm

 Posted - 01/24/2005 : 09:32:12 AM

These fantasy titles are NOT in the McCaffrey, Bradley, or Lowry
vein and will, hopefully, satisfy your reading appetite!

"Little, Big" by John Crowley

One of my all-time favorite books - big, romantic; with plotlines
following many characters:

10/12/2009 - 12:28pm

Here are some suspenseful and somewhat scary books that you may like if you like R.L. Stine.


Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark

Here is the novel that established Clark as one of today's most phenomenally successful authors. After a terrible marriage and the tragic deaths of her two children, Nancy changes her name, hair, and residence and finally finds peace--until the nightmare begins again.

(This one is more suspense, but it will have you on the edge of your
seat!)

 

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

08/28/2009 - 4:59pm

I have some suggestions if you liked Secret of the Sirens by Julia Golding:

 

The gorgon's gaze by Julia Golding.

Mallins Wood is home to the last surviving gorgon, and Col's mother, the gorgon's supernatural Companion, is determined to save it from encroaching development--even to the point of endangering Col and his best friend Connie, the most powerful Companion alive.

 

The chimera's curse by Julia Golding.

03/26/2012 - 9:14am
H.I.V.E.:Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. See our other Book Matches.

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden: "Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E." (Book Description)

If you like H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education, you may also like these titles:

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. You will love this evil-doer! Read all of the books in this series!

 

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester.
The perfect companion to H.I.V.E., except a little less evil. This is one of my favorites! When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.

 

08/28/2009 - 5:02pm

You might enjoy these titles if you liked The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.

 

Shakespeare’s Secret, by Elise Broach.

Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.


The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trent Lee Stewart.

05/21/2009 - 8:35pm

There are many "addiction memoirs" in our collection. Some are funny, some are bleak and despairing, some a combination. Try these titles:

 

"Junky" by William S. Burroughs. May be the first book in this sub genre of memoir.

"Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous. A young adult classic and a cautionary tale. The diary of a young woman chronicles her descent into addiction.

"Manic: A Memoir" by Terri Cheney. A successful lawyer recounts her struggles with a biopolar disorder and substance abuse.