Into the Past

01/03/2017 - 2:59am
The Sword of Summer

The new year brings resolutions for a lot of us, often about ways to improve ourselves. Making a reading resolution is a great way to do just that, and I have one suggestion for you or the teens in your life: start a new series! Today, I am highlighting a few teen book series that had new installments out in 2016, giving readers an opportunity to try something fresh as they start the new year.

01/03/2017 - 9:01am
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina book cover

It’s 1977, and New York City is in chaos.

After a freezing winter, the summer’s stifling heat has everyone on edge. Poverty is on the rise, and the city’s finances are in ruins. Arsonists set buildings on fire, seemingly at random, while a serial killer nicknamed Son of Sam shoots dark-haired young women and their companions on the street.

In Burn Baby Burn, Meg Medina brings these notorious events to life with the story of Nora Lopez, a 17-year-old high school senior living in Queens. Though she's living through a horrific period of New York history, Nora is just trying to make it through to graduation and escape her disastrous living situation.

12/28/2016 - 11:14am
Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Danica Sharedae is an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk's form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war: It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, she'll do anything in her power to stop this war—even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind's greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one. Trust. It is all Zane asks of Danica—and all they ask of their people—but it may be more than she can give. (catalog summary)

Here are some other titles you might enjoy:



Born at Midnight
by C.C. Hunter
Sixteen-year-old Kylie Galen thinks her misbehavior in the wake of her grandmother's death and her parents' separation are the reasons she has been sent to Shadow Falls Camp, but learns it is a training ground for vampires, werewolves, and other "freaky freaks," of which she may be one. (catalog summary)

 

 


Eleanor by Johnny Worthen
Shapeshifter Eleanor lives the life of a teenager in rural Wyoming until the only person who knows her secret shows up and challenges her existence and everything she hopes to be. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

12/21/2016 - 2:26pm
Scribbler of Dreams by Mary Pearson

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Scribbler of Dreams by Mary Pearson (audio only)
Despite her family's long feud with the Crutchfields, seventeen-year-old Kaitlin falls in love with Bram Crutchfield and weaves a tangled web of deception to conceal her identity from him. (catalog summary)


If you like suspenseful titles such as Scribbler of Dreams, check out these:



Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
After a harrowing defection to the United States in 1982, Russian teenager Marya and her father settle in Brooklyn, where Marya is drawn into a web of intrigue involving her gift of foresight, her mother's disappearance, and a boy she cannot bring herself to trust. (catalog summary)

 



Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
After witnessing a murder, high school senior Stella Gordon is sent to Nebraska for her own safety where she chafes at her protection, but when she meets Chet Falconer it becomes harder for her to keep her guard up, and soon she has to deal with the real threat to her life as her enemies are actually closer than she thinks. (catalog summary)

 


12/20/2016 - 2:50am
Gifting by the Book Part 2: Teens & Pre-teens

Gifting a book to a teen or pre-teen can be a little tricky. By this point in their lives, young people have strong opinions about what kinds of books they like and don’t like. They may be reluctant to read a book given to them by someone they view as, shall we say…mature…or...out of touch. What a coup it is, then, for people perceived as mature or out of touch to give books that are incredibly cool, ones which young people never knew they wanted. I have some recommendations that I hope will help you achieve this goal. One tip, though: try to find out which genre your young person prefers. It’s much easier to get a good fit between books and readers if you know where their interests lie, whether it be fantasy, mystery, adventure, or something else. Also, do some research in Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s online catalog to look thorough reviews of the book to make sure it is at the right maturity level for your reader.

12/19/2016 - 10:42am
Alanna by Tamora Pierce

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Alanna by Tamora Pierce
Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. (catalog summary)



Bella at Midnight
by Diane Stanley
Raised by peasants, Bella discovers that she is actually the daughter of a knight and finds herself caught up in a terrible plot that will change her life and the kingdom forever. (catalog summary)

 




Chivalrous
by Dina L. Sleiman
In medieval North Brittania, Gwendolyn longs to be a knight like her brothers but is bound by her parents' treatment of her as only a marriage pawn. (catalog summary)

 

 

12/08/2016 - 4:13pm
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland. (catalog summary)



Beauty by Nancy Ohlin
When Princess Ana discovers that her mother, Queen Veda, is sending all the beautiful girls of Ra to a prestigious academy where they will meet their death, she removes her cloak of ugliness and goes undercover to save them. (catalog summary)

 

 



The Crystal Heart by Sophie Masson
When Kasper joins the elite guard watching over a dangerous prisoner in a tower, he believes he is protecting his country from a powerful witch. Until one day he discovers the prisoner is a beautiful princess—Izolda of Night—who is condemned by a prophecy to die on her eighteenth birthday. Kasper decides to help her escape. But their hiding place won't remain secret forever. Will they find their happily ever after? (catalog summary)

12/08/2016 - 10:42am
Bloody Jack: Being An Account Of The Curious Adventures Of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer

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Bloody Jack: Being An Account Of The Curious Adventures Of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer
Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl . And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life—if only she doesn't get caught.

If you like books like Bloody Jack, check out these other adventerous pirate tales:



The Buccaneer's Apprentice by V. Briceland
On his first sea voyage, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore faces vicious pirates then, with a motley crew of castaways, decides to commandeer the pirate ship to return home, racing against time to save the magical city of Cassaforte from a diabolical plot. (catalog summary)





Capt. Hook: The Adventures of A Notorious Youth by James V. Hart
Describes the youthful adventures of J.M. Barrie's classic character, Captain Hook, from his days at Eton to his voyages on the high sea. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

12/08/2016 - 10:56am
The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution by Sally Gardner

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The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution by Sally Gardner
In the late eighteenth-century, Sido, the twelve-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a fourteen-year-old Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution. (catalog summary)

If you like The Red Necklace, check out these other historical fiction titles too:



A Curse Dark as Gold
by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price. (catalog summary)


 



Den of Thieves by Julia Golding
Asked to become a spy while living a public life as a ballerina, Cat accepts the challenge and leaves the Theater Royal behind; suddenly finding herself in the heart of revolutionary Paris where she must work to save her friends who have been declared traitors and are being held captive for their crimes. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

12/08/2016 - 11:22am
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. (catalog summary)

If you like books by Gary Paulsen, check out these other titles as well:



Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Britt goes hiking in the Teton Range of Wyoming with her ex-boyfriend Calvin, but trouble arises when she is caught in a blizzard, taken hostage by fugitives, finds evidence of murders, and learns whom to trust and whom to love. (catalog summary)

 


 

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher's son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her...silent. Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can't find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn't aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn't know who to trust. On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie's former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together. With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they'll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back? (catalog summary)

 

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