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Flip by Martyn Bedford

Flip by Martyn Bedford

When Alex wakes on a Saturday morning, everything seems different. His mom is calling for him to hurry, but she sounds odd. And why does he need to get ready for school when it's the weekend? The last thing he remembers from the night before is leaving his best friend's house and running through the street. Now Alex feels very unusual. His mom calls again.

"Philip! It's five to eight!"

Frid Book Flick: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Dust and DecayIn honor of our recent Twitter (@crrlnews) follow by author Jonathan Maberry (@JonathanMaberry) check out this week's Friday Book Flick featuring Maberry talking about his dystopian zombie novel (are there any utopian zombie novels? .... hmmm) Rot & Ruin - a big favorite with Cafe Book teens this year.

If you liked Rot & Ruin you'll definitely want to put a hold on the sequel, Dust & Decay.

Check out Maberry's web site for more cool stuff.

Cafe Book Chancellor Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2012

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Cafe Book teens at Chancellor Middle School have spoken! Out of the 20 books they read throughout the fall (all published in 2011) Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby was their Top Pick.

Top Pick:

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

When two Florida teenagers become stranded on a tiny island in the Everglades, they attempt to walk ten miles through swampland to reach civilization.


Other Favorites:

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam GidwitzRot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz came in 2nd place

and Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry came in 3rd

Brain Jack by Brian FalknerGirl, Stolen by April HenryTrapped by Michael Northrop

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner, Girl, Stolen by April Henry, and Trapped by Michael Northrop all tied for 4th place.

Cafe Book Freedom Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2012

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

On a cold day in January, the 8th graders at Freedom Middle School heard the voting results . . . their 2012 Cafe Book Top Teen Picks! After reading and discussing a selection of 20 of the best teen books published in 2011, they picked their favorites plus two stand-outs that topped them all. Here they are!


Top Teen Picks (a tie!):

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

and ....

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Lost in the River of Grass
by Ginny Rorby

When two Florida teenagers become stranded on a tiny island in the Everglades, they attempt to walk ten miles through swampland to reach civilization.

 



Favorites:

Akata WitchBrain Jack by Brian FalknerGirl, Stolen by April HenryRuby Red by Kerstin GierTrapped by Michael Northrop

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

In his book Lawn Boy, Gary Paulsen has done a wonderful job of capturing an everyday job for a tween boy--like mowing the lawn--and expanding it into a hilarious summer experience. 

Lawn Boy is a great book for boys, but I think girls will enjoy it, too. Paulsen elaborates on experiences most all teens can relate to--like not having any money and being bored during summer vacation. They’re too young to drive but not that interested in toys, unless you consider video games toys. And if they want to get new video games to play, they have to come up with the funds to buy them.

Friday Book Flick: Trash by Andy Mulligan

Trash by Andy Mulligan

In Trash by Andy Mulligan fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.

Check out this book trailer for this Cafe Book Favorite!

Cafe Book Dixon-Smith Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2012

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Seventh and eighth graders at Dixon-Smith Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

Top Pick:

Trapped by Michael Northrop
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

 

Other Favorites:

Brain Jack by Brian FalknerGirl, Stolen by April HenryHuman.4 by Mike LancasterRot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Ruby Red by Kerstin GierA Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam GidwitzYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Human.4 by Mike Lancaster

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Cafe Book Drew Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2012

Rot and Ruin

Keep your eyes peeled for the top teen picks voted by students from Drew Middle School as part of their Cafe Book program.

Top Picks:

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Brain Jack
by Brian Falkner

In a near-future New York City, fourteen-year-old computer genius Sam Wilson manages to hack into the world's largest telecommunications company network and sets off a chain of events that have a profound effect on human activity throughout the world.

 


Other Favorites:

Girl, Stolen by April HenryHuman.4 by Mike LancasterA Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam GidwitzHero by Mike Lupica

Trapped by Michael NorthropEnd of the Line by Angela CerritoTrash by Andy MulliganYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

If you like Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

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.

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he's fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he's a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies. But is it too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot?

If you like Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks you'll want to check out the other books in the series:
Genius Squad and The Genius Wars

Genius Squad The Genius Wars

You might also like:

The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
The Cabinet of Wonders
by Marie Rutkoski
This is the tale of twelve year old Petra. She travels to Prague with her magical tin spider hoping to retrieve the enchanted eyes the Prince of Bohemia took from her father. She meets a Roma boy and his sister who help her in her quest.


 

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden
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.


 

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trent Lee Stewart
This is the story of four kids who pass a series of mind-bending tests and are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. The only rule is that there are no rules.


 

Cafe Book Heim Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2012

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The votes are in and the students at Shirley Heim Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. 

Top Picks:

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz 
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.





Other Favorites:

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBrain Jack by Brian FalknerThe End of the Line by Angela CerritoThe False Princess by Ellis O'Neal

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtRuby Red by Kerstin GierTrapped by Michael NorthropYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

The End of the Line by Angela Cerrito

The False Princess by Ellis O'Neal

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Trapped by Michael Northrop

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Just click on a title to place a hold!