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Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan

As Faerie Wars, by Herbie Brennan, begins, the prince of a magical realm has escaped the palace in the dead of night. Someone is trying to kill him. Months pass, and, on the run from an encounter with Lord Hairstreak's men, Prince Pyrgus found himself running full-tilt down Seething Lane. A factory lay just ahead and once inside he slipped on a white lab coat and blended in with the rest of the workers.

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

In Dragonsong, by Anne McCaffrey, girls are for working in the kitchen, mending nets, keeping the house clean and tending the sick and the children. That’s all, and that’s enough as far as Yanus, Sea Holder of Half-Circle Sea Hold is concerned. His young daughter Menolly may –think- she has some musical talent, but that’s not a girl’s proper place. Never mind that Petiron, the old Harper, believed she had a real gift and taught her what he could. The daughter of a lord has an established place, and all her twiddlings on the harp won’t change that.

5 Classic Monster Films in Our Library’s Collection

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During the summer’s excitement over the massive, new blockbusters, many older and more unusual films are neglected and ignored. These older monster films, though they lack the digital effects and huge budgets of more modern releases, are classics of their genre, with clever performances and intriguing plots. One day this summer, you may feel compelled to take a trip back in time and see some of these legendary movies for yourself.

Cafe Book Post Oak Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Seventh and eighth graders at Post Oak Middle School have voted on their favorites from this year's Cafe Book titles.

Top Pick: 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
In this book thirteen year old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But this monster is not what Conor expects. He wants something from Conor. Can Conor face the truth and loss the monster demands?
 

Other Favorites:

Cold Cereal by Adam RexMichael Vey by Richard Paul EvansStarters by Lissa Price

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Starters by Lissa Price

Cafe Book Freedom Middle: Top Teen Picks 2013

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

What are the hottest books for teens? Check out these winners, voted on by seventh and eighth grade students from Freedom Middle School during Cafe Book this year! After reading from a selection of 20 books, they chose their Top Picks and Other Favorites.

Top Picks:

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

 

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers. 

 

 

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. 

 


 

Other Favorites:

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsOutlaw by Stephen DavisStarters by Lissa Price

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Starters by Lissa Price

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Right away Greg Gaines, the "Me" of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, fires a warning shot for readers unaware of what they are about to step into.

I learned absolutely nothing from Rachel's leukemia. In fact, I probably became stupider about life because of the whole thing.

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede

In Taemon's world, the community of Deliverance, all activity and actions take place through the use of telekenesis.For example, no hands are needed when eating. One simply lifts the food into one's mouth through the power of thought. In fact, it is considered unseemly to use one's hands at all in the book Freakling, by Lana Krumweide. Additionally, Taemon is able to harness his psi in a rather unconventional way. He is able to let his mind wander.  This enables him to see into the inner workings of things.  But allowing one's mind to wander is forbidden.Taemon is an out-of-the-box thinker in a world that wants to box everyone in.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Josie Moraine was named after one of the most famous madams in New Orleans. Her mother, Louise, earns her living working as a prostitute for another notorious Big Easy madam—Willie Woodley. Josie supplements her own income from her beloved book store employment by cleaning Willie’s brothel. But, in Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys, Josie Moraine would gladly leave her past behind in a heartbeat. She harbors dreams of attending Smith College. Although she’s applied, she has no idea how she would ever pay the exorbitant tuition…or, more importantly, fit into such a different scenario.

Cafe Book Spotsylvania Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Cafe Book participants at Spotsylvania Middle School have read, discussed and enjoyed the selected books of this year, but only the best titles make the list of "Top Picks."

Top Pick:

This year's favorite is clearly Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

Three teenaged descendants of Medusa (the once beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology) must unite and embrace thier fates to overcome the monsters walking hte streets of San Francisco.
 

Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  

Starters by Lissa PriceWonder by R. J. Palacio

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Starters by Lissa Price

Wonder by R. J. Palacio