unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
Mon, 12/12/2016 - 4:07pm
The Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

This readalike is in response to a customer'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. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

The Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess. (catalog summary)

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Amber House
by Kelly Moore
After her grandmother's death Sarah Parsons, nearly sixteen, delights in exploring her family's centuries-old Maryland estate with new friend Jackson, but soon she is having vivid visions of her ancestors, one of whom may be a threat to Sarah's autistic brother, Sam. (catalog summary)

 





Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. (catalog summary)

 

 

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:21am
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This readalike is in response to a customer'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. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. (catalog summary)

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The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown's Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar's most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown's Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can't stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, Nikolai's best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love...or be killed himself. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear...the Crown's Game is not one to lose. (catalog summary)

 


Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King's Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin—a fallen hero she once loved—begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process? (catalog summary)

 

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:28pm
Firegirl by Tony Abbott

This readalike is in response to a customer'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. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Firegirl by Tony Abbott
A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school, while receiving treatment at a local hospital. (catalog summary)

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Althea & Oliver
by Cristina Moracho
Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome. (catalog summary)

 

 



 

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle
Fourteen-year-old social outcast Charlie Han, known as "the short Chinese kid" at school, searches for a talent to improve his popularity, but when he discovers skateboarding, much to the disapproval of his overprotective mother, he also uncovers a huge family secret. (catalog summary)

 

 

Thu, 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)

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:09am
Check Out OurSpace at the Salem Church Branch

The Salem Church Branch offers OurSpace, a teen social space for playing games, doing homework, and getting creative. It is for middle and high schoolers in grades 6-12, Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7:30.

Within OurSpace, teens have access to laptops, board games, art and school supplies, and more!

Thu, 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.

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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)

 

 

 

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