unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
12/06/2010 - 3:27pm

BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm.
Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory.

08/27/2009 - 12:08pm

Here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.

Sabriel by Garth Nix.
This is a part of a trilogy. The 1st book is called Sabriel, and introduces us to the daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, who must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. The 2 books that follow are Lirael and Abhorsen.

12/07/2010 - 3:07pm

Here are some titles that
other thirteen-year-olds have enjoyed.

Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart and Brett Helquist.
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.


08/27/2009 - 12:10pm

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris.
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

12/06/2010 - 3:05pm

All of these books are from our young adult collection.

The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
After the death of his guardian uncle, Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency. The first book in the series is Stormbreaker and there are now six titles in the series.

08/28/2009 - 9:19am

Acceleration by Graham McNamee.
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin.
Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide,
sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious
student activities at her boarding school.